Kutwal Lake , Haramosh Valley.
Where is it?
Haramosh Valley is 60 km away from Gilgit. You can approach it from Sassi which is across Skardu Road.
How to get there?
You can get a jeep ride directly from Gilgit or from Sassi to a village Dassu from where the trek starts.
Two ways diverge from there, one through Barchi Village all the way to Kutwal village crossing Gun , Gure village.
This was a rather difficult climb. A constant steep hike. The other route is through Iskere village which is a much better route with walks on rather flat land and steep climb at few places but with enough lapse to let you catch your breath. You cross Mani glacier too which took us 60 min.( we came back from this route)
The lake is surrounded by beautiful mountains called Rakaposhi-Haramosh Mountains which is a sub range of the Karakoram range.
Haramosh Massif has two summits, Haramosh Peak and Laila Peak. ( We went to Laila Peak Basecamp too 3600m- you go right from Kutwal Village to go to Kutwaal lake and you turn left to cross a forest and reach Baskay Village where you climb for the basecamp).
Credits: Rabia Shafi