Ansoo Lake is a nature’s wonder located in Northern Pakistan. The lake is famous for having the shape of a tear drop. Ansoo lake and its surroundings offer a breathtaking view and is becoming an increasingly popular destination for tourists.
Facts about this lake:
- The lake is named Ansoo because it’s shaped like a teardrop. The word Ansoo means ‘teardrop’ in Urdu, hence the name Ansoo Lake. So ‘Ansoo lake’ translates to ‘teardrop lake’ in English.
- The lake is located at a height of about 4250m near the Malika Parbat mountain in the Himalayas.
- Before 1993 the lake was completely unknown to everyone. Even the locals were unaware about the lake.
- It was discovered by a Pakistan Air Force pilot in 1993 who was flying low during the area.
- The lake can be reached by trekking from either the Saiful Muluk lake or by trekking from the Mahandri village via the Manoor village. It takes about 6-12 hours to reach the lake depending on the which route one goes by.
- The lake is however in a valley surrounded by steep ridges so it’s dangerous to go near it, especially during the winter. Even the locals discourage to go near it.
- Sometimes during winter ice caps form on the lake. The snow surrounding the lake and the ice caps on the lake surface give it the shape of a human eye.
- Locals have associated many stories and myths with the lake. The most famous one involves a human prince who falls in love with a fairy and a villainous giant who’s also in love with the fairy. Apparently the fairy chose to be with the prince and the giant cried in rage. One of his tear drop formed the lake.
- One is considered lucky to get a clear view of the lake because most of the time, the lake is covered in fog or its raining.
- So, the best time to visit the lake is during July and August.
- The lake was partially destroyed by the 2005 Kashmir Earthquake.
- There’s no place to stay at the lake and it’s not recommended to camp near it, because of the sudden climate changes the area is prone to.
Although it’s becoming a tourist paradise and becoming popular day by day there’s so much we don’t know about the lake’s geography. Hopefully someday it will catch the interest of scientists who are interested to learn about the lake’s geography. Maybe they can tell us more about Ansoo Lake and shed some light on how it was formed.