As I was wondering where should I start to share my experience of northern areas as MOTORBIKER as I have never written it before but I am regular reader of PW forums.
I was excited and happy about this upcoming trip of my senior friends but I was uncertain about the permission from my parents though I am a teacher and father of three schools going boys and travelled extensively throughout Europe on 4x4 and suburbs of Pakistan. However I was hopeful I will get permission to get on my new purchased Suzuki GS-150. This trip I was so excited about and relatively disparate to get along with the two very professional riders Baseer Bahi and Naeem Bahi and along with them Haji Sahib the army retired officer with enthusiasm and energy which any rider essentials.
After long discussions and arguments at last I have convinced my parents conditionally if I will get myself proper gear and for short trip not more than 5 days ( which later extended to 10 days).
So I went to Naeem Bahi and Baseer Bahi to inform updates and get some tip and techniques for riding which could be helpful during the trip that how to shift the gear skillfully, what is proper position for bike how to do maneuvers , accelerate and braking. Even I had few lessons from them that how to comport yourself on uphill and downhill on the bike while riding. So every possible help to become a better rider from new rider. In between we had 15 days for training and test of my newly learned skills. If I pass the test they ll happy to take me with them if not I have to wait for another year as I will become a attired rider.
We all had our planning and imported the new high altitude camp as we had to do lot of camping. We had prepared our bikes for a trip as change the tires with off road tires and some other amendments services and brake pads etc.
Trip Route: Abbottabad to Naran to BabuSarTop Chillas , Ghinni, Thilichi to Asotre to DeoSAi Plain to Sakardu ,Sadpara to Manthoga Waterfall, Gharmang valley and ghamang waterfall to Olding.Olding to Sakardu to Baghicha to Gilgit to Ghizer Vally to Slipi Bala and Back to Abbottabad.
We all woke up about round about 8 or 9 am in the morning and went out to mobile toilet boxes and for morning usual things for next day go. Water was so cold that we couldn?t comfortably wash our faces. However there was lot of water and by side huge BARA PANNI. Me and Naeem Bahi started frying meat for breakfast and Haji Sahib went out to wash stencils of our Pakhtoon temporary neighbors. Baseer Bahi and juanid Khan went out for fishing with massive rods and we were forestalling about 2 Kgs of fish of any kind though I don?t mind trout fish. Haji Sahib came back and straight went into the camp despite this that we had wonderful sunshine and breeze. The sunlight was not alone it brought lot of happiness and fluffy mosquitoes which we struggling to safe us from. I said fluffy because they were quite different in their nature where ever they stung you they get stuck with your skin and you left with no choice but to execute them. Though we were enjoying cooking and smell of organic lamb which was about to in my plate and straight to stomach when Naeem Bahi said Hamza take this lamb meat full plate to those pakhtoons as a courtesy. ? NA NOT THIS ONE .. NEXT GO WILL BE THIERS?. This was what I was thinking but did not say a word. They received it with such a humble and I thought I should give them all the lamb.
?I am feeling hungry? Baseer Bahi was already in the tent with not a single fish at all. Though he thought that they will catch fishes later first he needs to have a breakfast. Well he justified it because he had such a great pictures of surroundings.
We had done with meat and tea and packing so we were about to off for Sadpara Lake when I saw some locals sitting in circle and singing their BALTI SONGS or I don?t know which language was that but it was remixed with urdu. It looked superb and dancing and singing and happy as they were welcoming the guests and summer. Summer is something very odd to them which come for very little time max for 3 months. So we left them singing locals there to Sakardu Sadpara Lake.
Another long ride but it was way way better than last night. I was with Naeem Bahi and all others were on their bikes cursing through Deosai Plain. There is one thing which was quite interesting for me that as soon as its dawn you consider deosai proper track for people who travels astore to sakardu. You can experience lot of vehicles in and out to Sakardu. All sudden we had reached some place where plain had finished and downhill has started but before that we had stopped for a cup of tea at very local hotel where Naeem Bahi and Baseer Bahi came about 10 years ago and stayed night in there. Hotel owner recognized them and offer us a food for free but we courteously refused for a reason.
We left from there and it was the hell lot of dangerous descending. It was rocky road and positive probabilities of skidding so elders keep commanding directions. At last we have reached some concrete roads and reached Sadpara Village. We were on bikes and we proverb some kids consecutively towards us to shake hands. So we passed some candies to them and off to Sadpara Hotel. The very old friend of Elders who comfy us as personal guest. It was it first kind of hotel in last 2 days were we can utilize all the facilities of a actual hotel. We assembled our tent and went to wash rooms to have a long and warm shower. I was quite relaxed as we reached there on time and seating place was quite posh in the lawn. So we settled there and I have changed to my relax trouser and sandals and seated to the view towards Sadpara Lake which has become a dam now. I had closed my eyes when I heard some tickling sound of cups and smell of fresh hot pakorays served with tomato sauce. So all enjoyed the tea together and we had introduced some other riders seems quite young in their late teens on their bikes asking about the road condition up to Deosai. Elders recommend them to stay here and leave early to deosai as it was about 7 o clock in evening and security might not let them go ahead from sadpara village. They introduced themselves as A6 rider club from Lahore. Young , Energetic and enthusiastic Allah Bless them All.
We had been served our dinner and off to bed as we had become so tired too much and restless sleep of yesterday had some symptoms till now. So we all were dozing around. I slept well and pretty sure about others as no one had any complain.