Pakistan is blessed with magnificent natural landscapes that attract local and foreign adventurers. Hiking in the mountains is an excellent way to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and spend quality time with family and friends. The Top 10 Hiking Points in Pakistan for Friends and Family. Here is a list of the top ten most family and friend-hiking mountains in Pakistan.
Fairy Meadows- Gilgit-Baltistan
The Fairy Meadows named by German climbers Fairy tale meadows and locally known as Joot, is a grassland near one of the base camp sites of the Nanga Parbat, located in Diamer District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.
Fairy Meadows is a high-altitude meadow located at an elevation of 10,800 feet above sea level. The trek is moderate and will take approximately 4-6 hours. Families can stay in huts or set up tents.
Neelum Valley- Azad Kashmir
The Neelum Valley is a charming valley that stretches for 144 kilometers. Families can enjoy hiking trails, visit waterfalls, and indulge in trout fishing.
Neelum Valley districts are located under the Pakistani administration territory of Azad Kashmir. This Valley district has a population of around 191,000 people. (Counted in 2017)
Margalla Hills- Islamabad
The Margalla Hills is located in Islamabad, The Margalla Hills range is within Margalla Hills National Park on the northern edge of Islamabad Capital city of Pakistan. The Margalla Hills are parts of the Himalayan foothills. The range of Margalla has an area of 12605 hectares.
The Margalla Hills are a popular destination for families residing in Islamabad. The trails are easy, and the views of the city skyline are stunning.
Pir Sohawa- Islamabad
Pir Sohawa is a mountain resort located at an elevation of 5,000 feet above sea level. Families can enjoy the panoramic views of the Islamabad Valley and the Margalla Hills. The Pir Sohawa hiking trails are easy and suitable for children.
The Pir Sohawa is a swiftly growing traveler resort. The location of Pir Sohawa is 17 km from Islamabad on the topmost of Margalla Hills.
Shogran- Naran Valley
Shogran Valley’s height is almost 2,362 meters overhead sea level. The beautiful Shogran Valley location is in the province of KPK, (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) and located 34 km away from Balakot. Almost the road from Islamabad to Shogran is 212 km. Cell phone services are provided by Zong and Telenor in this area.
Shogran, Naran Valley: Shogran is a scenic mountain village located in the Naran Valley. The hiking trail takes you through dense forests, waterfalls, and lush green meadows. Families can opt to camp or stay in the numerous lodges available.
Biafo Hisper Glacier Trek- Gilgit-Baltistan
This is a challenging trek that takes 13-14 days to complete. Families with older children who are experienced hikers can undertake this trek. The views of the Biafo and Hisper glaciers are awe-inspiring.
Biafo Glacier is almost 67 kilometers wide and situated in Karakoram Hills Gilgit-Baltistan. Biafo Glacier covers 853 km and 628 km of which is permanent snow with the accrual zone founding 68% of the glacier area.
Banjosa Lake, Azad Kashmir
Banjosa Lake is a picturesque lake located in the midst of pine forests. The hiking trail around the lake is easy, and families can enjoy picnics and boat rides.
This lake is an artificial lake, the most popular lake is 18 km away from Rawalakot Azad Kashmir. This lake is almost 60 km away from Rawalpindi. Banjosa Lake is located at an elevation of 1,981 meters. Surrounded by this lake is by solid pine forest and hills. Banjosa Lake roads are metaled from Rawalakot. This lake is fully frozen in winter, and the people enjoy walking on the road and also skitting on ice.
Siri Paye Meadow- Kaghan Valley
Siri Paye is a picturesque mountain meadow, located in the heart of the Kaghan Valley. Siri Paye hiking trail is easy, and the scenery is breathtaking. Families can set up tents and enjoy a night under the stars.
This Lake is located in the middle of a meadow in Paye near Kaghan and Shogran Valley KPK. This lake is located at a height of 2895 meters. Siri Paye is accessible through Kiwai passing Shoran by the jeep rocky track. At the top height, most people have breathing issues due to elevation.
K2 Base Camp Trek- Gilgit-Baltistan
K2 is above 8611 meters of sea level. This mountain is considered the second highest mountain on the earth after Mount Everest 8,849 meters. K2 is in the range of Karakoram and partially in a China territory.
The K2 Base Camp Trek is a challenging trek that takes approximately 21 days to complete. Families with older children who are experienced hikers can undertake this trek. The views of the Karakoram range are breathtaking.
Chitral Valley- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
The Chitral Valley is a remote valley located in the Hindu Kush range. Families can enjoy hiking, trout fishing, and visiting Kalash villages.
These are the top ten family and friend hiking mountains in Pakistan. Families with young children can choose easy hikes, while families with older children can opt for challenging treks. Pakistan has plenty to offer in terms of scenic landscapes, culture, and adventure sports.
If you’re planning a family or friend outing, consider the following experience.
– Families with young children who are looking for easy hikes and scenic landscapes
– Families with older children who are experienced hikers and are looking for a challenge
– Friends who are looking for adventure sports like trekking and camping
– Nature enthusiasts who are looking for untouched landscapes to explore
Precaution for Outing Plan
When planning an outing, it’s essential to consider the experience levels of the participants and the weather conditions. It’s also crucial to pack properly and carry all necessary equipment, including first aid kits, maps, and communication devices.
Hiking in Pakistan is an excellent way to spend quality time with family and friends. The country’s natural landscapes offer something for everyone, from easy hikes to challenging treks. Whether you’re a local or a foreign adventurer, Pakistan’s mountains are waiting to be explored.
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