Noori Top

Noori Top, a terrifying road in Pakistan

Noori Top is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.959m (12,988ft) above the sea level, located in Kaghan Valley, on the border of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Province and Kashmir, in Pakistan.

The road to the summit is simply terrifying. The surface is gravel and very steep. It’s a narrow road full of hairpin turns. You gain height at every step turn, more wilderness is added by mud, gravels and water streams. Drivers must remain cautious as the pass has been known to claim the lives of careless drivers. Take a tip from the tortoise: slow and steady wins the race. At many points, track is so narrow, that only one vehicle can go, and in case of a vehicle coming from opposite side, then one have to stop at a widened patch so other can go first.

Located within the Lulusar-Dudipatsar National Park, the road to the summit is called Jalkhad-Sharda Road. It’s 48.7 km long. It links Jalkhad (in Naran Valley) and Sharda (in Kashmir Valley). It’s certainly breathtaking and it has a fearsome reputation. It still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. Along the way there are some sections with a severe drop off.
The track is open from July to September only. The route demands 100% concentration. This road has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. The road to the summit was built by the Pakistan Army during the Karghil War in 1998 and was under the use of Pak Army during the war. Now, this pass and top is used as a tourist spot.

It’s a 4x4 track. Drive with care as this is a mountain road with hairpin curves and dangerous dropoffs. This trail passes through remote areas, so you need to be prepared. This route is not suitable for normal cars. If you dare to take the risk and travel along this dusty and bumpy route, then make sure to be driven by someone who has experience of the road. The top offers marvelous views of Karghil Mountains and Kashmir on one side, and Naran Valley on other side. This route has also been used by the army during the Karghil War.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson



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