Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Hidden Beauties of PAKISTAN

 
Raka poshi, a snow covered 12th highest mountain with an elevation of 7,788 m/25,551 ft
I believe the place where we live, our country is the most important thing in anyone's life. Anyone with out recognition of its nation its is nothing. I am a proud Pakistani and I know nowadays an ugliest picture about my country has been portrayed in front of the world, a picture that holds no color or I am not wrong to say “It’s all black just black”. But the true true picture is holding millions of colors, so bright and so shiny that can dazzle one’s eyes. Today I am with you with totally different topic and a different post, I am sure you will enjoy this journey with me, I will show you how beautiful this country is... It is not as is media is showing you...

Pakistan means the “The land of pure”, where each day the sun rises,with an enduring majesty as the rays of light flushing down towards the snow capped peaks of Himalaya’s and Nanga Parbat. A land where love finds a meaning in the heart warming hospitably of people, a land where history and ancient civilization mystifies one’s heart Pakistan's Northern Areas are the most beautiful places on the earth. It has some world highest and most beautiful lakes...Lush green meadows,  streams of waters full of minerals. Following are the some of the collections:-

Lake Saif ul Malook

The lake is an altitude of 3,224 m (10,578 feet) above sea level and it is amongst one of the highest lake in Pakistan.


A fairy tale called Saif ul Malook, 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. Still now people don't stay on lake after the sunset because of fairies...

  
The water is clear with a slight green tone. The clarity of the water comes from the multiple glaciers all around the high basin feeding the lake. It is speculated that an underground river empties into the lake; which is why its depth is yet not confirmed. It is absolutely frozen in the winter.

 Shangrila Lake 


Shangrila Resort Skardu, also known as "Heaven on Earth", is nestled amongst some of the world's highest peaks. It encircles the heart shaped "Kachura Lake" and is surrounded by fruit laden orchards and flower filled gardens.


It is nearly 2,500 m or 8,200 feet above the sea level Kachura Lake is a lake of clear water having a depth of 70 meters. In summer it has a temperature of 15 degree Celsius. In winter the surface is frozen solid.

Dudipatsar Lake
The deep blue Dudipat Sar, at 3,800 meters, is surrounded by green hills at 4.800 meters, with snow patches in the shady hollows. The lake is very little visited by people. The whole area is accessible for four months every year from June-September after which it is closed due to snow.


Its the most beautiful lake. Still not very common among the trekkers because of its hard trek. The trek consists of a sometimes steep climbs while at other places it passes through huge flat valleys; at all times it is filled with amazing sights.

Look at the crystal clear water of river, The whole area is accessible for four months every year from June-September, after which it is closed due to snow. It is highly not advised to track it in snow, as there is a high probability of avalunches in the area. The lake used to have an abundance of trout.

Aanso Lake

A most difficult lake i.e  Aanso Lake. The name of the lake comes from its tear like shape the Urdu word Ansoo means tear drop.


Ansoo Lake is a high-altitude lake elevation 16,490 feet or 5027 meters. It can be reached by a difficult track from Saif ul Malook and requires physical and mental fitness. If one chooses to walk it takes more than seven hours for a round trip starting from lake Saiful Mulook. The track is covered with snow in most parts of the year. The best time to track is from 10 July to 15 August.



 The lake is said to have been discovered in 1993 by Pakistan Air Force pilots. One thing importent to be mentioned, even if u reach the lake, there is a dead-end. You can't go further into the lake because the level of lake is pretty too low from the track and the surface is so steeper that you can not further, as if you go, its impossible to climb back. As one can see in the picture of lake, that is the nearest level of lake can be achieved. According to local guides, hardly 10 out of 1000 casual / general people actually make it on average.

These are some beautiful and spectacular lakes of Pakistan. Pakistan is the home of several natural lakes. The largest lake  is the  Manchar Lake, which is also the largest lake in South Asia. The highest lake in Pakistan is theRush Lake, which is also the 25th highest lake is the world at an altitude of over 4,700 meters.

Deo Sai Planes

Do you ever heard the highest plateaus in the world with an average height of 4,114 metres (13,497 ft)above the sea level, covering an area of about 3,000 square kilometres (1,200 sq mi). 


It is said that the beauty of Deo Sai can't be explained or pictured. The highest plateaus in the world with an average height of 4,114 meters (13,497 ft) above the sea level, covering an area of about 3,000 square kilometers (1,200 sq mi).


