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:
Had too many to count:
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.