By: Talha Masood Khan :)
And to my luck, it wasn‟t much of a wait. My university had a trek organized to „THE MIRANJANI‟. Miranjani is the highest peak of „The Himalayas Range‟ in the „GALIAT‟ Region in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa(KPK). It rises at an altitude of 9710 feets(2960m) and is located in Ayubia National Park, specifically the „Namili Maira‟ near „Nathiagali‟. In excitement I had my back pack ready the whole week before the departure. On the departure day, we set off to Nathiagali at around 8 in the morning, as it was a 3 hour drive. Around 11 as we reached in main Nathiagali bazaar we started off ascending to the base of mountain. It is a 40 minutes‟ walk to main Trek from Nathiagali. The Trek starts off with immediate steepness, which decreases to the mid of the trek, and then restores till the very top. The trek is lined with natural greenery and provides a scenic view of the snow covered mountains. Even with winter ending, the snow was recurring throughout the trek. The wild plantation of shrubs, the thorny vegetation and the melting snow made it a little difficult to cross through the trek. There were different portions throughout the trek patched up with thick forest plantation with no sunlight to the ones being completely sunny.
This expedition to the top not only made me think about all those people who miss out the beauties of Pakistan, but also enabled me to remember the verse of Surah-e-Rehman, quoting “Then which of the favors of your Lord will ye deny?” I wish we all could understand its true meaning.