Lake Saif ul Malook is a mountainous lake situated at the distance of 8 km (5 miles) in the north from Naran, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. It is famous because of the highest lake above tree line in Pakistan, being habitat for the Brown Trout fish which weigh up to about seven kilograms, provides a marvelous view of Malika Parbat, and the associated story of a Persian prince Saif ul Malook.
Lake Saif ul Malook is like an oval in shape, with greenish blue crystal clear water remains under snow during winters. The lake has the height of 3,224 meters (10, 578 feet) above sea level. It is situated above the tree line where trees are not capable of growing because of high elevations and in frigid environments.
Fairy Tale Story
The Sufi poet, Mian Muhammad Bakhsh has written the fairy tale called Saif ul Malook in poetic verses. In which, he discusses the story of the prince, Saif Ul Malook who fell in love with a fairy princess named Shehzadi Badri Jamala at the lake.
Boating facility provides you an opportunity to explore the lake from middle and its rich eco-biodiversity with the Brown Trout fishes and many species of blue-green algae. Further, depth of the lake is not measured yet so do not forget to take life jackets with you.
Camping during full moon creates the scene of fairyland where the moon shines with billions of star at the bank of the lake.
Fishing for the Trout fish is popular activity; however, a sanction can be obtained from Fisheries Department.
Trekking to access the lake during winter season provides the immense pleasure of adventure.
The sight is above tree line zone and provides a marvelous view of Malika Parbat, the highest peak in Kaghan Valley.
Lake Saif ul Malook is located 8 km (5 miles) north from the Naran, in the province ofKhyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan which can be accessed by using 4*4 jeeps.The best time to visit is from May to July during summers because, in winters, snows falling in the area block the roadway. However, one can access on foot while snow falling by taking 4-6 hours of trekking.