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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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    We took breakfast and loaded luggage on bikes. Topped up fuel at a PSO petrol pump and changed engine oil too.

    On bad broken roads, Pridor showed its fuel efficiency. To give you some idea, from Besham to Gilgit, Usman's GS consumed 800 rupee fuel, mine used 700 rupee while pridor only needed 500 rupee fuel. But this was on bad roads where bike is mostly in small gears. When it came to open road cruising in top gear, my GS average became almost same as Pridor. (more on that later)

    Anyway , we were ready to leave and our route was to go through Nomal to Naltar Valley and then to Naltar Lake.
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    nice trip guyz..............
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    Gull, Well described your journey....Keep rolling.
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    I opened google map and checked for the route to get us out of city and put us on the road to Naltar.
    After memorizing few turns, we departed. I was leading the pack when suddenly at one turn i saw army guys, i felt something wrong but continued. And after a minute found ourselves standing inside Gilgit Airport.
    We waved at the security guys and turned back and found the right turn this time.

    Few minutes on the road to Naltar, and we could see ice covered mountain tops. Scenery was nice.

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    After crossing the Nomal, we were stopped at a Checkpost.
    Did the entry there and continued.
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    To Naltar Valley....

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    Route was quite tough and GS struggled in 2nd gear at some places.
    Some more snaps...

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    I see cars going on Naltar route. What u suggest can a good clearance car (Corolla etc) can manage to reach Naltar?
    Desire is irrelevant!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ali_77 View Post
    I see cars going on Naltar route. What u suggest can a good clearance car (Corolla etc) can manage to reach Naltar?
    Nope. They can't. Cars were able to get only halfway to Naltar Valley. We saw them stuck at a steep inclination there.
    Saw a toyota Hilux at Naltar Lake though.

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    us waqt meray fone men sirf first page with first post load ho rhi thee... usmen three pic thein mujhe samje nahi arahi thee k ye kahan ki hain tu post kiya takay subscribe bhi ho jaon bad men apki posts well detaild hain...

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




    I kept Deluxe for 2 months only. Then sold it and got a brand new GS again.
    https://www.pakwheels.com/forums/motorcycle-travel-diaries/277725-sober-riders-visit-khunjerab-adventurous-way-via-nori-pass

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    Great adventure gull bhai.waiting for more

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    I'm also planning for a same trip next month inshaAllah.
    Raastay me kisi tarah ki rukawat? Ya any sort of tools should I keep. Etc
    Safety guidelines please

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    After much Khwari, got to the Naltar Valley.

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    Point where Helicopter crash happened in May.

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    We didn't stop for long there and left for Naltar Lake.
    Route got even tougher with lots of big stones now. At some points i felt my GS will choke down even in 1st gear but it kept moving in 1st without any help. Other two riders needed to give little push with feet at some spots which was expected for Pridor, while Usman blamed his 100+ weight and 3.50 tyre at rear. After covering some distance to Lake, Usman complained that probably his clutch has gotten loose and working at the very end now, i told him that Clutch plates are over heaten and he better make minimum usage of clutch and let the bike move in small gears.

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    On the way to Naltar Lake, at one point Usman came to me and complained " yaar ye pridor to bohat slow ooper charr rahi hai, main to us ke peechay apnay rpm hi maintain nahi kar pa raha" and i was like" why on earth you guys are tailgating on this long empty track".
    Told Usman either to be ahead of Pridor or maintain safe distance because 100cc will move at its own pace.

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    Gilgit to Naltar was barely 60Km but it took us several hours to get there.
    Our supposedly "relaxing day" didn't prove to be much relaxing in the end. But we finally made it to the Lake.

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    This was the only Hotel/Restaurant at Lake.
    That tent was offered at 800 per day. We took it as it was the only available option.

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    After Parking our bikes and unloadin our luggage into tent, we went to the Lake. While my friends were sitting at the greenery beside Lake, i went ahead and sit on the small desi made boat standing there inside water. While i was enjoying the scenery, Imtiaz also tried to get on the boat, but boat was so small that it lost its balance and i almost fell in water.

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    I was like "boat ka size to dekh yaar, banda thora balance kar ke charta hai"

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    Quote Originally Posted by gull_s_777 View Post
    So the plan was set.
    Me and Imtiaz (my friend with Pridor) were in Bahawalpur. While Usman ( my other friend with GS150) was already in Islamabad.
    I have done Bahawalpur to Islamabad in single day before, but since weather was too hot, we decided to break the journey into two days.
    Plan was to leave at 4 am of 11th June from bahawalpur and reach faisalabad till 12 pm to avoid the heat.

    I was the road researcher/GPS guide/guy with all tools necessary for bike repair/mechanic of the group etc... So i went to Imtiaz a day before with all the packing/preparation done to give his bike final check up before we hit the GT road. So we did that and stock piled the 4 packs of engine oil per bike in anticipation.

    On my way to Bahawalpur from my home town

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    We left from Bahawalpur at 4 am, the GT road one way from Bahawalpur to Multan is pretty average so we moved at around 70Km/h, took us about 2 hours to Multan and then took the bypass and got on GT road to Chichawatni.
    After Khanewal, found a driver hotel on roadside named "Sakhi Qalandar Kibarya" where we had our breakfast. Location was very nice alongside a canal. Lot of crows though.

    Notice no side mirrors on Pridor?

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    After breakfast we hit the GT road again and at Chichawatni turned towards Kamalia.
    At Kamalia, my friend purchased backview mirrors and got them fixed.

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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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