Adventure Lakes Northern Areas of Pakistan Travel Trekking

Adventure Travel in Northern Areas of Pakistan

Adventure Travel in Pakistan

The northern areas of Pakistan is a heaven for those who seek adventure travel. It has got all the ingredients for adventure travelers. From the highest mountains of the world to lush green valleys to pristine lakes, all these nature wonders are in abundance in the north of Pakistan.

Here I take you through a visual journey of my adventure travel experience through the north of Pakistan.

Pristine Lakes and Solitude

The north of Pakistan is full of pristine lakes. Some of them provide a really great sense of solitude. My favorites, the ones which I have explored so far, are Karomber lake, Chitta Katha lake and Saral lake. Once I explored 20+ lakes in a single trekkig trip in Kaghan and Neelum valleys. Some are very easy to access (e.g. Saif-ul-malook lake) and camp there but others require strenuous multi-day trekking (Rush lake).

Chitta Katha lake, Shounter valley, Kashmir, Pakistan

Chitta Katha lake, Shounter valley, Kashmir, Pakistan / Photo: Sher Ali’s Photography

 

Ratti Gali lake, Neelum valley, Kashmir

Ratti Gali lake, Neelum valley, Kashmir / Photo by: Sher Ali’s Photography

 

Karomber lake, Ishkoman, Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan

Karomber lake, Ishkoman, Gilgit Baltistan / Photo by Sher Ali’s Photography

 

Ratti Gali lake, Neelum valley, Kashmir

Ratti Gali lake, Neelum valley, Kashmir / Photo by: Sher Ali’s Photography

 

Saral lake, Neelum valley, Kashmir

Saral lake, Neelum valley, Kashmir / Photo by: Sher Ali’s Photography

 

Solitude at Saral lake, Neelum valley, Kashmir

Solitude at Saral lake, Neelum valley, Kashmir / Photo by: Sher Ali’s Photography

 

Fairy lakeof Sat Sar Mala lakes series in Kaghan valley, KPK

Fairy lakeof Sat Sar Mala lakes series in Kaghan valley, KPK / Photo by: Sher Ali’s Photography

 

Shandur lake, Chitral, KPK

Shandur lake, Chitral, KPK / Photo by: Sher Ali’s Photography

 

Thrilling Mountain Passes

You are a tough guy and like to walk in true wilderness? Then head to the north of Pakistan. Mountain passes connect different regions of mountainous landscape to each other but most of them are difficult to cross and not a good choice for someone who doesn’t have a strong will. Usually crossing a pass involves trekking through varied terrains for an average 6-7 hours a day. Some passes are technical and require mountaineering experience to cross them e.g. Gondogoro La, Haramosh La, Mazeno pass etc.

Gondogoro La (5940m), Karakoram, Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan

Gondogoro La (5940m), Karakoram, Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan / Photo by: Sher Ali’s Photography

 

Gondogoro La (5940m) trek, Vigne glacier, Karakoram, Baltistan

Gondogoro La (5940m) trek, Vigne glacier, Karakoram, Baltistan / Photo by: Sher Ali’s Photography

 

Darkot pass (4600m) connecting Yasin and Broghil valleys

Darkot pass (4600m) connecting Yasin and Broghil valleys / Photo by: Sher Ali’s Photography

 

Darkot pass (4600m), Yasin valley, Gilgit Baltistan

Darkot pass (4600m), Yasin valley, Gilgit Baltistan / Photo by: Sher Ali’s Photography

 

Shandur pass, Ghizer valley, Gilgit Baltistan

Shandur pass, Ghizer valley, Gilgit Baltistan / Photo by: Sher Ali’s Photography

 

Babusar pass (4173m), Kaghan valley, KPK

Babusar pass (4173m), Kaghan valley, KPK / Photo by: Sher Ali’s Photography

 

Jabbah Gali pass, Neelum valley, Kashmir

Jabbah Gali pass, Neelum valley, Kashmir / Photo by: Sher Ali’s Photography

 

Saral pass (4488m), Kaghan valley, KPK

Saral pass (4488m), Kaghan valley, KPK / Photo by: Sher Ali’s Photography

 

Ratti Gali pass, Neelum valley, Kashmir

Ratti Gali pass, Neelum valley, Kashmir / Photo by: Sher Ali’s Photography

 

Strenuous Treks

 

Gondogoro La (5940m) top, Karakoram, Baltistan

Gondogoro La (5940m) top, Karakoram, Baltistan / Photo by: Sher Ali’s Photography

 

Goro-II, Baltoro glacier, Karakoram, Baltistan

Goro-II, Baltoro glacier, Karakoram, Baltistan / Photo by: Sher Ali’s Photography

