Naran is a town in upper Kaghan Valley in Mansehra District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. It is located 119 kilometers (74 mi) from Mansehra city at the altitude of 8,202 feet (2,500 m). Naran is one of the most scenic town in Pakistan, attracting thousands of domestic tourists, trekkers, photographers and nature lovers every year. The Kunhar River, swollen by glacier melt, passes through this town as it meanders its way through the valley.
The weather in Naran is warm then the other mountain valleys of Pakistan. There is significant rainfall throughout the year in Naran. Even the driest month still has a lot of rainfall. The average annual temperature in Naran is 10.1 °C. The region is Alpine in geography and climate, with forests and meadows dominating the landscape below peaks that reach over 17,000 feet. Following is the weather history of Naran
Things to see/do in Naran valley:
Naran to Lake Saif Ul Malook dusty jeep track is approximately 9 km in length with hiking tracks difficulty level ranging from easy to medium. It can be traveled by jeep in one Hour. Net elevation gain is around 700m.
Ansu is tear shaped high-altitude lake situated adjacent to Malika Parbat. It can be reached via 11 km trail starting at Saif-ul-Malook. This trail can be divided in two steps. (a) 7 km walk from till base of Malika Parbat. (b) 4 km hike up the mountain with net elevation around 1000m. It can be traveled by Trekking in 4-5 Hour. Lake remains accessible from early June till late November, with deteriorating weather making it difficult at start and end of season.
Lalazar is a plateau once known for beautiful wild flowers and soothing pine forests. Though recently cultivation of potato and other corps declined the natural beauty, but still enchanting view of Malika Parbat and lush meadows make it a must visit. Lalazar can be reached through a muddy jeep track of 01 hour starting from Battakundi. Some people prefer trekking over riding the jeep. One famous, moderate trek starting from Lake Saif-ul-Malook through picturesque Hans Gali ends at Lalazar.
Other Tracks (Originating/Ending in Naran Valley):-
– Balakot (Gate of Kaghan Valley)
– Noori Top
– Dudipatsar Lake (Queens of The Lakes)
– Saral Lake
– Fairy Land
– Sat-sar Mala Lakes (6 Lakes in One Place)
– Jalkhad (Mindblowing Place)
– Lulusar Lake
– Sarkatha lake (Lake is in Kohistan)
– Sangal Lake
– Katha-sar Lake (Lake is in Kohistan)
– Ghazi Sar
– Maheen Lake (Lake is in Kohistan)
– Babusar Top (End of The Kaghan Valley