The Road to Shimshal, Pakistan
12 Jul 2017

The Road to Shimshal, Pakistan

The road to Shimshal is one of those unpaved, rocky, dirt, sand, winding, mountain roads. But what it lacks in guardrails it makes up for in river crossings. The approximately 60-kilometer road, a turnoff from the Karakoram Highway, was completed in 2003 after 18 years of construction. Shimshal is the

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FAQs About Traveling in the Mountains of Pakistan
04 May 2017

FAQs About Traveling in the Mountains of Pakistan

North Pakistan–home to the Himalayas, HinduKush and Karakoram Mountain Ranges–is breathtaking, literally and visually. It will never stop luring visitors, including many mountaineers, and understandably so. The three months my partner and I spent there were not enough to see and experience it all. The first question that comes up

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5 Must-Do Experiences in the Pakistan Himalayas
30 Apr 2017

5 Must-Do Experiences in the Pakistan Himalayas

When a Pakistani friend warned me that the Pakistani Himalayas would put a gripping spell on me, I thought he was exaggerating. I had no clue what lay in store for me. However, when my partner and I travelled up the Karakoram Highway, we drove into a breathtaking wilderness of

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Travelling the Legendary Karakoram Highway
11 Apr 2017

Travelling the Legendary Karakoram Highway

As the road wound uphill, the sultry weather made way for cool, fresh air. After months of sweating in cotton shirts, we changed our gear to fleece jackets, socks and hiking boots. As we checked off the big, chaotic cities of Abbottabad and Mansehra, more of Pakistan’s northern wilderness opened

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A Bold Woman's Motorbike Trip across the Pakistani Himalayas
26 Mar 2017

A Bold Woman’s Motorbike Trip across the Pakistani Himalayas

Last year I travelled by motorbike from Australia to the Netherlands, not something many single women find themselves doing. There are a few countries along the way that most people, both men and women, would advise you to avoid. One of these is Pakistan. But with the high costs of

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The Stunning Portraits Show the Cultural Diversity of the Himalayas
23 Mar 2017

Stunning Portraits that Show the Cultural Diversity of the Himalayas

The Himalayas are an enormous mountain chain that spread from Pakistan in the west, to Bhutan in the east, as well as encompassing Nepal, parts of Tibet and several states of India. So while there is some cultural similarity between the peoples living in this region, there are also lots

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Crossing Pakistan's Most Infamous Bridge
05 Mar 2017

Crossing Pakistan’s Most Infamous Bridge

“This is the one as in the pictures!” I stammered, as we bounced up and down the potholed trail. The collection of planks held together by some iron wire came closer into view. This was not supposed to be happening. We had been told that the government had constructed a

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