It starts behind Sectors E-8 and E-9 and consists of three interlinked sub-trails. Easiest way to the trail head is by reaching village Kalinger from the junction of Agha Shahi Avenue and National Defence University. Hiking can be commenced from a small mazar complex in village Kalinger.
Initially the trail moves along a water stream that leads into the mountains. Unlike other officially recognized trails, this is not marked well and it takes considerable effort to explore the path. A rigorous hike of almost two hours takes you to the shoulder of the ridge until the descent starts. Trail is used rarely by hikers, however, locals are found frequently on the way and are quite friendly. Occasional presence of cattles blocking the way as well as presence of small snakes locally called khar-kharya saanp should not be ruled out. This trail being mainly used by locals is free of any litter.
Last hour of downhill climb involves crossing a seasonal stream at few places and offers beautiful vistas. After about four hours of hiking, trail ends at a small graveyard in village Sinyari near a famous clump of Banyan trees. From here the metal road leads to the exit point on the main Margalla Road, opposite F-9 Park.
Owing to the relative isolation, lack of drinkable water and a rigorous long hike, it is not recommended for kids and families. A group of four or five people, properly rationed can undertake this exciting half-day hiking trip.
WHAT IS AROUND
- Sector F-10
- Sector E-10
- Sector E-11
- Margallah Avenue
NEARBY TOURIST SITES
- Fatima Jinnah Park
- Faisal Maosque
- Trail 4 Dhok Jeevan
- Trail 6 Chak Jabbi
- Golra Sahref
- Shah Allah Ditta
- Golra Junction
WHEN TO GO
At 620 metres (1700 feet) above sea level, Islamabad is at its best from October to April, when the days are crisp and cool, and the nights are cold. Spring is short, but the flowers in March are a riot of colour. The hottest months are May and June, before the monsoon, but even then the climate is usually not oppressive, and you can always escape to the hills. 2250 metres (7400 feet) above sea level.
HOW TO REACH
Islamabad and Rawapindi share an airport, the rawapindi City and Rawalpindi Cantonment railway stand, General Bus Stand, Pir Wadhi, Faizabad Bus Stand, Daewoo Bus stand Motorway Chowk, Faisal Mover Motorway Chowk and G-9 Karachi company Bus Stand.
It is 292.9 kilometres (182 miles) from Lahore (6 hours 30min) and 172.8 kilometres (108 Miles) from Peshawar (3 Hours 30min) on the Grand Trunk Road (Nation Highway G.T. Road) and 382.6 kilometres (287.7 miles) from Lahore (4Hours 30min) and 185.7 Kilometres (116 Miles) from Peshawar (2 Hours 30min) on the Motorway/AH1.
Skyways, Niazi Express, Faisal Mover, Daewoo, Airport, Train
WITHIN THE CITY
Taxi, Car, Mini Busses
ON BOOKED TRANSPORT
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WHERE TO SHOP
Aabpara Market, I-8 Markaz, G-7 Markaz, Peshawar More Markaz, AAbpara Market.
The Centruaus Mall,
WHERE TO EAT / STAY
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EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBER
|PIMS, Islamabad:||G-8, 051-9261170|
|Poly Clinic:||Shaheed-e-Millat Road, Islamabad. 051-9218300|
|Rescue 1122:||1122, 0344 9597384|
|Edhi Foundation:||115, (051) 2353374|
|Tourist Information Centre:||Sports Complex Islamabad. 051-9208949|
|AP Tourist Information Center:||F-10 Markaz, Islamabad. 0322-2881992, 051-8732529|
|CDA:||Khayeban-e-Suhrwardy, Islamabad. 051-9253001|
|Passport Office:||Mauve Road, G-8/1, Islamabad. 051-9107220|