Every Pakistani knows what beautiful bounties Pakistan has been blessed with, but not everyone has explored the beauty of the country. There are several places that tourists love to visit, but most of these trips are towards the northern areas of Pakistan. If you are interested in traveling to the cold places to beat the scorching heat, we might have some best ideas for you.
Here is a list of top 30 valleys of Pakistan, as well as all you need to know before heading off towards them:
Situated in the Mansehra district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kaghan is a promising valley of green and snow clad mountains. Kaghan valley has two famous lakes; the Saif-Ul-Malook Lake and the Lulusar Lake. Tourists from all over Pakistan visit this place in the summers and sit by the lakes to enjoy the local fish.
If you’re wondering how to get there, then all you have to do is book your local guide. Usually trips to Kaghan valley start off from an eight-nine hour drive from Islamabad to Shogran, and then the trip continues after a night stay at Shogran. Most travel agencies venture further towards the Lake Saif-ulMalook, and then towards the Babusar Pass in the Naran town. This travel to Kaghan valley is filled with many tourist attractions including the cold Shogran Mountain, the river Kunhar, Lake Saif-ul-Malook and the Babusar pass and the Lulusar Lake.
The ideal months to visit this valley is from May to September, because in the rest of the months it is too cold to visit the valley.
Swat valley is probably the most popular valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. We should rather consider Swat valley as one huge valley, and encasing different smaller valleys within. The Swat valley is based on the river Swat, and lies in the Malakand division of KPK.
There are several tourist attractions in Swat including the city of Mingora, the Takht-e-Bahi, Saidu Shareef and Marghazar valley, Malam Jabba hillside and resort and more. The general Swat valley trip includes starting from Islamabad and entering Swat through Murree and Abbottabad. Then passing Shogran in the Kaghan valley, the trip advances to Mingora in Swat. The tour can be extended to Malam Jabba and farther areas.
The ideal months to visit Swat valley are between April to October.
Neighboring Swat, the Kalam valley is only 99 kilometers from Mingora, and is the valley from where the Swat River originates. Extremely fertile in nature, the Kalam valley attracts tourists for many reasons including Matiltan, a glacier and forest spot, where the mountains of Falaksair can be seen. Other tourist attractions include Utror and Gabral hill stations, both of which are sub-valleys.
Kalam valley tours are not usually different from Swat valley tours. You can enter Kalam by visiting Swat from Islamabad via Abbottabad, and then heading of 100 kilometers more. The roads are rocky but built, and have to be accessed by local vehicles.
The ideal month(s) for visiting Kalam is from April to October.
A small valley located near Mingora, Swat; the Madyan valley is a famous tourist hill station. Most of the tourists that come here are en route Swat, but this hill station and valley is as attractive as the former itself. Madyan Valley serves as beautiful sightseeing and even is famous for the river Savastu that passes through.
Famous tour routes to Madyan valley include either visiting from Nathia Gali, KPK. The ideal months for visiting Madyan Valley are April to May, when the grass grows enough to cover sloppy rocks.
Bishigram valley is situated in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and is made by the Bishigram River. This valley is home to many camping sites and is famous for its vast and diverse flora and fauna. The KPK government recently installed camping pods, adding to the facilitation of the visitors. In Bishigram valley, you can camp out on the vast fields and fish in the Bishigram River.
The Bishigram valley is most visited from April to May.
Another valley near Swat, the Jarogo valley is a hidden treasure located in the Matta tehsil of Swat, KPK. It is rarely open to tourists because of little recognition, but by asking the local tourist guide in Mingora, Swat, you can easily access this valley. The best thing about Jarogo valley is its numerous waterfalls, which all cascade down into one river; the Jarogo River.
The Jarogo Valley is accessible through Mingora, but you will need to hire a jeep once you get within the valley. This valley is a popular trekking site and holds a small fish farming village, the Beha village. Within the Jarogo valley, fine pine trees and cool streams welcome visitors, and an open air restaurant has been built to offer visitors delicacies.
The Jarogo valley is one of the most beautiful valleys near Swat, and is a popular camping site too. The appropriate month to visit this valley is April.
The Ushu Valley is in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and is only a few kilometers from Kalam valley. Accessible through jeeps only, this valley is famous for its cloudy skies and cool atmosphere.
The Ushu Valley is home to the nearby Mahodand Lake and has special tour tracks built just for your ease. A famous forest, the Ushu forest serves as a camping site and is a popular tourist attraction. If you live in Lahore, then some tour operators will be willing to pick you from Lahore, and then later stop at Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The trip is continued to Mingora through Nathia Gali and then moves toward Ushu forest.
The ideal month for visiting this valley is in summer, as it entrances are mostly blocked during winters.
