Kaghan valley is one of the most beautiful valleys in Pakistan. The country is located in the South Asian sub continent. Pakistan is blessed with a unique and beautiful mosaic of topographical features. It boasts many lush green mountain valleys like Kaghan valley, Swat valley, Hunza valley and Chitral Valley. It has the youngest folded mountain ranges which include the Himalayas, the Karakorams and the Hindukush. Kaghan valley is located in the Hindukush mountain range. The valley of Kaghan is an extremely beautiful, lush green valley. It is accessible through road network.
Kaghan valley is located off Karakoram Highway. Balakot is the city which is considered to be the gate way of Kaghan valley. This part of the valley suffered huge loss of life and property in the October 8, 2005 earthquake. Balakot experienced maximum damage. The roads are now open and the people are trying to return to their normal life style.
You enter the Kaghan valley through Balakot, the gate way. The turn off KKH (Karakoram Highway) is located near Mansehra and Abbotabad. Kaghan is at 6 hours drive from Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan. One you turn towards Balakot, it is a mountainous track. Few years back it was a jeep track but now you can access most part of the Kaghan valley by road in your own vehicle. Kaghan city is located at a few hours drive from Balakot. The city is extremely cold and you need to carry warm clothes even if you are visiting Kaghan valley in summers. If you move forward along the track, you will reach the city of Naran. Naran is connected to the Lake Saif-ul-malook with a jeep track. It is a one hour jeep track. You can track this on foot as well which will take some 4 to 5 hours. If you are physically fit, I will recommend you to go on foot.
The place is a beauty of its own kind. It is snow covered in winters while in summers it is lush green. You can visit Kunhar River, Kaghan River, Lake Saif-ul-malook and Siree-Paye while you are staying at Kaghan. Carry warm clothes with you. Fruits are found here in abundance. The lake itself has lots of fairy tales attached to its being. Enjoy the cool breeze coming form this lake, where fairies are said to reside in the moonlit nights.