Was such a challenge-ingly hectic yet soul refreshing experience on some of the stiffest hills of “#Margala National Park” .
Well it was one of those experiences when you have not been given enough time to anticipate the experience or to do your calculations before concluding to any decision … Hence I agreed to go on a hiking trip with my co-workers…
We went there and it was quite a surprise !
Freshly baked oxygen; detoxing mind and soul…
Smell of green starch; Connecting to the nature.
The sound of the no sound; the piece of the inner peace.
All this simply cuts you off from the world.
A one line summary would be, “Disconnected with the world; Connected with the Earth”
Well the #trail started with an energetic attitude and the overall experience was a multi dynamic cocktail of fresh energy, wild uncertainty and courage.
During the journey the moment the first fresh water stream passes by, the challenges start to mature along with your anticipations….
The tracks are well maintained and they act very well as your only tour guide; Ensuring you are on the right track.
The noticeable presence of #honey bee, birds and #spiders, far away from the metropolitan life of the city, were showing positive and pleasant sings of the post #covid-19 wildlife.
Based on my experience, I would highly recommend following “Must to do” instructions for track 5.
-Although I would recommend all to have an energetic company alongside for constant motivation but being alone in the forest has its own perks.
-There should be at least one litter bottle of water alongside, as you will be needing a lot of watter especially during the second half of the climbing phase.
-Your mobile should be fully charged for the sake of mobile torch and don’t worry as no-one will buzz you since its a mobile signal free zone.
-Do NOT wear casual floats, formal shoes or flip flop for hiking as other than joggers all other options will fail big-time.
-Do carry a cap or a hat, if hiking during bright sunny day as the second part of the climbing phase is mostly shade-less with chances of getting sun burns.
-If lost follow the sunset (West) it will eventually lead you to the road from sheer you can easily grab a taxi. (There are a lot of cabs on the other side of the road and they charge approx 400-500/ PKR to drop you back to the parking lot)
Bringing your children along is not a good idea if your planing to complete the entire length of the track same goes for old people. However they can easily travel till the mid way fresh water stream which indeed is quite a good spot to take a break .
I believe the social media talks about the leopard sightings should be taken seriously although my entire experience was secure and safe.
Oneway hiking of the track will take approximately two hours to complete.
I would highly recommend everyone to at least try this adventure for once in their life.
I also like to thank SAPM Ministry of Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam for awarding margalla hills a National Park status by making it part of the 15 National Parks that are protected and preserved through “Protected Areas Initiative “.
I would love to visit the remaining 14 of them!
Usman Bin Zaheer