Most Beautiful Lakes In Pakistan 2024

Nature has been one of the most prominent parts of Pakistan. If you have any doubt about it, look at these beautiful lakes in Pakistan. Spreading all around the country, these lakes are one of the major tourist attractions for locals as well as foreigners. 

For anyone in need of a holiday, the lakes in Pakistan are the perfect destination. The peace and scenery around these lakes hold the power of making your mind fresh and free of all worries. 

Furthermore, these places are accompanied by the neighboring beautiful sites that you can explore too. With this informed Guide to the beautiful lakes in Pakistan by Amazing Viral New, select the next destination for your holiday. 

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Attabad Lake

Attabad Lake

Pakistan is famous for its high-altitude lakes. One such lake is Attabad Lake. It is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in Pakistan due to its beauty and charm. The lake is among the main attractions in Hunza Valley.
Although the beauty of the lake is undeniable, this masterpiece was a result of destruction. In 2010, the river of Hunza was blocked due to a massive landslide. This blockage resulted in the formation of Attabad Lake. 

Fun Face: Since the lake is close to Gojal Town, it is also known as Gojal Lake. 

Attabad Lake is said to be one of the largest lakes in the Gilgit Baltistan region. Due to its history and magnificent beauty, it is visited by many national and international tourists throughout the year. 

Summer is the best time to visit the lake if you want to enjoy water sports. The lake is frozen throughout the winters, therefore, going there is not as fun. 

Details  

Length: 21 km
Depth: 358 ft
Elevation: 8,396 ft

Location

The Attabad lake is in Gojal Valley, Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan

Distance From Islamabad 

Attabad Lake is 627.9 km from Islamabad.  

Fun Activities To Do

  • Swimming
  • Boating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Fishing

Saif-ul-Maluk Lake

Saif-ul-Maluk Lake

Usually famous as the “lake of fairies, Saif ul Malook is one of the prettiest lakes in Pakistan. Any person on a trip to Naran Kaghan can never miss this beautiful lake. 

The backdrop of Nanga Parbat multiplies the beauty of the lake and therefore, people love to come here at least once in their life. Furthermore, there are several other mountains surrounding the lake as well. The main source of water for the lake is the melting glaciers nearby. 

The journey to the lake is a real excitement. You will be needing a jeep to reach the top. However, you can share the fare with people on the Jeep so it is not expensive for you. 

The story of the Lake Saif ul Malook is the most interesting one. If you are there for a long stay, there will be plenty of locals telling the story. As per them, the lake is called the Lake of Fairies as fairies used to come down there in the moonlight.

Details  

Length: 2.75 km2
Depth: 113 ft (Although the depth of the lake is not yet confirmed)
Elevation: 10,577 ft

Location

The  lake is situated in the northern parts of Kaghan Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Mansehra District)

Distance From Islamabad 

Jheel Saif ul Malook is 296.6 km from Islamabad (The capital of Pakistan)

Fun Activities To Do

  • Boat ride
  • Camping
  • Snow Sliding 
  • Fishing 

Note: Swimming is strictly prohibited at the lake. 

Satpara Lake

If you want to look at one of the largest freshwater lakes in Pakistan, Satpara Lake is the perfect destination. The lake is the result of the Satpara Stream which falls into the Satpara Dam.  

The dam is further the source of water to the entire Skardu Valley. This water further creates a freshwater Satpara Lake. People from all around the world turn to this magnificent lake and enjoy its calmness and peace. 

Although the winter view of the lake is amazing, it is impossible to reach the lake during this time. The roads are closed due to heavy snowfall and the weather is so cold that it is hard to bear. 

Therefore, it is advised to plan your trip either during the summer or Spring. The beauty of the lake doubles during Spring.

Details  

Length: 3.5 km

Depth: 230 feet
Elevation: 8,650 ft

Location

The lake is situated in Neelum Valley, Azad Jammu & Kashmir Pakistan

Distance From Islamabad 

The Lake is 660.1 km away from Islamabad.