Leepa Valley is located in Azad Kashmir, and is an immensely popular valley. Leepa valley is home to many beautiful wooden houses, and have several fruit farms including those of Apples, Cherries, Walnuts and even Honey is in popular demand.
When in Leepa Valley, there are several tourist spots you can head off to. These include Reshian, Chanania and more. The general valley tour is accommodated within the traveling to Azad Kashmir via Islamabad and Lahore. This travel route usually includes traveling to Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir.
The perfect weather and months to visit Leepa Valley are in between April to November.
The Samahni Valley is situated in Azad Kashmir, and is situated just beside the Line of Control between Pakistan and India. The Samahni Valley holds many popular tourist attractions.
The Baghsar Fort is a most popular tourist attraction and serves to be the crowd-puller of the Samahni Valley. However, because of being too close to the LOC, the Baghsar Fort is often closed to visitors, but many enjoy overlooking the fort from the valley.
Another tourist attraction, the lake of Baghsar, is only a half kilometer long. The lake is home to many migratory birds during the winter and many pretty flowers including water lilies and pine trees. The Baghsar Lake flows beside a famous old Mughal Fort.
The general tour to the Samahni Valley is done through the Grand Trunk road.
The Banjosa Valley is an artificial valley located near Rawalakot, Azad Kashmir and is irrigated by the Banjosa Lake. The Banjosa Lake is surrounded by several thick and dense pine trees and is accessible via local vehicles from Rawalakot.
The Banjosa Lake has an ideal temperature of 16°C-35°C in summers, which makes it the perfect vacationing spot. Moreover, the Banjosa valley easily accommodates tourists and visitors in wooden huts, and many rest houses built here add to the comfort of visitors.
Visiting the Banjosa Valley is always accommodated within a trip to Rawalakot.
The Jhelum valley is one of the most popular touring spots of Pakistan, and its undeniable beauty is what makes it so easy to love. The Jhelum Valley maintains a cold and cool temperature while being surrounded by green trees and mountains, and is open to tourists year round.
Famous tourist attractions at Jhelum Valley include Hattian Bala and Awan Patti. The Jhelum valley is irritated by the Jhelum River, and makes it an ideal and loving tourist spot. Other tourist sports are Chakothi, a town which marks the Srinagar and Muzaffarabad junction, and Chinari, a small but popular hill station.
Zilzaal Lake is another tourist spot, which was formed naturally after the flow of river Jhelum was blocked after the 2005 Earthquake due to rubble. But this served to be an attractive tourist spot and now is a famous place for boating.
To reach Jhelum, general route is from Islamabad to Muzaffarabad, then Sharda and then Jhelum and Kel.
The Neelam Valley runs parallel to the Kaghan Valley and is located in Muzaffarabad.
The general tour includes pick-up from Islamabad, Muzaffarabad and then eventually Neelam valley. Local sightseeing places are Keran and Sharda, as well as the Kutton/Kuttan waterfall. Keran or Karen is a small scenery located over the bank of the river Neelam and has a tourist lodge which overlooks the other side of the river occupying India.
The Neelam Valley is divided into the upper and lower Neelam Valley, and is a large village which overlooks Occupied Kashmir. The Neelam valley is rich in fruit trees and more, and visitors have surplus facilities provided to them.
Neelam Valley tour starts from Islamabad to Muzaffarabad, and reaches Neelam Valley within 7-8 hours from the latter. Then the tour can be extended to Upper Neelam valley and eventually other tourist attractions.
The ideal weather to visit Neelam Valley is between April to October, although the valley remains open throughout the year.
The Shounter Valley is near the Neelam Valley, and the glacial river from the alpines fall into the valley forming the Shounter River. The local lake is the Chitta Khatta Lake, meaning white stream in the local language. Travel to Shounter Valley is accommodated within trips to Neelam and Kel Valley, and the popular tourist activities are fishing, trekking and camping.
To travel to Shounter Valley, a 12-hour drive takes place from Islamabad to Kel. After an overnight stay, the drive continues to Domel valley. If you want, you can halt and stay in this valley because it takes another long drive to reach Shounter Valley.
The Astore Valley is also called the Gorikot valley. The Astore Valley is located in Gilgit Baltistan and gives visitors endless opportunities to trek, ride horses and more. The Astore valley has more valleys including the Rama Valley, which serves as one of the most popular tourist spots. The Astore valley consists of several green meadows, wide and huge pastures and mighty mountains covered with snow.
The weather in Astore valley is moderate throughout and snow can exceed 4 meters in winters. The ideal month(s) to visit Astore Valley is May to October.
The Astore valley tour starts from Islamabad, and ventures through Mansehra, Battagram and Indus River. After a nights’ stay, the tour continues to Astore valley.
Popular tourist sites are forest near Polo ground, Polo ground, Astore Bazaar, and Rama Lake.
