Gilgit Baltistan is blessed with paragon of beautiful places.
Serenity of Kharfaq Lake
(SOST TODAY/MUSHTAQ ALI KHAN) Gilgit Baltistan is blessed with paragon of beautiful places. It has diversity of sceneries for tourists from mighty mountains to plain meadows, lushly green fields to sloppypatches. It has hybridization of all beauties. Most of its places are worldly famous and known to everyone, but some of its terra incognita are still to be explored by tourists. These paradises are not tourists terminus due to their remoteness and our poor tourism management system.
One of such place bestowed with wondrous beauty lying in aloof is Kharfaq Lake. Kharfaq a small village of district Ghanche is at distance of 75 km from skarduThelake is situated at a mileage of 2 hours by foot journey from the village. It is surrounded by mountains along its two sides.There is no proper road infrastructure from the village to the lake. A road is under construction, but due to scarcity of funding it is in abyence.The route completed till now depicts the hollow furrows all the way due to poor construction.
A wondrous trekking starts with captivating vistas. The way all along enchants viewers. Up to some distance there is road then a sloppy track starts. These terrains lead in to world of nature.A turbulent stream gives company to travellers side by side all the way.The flora of this place mesmerises the sight of its viewers.
After assiduous journey destination is reached.when we look down from there it seems that we are flying in the air. In hazyweather it is like as we are on the clouds and a green flowery carpet is below us.It leads us in to another world full of lucidity. The lake is abundant in wide variety of fishes(mostly trout )This place is perfect for bonfire and camping on its sides. Fisheries Department of Gilgit Baltistan is responsible for preventing unauthorized fishing here. A license issued for fishing by their representative is mandatory. They prevent fishing during breeding season.
There is a path made by carving the mountain which connects both sides of the lake.
In a nutshell when a person reaches here the serenity leads him in to ecstasy.In a world of greenary.After this lake the path uphills are more beautiful.Some of its places are ‘kusumboor’,Broq la,siachen la,khaloq la,snonpo ranga ,Chan la.
Kusumboor is a plane meadow.People sat their animals there in August for Grazing.Chan la is the last destination it is at very high altitude.An icy peaks are found there in mid summer.Temperature is very cold over there.
As the trecking starts then the seceries of nature lead in to world full of delectation.This hilly place is different from other stamping grounds due its different stance.Very few tourists come to visit here but once a person visits there then he comes here frequently.Mr smith was one of them.He said “I came here two years ago.Trecking on these hills amuses me.so I came here again this year..People of here are very polite and hospitable.They assisted me.I am very thankful to them”. “I visited many places around the world but this place reminds the beauty of nature.I love to visit this place again” said Christen a tourist.
River Shyok flows in the foot of kharfaq village has a lot of adventure for foreign adventurers.They rafts there in a place “Dongkha Dong”(Water flows in full of turbulance from there due to its geographical location that makes it favourable).
If you plan to visit there then make sure to be prepared for that with all the camping stuffs and be equiped with all essentials of that.It is good to visit such places atleast once in a year to feel natual life.Calmness of nature soothes and solaces everything.
(Mushtaq Ali Khan
Is Student of Electrical Engineering at CIIT Abbottabad).