|Mahodand Lake |
|Location||Usho, Swat Valley|
|Lake type||Alpine/Glacial lake|
|Primary inflows||Glaciers water|
|Primary outflows||Ushu Khwar|
|Max. length||2 km (1.2 mi)|
|Max. width||1.2 km (0.75 mi)|
|Surface elevation||2,865 m (9,400 ft)|
|Settlements||Matiltan, Ushu, Kalam Valley|
Mahodand Lake (Urdu: مہوڈنڈ جھیل; Pashto: د ماهو ډنډ - "Lake of Fishes") is a lake located in the upper Usho Valley at a distance of about 35 kilometres (22 mi) from Kalam in Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The lake is accessible by a four-wheel drive vehicle, and is often utilized for fishing and boating.
The Mahodand Lake lies at the foothills of Hindu kush mountains at an elevation of 2,865 m (9,400 ft), surrounded by the meadows, mountains and dense forests. Similarly, the banks of Mahodand lake are covered by pines and pastures that serve as a camping site during the summer. The Mahodand lake is fed by melting glaciers and springs of the Hindu Kush mountain and gives rise to Ushu Khwar, the major left tributary of the Swat River.
Flora and fauna
During the winter, the Mahodand lake freezes and is covered by heavy snow. In the summers, the basin of the lake is surrounded by a sheet of alpine flowers like geum, blue poppy, potentilla and gentian. Apart from it, the lake is encircled by diverse pinus species which serves as abode for wild birds. Similarly, the lake contains abounding trout fishes, which furnish ideal opportunity for angling, but catching is allowed only to the licensed anglers.
Fishing and camping
Visitors fish and camp at the lake. The waters of Mahodand lake are divided into a series of small and large streams, which once swarmed with brown and rainbow trout introduced by the former ruler of Swat State. Over-fishing by the locals for daily income, along with the illegal use of fishing methods like electrocution, dynamiting, and large nets, have significantly reduced the fish population.
In July 2020 in an interview by APP Tourism Corporation KP (TCKP), Managing Director Junaid Khan told that "tourism industry was a major source of revenue generation for the province, especially for people living near tourists’ sites and efforts was being made to start controlled tourism in Khyber Pakhtunkwa to strengthen the economy and to alleviate poverty on one hand and to prevent spread of COVID-19 on the other. Famous Mahodand lake in upper Swat would be converted into an international ecotourism resort on which Rs. 80 million would be spent."
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- APP Eye Pakistan: July 13th, 2020: Ecotourism an effective tool to conserve ecological resources bolster rural economy amid coronavirus pandemic/
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