Morel Mushrooms “Sherijun” Hunting in Gilgit Baltistan

Morel Mushrooms “Sherijun” Hunting in Gilgit Baltistan

Morels Mushroom, also known as Sherijun or Kachulee in Shina language in most parts of Gilgit Baltistan. Mushroom hunting is a wonderful activity to enjoy with the entire family, young and old alike. Kids generally have an easier time seeing the mushrooms due to the fact that they are a lot closer to the ground than an adult, the reason of kids taking high interest in morels hunting is that in Gilgit market morels can be sold for a high price, and if you watch a veteran mushroom hunter in the forest you will notice that they walk through the forest in almost what you could call a crouch. Kind of like Groucho, if you can imagine that! This is because it makes it easier to see the morels against the background of leaves, and if you have ever hunted morels, you know how well they blend in with their surroundings, just look at below photograph!

When you go hunting morels ways carry a walking stick, it helps you get up and down the hills and you can use it to flip over leaves without bending down. It is a good idea to also carry a canteen of water with you when you go. Drinking out of the streams is risky business. You get pretty thirsty walking around in the forest on a warm spring day, and nothing hits the spot like water.

The morels hunting season starts in Gilgit Baltistan around the month of May but sometimes as early as the last couple weeks of April. You need some warm days and nights, with a warm rain tossed in to make the ideal conditions for the morel to start growing. There are two kinds of morels, black and white.