Fun Activities To Do

  • Boating 
  • Cliff Diving
  • Fishing
  • Walk around the lake 
  • Rowing

Upper Kachura Lake

Upper Kachura Lake

The beauty of Skardu lies in its Kachura Lake. The Upper Kachura Lake is among those beautiful lakes in Pakistan that need no description of beauty. Their charm alone is enough to bring many people to the lake. 

The water of the lake is clear, therefore, giving it more beauty and attraction. Furthermore, the lake needs you to have a walk thus there are not many people around here. 

If looking for a calm destination is your goal, Upper Kachura Lake is going to be of great help. The trek here is also thrilling and full of adventures. Moreover, it is not very hard, thus you will be able to come back within a day.  

The best time to plan a trip to this lake is the Spring season. The entire region is full of greenery and apricots. Winter however is not a good time since the lake is frozen and the temperature is too cold to bear. 

Details   

Depth: 230 ft

Elevation: 8,200 ft

Location

The lake is situated in Kalam Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. 

Distance From Islamabad 

The Upper Kachura Lake is 630.7 km from Islamabad. 

Fun Activities To Do

  • Fishing 
  • Boating 
  • Swimming (Only if you are a professional)
  • Picnic

Lower Kachura Lake

Lower Kachura Lake

Currently known by the name Shangrila Lake, Lower Kachura Lake is one of the most famous lakes in Pakistan. It is more visited as compared to Upper Kachura Lake. 

The main reason for the fame of the lake is the Shangrila Resort. However, the lake is also famous due to its beauty and its heart-like shape. It is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in Pakistan. Many new couples fly to this lake and enjoy its beauty. 

Fun Fact: The meaning of Shangrila is ’Heaven on Earth’.

The night stroll around the lake is one of the most peaceful experiences you will have. If you are staying in the famous Shangrila resort, you will be able to have a night view of Lower Kachura Lake, which is nothing less than a heavenly experience. 

Moreover, if you need a fun and decent family trip, this beautiful lake in Pakistan is going to be great fun. Since it is a safe place for both locals and foreigners, you will surely have the best time of your life. 

Details

Depth: 230 ft 

Elevation: 8,200 ft 

Location

Lower Kachura Lake is situated in Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan

Distance From Islamabad 

Lower Kachura Lake is approximately 628.5 km from Islamabad. 

Fun Activities To Do

  • Boating 
  • Fishing 
  • Picnic 
  • Hiking 
  • Eating food in restaurants at Shangrila Resort

Ratti Gali Lake

Ratti Gali Lake

Another high-altitude lakes in Pakistan that is fed by the water of glaciers is Ratti Gali Lake. The lush greens surrounding the lake have been a site of inspiration for many writers over the years. 

The lake is famous for its beauty and surroundings. With the calm cold breeze even during summer, it is one of the most popular summer destinations in Pakistan. 

The only way to reach the lake is on a hike, therefore, you won’t see a lot of people here. The place is quiet and clean and lets people have a time in peace.  

The hike to the lake starts from Dowarian base camp. Once you are on the base camp, you can have a hike of almost an hour to reach Ratti Gali Lake. You can either camp here or choose to come back the same day. If you want to hike, it is advised to take permission from the authorities. 

The beauty and peace of Ratti Gali Lake also give it the title of the Queen of Lakes in Pakistan

Details   

Elevation: 12,083 ft

Location

Ratti Gali Lake is situated in Neelum Valley, Azad Jammu & Kashmir Pakistan. 

Distance From Islamabad 

From Islamabad, Neelum Valley is approximately 230 km. Furthermore, it is approximately  29.2 km from Neelum Valley to Ratti Gali. 

Fun Activities To Do

  • Trekking 
  • Camping  
  • Photography 
  • Fishing  
  • Cooking/BBQ

Important: Make sure to keep the surroundings clean after cooking. 

