Salah was born in Hunza in Pakistan, which was named 'Shangri-La' by James Hilton – a place where people do not die young.
He started his career in guiding back in 1995 after being very impressed by his friends who were doing a similar job. This motivated him to learn additional languages, including Chinese and Japanese.
Salah is a graduate in mathematics, but his passion has always been history and art, not only the theory but also the practical side. In his job he tries to transfer his knowledge and love for the art, history and traditions of his beautiful country and home town of Hunza so his clients can really feel it and understand the true traditions and culture.
Q: How did you fall into tour leading?
A: My school friends, who had previously chosen this field, were the inspiration for me to move into tour leading.
Q: What do you like most about tour leading?
A: It's an endless process of learning through mass interaction with multinationals throughout the year.
Q: Where is your favourite part of the world?
A: Parts of Xinjiang province in China and anywhere on the globe with mountains.
Q: What was your biggest travel highlight?
A: My first pilgrimage of K2 in 1990. I will remember that until the end of my life.
Q: What’s the craziest request you've ever had from a client?
A: A female group member asking time and again to wear shorts in the tribal areas of Pakistan, even knowing how unsuitable it would be...
Q: What’s the one thing you couldn't travel without?
A: My small day pack - I carry my universe in there.
Q: Which famous person would you most like to travel with?
A: Nobody specific, but I love to be with people who are enlightened by the subject of travel.