Snow Lake: The Magical Beauty of Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan

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Snow Lake: The Magical Beauty of Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan

Snow Lake, or Lukpe Lawo, is a beautiful high-altitude glacial basin in the range of Karakoram Mountain in the region of Gilgit Baltistan. It’s not a lake.

Snow Lake is situated 16,000 feet (4,877 meters) above sea level, and is almost 10 miles (16 km) wide. The basin lies at the head of the Biafo and Hispar glaciers, which spread down from the Hispar Pass in opposite directions, forming a 61-mile (100 kilometers) river of ice that is among the longest continuous glacier systems of world outside of the polar regions.

Popular visitors of Snow Lake

Martin Conway, the 1st foreign visitor, gave this Lake the name in the year of 1892. Conway explained Snow Lake as “beyond all comparison the finest view of mountains it has ever been my lot to behold, nor do I consider the world can hold a finer.” Snow Lake is very complex to reach, although, and merely about 200 people manage to reach it each year. In the year of 1899, the husband-wife team of William Hunter Workman and Fanny Bullock Workman came and speculated that Snow Lake might be an ice-cap like those in the polar regions, from which glaciers flowed out in all directions, and assumed its total size at 300 square miles (116 square kilometers).

Getting there

The tour to this Lake generally starts in Skardu, which can be reached by plane or jeep from the city of Islamabad. From Skardu, a jeep takes travelers through the Braldu Gorge to the village of Askole. The trek from Askole previously proceeds towards the K2, then turns northwest up the Biafo Glacier to Snow Lake. The descent varies from the ascent, going through the Hunza Valley and ending in Gilgit, from where a return to the capital city Islamabad can be organized by plane or jeep.

 

 

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