Category: Northern Areas of Pakistan

Sharan Forest – Pakistan Travel Guide.

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Sharan is a beautiful, untouched forest reserve in KPK, Pakistan. The forest is dense with heavy vegetation. It is for now mostly non-commercial, hence very clean with less influx of tourists. The forest is adjacent to Manshi Top, which again is a lush green plateau. You can expect to find rich flora and fauna, dense mossy formations, mushrooms, wild fruits on trees and water streams. The locals are friendly, there is a camp site inside the forest with small huts owned by forest and tourism departments.

Quick Facts :

Name : Sharan Forest  ( pronounced as SHAA-RAAN )

Location : Paras, KPK, Pakistan

Altitude at Sharan Forest Camp Site : 2425 Meters

Max Altitude at Manshi Meadow : 2867 Meters

Stay : 1 Night Camp

Total Days : 2

If you plan to travel to Sharan Forest Happy Holidays PK would love to take you there at the Camp Site with a full excursion tour.

Paras has a small market with a few shops a few restaurants on the naran road. Happy Holidays PK tours take a normal stopover at Paras for making sure we have all the supplies and if required anything, tourists can buy easily from there. Sharan Forest : 2425 Meters Above sea level and is a beautiful forest reserve. We titled it as Untouched Beauty of KPK.

Before you reach this place, you will find another stone building about half a kilometer down the road. That one is Youth House, mostly used by young students who are coming in large groups. We did not camp at the youth hostel for it being too crowded, and told the Jeep driver to take us further up to this Forest House.

For Tours to Sharan Forest you have to reach our Help-Desk 24/7 available: 0348-5248284. We have latest Model Vehicles, 4×4 Off-Roaders and Land Cruisers and complete Camping and Trekking equipment to give you a unique experience of outdoor life. That’s how we make your Holidays Happy and Beautiful in Pakistan.

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Beautiful Scenic View of Sharan Forest KPK, Pakistan.
Ultimate Camping Experience at Sharan Forest.
Ultimate Off-Roading Experience from Paras to Sharan Forest.

Top 10 beautiful places of Pakistan for Honeymoon Travelers.

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Planning honeymoon tour in Pakistan  lets explore top beautiful and affordable places for honeymoon couples. The romantic sightseeing destinations in your own Country !Romantic Honeymoon Retreat always concerns for Bride, I think exploring Pakistan on your Honeymoon is one of the best Choice.

  1. Muzaffarabad, Keran, Upper Neelum, Sharda, Kel, Arang Kel: 

Neelum Valley is ranked on top you need at least 5 days to execute your trip. Why Neelum Valley ? Kashmir is paradise on earth and Neelum Valley is corridor of beautiful land.Journey starts from Muzaffarabad which is capital of Azad Kashmir and also known for panoramic views. Kashmir waterfallRed FortMuzaffarabad View PointNeelum Jhelum Rivers Junction point are attractions. Keran,Upper Neelum, Sharda, Kel are lush green valleys along Neelum River. For Tour Packages you can get more information at our Official Website 

2. Rawalakot , Tolipeer, Lasdana, Bagh, Sudhan Gali , Ganga Choti

Rawalakot is city located in AJK, 3 hours drive from Islamabad. A moderate temperature site with a lake named Banjosa and lush green mountain toolipeer. Banjosa and Tolipeer attracts honeymoon couples and considered one of the best destination for honeymoon. For Tour Packages you can get more information at our Official Website 

3. Gilgit, Hunza, Attabad, Khunjerab Pass:

In Hunza there are about 10 places to visit namely; Rakaposhi, Karimabad, Altit fort, Baltit fort, Eagles Nest, Attabad lake, Altit Fort, Baltit Fort, Hunza Nagar View (Merging of River Gilgit in River Indus)  Passu, Gojal and sust are best destinations for honeymoon couples. Hire Services from Happy Holidays PK to book car, hotels, tour guide. Planning a tour to Hunza is very important , Hunza is top destination in Pakistan for honeymoon couples.

