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    Default Solo Flight North Pakistan 2011 - Biking, Hiking, Hitchhiking, Jeep Safari & NATCO

    Alhamdullillah, I have completed my North Trip alone. 16.07.2011 to 30.07.2011 alone. Joined 4 groups in way. Enjoyed a lot. Earned friends and memories.


    I have travalled from Multan to Mansehra in Shalimar AC Coach with bike loaded on top.

    From Mansehra I have started my biking trip to Naran and Jalkhad, Chilas, Gilgit. Then visited Hunza Duikar (Eagle Nest), Karimabad and Ataabad Lake.

    On return from Hunza I have visited Naltar lake on bike alone.

    After return to Gilgit from Naltar, I parked my bike in Jamal Hotel and set off via NATCO to Skardu. From Skardu visited Sadpara Deosai, Chillam and Astore.

    From Astore I went Raikot, visited fairy meadow and returned back to Gilgit. From Gilgit visited Yaseen Valley. From Yaseen returned back to Gilgit. and there on Public Transport Coaster returned to Rawalpindi.

    From Rawalpindi I have visited Nathia Gali and back to Pindi. From Pindi via Skyways started Journey to Home (Multan)

    Thanks



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    Wah gee wah. Cha gae ho rana sb.

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    Tell me the secrets of approving so many holidays from your boss.

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    History
    My original plan was on bike with a PW Friend, but due to certain reasons, he set off earlier. I have prepared bike for this trip. When the friend set off earlier, i was in a dilemma to go on bike or NATCO. But I opted to go on bike alone.

    Proposed biking plan was as under.

    Day-1 Mansehra to Jalkhad 170 Km
    Day-2 Jalkhad to Gilgit 230 Km
    Day-3 Gilgit to Hunza 100 Km
    Day-4 Day free for Hunza/Rest/Visit to Fort
    Day-5 Hunza to Dhee 119 Km
    Day-6 Dhee-Khunjrab-Passu 175 Km
    Day-7 Passu-Jaglot 183 Km
    Day-8 Jaglot Skardu 170 Km
    Day-9 Skardu-Deosai-Chillam
    Day-10 Chillam-Burzil-Minimarg-Chillam
    Day-11 Chillam-Astore
    Day-12 Astore-Jaglot
    Day-13 Jaglot- Pattan (KKH) 250 Km
    Day-14 Pattan-Mansehra
    Day-15 Mansehra to Multan via Lahore (On Abdullah Travels)

    Since, I was alone on bike and after alone biking from Mansehra-Jalkhad-Chilas-Gilgit-Hunza-Attabad-Naltar Lake-Gilgit (5 days), i was tired of biking and parked my bike at Jamal Hotel at Gilgit and decided to try NATCO/Jeep Safari.

    I dropped Khunjrab Plan, though i managed to reach with bike upto Attabad lake. (aagay janay ko dil hi nahi kia).

    Burzil Minimarg ki permission is required from GHQ Rawalpindi, so also dropped.

    But Added, Fairy Meadow, Naltar and Yaseen Vally in place of Khunjrab, Burzil and Minimarg.

    This was the plan. Now day by day summery is a given under.


    Sher Dil

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    great trip.

    alone kun janab!!!!!!!

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    Nice trip!!
    The Bug.. that never gets thirsty...

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    Amazing solo trip Rana saab !!!

    Welcome back
    Never Give In !!!
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    nice one!! i regret not going to burzil on my trip..cant wait for the pictures!!

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    details awaited

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    Day by Day Diary
    Day-1 - 16.07.2011



    5pm Multan Departure
    Dinner at Jhang.
    Shalimar AC Coach Multan to Mansehra via Jhang Sargodha
    Bike loaded on top.


    Day-2 - 17.07.2011

    7am Arrival at Mansehra
    Met there two bikers from Multan plying to Naran. Joined them for sometime. Enjoyed the greenery of Mansehra.

    8am Breakfast

    3pm Reached Naran - Took Lunch

    5pm Met the biker party from Multan. They reached later at Naran

    5.30pm Left Naran for Jalkhad
    7.15pm Reached Jalkhad

    Dinner and Night Stay at Jalkhad
    Joined a 5 person group (Noman, Sadaan, Saqib, Asad and Sami) from Lahore lead by Mr. Sami (Very friendly and kind) on Honda City. They offered to join them. I joined them and got room at Bismillah Hotel Jalkhad.


