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    On the Kharh Kharri Trail... - filephp?id11626

    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!!

    On the Kharh Kharri Trail... - filephp?id11625

    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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    Great thread, due to slow internet pictures wont load completely but captions sure made it worth it
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    thumbs up SK, shair laga hai maira bhai... from Butogah to do tair to Kharh kharri... aasmaan say aagay jahaan aur bhi hain... so true
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    @sk pix ko marain goli ya batyeen kab chalna ha

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    Not sure how well the story comes throough but we were late in getting to the lake and at the end of the jeep trail, we did not have much to look at to be honest and not much to show either. Estimates of how far the lake was had varied from 30 mins to 2 hrs. Based on prior experience, if a local guy said 15 mins it actually meant at least an hour of travelling! Nevertheless, I decided to take a quick walk up the ridge and try and see if I could get a better parting shot of the valley beyond. It turned out that I came across the small lake just at the top of the hill after around 10 mins of walking. At that point I didn't realize that the main lake was still another 20 mins of walking just across the next ridge even though I could not make it as it was getting dark. It had taken us a little over three hours to get there from Kalam with a very bad track and several stops on the way, and I did not want to drive back to Kalam very late at night. After taking a few shots with the camera and a few videos, I looked out to the scenery again and realized exactly where it was that I was standing and what area it was I was looking onto. The google earth download for this area is actually from winter time and it took some time coming together, but it was a good feeling to be looking out at the real thing!

    On the Kharh Kharri Trail... - filephp?id11747



    On the Kharh Kharri Trail... - filephp?id11727
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    sir this is amazing.... your efforts are worth praising.... efforts for that school!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuhaibKiani View Post
    Not sure how well the story comes throough but we were late in getting to the lake and at the end of the jeep trail, we did not have much to look at to be honest and not much to show either. Estimates of how far the lake was had varied from 30 mins to 2 hrs. Based on prior experience, if a local guy said 15 mins it actually meant at least an hour of travelling! Nevertheless, I decided to take a quick walk up the ridge and try and see if I could get a better parting shot of the valley beyond. It turned out that I came across the small lake just at the top of the hill after around 10 mins of walking. At that point I didn't realize that the main lake was still another 20 mins of walking just across the next ridge even though I could not make it as it was getting dark. It had taken us a little over three hours to get there from Kalam with a very bad track and several stops on the way, and I did not want to drive back to Kalam very late at night. After taking a few shots with the camera and a few videos, I looked out to the scenery again and realized exactly where it was that I was standing and what area it was I was looking onto. The google earth download for this area is actually from winter time and it took some time coming together, but it was a good feeling to be looking out at the real thing!

    On the Kharh Kharri Trail... - filephp?id11747



    On the Kharh Kharri Trail... - filephp?id11727
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuhaibKiani View Post
    On the Kharh Kharri Trail... - filephp?id11626

    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!!

    On the Kharh Kharri Trail... - filephp?id11625

    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...

    On the Kharh Kharri Trail... - filephp?id11736
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    Quote Originally Posted by zhbjadoon View Post
    @sk pix ko marain goli ya batyeen kab chalna ha
    Haha! Waisey apart from the amazing weather, it being aaloo/potato harvesting season, there are some fringe benefits to making another trip sooner than later. Swat has some of the best tasting potatoes, and I can fit around 6-8 boris/bags at the back of my jeep and maybe cover some fo that diesel cost Apart from the pics and vids (which I am trying to upload somewhere) we did some shopping and looting and came back this time with some amazing potatoes, gobi, apples, dry fruits, gurr etc and for once ghar waaley were quite happy Also main lake and some of the areas immediately beyond are still unexplored!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDee View Post
    thumbs up SK, shair laga hai maira bhai... from Butogah to do tair to Kharh kharri... aasmaan say aagay jahaan aur bhi hain... so true
    Thanks Yaar DeeDee, I think we need to take the mogs beyond the lake and do some exploration as its about the only vehicle I can think of which is upto the job
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    All IJC visionaries please come forward with your ideas and any possible support for ongoing Polio Eradication Activities in Pakistan; in particular for Khyber Pakhtunkhawah and FATA.

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    great informative thread.....this place is next on my exploration list thankyou SK....if possible do inform on your next visit i will join u on my LJ
    Btw kalamay aaloo taste rocks
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuhaibKiani View Post
    Haha! Waisey apart from the amazing weather, it being aaloo/potato harvesting season, there are some fringe benefits to making another trip sooner than later. Swat has some of the best tasting potatoes, and I can fit around 6-8 boris/bags at the back of my jeep and maybe cover some fo that diesel cost Apart from the pics and vids (which I am trying to upload somewhere) we did some shopping and looting and came back this time with some amazing potatoes, gobi, apples, dry fruits, gurr etc and for once ghar waaley were quite happy Also main lake and some of the areas immediately beyond are still unexplored!
    Back in 97 i took a 95 civic slightly beyond Utror couldn't go further because the track wouldnt allow it ... it was a very peaceful area then as the bulk of the tourists would head towards Ushu and Mahodand.
    We've been trying to organize the potato farming in this area for a bit for our foods business (Lays) with little success as the land holding is quite small and you have to go thru middle men who can organize large stocks... unfortunately "middle men" almost always end up cutting corners to make a quick buck and both farmers and us end up losing... its a pity as the potato from these areas has huge potential.... anyway batao agla chakkar kab lagana hai?
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    Default Finally there....

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    lovely trip and captions SK. great work keeping up with IJC relief efforts. thumbs up
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    very nice effort .thumbs up

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    I was going through the thread and don't know when clicked the page 5.
    That's looks an excellent place to visit and sure we support your initiative in helping man kind.
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    Default Negotiating Gujjar Gabral....



    Apologies, no image stabilisation - Bumpy Track, Soft Suspension, Beware of Hits and Headaches.....
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    Default Utror Kebabs and Other Gabral Treats....

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    Thanx Suhaib Kiani sharing this thread

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