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    Default Visiting Neelum Valley, Taobutt, Shonter on Bikes August 2012

    Assalam u Alaikum,
    Ever since my first visit of Neelum valley back in July 2010 the beautiful Neelum valley has always been in my mind. This year I was lucky enough to travel to the most beautiful valley of Azad Kashmir twice. First from 29 June to 2nd July 2012 and then again in Eid holidays from 22 August to 26 August 2012.
    Most of the pictures uploaded will be from my Motorbike tour with the exception of Jagran valley and Arang Kel which I visited in my June/July tour and skipped on my bike tour.

    Our Rides:
    Suzuki GS150 2011 Model
    Honda CG125 2011 Model
    Honda CG125 2004 Model
    Honda CD70 2011 Model
    Route Info:

    Islamabad-Danna (Roughly 55 KM) (1 Hour)
    We took the Murree Expressway and rather then turning towards Murree from Musiyari we went straight and reached Danna.
    Lower Topa - Kohala (Roughly 40 KM) (1-1.5 Hour)
    The road condition is good. We took the Phagwari route rather than taking the Bhurban-Deval route. Although the Bhurban-Kohala route is shorter but it is more steep and more dangerous.
    Kohala - Muzaffarabad (Roughly 34 KM) (1 Hour)
    Good road with a few areas affected by landsliding.
    Muzaffarabad - Nusehri (Roughly 42 KM) (1.5 Hours)
    Very good and newly built road with the exception of a 2km Patch about 10km from Muzaffarabad. Due to heavy rainfall this area had frequent landslides and got closed and cleared throughout the day.
    Nusehri -Kundal Shahi- Athmuqam - Keran - Dowarian (Roughly 68 KM) (At least 4-5 Hours)
    Very good and newly built road from about 2km past Nusehri to a few KM shy of Dowarian. Absolutely joy to ride and drive.
    Kundal Shahi - Kutton (Roughly 6KM)
    Not metaled but any car can go to Kutton.
    Kutton - Jagran (Roughly 10KM)
    Absolutely 4WD track. Recommended is to take a jeep from Kutton.
    Dowarian - Sharda (Roughly 32 KM) (1 -1.5 Hour)
    It is an old metaled road with a few bad patches but overall a good road. The main problem area is a couple of KM before Sharda the bridge of a Nala is broken and vehicles have to cross the Nala. Not to much dangerous and we crossed it on Mehran as well as bikes and we saw many vehicles like coure, alto, cultus etc. crossing it.
    Sharda - Kel (19 KM) (1 -1.5 Hour)
    Again the metaled road will disappear and you will be moving over stones/dirt/mud and many water springs. But still any vehicle can make it with careful driving.
    Kel - Shounter valley (20 KM) (2.5 - 3 Hours)
    Absolutely hardcore 4WD Jeep track. Just after Kel there is a Nala crossing. The original bridge has been destroyed by water but the locals have made a makeshift bridge which requires quite a lot of skills to cross.
    Kel - Taobut (43 KM) (2.5- 3 Hours)
    Mild jeep track. Any vehicle with high clearance can reach here. We saw many Mehran's and Alto's and one coure reaching Taobutt.

    Route Distance Chart:
    These distances are very important as there are absolutely no milestones on the Neelum valley road. So for the first comers it can be very difficult to know how much distance is left. With these you can always check your mileage meters for an approximate of distance to next place.
    Muzaffarabad - Kel Distances

    Muzaffarabad - Nusehri 42KM
    Nusehri - Kundal Shahi 32KM
    Kundal Shahi - Athmuqam 10KM
    Athmuqam - Keran 9KM
    Keran - Dowarian 13KM
    Dowarian - Sharda 30KM
    Sharda - Kel 20KM
    -----------
    Total Distance 157KM

    Kel - Taobutt Distances

    Kel - Jamgar Waterfall 12KM
    Jamgar Waterfall - Janawai 10KM
    Janawai - Sardari 10KM
    Sardari - Hilmat 4KM
    Hilmat - Taoubutt 7KM
    -----------
    Total Distance 43KM

    Kel - Shonter Distances

    Kel - Nala Crossing 1.5KM
    Nala - Nichli(Payeen) Domail 10KM
    Payeen Domail - Domail Bala 9KM
    Domail Bala - Shonter Lake 5KM
    Shonter Lake - Shonter waterfall 3KM
    -----------
    Total Distance 29KM
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    After coming back to main Neelum valley road from upper Neelum we started our journey towards Kel. Next spot was Dowarian.


