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Oct 9, 2008 - Karimabad

10-10- The manmade earthquake is causing the world to tremble and yet I sit here on this deck, overlooking a beautiful valley w/ huge snowcapped peaks all around & green, terraced gardens & fields below pondering the weirdness of it all. Here amidst a most earthquake prone area of the world, is peace and tranquility even as news reports war and terror all about us! Likewise, the economy seeming to crumble everywhere and here is quiet, serene. After 9/11 the tourist economy which had been booming(for very good reasons!) in this part of...

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Oct 3, 2008 - Karimabad

10-3 Woke up fairly late(8) and after an egg, Hunza bread(very solid, somewhat sweet), butter & honey, & tea breakfast we headed up to see the Old House (700 yrs) which is very much the style of houses in Pamir/Wahkan. It is here that the Women’s weaving coop is situated the result of Threatnet Hunza program to ensure the continuation of traditional craftwork and give women a chance for indep income as well.. The items for sale were a bit too $$ for us but very beautiful. We were also able to see the mirs palace from the outside(being...

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Oct 7, 2007 - Karimabad

A couple of Brazilians we met at the Passu Inn advised us that we just had to visit Karimibad, so we decide to make it our next stop. The journey there is one of those mini-experiences, and if you've ever wondered how many Pakistani's including their luggage can fit inside a Toyota Hi-Ace mini-van designed to to hold 14, the answer 20 on the inside, 3 hanging onto the outside, and all luggage is tied to the roof along with 2 live sheep (!). As there's no room inside, Wes and I start our journey hanging onto the back. Now you would have...

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Where's Malcolm?

Jul 25, 2006 - Karakorum Highway and Khunjerab Pass

The wondrous beauty of nature and the knowledge that my journey was taking me into the fastness of the mountains, far away from Communist experiments, brought a profound peace to my mind. Paul Nazaroff, 1919. The Karakorum Highway (KKH) from Kashgar to Karimabad, depending on who you speak to, is either a madness or an engineering triumph. Regardless, it takes your breath away and is a completely physical encounter. Every corner brought a new washout and boulders of every size from hundreds of metres above litter the road. We rolled...

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Oct 28, 2005 - Nagar Valley

The Nagar valley is the next stop south of the Hunza Valley. It has a very different look. Not as green and lush as the Hunza. We stayed at a beautiful guesthouse in Minapin at the base of Mount Rakiposhi. We hiked to the base camp, saw snow, and immeidately ran back down the mountain. Just don't want to see that white stuff! Our plan is to get a bus in two days and go to Gilgit. There have been many problems in this town. and we have heard all the stories. For the last 2 weeks of travelling, the town has been closed to travellers, and...

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Oct 26, 2005 - Life in the Mountains

Thousands of stars light up the night sky. The Milky Way stretches its hand across the Hunza Valley as if to protect this sacred area from the outside world - keeping it safe and peaceful - away from the fighting in Gilgit or the tragedy of the earthquake miles to the south. The sounds of the Ramadan prayers emanate from the Mosque in the village of Ganesh. The united voices of the faithful echo through the valley and up the farming terraces to the hilltops of Karimibad. I look down from my terrace garden onto the rooftops of Ganesh, and...

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Sep 12, 2005 - Hunza Valley (Gulmit)

Robin spent the morning on the car. I went for a walk and, when I got back, washed the car. When we had packed up we went up to the Baltit Fort above Karimabad. It was built as a residence rather than as a fortress 750 years ago. It has, of course, changed over the years. The British contributed whitewash and balconies. It was interesting to see the residential quarters. We bought Na'an bread stuffed with vegetables cooked for us by the side of the road in a tandoor oven and ate it as a picnic later - when it was no longer burning my...

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Jun 16, 2005 - Minapin

The easy way from Karimabad to Minapin was by hired jeep. Jeeps here are real jeeps, basic structures with canvas roofs and doors. Sleepy Minapin village is recommended by the guide book for its one guest house, and rightly so, but it's also a great base for short hikes. The guest house, despite savaging me with its insect life, was a wonderful place. Nice, spacious rooms with 24 hour hot showers and big meals, and a very welcoming owner who was happy for you to help yourself to cherries from the trees in his massive garden whenever you...

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Jun 8, 2005 - Hunza Valley

The Hunza Valley is just about the opposite of how many people see Pakistan. It's peaceful, laid-back, green and fertile, welcoming, English-speaking, and with good food. The views are extraordinary, with 7000+m mountains all around and the Hunza River cutting through tracts of farmland and traditional settlements where life goes on unaffected by tourism. Northern Pakistan unquestionably has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, and I'm very glad to be back. It's not entirely paradise, though. The travellers here are mostly...

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Aug 9, 2004 - Passu and Hunza

Passu After an interesting journey back to Gilgit for a couple of days rest I set of up the KKH with the intention of cycling back down. Instead of trying to get to the Chinese border I only went as far as Passu. Passu was supposed to be a bit of a trekking center, and from the guidebooks I was expecting it to be a reasonably large place. As it was you could have missed it. I guess most of the original village was off the main road. Both the hotel which stayed in and the restaurant which I had been recommended, and where I ate all three...

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Genty's Asia - 2004



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