Karambar Lake

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Pakistan is very rich in natural scenery and is blessed with ethereal beauty. One of such extraordinary places is Karambar Lake that is known as Pakistan’s second highest lake and world’s 31st highest lake that is considered one of the highly biologically active lakes on earth. Karamber Lake is situated in extreme north of Pakistan and mountains on northern side of the lake actually border with Afghanistan. The valley that approaches from main Chitral Valley to this area is called Yarkhun Valley.

It starts from Mastuj till area near Kishmanja. Ahead of this is Broghil Valley which continues till Karamber Pass. Both these sub-valleys are part of Chitral Valley and run parallel to Wakhan Corridor in Afghanistan which separates Pakistan from Central Asian states. After Karamber Pass, there is a chain of lakes and eventually comes Karamber Lake which exits its waters towards Ishkomen side so technically it is situated in Ishkomen Valley. The boundary line between KP and Ghizer is on Karamber Pass.

Karambar Lake also known as Qurumbar Lake is situated at 14,121 feet (4,304 meters) between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan in the Ishkoman Valley and is 250 kilometers from Gilgit. The lake’s entire span, 3.9 kilometers long and 2 kilometers wide, falls within the Gilgit-Baltistan border and also flows down Ishkoman. It is the deepest lake in the valley with a maximum of 55 meters and 17.08 meters respectively, stretched over a surface area of 263.44 hectares (2,634,400 m2) whose water clarity level of 13.75 is rated as highest in Pakistan.

The best time to visit this natural wonder is between June and September. August is known to be the best month with colours and weather drama unfolding every minute. This season witnesses the best of greenery, autumn colours, rain, snowfall, light and shades play through clouds all at same place in this short time span.

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