Swat Valley is known for its numerous alpine lakes and visiting at least one of them was a must.
This is Kandol Lake, which is about a 2 hours drive from Kalam town followed by a 2 hour hike… well if you want to hike, that is.
Though Kandol USED to only be accessible via a pretty steep trek, a Jeep track has now been built all the way to the lake.
Though it’s great that places like these are now accessible to those who physically can’t hike, it’s unfortunately making what was once a peaceful, remote place open to mass tourism as most people choose the use of four wheels.
And what comes with mass tourism? Crowds and sadly, trash. Though we still decided to trek the path, the entire day felt significantly more disneyfied than I had hoped, but at least we were still greeted by views like this!
If you’re looking to experience a real lake trek while in Swat, I recommend heading to Spindhor Lake. It’s right near Kandol and the route up has yet to be made vehicle friendly (for now that is).
Have you ever been to a place that disappointed you a bit?
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