 

K2 base camp trek, Concordia, Karakoram, Baltistan, Pakistan

K2 base camp trek, Concordia, Karakoram, Baltistan, Pakistan / Photo by: Sher Ali’s Photography

 

Karomber lake trek, Broghil valley, Chitral, KPK, Pakistan

Karomber lake trek, Broghil valley, Chitral, KPK, Pakistan / Photo by: Sher Ali’s Photography

 

Rawat, Darkot, Yasin valley, Gilgit Baltistan

Rawat, Darkot, Yasin valley, Gilgit Baltistan / Photo by: Sher Ali’s Photography

 

On top of Gondogoro La 5940m, Karakoram, Baltistan

On top of Gondogoro La 5940m, Karakoram, Baltistan / Photo by: Sher Ali’s Photography

 

Herrligkoffer base camp, Rupal side of Nanga Parbat, Astore valley, Gilgit Baltistan

Herrligkoffer base camp, Rupal side of Nanga Parbat, Astore valley, Gilgit Baltistan / Photo by: Sher Ali’s Photography

 

Tashain glacier, Mazeno base camp trek, Astore valley, Gilgit Baltistan

Tashain glacier, Mazeno base camp trek, Astore valley, Gilgit Baltistan / Photo by: Sher Ali’s Photography

 

Mazeno base camp trek, Shigiri, Astore valley

Mazeno base camp trek, Shigiri, Astore valley / Photo by: Sher Ali’s Photography

 

Chikar, Broghil valley, Chitral, KPK

Chikar, Broghil valley, Chitral, KPK / Photo by: Sher Ali’s Photography

 

Short and Quick Adventures

 

Dagri Bangla trek, Bhiran Gali, KPK

Dagri Bangla trek, Bhiran Gali, KPK / Photo by: Sher Ali’s Photography

 

Gulpur waterfalls, Gulpur, Kotli, Kashmir

Gulpur waterfalls, Gulpur, Kotli, Kashmir / Photo by: Sher Ali’s Photography

 

Loh-e-Dandi top, Margalla hills

Loh-e-Dandi top, Margalla hills / Photo by: Sher Ali’s Photography

 

Mushkpuri top, Nathia Gali, KPK

Mushkpuri top, Nathia Gali, KPK / Photo by: Sher Ali’s Photography

Have you ever been to northern areas of Pakistan?
If so then which areas have you explored so far and what areas are on your bucket list?
Please share your travel experiences through comments section below. 🙂

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Aamir
    January 29, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Very nice and informative blog.
    Photography really is amazing…!

  • Reply
    Faiza Meer
    January 29, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    A Treat to my Eyes……. Super Oosum (y)

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    Akhlaq
    January 30, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    it’s really wonderful to see such places through camera’s eye.. you really are blessed to have a passion of sightseeing.

    • Reply
      The Silent Traveler
      February 1, 2016 at 6:16 pm

      Thank you for kind appreciations. I will have more articles in coming future, IA.

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    tahir ahmad
    February 2, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Brother …I have been to some of these places during my hiking and trekking ….what you have explained is absolutely right and our youngsters should go and explore the northern areas of Pakistan..
    Wonderful treat to see such a wonderful one from you…God bless you

    • Reply
      The Silent Traveler
      February 3, 2016 at 9:34 am

      Thanks for your kind appreciation. The goal is not only to inspire local Pakistani people but also to show to the foreigners that Pakistan is where they should be seek adventure travel.

  • Reply
    Arif
    February 2, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Stunning! Although, I think the photographers eye and sense of timing has a lot to do with how the photographs have turned out. Were it not for being flat-footed, I would have asked to be allowed to accompany you for one of your treks.

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      The Silent Traveler
      February 3, 2016 at 9:36 am

      If you are new into trekking then you can start from smaller treks like trails on Margalla hills, Mushkpuri trek etc. and then gradually start doing tougher treks like Dagri Bangla trek.

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    Bianca @itsallbee
    February 2, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    These pictures are absolutely stunning!!! I love hiking and would never pictures Pakistan like this. In my mind a lot drier. This has to go on the life time bucketlist for sure.

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      The Silent Traveler
      February 3, 2016 at 9:09 am

      Well Pakistan is one of the rare countries which offers all kind of weathers and all kind of landscapes. It is a heaven for those who seek adventure travel. 5 out of 14 8000er peaks (including K2 which is the 2nd highest peak in the world) are here.

  • Reply
    meher
    February 16, 2016 at 10:17 am

    your photography and the landscape are WOW….

  • Reply
    Faiz
    July 20, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    I love to see these places. Very astonishing places to visit these natural beauties. awesome post like to share it

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