Hiking Trip to Neelum Valley (AJK) - July 2012
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The trip was organized by Adventure/Hiking Club to Neelum Valley AJK from July 11th to July 15th, 2012 under the supervision of Mr. Jahangir Khan, Assistant Professor and Mr. Abdullah, Lecturer Department of Pharmacy. There were 27 students and 03 teachers on board in this marvelous trip. They enjoyed hiking in various scenic areas of the valley including Athmuqam, Sharda and Kel besides the capital city Muzaffarabad. Neelum Valley in Azad Kashmir Region is situated at the North & North-East of Muzaffarabad, running parallel to Kaghan Valley.
The two valleys are only separated by snow-covered peaks, some over 4000 m above sea level. Excellent scenic beauty, panoramic views, towering hills on both sides of the noisy and gushing Neelum river, lush green forests, enchanting streams and attractive surroundings make the valley a dream come true. Neelum valley is a 144 km long bow-shaped deeply forested region in Azad Kashmir.
Members of the club visited Athmuqam which is situated at a height of 1371m, it is the sub-divisional headquarters of the area. Sharda, a breath-taking green spot at an altitude of 1981m. Shardi and Nardi are two mountain peaks overlooking the valley, reputedly named after legendary princess Sharda. It has a captivating landscape with numerous springs and hill-sides covered with trees.
Kel is a small valley situated at a height of 2097 m. This is another picturesque place in the Neelum Valley. This is also the head quarters of the forward brigade of the Paksitan Army leading to NIKRO in the forward area bordering occupied Kashmir.