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    Firstly a brief background to the trip………….….

    I will never forget my first ever trip to Saiful-Maluk, back in 1986, it was late June, and when we reached the lake our jaws just dropped by the sheer beauty of it. A very spectacular lake with surrounding mountains all covered in snow and maybe only in the lower 1/4th of the mountains the snow had melted. In all my subsequent visits, varying dates between mid June to mid august, I never saw the same image of the lake that I had carried over from 1986. Somehow the snow around on the surrounding mountains has never been the same, maybe its global warming, maybe 1986 was a particularly cold year and snow hadn’t melted when I visited. In recent years the visit during peak season the lake had almost seemed devoid of its serenity. All the shops, the temporary hut n all have taken that extra special thing out of Saiful-Maluk.

    So after this years summer visit, I had been thinking about a visit to the lake when it would not be busy with locals + tourist + a million K2 Jeeps parked on the side, and have plenty snow around. This would either have to be late October onwards till the road is open or an attempt in early May next year. It was too tempting and I couldn’t wait till next May. So I started planning a re-visit initially for end October. Going for a long or even regular weekend was difficult with so many on-going commitments, eventually I made up my mind that it will be a day trip.

    I asked around other IJCian and found several like minded mad men! With short days of winter, maximizing the use of day light was importance. Our plan was to leave Islamabad at 5am. Despite my telling all others to make sure they get ample sleep before departure, the excitement of the trip got the better of me and I hardly slept 30 min in total. Nomi arrived at 04.30 on the dot. Minutes later we left, I called Redbull on the way and he was ready, after picking him we headed for spidy’s place and spidy was at the gate waiting for us at 4.40am, Ghuncha arrived few minutes late but still we left by 04.50 from spidy’s. We picked up his brother in law Fouad on the way and around 05.05 we were at motorway junction.

    We moved at a steady pace, staying well within speed limit. Our progress was reasonably brisk as there was almost negligible vehicular movement on early Sunday morning. We drove non-stop and were at balakot just before 8am. After topping up fuel, we decided to stop over at PTDC for hot breakfast + some of us needed toilet break. Our stop proved much longer than anticipated, and we were on the move again at 8.45am. Again, we progressed un-hindered as because of off-season there were hardly any vehicles on the road.

    Somewhere along the way, we got a puncture, luckily we realized before it fully deflated and caused any damage. The tyre change was also quick due to teamwork and we were off within 15minute. As we got closer to Naran the outside temp shown was 2 degrees, all the water spillways close to Naran had ice/frozen sludge, which was rather deceptive and we had few awkward wheel spins / tail slide exits on 2WD despite driving fairly cautiously. We reached Naran by 11am, total journey 6 hours including an hour’s break. First stop was tyre puncture repair shop.

    After the puncture repair and brief toilet break we headed straight towards Saiful-Maluk our main destination. The path to the lake was rough as usual, probably more compared to what I encountered in summer, likely due to the rains in the recent weeks. In the later half of the journey there was plenty ice / and sludge in the shaded sides of the mountain. A few hairpin turns were quite tricky because of steep incline and the icy slush combo. Took 45-50 minutes to get to the lake.

    The lake was just stunningly amazing, it was almost just like I had remembered. I took just few snaps, but mostly just soaked up the atmosphere, the stunning surrounding, the amazing colour and serenity of the lake, the pure blue skies with crisp sunshine, it was just perfect. For me it was totally worth it………..forget about the sleepless night and the long drive too and back.

    There were just a few jeeps parked near the lake which had brought 2-3 groups of tourists, maybe 10-15 locals with their horses n two small tea stalls. Everyone just relaxed, took pics and after 45-50 minutes we left the lake. On the way down we decided we won’t stop at Naran but head straight towards Jalkhad. Return descent again took the same time. The road between Naran n Jalkhad is arguably one of the most scenic in Pakistan. This winding section along the river could probably compete with the best anywhere in the world.