    During the 2011 July floods the main bridge has been swept away by Ratti Gali Nala.
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    The same bridge before the 2011 floods. Just a week ago (In July 2011)
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    The new make shift Bridge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by imarshad View Post
    So now I guess Rana Sahib ke missing paani ka masla hal ho gaya hai.....

    Arshad Bhai. Thank you so much for finding out pics in the archive. Jagran is in my wish list. Also in some of other threads, i have seen more than one headworks... so it was a query of my mind.

    Thanks.
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    Default Day3: Kutton-Jagran-Kel

    After crossing Doarian our next main point was crossing a large Nala just 4-5KM shy of Sharda. The bridge was also damaged by the July 2011 floods(I think).... Here is youtube video of me crossing on Mehran. Crossing on bikes was though scary but more easy as i didn't have to worry about hitting something from beneath....

    Crossing stream near Sharda (Neelum valley) AJK, Pakistan - YouTube


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    Default Day3: Kutton-Jagran-Kel

    Sharda Nala Crossing:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ranasherdil View Post
    Arshad Bhai. Thank you so much for finding out pics in the archive. Jagran is in my wish list. Also in some of other threads, i have seen more than one headworks... so it was a query of my mind.

    Thanks.
    If you have your own vehicle then Jagran and Kutton can easily be manged in one night stay from Islamabad.... It took me roughly 5 hours of driving (When I was on car) to reach Kutton from Islamabad. 3 hours for Muzaffarabad and 2 hours for Kutton from Muzaffarabad. Stay the Night in Kutton and next morning visit to Jagran and then in the afternoon return to Islamabad.

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    Default Day3: Kutton-Jagran-Kel

    There are many streams between Sharda and Kel and each one deserves to be seen and enjoyed....
    Here are couple of shots. All of these are on the road.

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    Nothing much eventful happened in the remaining voyage and we managed to reach Kel at about Maghrib.... We managed to get a room in a very basic hotel for Rs. 500 with one double and two single beds. It was very basic....

    End of Day3

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    Quote Originally Posted by emmaar View Post
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    Default Kel-Arang Kel Hiking

    Kel- Arang Kel hiking:
    Total distance from Kel-Arang Kel is 3KM. First KM is descend all the way to River Neelum where we cross it via bridge and then the ascend starts. Total ascend is 2KM. It is not a difficult or technical ascend but it is continuous and once you start the hike there is no let up as it goes up and up and no flat areas until you reach the top... All the ascend is in a jungle and you will have shade from sunlight.
    For a physically fit person it should not take more than 30-40 min. from the bridge to the top. For less physically fit people like me it should take 60-70 minutes and well my brother and cousin did it in almost 2 hours....
    Water is available at the start (just after crossing the bridge a large water stream is coming down)... Also you will get water some 10 min. into the hike. After this point there was no water till the top.
    About the descend... It is quite easy to descend in 15-20 min. to the bridge. But after reaching the bridge there is a steep 1KM ascend all the way to the AJK resthouse. Also note that there are no trees on this part of track and hence absolutely no shade from the sun.
    I still recommend this track to anyone visiting Kel... Even a tourist family was going up to Arang Kel...

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    Near the AJK tourism rest house.... We have to descend all the way down to the river....

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    Arang Kel is at the top there (The near top)....

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    The track going down.... Please note that jeeps go down/up on this route. If you are lucky you might catch a jeep coming up on your back journey.

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    Looking back at the descending angle.....


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    The bridge is visible and also the large water stream......



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    The two tracks to go up to Arang Kel..... The steep one is used by army khachhar to take heavy luggage to the top Morchas......

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    Now on the other side of the river and starting the track....

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    Beautiful green jungle....
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    A fallen tree at the start of track....

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    On the track... First few hundred meters are quite gentle and along the river...



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    A milestone......
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    The last point where you can get some water..... After this there was no water till the top....

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    Default Kel-Arang Kel Hiking

    It's me feeling all the extra fats I have accumulated by being a couch potato.
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    Beautiful scenes captured on the track....

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    Finally reached the top in about 55 min. from the bridge.

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    I don't know how this got at the top? Neither did any local had any concrete info about this....They were telling different stories about how this truck got up there (like bringing it up in parts). But most probably there used to be a track for Arang Kel which might have been destroyed by landslides etc.
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    Default Kel-Arang Kel Hiking

    Now some pictures of the top....It was one of the most beautiful meadows that I have ever seen.... Enough of writing... Let the pictures talk for themselves.....


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