Ansoo Lake

Ansoo Lake

The name of the Ansoo Lake is said to be derived from its shape. It is the shape of a teardrop (Ansoo) therefore the name gave it its unique name. It is another famous high-altitude lake in Pakistan.  

The lake remained undiscovered till 1993. However, in 1993, a Pakistani aircraft that was flying over the area found the unique shape of the lake interesting and thus found the lake. It has been a famous tourist destination in Pakistan since then. 

Fun Fact: Many people think that Ansoo Lake looks like a human eye

To reach the lake, people need to trek from Jheel Saif Ul Malook. The way is steep and can not be completed by everyone. Moreover, since it is a high-altitude lake, the oxygen level here is low. People with breathing problems are not advised to take the trek. 

There are no shops or hotels around the lake, therefore, it is advised to keep all the necessary things with you. Moreover, there won’t be any places for you to spend the night. Thus if you want to have a night view of Ansoo Lake, you will have to camp. 

Details   

Elevation: 13,927 ft

Location

The Ansoo Lake is in the Kaghan Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. 

Distance From Islamabad 

Ansoo Lake can be reached via trek from Naran Kaghan Valley. You will first need to reach Naran Kaghan Valley, which is 287.8 km. From here you can trek to Ansoo Lake. The distance to the lake is almost 11 km. 

Fun Activities To Do

  • Photography 
  • Camping 
  • Site seeing 
  • Hiking 

Mahodand Lake

Swat is said to be the Switzerland of Pakistan and Mahodand Lake is doing great in proving that. It is one of the most popular and beautiful lakes in Pakistan. 

This lake stays cool and pleasant even during the mid-summer, therefore, it is a famous summer destination in Pakistan. You will surely enjoy the water activities in the lake during the extreme summer. 

You will need to book a jeep ride to reach the lake. Therefore, it is suggested to leave your hotel early in the morning. The route towards the lake is also worth the visit, thus you need to make sure you cover it in daylight. Besides, no Jeep travels late at night. If you want to spend more time on the lake, you must leave early. 

Since the lake is covered in snow throughout the winter, it is best to visit the lake in October. The weather is the best and you can enjoy it to the fullest. However, if you want to visit during the less crowded season, we suggest you go in early June.

Details   

Length: 2 km 

Elevation: 9,400 ft 

Location

Mahodand Lake is situated in Upper Usho Valley, Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan. 

Distance From Islamabad 

Mahodand Lake Swat is approximately 365.4 km from Islamabad. 

Fun Activities To Do

  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Camping

Lulusar Lake

Lulusar Lake

Lulusar Lake is among those famous lakes in Pakistan that are visited by tourists and locals throughout the year. The clear water of the lake that reflects the surrounding scenery makes it one of the most beautiful lakes in Pakistan. 

Furthermore, the road to the lake is easy to reach. You will not have to book an extra jeep to reach the lake. The lake is said to be among the 10 highest lakes in Pakistan. 

To anyone on a trip to Naran Kaghan, it is advised to take out some time and travel to Lulusar Lake as well. The time and money spent in the process won’t be a waste. 

Details

Depth: 16 ft 

Elevation: 11,190 ft 

Location

The lake is situated in Kaghan Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 

Distance From Islamabad 

The distance of Lulusar  Lake from Islamabad is almost 344.6 km. 

Fun Activities To Do

  • Fishing 
  • Boating 
  • Picnic
  • Photography 
  • Sightseeing 

Rush Lake

Plan a trip to the 25th-highest lake in the world. Rush Lake is another high-altitude lake in Pakistan that has worldwide recognition. Tourists from all around the world come to visit this lake and enjoy its beauty. 

Fun Fact: Rush Lake is the highest lake in Pakistan. 

The lake is also a favorite among hiking lovers since you will need to hike from Nagar and Hopar Valley. On your way to the trek, you will cross the Hopar Glacier, also known as Bualtar Glacier. In addition, you will also get to see the Miar Glacier.

