The northern areas of Pakistan is a heaven for those who seek adventure travel. It has got all the ingredients for adventure travelers. From the highest mountains of the world to lush green valleys to pristine lakes, all these nature wonders are in abundance in the north of Pakistan.
Here I take you through a visual journey of my adventure travel experience through the north of Pakistan.
Pristine Lakes and Solitude
The north of Pakistan is full of pristine lakes. Some of them provide a really great sense of solitude. My favorites, the ones which I have explored so far, are Karomber lake, Chitta Katha lake and Saral lake. Once I explored 20+ lakes in a single trekkig trip in Kaghan and Neelum valleys. Some are very easy to access (e.g. Saif-ul-malook lake) and camp there but others require strenuous multi-day trekking (Rush lake).
Here I take you through a visual journey of Islamabad never seen before. For some of these photos I have had to go to Margalla hills and then hike just to capture the sunrise. On a clear day with some clouds the views of sunrise and sunset are stunning.
Pakistani masses many choices to travel within Pakistan. If you are new and thinking what are your traveling options specially to travel to far lunged areas in the north of Pakistan then read on and make the right choice.
1. Traveling alone:
Some people like to travel alone. May be it is their personality type, that they are introvert, that they like to travel alone. Traveling alone sounds difficult especially someone who is just starting into this addictive hobby but once you used to it then I believe this is the best way to travel. When you travel alone then you don’t get the company of friends but you get to know the local people and their culture better. This is because the locals are the only ones with whom you have to interact. When you are surrounded by friends while traveling then you mostly joke and laugh with your friends.
While this is the best option for someone who is more interested in interactive with locals but it is also the most tough one because you have to manage everything yourself.
2015 has been a great year like previous year. I did some big treks this year including Karomber lake trek via Darkot pass. I look forward to 2016 and hope to cover a couple of more big treks. I wish to complete the following adventure treks and destinations in 2016.
At the end of year 2014 I had set some traveling goals for myself. Though I didn’t travel frequently this year but still I was able to fulfill some of the wishes from my travel wishlist of 2015. Here is year 2015 in review.
The first major trip I did in 2015 was a road trip in May around Chitral and Gilgit Baltistan. I started my journey along with 4 other friends in Rav4 Toyota jeep 4. Went to explore Kailash valley in Chitral. We got bit disappointed at Kailash valley and decide to go to Shandur lake. We went to explore Shandure lake and came back to Islamabad via Ghizer, Gilgit, Babusar pass, Naran route.
If you are serious about traveling either in group or as a solo traveler, especially if you are interested in doing serious trekking in the north of Pakistan, then you must get quality gear.
During our Karomber lake trek 2 of our team members’ shoes broke at the very start of the trek but fortunately the trek wasn’t rough so they completed the trek even with those broken shoes. But if that was a trek like K2 base camp or snow lake then they would have been in serious trouble.
For the first time in my life I did a 100% road trip in the northern areas of Pakistan, a long road trip. And it was not what I had initially planned with my fellow travelers.
I along with few other friends (whom I befriended during different treks except one who is my childhood friend) had been planning for Chilum Joshi festival in Chitral. Three of Us (me, Aamer Ayyub Rabbani and Muhammad Zubair Abbasi) decide to meet at Monal in the Margallah hills. Aamer had picked Zubair Abbasi from his place and then picked me from the Centaurus Mall’s exit on the F8 side. It was an awesome weather and just minutes before it had rained in Islamabad. We reached Monal for dinner where we not only finalized our plan but also enjoyed the romantic weather.
2014 has been a great year and did some big treks including K2 trek with Gondogoro La pass. Life is short and I have got a huge travel wishlist list. I wish to complete the following adventure and leisure treks in 2015.
Karombar lake / Snow lake trek
Rush lake / Rakaposhi base camp trek
Autumn trip to Hunza and surroundings / Trip to Karakol Lake, Kashghar, Tibet and Mount Everest
What is your wishlist (please write in comments below)?
We started our journey from Islamabad under the banner of Nature Explorers. Our first destination was Besal in Kaghan Valley. We did a short stop at Balakot for shopping of grocery items and filling of gas cylinders. We did our lunch at Naran and kept moving towards Besal. We reached Besal in the night and setup our camps. The night was cold even in the month of August which is the peak summer time in Pakistan.