The Kachura Lakes are the 2 famous lakes in the area of Skardu District of the Gilgit-Baltistan province, northern Pakistan. The lakes, at 2,500 meters (8,200 feet) in height, are the Upper Kachura Lake and Lower Kachura Lake. The latter is also called as the Shangrila Lake and is within a tourist resort termed as the Shangrila Resort outside the town of the Skardu place.
The lakes are located in the gigantic Karakoram mountain range of the western Himalayas, the greater Kashmir place, and in the Indus River basin.
Upper Kachura Lake
Upper Kachura Lake is of very clear water and has a depth of nearly 70 meters (230 feet). In the season of summer it has an average temperature of 15 °C (59 °F). In the season of winter, the surface is frozen to solid. The upper Indus River flows and runs to nearby at a lower elevation.
The beauty and attraction of the Upper Kachura Lake is nearly untampered and mostly unexplored by the visitors or travelers, because of the deficiency of infrastructure owing to its rough terrain. The place has a very diverse flora of the Western Himalayan subalpine conifer forests eco region, and also famous for its wild apricot – Prunus armeniaca orchards. Recreation tasks at the area of Upper Kachura Lake involve hiking, trout fishing, and Himalaya mountaineering.
Lower Kachura Lake
Lower Kachura Lake is composed of a very appealing lake which is known as Shangrila Lake. Thousands of visitors come here at this place every year to explore its beauty and enjoy its peaceful atmosphere out of from the hustle and bustle of big cities.