These 27 Photos From Kumrat Valley Will Give You Major Travel Cravings

The Valley

 

Up until a year ago, not many people were aware of this remote beauty centered amidst snow clad peaks, towering trees, dense forests and Panjkora river – Kumrat Valley is one of the most beautiful valleys of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, situated in the upper Kohistan region at the foothills of Hindukush mountains with Swat, Ayun and Chitral valleys surrounding it.

How To Get There

 

Tentatively 11-13 hours away from Islamabad, the valley is accessible by small and large vehicles via Dir Road, that heads straight north till the point of a road split, where the left leads to Chitral and the right leads deep into Lamoti Village, furthering into Thal, Do Janga, Jandrai etc as part of Kumrat Valley. Once you reach Thal, you’ll require a 4×4 jeep to reach these places as the roads are unmetalled. Trekking is also involved to reach the high altitude Jahaz Banda meadow and respective Katora Lake (11,500 ft)

Convenience Tip: Hire professional tour services for a 100% stress and carefree experience – In my case I chose Caravaan سیرائے to be my host for this trip. And they did a great job! 

What Does It Look Like?

 

Words can’t describe the magic this place exudes; only first hand witnessing can – but for now, let’s just get you a little excited with these mind blowing snapshots from my recent trip. Enjoy!

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Jandrai – the starting point of Jahaz Banda trek

 

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Kumrat Valley Landscape

 

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Raja Taj lodges at Jahaz Banda Meadows

 

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Jahaz Banda Meadows

 

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Katora Lake Trek

 

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Magnificent Lake Katora (11,500ft)

 

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Waterfall near Do Janga

 

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Kumrat Forest

 

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Food Stop at Do Janga

 

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Kumrat Forest

 

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Jeep ride to Kumrat Forest

 

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Camping at Kumrat Forest – Panjkora River in view

 

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Jahaz Banda Meadows

 

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Summer / Spring at its best at Katora Lake

 

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Jahaz Banda Landscape

 

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Kumrat Forest

 

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Katora Lake – On top of the world

 

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Overlooking the Kumrat Forest

 

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Katora Lake Perspective

Travelled virtually through these photos? Now pack your bags and head straight for a vacation.

On a scale of 1-10, how much are you craving to visit this place? 

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