Saral Lake:

Saral Lake is located in Neelum Valley, in Pakistan’s Azad Kashmir at an altitude of 13,600 feet (4,100 m). Seductive, Tantalizing, Captivating. First glimpse of this valley from Saral Pass (4100 meter) was simply breath-taking & mesmerizing! Descending from the Saral top into uninhabited & untouched valley till lake was refreshing. As we came closer to the lake, it started growing on us both literally & metaphorically. As the mind was still busy processing the beauty & wilderness of lake, the thought of crossing very steep looking Jabba-Gali Pass (on the mountain behind the lake) next day gave us shivers. Joy, Anticipation, Fear, Probably too many varied emotions were overwhelming for us, but then trekking in nature is all about exploring/rekindling these overwhelming emotions!

Saral Lake Location and Map:

Nestled in the Gumut National Park, this little-known lake is a hidden gem. This secluded lake in Neelam Valley, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan, offers stunning views you’ll never forget throughout your life.

A truly spellbinding sight to behold, Seral Lake, stuns with its aquamarine, otherworldly waters. In addition, the pristine waters, hold reflection of the snow-frosted, lush green mountains in the backdrop, which adds to the picturesque display.
The best time to visit Saral Lake is during the last days of June, the entire month of July and the first week of August. When nature awakens, with lambs & wild horses bouncing around the lush green fields, wildflowers blooming at their best & the earth seems to have come to the life again.

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Saral Lake Trek Routes:

There are three different hiking routes to access to the Lake;
i) Jalkhand to Saral Gali (Jalkhand Sharda Road) on a Jeep; Saral Gali to Saral Top & finally, from Saral Top to the picturesque Lake; & return back to Besal via Dudipatsar Lake. Noori top jeep track 2 hours drive – drop midway- from there a track going left, it’s a 6 hours hike through Saral Gali
ii) Basal to Mulla Ki Basti; Mulla Ki Basti to Dudipatsar Lake; Dudipatsar to Saral Pass; from Saral Pass to Saral Top & finally from Saral Top to the Saral Lake & Return back to Saral Top, from Saral Top to Seral Gali & lastly, from Saral Gali to Jalkhand (Jalkhand Sharda Road) via Jeep. Mulla ki Basti 8 hours hike – Saral Pass -Saral Lake 4 hours
iii) Sharda to Noori Top via Sharda-Jalkhand road on Jeep; hiking from Noori Top to Saral Top & finally, from Saral Top to Saral Lake.

Saral and Dudipatsar Lake in One Go:

We started hike from Dudipatsar Lake and its take 2 hours to reach Saral pass and then two more hours to lake.

Day 1: Reach Jalkhand hired potters and jeeps from there till Lalian ki basti. Night camp at Lalian ki basti

Day 2: started over trek at 8 AM. It is very demanding ascend till top (top name is not clear some says seral top some says it is part of Noori Top) we reached at top around 12 PM then from there started descend towards Saral lake. After 2 to 2.5 hours you will reach the point from where is took this pic. More 2 to 3 hours descend is required till lake. We camped at this point. Visited Saral and back to camps around 7:30.

That’s it if you want to go till Lake and you can came back from same route but in our plan we have Dudipatsar lake too

Day 3: We have started our trek towards Dudipatsar Lake to Saral Lake again a demanding ascend on Saral Pass than a very steep and technical descend into Lulusar and Dudipatsar National Park. We trek till lake reached the lake around 12 visited the lake and trek back to Mula ki basti it is around 6 km away from Dudipatsar Lake.

Day 4: Trek from Mulla Basti till besal around 12km trek mostly meadows but at the end there are some ascends and descends. Also in this season as glaciers are melted so you have to cross Purbinar stream from two places. Potters helped us to cross that quite easily. Check the climate and season before visit this place.

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There is no signal no tent camp. Once can come back to Mulla ki Basti if one leaves really early and don’t mind spending a small time on the lake.

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