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Arang Kel

Beautiful Village located on the hill top above Kel.

Arang Kel is picturesque village, hill station and tourist spot in Neelum District of Azad Kashmir Pakistan.

It is located on the hill top above Kel at the altitude of 2,554 m (8,379 feet).

The village is 2 km hike from Kel, The hike is steep ascend that takes almost one and a half hour and it gets tougher in rainy season.

Arang Kel is a lush green village, 2 km trek from Kel Village, in Neelum Valley, Azad Kashmir Pakistan.

Arang Kel Resort Azad Kashmir Pakistan

Arang Kel Resort Azad Kashmir Pakistan

Arang Kel is listed among the most beautiful places in Pakistan and lies in the heart of Neelum Valley.

Accessibility

  • Arang Kel village is 2 km hike from Kel, The hike is steep ascend that takes almost one and a half hour and it gets tougher in rainy season.

  • The village can also be accessed by a kilometre long chairlift from Kel to Arang Kel, administered by Pakistan Army.

  • Kel can be approached thorugh Neelum Valley Road, 155 kilometers from Muzaffarabad. Buses run daily between Muzaffarabad and Kel in good weather.

  • Neelum Valley Road is a spectacular and dangerous high mountain road going through the Neelum Valley at North and North-East of Muzaffarabad in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan, running parallel to Kaghan Valley.

  • The road has 2 parts. The conditions from Athmuqam to Muzaffarabad are very good and suitable for any kind of transport. But once you reach Muzaffarabad the real adventure begins. You will require a 4*4 jeep for the rest of your journey. From Keran to Kel road condition is not well and not suitable for low floor vehicles.

  • It is adviseable to hire a jeep from Authmuqam for a trip into the Valley. Horses and ponies can also be hired locally for travel to the interior of the Neelum Valley.

  • The road conditions in winter are extreme. The road onward Keran is blocked due to heavy snowfalls often in winter and it is very difficult to reach upper parts of the valley. There are also land slidings.

  • Driving this route in daylight, especially for your first time, is highly recommended.

Accommodation and guest houses

  • Beautiful guest houses and huts can be easily found in the range of $10 to $20 per person.

  • Food is really expensive at Arang Kel because locals have to use donkeys and horses to take food items from Kel to Arang Kel.

  • You can take Tin Food with you and a Gas Stove to cook food but remember you will need to carry up all the additional weight.

Travel Tips

  • It can be an incredible journey, as long as you take the necessary precautions and heed weather warnings.

  • Always, check the forecasts, since the conditions can change very quickly.

  • Warm clothes and Raincoat are must, as the weather can change at any time.

  • Make sure you have your NIC, Passport, etc.

  • Much of the road trip is driven through remote lands, so be sure that your vehicle has passed all of its inspections and is well-equipped. Bring spare tires, extra gasoline, and a radio for additional safety.

  • Some areas are prone to floods and landslides, so do not attempt this road with a car that does not perform well in the elements.

  • Due to strong ultra violet rays, it is recommended to wear a hat and sunglasses, also carry sun block creams.

  • For uphill trekking, a Trekking pole and a good pair of climbing shoes or joggers are recommended.

  • To avoid de-hydration while trekking, mineral water is highly recommended.

  • For long trek, proper food intake is important. Also carry sweets, toffees, chocolates, dry fruits etc.

  • Please keep the environment clean at all times, on the route and around the village.