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Ushu Valley

Ushu Valley constitutes some of the most beautiful parts of Swat. This valley offers magnificent views of the snow covered Mount Flaksair which has a height of 6,257 meters (20,528 feet). There are a number of small hotels and restaurants along the fast flowing Ushu River. The distance of Ushu from Kalam is roughly 8 km and it is about 2,300 metres (7,550 feet) above sea level.

Matiltan is next main village in this area. With its old wooden mosque, potato fields all around, and Mount Falaksair in the backdrop it gives a magical view. Beyond the village of Matiltan the jeep road leads to the most famous lake of this area; Lake Mahodand. This heavenly lake is situated at a distance of 35 km from Kalam and 27km from Ushu. Mahodand means lake full of fish in the local language, and the lake stays true to its name and is a very good spot for trout fishing. It is a popular picnic spot as well and many tourists from Kalam come here every day during the summer holidays. From Mahodand one can go on a challenging trekking expedition to Laspur in upper Chitral Valley via Kachikani Pass (4,817 metres/15,800 feet) or to Handrap in Ghizar Valley of Gilgit-Baltistan via Dadarilli Pass (5,030 meters/16,498 feet).

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