Ansoo Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. It is high-elevated lake located in the Kaghan Valley, of Mansehra District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. It is located near Malika Parbat mountain of Himalayas at an altitude of 16,493 feet and is considered as one of the highest lakes of Himalayas. The name of the lake comes from its teardrop-like shape. The word “Ansoo” is an Urdu word which means tear.
The lake is said to have been discovered by Pakistan Air Force in 1993 when the pilots were flying very low. Before its discovery by Pakistan Air Force, it was not known even to the locals. A team from Peshawar was dispatched in 2010 to discover the area and help promote tourism in the area. This team discovered and mapped down various possible routes to the lake.
Most of the time of the year the lake is frozen and melts only in July to August. The best time to cherish the mesmerizing beauty of the lake is from July 10 to August 15. The same period is recommended for trekking.
There are two routes to reach Ansoo lake. One route which is from Lake Saif-ul-Mulook is shorter and steeper. The other is from Mahandri through Manoor village.
From Lake Saif-ul-Mulook
The trek from Lake saif-ul-Mulook to Ansoo lake is covered in snow most part of the year. It takes seven to nine hours of trek to reach Ansoo lake. As the lake is located at a far off deserted area so it could be dangerous if one is not fully equipped. It also requires proper guidance and planning as there are no lodging facilities available. The only available option to stay there is camping, but it is ice cold and windy so one should be fully prepared to camp.
From Mahandri through Manoor Village
The other route to the lake is from Mahandri village which is located at about 40 kilometers to the south of Naran. From Mhandri Bazar, turn left to find the jeep track which leads to Manoor village. Vehicles cannot gon further as the road is not in good condition. From Manoor village it is 6-7 hours trek to a beautiful green meadow called “Dher”. From Dher the trek becomes steeper and takes 3-4 hours to view the beautiful lake. Until now, there is no risk free way to reach the lake waters as no one has ever tried to explore because of lack of facilities nearby.