How’s Ansoo Lake Looks From Its Base

The lake is discovered in 1993 by Pakistan Air Force pilots who were flying low in the area.

A very first video of Ansoo Lake from it’s base on the Internet. We have done it Alhamdullilah. By-Imran Hakeem

It takes seven to nine hours of trek for a round trip from Lake Saif-ul-Malook to Ansoo Lake. This Trek can be separated into two halves. The first part is through a valley alongside a river to the base camp of Malika Parbat. The second steeper part is from the base camp of Malika Parbat to Ansoo Lake. This lake is located at the far off deserted and extremely difficult areas; thus, it can become dangerous if one is not fully equipped and require proper guidance and planning as there are no lodging facilities available. Camping is the only solution, but it is so windy and ice cold out there that one has to be really prepared to camp.

The second trek to Ansoo Lake 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. 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 16500 feet, Ansoo Lake becomes visible. There is no risk free way to reach lake waters because it lies in the crater with steep, snow covered walls. There is no apparent drainage of lake water and no one ever tried to explore it because of its dangerous approach and limited resources in that area.

The lake is discovered in 1993 by Pakistan Air Force pilots who were flying low in the area. Earlier, the lake was not even known to the locals. In 2010, a team from Peshawar is dispatched to Ansoo Lake to discover and help promote to educate people about Ansoo Lake and its beauty, in order to increase tourism in K.P. This team includes the team leader Mr. Wali Ullah Khan commonly known as Doctor-Saab in Naran, Mr. Muhammad Javaid, Mr. Seyaf Fasal and a 20 years old Local guide Mr. Muhammad Idress. This team local high altitude journeys were originally headed by a Local team guide a 65 years old famous trekker Mr. Tahir from Naran. This team discovered and mapped-down the possible various routes to Ansoo Lake and the possible benefits each rout can offer. Moreover, it describes the length and toughness and, the camping and weather conditions of the various routes to Ansoo.

Bring tents and sleeping bags and food with you for in case you need to camps somewhere due to rough weather conditions like snow fall, heavy rain or land slide. Hire a guide and horses for the trek. (This can be arranged from the Lake Saif-ul-Malook). Keep enough food and water with you. Better to take sandwiches or burgers for food because you don’t need to take any crockery stuff for them. Use comfortable shoes, warm clothes and especially keep a rain coat with you for rain and snowfall. Cautions for trekkers. Avoid trekking to Ansoo Lake in a bad weather. Wait for a fair days since it is said that one need to be lucky to behold the beautiful Ansoo Lake. Because sometimes when you reach the lake after hours difficult trekking, the lake does not view able due to fog or rain. Diabetes patients and people with respiratory problems should avoid to trek for the lake.


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