Long Hike Back Home

18-02-07_1204.jpgThis weekend I had a chance to hike all the way back to Pir Sohwa from Gohra Gali. What started as an over cast day turned out to be wet stretch in the last leg. However, I never realised, what privelage it is to walk in mild rain, among the clouds rising from the valleys below. I compiled an account of the trip for the benefit of those who would want to repeat it. Read on for a more detailed account

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Total Distance :
27 KM
Total Duration : 7 hours
Total Climb : 200 meters (between 1110 m – to 1375 m)

The hike starts at a place called Malot, which can be reached by driving along the Murree Road to Gohra Gali where a road turns left to Lora. There is sign and communication tower right in your line of sight. Follow this road for about 3 KM, until you come to a fork in the road, where another road climbs to your left. Leave the main road and drive up the road to the left for 1.5 kilometer, until you come to another fork in a road, where you see a small path from left joining the main road. Park your vehicle here and walk on the paved road which turns into a jeep track in about 1 KM through the villages. Continue on the track for another 45 minutes until you come to a fork. Continue to the road to your right and do not descend on the left.

You will now be gaining some elevation with views of valley on your left and would pass through the villages of Gharaga, Kimbi, and Kothrian. Walk for another 45 minutes until you come to a junction which locals call “chowk”. Leave the main trail at this junction and continue into the valley with hills to your left and right. After about 20 minutes you would descend into an open valley with a water reservoir. It would have taken you approximately 2 hours to reach this point from the start and you would be at an elevation of 1275m. The total distance to this point is 10 KM.

Continue on the far end of the valley on the trail that goes uphill through a pine forest. This jeep able forest road climbs steeply. At the highest point is a nice resting spot on your right which you should reach in just 3.5 hours from the start.

Follow the trail to the village of Deri Rakhala where a buffalo pond and a water cistern are located on your right near a flat field. Along the way you would come across some forks in the road, but at all points stay to your right and more or less along the ridge. Follow any path along this ridge through an open pine forest, skirt a few villages, and then after a sharp turn, follow the path along the north side of the ridge through a forest. After having hiked for 1 hour and 15 minutes, you will pass through a village in the pine forest where the trail again splits into two parts. Take the one to your left downhill this time and walk for another 30 minutes after which you will reach the rest house. It would have taken you approximately 1 hour 45 minutes to reach this point from the start and you would be at an elevation of 1350m. The total distance to this point is 16 KM.

From the rest house follow the trail from Pharilla to the west and soon you will be on a jeep able track which runs all the way to Pir Sohawa. There a few hair pin curves in the track which you can shortcut. At a junction there is a trail veering off to the left, towards the saddle above Narias, but track to Pir Sohawa goes slightly to the right and continues along the north side of the ridge through a pine forest. At Pir Sohwa the transport can pick you up besides a metal fencing and a sign board pointing towards a shrine. It takes approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes to reach the Pir Sohawa road from Pharilla.

1 Comment so far

  1. A for [pine]Apple (unregistered) on February 21st, 2007 @ 11:59 pm

    Sh^t

    I’m trying to read beyond :|

    Total Distance : 27 KM
    Total Duration : 7 hours
    Total Climb : 200 meters (between 1110 m – to 1375 m)



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