4. Mingora, MalamJabba, Kalam:

In Pakistan more Destinations for honeymoon couples are situated in Swat Valley, namely ; Mingora, Saidu Sharif, Malam Jabba, Bahrain, Madyan, Kalam, Ushu Forest, Mahodand Lake. Booking of tours to Swat Valley for Honeymoon couple is on single click. In winters attractions to Swat Valley are Skiing and snowfall.

5. Shogran, Siri Paye, Naran, Saif ul Malook, Babusar Top & Lulusar Lake:

Most visited tourist attraction for summers is Naran Kaghan Valley and we rate 9/10 for honeymoon couples due to its chilling weather, lakes, lush green mountains, hotel facilities and transport system. Shogran is one of a kind Tourist Destination situated near Kunhar River’s den Balakot. Shogran is famous for Siri Paye and Paye Lake, it’s lush green landscape and the astonishing aroma of Cedarwood. Shogran became a famous destination when our CEO & Founder Mr. Khan visited this place for the very first time in 2007. He fell in love with this place and ultimately today we are the pioneers of making this destination famous internationally. Our Perfectly crafted Honeymoon and Daily Tours to Shogran are one of the best and Cheap Pakistan Travel Packages. 

   6. Chikar, Lamnia, Daokhan, Chikhothi

Chikar valley is still to explore for Honeymoon couple, a beautiful small valley with lakes, meadows, lush greenery, water ponds, hotels. Culture of this valley is simple neat n clean, offering major attractions for tourists.

Chikar is about 1 hour drive from Muzaffarabad City, we call it chikar A hidden gem of Pakistan.

   7. Murree, Bhurban, Galiyat

Murree, Galiyat are famous tourist attractions, approachable/secure/lively destination offering Motels, Restaurants, Walkways, Shopping opportunities. Couples find a relaxing environment, temperature in summers is awesome. Most rated place for honeymoon couples. A perfectly arranged Bhurban  Tour is a lifetime experience and Happy Holidays PK does it extremely best for our customers. Nathiagali has a lot of tourist attractions and spots. Patriata welcomes its visitors with an awesome chairlift experience.  

 8. Shangrila Resort, Skardu 

Normally 7-8 days are required to complete your tour of Skardu, Baltistan, Top Places to Visit in Skardu are; Shangrilla, Khaplu Palace, Upper Kachur, Lower Kachura, Monthoka Waterfall. Happy Holidays PK is offering customized tour plans for Skardu, Baltistan. Book your tours to Skardu.

9. Chitral

No wonder Chitral is diverse due to its culture and beautiful landscape, for honeymoon couples it’s hard to travel but somehow people love to travel across this valley to explore it beauties. Chitral is a lifetime experience, it takes you away from this world, you will find yourself in the middle of such great mountains. from the voices getting louder at Shanpur, World’s highest battleground for Polo to the beautiful views of Ghizer. This is Pakistan’s hidden paradise, Chitral. 

10. Lahore

Lahore, the heart of Pakistan situated in Punjab province is a city that keeps a beauty of its own kind, rich culture and traditions. Major tourist attractions are Badshahi Qilla (Mugha fort) , Badshahi Masjid , Minar Pakistan, Pakistan Museum, Lahore zoo and Wagha Flag ceremony. Lahore is the city that never sleeps therefore enjoy Lahore city tour at most. 

Pakistan Tourism and Culture.

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Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a country in South Asia. It is the world’s sixth-most populous country with a population exceeding 212,742,631 people. In area, it is the 33rd-largest country, spanning 881,913 square kilometres .

Pakistan has a variety of Tourism sections that contribute to it’s economy and Happy Holidays PK, Pakistan’s Leading Tourism Company provides a wide range of services to cater all the transfers, lodging, cargo & adventure travel needs of it’s prestigious customers.

