Payee Lake (Urdu: پاے جھیل ) is situated in centre of meadow in Payee, near Shogran in Kaghan Valley, Pakistan. It is located at the height of almost 9500 feet (2895 meters).
It is surrounded by Makra Peak, Malika Parbat, Moosa da Musalla and the mountains of Kashmir.
The lake is accessible via Kiwai passing through Shogran by a jeep track.
Siri Paye Meadows is one of the most beautiful and picturesque places in Northern Pakistan where nature can be found blushing everywhere. In spring season, the flowers bloom and these colorful creatures look awe-inspiring with the white backdrop of the Makra Peak. This place is simply the best for a weekend adventure or even a full-fledge tour away from your stressful routine. This small hamlet provides the excursion which simply makes your day full of joy and excitement. Visiting the place in the summer months allows one to experience the fresh and cool weather amidst the friendly local people. The splendor and the charm of this place will remain embedded in your memory for long. You will simply find yourself in another world as soon as you will get into this enchanting and vibrant hideout that features bountiful thrills and fabulous treks to the visitors. There is a lot to explore about this beautiful haven of Pakistan and words won’t be enough to express the real beauty of this marvel of nature.
Geography of Siri Paye
Siri Paye meadows are located 6 km away from Shogran, 10 km away from Kiwai and almost 34 km away from Balakot. Getting there is easy through a 212 km metalled road from the capital city of Islamabad. Once you are in Shogran, a jeep ride, hike or horse ride can take you to the beautiful meadow located at an elevation of 3000 meters or 10,000 feet. The meadow also has a famous lake called the Payee Lake which is located in the center of a valley created by the peaks of Makra, the mighty and majestic Malika Parbat and the Moosa ka Musalla Peak. The lake itself is located at an elevation 9500 feet equating to roughly 2895 meters, but the mountain peaks surrounding the lakes are much, much higher.
Best Time To Visit Siri Paye Meadows
The Siri Paye meadows and the surrounding mountains will come under snow cover during the winter months. Therefore, the summer months are the best time to visit the place. However, there are two times to visit them in summer depending on the choice of the trip.
Siri Paye Meadows Early Summer
This is the time when there will be snow left over from the winter season; there will be snow not only on the lake but also on the mountains and the passes. This is the time recommended for trips who want to see snow and snow covered lakes and meadows. There will be some greenery but it will not be that lush.
Siri Paye Meadows Mid-Summer
This is the time when most of the snow will have melted except on the tops. The greenery will be lush and this is the time when most of the normal trips are conducted.
So depending on what the members want to see, the trip can be arranged accordingly. However, during the end of the summer, much of the vegetation will grow rough and there will be harsh sun. So it is not recommended to travel to these lakes during the last part of summer.
Siri Paye Nature Reserves
The flora and fauna of the Siri Paye meadows is very diverse and there are various phases throughout the year when many migrating animals and birds also appear there.
The main mammals that are found in the location of the meadows are the marmots, other small rodents and various verities of wild sheep, although, many of the wild sheep have since been domesticated. There have been various sightings of leopards but these have not been recurring and it is thought that human expansion has driven away the leopards from the area.
The birds in the area are the various birds of prey such as hawks, ospreys, eagles and vultures. The small birds such as snow pigeons and blue jays wood cocks are also seen. There are also various verities of migrating birds that come to nest during the summer months.
The flora of the area is made up from the many hardwood trees such as the deciduous and conifer species that make up the vast forests of the area. Also there are the herbs and bushes which have been used as remedies by the local population during the past centuries. The local wild flowers and shrubs of berries are also present in this area, but all trekkers must take care not to consume any of these plants without making sure what they actually are as some plants may be slightly poisonous to eat. So, proper care should be taken while on the trip as it will help in avoiding any problems.