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Magical Swat; abode to dazzling mountains and lush green meadows

Mountains are calling and I must go. I wonder how many trekkers and naturalists this motto brought to magical valley of Swat who had been in search of such swaths of lush green mountains and waterfalls. Queen Elizabeth II described it as “the Switzerland of the East” during her visit to Pakistan in 1961.

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Bishigram Valley

Home to Wild Forests, Alpine Meadows, Snow-Laced Peaks and Rewarding Serenity Located at an astounding height of 11,500 feet, Bishigram Valley is the prized jewel in the crown of Pakistan’s Swat district. Home to a stunning glacial lake, the Bishigram Lake, this valley offers adventurers and nature enthusiasts a picturesque landscape of snow-capped peaks, rocky hills laden with vibrant pastures, challenging mountain treks and most splendidly, a breathtaking prelude into the wild.

A rare photograph of Queen Elizabeth II visiting Swat during her visit to Pakistan in 1661. She is flanked by Prince Philip, who accompanied her during her visit, and Miangul Jehanzeb Khan, the last Wali of Swat. Urdu writer and bureaucrat Qudratullah Shahab looks on from behind them.

Many believe that the Northern belt leading up from Swat to Chitral is the wild wild west frontier of Pakistan; untamed, unpretentious and just that, wild. The natural beauty and serenity of the wilderness in Bishigram begs to be explored and invites the onlookers to trek up deep into the mountains, and reach the soaring heights of 14,000 feet in order to feast one’s eyes on the stunning necklace-like formation of snow-caped peaks looming above the glacial wonder that is Bishigram Lake.

Accessibility & Convenience

Bishigram Camping Pods surrounded by lush green and wild forest, and unpaved cliffs, accessing Bishigram valley is not as challenging as it once used to be, but the drive from Madyan does require sound driving skills and a car that is capable of navigating its way through unpaved roads without being damaged.

The valley has welcomed tourism unlike its surrounding regions due to the installation of the camping pods, a fabulous initiative that has made significant contributions in reviving tourism and generating livelihood for the local people. Thanks to these rather lavish and comfortable camping pods, Bishigram valley has emerged as a major attraction for foreign and local hitchhikers, trekking enthusiasts and serenity seekers.

Food can be a tricky situation because the camping pods are equipped with a kitchen, and campers are supposed to make their own food. You are strongly advised to do your grocery shopping from the marketplaces in Madyan, while you can rely on the caretakers to supply fresh meat, eggs and other perishable utilities.

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Get Lost in the Wilderness

If you’re an adventure enthusiast, Bishigram has an abundance of attractions and opportunities to head deep into the wilderness and lose yourself in the mountains. The most adventurous of all journeys that the valley has to offer is the breathtaking Bishigram Lake, a glacial wonder that will take you on a rewarding journey through majestic waterfalls, adorable mountain cottages, steps-like rock terracing, and unpaved cliffs that will challenge not only your stamina but your confidence of surpassing heights.

If you don’t feel up for too big a physical challenge, you can enjoy the beauty of the valley by exploring the forest. All it takes is an hour-long journey high up in the mountains surrounding the camping pods to find yourself in the cradle of snow-laced mountains and picturesque alpine meadows. The terrain is easy and not in the least intimidating, in fact, it is highly recommended for beginners seeking to overcome a fear of heights and build themselves up for more challenging mountain adventures.

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