Pakistan exhibits some of the earliest human settlements, it is home to an ancient civilization rivaling those of Egypt and Mesopotamia, and the crucible of two of the world’s major religions, Hinduism and Buddhism. It’s far more unimaginable and contains some of Asia’s most mind-blowing landscapes, extraordinary trekking, a multitude of cultures and a long tradition of hospitality.

From the mighty stretches of the Karakorams in the North to the vast alluvial delta of the Indus River in the South, Pakistan remains a land of high adventure and nature. Trekking, mountaineering, white water rafting, wild boar hunting, mountain and desert jeep safaris, camel and yak safaris, trout fishing and bird watching, are a few activities, which entice the adventure and nature lovers to Pakistan.

The northern areas of Pakistan have many old fortresses, towers and other architecture. The Chitral valley is home to the small pre-Islamic Animist Kalasha community which claims to be descendents of the army of Alexander the Great.

In the Punjab is the site of Alexander’s battle on the Jhelum River.

Lahore is the cultural capital of Pakistan with many examples of Mughal architecture such as the Badshahi Masjid, Shalimar Gardens, Tomb of Jahangir and the Lahore Fort.
The Karakoram Highway, which follows the ancient Silk Road, offers breathtaking beauty of Himalayan mountain range including Hindukush Pamir. The trail runs along the Indus River and to the beautiful Gilgit and Hunza valleys. and Margalla Hills located in Islamabad is an important tourist place. In the midst of these hills lies Daman-e-Koh, a terraced garden with an excellent view over the city.

Many mosques and Islamic tombs exist across the country. Some of the famous ones are: Badshahi Mosque in Lahore (one of the largest mosques in the world, and an example of Moghul architecture rivaled only by the Taj Mahal),  Faisal Mosque in Islamabad, and so on.

The city of Thatta in Sindh region is well known for its mausoleums and mosques.
The beautiful area of Chitral in the Hindu Kush Mountains north of Peshawar is noted for its hot springs and trout-filled rivers. 
Clifton beach of Karachi is one of the most beautiful beaches in Asia. However Pakistan has not been able to develop beach tourism because the Western concept of beach luxury somehow is not in consonance with country’s Islamic cultural traditions.
Pakistan has 5 highest mountain peaks in the world and several large glaciers. The northern areas like Gilgit and Skardu are very popular for trekking. Malam Jabba resort in the Karakoram range has good skiing facilities.
Water rafting and Pakistan canoeing are very popular on the rivers of the Northern part of Rawal Lake, situated at a distance of about 8km
Cricket is the popular game of the country. You could watch cricket matches. Polo is also popular, particularly in the northern towns of Gilgit and Chitral.
Shopping in Pakistan is interesting and quite unique. Well-known for exquisite handicrafts, Pakistan is home to gorgeous hand-woven carpets, marble pieces, copper and brassware, woodwork, and embroidered kurtas and khussas. Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad have some excellent traditional market places (called Bazars) as well as modern shopping centers.

Together we are uprising Pakistan Tourism and spreading the message of peace, nature and serenity to rest of the world. Pakistan’s is one of the most blessed countries on planet earth with all four seasons, beautiful landscapes, mesmerizing sights and natural lakes.

Pakistan’s Highest Peaks.

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In Pakistan there are 5 mountains over 8,000 Meters, 29 over 7,500 Metres and 108 over 7,000 Metres. Apart from these, Peaks between 4,000 Metres and 7,000 Metres are in numbers. Out of 14 peaks over 8000 Metres in the world, 5 are in Pakistan.

