Lake Saif ul Malook; Jheel Saif ul Malook

Lake saif ul malook

Introduction to Lake Saif ul Malook

Lake Saif ul Malook is located in the Naran Valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. It is one of the highest lakes in the country and situated at an elevation of 3242 meters or 10637 feet above sea level. This lake is famous for crystal-clear waters, which reflects the surrounding mountains and sky. The length of Jheel Saif ul Malook is approximately 1430 feet, width is 440 feet, and the Jheel Saif ul Malook depth is maximum 113 feet. It is also an amazing and popular tourist destination.

It is a natural glacial lake that was formed by glaciers. When the glaciers retreat or melt then they leave behind depressions that can fill with water, forming lakes. The age of Saif ul Malook is estimated to be around 10,000 years old. Though this lake has been a very popular tourism destination for many years, when it was disclosed in the James Bond film “The Man with the Golden Gun”in the 1970s then after that it gained international recognition.

Lake Saiful Malook is not only famous for its natural beauty but also known for being home to a number of historical and cultural attractions. At the lake, you can enjoy camping, boating, hiking and fishing for trout.

Lake saif ul malook


  • Location and Route

Lake Saiful Malook is situated in Mansehra district of province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The route from Islamabad to Hazara via Motorway/M-15 and Mansehra to Naran via Chilas Rd/N-15. It is about 300 km long and takes 4 hours to drive to reach there.

  • Jheel Saif ul Malook Story

There are many legends to tell the Lake Saif ul Malook Story and each has its own story about it but here I will mention two popular stories about lake:

One popular story is about a prince Saif who falls in love with a beautiful fairy princess named Badar Mumtaz or Badi-ul-Jamal. The couple wanted to marry and for this they ran away to the mountains and found shelter in a hidden valley. They said that the lake is named “Saif” in the name of the prince and they also said that the fairy disappeared into the lake after her death.

Second popular story is that King Saif came across this area when he was hunting. He was very much impressed by the lake and decided to build a palace on its shores. Later on the palace was destroyed by flood and since that the lake was known as “Saif ul Malook”.

  • Saif ul Malook Weather 


Jheel Saif ul Malook

During summer months from April to September the Jheel Saif ul Malook  weather is very pleasant and cool. The average temperature during these months is from 10 to 25 centigrade. During winter months from October to March the weather is very cool because of heavy snowfall. The average temperature during these months is from -5 to 5 centigrade. During winter the lake is often frozen and the roads are closed too.

If you are planning to tour Jheel Sail ul Malook and want to enjoy camping, boating, hiking and fishing then I suggest summer months are the perfect time to visit this destination. But if you want to see snow falling or want to explore the winter wonderland then you can plan to visit it in the month of December or January.

The Crystal Clear Waters

One of the most interesting and amazing features of this lake is its crystal clear waters. Even in the depths of the lake you can see the stones and rocks in the water.

Jheel Saif ul Malook

High altitude, low temperature and lack of pollution are the main factors behind water’s clarity. Low Temperature water holds more oxygen than warm water and it is also essential for underwater life and these factors help to filter the water.

The crystal clear water of the lake is a sight to appreciate as it looks like a mirror and reflects the sky above. Blue water and green surroundings reflect an amazing contrast on water. This lake is also the home of underwater life like trout, carp and a variety of birds also live there like ducks, geese and herons to enhance the beauty of the lake. Clear water of the lake is a real natural treasure to enjoy.


The Mountains and Sceneries

This lake is surrounded by majestic mountains and the most prominent peaks are Malika Parbat, Bichtrari and Sarai Sidhan. The height of Malika Parbat is 5291 meters, height of Bichtrari peak is 5095 meters and height of Sarai Sidhan peak is 4983.

These mountains contain different types of rocks like limestone, shale and granite. The rocks create many dramatic landscapes of rough peaks, deep valleys and waterfalls. The mirror image of these mountains reflect in the lake which truly is an amazing scene to enjoy. In the spring season the flowers bloom and the landscape turns into a garden.


Jheel Saif ul Malook

The trek to Malika Parbat starts from Lake Saif ul Malook and takes about two days to complete. The trek is a challenging and technical trek suitable for experienced mountaineers. If you wish to attempt this trek, you must have the appropriate equipment, guides, and permits. The trek offers spectacular views of the lake, the valley, and the surrounding peaks.

In the summer it turns into a haven for hikers and climbers. In the fall trees on the leaves change colors and the display is amazing and striking. And in the winter the mountain peaks are covered with snow, lakes are frozen and the valley displays the sight of winter wonderland.

