Makra Peak is a scenic peak in the Mansehra District in Hazara Region of the Himalayas in northern Pakistan. It is 4,000 metres (13,123 ft) high. Makra is a word of Urdu which means spider. According to local people they named it Makra Peak because snow formation over the peak resembles the shape of a spider.
The iconic Makra Peak of Shogran Valley is located in south-east of Kiwai and south of Paye Meadow. From Kiwai, a 6-kilometre-long road runs uphill to Shogran. You can go upto Shogran on your own car as well. Shogran is a tourist resort with numerous hotels; the track continues to climb up to Siri Lake and ends at Paya. A moderate four to six-hour trek (depending on trekker fitness) from Paya leads to Makra Top.
Makra is a simple peak to climb with a moderate level of trekking difficulty and doesn’t require any technical climbing skills or knowledge to climb it. However, hiking on the Makra becomes difficult with snow and the gradient of the mountainsides. Fatalities tend to occur in bad weather, especially thick fog, and as a result of the steepness of some sections. The waters from the mountain’s glacier feed the Kunhar River.
From Makra Top the visitors can enjoy the picturesque views of the Kaghan Valley on one side and mesmerizing Kashmir on another. Many other famous mountains like Malika Parbat, Chambra, Musa Ka Musalla and Shingri are also visible from top.
The other approach road is from Muzaffarabad the capital of Azad Jammu Kashmir, almost 35 Km to the Base Camp of Makra called Bheri and from Bheri the hiking trek of 5 to 6 hours to the top of Makra.