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The Karakoram Adventure in Numbers

21st August 2014

We have now left Pakistan after a great 12 days. The journey up to Fairy Meadows was memorable to say the least. Our simple huts there afforded wonderful views to Nanga Parbat; the weather was great and literally hundreds of photos were taken. The Karakoram Highway continued south, clinging to the valley wall with the Indus river a good 300m+ below us before finally levelling out at Abbottabad.

We were unable to get to Islamabad on Independence Day due to the national protests, but all was calm by the time we reached the garden city of Lahore. This green and vibrant mega metropolis was less frenetic and more welcoming than I had imagined, but the highlight was seeing the organised chaos and pure madness of the gate closing ceremony at the nearby Wagah border on Indian Independence Day.

These statistics were collated by traveller Paul with the help of our excellent Pakistani guide Saluddin:

  • Travelled 1219km
  • Stayed in seven hotels
  • Ascended to 4800m by bus at the Khunjerab Pass
  • Had 17 police escorts (in a 200km stretch along the lower Karakoram Highway)
  • Experienced two national days
  • Experienced one national protest
  • Driven on one of the world’s top ten most dangerous roads (to Fairy Meadows)
  • Escorted by three sets of armed guards on foot
  • Drunk three types of tea – green, black and chai (and lots of it!)
  • Broken two cameras
  • Broken two lenses (separately to the cameras!)
  • Smashed one iPad
  • One hamburger and chips (eaten by our guide whilst we ate local food)
  • Seen less than a dozen westerners

Had too many to count:

  • Great meals
  • Stunning views
  • One superb guide

We have now crossed to Amritsar in India and, having seen the Golden Temple during the day, the late evening and at dawn, we are heading to Srinagar in Kashmir for a relaxing finish to the trip.

Tour leader Max Wood is currently leading our Karakoram Adventure group tour.

Max Wood

Max was born in Yorkshire and brought up in Lancashire. He is fluent in Spanish and after acquiring a degree in Management Science at Warwick Universi…

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