Kalam Valley Kpk:
Located in the vast breakaway of the upper region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Kalam valley is a testament to Mother Nature’s magnificent majesty. Surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of Chambargahi and Falak Ser, the valley is dotted with lush green meadows, dense forests and pristine blue lakes. However, like all natural feats, you can’t access it right away from the city centre. If one wants to eat and finally surrender to the forces of nature, then one should go to Kalam and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime.
Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes “Life is a journey, not a destination” and we think he may have been with Kalam when he thought of this.
When one embarks on this journey, one finds oneself in the lower districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, climbing the main road from Hasan-Abdal to Swabi or Mardan. From there, one can take the Swat Highway and travel along the Swat River, which finds its birthplace in the Kalam Valley. It is important to remember that people in this region are conservative and expect their culture to be consensual. Therefore, be cautious and show respect for local customs by following their dress code and public behavior.
People may be conservative, but they are used to unique conditions, so one can expect a very comfortable ride.
The road starts to get a bit bumpy after Bahrain so a 4-wheel drive vehicle is preferable, although any car will go through it with some wear and tear. However, the real journey begins when one reaches Kalam. After finding accommodation and enjoying a meal by the beautiful mountains, one can start planning the trip with the help of a guide.
From Kalam Valley kpk, one can walk in three different directions, all leading to glorious destinations. Ideally, a four-day trip can take in a lot of terrain, but such an undertaking requires the physicality and stamina of extreme athletes. The valley is rugged and remote. Separated from all roads, these areas are only accessible by trail, and the challenges vary. The forest (Ushu) is a camping area accessible by jeep.
Kalam is a valley located 99 km from Mingora in the northern upper reaches of the Swat valley along the river Swat in the KPK region of Pakistan. Kalam is surrounded by lush green hills, dense forests and has lakes, meadows and waterfalls worth seeing as landscape elements. The Swat River originates here and is formed by the confluence of two major rivers, the Gabral River and the Ushu River.
It is a large valley about 2,000 feet above sea level. Here the paved road ends and the gravel road leads to the Usho and Utror valleys. More snow-capped mountains can be seen from Matiltan, including Mount Falaksar at 5,918 meters and another unnamed 6,096-meter peak.
The best tourist spots in Kalam valley kpk are:
- Mahodand Lake.
- Kandol Lake.
- Lake Izmis.
- Kalam Summer Festival.
- Shahi Terrain.
- Dhamaka Lake.
- Matiltan waterfall.
- Blue Water Point.
The Mahodand Lake.
The lake is located 25 miles from Kalam, in the Ushu valley, part of the infamous Hindu-Kush mountain range. The lake is at an altitude of 9,400 meters above sea level and stretches for 2 km.To reach this magical lake, one should leave early in the morning, as it takes about 2-4 hours to arrived to the lake. On your way there you will encounter patches of metalled road, but most of the road is just rocks and gravel. I would not suggest getting your own car because you will be spoiled from below. Rent a Jeep from the local market or ask the host at your guest house in Kalam to arrange it for you.
Although the trail is not perfect, there are many sights, which you can’t even imagine. You pass through a forest, then drive alongside a river, and finally drive alongside high mountains, all for 3-4 hours.
After many twists and turns, the lake finally reveals itself to you and it is hard to take your eyes off it. Next to the lake, you shall have horses running, in all their glory. There’s a campsite for you, you can even rent a boat to see the lake up close, or you can just sit back and relax.
If you are lucky and not blocked by the clouds, from the lake, you can see the highest mountain in the valley here.