Kharfaq Lake


In a Glimpse 

Kharfaq Lake, one of the pristine sites in Khaplu Valley, is a high-altitude natural lake near Kharfaq village, Gilgit-Baltistan, in the Karakoram mountain range. “Riochug Tso” is another name for Kharfaq Lake in the local language. It is 22 kilometers southeast of Khaplu, a 45 minutes drive, near Kharfaq village, at an elevation of approximately 13000 feet above sea level. The months of July and August are the best for tourists to visit the lake.

Kharfaq Lake in Khaplu

The lake’s water level began to rise in May and peaked in the middle of July. Snow blankets the landscape in its whiteness during the winter season, creating stunning views. Since no paved road has been built here yet, the lake has been inaccessible. For as long as anyone can recall, a road has been under construction here, only to be abandoned due to a lack of funds.

The journey towards the Lake

When you get closer to the water, you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking views. A loud stream accompanies you as you navigate a hill, spitting water into the air here and there as you snaking around turns and cuts. It’s an incredible sensation. The ride lasts about two hours and includes a variety of breathtaking views. On a rainy day, you’ll feel as if you’re walking above the clouds that hang low over the valley.

Summer view of Kharfaq Lake in Khaplu

The lake is home to a large number of fish, mainly trout. The location is ideal for a bonfire and camping. The Gilgit Baltistan Fisheries Department is in charge of preventing illegal fishing in the region. A fishing license is given by their representative. Fishing without a license is illegal. As the trek begins, the natural scenery transports you to a world of delight. Few tourists visit his part of the world, but once you’ve been there, you’ll want to return again and again.

Beyond the Kharfaq Lake

The “Riochug Tso”, pristine Kharfaq Lake in Khaplu Valley

In a nutshell, the serenity is ecstatic when one arrives here, in a future where the mountains hold all the promises. The uphills are even more spectacular after this pool. ‘Kusumboor,’ Broq la, Siachen la, Khaloq la, Snonpo Ranga, and Chan la are some of the places in the mountain wilderness beyond this lake.

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