Zamalo Lake, Swat

Jun 01 , 2020

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Zamalo Lake, Swat

Another long weekend was coming up this month, so we decided to plan something. I had been focusing on Swat lately so it came as a natural choice for this long weekend. Three options were shortlisted around Kalam.

  1. Anakar valley loop to Mahodand
  2. Gadur lake to Desan Meadows
  3. Zamalo Lakes

Out of the three, Zamalo was the only option with disadvantage of coming back via same route. However, this also meant less khowari as we could park our jeep right at the starting point and come back to it directly after the trek. Zamalo lake pictures were already amazing so we decided to go for it.

The trek starts from Paloga village short of Mahodand at a starting altitude of around 2500m. The trek is all ascend till the summer settlement of Jaba right at the base of Falaksar Peak. Jabba stands at 3700m altitude thus making it a 1200m ascend at the first day. This is not generally recommended unless one is on a tight weekend trek schedule like us 🙂 There is a potential camping site otherwise at the middle at the end of jungle.

From Jaba, the trek to  first three lakes takes around 3-4 hours. Zamalo Lake3 is the biggest and most attractive of all. It is situated at an altitude of 4300m thus making it a 600m ascend on the second day.

There are few more lakes above the third lake but we didn’t have the stamina and time to explore them. We therefore decided to descend and reached Paloga from the lake on the very same day making our bodies complain badly.

 


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