    Day-3 - 18.07.2011

    8am Left Jalkhad for Gilgit
    10am Reached Babusar Top (The Honda City group was left far behind)
    2pm Reached Chilas (From Babusar top to Chilas, the area is not much friendly especially when you are alone)

    Lunch at Sangdil Hotel Chilas

    4pm Reached Raikot (Honda City Group met me) Road Condition is good Chilas to Raikot
    7pm Jaglot (Road Condion is not good, gravel. Safe road but low average speed)
    10pm Reached Gilgit

    Night Stay at Jamal Hotel with the Honda City Group


    Day-4 - 19.07.2011

    10am Departure from the Gilgit for Hunza
    Sightseeing enroute
    Lunch at
    5pm reached Aliabad Hunza
    6pm Karimabad
    7pm Eagles Nest Duikar


    Day-5 - 20.07.2011

    5am Saw first light from the Eagle Nest Hill view point on Rakaposhi and other moutains
    10am Altit Fort
    12am set off for Ataabad lake
    5am back to Karimabad
    Stay at Mulburry Hotel
    Visited Baltit Fort Karimabad


    Day-6 - 21.07.2011

    7am Set off for Naltar
    2pm Reached 3rd Naltar lake on bike
    Lunch at Naltar Lake
    5pm, on return visited Ski area Naltar Bala
    9pm Reached Gilgit from Naltar
    Stay at Iman Plaza Hotel, Airport Road.


    Day-7 - 22.07.2011

    Tired of biking.. want some NATCO safari

    Parked bike at Jamal Hotel.
    11am. Left for Skardu via NATCO
    Flat Tyre, repair from sassi, again flat tyre, borrowed tyre from another hiace
    4pm, Lunch at Astak Nala
    9pm Reached Skardu
    NATCO Terminal Staff helped a lot.
    Stay at Skardu
    Joined a group of 4 persons from Faqirwali for Deosai.
    Fortunately hired jeep Skardu to Deosai worth Rs. 5000/-


    Day-8 - 23.07.2011

    8.30am Departure for Deosai
    Visited Sadpara
    Stop at Sadpara Top at Deosai
    Stop at some stream
    Stop at Bara Pani
    Stop at Kala Pani
    5pm Reached Chillam Chowki
    7.30pm Reached Astore stay at Kamran Hotel


    Day-9 - 24.07.2011

    Astore to Raikot
    At Raikot met another PW member Sufwan with his friend Shin.
    Hired Jeep Rs 5000.
    Jeep left us on the one side of under construction bridge. Approx 6500' ASL.
    Started trek with no water from Bridge to Fairy Point Hotel Tattu Jhail.
    Drink one litre water from Jhail on arrival and on departure again one litre.

    I filled my 1.5 litre bottle added in it 3 Tangs. These helped me a lot.

    Reached 6pm at Fairy Meadow. (5 hours sternous, hectic long, scary and dangerous trek) It is as double of Meeran Jani.

    Stayed at Broadview Hotel


    Day-10 - 25.07.2011

    Attempted the Bial Camp but quit this trek due to its scary/dangerous part.

    Sufwan and Shin enjoyed Bial Camp and Viewpoint.

    I returned to Fairy Meadow, did some rest, saw reflection lake, fairy meadow lake etc.


    Day-11 - 26.07.2011

    9am Departure from Fairy Meadow
    Mr. Sufwan and Mr. Shin helped me much while risking thier own lives, while descending from the dangerous trek of fairy meadow. They holded me, when i was slipping from the trek going into the deep valley. (Its not safe for kids, women and non-trekkers.) Though I am normal trekker of Margallas and Galyat, i still found it hectic and dangerous (Life threatening)

    12noon Reached to Jeep Point
    1pm Reached Raikot

    Wait a lot for any transport.
    Finally got a taxi car (Rs. 60 per head upto Jaglot)

    5pm. Jaglot to Gilgit
    Stay at Jamal Hotel Gilgit

    Day-12 - 27.07.2011

    Want to see Phander. Went to NATCO Punyal Road Terminal Gilgit.

    Only Yaseen Hiace is available
    Sat in Yaseen Hiace
    5pm Reached Taus Chowk Yaseen
    6.30pm Took a lift from a Hiace reached Barkulti.
    Start trek to Hundur Village but got a lift from Local biker upto Havaldar Lalak Jan Mazar in Hundur.

    Hunder Village, where the last hotel of Yaseen valley.

    Night stay at Tourist Cottage Hundur

    Hired at Taxi Car for Darkut Village worth Rs. 2000/-

    Day-13 - 28.07.2011

    The driver of Taxi did not arrived and the hotel staff find him, he said due to water crossing and poor weather, it is not adviseable to go Darkut.

    Meanwhile all the hiace for gilgit passed. From Yaseen Vally no transport available after 5am in morning.

