If any tourist trek the amazing lakes of Pakistan, one of the very first items on their itinerary is the heavenly Lulusar Lake located in the national park called Dudipatsar, Lulusar national park in Kaghan. The name of the lake derives from the word “sar” which means either “lake” or “High Mountain”. In case of Lulusar, the word is used to denote the high mountains with perennial snow covered peaks that are around the lake, creating a magnificent valley. The snow of the mountains has been the reason that the lake has never dried up as in every summer season the snow melts and feeds the lake. As the lake is being constantly fed, the Lulusar lake has become well known for its mirror like surface reflecting the great mountains like an immense mirror.
Lulusar Lake’s Geography
The lake is located in the extreme north of the district, in a valley formed by high mountains. The lake itself is not that high with its elevation coming in at only 3,000 meters i.e. 10,000 feet above the sea level. However, the snow capped peaks that give the lake its name are in another league and may reach heights of up to 3,410 meters. The extreme height of the mountains keeps them covered in snow the year long, but the lake is located in a special zone where water can flow in some months of the year.
Best Time To Visit Lulusar Lake
The best time to visit Lulusar Lake is the beginning of summer. Many people think that mid-summer will be the best time to visit but that is a misconception as by the time summer has set in the lake will have lost much of the snow near it and the sun will have become harsh. Furthermore, with the road being laid next to the lake, it is now possible to travel easily and the snow melting is nothing to wait for. The best time is, therefore, from end of May to end of June. After June the lake will not have much snow, only the greenery will be seen.
It must be kept in mind that many people want to see the lake with green surroundings. So, for this kind of trip, the best time visit is from the mid of July till mid of august, as all of the snow will have melted and the lake will have lush green surroundings.
Lulusar Lake Travel Guidance
If the party is going to visit just Lulusar Lake then the best way to travel is by jeep. There is a metaled road which has been laid right next to the lake. The easiest and the most enjoyable traveling tip is to visit Lulusar lake, then continue to the top known as Babusar top, then return back the same day without camping on the lake. This is easy and more exciting than simply walking to the lake and camping there for the night.
The trip usually takes three days. Here is how you can plan it.
On the first day, the travelers arrive in Narran and take a hired jeep from Narran to Jalkhand. Upon reaching Jalkhand they use either hired camps or hired huts to stay for the night. There is sufficient accommodation in Jalkhand for a lot of people.
The next day, the travelers can arrange for hired jeeps to transport them to Babusar top. As the lake is on the way, they can stop at the lake and on the return journey the travelers can stop at the lake as well. Normally, hiking is not done to the lake if only Lulusar Lake is on the itinerary, as the road is right next to the lake. It must be remembered that this is not a mere jeep track but a full road which can be used by all kinds of transport. So, if a person is using his own transport he too can travel to lake Lulusar on his own without much difficulty as the road is quite flat and does not have many sharp turns as is common in other mountainous roads of the area.
At the end of the second day the travelers return to Jalkhand or they can hire some camps to stay at Lulusar for the night if they want. The recommended option is to return to Jalkhand after having visited the lake during the day. Therefore, at the start of the third day the party can start their return journey to Narran. The return journey is also done via hired jeeps from Jalkhand.
Equipment And Kit
The usual route to Lulusar Lake requires traveling, therefore, the equipment needed for the trip is quite easy to get together. The most important part of the equipment is the personal items. For example, all members of the group must have warm clothes, preferably waterproof, along with gloves and head coverings. As the lake and the top are located at extreme heights, the weather gets very cold during the night and Babusar top is routinely covered in snow.
Travelers should also make sure that they are carrying emergency supplies such as first aid kits and other medical supplies such as nausea tablets, as many people tend to get carsick on the mountain roads.
Precautions And Survival Tips for Lulusar Lake Trek
There are several precautions that should be taken when traveling to lakes such as Lulusar. The reason for these precautions is that traveling on metaled road possesses some risks in mountainous areas.
When traveling to Lulusar lake all travelers must
- Make sure that they are using safe vehicles. Cars and Jeeps of the area can be prone to falling apart, so make sure that the vehicle is sturdy.
- When traveling on a personal vehicle, make sure the driver knows how to drive on high mountain roads. The passage from Jalkhand to the Lake is not much difficult but the road from Narran to Jalkhand may be dangerous for some to drive on.
- All members of the trip should travel together, or be in constant communication.
- If any member of the group is left behind, or finds himself lost due to driver’s error, they should contact other members at once, not wait for them to get in contact.
- The entire area is under tough security as the army moves its equipment through the area. So make sure no member of the group buys or sells anything illegal, as it may have dire consequences for the entire group.
Lulusar Lake Nature Reserves
The lake is located in the national park so it has a plethora of natural wildlife options. Some animals are very common such as marmots and foxes, etc. It is common to find black bear, snow leopard, Himalayan snowcock and lynx here as well. Besides you can come across Brown Bear and Himalayan Ibex as well. Hawks and other similar birds are also common. Other birds that you can see here in the national park include Griffen Vultures of Himalaya, Falcon, and the Himalayan Monal. However, if the season is right, migratory birds can also been seen nesting in some places. Some of these can include common teal, mallard and Pintail. However, you just have to wait until their season of migration in order to be able to see these birds.
As far as the flora is concerned, the entire area has lush green shrubbery which sprouts every year when the snow melts and covers the entire valley. You can easily find many herbs, trees and perennials of Himalayan Conifer forests. There are many medicinal plants found here in national park as well including Aspagol or Plantago ovate, Ban kakri or Podophyllun hexandrum, Thandi booti or Tussilago farfara, Chikee or Primula macrophylla. Shrubs include Grecian Juniper or Juniper exelsa, Jongi or Betula utilis, French marisk or Tamarix gallica, Sumbal or Barberis achycantha.