Ansoo Lake is located in the area of Manoor Valley, Kaghan Valley Mansehra District of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of the state Pakistan. It is resided near the area of Malika Parbatin the Himalayan range at the height of 4,245 meters (13,927 ft). This lake is believed to be one of the most appealing lakes of the world.
The name “Ansoo” comes from its tear-like shape (the Urdu word Ansoo means teardrop). The lake also is very similar to a human eye with a central ice island resembling the iris and a ridge resembling an eyebrow, which becomes even more notable when ice melts on the “eyebrow” during the season of summer. This ridge was partially ruined in the year of 2005 Kashmir earthquake.
The lake is claimed to have been discovered in the year 1993 by Pakistan Air Force pilots who were flying low in the place. Initially, the lake wasn’t even known to the local people.
There is no area to stay at Ansoo Lake. Few persons may camp on the top of immensely cold and windy mountains but it is very dangerous and even the local people do not suggest this.
This lake can be reached by 2 routes. First one is short but steeper trek from the area of Saiful Mulook Lake. It takes more than seven hours for a round trip to Ansoo lake beginning from Lake Saiful Mulook. The trek is covered with snow in most parts of the year. The great time to trek is from the time period of July 10 to August 15. The optimal time to set off for the lake from Saiful Mulook is almost 06:00 in the time of morning, in case to return before sunset. Horses and guides can also be taken and hired from the Lake Saiful Mulook.
Sometimes, the lake is not visualized because of fog or rain. The trek to the lake itself depicts various picturesque views to the tourists. After hours of trekking a mountain is climbed, and on the other side, Ansoo Lake is viewable. Aansoo Lake can be reached utilizing the 2 treks;
From Lake Saif-ul-Malook
It takes 7 to 9 hours of trek for a round trip from the area of Lake Saif-ul-Malook to Ansoo Lake. This trek can be separated into 2 halves. The 1st part is through a valley alongside a river to the base camp of Malika Parbat. The 2nd steeper part is from the base camp of Malika Parbat to the area of Ansoo Lake.
From Mahandri through Manoor Village
The 2nd trek to Ansoo Lake starts in a village named Mahandri, situated about forty kilometers (25 miles) to the south of Naran. Turning left from Mahandri Bazar, a jeep track leads to Village Manoor. This valley gives appealing views. Vehicles can’t precede more from here. Six to seven hours of trek brings one to a green meadow known as “Dher”. From here the trek becomes steeper. After three to four hours of trek from Dher at an elevation t of about 14,000 feet, Ansoo Lake becomes viewable.