Koh-i-Takatu is a mountain located in the north
of Quetta District of Balochistan Province, Pakistan. It is part of the Sulaiman
Mountains range. It has two peaks..
It is also called Takatu mount or simply
Koh-i-Takatu has an elevation of 3,472
metres (11,391 ft) It is the second highest peak of Quetta District and third
highest peak of Balochistan province.
Koh-i-Takatu is stretched on a huge plain.
It covers an area of approximately 60 squares
per km. It starts from inside Quetta city and ends at the border of Ziarat district.
Koh -e- Takatu has terrain which is scattered
across the rugged rocky, somewhere steep, sparsely wooded mountainous area. It has also fertile lands.
There are difficult
narrow gorges and many fresh water springs.
Near Quetta_Ziarat road via Sraghurgai-Kach near Thakatu base.
It provides good browsing for
sheep, goats, and camels and is source of feed for livestock.
Koh-e Takatu terrain has huge variety of alpine flowers
with beautiful shapes, designs and colors. The mountain also has large variety
of herbal plants, shrubs and tress including juniper trees.
Shin Gul is a medicinal plant
These plants conditions are unbelievably
harsh and imposegreat challenges to survival in the face of very high winds,
extreme cold, wildly fluctuating temperatures, rocky soils, snow and ice.
Koh-e- Takatu is also an excellent habitat
to wild animals. There is variety of wildlife. The most distinctive is Markhor,
which is the national animal of Pakistan.
The terrain above the tree line,
vegetation is dwarfed by harsh climate and short growing season. It becomes
entirely rocky near the summit of peak.
Rocky terrain near Takatu top
There are many trekking trails to climb the
mountain from different areas. One of
the routes is from Bostan DarraThe tracks are extremely remote
and challenging walk
Bostan Darra, from where the trek started
Water reservoir at the Gorge
The trek is approximately 30 km from base to top
of summit. The trek is very long with steep and strenuously track.
Last stage of the long trek
From the top of summit far distance
valleys covered with clouds are be seen which gives mesmerizing view. From one side Khalifat Peak, Chapper Rift
and Harnai Valley are seen and from north
side Quetta Valley, Chiltan Char Shakh,
Spin Karez; almost everything around can be seen.
Northern Peak of Takatu: Harnai Valley and Ziarat Heights in distant background
South view: Chiltan and Quetta
View of Sra Khula Valley
Chapper Rift seen above on left
Koh-i-Takatu is contain unique and hidden beauty inside its vast area.. It is
full of beauty which is explored only by trekking. There are plenty of amazing
It provides best picnic spot with natural
pristine environment. People visits its base and enjoy adventurous life. They
do camping, trekking and some go for countering to enjoy panorama views.