A New Lake in an Old World
In 2010, a massive landslide inundated a 12-mile stretch of the Karakoram Highway and created a body of water where none had been before. This was given the name Lake Attabad, and it turned out to be one of the highlights of our journey.
While the road is being rebuilt (and protected with tunnels in the process), travelers must go by boat from one end to the other. For an idyllic hour and a half, we glided across this surreal lake scene, stark and strikingly beautiful, with the aquamarine-colored water (the same hue as glacial water) seemingly descending from the sky to the lake’s edge.
Our boat also lent charm and eccentricity to the excursion, with its gaily painted trim and its bridge festooned with ribbons, streamers, and bells, not to mention the hand-cranked engines positioned one on either side of the boat. Our Lake Attabad adventure was an unexpected and delightful treat.