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.
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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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