is 38 KM from Abbottabad with an average elevation of 8,000 feet (2,400 m) above the sea level. A cluster of four small hill stations of Khanaspur, Khairagali, Changlagali and Ghora Dhaka is called Ayubia and was named after former President Ayub Khan. The complex is spread over an area of 26 KM. The central place of Ghora Dhaka has Chair Lifts, which gives a panoramic and mesmerizing view of the surrounding.
A three hours trek takes you to Mushkpuri Hilltop, the second highest hill in Galyat 9400 ft above sea level). Starting from Pines Hotel, Nathiagali the trek passes upward through lush green forests. Sweet fragrance of flowers on the way sets its romantic charm on the hikers mainly when rainy season is over. From here one trek goes down other side toward Dungagali unveiling beauties of Ayubia national Park downward. The trek to Mushkpuri top can also be taken from Dungagali.
Mostly covered in dark clouds, Meranjani (9953 m above sea level) is the highest hill in Galyat range. Two treks lead to Meranjani hill top from Near the Governor House in Nathiagali, a British-built attractive building with its interior settings made up of wood. One trek goes to Meranjani ascending towards the top passing through Namlimera village. It is a safe but comparatively long and tortuous trek. The second takes you spirally up through low upward hills in the pine forest. This trek is a little steep suitable for youngsters Above 12 years of age. Taking drinking water along is advisable in the absense of any water facility during the venture.
Ayubia National Park Track
Two miles walkway is passing through pine forests covered mountains is really an enjoyable experience. The trek leads through the center of Ayubia Park starting at Dungagali and extends towards the Jehlum river across Ayubia and Khanspur boundaries. A walk from Ayubia to Dungagali takes two and half an hour. A number of villages exist here. The Ayubia Park has its own charm and attraction. Large varieties of beautiful birds, animals, plants adorn this green place. Hill cats can be spotted while brown monkey are a common scene. Yellow beaked magpie, red and yellow body finches, white cheeked or crested grey finch and many other species of birds make the park their home.
Commonly known as “home of Leopards” Dugri being a secluded mountain spot far away from road, is blessed with most dense pine forests in scenic Galyat. A 9 to 10 hour trekking takes you to Dugri from Picturesque Nathiagali. It can be reached through two treks. One trek on a longer walk takes you to Dugri rest house through Namlimera around the Merajani hill while the other, a shorter one goes to Meranjani hilltop trekking through the forest towards Dugri rest house. Starting walk at 0800 hours is advisable in day light. It is also advised not to go outside the rest house after sunset. You can take along some cooked food. Tablets of fever, headache and digestive pills must be taken along.