Very beautiful mountains, trees and lakes.
If you are going to Kalam for a night life, fugheddabbateet :)
Heaven on Earth
** Have snacks at the "Charpoy Restaurants" while dipping your feet in the Swat river.** Buy fruit (mangoes, cherries, plums, apples). Find a nice spot by the river. Dip fruit in river for 15 min. Enjoy!** Ride up to Utrot, Ushu, Dhamaka Lake, Mahodand Lake. Most of the tracks are jeep tracks. Jeeps are available for hire at around PKR 750 per...more
The rivers of Kalam are formed by snow melting on the mountains. This water is magnificent...and the local folk lore claims it to have healing properties (don't know about that really)...You can only truly understand the significance of this tip, if you were boiling in 40C plus heat in the major cities in Pakistan, and then you go for a trip to...more
Kandol Lake is one of the most beautiful lake in SWAT district. One can reach there by hikking a moderate level track starting from "Laddu" in two hours. You can reach "Laddu Valley" by jeep from KALAM in 1.5 hours. You can hire a guide from KALAM to help you in reaching that beautiful lake. You will find nothing to buy after Laddu valley, even in...more
This is a wonderful lake surrounded by mountains. It can only be reached by trekking about 3 hours from Kalam. It is highly advisable to take a guide. You have to follow a branch of the Swat River. The trekking route can be quite scary to the normal tourist with rocks and well you have to almost cling on to the rock wall to hang on. Anyway, the...more
Miandam is a calm and peaceful hill resort in the Swat Valley. The altitude above sea level is about 7000 feet. This place is very beautiful and can be a bit cold. Several mountains springs in the region with lovely trees makes this area almost PERFECT for walks. You can see snow-capped mountains from this place. There are several good hotels in...more
About 30 km north of Kalam on an unbelievebly bad road lies a beauty, Lake Mahodand. Maho means "fish" in the local language and the lake is trully brimming with fish! The lake is very large and is the headquarters of the Swat River. It is located in a huge green field which is surrounded by very high mountains and has a small forest right in the...more
The city of Bahrain is about 40-50 km south of Kalam. This city could become a major tourist stay spot if they ever develop it! The town of Bahrain is situated 66 km from Saidu Sharif and is 10km from Madyan. It is another popular riverside resort, with bazaars worth exploring for their handicrafts. The surrounding area has beautiful valleys and is...more
You name a Pakistani dish, and they'll arrange it for you. Just let them know well in advance so they can arrange fresh ingredients. Also tell them just how spicy you want it. You will not be disappointed!However, if it is western food you want, please try elsewhere, though I doubt you'll find it in Kalam. Breakfast:** Paratha (fried wheat...more
The route to the Swat Valley is from Islamabad to Nowshera and then taking the turn to Mardan and after crossing Mardan you have to negotiate the Malakand Pass and land safely in Mingora in the Swat Valley. Sounds tough? Well, it really isn't that tough. The journey from Islamabad to Nowshera is pretty uneventful on the 16th century old (but...more
We (7 adults and 3 children) wanted to travel together so we rented a 12-seater Toyota van. Must say we got a decent deal: PKR 2,500 per day with driver; you pay for fuel. Here are a few tips for would-be travelers:** Select a diesel vehicle. Diesel is cheaper and more readily available in Pakistan than petrol (~ PKR 38 per litre as opposed to PKR...more
** Drive slowly and carefully. There is a lot of loose gravel and mud and the vehicle can slide very easily. This can be very dangerous, as there are no guard rails along the edge of the road.
** The water of Swat river is very cold and very fast flowing. The rocks in the water can be unstable and slippery. Be very careful, especially with children.
Fewer and lighter the luggage the better! ** While it is quite pleasant (bordering on warm) during the day, it gets chilly at night, even in summers. Therefore bring some warm clothing. A light jacket or sweater would do.** Bring sturdy (but comfortable) walking shoes.** Bring a pair of slippers / waterproof shoes. Afterall, you are never far from...more
Although it may be intensely hot in Islamabad, Lahore, or Karachi, it may be quite chilly up in Kalam, especially at night. You will be happy that you brought some warmer clothes. Bring some lightweight jackets. Good walking shoes are an absolute necessity. Although you can find a lot of what you will need, Kalam has no "shopping mall"...more
This is a village about halfway, on the route. We couldn't find any jeeps at Ushu, so I took my car. This village is as far as you should go if you ever have to take your own car, there are large rocks on the road ahead.I left my car here at the mercy of the villagers and took a jeep which was on its way to Mahodand. Fortunately for us, it arrived...more
Mahodand Lake is about 30kms from Kalam. It's about an hour and a half's jeep ride from Ushu. The lake is famous for its trout. Fishing is allowed but only with a permit.You need to hire a jeep from Ushu glacier to get to Mahodand because the track ahead is full of boulders. Never ever take your own car unless its a 4WD!more
Boating is possible at Lake Mahodand (along with fishing). There are mostly motor-boats taking 300 Rs for the whole trip of the Lake. Get something warm to wear. The wind is really blowing in these areas and it is absolutely freezing here. The boat ride takes about 40 minutes.
Bonjour from Islamabad,Just back from Mazeno la 5400 m, Herlingkoffer base camp, Chitral and Swat valley.It is absolutely safe to travel to Swat valley, life is normal, security is tight, I was traveling with s German friend.Kalam, lovely weather, I stayed 1 night at Saidu Sharif and 2nd night at Madyan after Kalam, roads are bad but things are...more
in july 2010 i visited kalam a second biggest tourist resort of pakistan and i was detained due to flood in sawat and at last actress anjilina juili visited kalam and i was able to come back to home .kalam is a very beautifull place and here a tourist can enjoy lakes ,fores, water falls and mountaineering in a single tour ,Utrore is the most...more