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    Default "Ratti Gali Lake Expedition" Insane Trekking !! 10th - 12th August 2013

    10th August 2013
    Departure from Gujranwala = 12 Midnight
    Muzaffarabad = 08:15am
    Dowarian = 4: 00pm
    Trekking Start from Dowarian = 5: 00pm
    End Trekking : 7: 00 pm
    Night Stay in our Camp

    11th August 2013
    Start Trek towards Lake= 5:30am
    reached Jhuggian = 10:30am
    Start trek from Jhuggian = 11:45am
    Reached Domail = 1:50pm
    Reached Lake = 4:20pm

    Back from Lake for Jhuggian = 4:35pm
    Reached Jhuggian = 6:15pm
    Night Stay in our Camp at Jhuggian

    12th August 2013
    Start Trekking from Jhuggian = 5:30am
    Reached Dowarian = 10:30am
    Departure from Dowarian = 11: 00am
    Reached Gujranwala = 12: 00 Midnight

    Total Travelling Time ( Gujranwala-Dowarian-Gujranwala)= 30 Hours
    Total Trekking Time (Dowarian-Ratti Gali Lake-Dowarian)= 19-20 hours

    Cost per Head = 5000/-
    Our Ride was Suzuki Bolan on Petrol

    this is my another thread on PW of Neelum Valley trip in July 2013
    Trip to "Shounter Valley, AJK", Where Heaven Meets Earth !!

    Tour Review: (Written by Shiraz Ahmad)


    We (three friends Shiraz, Abbas and Salman) had plan to reach Dowarian (a small town in Neelum Valley, AJK) on 2nd day of Eid (Saturday,3rd August) by maximum 1pm... but torrential rains (from Gujrat to Keran, Neelum $Valley) caused Landsliding at different areas. Finally we reached Dowarian around 4pm...but owing to Eid holidays, this small town was all empty and the shops were closed. No porter was ready to offer his services on Eid Holiday but luckily we found Saddam, an amateur Porter (it was his first trek as a porter). We were in a real hurry now so we rushed to the trek around 5: 00pm without wasting time to arrange donkey (dropped extra luggage at dowarian) and without having lunch ... the Dark Clouds stopped us in middle of the JEEP TRACK @ around 7: 00pm (Jeep Trek is almost 8km long and it takes u upto Jhuggian in 1 n Half to 2 hours). if you are not a passinate trekker, must hire this jeep in 4-5k, it can carry almost 15 people with their lugggage (but not available in Eid Holidays).
    Next morning (sunday, 4th August) we started our trek @ 5:30. The sky was covered with thick dark clouds and the water stream (coming from the lake) was all filled with mud (revealing overnight rain ahead). Just after 30 minutes, we decided to stay for breakfast (6: 00am to 7:15am). At this stage, we were planning to reach the lake maximum by noon and reach back dowarian by 4: 00pm (wanted to stay in Kutton Resorts at night). We dropped our sleeping bags, mattresses and extra food here and took the camp for emergecy (heavy rain). After a hard trek (opposite to the jeep track) we reached Jhuggian (almost the final settelement before lake) @10:30am. We had Makaee ki rooti (Corn Bread) with Yogurt *** goat milk (could not swallow it). We dropped our camp and some extra food here. Every minute we 3 wanted to cancel this EXPEDITION and go back to
    Dowarian at earliest but no one could dare to speak out and demoralise others. Anyhow... we left Jhuggian @ 11:45am and after crossing 2 glaciers, found some meadows. This was the best patch of the trek (Domail
    to Ratti Gali). Clouds and the sun were busy in Hide n Seek. Marmots and Birds were crying with joy and the flowers were swimming with breeze in the lush green meadows but we had to move on for the lake.... finally we reached the Small lake (locally: Chota sir/pass) at around 2:20pm.... we could see the waterfall coming out of the Ratti Gali lake here. and here i asked Salman , Abbas n porter to go back... the clouds were going dark
    and thick, altitude was much higher for us and our energy level was zero at this stage... my friends Salman Asif , Abbas Zaheer and the porter refused to go back from this level :| this was jus the FINAL STRETCH and then it took us almost an hour to climb that small hill..... as soon as we reached the lake, the clouds flew away from surface of the lake and allowed us to caputre few photos... hardly 10 minutes after we reach the lake, Weather pushed us to climb down...the visibility was ZERO now and we were hours away from the first settelement (Jhuggian). We had to cross again those small water streams (of the lake) and unluckily i got slipped in the first one... it was like an Ultimate Survival (Official) stage. we collected our strength and kept on moving... the worst thing was that we forgot our water bottles at jhuggian and our day packs were empty now... in anyhow, we had to reach back jhuggian before dusk... and donno how but we reached back jhuggian with darkest blue sky.... A little before the Village, i met some friends Haris Javed, Muhammad Nafees Chouhdrey etc on the trek. They offered me to stay overnight in their camps near Domail but my friends were waiting for me down @
    Jhuggian. Now we had no other option but to stay overnight at Jhuggian. But could not fight the altitude without sleeping bags and mattresses (which we had dropped on the jeep track). Saddam (the porter) arranged all the blankets $and etc from locals.

    Next Morning we left Jhuggian @ 5:30am and reached Dowarian at
    10:30am....Again we found rain and land sliding @ different areas of Neelum Valley. The Journey ended @ 3:30am (August 13, 2013).
    Overall, the trek was hectic (and not that beautiful upto Domail). If Someone is interested to visit it, i wont recommend to go without jeep in a short trip. Otherwise spare atleast 3-4 days for trek to enjoy it. The lake is HUGE and Beautiful too! but i would not recommend to choose THIS TREK (dowarian side). i guess the OTHER TREK (Noori Top / Kaghan Valley) is much more beautiful than that.


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    great trip !!
    Beginning of the END !!

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    lovely trip

    there is nothing insane abt it bro.... thats how its done...

    hats off
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    Quote Originally Posted by abas786 View Post
    i know it but i have seen my pix many many times at different groups on FB and picture credits tekes someone else...
    u have every right to watermark ur images its ur property....
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    Waiting for more pics. Lovely Images....................

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    @abas786
    ala pics bro and ala tour. about watermark yes, its a bit tooo big . about that you said someone else takes credit. Bro, come on, its nature, None can take credit . but a very good effort.

    Place a footer or somewhere at bottom rather than very big in middle.
    immature behaviour / rules leads to an empty forum.

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    the 2nd title pic is just waooo, amazing pics yara

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    Good, good, good...First one is for your passion, second one for the quality pictures and third one for your luck to complete the trek just before the extreme rain fall which was truely forecasted on 12 to 14 Aug in the area. We were caught by that forecasted storm from noori top to Dowarian.You struggled a lot but on the other hand got a life time experience about pros and cons of such a trek....So, keep trekking and keep sharing
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    Quote Originally Posted by 060276 View Post
    hey ..abhi purana neelum valley ka thread khatam nahi hoia..or ik or shuro ker dia...... BTW entry picture of ratti gali lake is stunning ..BTw we group of friends are going to rattigali from naran .noori top side-noori lake-- hansraj lake and rattigali lake - dawarian ..in september 2nd week.
    I think 2nd week of september will be ok for the trek. Just returned from the same trek a day before...will update after quite some rest
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    Looking Back Dowarian Side..

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    A group Photo..

    >> Saddam (Guide), Abbas, Salman, Shiraz


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