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The starting point of this trip is Abbottabad. The total driving distance between Abbottabad and Kumrat Valley is approximately 11 hours. The total distance is 412 km. The driving time can vary on traffic conditions on the road. We planned to divide the trip into two parts, stopping at Batkela which is approximately 7 hours drive from Abbottabad. There are two different ways to travel to Kumrat.

The first option is to travel north towards Besham taking N35 to N90 leading up to N95 towards Kalam. This road is much more difficult to navigate because of steep road condition. The better option is to drive from Abbottabad towards Peshawar and exit near RashaKai towards Mardan. 

The road condition from Mardan to Batkhela is quite reasonable and takes around 4 hours of travel time. From Batkhela you can drive towards Dir to reach Kumrat Valley. Kumrat is accessible through Kalam by a jeep accessible route. From Batkhela the road leads to Baroon, Khalil, Toormang, Dogram, Sahibabad and Gandigar. The road leads to the city of Shingral which is famous for Shingral University. Next destination onwards is Thal at a distance of 3 hours from Shingral. Further on the road is only accessible by jeeps. 

It is best to hire a jeep to Kumrat Valley which takes approximately 45 minutes to reach. The road passes through steep mountains, pine trees and breath-taking landscapes. This region is relatively untouched and has very little development. The wilderness and remoteness of the region take you by surprise.  The only form of accommodation available during the summer season is tents or camps. There are several beautiful waterfalls and amazing views of the river. 

Kumart Valley is an ideal location for hiking trips, trekking and fishing. Alternatively, you can relax and enjoy the bonfire at night time and enjoy the cool and calm weather in the day.

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Shaukat is explored most of South-East Asia in last 10 years. He enjoys visiting new destinations and exploring culture, lifestyle and food of different countries. 

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