Ansoo Lake, A True Gift of Nature
The magnificent Ansoo Lake is located in Kaghan Valley of District Mansehra, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Ansoo Lake is about 4245 meters above sea level and is considered as one of the highest lakes of Himalayas.
This lake is called Ansoo Lake because it is shaped like a tear. The lake has become very popular attractions for tourists in a very short time.
The folklore of the lake is very interesting. It’s the story of a prince, Saif ul Malook and a fairy princess Badr-ul-Jamal, whom he saw in his dreams. On her quest of tracking her and marrying her he had to go through tough exams to earn her hand in marriage since he was a mere human and princess was a fairy. So the prince had to wait twelve years by the lake until they finally met but with the dramatic entry of the white giant and Tear Lake was formed approximately two miles away. INTERESTING isn’t it?
Well for the most part of the year, Ansoo Lake is not viewable due to fog or rain so you need to be really lucky if you want to witness the beauty of the Lake. Tracks leading to the Lake are beautiful as well. For tourists, best time of the year, where they can behold the beautiful experience of this place without engulfing in fog or rain, is mid of July and August.
In order to reach the Lake, you have two options to choose from. First you can take the track from Lake Saif-ul-Malook or from Mahandri through Manoor Village. It takes around seven to nine hours of a trek for a round trip from Lake Saif-ul-Malook to Ansoo Lake. However, if you go for Mahandri trek through Manoor Village. From there a lush green meadow awaits you after 6-7 hours of trek. From here, another 3-4 hours of the trek from Meadow, Dher, at a height of 14,000 feet, Ansoo Lake is all yours.