The hike might be a little difficult, however, the beauty of the route makes it worth the effort. You will also get to see many famous peaks on your trek and therefore, it will be worth all the effort. 

Many enthusiasts wish to have a trip to the lake, however, if you are not fit physically or have any medical issues, you should consult a doctor before making a trip. 

Furthermore, it is advised to take a trip during summer. There is a heavy snowfall during winter that can make it harder for you to hike. Only extremely skilled hikers can take a trip during winter. 

Mountains To See On The Way

  • Malubiting West
  • Miar Peak
  • Golden Peak
  • Ultar Sar
  • Phuparash Peak

Details   

Length: 24 km 

Depth: 15 meters 

Elevation: 15,400 ft 

Location

The highest lake in Pakistan, Rush Lake, is in Nagar Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan.  

Distance From Islamabad 

Rush Lake Pakistan is approximately 632.0 km away from Islamabad.

Naltar Lakes

The Naltar Lakes are a combination of three lakes; Strangi Lake, Blue Lake, and Bodlak Lake. These lakes are unique in their appearance and add to the beauty of Naltar Valley. Surrounded by high mountains and green trees, these lakes are nothing less than heaven on Earth. 

Fun Fact: The Naltar Lakes are also famous by the name Bashkiria Lakes

The color of these lakes makes them one of the top attractions. The first lake, Satrangi Lake, is green in color due to the algae and grass at the bottom of the lake. 

However, the second lake, Blue Lake, is blue due to the water plants within the lake. The color of the third lake, Bodlok Lake, is Hue. 

The best time to visit Naltar Lakes is from May to October. The weather is most pleasant during these months and therefore a trip is most thrilling. Winter is the least recommended time since the entire valley sees extreme snowfall. However, if you are a fan of winter sports, we suggest you plan a trip in winter. According to my personal experience, the winter sports here are fun and exciting. 

Details

Elevation: 10,000 ft 

Location

As suggested by the name, the Naltar Lakes are situated in Naltar Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan Pakistan. 

Distance From Islamabad 

Naltar Lakes are approximately 566.9 km away from Islamabad Pakistan. 

Fun Activities To Do

  • Ride a chairlift
  • Skiing during winter 
  • Photography

Chitta Katha Lake

The beauty of Kashmir is undeniable. The Chitta Katha Lake is a visual representation of it. It is among the most beautiful lakes in the area. Many tourists are attracted by the beauty of the lake in seconds. 

The lake can be accessed through the Kel base camp. Hence, the one on an adventure hike can see the lake. The lake is also the source of a local stream in the area around the lake. 

If you are looking for a place to go to after an adventurous hike, Chitta Katha Lake is the best option. Moreover, it is a peaceful place with less crowd as compared to other lakes. So, you can have a great time here. 

Fun Fact: The word Chitta Katha means ‘White Stream’

Details   

Length: 3.5 sq km 

Elevation: 13,500 feet

Location

Chitta Katha Lake is situated in Shounter Valley, Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Pakistan. 

Distance From Islamabad 

From Islamabad, Neelum Valley is approximately 336 Km. From there you will be traveling to Kel Base Camp, which will further take you to Chitta Katha Lake after a hike. 

Fun Activities To Do

  • Hiking
  • Photography
  • Camping
  • Admiring Nature

Katora Lake

Near the town of Katora lies this beautiful Katora Lake. This gorgeous water body is among the main attractions of Kumrat Valley. The shape of the lake is like a bowl (Katora).

Apart from its unique shape, the lake is also attractive due to its green water. Many people come here to get amazing pictures of the lake. 

The lake can be reached after approximately a hike of  4 hours. The hike starts from the village of Jahaz Banda in Kashmir. You can either do a one-day trip back to the village or you can camp near the lake. 

It would be amazing to see the night view of Katora Lake. The clear water shining with the sky full of stars is among the most beautiful scenes you will ever see in your life. 

Details

Elevation: 11,500 ft

Location

The lake is in Jahaz Banda, Kumrat valley, Pakistan. 

