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    Default A memorable trip to Ratti Gali lake,azad kashmir pakistan

    Once i had a chance to read the book of famous writer Mustanser hussain tarar"Ratti Gali" after that i was crazy about Ratti gali lake.Then i got some information about this lake from different sources.The lake was very rare visited by people and the main reason was some more lakes in this are and sometimes miss guide by some local people.

    But this july i worked on it and then reached the beauty lake with the bless of Allah here i m going to post all detail of the track with pictures and i hope u all will love this track of heavenly place.

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    Default Lahore to bata kundai our first destination

    To reach the ratti gali lake there are 3 ways,1st from duwariyan neelam valley(which is quite difficult),2nd from duwariyan which is one the way of jhalkhad(this way is quite long)and third one is from noori top.I have a friend from pindi who is called the king of kaghan valley,Mr Amir Rasheed has written book of whole kaghan valley(Aks dar ask vadiyee kaghan)must read this book if u want to really explore the whole kaghan valley.He advised me to go ratti gali via noori top according to him it is the shortest way of the lake.So we finally decided to track from noori top.

    we were 10 in a group.We reached pindi by deawoo and after that we hired a hiace.around 9 pm we reached naran bazar which was full of rush so we decided to move bata kundai and camp there.

    In early morning we had a nice clear weather.We did our break fast and then decided to go towards nooritop.Some local kids came there and i had some clicks with them.


    Bata kundi in early morning

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    A view of Jhalkhad baisel babusar top raod in early morning


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    Some local kids came at that moment a little girl with his brother in her leap somehow reserve but i tried to capture couple of shots



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    nice
    waiting for more pix

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    Default Bata kundai to Noori top next destination

    Well After break fast and pack all the thing we hired a Jeep from bata kundai and moved towards jhalkhad where from we have to arrange the guide but it would be so difficult we had no idea about that.After reaching jhalkhad we started to look around a guide n poter who can lead us to Ratti gali lake but in that area nobody is aware from Ratti gali lake.We were surprised to hear.After 1 hour the situation was same.Nobody was ready to go with us.One of my friend gave me the idea to go baisel and hire any guide n poter from there.But i was sure to nobody will available there as its the season of dudipat lake and all the guide busy there.

    Any how me and my friend went to baisel to look Afshraf who is really famous in baisel but he was also at dudipat lake so we came back to jhalkhad again.All were disappointed.Sudden a person came n said he know the way n he is ready to go with us.So we all were shocked that moment any how we hired them 1500 per day and then started to journey towards noori top.

    The road of Noori top was not such as good.it is around 1.30 hour drive from jhalkhad.Around 2 pm we reached the noori top.The weather was fantastic.

    Noori top is 12,900 ft pass who mostly used by army it is the boundary of Kaghan n Azad kashmir.So from here our real journey was started.Now from noori top we had to track right side towards Dara Duwariyan.


    Going towards baisel(searching for a guide)

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    A Purbi Nar nala coming from my favorite dudipat


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    A water fall on the way of Noori top


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    Reached Noori top



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    Meadow at top and The Aabshar is just wow....

    Your style of narration is also good...

    Waiting for more pics..
    Road to Heaven will never be a highway...

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    Default Tracking from Noori top towards duwarian pass

    Well after reached noori top we took some rest and then decided to track towards duwarian pass.From very right side there was a track we confirmed from a local person and started track in the name of Allah.

    In start we had to cross some large stones and after that it was a all lush green.Every part of this scene i never forget.Green grass,pink flowers its all was magical.the way was just moderate type of hike.U can consider the very starting of dudipat track.

    After 3 hours track there were two points were we have to choose them.Our some fellow were so late.so we send one poter to look them.I will suggest you to never bring some of ur friend etc in these sort of tracks.Becoz these tracks are not for beginners.2 of our fellow were very new in tracking so they scared from height.Any how we all together a point and a local passed from there.I asked him about ratti gali lake he said move towards right side and around 1 hour u will reach the lake.I was surprised how we can reach ratti gali lake so easily.Any how we asked to our guide he said the same thing so we started to move to right side.

