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    Cool Bike Trip to Gilgit, Khunjerab and Skardu June 2015 (Completed)

    Salam Everyone,

    Here goes the travelogue of my little adventure.

    I had been planning a long trip since i got my GS150 (in 2013), but wasn't able to act on it till this year.
    This summer vacation, managed to get the plan together and got two friends agreed to join me.

    Our little group had two GS150 and one Pridor.

    Plan went as following...

    Day 1. Bahawalpur to Faisalabad

    Day 2. Faisalabad to Islamabad

    Day 3. Islamabad to Besham City

    Day 4. Besham City to Gilgit

    Day 5. Gilgit to Naltar Lake

    Day 6. Naltar Lake to Sost

    Day 7. Sost to Khunjerab and back to Sost

    Day 8. Sost to Gilgit

    Day 9. Gilgit to Skardu

    Day 10. Skardu to Manthoka Falls, Khaplu

    Day 11. Khaplu to Shigar Valley and back to Skardu

    Day 12. Skardu to Deosai Plains, Astore

    Day 13. Astore to Chilas to Babusar Top and back to Chilas

    Day 14. Chilas to Besham City to Islamabad

    Day 15. Loaded the bike by Cargo to Bahawalpur

    Day 16. On Daewoo to Bahawalpur, received the bike from Railway Station and off to Home
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    Twisted the throttle from there and after a while arrived at Naran road junction near Chilas, only to find that Babusar was still closed. And good chances it'll be open in about 3 days.
    This was sad, i was missing the chance to see Naran/Kaghan and also i didn't want to go back via besham city route. It was hot, dry barren and broken road till besham.

    Still had plenty of daylight left, so i decided to take my chances and turned towards babusar top. Just in case i find it open....

    But it wasn't my lucky day...

    Ended up here, crane was still working and all we could do was take pictures.

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    Default Day 14, 15, 16

    Rode back to Chilas and found a hotel for night stay.
    Next morning fueled up our tanks and started riding back.

    Nothing to write about here. We rode and rode till we got to Besham and then kept going and going till we got to Abbotabad and then went on and on till we landed in Islamabad.
    Next day booked our bikes on the train as Imtiaz still wasn't feeling well to ride all the way back to Bahawalpur.
    And came back via Daewoo next day, got my bike from station and OFF TO HOME.

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    nice thread BTW & very well narrated

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    Quote Originally Posted by gull_s_777 View Post
    In Faisalabad, our plan was to stay at a friend's house. Imtiaz communicated with him and told me that we have to go to GC university. I google mapped immediately and asked him if it was the new campus or old one. He told it was the new one. So i finalized our route from Kamalia to Toba Tek Singh, Gojra and straight to Jhang road Faisalabad.

    Route was in good condition and there wasn't much traffic. After few hours, we were standing in front of GC university.

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    Imtiaz called his friend to inform him that we were there, but only to know that he meant the Old Campus. Imtiaz asked a local about old campus location and that guy guided us in wrong direction. Now his friend was waiting at old campus while we were standing even farther from him. I was like "that's why i don't ask locals about route and use my GPS"
    Checked on mobile again and sprinted towards old campus. Met his friend and he took us to his house, told us to get ourselves comfortable and went back to university to be back at evening.

    We took shower and took rest for a while, then started feeling hungry. I called Usman who was waiting for us to join him in Islamabad. He is originally from Faisalabad. He told us to try out special daal at hazara restaurant. We took the pridor out. My friend was driving while i was guiding him to restaurant with google map open on my mobile. In 10 minutes we were at Hazara. We ordered their special chicken daal mix fry which was simply delicious.

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    After lunch tried to find some soda water point but failed. So took one big Coke and came back to room.
    Had nice gap shap with friends in evening and barely slept during night.
    At 2 am, we left for Islamabad from there. Reason for leaving this early was i had some stuff to deal with in ISL. It was friday and i wanted to get it done before 12 pm.
    We took Khurianwala/Shahkot route to Sheikhupura and from Sheikhupura took the road which led us straight to Gujranwala bypass. Road till Sheikhupura was good, but after that till Gujranwala was very poor. Wasted quite a bit of time on that patch.
    From Gujranwala, it was lovely GT road once again. We had breakfast near gujrat and continued towards Islamabad. Pridor performed amazingly. We cruised at 90Km/h speed and Pridor was happily moving with my GS.
    Around 10 am, we were in Islamabad. I dealt with some stuff and went to our friend's place in F11.
    While he went out for getting some refreshments, i asked for my favourite.

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    wah je wah ap nay dabay ka dodh pe kar itna grand trip mara lia hao bike par....... well done bro.........
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    aoa bro please tell about day 12... is it possible to cross deosai plains from sakardu on pridor..i mean how was the performance of pridor? i am planning the same tour but i had been suggested to cross deosai from astore to sakardu...what do u say?

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    Quote Originally Posted by naumananjum View Post
    aoa bro please tell about day 12... is it possible to cross deosai plains from sakardu on pridor..i mean how was the performance of pridor? i am planning the same tour but i had been suggested to cross deosai from astore to sakardu...what do u say?

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    Climb from Skardu side is tough. But with Solo rider and little struggle pridor managed it.
    From Astore side to Skardu should be no problem.

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    Great Tour
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