Saiful Muluk is a mountainous lake located at the northern end of the Kaghan Valley, near the town of Naran. It is in the north east of Mansehra District in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan and feeds water to Kunhar River. At an elevation of 3,224m (10,578 feet) above sea level, it is well above the tree line, and is one of the highest lakes in Pakistan.
The lake is accessible from the nearby town of Naran during the summer season, but access to it during winter, is limited. Saiful Muluk, was formed by glacial moraines that blocked the water of the stream passing through the valley. The Kaghan Valley was formed in the greater Pleistocene period almost 300,000 years ago when the area was covered with ice. Rising temperatures and receding glaciers left a large depression where glaciers once stood. Melting water collected into the present day lake.
Ansoo Lake is another place that the Adventure Club members enjoyed by sight and feelings. It situated in Manoor Valley near Malika Parbat in the Himalayan range. The name “Ansoo” comes from its tear-like shape (the Urdu word Ansoo means teardrop). The lake also resembles a human eye with a central ice island appearing like the iris and a ridge resembling an eyebrow which becomes even more prominent when ice melts on the “eyebrow” during the summer. This ridge was partially destroyed in the 2005 Kashmir earthquake.
The lake is said to have been discovered 1993 by Pakistan Air Force pilots who were flying low in the area. Earlier, the lake was not even known to the locals. There is no place to stay at Ansoo Lake though some local and international tourists do some camping occasionally.
This lake can be reached by two different routes. First one is short but steeper trek from Saiful Mulook Lake. It takes more than 7 hours for a round trip to Ansoo Lake starting from Lake Saiful Mulook. The route is covered with snow in most parts of the year. The best time to tour this place is between July 10 and August 15. Horses and guides can also be hired from the Lake Saiful Mulook. Sometimes, the lake is not visible due to fog or rain.
UoL Adventure Club organised the tour of Saif ul Malook & Ansoo Lake for a number of students in autumn season and it is looking forward to explore other memorable places in the beautiful Pakistan.