Azad Kashmir is truly regarded as a heaven on Earth, and Arrang Kel is its crown jewel. The valley is only 3 kilometres (1.9 miles) from Kel and 8,379 feet (2,554 metres) above sea level. Kel is 155 kilometres (96 miles) from Muzaffarabad and at an elevation of 6,880 feet (2,097 metres) above sea level.
Kel is a sub-valley of the Neelum Valley that runs parallel to the Line of Control (LOC), a temporary border of Pakistan with India. A road leads into the valley until Taobat, the last human settlement in Azad Kashmir. Even though the road is in good, it is prudent to take precautionary measures before travelling. The prior knowledge of weather forecasts, road conditions and so on is necessary before embarking on a journey. Because this is a hilly area, it is prone to landslides even in the summer. Furthermore, it is an elevated location, it is likely to receive significant snowfall during the winter, which may result in a temporary road blockade.
Arrang Kel is a captivating, fantastic and majestic place nestled in a sophistication of Neelum valley. It is a mesmerising tourist destination. Arrang Kel is accessible by a two-hour trek from Kel. It is also reachable via a lift, which takes only a few minutes and half an hour hike.
It is a pure jungle valley. Nature lavishes it with thick forests, rare species of wild animals, lofty trees, green grass and meandering treks, all of which add to the beauty of its landscape.
Transport and Accommodation
Up to Kel, public and private transport is readily available. Tourists can enjoy a magnificent retreat at accommodations. At such a remote location, all of life’s necessities are easily accessible.
I advise the tourists to bring plenty of water bottles and snacks for the trek of Arrang Kel. Bcause water is scarce there. However, a canteen is available on the end of trek. It serves a variety of refreshments and beverages.
Logistic Support: Adarsh Farid Khan
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