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Published: September 17th 2014
Can see hotel 'Glacier Breeze' just bottom right.
After crossing border stayed in a Puso hotel, just below the Pasu glacier, which was just 500m behind hotel, but impenetrable thicket stopped getting close.
This would be real high mountains, black & very steep, if anything trasformation from bare mountain to scrub then cultivation that changes as U drop dow valley. Initially a sharp V, with no flat ground to a more gentle V where sides are cultivated, finally big U shape. As always water makes the ground flourish, the Pakistani people have to work hard on irrigation canals.
Karakuram highway is near perfect road, but little traffic, not sure lack of wealth or fuel, with the Attabad lake blocking road, all goods must either travel from China or be lifted on/off boats, so bulk fuel would be tough. Do see 150cc bikes nearly always two up moving about. Also small buses, stuffed with people & roof racks well loaded, occasionally with extra passengers hanging on.
Attabad lake formed in 2010 when big landslide blocked valley and Hunza river, flooding 14km of valley 6000 people lost their homes, caused much hardship in area, blocked road transport. wanted PIC of boats being
irrigation canal cut in mountain
View from my breakfast table.
Unfortunately canal was disused, but was lot of effort to cut original channel.
carried over landslide by two big 360° diggers together, but some job, also some PICs of a bus or Jeeps on boats, we only saw people and smal motor bikes.
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