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Neelam Valley ..... Kel | by z u b a i r
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Neelam Valley ..... Kel

A 19 kilometers journey from Sharda upstream takes you to Kel. It is a small valley at a height of 2097 meters. This is another picturesque place in the Neelum Valley . The Shounter Nala joins river Neelum at this place and leads to Gilgit Agency over the Shounter Pass (4420 meters above sea level).


Kel ia also a base camp for mountainairing activities up to sarwali peak (6326 m) and sarwali glacier which are said to be the highest peak and biggest glacier of Azad Kashmir. A jeep road leads to shountar lake along shountar nala which is a small but beautiful lake and chitta khatta lake. A jeep road also leads to helmat, sardari and taobutt. A two hours trek also leads to Arangkel which is a must see place. One can forget everything in mesmorising beauty of arangkel.


Buses run daily on this route in good weather. Bank, college, hospital, bazaar and a rest house of AJK Tourism are available for accommodation.


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Taken on July 22, 2010