Rama Valley is a small valley only a short way from Astore Valley and is only 40 minutes away. The Rama Valley is a meadow, with ice cold and azure water, thousands of Pine trees, and several loose cows and sheep wandering here and there. The Rama valley is a famous trekking site, and is accessible from Astore valley via a metaled road. The Rama valley is a popular camping site too.
The Rama Valley is most visited during the summer as it is cold then too, but in winters it becomes too cold to be visited. Many daring travelers still visit it in winters too. The most appropriate time to visit the Rama valley is in between spring and autumn.
Rama Valley tour is mostly accommodated within the Astore valley tour.
The Shigar valley is in the North of Pakistan in Gilgit Baltistan, and is the gateway to the Karakoram Mountains.
Famous tourist attractions are Blind Lake Shigar, Shigar Fort, Shigar Masjid, the Apple garden Hashupi Bagh Shigar and the Katpana Cold Desert Shigar.
The best time to visit Shigar valley is March to August. Mostly, tourists prefer to visit in between March to May, but the Shigar valley attracts tourists in June to August too. Tourists thin down in autumn and reduce to zero in winters.
Shigar valley is accessible by air from Islamabad and then Skardu, but if you’re really feeling adventurous, it is a long drive from your home city too. From Islamabad, the Shigar valley can be reached through Skardu.
The Gilgit Valley is in Gilgit Baltistan and is 365 miles from Rawalpindi. The Gilgit Valley is in the district Gilgit, and is marked by the Gilgit River. The Gilgit Valley is one of the most popular tourist sites in Pakistan.
Visitors tend to visit Gilgit Valley throughout the year, but the peak season of tourism is May to October. Tourists thin down from November to January, but still, the valley is far away from being silent.
The Gilgit valley has many popular tourist attractions including the Kargah Nala, a game sanctuary, Chinar Garden, and several rock carvings a few kilometers from the valley.
Gilgit valley is accessible through a bus which sets off from Islamabad and reaches Gilgit Valley. However, the Gilgit valley is more accessible through private road trips or tour operators.
The Hunza Valley is surrounded by cold mountains of Pamir, and is one of the most popular and the most populous tourist attractions in Pakistan. This valley of Gilgit Baltistan is visited throughout the year by local, national and international tourists.
The Hunza valley is famous for Rakaposhi Peak, Karimabad Bazaar, Altit and Baltit Forts Attabad Lake, Borith Lake, Gulmit, Eagle Nest Duikar and Sost Border.
The Hunza Valley tour starts from a drive to Besham Valley or Babusar Pass (depending on the season) from Islamabad and continues to Hunza valley after a nights’ stay. Passing the Gilgit Valley, the tour stops when Hunza valley is reached after another night’s stay.
The Nagar Valley is just beside the Hunza Valley, and is masked by the Golden Peaks, the Rakaposhi Mountains. The Nagar valley is a rare tourist site, for people mostly head towards it neighbor, the Hunza Valley, but those few who do venture here have depicted it as heaven.
The Nagar Valley is a peaceful and serene village, and the center of the valley used to be Nagar Khas, before the Hopar glaciers. Famous tourist attractions are Rush Lake Hopar, Attabad Lake neighboring the Hunza valley and more.
The optimal months to visit Nagar valley are June-August. Nagar Valley is a few hours’ drive from Hunza Valley and is usually accommodated within Hunza valley trips.
The Skardu Valley is a couple of hours from Gilgit Baltistan, and is popular for its many tourist attractions.
The best tourist attractions of the Skardu Valley including Katpana Cold Desert, Deosai Plains, Mantokha Fall, Satpara Lake, Soak Nala and more.
Skardu valley is most visited during summers and is avoided during specific months of April to May because of rainfall. If you want to visit Skardu valley, the best deal would be to check on the weather of Gilgit Baltistan beforehand.
Skardu Valley is accessible through two common routes; Islamabad to Chillas or Besham to Dasu route.
The Quetta Valley is the capital of the province of Balochistan and is a very popular city. If you want to visit somewhere where you’re not far from local civilization, Quetta valley is perfect for you. Quetta valley is not commonly taken as a tourist spot, but it is still a popular tourist destination.
Tourist attractions in Quetta include Hanna Lake, Hanna-Urak Waterfall, Hingi, Askari Park, Spin Karez Lake, Qilla Miri, Quetta Fort and Mian Ghundi.
Quetta receives dense snowfall in winter, therefore, the ideal time to visit Quetta is from April to October.
Quetta is accessible by most cities of Pakistan via bus, train and air.
The Urak Valley neighbors Quetta in Balochistan. Urak Valley is a few kilometers from Hanna Lake and is a famous valley for tourism. Urak valley has many popular tourist attractions including Hanna Lake, Wali Tangi valley, waterfalls of Wali Tangi, apple tree farms and Urak Gate.
