Ansoo Lake – Most Beautiful, Amazing & Wonderful Lakes of Pakistan

Ansoo Lake (June 2015)

Ansoo Lake

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Ansoo Lake is situated in Manoor Valley, Kaghan Valley Mansehra District of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. It is located near Malika Parbat (Queen of Mountains) in the Himalayan range at the altitude of 4,245 meters (13,927 ft). This lake is considered to be one of the most beautiful lakes of the world.

The name “Ansu” comes from its tear-like shape (the Urdu word Ansoo means teardrop). The lake also resembles a human eye with a central ice island resembling 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.

There is no place to stay at the Lake. Some people may camp on the top of extremely cold and windy mountains but it is very risky and even the locals do not recommend this.

This lake can be reached by two different routes. First one is short but steeper trek from Saiful Mulook Lake. The trek is covered with snow in most parts of the year. The best time to trek is from July to August. It takes seven to nine hours of trek for a round trip from Lake Saif-ul-Malook to Ansoo Jheel. It is recommended to set off early in the morning . It would be better if you spend night (camping as no hotel is available there) at Lake Saif-ul-Malook and start traveling as early as possible in the morning in order to return till sunset. Horses and guides can also be hired from the Lake Saiful Mulook. This whole track is full of very beautiful and marvelous scenes of mountain peaks covered with snow, so with the difficulty of climbing you will really enjoy the scenes

The second trek to Ansoo Jheel begins in a village named Mahandri, located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) to the south of Naran. Turning left from Mahandri Bazar, a jeep track leads to Village Manoor. This valley offers picturesque views and is a great gift for nature lovers. Vehicles cannot proceed further from here. 6–7 hours of trek brings one to a green meadow called “Dher”. From here the trek becomes steeper. After 3–4 hours of trek from Dher at a height of about 14,000 feet, Ansoo Jheel becomes visible.

It is said that one need to be lucky to behold the beautiful view of the Lake. Because sometimes when you reach the lake after hours difficult trekking, the lake does not view-able due to fog or rain. Track to the lake itself present several breathtaking and picturesque views to the visitors. After 5 hours of trek a hill comes, and when you look down to the other side from the summit of the hill, Ansu Jheel is there saying behold I am what brings you here, away from the crowds and communities of human. Traveling a little more will take you closer to the bank of lake. The lake stays covered in snow whole year except from July to August.

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