Well after long time i got chance to visit northern areas of Pakistan. Kaghan, Naran, Lake saif al Malook and Lalazar. Places are full of beauty and traveling over there is amazingly easy. I will highly recommend you to spend your next vacations over there. Perfect place for camping and hiking.
If you love life i am sorry to say roads are very dangerous if you are planning to go to Lalazar. But good news is that you can hike and camp over there !. Main road which bring you to Naran and Kaghan valley is very good for even large cars and jeeps. On Lalazar's jeep track only small light jeeps can pass through.
If you are small group it is much better and easy if you chose local transport to Naran, Where you can spend a night in a hotel oryou can camp there. From Naran there is no shortage of Jeeps and driver on rent, they will take you to Lake saif al malook and Lalazar one day is sufficient to see both places. I spent 2500 Rs or 40$ for 3 days including jeep rent, food and traveling expenses from and to Islamabad. these exclude hotel i got lucky and found good place to sleep.
If you are a Photographer
Well as most of you know i am one crazy photographer more then anything else. I will highly recommend you to have loads of memory cards and battery !!. I lost many photos as my battery fully drained in middle of the day. And had to delete a lot photos which i loved to clear memory.
I was loaded with Canon 18-55 kit lens, My buddy was loaded with 70-200 f/4L IS. I will recommend you to bag wide lens and telephoto 70-200 range you will enjoy it. It is wise to have good protective bag for your gear because drive won't be smooth and air won't be dust free. I bagged few polythene bags as well.
When to Visit
June July or August anywhere in these 3 months is considered best time. You should have jacket as it was really freezing in the morning.
Here are some images click images to go to full galleries
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Beautiful Kunhar river flowing through Kaghan Valley "][/caption]
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="198" caption="What a beauty reach early in the morning to see that reflection"][/caption]
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="200" caption="View of Lalazar "][/caption]