Started on : 15-06-2013
Ended on : 21-06-2013
Total Team Members : 4
Bikes : 4 Honda 125
Origin : Rawalpindi/Islamabad
Destination : Khunjerab Pass
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Ist Day (Saturday) :
4 guys started their journey on Saturday at 30 AM from Rawalpindi on bikes for a long long tour of 7 days. Plan was to visit Khunjerab Pass. First day, they left Rawalpindi and reached Mansehra at 70 AM in heavy rain with all wet clothes. Even they had rain suits but in that heavy rain not a single person could say that he was dry and OK :-) . Had Breakfast, changed clothes and refueled their bikes and reached Besham and refueled their bikes again.
Throughout the day, the rain didn't stop and guys moved calm and steady in rain.
Finally reached Dasu at 50 PM and booked a room in Continental Lodges @ 900/- Rs.
2nd Day (Sunday) :
Left Dasu at 080 AM for Gilgit.
At 110 AM before Chilas, One of the bike punctured where they found NO bazar. Unpacked their own puncture kit and applied puncture. That was a tough and great experience for the first time in life. Only applying a single pucture took 45 MINS :-). Again started their journey towards Chilas with great sceneries and beautiful sights of landscapes they finally reached Chilas at 20 PM. Where they refueled their bikes, had a lunch, offered prayer and back to road again for gilgit at 03:15 PM. Gilgit was almost 100KM away when they found true carpeted road with even no single bump. Stopped at Nanga Parbat sight at 05:30 PM and took some pictures and finally hit the destination (Gilgit) at 06:30PM. They booked a room in hotel named "Gilgit Gateway Hotel" in Gilgit bazar for Rs 1500/-. In Gilgit at river side, hotels were expensive. They were charging 3500/- Rs but they were worth to seen. Hotel served a dinner and after that planning for next day started again. The next day plan was to reach Khunjerab and back to Sost Border.
3rd Day (Moday) :
At 05:15AM journey started again from Gilgit, Capture cool scenes and Tunnels (Made by both Pakistani and Chinese Engineers) and reached Hunza at 080AM. Refueled their bikes, finished breakfast and took many picture of Rakaposhi mountain. In Hunza they found a newly Honda Workshop named "Hunza Nagar Honda Workshop" run by Riaz-ud-Din, from where they checked-up their bikes, left Hunza at 09:30AM and reached Attaabad Lake at 10:15AM. Before Attaabad lake, clutch plates of one bike got weak and bike was dead slow to drive. However, reached at Attaabad lake. That was awesome. Big boats, rafts was there to transport bikes, cars, trucks and loaded buses from one end to other end. They loaded bikes on boat. Boat driver charged 100/- Rs per head and 200/- Rs per bike. Boat took 45 mins to 1 hour to cross Attabad lake. Unloaded bikes at other end and reached slowly and steadily at Sost at 01:30 PM. Then the hotel searching was started. After visited 2 to 3 hotels they finally searched PTDC Hotel and decided to stay there. Hotel was on strike due to last 6 months of non-payment to employees. Luckily they got a room at Rs. 3500/- and stayed. After a couple of hours of rest, three friends got outside and wandered in SOST bazar. They bought some clothes and back to hotel. Had dinner and lost in dreams.
4th Day (Tuesday) :
At 06:15 AM journey to Khunjerab Border started again on two bikes. As one bike had a clutch plates problem and other was punctured. So they decided to go on two bikes. First they stopped at Khunjerab National Park. Purchased tickets and further stopped by Pakistan Army for names entry to visit China Border. As they went further at higher altitude, oxygen level was low there. Bikes, cars and trucks were going slow for little oxygen intake. When Khunjerab Pass was 17 KM away, weather got cloudy and temperature dropped to -2 Degree Centigrade. Waited for weather to got Normal, but no chance. Cancelled program to go further and returned to hotel at SOST and packed everything and started journey for Hunza Valley at 11:30 AM. Only the thing pinched them again and again that they couldn't visit Khunjerab Pass for bad weather condition. Reached Hunza at 4 PM. Booked a room in Pamir Guest House in Upper Hunza Valley known as Karim Abad. Visited Altit Baltit Fort. Worth to see...
Back to Guest House, rested for some time and at 8 PM went to Honda Center in Hunza Valley for Bike Clutch Plates repairing. Besides repairing, gossips and refreshment was a good experience in Hunza Valley till late nite at workshop. At 120 AM bikes were ready to go back to Hotel. Rested and slept.
5th Day (Wednesday):
That was a cool nite in Hunza Valley. Guys got ready, left hotel at 07:30 and searched for Chappar Hotel for breakfast. Done breakfast and plan to reached Chillas same day. Its about 10:30 AM just before Gilgit, when one of a guy's bike hit with a stone in middle of the road. Front wheel cracked and rear wheel dis-balanced but thanks to Allah Almighty, no injury was happened. Found a mechanic nearby and changed the front wheel and repaired the rear. Thanked again to Allah and started again. At about 01:30 PM they reached Jaglot, refreshed themselves with chilled drinks, then moved further to main bazar and ate PAKORAAS with tea. At 02:30 PM they left jaglot and before Chillas had Lunch in Chappar Hotel at 05:30 PM :-) . Took a nap for half hour and reached Chillas at 070 PM. Booked a hotel (Panorama Hotel & Restaurant at Rs. 2500/-), took bath, enjoyed tea with biscuits and cake and got ready to sleep. Chillas had a hot weather. Almost every room in hotel was equipped with room cooler. That was a plus point.
6th Day (Thursday):
On Thursday, Plan was to reach Naran via Babusir Top. They left hotel early in the morning at 05:45 AM. It was a Jeep track, but anyone can manage to ride a bike. Oxygen level is very low there, so you can't ride a bike on high speed. They reached at a Chappar hotel just before Babusir Top and took tea for refreshment. Enjoyed photography and moved forward. At 08:30 AM reached at Babusir Top. Rested in a hotel camp. Had breakfast with Channa Chaawal and boiled egg. Chit CHat and shugal mela with Sher Zada (Chappar Hotel Owner) and left at 09:45 AM. At 11:10 AM they stopped at Lolosar Lake, done photography and reached JalKhad at 12:15 PM. Took a break for 15 mins and moved forward and hit Naran at 030 PM. Booked a hotel room in Rs. 2500/-. Had Lunch around 03:45 PM and decided to capture beautiful scenes of Lake Saif-ul-Maluk. They hired a jeep and reached on top at 05:30. Captured cool scenes and videos, refreshed again with Tea and back to Naran at 070 PM.
7th Day (Friday):
Finally their last day had come. In morning at 10:30 AM, they back on road for Rawalpindi. Had lunch at 12:30 PM and reached Abbottabad at 04:30 PM. Enjoyed juices and back to Rawalpindi after sunset.
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