NUST Adventure Club organized a hike to Mushkpuri top, 9000 meters above sea level, for its general members on 27th October, 2013. The society accommodated a total of forty students on the trip which included fifteen girls. The participants departed from NUST at six o clock in the morning and took a three hour route to the Mushkpuri hotel, located at the foot of the hills. From there onwards the participants took a two and a half hour hike on a rocky trail in the national park to the peak.
In spite of the colder weather in Mushkpuri, participants were warmed up by the physical exertion needed on the hike. The dazzling view combined with the freezing weather at the top was an experience to remember. Since it had recently rained, the trail was still wet and slippery. A pacer at the lead and a lodger at the end, along with other organizers and experienced hikers helped the participants on the hike. Despite the difficulties faced while hiking on such a trail, the persistence and morale of the students were admirable.
On the way back from the top, a smaller trail was taken. The students were provided refreshments during the hike. Returning from the top, the participants and the team helped themselves to a delicious lunch at the Mushkpuri hotel. The buses departed the hotel along with the participants at five o clock in the evening. Taking a three hour route again which included a tea break in between, the group was brought back to NUST by eight o clock.
The instructions were laid out very clearly by the team throughout the day allowing a flawless event to take place. NAC would like to pay special thanks to the faculty sponsor, event head, office bearers and all other organizers on bringing about this event successfully. NUST Adventure Club promises more of such events in the near future and holds the Hike to Mushkpuri as a benchmark for itself.
By: Amna Ahsan