Exploring up north is like entering into a different world- sheltered and hidden away from the rest of the borough and filled with nature’s countless marvels. What could be better than spending some cool wintry nights in the lap of nature away from the regular mundane life! The northern areas of Pakistan offer views that will leave you reeling with pique and astonishment. You can find peaceful winding paths to turquoise blue lakes to lofty mountain peaks waiting to offer you an adventure of a lifetime.
TripKar.com brings you the ultimate list of ‘nature escapes up north’ that is sure to blow your mind away:
The largest of the three valleys situated in Kalash, Chitral; Bamburet offers a sight to behold. The epic nature escape up north is known for its sparkling blue streams surrounded by apricot and walnut trees. There are vast green meadows and fields and remote mountain valleys that offer picturesque views. Besides Bamburet there are two more valleys that are home to the people of Kalash, known to be the direct descendant of Alexander the Great. Besides, offering views to ponder for a lifetime, Kalash is also known for its colorful and unique cultural festival which is administered by many around the country.
Fairy Meadows is a popular tourist destination situated up north that is famous for its lush green scenery and breathtakingly picturesque view of Nanga Parbat. The epic nature escape was named by German climbers in 1953. Fairy Meadows should definitely be the ‘one’ destination in your travel bucket list! The place is home to the ninth biggest mountain in the world and offers unimaginable views that will leave you awestruck for a while. If you are looking to rejuvenate and experience a magical atmosphere, Fairy Meadows is the place to be. The place is surrounded by thick Alpine forests and rich flora and fauna. Offers a perfect destination for adventure enthusiasts as reaching Fairy Meadows involves a grueling trek of almost 3 to 4 hours. You can also find various wildlife species here including snow leopards. Fairy Meadows is also an ideal place for camping activity for nature enthusiasts. Many adventure lovers have now introduced natural rock climbing which can be practiced under proper supervision.
Naltar is known for its colorful lakes surrounded by rich flora and fauna. The magnificent lakes offer views like none other. Honing crystal blue waters filled with small fishes amidst greenery and rocks culminates a dream like séance. This epic nature escape up north requires grueling trek on rock strewn mountains. A word of caution: an experienced guide is recommended who can help maneuver ways through a myriad of sharp rocks, hills and steep inclines. You can also opt for a jeep ride to the lake which is easier. However, the effort is worth it! The trek lies parallel to a gushing stream which is extremely refreshing.
Situated at a small distance from Rama Village is the infamous nature escape: Rama Meadows. This magnificent destination is situated amidst flowing crystal blue streams, tall pine trees and gleeful views of sheep and cow grazing green pastures. What makes it EPIC is the Chongra’s ice- covered peak and Nanga Parbat’s southern ridge in the background offering views to ponder for a lifetime. Visitors can easily reach Rama Meadows through a jeep ride and dwell into picturesque natural beauty along the way.
Chitta Katha Lake
If you are a camping enthusiast looking to spend some time in the lap of nature, look no further. Chitta Katha Lake is situated at an elevation of 13500 feet above sea level and is known as the second most beautiful lake in Azad Kashmir. The lake is accessible from Kel by a 20 kilometers jeep ride and then a short 10 kilometers hiking trek. There is a beautiful camp site en-route surrounded by gushing stream of water. Adventure enthusiasts can also enjoy the fact, that, there are various rock climbing opportunities available near the narrow dry crevices created by waterfalls. Visitors upon reaching the lake can dwell into magnificent views. The background accentuates with lofty mountain peaks casting reflections in the crystal blue waters of the lake. Moreover, locals are ever welcoming in this area. Do not forget to try the famous lassi and tea made using fresh goat’s milk.
Book a tour online to visit these natural wonderland up north and escape the sweltering heat wave to rejuvenate and revitalize!