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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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    wah mashAllah great trip Gull bhai congrats

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    amazing. MASHA ALLAH. each and everything is explained very well in detail
    people need to grow up sometimes and act MATURE !

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    Since it was the start of the trip, every one was full of energy and excited. So in the morning, we just had tea and hit the road at 7 am.
    As usual decided to take breakfast after 2 hour ride.

    Beautiful road with nice scenery as soon as we got out of Besham...

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    But it didn't last long. After riding for 30Km, bad patch started and soon turned into very bad.

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    After the Policeman warning, my friends changed into Shalwar Qamis for that day travel. So that they look less like punjabis and more like pathans.

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    Landsliding blocking roads at some places.
    Also many loose rocks look like about to fall any moment.

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    A bridge spotted on the way...

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    Still on the way to Chilas..

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    Hot desert near Chilas...

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    Finally at Chilas.
    Didn't like the location very much. It was dry and hot.

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    We didn't bother to go to main city and took tea at a restaurant along KKH.
    It was 4 pm and we were very tired but decided to stick to the plan and left for Gilgit.
    Also the locals encouraged us that we will be on "Motorway" in just 20 minutes and after that it'll be nothing but smooth cruise all the way to Gilgit.

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    But then we rode on and on and more than an hour passed by but that "Motorway" was nowhere to be found.
    Route was a mix of old broken road and offroad tracks.

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    Usman also wondering when the good road will start....
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    Finally at one point we saw a Chinese supervising road building machinery and we knew our good time was about to start.

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    And as soon as we reached Raikot Bridge, It was dream road ahead...
    And knowing that it will be the same road till Khunjerab had a feeling of its own.
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    Enjoying the new road, we continued towards Gilgit.

    At Nanga Parbat view point...

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    At the Junction of World's three Highest Mountain Ranges...

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    The View point...

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    Encountered first tunnel on our way. There are many more on the way to Khunjerab.

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    This was last snap of the day. After that it got dark and we focused on getting to Gilgit without any more delay.
    Got into the city and searched for room.
    Found one in Haji Ramzan Hotel. It had 5 beds and he was asking 1200 for it, but then after seeing that we are only 3 he agreed at 1000.
    Room was spacious and well ventilated. After putting our luggage into room and bikes in parking, we had dinner with daal mash and chappal kababs.
    It was one hell of a long day and we were dead tired so came back to room after dinner.
    Everyone was relaxed thinking of tomorrow as tomorrow's plan was only to get to Naltar Lake.

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    Gull bhai, it would be real pleasure if you add caption to a picture when ever you post here that where it was taken... Lovely narration so far mazedar trip.

    Please keep us posted ...
    https://www.pakwheels.com/forums/motorcycle-travel-diaries/277725-sober-riders-visit-khunjerab-adventurous-way-via-nori-pass

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    Gull Baba very good going more pics .. Subscribed
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    Brother where is your Honda Deluxe?? Did you sale it??
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    Quote Originally Posted by vickytulla View Post
    Gull bhai, it would be real pleasure if you add caption to a picture when ever you post here that where it was taken... Lovely narration so far mazedar trip.

    Please keep us posted ...
    vicky bhai i am mentioning location in every post and all the photos in a post are from the mentioned location.



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    Brother where is your Honda Deluxe?? Did you sale it??
    I kept Deluxe for 2 months only. Then sold it and got a brand new GS again.

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    Next morning, i got up first and took shower. I was happy to see warm water available. Then kicked my friends to get up and get ready.
    Got the yawned response" yaar aaj to sirf Naltar tak hi jaana hai, kafi relaxing day hai, aram se niklain ge"
    Though i had heard some horror stories about inclinations to Naltar, and i was expecting it to be the most tough patch of journey.

    After waking my friends, i went out to have a look around and saw a laundary shop opened. I calculated the days and thought we will be back to gilgit after 4 days so i better get some laundary done and i can pick it up on the way back to Skardu. Came back to room and started collecting my clothes, when my friends came to know about it suddenly they also needed lots of laundary done. I took all the clothes to the shop and got the receipt.

    Our hotel room

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    Hotel Parking

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    Gilgit bazar view from window

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    Before i continue, a look at our route on Google Maps

    Day 1
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    Day 2
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    Day 3
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    Day 4
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