guide to get to the mohodand lake

Guide to get to the Mahodand Lake

Mahodand Lake is probably one of the most beautiful lakes on the earth without any doubt. However, the question is how you can get to the lake. In this blog post, we will try to answer this most frequently asked question.

If you’re traveling from outside Pakistan, then you need to apply for a tourist visa and take care of many other things. The current government of Pakistan is quite supportive of the travel industry, promoting and helping it at all levels. They are also dedicated to giving full security to all the outsiders who are willing to visit Pakistan.

Mahodand Lake is located in the Hindu Kush range of mountains. It is at a height of 9,400 feet (2,850 meters) and spreads more than two kilometers by length roughly. It usually takes three hours to cover a distance of about 35 to 40 kilometers from Kalam to the lake. 

The Route to Mahodand Lake

Starting from Islamabad

If you’re from Pakistan or some other country, the first step is always to reach Islamabad by airplane/bus or car. Then from here, you have to take a bus or consider a cheap car rental option for Saidu Sharif or Mingora, Swat Valley.

It will take almost 4 to 5 hours’ drive from Islamabad. You must stay a night at Saidu Sharif, Serena Swat is the most ideal choice. Next early morning, first take your breakfast, then you can move towards Kalam valley, that’s another 5 hours’ drive from Saidu Sharif. Conditions of roads are quite good till Bahrain valley. 

Kalam to Ushu

After Kalam Forest, the first stop is Ushu. There are many hotels and resorts in the Ushu, which provides a beautiful view of the valley. Its gushing streams are not only there to attract tourists, but it’s also an asset for producing electricity for locals.

Ushu to Matiltan

From Ushu, the next best stop is Matiltan. There are many wanderers with their group that travel deep into the valley, and roads are packed most of the time.

The breath-taking views of the valley are a standard sight for locals, but it’s something astonishing for us visiting from the metropolitan area. After Matiltan, next is Mahi Banal, one of the most beautiful places on the way to Mahodand Lake.

Matiltan to Mighty Falls

After traveling for about thirty minutes, here comes the Mighty falls, another well-known tourist spot. During summers, these falls change into an astonishing wonder that will stay carved in your mind forever. After mighty falls, there is Mahodand Lake, there are a lot of shops that sell snacks and drinks to the people who came to this amazing lake. 

Its extraordinary beauty is unexplainable but that’s not all that this paradise on earth had to bring to the table. This place is full of spectacular scenes and majestic views. If you have hired a Cheap Rent a Car in Lahore or any other city, then you must tell your driver to add it to your plan and manage its time accordingly.


After traveling for almost another 30 minutes, there is a spot called Chashma-e-Shifa. There is a belief of locals that water streaming into this stream is a cure for any sickness.

Boating at Mahodand Lake

It takes a lot of time and energy to reach the lake. So, to reward yourself you must consider hiring a boat to cross the lake to arrive at an island, which is approximately 50 meters apart.

Island is a must-visit spot where you can enjoy all the mesmerizing beauty of nature in a calm and serene environment. Though there is clear evidence of deforestation which obviously needs the attention of concerned authorities. 

And then with the time of sunset, you must rush back to your hotels or resorts. It’s hard to leave such a captivating place but it’s all for your own good. But all things considered, it’s a life-time experience that one must-have. 

If you are arranging an outing with your family or friends, then Mahodand Lake should be your next destination. It will be an experience worth your time. It will also increase your gratitude for the excellence and beauty this country holds ten times.

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