ENCOUNTER WITH LEOPARD TRAIL 2 MARGALLA, ISLAMABAD

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ENCOUNTER WITH LEOPARD TRAIL 2 MARGALLA, ISLAMABAD

This is my account of how I landed right at the cave of the leopard of Margalla Hill on Trail 2 Islamabad and lived to tell you the story.

Map of Trail 2 Islamabad

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What kind of leopard is found in Margalla hills?

It could be either the Indian leopard or theSnow leopardvariety.

It all started one Sunday morning when everyone else in the country was sleeping off the Ramadan blues.

My friends were more interested in multiplying their “sawab” (divine rewards) by sleeping all day – but I am not that guy.

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Hiking Equipment for Trail 2 Islamabad

I did not even bring my gloves because I had done lot more lengthy hikes, like trail 1, and managed without it.

There was no need for bringing water because it was Ramadan.

The thought of encountering a leopard never crossed my mind.

The dagger that I carry with me is just out of habit.

I would recommend taking 2 liters of water, gloves, hiking boots, a full sleeve shirt, and head gear to protect from the heat.

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How long is trail 2?

Trail 2 Islamabad is supposedly the simplest and shortest of all numbered trails 1 through 6.

I thought I would be done with Trail 2 in two hours as this was the last of the Margalla trails that I had to attempt.

Other trails are-

  • Leopard of Shumber Waterfall Shahdara
  • Trail 1 Islamabad
  • Trail 3 5 Islamabad
  • Trail 4 Islamabad
  • Trail 6 Islamabad
  • Margalla Ridge Hike
  • Makhnial Hike
  • Neela Bhotu Hike
  • Bara Kahu Hike– Neela Bhotu to Bara Kahu is the longest hike of all.
  • Ban Faqiran Stupa Hike
  • Hazir Pir Hike, Margalla Pass
  • Bruti waterfall Trail
  • Lohe Dhandi hike
  • Angoori Bicycle Ride
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The starting point of Trail 2 Islamabad

I took off toward Islamabad Zoo on Pir Sohawa road, with my trusted knife, my watch, and hiking boots.

I parked my car near the Islamabad zoo turning, and monkey-feeding point.

A signboard says “trail 2 Islamabad” starring point, on the Pir Sohawa Highway, so it is difficult to miss.

The end point of Trail 2 Islamabad

Cactus Point across the road from Damne Koh parking (1.5 km).

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Routes of Trail 2

Google Maps shows two routes of trail 2 Islamabad

Route Number 1 Trail 2 Islamabad

The first route is simpler from Islamabad Zoo to Dame Koh Parking or Cactus viewpoint across Pir Sohawa Road.

It starts at the first concrete cement marker, from where you must turn left and go straight to Damn-e-Koh Parking.

Air Blue 202 Crash Memorial Site also comes in between.

Plenty of food available at Damne koh parking.

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Route Number 2 Trail 2

The second trail 2 route starts at another cement marker 500 m ahead of the first one.

It ends up on Pir Sohawa Road high above Damne Koh.

This is not a frequently used track and now I know why.

No food or water on this trail.

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Who all can go on Trial 2 Islamabad

Families and kids can easily go on Trial-2 route-1 to Damne Koh, but not people above 60.

Only young people can go on Trial 2, route 2 to Pir Sohawa.

Why I went to Trail 2

The adventurer in me dared me to take the tougher route, in Ramadan, without water, company, and proper hiking equipment – and I said hallelujah to that.

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