I have never used the word "Adventure" in any of my trips despite of being into touring from last 4 years and have covered almost every location of Pakistan on my bike with an exception of North. But this trip was truly a masterpiece when it comes to adventure.
Faced flat tyre, shivering cold breeze, heavy rain, hailstorm, running bike over camelion, racing with horses, broken rear shoe in drum, slipped chain, sleeping in truck wala hotel with insanely poor hygenie, insanely long heard of sheep's occupying road, eating canned food, having chai infront of indian occupied kashmir, witnessed a fellow jeep accident, group politics and what not you name it and we faced it.
But indeed Kashmir's beauty is so enchanting it overcome all the hurdles.It was a complete adventure to visit the undisturbed beauty of beautiful Pakistan.
We were three bikers from different regions and localities but pooled in our ideas and effort through pakwheels platform.
1. Imran Afzal from Lahore (Atlas Honda Pridor 100) 2. Muhammad Imran from Sialkot (Ravi Piaggio 125) 3. Sikander Akram from Islamabad (Ravi Piaggio 125)
It was decided that we will leave at 3rd morning of eid and return by next Monday in anycase. As Imran Afzal bhai has some important project ongoing for which he had to report in any case. We planned to do camping so we distributed stuff and duties in-time to avoid any confusion.
1. Imran Afzal is responsible for bringing cooking posts, utensils, pans and stove 2. Muhammad Imran is responsible for bringing all the stuff like canned food, cleaning stuff, puncture kit and tool kit 3. I was responsible for arranging camps and camping related stuff
Every detail will be shared stepwise so that it wont ruin the taste of keeping interest in whole story expense details will be shared at the end of the thread as well
Locations Covered: Islamabad, Muzaffarabad, Kundal Shahi, Shardah, Keel --> Taobat
Day 1 = Lahore to Islamabad
Day 2 = Islamabad to Kundalshahi
Day 3 = Kundalshahi to Keel
Day 4 = Keel to Phulwai
Day 5 = Phulwai to Taobat and back to Keel
Day 6 = Keel to Shardah and Shardah to Islamabad
So here's a small intro of bikers riding to devour the mesmerizing and enchanting beauty of Echoing Green i.e Kashmir (Neelum Valley)
Now we asked Mma about how much distance it is from Shardah to Keel to which he replied 4 hours, we asked a locale which said at most 2 hours. (Mma was playing his tricks as he wanted us to stay at this place but we were smart) hahaha
MMA's health was down due to cold and rain he faced during trip thats the reason he didnt wanted to go further, BUT
So we stared moving towards Keel, we asked for raw meat but unable to find it, the distance from Shardah to Keel is about 16km but it took us almost 2 hours to reach Keel, you can imagine the rought track.
It was night, muddy, slippery and it immense height. But we totally enjoyed doing this adventure
You can see in this pic the condition of track, bikes were actually slipping alot