  • Ansoo Lake


Anso lake near Jheel Saif ul Malook

Ansoo Lake is also known as Teardrop Lake located in Kaghan Valley. It is situated at the height of 4245 meters above sea level which makes it one of the highest lakes in the country. It is 7 km away from Lake Saif ul Malook and takes 7-9 hours to reach there. The trek is difficult and challenging, so if you decide to go there then equip yourself with necessary gears. Follow the path from Jheel sail ul Malook towards Malika Parbat and after 2 hours of trekking you will reach Malika Parbat base camp.

From base camp towards Ansoo Lake the trek is steeper and challenging. Continue trekking and after 5-7 hours you will reach Ansoo Lake. The lake is famous for its crystal clear water and tear shape, which is said to attract and inspire the prince Saif.

Anso lake near Jheel Saif ul Malook

The Charming Fairy Meadows

At the height of 3300 meters above sea level, the Fairy Meadows are a beautiful sight to behold, especially in the months of summer. It also plays the role of base camp for trekkers to the Nanga Parbat, which is the 9th highest mountain in the world. From the Narran Valley it can be accessed by a jeep as the Fairy Meadows located around 8 kilometers from the village of Raikot. The jeep ride is also an adventure for tourists, taking you via winding mountain roads and green forests.

Fairy Meadows is a popular destination for trekkers, campers, and nature lovers alike. There are a number of treks that start from Fairy Meadows, ranging from easy to challenging. One of the most popular treks is the Fairy Meadows to Nanga Parbat Base Camp trek, which takes around 4-5 days to complete. Not only trekking but you can also enjoy a number of other activities like camping, fishing and horse riding.

Fairy Meadows is a striking place where you can relax and enjoy the beauty of nature and I hope you will never forget it in your whole life.

Camping Sites at Lake

If you are looking for a peaceful, natural environment and the natural beauty of the lake Saif ul Malook, you should consider camping near the lake. There are a few camping sites available near the lake, where you can pitch your tent and spend the night under the stars. Here are some camping sites to choose from:

  • Lake View Camping Site

lake view camping site

A spectacular view of the lake and the mountains can be enjoyed from this camping site, which is located on the bank of the lake. It is an expansive and well-maintained site, with basic facilities such as toilets, showers, and electricity. You can rent a tent or bring your own and spend the night at the campsite enjoying a bonfire and barbecue. Besides the camping site, there is also a restaurant for you to eat at and a shop for you to purchase food and drinks.


  • Fairyland Camping Site

It is situated on a hilltop overlooking the lake and the valley, which makes it a perfect spot for camping as well. An ideal and peaceful location with a romantic atmosphere, this is a very beautiful and relaxing site. You can rent a tent or a hut, and enjoy the fresh air and scenic beauty. The camping site also has a cafe, as well as an antique shop where you can find a wide range of handicrafts and local produce for sale.

  • Green Meadows Camping Site

The camping site is situated in a meadow overlooking a pine forest surrounded by flowers and pine trees. It is a peaceful and relaxing site, with greenery and wildlife. You can rent a tent or a cottage and enjoy nature and silence. A playground is also available on the camping site as well as a library where you can read books and enjoy some games in the evenings.

If you are looking for adventure and nature, camping near Lake Saif ul Malook is an excellent option. There is no doubt that you will be able to enjoy the beauty and diversity of Pakistan. Just make sure to pack your essentials, such as food, water, warm clothes, and camping gear. And enjoy the scenery and lake stories.

Activities for Tourists at the Lake

Jheel Saif ul Malook is a known, famous and popular destination for tourism and also offers various activities to do there. 

Here are some of the most common and interesting activities:

  • Boating

Boating in lake saif ul malook

If you want to explore the natural beauty of the lake then you should take the boat ride. You can rent a small boat from locals and paddle it at your own pace to explore the lake. During paddling you can also enjoy the stunning views of surrounding mountains and forests.


  • Hiking

There are a number of hiking trails available around the lake that lead you to different viewpoints, waterfalls and glaciers. One of the most popular hiking trails is the hike to Ansoo Lake or Teardrop Lake.

  • Camping

It is also a popular activity at Lake. Number of campsites located around the lake and tourists can locate their camps on the shores of the lake. It is a great way to experience the peace and beauty of the lake, especially at night.

  • Fishing

This lake is famous and also called the home of trout fish. To start or execute the activity first you need to take permits from local authorities and then enjoy the experience.

