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Best Walking/Hiking Trails

BEST WALKING AND HIKING TRAILS OF PAKISTAN

ANSU LAKE TRACK

From Saif ul Malook to Ansu Lake, this track can drive you crazy as you would need to hike 7 medium-size mountains and a number of water streams. One-way walk can take approximately 6 hours if you do not take rest in between.
Ansoo Lake Walking Track
Photo Credit: Amir Bashir

AYUBIA TRACK

Ayubia National Park is surrounded by four popular tourist destinations Thandiani, Nathiagali, Ayubia and Khanspur. There are two tracks originated from Ayubia. One is From Ayubia to Donga Gali known as Ayubia National Park track. Other is from Ayubia to Changla gali. The first one is 4 km long and the second route is 8 km long.
Ayubia Walking Track
Photo Credit: Moawiz Ali

BAKOTE MOLIA TRACK

15 km from Nathiagali and 5 km from Kohala bridge, it is a beautiful water fall, Bakote Molia namely Karlan, its is merger of two beautiful and eye catching view of Bakote and Azad Kashmir.

DUNGAGALI-AYUBIA TRACK

This track is also known as the pipeline track as it is just beside the pipeline which supplies water from Dungagali to Murree. It is among the world’s most beautiful tracks and is about four kilometers from Dungagali to Ayubia. It is a plain track without any ups and downs unlike the Mushkpuri track.

GRANG KASS TRACK

This is a beautiful Natural water stream and lush green forest spot at Nathiagali-Bakote road. 5 km away from Governor House Nathiagali, Its also a foothill of Mukshpuri and best for 4 wheel drive and hiking.

MIRANJANI TRACK

Miranjani track is quite famous among the hikers. It is an 8 km long track that can ideally be walked in 3-4 hours. It is located in beautifully surrounded areas of Abbotabad District. There are two routes to reach Miranani, one is Nathiagai to Miranjani, second is Governor House to Miranjani. During your hike, you would experience the views of Jhelum River, Tarbela Lake, Abbottabad city and Thandiani. The beautiful treacherous mountain Nanga Parbat is also visible on a clear day i.e. located 400 kilometers away from Miranjani.

MUKSHPURI TOP TRACK

Mukshpuri is the second highest peak in Galiyat forest. 90 km in north of Islamabad, it is one of the most exotic walking trail. It is 4 km long and you can take two routes to reach Mushkpuri Top, one is Donga Gali to Mushkpuri, the other one is from Nathiagali to Mushkpuri Top. By choosing second track you can also view Lalazar Park on the way, which is situated at one kilometer up the track from Nathiagali.

PIPELINE TRACK

Dunga gali to Ayubia track is named so as it is just beside the pipeline that supplies water from Dunga gali to Murree. It is among the world most beautiful tracks and is about 4 km from Dunga gali to Ayubia. It is a plain track without any ups and downs unlike the Mukshpuri track.

RATTI GALI LAKE

The beautiful valley of Kashmir consists of magnificent rivers and lakes which are without a doubt a treat to watch. Ratti Gali Lake is located almost 12,100 feet above sea level. To reach Ratti Gali Lake you have to go through the village of Dowarian, which is roughly 106 kilometers from Muzaffarabad. This lake is truly a sight for sore eyes.

TRAIL 3 ISLAMABAD

There are a total of 6 trails on the Margalla hills but the most famous among them is Trail 3. It is about 5.5 kilometers long and begins from Margalla Road, Sector F-6/3. It is an ideal hiking track for beginners, and is surely worth visiting. It is a little steep and tiring in the first stage as it goes up to the Viewpoint, but after that you can calmly keep going for another 45-60 minutes before finally reaching the Pir Sohawa tourist resort.

TRAILS IN MARGALLA HILLS

Trail 1 – will lead you to the top terminal of the Pir Sohawa road, in more or less two hours. Upon extending the walkway, you will reach Monal Restaurant in twenty minutes.

Trail 2 – starts out just above the Pir Sohawa, the point located near Islamabad Zoo. It is 1 – 1.5 hours walk and leads you to Daman-e-Koh. You can move beyond this spot upward to the cactus ridge.
Track 3 – It starts from the Margalla road F-7. The track is exhausting to some extent, due to steep hills. The course will lead you to the summit, and draw near to the three famous restaurants at Pir Sohawa. It is approximately one hour thirty minute walk

Track 4 – It is the link between Trails 3 and 5.

Trail 5 – Begins from Margalla Road in sector F-5, and people find it easier to climb. The trails 3 and 5 run parallel up to some distance, and is connected via trail 4 at certain points. The trail 5 will lead you to the top of Pir Sohawa road. You can switch trail 3 to 5 by walking an extra distance of 1.5 Kms. The estimated time to cover the distance on the trail is about 2.5 – 3.5 hours.

Trail 6 – This trail is sparingly used as the entrance is not known to many people. It starts from the back of the Faisal Mosque in Sector E7, near tree planting Project sign is polled. Trails will run you through a valley along a well defined route that guides you to the top terminal of the Pir Sohawa road. The trail has a track for mountain bikes, and a bird watching point.

SAIDPUR TRAIL

travel along the river through the village and you’ll emerge in a valley and a trail that leads up to the Monal restaurant. Saidpur trail is not much used by the outsiders, but only the local residents.

BARI IMAM TRAIL

To draw onto this trail you need to ride to the other terminal on the Margalla road i.e near the Government Complex. The trail starts near the Bari Imam Cave, climb up the steep hills and you will come close to the Pir Sohawa road. From here you need to walk 5.5 Km to reach trail 3. Continue on the path, or else you will be drifting into KPK (the other province of Pakistan).

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