Pakistan is naturally gifted country. Its northern areas are rich in natural and scenic beauty, which are unparalleled and unmatchable. These natural treasures are hidden far beyond and behind majestic snow covered mountains rising more than 10,000 feet. Only those who have a flare for danger laden adventure can reach these destinations and experience the breathtakingly beautiful lakes known as the virgin lakes of Pakistan.
These lakes, perched in quietness and stillness of time since ages, have now been explored and we have a chance to dream of places that have never been visited before or very seldom visited by adventurers. I hope by watching the photographs below, many who love nature in its pure form will plan to come to these remote areas of Pakistan and enjoy that great feeling amid towering snow clad mountains on the shores of some of most awesome virgin lakes of the world.
Dodi Pat Sar is located ahead of Naran and Jalkand near Basal Camp which is at an altitude of 10,000 feet. The lake and surrounding area has been declared as National Wild Life Park. One can conveniently reach Basal Camp but from hence forward, there is a continuous trekking of about 5 hours, on average, to Dodi Pat Sar base camp. In the local language Dodi means milky, Pat mean water and Sar mean lake. So Dodi Pat Sar means “The Lake of Milky Water”. This splendid lake resides in the lap of the snow covered mountain peak. The snowy mountain peak sheds its reflection in the lake giving an impact of milk contained in a lake, which makes up its name.
Chitta Khatta Lake
Kashmir is a blessed area from nature and well known for the its virgin beauty Chitta Khatta Lake is the diamond of Neelam Valley’s crown, Chitta Khatta lake is located at an altitude of 14,000 feet above sea level in upper Neelam Valley of Azad Kashmir , Pakistan. The main highlight of the lake is its extra ordinary milky white color of water from where lake’s name was derived, Chitta (white), other than the fact that this beautiful lake was visited seldom and it was not known a few years from now.
Kutwal Lake – Haramosh Valley
Kutwal Lake is yet another breathtaking and awe inspiring lake of the Haramosh Valley. One can reach Haramosh Valley both from Skardu and Gilgit. From Skardu one has to go to to Sassi from the where the trek to Kutwal starts. But it is better to start from Gilgit as Sassi is just an hour drive from Gilgit. Jeeps can take you till village Dassu. After Dassu its all trekking up to lake. It takes about 6-9 hours from Dassu to Kutwal village and yet another 5 hours up to the lake. Therefore one has to plan for at least three days round trip with appropriate gear.