Lake Saiful Muluk is Pakistan's Alpine Gem at 10,578ft - A Road to the Mirror of Heaven

Saif ul Maluk is a beautiful, clear water lake with a slight green shade at an elevation of 3.224m (10,578ft) above the sea level, located in Mansehra District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of the Pakistan.

Lake Saiful Muluk

Is the road to Lake Saiful Muluk paved?

Set high in the northern part of Kaghan Valley, the road to the lake is totally unpaved and very challenging. It’s called Naran-Saiful Muluk Road. 4x4 vehicles only. The drive has dangerous drop offs and 11 sharp hairpin turns. The road is in very bad shape and dangerous due to its dilapidated condition.

How long is the road to Lake Saiful Muluk?

The road to the lake, locally known as Mirror of Heaven or Pearl of Paradise, is 9.0 km (5.59 miles) long starting at Naran, the most popular tourist destination in the valley. The road is very steep, hitting an 18% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. The elevation gain is 785 meters. The average gradient is 8.72%.

Is the road to Lake Saiful Muluk open?

Located within the Saiful Maluk National Park, this road is usually impassable from late October through late June or early July (depending on snow). It’s one of the highest lakes in the country and the access during winter is limited as heavy snowfall and landslides threaten to segregate the lake from other regions. High risk of avalanches. Expect snow even in summer. The temperature in the area is moderate during day time but drops to minus in the night time.

Is Lake Saiful Muluk worth it?

Set high amidst the high mountain ranges of the Karakorum, the legendary lake has an air of mystery about it. From a spontaneous stopover to a fully planned vacation, the lake will never disappoint you. Boating is a risky business because the depth of the lake hasn’t been measured yet. Once you reach the lake, you will be mesmerized by its beauty. The water is crystal clear, and the views are simply stunning.
Pic: Arslan Ahmad