World Rank/ Name                               Height (M)Range
2.K2 (Chogori) 8,611K
9.Nanga Parbat8,125HY
11.Gasherbrum I (Hidden Peak)8,068K
12.Broad Peak8,047K
14.Gasherbrum II8,035K
15.Gasherbrum III7,952K
17.Gasherbrum IV7,925K
20.Distaghil Sar7,885K
22.Kunyang Chhish7,852K
24.Masherbrum NE7,821K
29.Kanjut Sar7,760K
33.Saltoro Kangri7,742K
41.Tririch Mir7,708HK
49.Shispar (Batura)7,611K
58.Skyang Kangri7,544K
67.Pumari Kish W7,492K
69.Tirich Mir NW7,487HK
74.Teram Kangri7,463K
76.Malubiting W7,452K
79.Sia Kangri7,422K
80.Skil Brum7,420K
84.Teram Kangri II7,406K
85.Istoro Nal7,403HK
86.Mount Ghent7,400K
87.Yukshin Garden7,400K
88.Ultar sar7,388K
90.Teram kangri III7,381K
91.Sherpi Kangri7,380K
100.Karun Koh7,350V
103.Momhil Sar7,342K
104.Saraghrar Peak I7,338HK
107.Gasherbrum V7,321K
*Baltoro Kangri (Golden Throne)7,312K
*Udrok peak -I7,300K
*Passu peak7,284K
*Diran peak7,273K
*Mustagh Tower7,273K
*Lupghar Sar7,200K
*Kampir Dior7,143K
*Spantik (Golden Peak)7,027K

Expeditions and Trekking in Pakistan.

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Happy Holidays PK offers trekking peaks (below 6500m) along with trekking programs in Karakorum, Western Himalayas, Hindukush & Pamir Mountain Ranges. While choose the trekking program please select your ideal trekking peak & contact us for complete information and price. 

Note: Gilgit- Baltistan Council secretariat wave off royalty fees up to 6500m peaks also Liaison officer services are not required as well.

 The World Highest Peaks

There are 14 more than Eight thousand peaks in the world, 5 are in Pakistan 8 are in Nepal, and one is in china, these famous peaks are the world attraction for climbers trekkers and mountain lovers.
The famous peaks are lying on these mountain ranges of different countries in Asia.

K-2 (8611m) Karakorum- Nanga Parbat 8126m Himalaya- Gasherbrum I 8068m Karakorum- Gasherbrum II 8035 m Karakorum- Broad Peak 8047m Karakorum.

Sagar Matta (Everest) Himalaya 8848m- Kangihun Jumga 8586m- Anaparna 8091m- Dha Lagire 8167m-Chooyo 8201m- Lhotse 8511m- Makalu 8463m- Mansulu 8163m- China Shishapangma Panor 8027m-

The above mentioned peaks are climbed bravely from different time, Goodwin Austen and his party has a great contribution, also T.G Mentugmeries and Rcf Shamberg who have Explored the great mountain ranges in Asia.

We are thankful to the Italian Expeditions and Explorers with wham’s Excellent work the world attraction composed to these mightily peaks. However Achille Compagnoni Lino Lacedelli. The first climber of K-2 and Harman Buhl, the first climber of Nanga Parbet cannot be forgotten until and unless the mountaineering Expedition will exist, Or those Expeditions who have climbed these peaks con not be forgotten in the next Generations until when this interest will end.

The pride has been received by many Pakistanis, which the majorities are from Hunza valley.
Most probably there are many Pakistan or European, young generation, who are interested to climb these peaks, Due to Economic reasons they cannot afford.  The future of these are very bright for tourism industry to help people in the Remote Area in Asia.

It is true that the Economy can be up graded with tourism industry in Asia as well as in Pakistan.

