Naran Valley is the most beautiful & picturesque valley in this region, it’s also known as a virtual paradise. It offers raw exquisiteness, as it’s not been hit with mass human development. Here, you’ll appreciate views of the snow capped Himalayan peaks hidden in clouds, fairy tale lakes, the most hospitable hosts and relish food that will leave you craving for more. It’s very rare for someone to come here and not want to come back.
Naran Valley is 155 kmlong; it has lofty peaks that crown the mountains ranges on either side like turrets, ranging in height from 12,000 to 17,000 ft. and more, with the Eastern range higher than the Western. The bed of valley slopes up from 3,000 ft. at Balakot, as if it were the gateway of the valley, to 12,000 ft. at Gittdas beyond which the valley crosses at Babusar Pass 14,000 ft. The first ten miles are largely barren, but when the valley rises to about 5,000 ft., forests of pine and fir appear, densely overgrown with a variety of plants, which has won for Kaghan the epithets of ‘the botanists paradise’. The landscape continues to be the same until you arrive atNaran 8,000 ft.
The road goes along the river Kunhar, meandering along its side keeping close to most of the bed of the valley and never too far above the bank of the stream except in the very first state.
Amongst the most famous lakes is SaifulMuluk. Locals call this lake, the mirror of Malika Parbat (Queen of the mountains). SaifulMuluk was actually the name of a local prince in ancient times. At this lake you will find many storytellers who will take you on a journey into the past, whilst you take in the views on a boat ride across the lake. Lake Saifulmuluk is truly one of the most romantic places you will experience in Pakistan and a great location for a memorable proposal.
Another top attraction is Lulusar National park and lake. This lake has its own beauty. The breath taking sceneryand pin drop silencewill leave you in a trance. For photographers your fingers won’t know where to click as each view offers an amazing sight, make sure you have enough memory so you can snap away. This place is also a perfect spot for camping.
The neighbouring Kaghan valley is full of thrills and excitement for the mountaineers and trekkers, with stunning scenery along the way.
Not to be missed is the spectacular Shogran. Shogran is a beautiful place with lush green mountains and remarkable landscape. Siri Payay will surely give you a feeling of being in mini Switzerland.
If the above has wet your appetite, then stop reading and come and experience it with Xperience Pakistan.The team looks forward to hearing from you.
Prices have been quoted based on single occupancy at 5 star hotels or at the best accommodation possible, where the 5 star chains do not operate. If you are a family or a group of friends going, it would not be as simple as multiplying the guide prices provide by x number, as there are a number of variables. We would encourage anyone who is interested in booking a holiday with us, to give us a call so that we can provide you with an accurate quote based on your requirements.
The itinerary provided is a suggested plan and can be adapted to suit your requirements.
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Day 1 : Islamabad – Balakot – Naran (250kms/10-11hrs)
We will depart from Islamabad for Naran. Passing through Hassan Abdal, Haripur and Abbottabad we will reach Mansehra. After a brief stop for lunch in Mansehra, we will resume our drive and reach Balakot, the gateway to Kaghan Valley. Continuing our drive, we will reach Naran and check in to hotel for night stay.
Day 2 : Naran – Excursion Lake Saif-ul-Muluk (20kms/4hrs)
Naran – River Rafting (10kms/3hrs)
Today, we will make a visit to the legendary lake, Saif-ul-Muluk at 3200m where Malika Parbat ( 5271m ), the highest peak of the valley, towers over the lake and offers great venues for superb photography. Lake can be approached by jeeps, on foot or riding a pony. After a packed picnic lunch at lake, we will return to Naran. In afternoon, we will do the thrilling activity of Rafting in River Kunhar.
Day 3 : Naran – Excursion Babusar Pass (130kms/5hrs)
After breakfast we will move upwards along River Kunhar passing through Batakundi, Jalkhad and Burwai, we will reach Lulusar Lake, famous for its sparkling waters. After a brief stop for photography we will resume our drive upwards and passing through the summer settlement of Gitidas, we will reach Babusar Top. At 4173 meters, Babusar Top is the gateway to Gilgit Baltistan. After spending some time at the top, we will return to Naran.
Day 4 : Naran – Kawai – Shogran – Excursion Sari & Paya (80kms/5hrs)
We will leave early morning and enjoy the drive along River Kunhar and crossing the village of Kaghan, we will drive to Kawai and further on to Shogran, a high plateau with superb panorama around. On arrival we will transfer to hotel and in afternoon, we will make an excursion to Paya, a vast plateau at the foot of Makra Peak, bordering Kaghan with Azad Kashmir. After enjoying a superb panorama around, we will return to Shogran.
Day 5 : Shogran – Khanpur – Islamabad (200kms/7-8hrs)
After early breakfast, we will drive down the road and passing through Balakot, Mansehra and Abbottabad, we will reach Haripur and take the road to Khanpur Lake, a picturesque lake offering panoramic views and various water sports. After a lunch break at Khanpur, we will depart for Islamabad and drop participants at the designated spot.