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Baboon Top – Jugshai Gali Pass – Neelum Valley

Baboon Top

Baboon Top

Some places like Baboon allure

Some places live to shine

But some places inspire to galore

Some places live in heart of mine

Yeah, Baboon is a wonderful area that has captured my heart. The lush green meadows with white snowy spots make it a worthwhile visit for those seeking greenery, snow, coolness, and quiet all at once. It is in the Neelum valley, the Heaven on Earth.

Neelum Valley:

Neelum valley is one of Azad Kashmir’s most beautiful and intriguing landscapes. Though it is on the list of the most frequented tourist destinations, a few sites remain secret and untouched, and Baboon is one of them.

It takes no more than four hours to go from Islamabad to Muzaffarabad, the capital of Azad Kashmir and the gateway to Neelum Valley. The next target is Kundal Shahi, which is 74 kilometres from Muzaffarabad and can be covered in less than two hours. The trek continues towards Kutton and on to Jagran, where a 36MW hydroelectric project is operational. The road terminates at Khillun after crossing Jagran, and from there a difficult trek to Baboon/Jugshai Top (12,731 Feet – ASL) begins.

Baboon Top/Credits: Ibn E Nisar

On the other side, there’s a four-hour sloppily walked climb to Karka. A Jeep track leads from Karka to Neelum Village, which takes 1.5 to two hours. From Karka, one can travel to Nagdar or Lawat.

Jugshai Gali Pass (Top)

Height 12,731 feet above Sea Level

Latitude: 34.69492166666667

Longitude: 73.81028000000001

Latitude ref: N

Kutton < Jagran < Khillun < Road End at Khillun < Hiking < 3 Hour

Keran , Nagdar < Jeep Track < Jabri Meadows < 2 Hour Hiking

Baboon is a pristine valley and a relatively unknown tourist destination. It will soon become a tourist attraction. In Neelum Valley, there are three (3) Baboons. I intend to write about the other two valleys as well.

However, I request to travellers not to pollute the environment.

Author: Fehmeeda Farid Khan



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About Fehmeeda Farid Khan

A freelancer, blogger, content writer, translator, tour consultant, proofreader, environmentalist, social mobilizer, poetess and novelist. As a physically challenged person, she extends advocacy on disability related issues. She's masters in Economics and Linguistics along with B.Ed.


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  5. Sagheer Kashmiri

    Thanks for writing about my village #Nagdar
    Now there is no need of hiking everyone can go by 4×4 from Nagdar or jagran. There is road Nagdar to jagran through BABOON TOP/JUGSHAI GALLI.

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    i wwant to visit in september..thanks

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