Kaghan is an excellent destination for trekking and hill walking. There are a number of trekking routes all along the valley. Brief descriptions of some famous trekking routes are given in Annexure-IV. Naran, Shogran and Sharan are ideal base camps for one to three days outings. There are also good opportunities for those interested in more leisurely day trips, hill walking or nature study walks.
Trout fishing is a popular activity in the Kaghan Valley. Fishing for brown and rainbow trout in the crystal clear water of the valley lakes and in the Kunhar River is favorite pastime for many. A fishing permit can be obtained from the Fisheries Department at Shinu or at Naran. Bringing your own angling gear is optional as you can rent equipment fro shopkeepers in Naran Bazaar. Please remember that the use of fishing nets and explosive materials for fishing in rivers and lakes are illegal as they are harmful for the healthy and sustainable growth of trout fish and other wildlife.
In addition to short duration jeep rides to Sri Paya, Saiful Muluk, Lalazar and Sharan, Kaghan Valley also ideal for thrilling jeep rides from Naran to Babusar Pass and Nori Top. All these places are unique in landscape and their details are given in the Introduction section. While going on a longer duration jeep ride make sure you have selected a good local driver and jeep for a safe journey on the rough roads.
Pony riding is a favorite activity for families during their trip to Kaghan Valley. Ponies are easily available for rent at Naran, Saiful Muluk, Lalazar and Paya. A ride around Lake Saiful Muluk can be a most enjoyable experience. For the more adventurous, a longer ride of two to three days in the upper Kaghan Valley can be a momentous journey. One of the most thrilling trips in from Besal to Lake Dudupat Sar or Babusar Top.
Kaghan is an exhilarating place for amateur climbers to learn the basic skills of mountaineering. Malika Parbat (5291m), Musa Ka Mussalla (4076m) and Makra Top (3885m) are the main peaks of the Kaghan Valley. Malika Parbat might be less in height, but it is quite technical to climb and a true challenge. Information about the approach routes to these mountains is given in the Trekking section. Adventure Foundation Pakistan (Tel: 0992-382190/ email:email@example.com) and Alpine Club of Pakistan (Tel: 051-9208963) run regular alpine training courses for youth and adults during summer and winter holidays.
Since last year, Kaghan Valley has become the venue for one of the most challenging mountain bike races in Asia. Amateur cycling enthusiasts and adventure tourists can enjoy mountain biking on the main route of Kaghan Valley. Especially, a trip up to Babusar Top passing through the stunning landscape and settlements of friendly Gujars is without doubt a rewarding experience.
River Rafting and kayaking are new sports currently under development along the Kunhar River. As the lifeline of Kaghan Valley, Kunhar River is excellent for rafting. Some sections between Naran are quite technical and suitable only for experienced white water paddlers. Other sections of the river, above Naran and below Balakot, are fun for beginners and are of relatively easy grade. Adventure Foundation Pakistan offers basic and advanced training courses in river running during October and April.