- Update: Start walking after Salat’ul-Layl (Namaz-e-Shab) i.e approximately an hour or two before Fajr prayers, as that will be the BEST time to cover the distance with the fastest possible speed, as you would be fresh, your muscles have eased up overnight, as well as the walking track won’t have too much people walking on it and you can adjust your walking speed as per your liking – it will also feel good to walk with a slight cold just before Dawn.
- Don’t over-stretch yourself during the walk. Take a rest, when required.
- Update: Stop walking about 30-40 minutes before Maghrib and try to find a comfortable place to stay for yourself and the people accompanying you. Quite a few camps got full by Maghrib – So, ensure you stop before Maghrib and have already found a reasonable place to spend the night – There are thousands of Moukkabs throughout the route, so you don’t have to worry much.
- Try not to get too much weight with you. Don’t take anything to eat or drink, there is already too much on the way.
- Take any regular medicines that would be required during the 2-3 days’ walk.
- Prefer a lightweight backpack instead of a shopping bag to carry stuff during your journey.
- Seasonal: Proper clothes to avoid the cold – Socks, Hand Gloves, Cap, Ear-cover, Jacket & preferably a shawl.Update: Please check out the expected temperature this Arba’een soon. The weather is expected to be reasonably warm, this Arba’een – unlike last years! Do check the weather forecast before packing up your bags to avoid carrying unnecessary apparel’s weight.
- Any suitable cream for rashes. Important Update: Corn flour is ideal for immediate relief in rashes. Just spread it generously at the place of burning. It can be applied in advance to prevent rashes as well. Can be used at any place, as long as it isn’t an open wound – pretty safe!!
- You can get a small pocket Quran/Duas/Ziyarat or put them in your mobile (if possible) to pass your time while walking.
- Don’t wear new shoes – Try to wear something comfortable, that you can walk with. Click here to read more about Preventing Blisters.
- Passport, Mobile Charger (if you are carrying a mobile).
- You don’t have to worry much about doing it completely. If you ever think, that you cannot continue at any point, you can take a van to reach Karbala, there are hundreds everywhere. An average male/female above the age of 10 years is 99.99% likely to complete it on the 3rd day without any issues. You should at least give it a try – it is definitely worth it!!
- Make sure you know the name of the Hotel; you are intended to stay in Karbala.
- If you want to make a phone call, make it before Fajr to get your calls through, as they normally don’t go through rest of the day due to high network traffic (Update: The situation has improved in the last few years or so and the calls do get connected after few tries). You can use AsiaCell’s GPRS to communicate during the walk as well.
- For Common Terminologies in English, Arabic and Urdu – Click here
|Western Washrooms (Commode)
||Click here for the List of Pole Numbers and Moukkab Names
|Pole # 72
||Moukkab Aal-e Abi-Talib (A.S.)
|Pole # 297
|Pole # 458
||Moukkab Imam Zain-ul-Abedin (A.S.)
|Pole # 602
|Pole # 795
||Moukkab Muzeef-al-Hussain (A.S.)
|Pole # 594, 713, 892, 1086
||Various Moukkabs By Pakistanis (Preventing Blisters | Blisters Treatement | Blisters Guide) – [From Kufa via Hillah to Karbala – Moukkab On Pole # 925] – Route Map
|Pole # 1062
||Imam Hassan (A.S.) City – Managed by Administration of Haram e Imam Hussain (A.S)
|Pole # 1237
||Imam Ali (A.S.) City – Managed by Administration of Haram e Hazrat Abbas (A.S)
|Note: There are literally thousands of Moukkab (Camps/Buildings) and you can stay anywhere, you want – this detail is just handy, if you are travelling with family/friends to set a re-grouping point.