Chitta Katha Lake

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Chitta Katha Lake is located in Shonter valley, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan at the altitude of 13,500 feet (4,100 m). ‘Chitta’ in local language means White and ‘Katha’ means water reservoir, so a reservoir of crystal clear water is all about lake. “Chitta Katha Lake” is a deep bowl shaped body of water is mostly snowbound during the year. The surrounding of lake is very calm and peaceful. Chitta Katha Lake is next to “Chitta katha Sar” and is located in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. The major attraction of the lake is its milky white colors of water from which the name of the lake is derived.


Getting There

Only accessible in July and August, on the way to Lake there are two beautiful streams at Shounter and at Chitta Katha. The trek for this lake starts from Upper Domail village, which can be reached through a two hours jeep ride from Kel. Regular jeeps take Rs 100-120 per person for a one-way ride while whole jeep can be booked in Rs 2000 – 3000. From Upper Domail, the gentle walk up to the Chitta Katha village takes around thirty minutes. From the village, there are two options to reach lake. One goes along the Chitta Katha Nullah and is pretty steep as well as narrow at certain points and could be difficult for inexperienced trekkers. Journey takes 4 to 5 hours for experienced trekkers, whereas it could be more than that for the new ones. The other one takes a bit longer round and is used by the Gujjars when their livestock has to be moved with them. To use this trek, cross the footbridge on Nullah and follow the trail ascending up and remaining at the right side of the rocky face of mountain. Chitta katha can be approached from kel to domel bala about 20 km through jeeps and then 5km trekking by foot. This is a nice place to camp for the night if you do not want to return in the same day. After a tough ascend of another hour or two one comes across a flat surface from where Chitta Katha Lake can be reached in half an hour. The look of the lake with turquoise colored water and snow covered mountains the background makes this lake extremely fascinating.

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