    Unfortunately the drive itself was not as satisfying this time because of frequent small landslide like areas with plenty vast spread of rock and stones every few hundred meters. And than there was the frozen water/ ice / snow sections on all spillways and also in some hill shadow areas. The frozen waterfalls were absolutely amazing. The pics just couldn’t capture the beauty of it! To our surprise we only encountered a single jeep returning on the way and absolutely no people in any of the villages on the way, except a lone baba jee on the way.

    Jalkhad was absolutely deserted. So we moved further towards Lulu Sir Lake, as we gained altitude the snow and frozen slush areas became frequent. It was tricky terrain. Although I was carrying my snow chains with me, but half the track getting sunshine was dusty/ bone dry/rocky and the shaded areas were all icy/ snowy, it was not possible to put on and remove chains again and again. And I didn’t want to risk driving on rocky roads with snow chains on. And keeping in mind the remaining sun-light duration we decided to turn back only a couple of km shy from lulu sir. If we had a second vehicle we could have definitely gone there, but with absolutely no help available nearby, (Naran almost 45-50km) it was wise to return in one piece.

    It’s almost obligatory to do a high speed run on a flatter section of Naran Jalkhad road and we managed to hit just over 160kmph. At Naran we had some lovely Chappal Kebab, which were cooked in (by everyone’s consensus) in used Delo 4000. Juicy hot kebabs + Nan and Karak doodh patti to top it off was all that was needed to freshen up everyone.

    We left Naran just after 5pm and drove almost non-stop, apart from a brief drinks break at Balakot, reaching back Islamabad around 10pm, with similar driving time of 5 hours again.

    Without a doubt the accompanying mad men were all excellent company. To keep us entertained we had our personal Marasi / Phand (he likes to call himself a Fankar) accompany us. To most Pakwheeleres he is known by the ID of Nomi1234. Everyone was a true sport, Spidy probably had the most mickey taken out. I probably was saved mostly because of my seniority and partly from my veiled and some not so veiled threats to chuck them out of TLC. My thnx to all of them for making this memorable trip possible. There were many pics taken by all, hopefully you will enjoy them all, As usual there will be plenty repeats, but I am sure they will still be worth watching again n again.

    God Bless Pakistan and its most gorgeous lands and the lovely people.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Libra View Post
    Another great thread coming up, Zabardast
    Many thnx HB, your recent KKH trip was partly an inpiration for this trip. If we had more than one vehicle, I would have definitely attempted part way upto Babusir top as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by accord7362 View Post
    Dil To Pagal Hay
    Not completely, only half Pagal, remaining half dil to bacha hai

    Quote Originally Posted by LRDefender View Post
    Wow... Lovely scene... very tempting...

    waiting for more....
    Thnx Rizwan, we missed all IJCians there!

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    Tempting - Anxiously Waiting for Pics & details.
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    Aah! Ab mai office mai bore nahi hn ga...
    Bismillah karain Sir!
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    More pics and details???
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    Excellent shot
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    good going doc sb, waiting for pics and trip detail
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    pictures!!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by umer325 View Post
    Awesomee!!
    Many thnx all, pics coming up a bit slow because of work, but don't worry there will be plenty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by versatilegenious View Post
    when's IJC going in january??i wanna go
    In last few years program usually is around early Feb, if its an open event, you are more than welcome to join

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    Quote Originally Posted by fouadabid View Post
    It was a lovely experience being on this trip with some veteran offroaders i.e., Dr. Nadeem and Noman! This trip, I must say, has compelled me to materialize the decision to get a 4x4 and join the IJC.. inshaAllah real soon! special thanks to Dr. Nadeem, Noman, Nashit & Aimen for being a wonderful company and to my dear spidy for letting me accompany the IJC guys!

    Some of the pictures from HX1 (the only non-DSLR in the team I guess)
    @ Fouad, it was great to have you onboard, don't worry Nomi also didn't have a DSLR. By the way your pics lovely regardless!