Distance From Islamabad 

The distance of Katora Lake from Islamabad is approximately 460 Km

Fun Activities To Do

  • Trekking 
  • Camping 
  • Photography 

Pyala Lake

Another beautiful bowl-shaped lake in Pakistan is Pyala Lake. It is said that the lake was formed as a result of a falling star (Shahab-e-Saqib). The amazing shape of the lake also gives life to this story. 

Although the story and the shape of Pyala Lake give it popularity, the beauty of the lake is something that has been attracting tourists for a very long time. In addition, the scenery around the lake with hills and garden enhances the appearance of this beautiful site. 

Furthermore, it is also an amazing destination to visit on your honeymoon. The beauty of the lake is surely something you would want to see at least once in your life. 

Details   

Length: 31 km

Depth: 26 ft

Elevation: 11,190 ft

Location

The lake is situated in Jalkhand, Kaghan Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Distance From Islamabad 

Pyala Lake is approximately 285 Km from Islamabad

Fun Activities To Do

  • Fishing 
  • Trekking 
  • Camping 
  • Swimming 
  • Boating

Banjosa Lake

Allah has blessed Pakistan’s northern areas with unlimited beauty. The Banjosa Lake in Hunza Valley is one such blessing. This lake is said to be one of the largest natural lakes in Pakistan. 

The lake was created by Raja Haji Gharib Nawaz Khan as his summer capital in the 1840s. He named the lake himself. It has been a great attraction in Hunza since then. 

Banjosa Lake is also popular due to its scenery and its abundance of Trout fish. However, several other marine species within the lake make it a site of attraction for all. 

Note: Banjosa Lake is the source of water for many cities in the area. 

Details 

Length: 3.5 Kilometers

Depth: 18 meters

Elevation: 6,499 ft

Location

The lake is near Rawalakot in the Poonch District of Azad Kashmir, Pakistan

Distance From Islamabad 

Banjosa Lake is approximately 134.7 km from Islamabad  

Fun Activities To Do

  • Hiking 
  • Fishing
  • Exploring the nearby area
  • Eat food in nearby restaurants 

Dudipatsar Lake

The famous Dudipatsar Lake, also known as the White Mountain Lake is one of the most famous lakes in Lulusar-Dudipatsar National Park Pakistan. The lake is surrounded by magnificent snow-covered mountains that enhance the beauty of the site. 

Fun Fact: The lake is also known as Dudipat Lake

If you want to reach the lake, you will need to hike. The trek is said to take almost 10 hours for a normal person. However, the time entirely depends upon your speed and fitness level. 

However, if you are not up for hiking, you can choose horse riding under the guidance of a professional. The porter will control your horse and also carry your belongings. 

Details  

Depth: 16 ft

Elevation: 12,500 ft

Location

The lake is  situated in Kaghan Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Distance From Islamabad 

The distance from Islamabad to the Deosai plains is 614.4 km. However, from the plains, you will have to hike for almost 18 km.  

Fun Activities To Do

  • Fishing 
  • Camping 
  • Trekking 
  • Seeing wildlife

Kundol Lake

The Valley of Swat is blessed with plenty of beautiful sites to visit. Kundol Lake is among such wonders of nature that God has blessed Swat Valley with. The lake is among the most beautiful lakes in Pakistan. 

The walk around the lake is said to be among the most romantic places in Pakistan. Its appearance is similar to Lake Saif Ul Malook. However,  the experience you will have here is completely different. 

The night view of the lake is among the best ones in the area. When the entire sky is covered in glittering stars and the cold breeze fills the surrounding, the place looks like a  magical land. 

Details  

Length: 1.5 km

Elevation: 9,950 ft

Location

The lake is situated in the Swat Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan. 

Distance From Islamabad

Kundol Lake is approximately 352.8 km from Islamabad 

Fun Activities To Do 

  • Camping 
  • Swimming 
  • Trekking 
  • Photography 

Sheosar Lake 

If you are looking for amazing places to visit in Skardu, Sheosar Lake is among the best ones. This amazing lake is a site of calmness for anyone who sees it. Be it the surrounding of the place or the greenery, everything is breathtaking.  

