Top Hiking Trails in Islamabad


Top Hiking Trails in Islamabad

Hiking referred to a walking on foot on more vigorous pathways that could be on a mountain or an uneven road. In contrast to this, walking usually referred to urban whereas hiking in on the countryside. Pakistan is so blessed that it contains diversity in its own land. We have a list of “Mountains”, “Deserts”, “Waterfalls”, “Streams”, “Meadows” and much more.

Pakistan is full of surprises. Hiking is a great beneficiary of mental and physical health. To maintain your Health and Fitness, do trails once in three months. It will help to relieve pain, stress and anxiety. Hike with your family and friends or even alone to see a visible difference in your temperament.

Talking about the Top Hiking Trails of Pakistan there will be a long list of it. CDA (Capital Development Authority) maintained dozens of trails at Margalla Hills, Family, That notable include “Trail 1”, “Trail 2”, “Trail 3”, “Trail 4”, “Trail 5”, “Trail 6”, and “Trail 9”. In between these Hiking Trails, you will also encounter wildlife at Islamabad Zoo.

For that, we have compiled a list of Top Hiking Trails in Islamabad. As Islamabad is the most planned and beautiful capital of the world. We have some of the amazing hiking trails in Islamabad.

Islamabad is encircled with gigantic mountains of Margalla. The CDA assigned different pathways with different names for the assistance of hikers. The most preferred is hiking trail 5 Islamabad that starts on the opposite of F5 sector and ends in Pir Sohawa. Other than this, hiking at Trail 3 and Trail 6 Islamabad is also loved by hikers. Have a look at the brief detail shared below:

Trail 3 Islamabad

First and the foremost is the Trail 3 Islamabad that starts at the height of 615 m and goes up to 1177 m. additionally, the two-legged Trail 3 starts at the crossroads of the Margalla Road and Ataturk Avenue. Both the treks are different, one is difficult as the trek is vigorous and exhausting but ends at a panoramic point. The other one is slightly smooth as compared to the first one, it gives major adventuresome goals and ends at Pir Sohawa where three alluring hotels welcomed you.



The view from both the ends of Trail 3 is captivating and pleasant. The average distance of both the treks is 5.57 km and total climbing counts approximately of 672m. Furthermore, it takes almost 30 minutes and 60 minutes to hike both the treks respectively but it surely depends on your dexterity as well.


Trail 5 Islamabad



Hiking Trail 5 Islamabad is on the second list in Top Hiking Trails in Islamabad because of its diversity. The Trail 5 is not tough as compared to others but it is a long trek and hikers find it more adventurous. Some of the enthusiastic soul tend to hike all trails which “Trail 3”, “Trail 4” and “Trail 5”. Because these three are adjacent to each other. Moreover, “Trail 5” and “Trail 3” are parallel to each other.

Additionally, Hiking Trail 5 Direction starts at the opposite of sector F5 and ends at Pir Sohawa. As mentioned above the trail 5 is parallel to trail 3, so you can start from there as well. The trails start at the elevation of 620m and end at 1129m, covering a distance of 5.08km with total climbing of 534m.     At first few kilometres, the trail is quite smooth and after that, you will encounter a freshwater stream along with a beautiful sitting area. The treks end at the stunning place of the hill which is called Pir Sohawa from where you can witness the whole Islamabad.

Trail 6 Islamabad



Last but not the least is the Trail 6 Islamabad which is also officially maintained by CDA. The Trail 6 starts from the back of the famous Shah Faisal Mosque where you can also park your car. From there, a few steps it’s not difficult to hike, the path will lead you to experience a bit of jungle life with a freshwater stream. Moreover, it takes 2 hours maximum and the distance cover in Trail 6 is 8.21km. Furthermore, the starting elevation is of 601m and ending at 995m with the climbing of 522m. Margalla hills provide panoramic views at the end of the trails. A great opportunity to enjoy the nature while living in an urban setup.

Saba Ghani
Saba Ghani

Since 2017, Saba Ghani has been the chief content writer for Pakistan Tour and Travel & EMHI Solutions. You can catch her at or Twitter

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    Nice narrative.

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