Pakistan

A Short Ride in the Hindu Kush

In the autumn of 1996 I was feeling in need of a small dose of adventure. According to the guidebooks, the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan was about the most beautiful and dangerous place on Indian subcontinent — just the ticket!

Current UK govenment travel advice for Pakistan. The the North-West Frontier Province is now called Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

I stayed in Peshawar (2 nights), Timergara, Dir, Chitral (2 nights), Buni, Mastuj, Sor Laspur, Teru, Shamran, Gilgit (3 nights), Dut, Kuk, Shimshal (2 nights), Zyarat, Passu, Gilgit, the Karakoram Highway and Karachi (2 nights).

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25 Oct 96
Loading the bike in Peshawar for the lift north to Timergara
26 Oct 96
On the road to Dir
26 Oct 96
Political rally, near Warai. (Benazir Bhutto had appeared in tears on TV the night before. She was dismissed from office soon afterwards.)
27 Oct 96
On the Lowari Pass (3118 m)
Trucking on the Lowari Pass (broadcast on Al Jazeera in 2011)
27 Oct 96
Descending the Lowari Pass
28 Oct 96
Chitral bazaar
29 Oct 96
On the road to Buni
29 Oct 96
On the road to Buni
29 Oct 96
On the road to Buni
29 Oct 96
Konar river, Buni
30 Oct 96
Buni Zoum Hotel, Buni
30 Oct 96
Between Buni and Mastuj
30 Oct 96
Approaching Mastuj, en-route from Buni
30 Oct 96
Tirich Mir 7708 m, highest in the Hindu Kush
30 Oct 96
Looking south from Mastuj
1 Nov 96
Between Mastuj and Sor Laspur
1 Nov 96
On the road to Sor Laspur
2 Nov 96
Sor Laspur, departing by jeep due to a broken panner bag
2 Nov 96
Shandur Pass, looking back towards Sor Laspur
2 Nov 96
Shandur Top, 3734 m, the boundary with the Northern Areas and a polo ground in the summer
2 Nov 96
NAPWD rest house, Teru
3 Nov 96
Carrom board, Shamran
5 Nov 96
Political rally in Gilgit
5 Nov 96
Polo match, Gilgit
7 Nov 96
Passu, on the Karakoram Highway
7 Nov 96
Nearing Dut
7 Nov 96
The final bridge before Dut had yet to be built
8 Nov 96
Mohamed Khan, Mohamed Wafa, John and Amin (Chris out of shot) preparing to leave Dut
8 Nov 96
8 Nov 96
8 Nov 96
Lunch at Zyarat
9 Nov 96
Shimshal River
9 Nov 96
Mulungutti Glacier and Disteghil Sar (7885 m, world's 19th highest)
9 Nov 96
Fermanabad, only one house permanently occupied
9 Nov 96
Shimshal village
10 Nov 96
Shimshal village
10 Nov 96
Shimshal village
10 Nov 96
Friends and relations
10 Nov 96
Our guide Amin outside his house in Shimshal
10 Nov 96
Preparing dinner
10 Nov 96
Butchering dinner
10 Nov 96
Cooking dinner in Amin's house
11 Nov 96
Setting off back to Dut
11 Nov 96
Pakistani mountaineer Meherban Shah, at his home in Fermanabad
12 Nov 96
12 Nov 96
12 Nov 96
Amin and a group of yak hearders heading towards Shimshal
12 Nov 96
Mohamed Wafa at Dut