Naran is a village located in Kaghan Valley, Mansehra District of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The Kunhar River, swollen by glacier melt, passes through this village as it meanders its way through the valley. The village is major tourist spot. Naran is the central place for all tourist activities in the Kaghan Valley. Numerous treks start from Naran to almost all parts of the valley and are popular with trekkers from Pakistan and abroad. However, most of the tourists visiting Naran never get to see the treks and valleys around Naran, their visit is confined to Naran town, Saif ul Maluk Lake and Lalazar. Naran, being the centre of tourism in Kaghan Valley, is fast transforming into a concrete jungle with new hotels and restaurants being constructed at every available space.

Saif ul Maluk Lake a water-filled volcanic crater is about seven kilometers from Naran. It is accessible from Naran through a Jeep Road or several treks. I have been on a trek that starts from Naran goes up to Dana, a small meadow on the hilltop over-looking Naran, and then all the way up to Choora top. The trek then descends towards, Saif ul Maluk lake which is on the other side of Choora Top.

Itinerary:

Day 01:  Islamabad

Our guide and driver will pick you at the airport in Islamabad and departure for Balakot (approx 04 hrs drive) Gateway to the Kaghan valley via Abbottabad. Overnight stay at Balakot

Day 02: Balakot – Naran

Departure for Naran (approx 3 ½ hrs drive) this beautiful valley is situated on the lower Himalayan range and famous for its colorful panorama. Overnight stay at Naran

Day 03: Day Excursion to Lake Saif-Ul-Muluk

After breakfast visit of Lake Saif-ul-Muluk (by jeep) Lake Saif-ul-Muluk at an altitude of 3,224 m (10,578 feet) above sea level it is amongst one of the highest lakes in Pakistan. Overnight stay at Naran

Day 04: Day Excursion to Lalazar Valleys

After breakfast visit of Lalazar Valley (by jeep) this beautiful meadow is awash with colorful alpine flowers in spring and summer, and set amongst the cool pine forests. Overnight stat at Naran

Day 05: Naran – Shogran

After breakfast departure for Shogran (approx 3 ½ hrs drive), one of the most beautiful plateaus in the whole area with an altitude of 7,749 feet 2,362 meters) above sea level. Overnight stay at Shogran

Day 06: Shogran – Islamabd

After breakfast visit of Siri Payee (45 minutes drive by jeep) Siri Payee is known for its lush green environment and picture post card location. The height of Siri Payee is 300 feet more than that of Shogran. Eveninig departure for Islamabad (approx 5 ½ hrs drive

Day 08: Islamabad

This will be your last day in Pakistan; visit Faisal Mosque, Pirshowaha, Margala Hills and the local market for shopping. In the evening drive to the airport and fly to destination.

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