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First the season -

Winter (November-March) - Perfect time to travel in Sindh and Balochistan. In the North very few areas are accessible. You can go to Murree and surrounding areas but more further up most of the roads are closed due to snowfall.

Summer (April-July) - No Sindh no Balochistan, you might get toasted. North is the best place to go. The best time to go North is 1st week and the last week of School holidays, in the middle the hotel are fully booked and the prices are sky high. You might end up sleeping in a tent or your car.

Monsoon (July-September) After the rains explore Sindh, the weather gets pleasant and you might capture some good pictures.

The best time to visit southern Pakistan is between November and March, when the days are cool and clear. The best time to visit northern Pakistan is from April to October.

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Posted on June, 27 2012 05:19:18 AM


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Camping Tips

Most of us (Pakistani) don’t follow these safety camping tips They just pack their bags and go.

Try to setup your camp before dark. Traveling after darkness can result in an accident.

Choose a clean, flat surface. Check for hazards. Be sure to check for glass, sharp objects and similar things.

Avoid areas of natural hazards like river bed, landslide area. Check the contour of the land and for potential trouble due to rain, Specially in Balochistan. You have a clear sky, if it rains 200kms North of you, the next morning you might wake up in Arabian sea.

Build fires in a safe area, away from your tent. Make sure your fires are always attended.

Beware when encountering wildlife, use a flashlight if you hear any noise.

Keep your campsite clean and do not leave food, garbage, out in the open. Many animals feed at night and might pay you a visit to check your leftovers.

Watch out for bugs. Use mosquito repellent. Wear light colored clothing and avoid cologne.

There are lots of poisonous plants in the wilderness. Familiarize yourself with any dangerous plants that are common to the area where you are camping.

Think before you drink. No matter how clean or pure stream water looks, it’s likely to contain water-borne parasites and microorganisms that can cause discomfort or serious illness.


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Posted on June, 27 2012 05:48:08 AM

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This topic is open for all, please share your tips.

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Posted on June, 27 2012 02:14:07 PM

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Two questions:

1. What to do about snakes and scorpions etc?
2. Camping toilet habits and/or portable facilities tips?

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Posted on June, 27 2012 02:16:07 PM

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VCheng said:

Two questions:

1. What to do about snakes and scorpions etc?
2. Camping toilet habits and/or portable facilities tips?

1. Antidote - The problem with antidote is that you have to keep it in a cool place, you can use Basil leaves instead. Sindh in Summers have lots of snakes, they might join you for dinner. Avoid camping near their residency.

Snakes: Snakes are most active at night and during warm weather. When traveling in snake-infested areas, wear long pants and boots. If walking at night, use a flashlight. Attempts to kill or harm snakes should be avoided.

Scorpions: Scorpions are nocturnal feeders that avoid high-intensity light. Their stings result in painful localized reactions that can cause paralysis and convulsions but are rarely fatal. Be sure to shake out and inspect your shoes before putting them on. Snakes and scorpions tend to rest in shoes and clothing.

2. Toilets - If you are traveling alone, just take your Lota and sit anywhere you like. If traveling in a group, try to get up as early as you can to avoid embarrassment.

There are lots of Portable toilets available in the market, if you have a vehicle, buy one. Its good for your Knees

If you feel embarrass carrying a Lota, carry a 1.5 liter mineral water bottle.

I hope Aqeel can shed more light on the above.



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Posted on June, 27 2012 03:36:07 PM

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This list is for those who trek in a group, where organizers are responsible for their food & camping.
However, below list is their responsibility


Trekking at Altitude ~ 5000 meters in summer (at least 5 days)

What to Bring Personally:
• A warm sweater
• Parka
• Siala trek
• Rain gear
• Warm Trousers
• Light cotton clothing required at low elevations
• A good down sleeping bag
• A back pack
• Gloves
• Knife
• Water bottle, flashlight
• Water purification tablets
• Sunglasses and sun tan lotion
Foot Gear:
• Good trekking boots and camp shoes
• Good quality canvas shoes
• Two to three pairs of woolen socks
• Moleskin for blisters.

Snacks:
• Chocolate bars
• Peanut butter
• Crackers
• Cheese
• Dry fruit
• Water bottles
• Water purification tablets

First aid kit



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Posted on June, 28 2012 02:49:09 PM

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very nice share

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Posted on August, 23 2012 03:28:31 PM

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Great help for everyone who do not know.

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Posted on November, 07 2012 06:09:45 PM

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nice info abt camping

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Posted on November, 13 2012 09:32:23 PM

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HB thank you for sharing such valuable guide

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Posted on November, 14 2012 12:44:27 PM

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