Wednesday, October 7, 2015

TRIP TO SHARAN FOREST (KAGAN / NARAN)

TRIP TO SHARAN FOREST (KAGAN / NARAN)





This time we are embarking on hiking and trekking expedition to Sharan Forests in Kaghan VALLEY.

The aims and objective of this expedition is to highlight the wonderful places which we have in Pakistan as many people still have not visited these areas because of the non availability of good organized group tours and a local guide.

My initial reconnaissance of the road conditions show that up to PARAS in the Kaghan valley we can go on an ordinary vehicle and onwards we need a good 4/4 vehicle / off road.
 

The detailed itinerary is given below and subject to slight modifications from Day three to day four.
You are invited to come and join the expedition subject to your physical fitness and willingness to be a happy member and part of our team. 

Danna meadows, How to reach the Destination

To reach danna meadows u have to start trek from khanian pine park, from there 15 km trek towards beautiful view u can reach Danna pine park cottage around 7 to 8 hours, U have to cover at least 3000ft around 15 km but this place is really worth seeing and enjoying . 
 

we can stay for a night there subject to availability of good hotel rooms.

RAZA SAFARI TOUR ITINERARY OCTOBER 2015

DATE
DESTINATIONS FROM
TO
NIGHT STAY
21st October 2015 (Wednesday)
Assembly in RWP / ISB
Overnight
At own
22nd Oct 2015 (Thursday)
Rawalpindi
Naran / Paras
Hotel
23rd Oct 2015 (Friday)
Paras
Sharan Forest
Forest Rest House **
24th Oct 2015 (Saturday)
Sharan Forest (Optional)
Musa ka Massalah Trek ***
Forest Rest House
25th Oct 2015 (Sunday)
Sharan Forest
Rawalpindi
Dispersal









** Subject to availability of rooms in the forest rest house or Youth Hostel other wise we come back to Hotel in Paras
 
***: This trek is optional in case we get rooms in Forest Rest House other wise from our hotel room we go to Khania Pine Park and from there to DANNA MEADOWS
DAY ONE
·         Leave for Paras / Naran at 9.00 am from Rawalpindi. It is an 8 hours drive covering about 280 kilometers taking us through Abbottabad where we meet the rush of the Inter city traffic and the children’s school vehicles. During travel we will stop over at Mansehra and then Balakot and reach Paras at about 4.00 O’ Clock in the evening. Transfer to Hotel for night stay.

 

DAY TWO
·         9.00 am after breakfast gather downstairs for a breathtaking trip on jeeps to Sharan Forest journey time about 2 hours to reach. Lunch / snack at Sharan Forest. If booking is available otherwise in the evening drive back to hotel for night stay.


DAY THREE
·         Leave at 9.00 am after breakfast for Danna Meadows by jeeps afternoon in Danna Meadows drive back to Paras in the evening.

DAY FOUR (Optional) If time permits 

·         Very early morning breakfast those who are fit for the hike will accompany the menfolk to Trek to Base camp of Musa Ka Musalah. 


DAY FIVE
·         Early morning breakfast and board our vehicles for Rawalpindi reach Rawalpindi at about 5.00 pm for dispersal. 


Tour Cost
1.      Accommodation on double occupancy basis Rs. 2500/- to Rs.3000/-
2.      Jeep cost Rs.4000/- for six persons to Sharan Forest
3.      Jeep Cost Rs. 5000/- for six persons to Danna Meadows
4.      The above costs are variable and except for No.1 which is fixed rest are subject to haggling and negotiation.

Optional
·         Some of you may like to bring your own vehicles for the journey for which you are most welcome.
·         Some of you may like to go for cheaper accommodation for which again you are most welcome.
·         Accommodation arrangements have been made in Local Hotel which is a 2-Star accommodation on Main Kaghan / Naran Road (Rough it out please).

Last date of confirmation.
·         In case you are interested please confirm your participation before 15th October 2015 by sending in Rs. 5000/- per person so that the arrangements / reservations for transport can be made in advance.
·         The cost of tour for four days may come to about Rs. 12000/- per person this includes transportation from Rawalpindi / Naran / Rawalpindi. Three night’s hotel stay with breakfast. This will be on no profit / loss basis and may be variable.

Note:
The dates from 21st October 2015 may vary as to the road conditions / weather conditions and fitness of the participants / members and the local topographic conditions.

PRELUDE TO THE TRIP

Things to take with you

PERSONAL.

  • Joggers, trainers, or hiking boots up to ankle high
  • 03 pairs of towel socks white colour
  • cap , jungle cap , sola cap
  • Sun glasses
  • Camera / Handy cam
  • Sun block with S.P.F 50 , anti sun block
  • Shooting jacket
  • Jeans , trousers , track suit shalwar kameez
  • T- shirt , sweat shirts
  • Vests , u / wear  Bermuda shorts
  • Shock proof wrists watch , pocket compass
  • Rechargeable flash light and torches
  • Personal medications
  • Towel handkerchief  and towels
  • Chappal and moccasins
  • Mosquito repellants / sprays
  • Personal back pack
  • Warm Clothes jacket / Pullover / Sweaters
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Ground Sheet   
  • Walking stick / Mountain Stick

EQUIPMENT:-
Provided by the Organizer 
  • Pick and shovel
  • Cooking utensils
Gas stove, frying pan, disposable glasses, plastic glasses, plates, fruit knife or sauce pan
  • Walkie / talkie , vehicle mobile charger
  • Generator
  • Masalas, condiments , salt , cooking oil , wheat flour , sugar tea bags , powder milk and rice
  • Tinned fruits cocktails , meat balls , minced meat , meat curry , fish
  • Biscuit saltish and fancy as per your liking loads and loads of them
  • Cold drinks , mineral water in  plastic bottles
  • Whistle & mega phone
  • G.P.R.S phone (If available)
  • Maps general map, topo graphic map, contour map.
  • To top it all by 4 x 4 vehicle / Toyotta Hiace Ace / Hi Roof (Optional)
  • First Aid Kit

Daily Trek Notes
  • Reach your next destination point before sunset under no circumstances should you over stretch yourself or travel at night.
  • Please mark your route before you start your journey
  • There should be a talc sheet over your map with markings 
  • Permanent marker: - Plan your trek in such away that you are able to make it to your next point with in that day before sunset.

PREPARATIONS FOR THE TRIP

Please start walking and exercise daily by covering 1 mile distance in 15 minutes.
Climb 50 stairs in 10 – 12 minutes
Carry a load of 05 - 10 kg on your back for half to 1 hour

DETERMINATION
Remember this is a chance to see Mother Nature at its best and those areas of Pakistan where less than 10 % of the population has gone.
So be determined and make a resolve to complete this trip as a challenge for the outdoors.

FOR THOSE WHO DARE LIFE HAS A CHALLENGE WHICH THE SHELTERED NEVER ENJOY.


DR. BABUR ZAHIRUDDIN
Cell: 0332-4923235

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