Naran Kaghan Tour Guide | Weather | Road Conditions
Naran is located 119KM from Mansehra city and 270KM from Islamabad at the height of 8,202 feet. It is one of the most attractive town in Pakistan, fascinating thousands of sightseers, trekkers, photographers and nature-enthusiast, every year. Naran can be measured as base location to charming destinations like Lake Saif-ul-Malook, Lalazar Babusar, Noori Valley, Shogran, Batakundi and Purbi Valley.
You can travel to Naran, from Punjab side via two routes. First one is via Muzaffarabad and second one via Abbottabad and Mansehra.
Route from Islamabad to Naran via Muzaffarabad is full of scenery. You have to reach Murree and then head towards Kohala via Bhurban. Kohala is like the border to enter the Azad Jammu & Kashmir territory. Then you have to travel to Muzaffarabad (The Capital city of Azad Jammu & Kashmir). This city was collapsed in the earth quake 2007 but the authorities rebuilt it. From here you take the route to Balakot via Lohari Gali and Garhi Habibullah. Right before Garhi Habibullah there is a police check post which shows a border line between Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Moreover, if you take route from Islamabad via Abottabad, Mansehra. Then you have to reach Hassan Abdal from Islamabad, passing Taxila and Wah Cantt on GT road (N5). One can also reach Hassan Abdal via Motorway M1 and end up M1 at Burhan Interchange. Then travel almost 3KM on N5 towards Islamabad to reach Hassan Abdal. Right after 13km travel from Hassan Abdal you will enter the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region passing the KPK entry gate. Keep on to N35 (Karakoram Highway) and reach Abbottabad passing Haripur and Havellian. Still travel on N35 for about 25KM will take you to Mansehra.
From Mansehra take towards Balakot and Naran via N15. Then continuing on N15 will take you to Kaghan & Naran Valley, passing Balakot, Kiwai and Paras.
Roads are very much curvy and dangerous. You can travel by cars but off road vehicles are much better but if and only you are a professional driver.
Road via Muzaffarabad is neat and carpeted till Muzaffarabad. Then from Muzaffarabad to Garhi Habibullah it is under construction. After that road is normal.
Via Mansehra, road condition is normal, but only when the water from the waterfalls pass the road, condition there is a bit bumpy. However cars can pass through.
While travelling from Mansehra route, River Kunhar will be flowing beside the road all along the travel and presents very heart touching scenes and scary sounds of water flow. Water is too much cold and the famous trout fish is excess in this river.
At Naran you can find hotels and tents too for night stays. While staying at Naran you can explore the beauty of nature in surrounding areas. Local Jeeps are available for rent for traveling to surroundings. Saif-ul-Malook Lake is the most famous in that area and the journey till there is comprised of Off-road drive and some trekking too. Other lakes are Ansoo Lake, Siri Lake, Piyala Lake and Lulusar Lake.
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Climate at Naran is cold and very pleasant in summer. You have to take heavy clothing in summer. You can see the snow fallen somewhere on mountains and if you travel towards Lulusar and Jhalkad you will have to pass through the snow fallen on the roads and for passing the road authorities use heavy machinery to clear the read. While in winter snow is everywhere in Naran & Kaghan Valley and even the lakes freeze.