  • Horse Riding

Another popular activity at the lake is horse riding. You can easily rent a horse from locals and enjoy the riding experience through the lake surroundings.

Accommodation Options

There are multiple options available at the lake from budget friendly to luxury. Here are the most popular options:

  • Budget Friendly

Hotel One Naran

Hotel One Naran is about 3 km from the lake and is a budget friendly hotel. It offers comfortable rooms with all the basic essentials like hot water, Wi-Fi and also serves local and international cuisines. The average per night cost starts from 3000 Pakistani rupees.

PTDC Naran Motel

Another budget friendly option for tourists and about 1km from the lake. It offers standards, family and deluxe rooms with all basic essentials. It also has a bar, restaurant and garden. The average per night cost starts from 2500 Pakistani rupees.

  • Mid-Range

Arcadian Riverside Hotel

It is a mid-range hotel located on the Naran River and about 500m from the lake. It offers standard rooms and suites with all the basic essentials like hot water, Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. It has a restaurant, a bar and a garden. The average per night cost starts from 5000 Pakistani rupees.

Bella Resorts Naran

Another mid-range hotel located on the Naran River and about 1km from the lake. It offers standard rooms and suites with all the basic essentials like hot water, Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. It has a restaurant, a bar and a garden. The average per night cost starts from 8000 Pakistani rupees.

  • Luxury

Maisonette Hotels & Resorts

It is a luxury hotel located in Naran Town and about 2km from the lake. It offers standard rooms and suites with all the basic essentials like hot water, Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. It has a restaurant, a bar, a fitness center and a spa. The average per night cost starts from 12000 Pakistani rupees.

The Sarai

Another luxury hotel located in Naran Town and about 1km from the lake. It offers standard rooms and suites with all the basic essentials like hot water, Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. It has a restaurant, a bar, a fitness center and a spa. The average per night cost starts from 15000 Pakistani rupees.

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Local Cuisine

The local cuisine reflected the region’s rich culture and heritage of the lake. Some of the most popular local cuisine include:


Karahi is a popular dish not only at the lake but overall in whole Pakistan made with chicken, mutton or beef that is cooked in a karahi. The meat is marinated in spices and cooked until tender. It is typically served with chutney, salad, naan bread and rice.


Another popular dish made with rice, meat (chicken, mutton or beef) and with vegetables. The rice is boiled with spices and the meat and vegetables are cooked separately. And then combined them layered together to create a delicious and flavorful dish.

Chapli kebab 

Chapli kebab is made with minced beef, flour and spices. They are typically grilled or fried and served with naan bread and chutney.


Trout is a very special and popular fish that is found in the rivers and streams of the Naran Valley. Trout is typically grilled or fried and served with chutney, lemon wedges, salads and fries.


Qehwa is a traditional green tea and is very popular in the Naran Valley. The tea is made with green tea leaves, cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves. Typically served hot and is often sweetened with sugar or honey.


  • Why is Lake Saif ul Malook famous?

Saif ul Malook is famous for its love story between Prince Saif and Badi-Ul-Jamal and for its clear waters.

  • What is the popular activity to do in Jheel Saif ul Malook?

The most popular activity is Trout Fishing. The lake is full of Brown and Rainbow trout.

  • Which one is the highest lake in Pakistan?

Rush Lake is a highest lake at 4694 meters and located near Rush Peak in Nagar Valley Gilgit-Baltistan.

  • Which city of Pakistan Lake Saif ul Malook is located in?

Saiful Muluk is located in the Mansehra district of Province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In the northern part of Kaghan Valley about 9 kilometers north of Naran.

  • What is the shape of Lake Saif ul Malook?

The shape of the lake is like crystal clear water in a bowl because several glacial waters gather here.

  • When was Saif ul Malook written?

The writer Hazrat Mian Muhammad Bakhsh wrote this book in 1279 (1863 AD) and the writer himself was 33 years at that time. This book is written in the Hindko language. Later it was translated into Urdu language by Ahmad Hussain Mujahid, a resident of Balakot.

  • How many Lakes are there in Pakistan? 

According to the latest information in Pakistan, there are a total of 1090 Lakes.

  • What is the difference between Naran & Kaghan?

The whole valley name is Kaghan valley and Naran is a medium-sized town in the upper Kaghan valley.

  • What does Saif mean in English?

Saif is an Arabic name that means sword and it also means protector.

  • Who discovered Ansoo Lake?

Ansoo Lake or eye-shaped lake or teardrop lake was discovered in 1993 by Pakistan Air Force pilots, when he was flying at low altitude in a mountainous area.


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