Kel is a beautiful village in Neelam District, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan
It is located 19 kilometers from Sharda, 67 kilometers from Athmuqam and 155 kilometers from Muzaffarabad at the altitude of 2,097 m (6,879 feet).
The village of Kel is located near the Line of Control, so you will see a lot of Pakistan Army commuters on this path.
Kel is a lush green village and tourist spot in Neelam Valley, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan, located 155 km (96 mi) from Muzaffarabad.
Kel is one of the Most beautiful Valleys in Pakistan
Kel Village 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.
There is a bank, college, hospital and a bazaar in Kel, also Private hotels and a rest house of AJK Tourism and Archeology Department located in Kel for tourists stay.
Beautiful guest houses can be easily found in the range of $10 to $30 per person but food is not cheap.
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.