Domel Valley

Domel Valley is a piece of Paradise in the Astore District of Gilgit-Baltistan. That is to say, hidden natural beauty in the Himalayan range of Pakistan. On the other hand, The lake, surrounding valleys, mountains, lush green fields, streams, falls rivers, and a peaceful environment. Moreover, the facilities available at such a remote location are just amazing. The famous spots in Domel are described below.

Domel Valley
Domel Valley Astore, Gilgit-Baltistan.

Rainbow Lake Domel

Rainbow Lake is a small lake but doesn’t at all lack beauty. Fed by freshwater streams from adjoining mountains, Rainbow Lake has crystal clear water that changes shades from turquoise to green during different times of the day. The lake contains good-sized brown trout and is popular amongst trout anglers.

Rainbow Lake
Rainbow Lake Domel Valley Astore Gilgit-Baltistan.

However, Rainbow Lake is not easily accessible. The Minimarg Valley and Rainbow Lake can only be approached through 14500 ft high Burzil Pass. The Burzil Pass remains closed due to heavy snow for 7-8 months in a year. One needs to coordinate a lot of details before going to this area. Feasible times to visit Domel are June, July, and August.

Despite all the traveling difficulties and coordination with military and police authorities that one undergoes for going to Rainbow Lake, it is worth the effort. Indeed heaven on earth is where time stops.


The best place to visit is a real heaven on earth. Recommended visiting once in life. To enter Minimarg you need army permission at Chillim chowki because of the border area. Try to rent out a nice 4×4 Jeep as the roads are not good. Secondly, you can’t enjoy the roadside view if you are driving. If going for the first time, recommended to take a guide and always keep your identification proof with yourself. Indeed an incredibly beautiful sight.

Minimarg Astore
Minimarg Domel Valley, Astore Gilgit-Baltistan.

The Minimarg is almost 2845 meters above sea level. Minimarg was an ancient trade route between Srinagar and Gilgit-Baltistan.

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