Kel is a village in Neelam Valley, Kashmir, Pakistan. It is located 155 kilometers (96 mi) from Muzaffarabad at the altitude of 6,879 feet (2,097 m) feet.
Buses run daily between Muzaffarabad and Kel in good weather. Few private hotels and a rest house of AJK Tourism and Archeology Department located there for tourists stay. It also has a bank, college, hospital and a bazaar.
The Kel is located near Line of Control and the road which leads there is non metallic. There are frequent landslides during Summers, and Snow slides on this road during winters. In winters all the routes are blocked and it is very difficult to reach there. All these factors combined made it one of the most difficult places to reach.
Wild life includes Brown Bear. A Leopard was also found here few years ago which was sighted by Army personnel.
Arang Kel is a lush green village, hill station and tourist spot in Neelam valley, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. It is located on the hill top above Kel at the altitude of 8,379 feet (2,554 m) feet
The village is accessible by a 2 kilometers (1.2 mi) trek from Kel. To reach Kel people usually enter into the Neelam valley from Muzafarabad. Roads are only good from Muzafarabad up to Athmuqam and one can use public van service to reach there. After passing Athmuqam, one has to use a personal or rented vehicle to pass through Keran, Kutton, Dawarrian and Sharda and then to reach Kel. Kel is located just 19 kilometers (12 mi) ahead from Sharda at the altitude of 6,879 feet (2,097 m).
Accommodation and guest houses:
Beautiful guest houses can be easily found in the range of Rs1000-Rs2000 ($10-$20) per person. Food is not going to cheap either as locals have to use donkeys and horses to take food items from Kel to Arang Kel.