71-year-old woman rides bike across northern Pakistan with her son


Travelling is arguably one of the best experiences one can have in their life. This experience allows you to see and explore new places and cultures, meet new people and see life from a completely different perspective. But besides the exhilarating moments, travelling is also a tiresome and strenuous as it demands physical and mental fitness. Moreso, bike riding in the mountain regions demands extra fitness and the bikers have to be properly prepared for the long rides and frankly speaking, it’s not everyone’s piece of cake.

However, a 71-year-old mother, against all the odds, is not only doing it but also setting a great example for mothers as well as youngsters.

Talking to Pakistan Today, her son Qadeer Gillani said that he and his mother crossed Noori Top on the bike last year and since then he wanted to show whole northern region.

“I had planned this trip since last January as I wanted her to see all northern areas of Pakistan. Secondly, I also wanted to show the world that Pakistan is a peaceful country.”

When asked why he decided to attempt this tour in the month of Ramzan, the rider said, “Firstly, these areas are less crowded in Ramzan and secondly the tour is affordable in this month.”

Speaking further, Gillani said that bike riding was his passion, which is the reason why he opted for this and not public transport. He also remarked that riding is cheaper compared to public transport.”And the bike can go anywhere”

Answering the question about his mother’s age and fitness for this long tour, he said that she is physically and mentally very strong woman. “She does have some medical issues but she has the will and strength to do this tour,” he said.

Sharing the details of areas, the mother-son duo plan to visit, Gillani told Pakistan Today that they plan to visit the entire northern region of Pakistan.

“The major stops will be Swat/Kalam, Kumrat Valley, Kailash, Chitral, Shandoor, Phandar, Gilgit, Hunza, Khunjerab, Astore Valley, Deosai, Khaplu, and Shigar Valley,” Gillani said, adding that he quite easily planned this tour because he is been travelling since 2002 and the areas were on his fingertips.

“We will travel from 1st of Ramazan till 28th of this holy month and will celebrate Eid back at home,” Gillani concluded.