KOHISTAN: Six young men from Kohistan claim to be the first to travel to the picturesque but virtually inaccessible Supat Valley on motorcycles, despite the absence of a paved road.
Addressing a news conference at Dasu, the district’s headquarters, on Saturday, Ehsan Ayub, Sabbar Shah, Rehmat Nabi, Nazeerur Rehman, Khanzada and Habibur Rehman said they covered a distance of about 120 kilometres from Dasu to Supat in two days.
According to the bikers, since there is no paved road leading to the valley they had to traverse hilly and treacherous terrain. They claim they were the first motorcyclists to reach the valley.
Commenting on how the idea of the trip came about, Shah said he reached the valley on foot last year and was so inspired by its natural beauty that he decided he would visit with his friends.
“We decided to do something different and chose to go to the valley on bikes.” Shah said initially the plan seemed difficult but “their passion to make history helped them in gaining courage and energy.”
The way back
Commenting on the difficulties they had to face on the journey, Khanzada said the terrain was so difficult that they often felt like they would fall in one of the gorges—thousands of feet in depth—but “God helped them to reach Supat and return safely.”
“Although we sustained minor injuries and bruises, it was a memorable journey,” said Nazeerur Rehman.
According to Rehman, they would have covered the journey within a few hours had there been a road leading to the valley. A valley, which they said, has immense potential for tourism but is overlooked by the government.
“At one point, two of the bikes broke down and we nearly left the journey halfway through, but one of us managed to fix them and we continued on,” said Rehman.
“We reached Supat by using the Chilas-Babusar route near Kaghan Valley. We became the first people to hoist the Pakistani flag in Supat,” he claimed.
Rehman further said that upon their return locals welcomed them with garlands.
According to the website of The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tribune, an organisation seeking social transformation, Supat Valley is situated nearly 100 kilometres away from from Dasu, Kohistan on the eastern side of Jalkot. It is the largest plain at a high altitude in the district and remains covered with snow from September through April.
Because the valley remains impassable due to the absence of a proper road network, its potential as a tourist spot remains untapped.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 11th,2014.
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@[email protected]: @Parvez Amin: i agree with Parvez Amin Dear Pointer u are totally jealous and misinformed person . Kohistan is Most peaceful area in whole KP, No single suicide or terrors attack occurred here since it,s whole history. no need to spread the fake blames, shame on you. so the convoy system has been dismissed and people coming here all day and night.
The Kohistan region in overlooked because it is the most insecure area on KKH, tourists have to travel in convoys while passing through kohistan area. If kohistani people want tourism in there beautiful area they have to learn to be hospitable and less aggressive towards the tourists, otherwise goodluck and explore your areas on your own we are good without visiting your areas and putting our lives in danger.
I count 2 bikes and 10 people. nevertheless, good achievement. these youngsters need to be encouraged.
It is now up to PTDC to open up at least a motorcycle path to this beautiful area of Pakistan. A small toll will repay the investment.