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Trek to Ratti Gali Lake in Neelum Valley Kashmir

Taking a position in the Top 10 Lakes of Pakistan, Ratti Gali Lake is truly a gem of Azad Kashmir. The place is a little piece of heaven. A beauty, a treat for the eyes, and a tranquility dose for the senses. From dazzling views of natural lakes with crystal clear waters to the vastness of meadows with dancing wildflowers, the place is filled with mesmerizing natural wonders. After 2.5 hours drive on a jeep, you will reach the base camp area. The base camp itself is a marvel of its own. Afterward, it takes almost 1-hour trekking from the base camp to the famous Ratti Gali Lake. It gets glaciers around so cold in summers even. The bluish water is surrounded by glaciers almost all year. Complementing the spellbinding beauty of this lake, locals popularly call it the “Jewel of Neelum Valley”.

How to visit Ratti Gali Lake?

Ratti Gali Lake is a beautiful freshwater lake located in the Neelum Valley of Azad Kashmir,Pakistan. The lake is accessible by jeep from Kel via Kazinag National Park. Ratti Gali Lake can also be reached by a 6 kilometer hike from Dawar, the last village in Kel. The best time to visit Ratti Gali Lake is from June to September. During this time, the weather is pleasant and the lake is full of water. Private cars are not allowed beyond Kel, so visitors must either walk or take a jeep to reach the lake. There is a small Tourist Bungalow at the lake which can be booked in advance for overnight stays. The bungalow has a restaurant that serves simple Pakistan cuisine. There are also a few tents available for rent. Ratti Gali Lake is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the incredible views of the surrounding mountains.

When to visit Ratti Galli Lake?

Ratti Galli Lake is a glacial lake located in the Neelum Valley of Pakistani-administered Kashmir. The best time to visit the lake is from June to September, when the weather is warm and the scenery is at its most beautiful. During this time, the lake is surrounded by lush green meadows and snow-capped mountains, making it an ideal spot for hiking, picnicking, and photography. Visitors can also enjoy boating and fishing in the lake. However, it is important to note that the lake is located in a remote area, so visitors should be well-prepared before embarking on their journey.


You will forget all the pain of tracking once you reach the top, it's truest worth it. It's heaven on earth and a lifetime experience to be there.