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    Default On the Kharh Kharri Trail...

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    The Kharh Kharri (pronounced just as one would describe the sounds produced by an old jeep on a bumpy trail!) Lake is situated in Upper Gabral Valley some 45 kms North of Kalam. The lake derives its name perhaps from the Kharakhali Peak (which in turn is also referred to as Khakhri Peak) to its North, although the local pronunciation and spelling from the references available on Google Earth and the Alpine Journal are distinctly different.

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    This particular opportunity to visit the lake arose at the end of a routine visit to the Anakar Primary School which the IJC has been supporting since the 2010 floods. Having finished our work at Anakar (labelled as Bankhawar on GE) by early afternoon, we tried to make a dash up the valley to Utror, Gabral and beyond hoping to be able to make it there before sunset after being told that the trail finished short of the lake and you had to walk for sometime. Estimates on the walk varied between 45 mins to 2 hours which was not really a great sign based on prior experience of such matters! Nevertheless, we chugged our old horse and headed up the valley though not were we able to resist the smell of chappal kababs as Utror!!

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    The motivation to visit the lake was multi fold. I remember having gone there years ago with my family though could not recall having seen much of a lake on that visit. It was primarily the areas beyond the lake that were of prime interest as although I am not much of a trekker, the prospect of hopping across some hills from Swat to Chitral has been intriguing my fancy from sometime. Some research on the region South of Buni Zom and North of Kalam produced some very interesting results with high mountains, passes and glaciers all of which appear raher accessible by Pakistani standards. Anyhow, the prospect of Kumrat, Gabral and Ushu Valleys converging and leading onto Sor Laspur just appears magical to say the least...

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    Wowww...................!

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    very very nice....... we missed doing Khar Khari lake visit on SC owing to unavailability of info on the area. Good job SK. waiting for picss...

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    Default Kharh Kharri Lake, Upper Gabral Valley, Swat

    Thanks @nn and @desertdevil. The Kharh Kharri (pronounced just as one would describe the sounds produced by an old jeep on a bumpy trail!) Lake is situated in Upper Gabral Valley some 45 kms North of Kalam. The lake derives its name perhaps from the Kharakhali Peak (which in turn is also referred to as Khakhri Peak) to its North, although the local pronunciation and spelling from the references available on Google Earth and the Alpine Journal are distinctly different.
    On the Kharh Kharri Trail... - filephp?id11629

    This particular opportunity to visit the lake arose at the end of a routine visit to the Anakar Primary School which the IJC has been supporting since the 2010 floods. Having finished our work at Anakar (labelled as Bankhawar on GE) by early afternoon, we tried to make a dash up the valley to Utror, Gabral and beyond hoping to be able to make it there before sunset after being told that the trail finished short of the lake and you had to walk for sometime. Estimates on the walk varied between 45 mins to 2 hours which was not really a great sign based on prior experience of such matters Nevertheless, we chugged our old horse and headed up the valley though not were we able to resist the smell of chappal kababs as Utror
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    Default Beyond Kharh Kharri...

    The motivation to visit the lake was multi fold. I remember having gone there years ago with my family though could not recall having seen much of a lake on that visit. It was primarily the areas beyond the lake that were of prime interest as although I am not much of a trekker, the prospect of hopping across some hills from Swat to Chitral has been intriguing my fancy from sometime. Some research on the region South of Buni Zom and North of Kalam produced some very interesting results with high mountains, passes and glaciers all of which appear raher accessible by Pakistani standards. Anyhow, the prospect of Kumrat, Gabral and Ushu Valleys converging and leading onto Sor Laspur just appears magical to say the least...
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    Default Lets Rewind a bit....

    A good start, left after Friday prayers, weather forecast appeared suitable!

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    Default Clouds over Malakand Pass

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    Default Remnants on Malakand Fortress Attacked by Alexander!!??

    Not fully sure here but pretty much looks like it... Interestingly one of the few places where Alexander had an affair....with a woman i.e.

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    Perhaps the only bazar I have always enjoyed passing through. Claimed to be the longest in Asia, but nevertheless pretty big and pretty old!
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    Not sure on Batkhela but Chakdarra surely boasted the biggest market of illicit cars in Asia! And business was booming on Friday!

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    more pics please!!

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    Default The Morning After: Gandi Jeep, Achi Jeep!

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    A new must visit place is added to the wish list, looking forward to pics and narration.

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    Default Back at Gulzada House!

    Kids admirining the Baltoro artwork, and adding some of their own!
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    Default Previous Day's Proceedings....

    Not bad for door to door! And yes, its been a long time getting here, from our first 16 hour trip! Luckily neither myself or Siddique have the scars to show for that one as we almost came back in bags/boxes!

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    Default Gotta head that way! Though taking the way around!

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