    So hired taxi worth Rs. 800/- for Yaseen Village

    From Yaseen started to walk on foot with a local.

    Found a local biker, got lift upto Gupis and further upto Gahkuch

    From Gahkuch reached Gilgit

    Chappli Kabab in Lunch from Haji Ramzan Hotel

    1pm Got Coaster for Pindi. Bike loaded on top
    6pm
    9pm Dinner at Summer Nala
    2pm Besham

    Day-14 - 29.07.2011

    At morning seen the beautiful green Thakot to Mansehra

    9am, Breakfast at Abbotabad.

    11am Pindi.

    12am. Booked bike and lugguge in Railway Cargo worth 600/- from Pindi to Multan.

    Met PW Member, Shahbaz Zain at Pindi

    Visited Nathia Gali (for Mukshpuri) But due to traffic jam couldn't

    Night stay at Pindi at Hotel

    Day-15 - 30.07.2011

    11am Left for Multan via Skyways
    7pm Reached home safe and sound. Al-Hamdullillah



    Tammat Bilkhair

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    Mobile Coverage:
    Zong is the pioneer of coverage. All places I got Zong Signals even at signal point Fairy Meadow. Zong is not available in Chilas. In Chilas use Telenor.

    Mobilink, Ufone and Warid have very less coverage.

    Some other observations:
    Police is good. You can take help/guidance freely. If you waiting for PT, you must be at some Police Chowki.

    Recommended Family Destination:
    The recommended family destinations are Hunza and Naran. Other places have long travelling, hectic etc other problems.

    Transport Timings:
    If you going on PT (Public Transport), remembers, for most of the areas, the PT ply very early in morning and even in afternoon you don't have any option for PT for smaller areas.

    Max Trip Duration:
    Max trip duration should be 10 days, after that, you will feel home sickness and boredum. and things don't remain beautiful....

    Mosquetto:
    Prepare for the mosquetto


    Thanks to...

    - Almighty Allah

    - My Boss for granting me so much leaves
    - My friends and family for their prayers
    - Mr. Shin and Mr. Sufwan for holding me on dangrous slippery descend of Fairy Meadow Trek risking their own lives
    - Mr. Sami and all other members of group(Noman, Sadaan, Saqib and Asad ) from Lahore.
    - Driver of Shalimar Coach (Multan to Mansehra)
    - Mr. Amjad and Mr. Rashid Bikers from Multan
    - NATCO Driver, Gilgit to Skardu, NATCO Staff and booking clerk at Skardu Terminal
    - Driver of Jeep - Skardu-Deosai-Chilam-Astore-Raikot
    - Members of Faqir wali group
    - Mr. Jaffer, Jamal Hotel Gilgit.
    - Balti Staff of Hotel at Skardu
    - Contractor of Deosai Road Skardu for guiding.
    - People of Hundur Yaseen
    - A friend from Thui Yaseen Valley.
    - A friend from Taus Yaseen
    - NATCO Driver Gilgit-Yaseen
    - Hiace Driver, Taus Yaseen to Barkulti Yaseen for lift
    - A local biker for lift Barkulti to Lalak Jan Mazar Hundur
    - A local shopkeeper (CG-125) for lift on bike Yaseen to Gahkuch
    - My Friend Mr. Farhan... who didn't joined me in this trip (He left me there in Multan and went earlier). I thank him for his guidance and support.
    - Mr. Muneeb @MultaniTraveler, @ ShahbazZain
    - Owner of Rakaposhi Viewpoint Hotel Nilt
    - Saeed Afzal Guide in Naltar. I met him on return. He offered me tea.
    - All others, who contributed to my this trip.

    Sher Dil

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    @MultaniTraveller

    Actually its kindness of my boss.

    @Asifcae

    Plan was with a friend, but at the nick of time, he went earlier, so i have no option other than SOLO.

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    great details gud coverage

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    Rana Sb night at hotel in Pindi.... How sad. I offered u very generously but u..... Even u did not take my meal....

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    rana sb buri baat. lolz

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    Quote Originally Posted by asifcae View Post
    rana sb buri baat. lolz
    Rana Sb ab to logo nay bhi kehna shuru ker dia hey.....

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    rana sb not responding. lagta hai rehman malik say mashwara kar rahen hain. hehehehhehee

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    brave man^^^^^
    load pics^^^^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by MultaniTraveler View Post
    Tell me the secrets of approving so many holidays from your boss.
    Waiting for answer as well

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    rana ji, u stayed a night in hotel ... didnt even informed me.... bad bhiya
    My Frustrations is My Preinformation!

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