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    A view of Dara duwariyan very front mountains has to cross after that will enter in ratti gali valley



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    Default Miss guide by guide n local,move towards another lake

    After moving right side the way was quite difficult we have to gain a steep height.Any how we started to move towards it.A very huge water fall was coming from there.So its there is must a lake but my mind was confused becoz the way which i had in my mind by Google earth was quite different but becoz of guide we were agree to move there after 1 hour difficult hike we reached near the water fall we rest there to wait for other fellows.

    The water fall was very huge i never seen this sort of water fall ever.A huge snow glacier was also back of the water fall.I saw a local man called him and asked about the lake.He said the lake is back side of glacier and it will required 2 hour to reach it.So we just camp there and wait for my team leader Shabbir bhai.When reached i said"Shabbir bhai i dont think so we are on exact way"He said yeah the guide dont know about the ratti gali.and sudden i shout"Oh shabbir bhai we are at noori lake"****


    A very huge water fall coming from noori lake


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    wooooooooooooow .... gorgeous shots

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    Nyc !!!
    What can I write ... :p

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    Good work shakeeb

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    Excellent photogrpahy and very interesting naration...waiitng for more pics

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    great going & thanks for sharing !!
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    superb!!!!
    Bura Nahin Socha Kabhi Bhi Main Ne Kisi K Liye.... Jis Ki Jaisi Soch Thi Us Ne Waisa Hi Jaana Mujhe!!!!

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    Default Night Stay at chilled Noori lake.

    Well after miss guide we were on Noori lake now.A snow glacier and after crossing it the Noori lake.It was around magrib so we put our camps there.The weather was becoming more chilled becoz we were around 13000 ft plus.We had some dinner and after that every body disappeared to his camp.

    So what to do next?this was our conversion in camps.I said shabbir bhai to confirm about ratti gali in early morning by some locals and if we still remain in same situation then we will move to shardah raod and from there will move towards taoo butt n chitta khatta lake.

    Any how we spend this chilled night there(this was the most cold night during the track).At early morning the weather was quite clear it was beautiful morning many sheep were moving around.We did breakfast and then a local old man came there.So i just talked to him i was sure he knew the way about ratti gali and yes he told me the way and confirmed that we are now at Noori lake.He said us to move straight of the mountains which is called dara duwariyan and after that we can enter in Ratti gali valley.So we prepared ourselves for another battle.Had some shots of the place and then we hire a local person to carry some bags of us.and starting to move towards that way which local old man guided us.

    My most favorite shot to make sun star early morning at Noori lake

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    Our camps at Noori lake the lake in just behind this glacier but according to local its not such as worth seen due to height of 13500 its mostly remain freeze so our main destination was queen Ratti gali so we just save our time n move towards the way of Ratti gali

    A diffident colors of nature


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    Ready for break fast and some group picture at Noori lake


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    A local face of Noori naar who really Guide us towards Ratti gali real way.


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    Shakeeb which cam did u use?

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    Shahbazzain well dude its my 1st DSLR Canon 550 D and it was my 1st tour with it

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    Hi Shakeeb.. Exciting tour..Lovely narration...superb pictures... What a "MISGUIDANCE" it help you explore new vistas... Keep giong please.........Waiting

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    misguided and direct in to heaven SUBHAN-ALLAHA

    har rang may KHUDA kee jhalak

    you are lucky mannnn , I am ready to be misguided
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    Default Moving towards Duwariyan pass

    So after leaving the Noori lake we were moving towards duwariyan pass which was around 14000 ft that mean we have to climb 1000 ft more.The weather was little bit cloudy.We asked our guide that why he made us "Mama" by saying Noori lake to ratti gali he said all people call this lake ratti gali lake.So after that we came to know why ratti gali is not in approach of the people.The main Ratti gali lake which is the largest lake of the area has diffrent names.If u will come from Duwariyan there people will called it Ratti gali lake. and if u will come from burwai and noori top then people will say it duwariyan lake.But it is the main that Ratti gali is the largest lake of the area 3.5 km in round and nobody knows about the depth of this lake.

    After that rain started we put out our rain coats and stayed there for a while becoz in rain its harmful to track in these area


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    Due to raining taking some rest



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    Crossing a glacier on the way of Duwariyan pass Noori Naar nala visbale background of the picture




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    Way towards Duwariyan Pass



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    superb...
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