    See you soon on more IJC events

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    Thumbs up

    Good going NN and all.. visiting the lake in winters, seeing it all frozen has always been a dream. Thanks for making the effort and sharing the snow glory of the land with us.

    Great trip with beautiful pics. keep 'em rolling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by accord7362 View Post
    Dil To Pagal Hay
    Dil to Bacha hay jee...
    Thora katcha hay jee..

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    Love the pix

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    Quote Originally Posted by accord7362 View Post
    NN'sir Allaaa Alllaaa Machine , love the LHD feature , and looking stunning with out bull bars9as i dont like them) , please post some more details , from where u import it or embassy deal , engine spec's.ect MASHALLAHA great trip thanks for sharing
    Many thnx, was an embassy vehicle before. Been with me now for nearly 3 years. Some details of vehicle on following thread (post 23)https://www.pakwheels.com/forums/4x4...-competition-2

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    Quote Originally Posted by spiderman View Post
    NN's Land Cruiser which took us on this trip
    IJC - MadMax Day Trip from Islamabad to Saif-ul-Malook and beyond. - 332363
    Nice one spidy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by UJ_36 View Post
    nyce.............................
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    Wow. Excellent trip and photography


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    Thanks guys for sharing an amazing trip. Looks like day trip are getting more and more popular. FANTASTIC.
    Thnx, day trips are more of necessity because of convinience and time restraints!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nn View Post
    Many thnx HB, your recent KKH trip was partly an inpiration for this trip. If we had more than one vehicle, I would have definitely attempted part way upto Babusir top as well!
    And I didn’t want to risk driving on rocky roads with snow chains on. And keeping in mind the remaining sun-light duration we decided to turn back only a couple of km shy from lulu sir. If we had a second vehicle we could have definitely gone there, but with absolutely no help available nearby, (Naran almost 45-50km) it was wise to return in one piece.
    I am not that type of taking risks, i want to live for another trip

    "Likes" at your decision.


    About KKH trip one more coming in Spring.. InshAllah.. It will be Journey through Pakistan Part 2" Would love to have IJCains join from Islamabad for a week
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    Or we can change the title of Documentary to "Pagals journey through Pakistan"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bilal_Z View Post
    Masha Allah; beautiful snow cover

    Very nice photography everyone! Real teasers i must say.

    Any upcoming events planned for non-members?
    Thnx, most of these short trips are planned at fairly short notice. This time it was only one vehicle, and we all had great fun. It would have nicer if more of us were there, but every one has different commitments so doesn't always work out.

    Not really sure when next open event would be, but stay tuned you never know when someone pops up with a really tempting suggestion

    But in the mean time if you can make your own plan, just give it a go, I am sure you won't regret it!

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    @Spidy
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    As always excellent pictures (Y)
    Waiting for more.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by aamir567 View Post
    Very nice thread name by nn

    I am sure u must have enjoyed a lot
    Kindly upload more pictures cas YEH DIL MANGE MOREEEEEEEEE
    Thnx Aamir Bhai, it was a lovely trip, missed all you guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedBull_ar View Post
    firstly heartiest thank you to NN for making trips like these possible for me/4x4Less

    now some pics
    Always welcome..................excellent pics and timeline narration

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    Quote Originally Posted by zahid135 View Post
    Nice ::::::;
    more pics and details
    Thnx................................and coming soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janj View Post
    Great Pictures & MadMax day trip, keep it up IJC.
    Quote Originally Posted by fobak View Post
    enjoying the pics with detail, keep posting them
    Thnx Saqib n Fahad!

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    @ Mad maxs of ijc......amazing trip guys. Congrats.... only if i was not stuck with something inevitable would have been another mad max (did my part of mad maxiness a week earlier i guess)

    Anyways a trip well done and those are very nice jaw dropping photographs. Pls keep posting..

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    Quote Originally Posted by machine View Post
    more pls
    Redbull, Spidy, Nomi, Ghuncha.....................listen to the guy's request, come-on post up

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