Handarap Lake: The Stunning Beauty of Pakistan

Handarap Lake: The Stunning Beauty of Pakistan

Handarap Lake (Urdu: ہندارپ جھیل‎, Khowar:شونجو چھت) is a famous large altitude water reservoir located in the area of Shandur Valley, Tehsil Gupis of, Ghizer, the westernmost part of the Northern Areas and northernmost region of Pakistan. This lake is a significant source of fresh water with abundance of Trout fishes. These fishes have come to this area from the closest rivers in Handarap and Golaghmuli Valley. Handarap Lake is a not less than a wonder for the visitors.


Handarap Lake is situated in the region of Handarap Nallah, Shandur Valley of District Ghizer, Gilgit-Baltistan, country Pakistan. The assumed terrain elevation above sea level is almost 3285 meters or 10777.6 feet from the sea level. To reach this beautiful Lake, the individual must take the route of Karakoram Highway from the capital city of Islamabad to Gilgit. And then take the route of Gilgit-Chitral road west from the region of Gilgit, and then sustain his journey direct towards Shandur. When it arrives, the village of Golaghmuli, the visitor should be well prepared for the long hiking of Handarap Lake. He should take rest in the area of Shandur Guest House or in Abad Wali Tourist Hamlet. Both these hotels are situated in Golaghmuli Village. It takes four hours from the place of Golaghmuli to reach in the spectacular place of Handarap Lake. One can’t take any bike or bicycle as there are terrible trek road to reach the Handarap Lake. A person, after crossing various complex treks, instantly reaches at Lake, he never consider that such an amazing place is situated in the country of Pakistan.

Lake surrounded by high mountains

Handarap Lake is encircled by the beautiful high snowy mountains. These mountains are in many different shapes i.e. bamboo shape, Cone shape and cylindrical shape




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