Darral Valley Matta, Swat is known for its beauty and every adventurer and trekker has a dream of going there to see alpine scenic lakes on the hill top.
My dream came true last month when i got a chance to explore these beautiful Lakes, Lush green Meadows, Snow covered high peaks and untouched natural beauty.
The trek starts from Sulatan Valley Matta, Swat located about 30 km from the central city of Mingora towords the first lake after green lush meadows in the Spin Sar (White Peaks) known as KANGAR Lake (Elevation about 3,000+m more than 10,000 ft). The Scene you will explore here is heart touching and Kangar Lake feels you like a Gem in the hearts of high white peaks. After enjoying this serene view you will again start your trek and after 4 hours of adventures hiking you will reach the second lake known as SAIDGAI Lake (Elevation about 3,500+m more than 11,500 ft). This is the most beautiful lake you will ever see. The heart touching view of Saidgai Lake will make you feel like you are in paradise and you will never want to leave this site. All of your efforts and the tiredness you felt to reach this point will be no more in your mind. SAIDGAI Lake has its medows known as SAIDGAI Medows (Banda). There you will find a beautiful scenery up to the extent your eyesight goes. It is almost 8 hours trek from starting point. After enjoying this beautiful lake you will start your trek again and after two hours you will reach TARKANA Lake 1 & 2 (Elevation about 3,500+m more than 11,500 ft).. Tarkana Lake 1 is another most beautiful lake, this is one of its own kind lake you will see a river flowing inside the lake which is seen obvious, like a gaint anaconda. Tarkana Lake is magnificent. TARKANA Lakes has their medows known as TARKANA Meadows (Banda). After enjoying these beautiful lakes you will move on to the Tarkana Banda and spend the night over there in your camping tents.
Next Day early in the morning you will start our trek again and will leave for Darral Lake, After four hours trek you will reach the magnificent Darral Valley, Having three beautiful Lakes, Darral 1, 2 & 3 and lush green meadows you will spend night there in the Rest Areas built by locals on the bank of Darral Lake 2. The scenes you will experience from there is amazing and beautiful.
Next Day early in the morning you will start your trek again and will leave for Shorgara Lake (Elevation about 3,600+m more than 13,000 ft)., Located in the mountains of Darral. A beautiful lake located on the top of the white peaks. After going through the rough trek and lush green meadows you will reach to the top of Darral mountain from where you can see Sakhra Valley Matta Swat, There on the top you will explore three small lakes and will take your trek of return through Piazako Valley opposite side of Gabin Jabba. From the top reaching to Lalko valley took almost eight hours and you will find your transport in Lalko Valley, there your expedition will end with exploring 10 Lakes.
This expedition was amazing and unforgettable. Plan your expedition and you will enjoy it more than you expect.
Darral is simply amazing!