The Sheosar means Blind Lake in Shina Language (The local language of Gilgit). The crystal clear water of the lake reflects the beauty of the surrounding scenery, making the lake more attractive. 

This site is beautiful throughout the year. During winter, when the lake is frozen, its beauty is still amazon. However, during spring, the lake is in its most beautiful shape. The surroundings are lush green with butterflies flying here and there. 

People on their honeymoon can also turn to this lake and have a nice trip. 

Details  

Length: 2.3 km 

Depth: 40 meters

Elevation: 13,589 ft

Location

Sheosar Lake is a high-altitude lake in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, located at the western end of Deosai National Park.

Distance From Islamabad

The Sheosar Lake is approximately 566.5 km away from Islamabad. 

Fun Activities To Do 

  • Hiking 
  • Fishing
  • Camping
  • Boating 

Siri Lake

Siri Lake or Sir Paye Lake is known to be the jewel of Shogran Valley. This lake is one of the most attractive lakes in the area. People from different parts of the country visit the lake to enjoy its beauty. Moreover, it is also a famous tourist destination among the foreigners. 

Although the name of the lake is a bit funny, the story behind its name is more interesting. It is said that a Sufi sacrifices a goat in the area and throws its head (Siri) and feet (Paye) in different locations. This resulted in the formation of the lake. 

However, the story behind the name is said to be a complete myth. 

Being at a height, the mountains around the lake are often surrounded by clouds, enhancing the beauty of the place. Moreover, if there is rain in the area, the beauty of the scenery is beyond any words can ever explain.

Since there are no hotels in the area, it is said that you take food with you. Moreover, there are no places you can sleep, so if you want to spend the night here, you will need to camp.   

Details

Depth: 70 meters

Elevation: 8,500 ft

Location

The lake is situated in the area of Siri in Shogran, Kaghan Valley, KPK, Pakistan. 

Distance From Islamabad

The lake is approximately 238.4 km from Islamabad 

Fun Activities To Do

  • Watch nearby mountains
  • Hiking
  • Camping 
  • Picnic

Ending Remarks

The lakes in Pakistan are more like an asset that enhances the beauty of the country. Apart from the above-mentioned lakes, several other lakes are spread throughout the country and are one of the main reasons for tourism. 

Amazing Viral New has prepared a list of the beautiful lakes you can visit, whether you are a local or an international tourist. These lakes are safe sites to visit, even for solo female travelers. 

To get the best of your experience, it is said to get all the necessary information before the tour. This will make you mentally prepared for what to expect on your tour. 

FAQs

How many lakes are there in Pakistan? 

There are approximately 60 lakes in Pakistan. Among these, 51 are natural lakes and 9 are artificial lakes. 

Which city is known as the City of Lakes in Pakistan? 

Skardu is famous as the City of Lakes in Pakistan. There are several lakes in Skardu that attract thousands of tourists throughout the year. 

Which lake is called the highest lake in Pakistan? 

Rush Lake in Hunza Valley is said to be the highest lake in Pakistan and the 25th-highest lake in the world. The elevation of this lake is 15,400 ft.  

Which lake is said to be the deepest lake in Pakistan?

Karambar Lake is said to be the deepest lake in Pakistan. The depth of this lake is 17.08 meters.  

Which lake is famous as the largest natural lake in Pakistan?

Lake Manchar is said to be the largest natural lake in Pakistan. The area of the lake is approximately 350 km2 to 520 km2. 

Which is the latest artificial lake in Pakistan?

The largest artificial lake in Pakistan is Keenjhar Lake. This man-made lake is situated in the Thatta District of Sindh.

Which lake is famous for being the largest saltwater lake in Pakistan?

Manchar Lake is said to be the largest saltwater lake in Pakistan. 

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