Mahodand Lake Kalam Valley
Mahodand Lake Kalam Valley, Swat and went through some beautiful landscapes in this valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. We also met some local people on the way. As the road to Mahodand Jheel Lake offers so many beautiful views, we would stop every now and then. Therefore, it took us 6 hours to arrive at Mahodand Lake. We stayed at Mahodand for overnight camp and the next day we rode the boat to enjoy some spectacular views. This place in Kalam Valley, Swat, KPK, Pakistan is a must visit for the lovers of nature.
Mahodand Lake Kalam Valley
There is no hotel or proper building near Mahodand, but local residents of Swat valley have installed tents to serve tourists. Visitors can also enjoy boat and horse rides at Mahodand lake.
Mahodand Lake (Urdu: مہوڈنڈ جھیل; Pashto: د ماهو ډنډ – “Lake of Fishes”) is a lake located in the upper Usho Valley at a distance of about 35 kilometres from Kalam in Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The lake is accessible by a four-wheel drive vehicle, and is often utilized for fishing and boating.
The Mahodand Lake lies at the foothills of Hindu kush mountains at an elevation of 2,865 m (9,400 ft), surrounded by the meadows, mountains and dense forests. Similarly, the banks of Mahodand lake are covered by pines and pastures that serve as a camping site during the summer. The Mahodand lake is fed by melting glaciers and springs of the Hindu Kush mountain and gives rise to Ushu Khwar, the major left tributary of the Swat River.
During the winter, the Mahodand lake freezes and is covered by heavy snow. In the summers, the basin of the lake is surrounded by a sheet of alpine flowers like geum, blue poppy, potentilla and gentian. Apart from it, the lake is encircled by diverse pinus species which serves as abode for wild birds. Similarly, the lake contains abounding trout fishes, which furnish ideal opportunity for angling, but catching is allowed only to the licensed anglers.
The waters of Mahodand lake are divided into a series of small and large streams.
Known for its freezing water and abundance of trout fish, Mahodand lake is located in the Ushu Matiltan valley around 40 kilometres above Kalam.
Mahodand Lake Kalam Valley is a lake located in the upper Usho Valley at a distance of about 40 km from Kalam, Swat Valley. Mahodand is a high mountain lake at an elevation of 2.865m (9,400ft) above the sea level, located in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The lake, also known as Mahudand, lies at the foothills of the Hindu kush mountains.
The road to the lakes in Pakistan is gravel. It’s tricky and bumpy. It’s called Saifullah Lake Road. It’s 24.0 km long from Matiltan. Drive with care as this is a mountain road with hairpin curves and dangerous dropoffs. It’s pretty narrow. The lake is only accessible during the summer season but access during winter is limited. It’s covered by heavy snow. High risk of avalanches. Expect snow even in summer.
Mahodand Lake literally means the Lake of Fishes. It is accessible by a four-wheel-drive vehicle and is often utilized for fishing and boating.