Summits in Pakistan more than 8000-M high – 137 Summits more than 7000-M high

No. Summits Altitude Rank Range Northings Eastings
01 K2 (Godwin Austen) 8611 m 02 Karakoram 35.53 76.31
02 Nanga Parbat 8126 m 09 Himalaya 35.14 74.35
03 Gasherbrum I (Hidden) 8068 m 11 Karakoram 35.43 76.42
04 Broad Peak 8047 m 12 Karakoram 35.48 76.34
05 Gasherbrum II 8035 m 14 Karakoram 35.45 76.39
06 Gasherbrum III 7952 m 15 Karakoram 35.45 76.38
07 Gasherbrum IV 7925 m 17 Karakoram 35.45 76.37
08 Distaghil Sar 7885 m 20 Karakoram 36.20 75.13
09 Kunyang 7852 m 22 Karakoram 36.12 75.13
10 Masherbrum 7821 m 24 Karakoram 35.37 76.19
11 Rakaposhi (Domani) 7788 m 27 Karakoram 36.09 74.29
12 Batura I 7785 m 28 Karakoram 36.32 74.32
13 Kanjut Sar 7760 m 29 Karakoram 36.13 75.25
14 Saltoro Kangri 7742 m 33 Karakoram 35.23 76.51
15 Trivor 7720 m 36 Karakoram 36.17 75.06
16 Tirich Mir 7708 m 41 Hindu Kush 36.13 71.30
17 Chogolisa I 7668 m 47 Hindu Kush 35.33 76.34
18 Chogolisa II 7654 m 46 Karakoram 35.33 76.34
19 Shishpare 7619 m 49 Karakoram 36.26 74.42
20 Batura V 7544 m 58 Karakoram 36.33 74.32
21 Tirich Mir W I 7500 m 67 Hindu Kush 36.13 71.49
22 Tirich Mir W II 7498 m 68 Hindu Kush 36.13 71.49
23 Pumari 7492 m 69 Karakoram 36.13 75.15
24 K12 7468 m 73 Karakoram 35.17 77.01
25 Teram Kangri 7463 m 74 Karakoram 35.34 77.05
26 Malubiting Ouest 7453 m 76 Karakoram 36.01 74.53
27 Sia Kangri 7422 m 79 Karakoram 35.34 77.05
28 Teram Kangri II 7406 m 82 Karakoram 35.34 77.05
29 Haramosh 7406 m 84 Karakoram 35.34 77.05
30 Istoro Nal 7403 m 85 Hindu Kush 35.30 76.47
31 Batura VI 7400 m 86 Karakoram 36.33 74.32
32 Yukshin Gardan 7400 m 87 Karakoram 36.12 75.14
33 Ultar I 7388 m 88 Karakoram 36.23 74.43
34 Teram Kangri III 7381 m 90 Karakoram 35.36 77.03
35 Sherpi Kangri 7380 m 91 Karakoram 35.27 76.47

 Medium Range Peaks for Medium Climbers

S. No. Name Max Altitude Closed with Range
01 BATURA GROUP 7000 M Batura 1 Karakorum
02 LAILA PEAK 6986 M Haramoshi Do
03 LATOKS III 6949 M Biafo Glacier Do
04 HACHINDER CHISH 6940 M Rakaposhi (7788m) Do
05 URDUKAS PEAK 6908 M Baltoro Glacier Do
07 CHONGRA 6828 M Nanga Parbat (8126m) Himalaya
08 PHU PURUSH  PEAK 6824 M Malubuting Karakorum
09 CHORICHO PEAK 6756 M Paiyu Peak (6610m) Do
10 BIALE PEAK 6729 M Trango Tower Do
11 MANI PEAK 6685 M Haramoshi Do
12 KOZ SAR 6677 M Chilinji Glacier Do
13 HARAMOUSH PEAK 6666 M Haramoshi Glacier Do
14 PAIYU PEAK 6610 M Baltoro Glacier Do
15 GANALO PEAK 6608 M Nanga Parbat (8126m) Himalaya
16 HUNCHBACK 6553 M Masherbrum (7821m) Karakorum
17 BUNI ZOM 6551 M Trich Glacier Hindu Kush
18 KHANIBASA PEAK 6500 M Baifo Glacier Karakorum
19 UZUN BRAKK 6422 M Do Do
20 SOSBUM BRAKK 6413 M Do Do
21 BULLAH PEAK 6294 M Do Do
22 MANGO GUSOR 6288 M Do Do
23 MARBLE PEAK 6256 M Baltoro Glacier Do
24 CRYSTAL PEAK 6252 M Do Do
25 MITRE PEAK 6010 M K-2 Concordia Do
26 LADY FINGER 6000 M Ultar Peak (7388m) Do

Pakistani Mountain Climber Returns After Successfully Conquering The Everest.