 For just over half the year - between November and May - Deosai is snow-bound. In the summer months when the snow clears up, Deosai is accessible from the Astore Valley in the west and Skardu in the north. Deosai is well known for its rich flora and fauna in the spring season when it is covered by a variety of millions of flowers and a wide variety of butterflies.


Sheosar Lake (also called Shausar Lake) is situated in Deo sai. The lake is at an elevation of 4,142 m (13,589 feet). Its approximate length is reported to be 2.3 km (1.4 miles), width 1.8 km (1.2 miles) and average depth 40 m (131 feet).

Mountains and Glaciers 

Pakistan’s North is the most spectacular and fascinating region.
Here, world's three famous mountain ranges meet - the Himalayas, the Karakorams and the Hindukush. And as well Pakistan has got more glaciers than any other land apart from the North and South Poles. I am a lover of mountains and glaciers, their beauty always bewitched me. Their greatness grandness is the true shadow of God's creation. Pakistan is the home to 68 peaks above 7000 meters high. Some of the longest glaciers outside polar region flow in the Karakorams. 

K2


K2 is the second highest mountain on Earth after Mount Everest. With a peak elevation of 8,611 metres (28,251 ft), K2 is part of the Karakoram.


K2 is known as the Savage Mountain due to the difficulty of ascent and the 2nd highest fatality rate among the for those who climb it. For every four people who have reached the summit, one has died trying. The mountain with the highest fatality rate, K2 has never been climbed in winter.

Nanga Parbat


The height of this mountain is 8126 metres above sea level. It is ninth heighest in the world and the highest mountain of Western Himalaya. It is also known for its highest wall of snow in the world. Such Huge glacier on a single mountain in the world is not present.


It is named as Naked Mountain and also known as the "Killer Mountain,". Nanga Parbat was one of the deadliest of the  for climbers in the first half of the twentieth century; since that time it has been less so, though still an extremely serious climb. It is also an immense, dramatic peak that rises far above its surrounding terrain.


Its a view of Nanga perbat from Fairy meadows. Fairy Meadows is like a heaven on earth and it is located in the heart of Exotic North Pakistan. It truly is the place of outstanding beauty with breathtaking view around.


 Broad Peak

Broad Peak (originally named K3), known locally as Faichan Kangri is the 12th highest mountain with an elevation of 8,051 meters. The height of main peak is 8047 meters/26,401ft. It is called Broad Peak because of its breadth at the top.


Baltro Glacier


The Baltoro Glacier, 57 kilometers long, is one of the longest glaciers outside of the Polar Regions.

A water channel under the glacier
A glacier river of Baltro

Babu sar Pass


Babusar pass is a mountain pass at the north of the 150 km. It is the highest point in the Kaghan Valley. The Kaghan Valley is at its best during summer (months ranging from May to September). In May the maximum temperature is 11 C (52 F) and the minimum temperature is 3 C (37 F). From the middle of July up to the end of September the road beyond Naran is open right up to Babusar Pass. 

Chilas Valley


Chilas is a small town located in the Northern areas. It is connected to the Silk Road by the Karakoram Highway. Chilas is connected to the Chinese cities of Kashghar via Gilgit and Sust.

Swat


Beautiful Swat, you can see thousand of mineral water stream there like this one given above.

Saral Lake


The Hidden Pearl of kashmir. Crossed the Saral Pass at a meagre height of 13600ft and descend into a valley guarded by high passes. In its lap, is hidden a lake of unsurpassed beauty, the dream lake.


 Helmat Valley

Karakoram Highway also named as the 9th wonder.


The Karakoram Highway (KKH) is the highest paved international road in the world. It connects China and Pakistan across the Karakoram mountain range, through the Khunjarab Pass, at an altitude of 4,693 m/15,397 ft.


Due to its high elevation and the difficult conditions in which it was constructed, it is also referred to as the "Ninth Wonder of the World". The KKH is best traveled in the spring or early autumn. Heavy snow during harsh winters can shut the highway down for extended periods. Heavy monsoon rains, around July and August, cause occasional landslides that can block the road for hours or more. The border crossing between China and Pakistan at Khunjarab Pass is open only between May 1 and December 31 of every year.

Khunjarab Pass  


A scenic view of Khunjarab Pass

Border of China and Pakistan at khunjarab Pass at the height of 4,693 meters /15,397 ft. 

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