Light trekking from Thandiani to Nathiagali
Camping & Trekking Experience in Lower Himalayas. 7 days trip 4 nights camping 2 nights in hotels.
Galis means hilltop or Pass in the local dialect. This trip to Galis area follows the ridge all the way through forests of giant pines. The further you get, the older and better-preserved the forests are, with much less terracing and cultivation. On really clear days there are magnificent views of the snow-covered Pir Panjal Range in Indian held Kashmir, and of Nanga Parbat, far to the northeast. One of the advantages of the Galis is that they are within two hours drive from Islamabad.
Transfer to hotel for fresh ups. Later drive to visit Taxila, former center of Gandhara Buddhist civilization. The splendid site museum and archeological site of former cities & monasteries provide an impressive insight to this civilization. Afternoon drive back to the Twin Cities Rawalpindi & Islamabad. Evening free for bazaars. Overnight at the hotel.
Board Air Conditioned vans for drive to trek head, Thandiani. Short stay en route in Abbottabad. Arrive Thandiani, the third-highest point in the Galliat area is located at 8832 feet above sea level. It is a unique place with beautiful views. Overnight camping in Thandiani near forest rest house.
Our first day on the trek. As Biran Gali is on lesser altitude than Thandiani so mostly our trek today is descending. After 5 to 6 hours walk we will arrive at Biran Gali 6300 feet. Here we will camp near the forest rest house. Like all the Galliat area Biran Glai is also surrounded by a thick forest of conifer trees like blue pine and Diar. Camp fire in the evening.
Today we will gain height so the trek today is a bit harder than yesterday. But as we all will be well acclimatized, so we will not feel any difficulty. Dagri Bungalow is also a forest rest house at 9000 feet. Here we will also camp in the surroundings of Dagri rest house and from here we will have clear views of Miran Jani peak (9970 feet), the highest peak in the Galiyat area.
Today we will cross the highest point in the Galiyat area the Miran Jani top. After crossing the top we will descend down and arrive at Nathiagali. From Nathiaglai it is a further half an hour’s walk to the Lalazar camping site. Lalazar camping site is the most beautiful camping site on this trip and is known as the Fairy Meadows. Here at Lalazar, we have two options for short excursions. We can go down to the Nathiagali bazaar or we can walk up to the Mushkpuri top which is the second-highest top in the Galiyat area after Miran Jani. Overnight camp at Lalazar
Today our camping and trekking are over. From Lalazar we will walk down to Nathiagali. Transfer into Air Conditioned van for the drive to Islamabad. Arrive in Islamabad for half day city tour of Rawalpindi & Islamabad. Visit Lok Virsa museum, Shakar Parian, and Damn-e-Koh the viewpoints of Islamabad. In Rawalpindi visit Raja bazaar, an interesting place to visit.
evening transfer to airport for the flight to home sweet home.