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Abdul Jabbar Bhatti, the great Pakistan mountain climber upon his return said at Islamabad Airport, “I’m really happy to have hoisted our national flag atop Mount Everest. These are proud moments for me,”.

It was notable that there were no government officials, or anyone from the Pakistan Sports Board there to receive the mountaineer at the airport.Sleeping without oxygen at over 8,500 metres

Upon his arrival, an experience & skilled Pakistani climber Bhatti spoke to BBC Urdu and Dawn News about his ordeal climbing the world’s highest mountain.

He revealed that his porter, instead of taking three bottled oxygen tanks, carried only one, resulting in a serious shortage of oxygen. Surprisingly, Bhatti said this meant he was forced to spend one night at a height of 8,500 meters without any oxygen.

Bhatti’s porter had previously said via Facebook that the retired colonel insisted on scaling Everest, despite his repeated requests to back down because of bad weather.

However, Bhatti refuted the porters claims. He told BBC Urdu; “The porter asked me to stand down when we were still not very high up the mountain. I asked him why he wasted my time and money if he couldn’t scale the mountain. When we reached closer to the summit, we ran out of oxygen and the weather was also becoming unfavourable. That’s when I told him we should go back down, but he insisted we should climb to the top.”

On his way back down, Bhatti was in dire need of rescue. Thanking God, Bhatti revealed that five individuals helped him get back down from 8,600 metres to safety.

Before arriving in Islamabad, Bhatti underwent one week treatment at a hospital in Kathmandu.

“The way I was assisted by the people there is indescribable,” he said.

Bhatti, who himself managed the finances of the Rs6 million trip, said he was thankful to the people of Pakistan as right from the outset of his voyage they had been praying for his success and safe return.

Bhatti, however, was not alone in this historic journey.

His companion Mohammad Saad’s abandoned journey.

His companion, Mohammad Saad, who had embarked on the trek along with Bhatti, was forced to abandon his attempt to summit Mount Everest for the sake of his injured fellow climber.

“The expedition manager said it would be better if I called off my attempt to summit Everest and assist my fellow Pakistani climber, who was in dire need of medical assistance,” Saad told Dawn over the phone from Kathmandu, the disappointment palpable in his voice.

It is pertinent to mention here that Bhatti has successfully scaled Broad Peak (8,051 metres high) in 1985; Gasherbrum 2 (8,035m) in 1986 and Spantik Peak (7,027m) in 2012.

Prior to him, Pakistani mountaineers Nazir Sabir, Hasan Sadpara and Samina Baig have submitted Everest.

Neelum Valley Azad Kashmir, Pakistan.

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Neelum Valley (also spelled Neelam Valley) (Urdu: وادیِ نیلم ‎) is a 144 km long bow-shaped thick forested region in Azad Jammu and Kashmir in Pakistan Administered Kashmir. It is named after the Neelum river, which flows through the length of the valley.

The valley is situated in the north-east of Muzaffarabad, running parallel to Kaghan Valley. The two valleys are only separated by snow-covered peaks, some over 4,000 meters (13,000 ft) above sea level.

The valley is connected from Muzaffarabad by Neelam road, which leads up to Kel. The road condition from Muzaffarabad to Athmuqam is very good and suitable for any kind of transport. From Keran to Kel road condition is not well and not suitable for low floor vehicles. In winters road onward Keran is blocked due to heavy snowfall and it is very difficult to reach upper parts of the valley.