Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Dolphin Sighting in Ormara and Volcano Hiking

Little Hikers and Haris Scaling Mud Volcano 
Makran Coastal Highway is a great escape from Karachi; always a compelling opportunity to explore around the enchanting terrain. Last weekend, we traversed again and made it to Ormara, ~350 km from Karachi, where we stayed overnight thanks to Haris Tohid.

Dolphins Sighting was the highlight of the holiday. We saw them jumping in the open sea while boating around the channel in the morning. There were plenty of them showing off acrobat skills. Ali was the Lucky Charm and also captured one of those from close. Here she goes:

Hiking on Mud Volcano

Before reaching Ormara, we made a slight detour to see the active Volcano, called Chandragup, which bubbles out mud, usually gently.

Most of us hiked till the crater testing our fitness in "full noon". Kids outperformed and especially enjoyed the natural slide on the steep descend. I was almost there, but had to come down due to nausea bringing out the heavy breakfast.

Chandragup Volcano at Makran Coast Spewing Fresh Mud
Live Crater of Chandragup Mud Volcano
Click here for details of my previous camping night at Mud Volcano 

Chilling at Ormara Hammerhead
Sunset at Ormara Hammerhead

Ormara Beach from the Top; Check Out the Rocks
Relaxing after a Long Drive and Hiking
Princess of Hope
Trip to Coastal Highway is Incomplete without Paying Homage to the Princess of Hope
Driving Information
We left Karachi at 8 am, and reached there around 2:30 pm, with enroute stops for breakfast, volcano hiking, and a couple of photo shoots. It was quicker on the way back, ~5 hours, with only one quick stop at the truck hotel located around Hingol River Bridge. Al-Hasan Hotel is a good option for fresh meal or tea.

It was a smooth drive on Makran Coastal Highway and conveniently possible to maintain well above 120 km, except for the ~40 km hilly patch between Kund Malir and Buzi Pass. That patch has sharp turns, attention grabbing natural rock carvings including the Princess of Hope and Sphinx like formation, and vast canyon views; so one has to be extra careful especially when emergency facilities are non-existent.

Keeping a can of extra fuel (15-25 liters) is recommended if one is driving to Ormara and not willing to use the suspicious quality smuggled gasoline. Being the last resort, there is one fuel station in Winder city, on the RCD Highway, which sells regulated one.

If you are planning to visit the Makran Coast and need information about traveling conditions, you can write me at

Photo Courtesy: Ali, Haris, Hasan, Khurram, and Zeeshan

Nostalgia: It was 2008 when we first visited Oramara, again courtesy Haris. Then we were 5 in 1 car. Population has grown up significantly in the last decade, evident from the latest census results. So this time we were 20 people Mashallah; including spouses and kids, in 5 cars!

Makran Coastal Highway: near Buzi Pass
It was 2008!