Baha Lake: Best Natural Escape From City Life

Introduction

Khukush Langar, or Baha Lake, is the longest natural lake in Gilgit-Baltistan. It is located in the Koh-i-Ghizer district. Although Baha Lake is not as widely known as other destinations in Pakistan, it offers a unique and peaceful experience for those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and connect with nature.

Baha Lake

Width of Baha Lake

The correct width of Baha Lake is around 750 meters (2,460 feet).

Length of Baha Lake

length of baha lake

It boasts a sky-blue hue and stretches for 5 kilometers (3.1 miles). It is one of the most “Famous Lakes In Pakistan

Altitude of Baha Lake

altitude of baha lake

The altitude of Baha Lake (Khukush Langar Lake) is approximately 3,622 meters (11,883 feet) above sea level.

Trek at Baha Lake

The trek begins from the town of Langar, located at an elevation of around 2,500 meters. You can take a jeep from nearby places like Chitral or Skardu to reach Langar. Langar – Baha Lake Trek, It’s a 3-day trek. The first day’s trek starts from Langar to Langar Nala stream. The second day involves steeper climbs. You might encounter nomadic herders and their grazing animals along the way. The final day’s trek leads you to the Baha Lake, revealing its breathtaking beauty in all its glory.

Famous Lakes around Baha Lake

Baha Lake is in a remote region of northern Pakistan, there aren’t any well-known or widely visited lakes in its immediate vicinity. However, here are a few notable examples:

Rush Lake

rush lake

Located approximately 100 kilometers (62 miles) southwest of Baha Lake, it is known for its crystal-clear waters reflecting the surrounding snow-capped peaks.

Attabad Lake

attabad lake

Located roughly 140 kilometers (87 miles) southwest of Baha Lake, Attabad Lake offers stunning scenery with its waters surrounded by mountains.

Shuqan Lake

Situated approximately 190 kilometers (118 miles) southwest of Baha Lake, Shuqan Lake is known for its diverse birdlife and offers opportunities for birdwatching, hiking, and picnicking in scenic surroundings.

Batura Lake

batura lake

Lying about 220 kilometers (137 miles) west of Baha Lake, Batura Lake is the highest lake in Pakistan, situated at an altitude of over 3,400 meters (11,155 feet).

Hiking around Baha Lake

Hiking around Baha Lake presents a rewarding opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the Ghizer Valley. Choose the trails that suit your experience level and remember to prioritize responsible tourism practices to preserve this unique ecosystem.

Camping near Baha Lake

Seated campsites are available near the lake, offering a chance to experience the serenity and beauty of the location under the stars. Langar has several established campsites where you can set up your tent. Camping near it can be a unique and memorable experience, allowing you to connect with nature and appreciate the beauty of the surrounding mountains.

Weather at Baha Lake

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  • Summer: Warm days (up to 25°C/77°F) with cool nights (around 10°C/50°F). Limited rain is possible.
  • Winter: Cold and snowy, with temperatures dropping below freezing. The lake becomes inaccessible.
  • Spring and Autumn: Shoulder seasons with moderate temperatures and the possibility of unpredictable weather changes.

Location of Baha Lake

Baha Lake or Khukush Langar Lake, is in the Ghizer District of Gilgit-Baltistan. If you’re looking for it on a map, you might find it easier to search for “Ghizer District” or “Shandur Valley” first, and then locate the lake within those areas.

Baha Lake Distance from Skardu

As a rough estimate, the distance between Skardu and Khukush Langar Lake is around 180 kilometers (112 miles).

Baha Lake Distance from Islamabad/Lahore

The distance from Islamabad to Baha Lake is approximately 886 kilometers (551 miles). The distance from Lahore to Baha Lake is even farther, stretching to roughly 1230 kilometers (764 miles).

Hotels around Baha Lake

Since Baha Lake is located in a remote area, no hotels are directly next to the lake. However, Skardu, the nearest city, offers a variety of hotels that can serve as a base for exploring the lake and surrounding region. Here are a few options I found:

  • Baltistan Continental Hotel Skardu, Baltistan Pakistan – Price: Rs 4,335 per night.
  • Skardu View Point Hotel and Huts – Price: Rs 2,993 per night.
  • Oasis Resort Katpana Skardu – Price: Rs 14,957 per night.
  • Tibet Hotel Kachura Skardu – Price: Rs 15,359 per night.
  • The Heaven Hotel – Price: Rs 9,871 per night.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a destination that combines stunning natural beauty, cultural immersion, and a touch of adventure, consider adding Baha Lake to your travel list, and be prepared to be captivated by its hidden charm.

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