Peak Pir Channasi

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Muzaffarabad & surrounding hills

My visit to Pir Channasi was short, totally unexpected but truly a rewarding one.

I was in Muzaffarabad (capital city of Jammu & Kashmir) with a colleague to attend an official meeting & at the close of business decided to visit this magnificent peak that is located some 27KM from there.

It took around 2 hours to reach my lodge with a brief Part of the route including an unexpected hiking  opportunity...:)...as our car broke down due to intense steep drive. So i was given the task to bring back a water can & cool down the engine...:)... Ok! it was not that bad, i guess fun for adventure lovers but the weak hearted are advised to check there cars before leaving..:)

The Peak, PIR CHANNASI is named after saint "pir shah Hussain Bukhari" whose shrine is located at the top.

On my way to Muzaffarabad from Abbotabad (I suppose everyone has heard Abbotabad :))
He visited this area some 350 years ago & preached Islam. Once in every year the localites arrange a festival in his remembrance & enthusiasts from many different parts of the country visit his shrine.

The drive all along is very scenic & the locals very friendly & helpful. They tried to gave us as much information as possible about the peak & surrounding trekking options.

There are few private lodges for tourists but i stayed at Saran Lodge, operated by AJK government. Clean rooms with basic facilities & at a pretty affordable price. I paid 1000 PKR (approx.$12) for a double bed room. The caretaker of the lodge told me that during winters due to heavy snow it's not possible to reach this place in cars or jeeps but only by foot. Throught the road is narrow, very steep drive & an expert driver recommended but the place is definitely worth visiting.

Pir Channasi is an ideal place for trekking. hiking, camping & free flying. Infact one of the best developed sites for flying in Pakistan.

In year 2005 this area witnessed a devastating earth quake but with the efforts of the people they have managed to bring back the activities to normal.

Additional related information;
Two options to reach Muzaffarabad.
Option1: Islamabad >> Murree >>Bhurban >>Kohala >>Muzafarabad (Approx 2 hours)
Option2: Islamabad >> Abbotabad >>Mansehra >>Gari Habibullah >>Muzafarabad (Approx 3 hours)

Pear Continental Hotel (4 star), ideally located in Muzafarabad & a central point for exploring the surrounding attractions.

Other attractions:
Red Fort (built in 1646),
Shaheed Gali at 1640 meter height for a 4KM trek
Patikka, gateway to beautiful Neelam valley
Saran Guest House in Pir Channasi (contact info: 0346-5001360)

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Muzaffarabad & surrounding hills
Muzaffarabad & surrounding hills
On my way to Muzaffarabad from Abb…
On my way to Muzaffarabad from Ab…
A view of Neelam River while passi…
A view of Neelam River while pass…
Neelum river via option 2 route
Neelum river via option 2 route
Approaching Muzaffarabad city. Bea…
Approaching Muzaffarabad city. Be…
Pear Continental Muzaffarabad
Pear Continental Muzaffarabad
Pear Continental dinning area
Pear Continental dinning area
A splendid view from Pearl Contine…
A splendid view from Pearl Contin…
On way to Pir Channasi. Rainfall &…
On way to Pir Channasi. Rainfall …
A Pir channsi hill child studying
A Pir channsi hill child studying
Its really steep!
It's really steep!
Houses on the hill
Houses on the hill
Local means of transport & the mos…
Local means of transport & the mo…
Dancing to the tune of mountain
Dancing to the tune of mountain
Oh my...i am enjoying it here
Oh my...i am enjoying it here
Somebody stooooop me :)
Somebody stooooop me :)
The car that made me hike :)
The car that made me hike :)
Here almost at the top of peak Pir…
Here almost at the top of peak Pi…
Freezing cold in June! yes it was.…
Freezing cold in June! yes it was…
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