If you want to visit Urak Valley, an ideal way to travel would be by car or by air.
The Moola Valley is in Balochistan, and is commonly called the Moola Chotok. Although only a few places in Balochistan get their fair share of popularity, the Moola Chotok is a hidden gem. The Moola Chotok is a small valley which is irrigated by several waterfalls and is called the gem of Khuzdar, Balochistan.
The popular Moola Valley destinations and activities are Moola waterfalls, trekking, fishing, camping and more. Moola Valley is mostly visited during fall because the valley gets too hot during the summer.
Moola Chotok can be visited by a long drive from Karachi, Islamabad or Lahore via local buses and tourism agencies.
The Dhan Valley is in the Potohar Plateau in Chakwal and if you’re not too fond of visiting Northern areas, then this valley is perfect for you. Not too far from civilization, the Dhan Valley is locally called the Dhan Kahoon or the Dhan Kahon Valley.
To the east of Dhan valley lies the Jhelum River, which is its main source of irrigation, and nearby is the Sohan River. The valley is a popular civilization, and if you want to experience civilization like never before, Chakwal is your place to be.
The Dhan valley is visited throughout the year, and the people of Chakwal are considered extremely hospitable. People from all over Pakistan love the special Chakwal chappal with special embroidery, and there are several tourist attraction in Chakwal.
These tourist attractions are Katas Raj, Thirchak-Mahal canyons, Chehl-e-Abdal, old Nandana Fort, Kallar Kahar Salt Mine and Larri Pathan.
You can visit Chakwal easily through local bus systems and by drive.
Soan Sakaser Valley
In the center of Punjab lies the Soan Sakaser Valley, in the northwest of Khushab, a few hours’ drive from Chakwal. Beautiful lakes, mesmerizing scenery all surround the Soan Sakaser Valley, giving an enthralling look.
The Soan Sakaser Valley has many tourist attractions including the Khabikki Lake, Ucchali Lake, Kanhatti Gardens, Deep Shareef Water Spores and wide pastures perfect for camping, barbequing and bonfires.
Soan Sakaser Valley is located in Punjab which means that there is no specific month or weather to visit it; it is open to tourists all throughout the year. However, weather may get too hot during summers.
You can visit Soan Sakaser by drive from Chakwal through Mianwali.
Chamkoon Valley is in the Jalalpur district of Punjab, in Dhok Naghial. Less known as Chamkoon and more as Dhok Naghial, the Chamkoon valley is extremely nearby to the Salt Mines of Pakistan, the Khewra Mines and the local famous shrine.
Visiting Chamkoon Valley will give you an insight over its history, as well as give you a light experience.
You can visit Chamkoon Valley any time of the year, by road.
Moving on to the valleys of FATA, the Tirah Valley is a famous valley of FATA. The Tirah Valley is located in Khyber Agency, bordering Afghanistan. This valley is ideal to visit if you want to experience heavenly days in fruit trees and farms. The common fruit farms of Tirah Valley include walnuts, mulberry, and local fruits.
The ideal weather to visit Tirah Valley is in winters, as it is a local house for mosquitoes in summer.
To visit Tirah Valley, you can visit the nearest cities by bus or travel through the GT road.
Hushay Valley is located in Gilgit Baltistan, and is a four-hour drive via jeep from Skardu. On the way to the Hushe valley lies the Khaplu valley, another famous valley for tourists.
Hushe Valley has the base camp of Masherbrum, the 24th highest mountains in the world, and is, therefore, one of the most popular valleys for trekking and mountain climbing.
Most people who visit the Hushe Valley tend to fly to the valley from Islamabad to Skardu, and then drive onward.
The ideal weather to visit the Hushay/Hushe valley is April-September, provided it does not rain much.
Khaplu valley lies in the way of Skardu and Hushe Valley. The Khaplu Valley is one of the most beautiful valleys which befall within two valleys.it is a small administrative capital of the district of Gilgit Baltistan, and is a two-hour drive from Skardu by jeep.
Khaplu Valley has been called Shyok valley because it is watered by the Shyok River, and although the road has been closed to the city of Drass, there are many helicopter services available to visitors.
Visiting Khaplu the easiest way would be by traveling through air to Skardu and then driving onward or by driving straight to Skardu.
Last but not least, the Kumrat Valley lies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and serves to be an extremely delightful memory. Kumrat valley has many tourist attractions including Jahaz Banda, and tourists from all over Pakistan love to camp and trek in this valley.
The ideal weather to visit Kumrat valley is spring to fall, but cold weather should be avoided.
Kumrat valley is reachable from Islamabad after a long drive of approximately 9 hours.
These top thirty valleys of Pakistan will definitely wake the adventurer within you, and make you want to explore all that Pakistan has to offer.