Lake Saif ul Malook (Urdu: سیف الملوک ) is a lake located at the northern end of the Kaghan Valley near Naran. It is in the north east of Mansehra District in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan. At an altitude of 3,224 m (10,578 feet) above sea level it is amongst one of the highest lakes in Pakistan. The lake is accessible by a 14 km road from Naran (which is accessible by a road from Mansehra via Balakot and Kaghan) during the summer months. On foot, the trek from Naran to the lake takes about 1-2 hours. The water is clear with a slight green tone. The clarity of the water comes from the multiple glaciers all around the high basin which feed the lake. The weather there is moderate during day time while the temperature drops to below zero degrees Celcius at night.
A fairy tale called Saif ul Malook, written by the famous sufi poet Mian Muhammad Bakhsh, is associated with the lake. It is the story of prince of Persia who fell in love with a fairy princess at the lake. The impact of the lake beauty is of such extent that people believe that fairies come down to lake in full moon. The legend says that both the prince and the fairy live in the centre of the lake and on every full moon night they emerge mounted on a white flying horse, the Pegasus, from the centre of the beautiful lake.
The “Land of the fairies” deserved its name from the breath taking view of the lake and the towering “Malka Parbat” standing tall and invincible over the location. The depth of the lake has not been measured to this day, the last effort was made apparently in the late 1990s but the measuring chain weighing 5 tons went down and vanished.