Lakes of Pakistan – Ucchali Lake

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Ucchali Lake Pakistan

Birth Location Water Area
400 yrs back Salt range Saltish 800m abovesea level

On the south of salt range in the Soan Sakaser valley, in its higher cliffs are three very beautiful and attractive lakes. One of them is Ucchali lake which is surrounded by a vast cultivated land and vegetation and provide a worth watching scene. The lake originated due to no drainage in the salt range. It gets water mainly in spring with the seeping water from the salt ranges and drains from the near by area. The water is saline and saltish.

The rare bird called Oxyura Leucocephala which is a white headed bird migrates here in winters from Central Asia.

The lake water is believed to have cure for many skin diseases and gout. Locals also believe that there is a volcano underneath the lake due to which the color of its water keeps on changing. The highest peak of the salt range having 4993 ft looms over Ucchali lake. Though the saline water makes this a lifeless lake yet its scenic beauty and locals beliefs about its curing qualities attract quite a number of tourists. They can also enjoy boating as boats are available on the lake.

Lakes of Pakistan – Manchar Lake

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Lakes in Pakistan- Manchar Lake - Sindh

Birth Water type Location Ranking Area In flows-Canals Out flow-River Elevation Surface Area
1930’s Fresh water 18 km from Sehwan Sharif, District Dadu, Sindh Largest in South Asia Over 100 sq. miles Aral Wah & Danister West of River Indus 34m, 

112ft

350 sq km-520 sq km

In the west of Kirthar hills and Laki hills being on the south is a beautiful and wide natural lake called Manchar Lake. It is the largest lake not only in Pakistan but in the whole South Asia. It was made when the Sukkur barrage was constructed in 1930’s. It is fed by Aral Wah and Danister canals. It has also been providing homeland nearby until recently to a large number of fishermen’s families. The lake also has been home to thousands of Siberian migrating water birds. The lake fish being the main food for these birds and they have lived around the lake for years.

The lake is undergoing degradation for a long time now but the effects have just been visible recently. The water has been diverted from River Indus and storm runoff has decreased from the Kirthar mountains, which have reduced the supply of fresh water to the lake. Saline water is also flowing into the lake from the agricultural land in its surroundings. Its water is becoming saline, killing off fish and discouraging migrating birds. The number migrating birds is dropping down each year due to wide reduction in fish. Like it decreased to 2,800 in 2002 as compared to 25,000 in 1988. This lake has been providing large amount of water for irrigation which is also getting effected.

However, 700 cusecs water was flowed into the lake from River Indus in August 2009. The authorities are taking notice of the situation and with time this lake will get its number of inhabitants back.

Manchar lake is populated by the Mohana’s houseboat people now a days.

Lakes of Pakistan – Chitta Katha Lake

by on December 6, 2010
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Lakes in Pakistan- Chitta Katha Lake - Shonter Valley- Kashmir

Location Elevation
Shonter Valley, Azad Kahmir 3,800 m12,467 ft

This is one of the most beautiful lakes of Pakistan. It is located in Shonter Valley , Azad Kahmir. The snow capped mountains of Kashmir surround this enchanted lake and the flowers on the sides in summers bring added beauty. One can reach this lake through Kel in Neelum valley.

The road to the lake can only be taken on jeep. It is around 30 kilometers from Kel to the Chitta Katha Lake. If you want to trek, it is better to stay the night at the Utli Domel village and start the journey early morning from there. The climbing uphill can take around 5 to 6 hours time. One has to be physically and mentally fit to do this climbing.  Horses can also be hired for the purpose from the village.

This lake is only accessible in July and August; rest of the year time it is covered with snow and trying to climb up there can be really dangerous. However, being such a beautiful lake, people come to visit this place very frequently in summers. This lake is a favorite tourist attraction for not only the tourists from outside Pakistan, but also for the tourists visiting from within the country.

Lakes of Pakistan – Dudipatsar Lake

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Lakes in Pakistan- Dudipatsar Lake - Kaghan Valley

Location Elevation Water
Kaghan Valley 

Khyber Makhtunkhoya

3,800m 

12,467 ft

Fresh

‘Dudi’means white and the word ‘Sar’ means lake. This lake is also called Dudipat Lake.  The name has been given to the lake because it is surounded by white snow capped mountains. It is located in the north of Kaghan Valley, about 4 hr drive from Naran. The area opens every year from June to September only, because of heavy snow in the rest of the months. It is better to visit after 25th of July. Visitors have to trek for about 6-8 hours from the Besal, not even jeeps can go there. The initial 4 hrs are the toughest as it involves steep climbing. There are some flat valleys and very beautiful views on the way.

The lake water is of greenish blue color and is always icy cold.In summers the water gives mirror like reflection which is worth watching. It is not recommended to track here in snow due to high chances of avalanches.

The lake was a fishermen’s paradise but illegal fishing has reduced the number of fish drastically. The lake is not visited by a large number of people because of the hard hiking trek. But this has kept it s natural beauty quite entact. The Government of Pakistan is trying to build new roads to increase accessibility to this lake.

Lakes of Pakistan – Khabikki Lake

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Lakes in Pakistan- Khabikki Lake - Salt Range

Location Water type Max. Length Max. Width
Southern Salt ange Salt water 3 km 1 km

This lake is situated in the Southern Salt Range area and has salt water. It was formed because of the absence of drains in the salt range. The water was brackish but now it has eventually become sweet and fish of chinese breed is living in it. Many migrating birds come to this lake from far away places. Bird watchers can enjoy siting here for hours. The sunset and sunrise are the most memorable times to be around the lake.

This name is given to this lake because of its neighbouring village. On the right side of the lake is a small hill with greenery and beautiful trees. There are mountains on the other sides and the whole area gives a beautiful picture of Allah’s glory. Boating facilities are also provided for the visitors. And there also is a rest house near the lake in case some one want to stay for a few days. When rain falls in the area this lake really looks like a heavenly place. In summers the trees and plants around the lake add up to its beauty. For local people this lake is a life line because  no canal system  is  avilable in this hilly area.

Lakes of Pakistan – Ansoo Lake

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Lakes in Pakistan- Ansoo Lake - Kaghanan Valley

Location Surface 

Elevation

Kaghan Valley 

Mansehra District

5,027 m 

16,492 ft

The name has been given to this lake because  of it s tear like shape. Ansoo in Urdu means ‘Tear drop’. This lake was discovered by Pakistan Air Force in 1993 before that even the locals didn’t know about the lake.

This is a high altitute lake located in Kaghan Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It is close to the Malika Parbat of Himalayas.

The lake can be reached through a difficult trek vis Lake Saif ul Mulook. The walk is tough and is recommended only for physically and mentally fit people. It takes more than 7 hours for a round trip and the trek is mostly covered with thick snow. The best time of the year to trek on this route is around July 10th to August 15th. Horses can also be hired with a guide from Lake Saiful Mulook. Even then one has to cover atleast 35 % of the distance by foot. After reaching the Malika Parbat base camp the trek becomes very difficult as oxygen level is very low and one has to be careful and conscious as breathing becomes very difficult. Then comes an easy stretch with heart touching scenery. The temperature drops and warm clothes should be worn to go any further. Ansoo lake is almost 20 minutes from this point. The last stretch is again tiring but the view makes up for all the effort. Most of the time it is covered by clouds and looks very beautiful from the mountain top.