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Asia » Pakistan » Northern Areas » Gilgit-Baltistan August 12th 2019

Sleeping at:Khoburche Sleeping Altitude: 3795m Trekking Distance: 16.6km, Ascent 640m, Descent 220m Day: 14 The trekking days have a rhythm to them (no matter where the trek is really, there are just the subtle differences). Up early, try to leave early, get more than half of expected kms under your belt by lunch time to allow for a shorter afternoon. Arrive into camp, say hi to everyone who is in ahead of me (most of the group), be greeted by our porters and shown the tent for the night, clean up as much as possible and meet for an afternoon snack and hot drink. Relax for a while and then have dinner, a chat and an early night. Today followed that plan, but the scenery....... WOW........ we got onto the Baltoro Glacier, we trekked through massive ... read more
Me and The Trango Towers
Baltoro Glacier

Asia » Pakistan » Northern Areas » Gilgit-Baltistan August 11th 2019

Sleeping at:Paiju Sleeping Altitude: 3450m Trekking Distance: Rest Day Day: 13 Today was an unscheduled stop- another day at Paiju due to the potential for landslides after the last 24hrs of rain. Juma was apologetic but said it was too dangerous for us, and to be really honest, it would have been more dangerous for the porters who are the ones lugging all of the supplies and equipment- loads of 20kg and loads that aren't tidy back pack shapes but are tables and mats and stoves, etc. It was advantageous for Ian - gave his feet another day to heel, also looking at it in terms of acclimatisation another day at 3450m would be beneficial to everyone. The downside- less wriggle room for the rest of the schedule if there were more delays. I think Juma ... read more
The Horses
Low Cloud Looking Back to the West (I Think)
Alternative Toilets

Asia » Pakistan » Northern Areas » Gilgit-Baltistan August 10th 2019

Sleeping at:Paiju Sleeping Altitude: 3450m Trekking Distance: Rest Day Day 12 The Sky is Falling I’m going backwards on this day as the most significant thing happened after we’d gone to bed for the night. You know that feeling when you’re tired but relaxed?- it’s been a good day and you’re almost asleep listening to the raindrops on the tent roof. Well, that was how it was. Until.... All of a sudden there was a massive whoosh, to me it sounded like a fire had started. Except that there was no fire light or burning smell and the noise kept getting louder. Neither of us could work it out and the next thing was Gen, fully dressed in wet weather gear, saying not to panic but to get packed up and into wet weather gear and ... read more
Overcast Morning
Our Goat
Our Camp

Asia » Pakistan » Northern Areas » Gilgit-Baltistan August 9th 2019

Sleeping at:Payu/Paiju Sleeping Altitude: 3450m Trekking Distance: 22.8km, 580m Ascent, 335m Descent Day 11 Up with the sun rise. Wake to the sound of frenetic activity and the low hum of the river nearby. it's like being in a beehive. Very mild headache this morning- quickly resolved with Panadol. Breakfast and on the trail at 06:50. Lynton and Owen are both better today which is great news. Another hot day ahead of us- lots of water to carry (the kitchen porters boil up water for everyone each night and morning). The river is with us for much of the time and the walking is on sand and limestone like track. Up and down as the sun gets higher. We are all strung out along the route and meet every now and again, this is a perfect ... read more
Braldu River
Riverside Walk
Rest Stop

Asia » Pakistan » Northern Areas » Gilgit-Baltistan August 8th 2019

Sleeping at:Jula/Jhola Sleeping Altitude: 3200m Trekking Distance: 22.8km, Ascent 530m, Descent 410m Day 10 Average sleep, up before 6 for breakfast- the dining tent is set up with a very hearty amount of cereal, chappati, jam, nutella, eggs, tea and coffee. The aim is to be on the trail by 07:30. It's pleasantly cool and we're raring to go. We have already got our duffel bags that the porters will carry packed up and left outside the tent. I think my duffel weighs in at under 10kg. Our day packs are ready, everyone is carrying about 3L of water as it's going to be hot. I've snaffled one of the empty coke bottles to fill in addition to my other bottles (cool drink bottles are great because they weigh nothing). Owen (Irish guy) is keen to ... read more
Leaving Askole Campsite
Road Out
The Valley

Asia » Pakistan » Northern Areas » Gilgit-Baltistan August 7th 2019

Sleep in Askole Sleeping Altitude 3000m Day 9 Up early with the sun and really excited to be leaving. Today is a 140km jeep drive along the Indus River that becomes the Baldu and Basha Rivers as we home in on Askole (our campsite for the night). We are all ready after a last breakfast seated indoors at table and chairs for the next couple of weeks. All manage to be on time and deposit our spare bags with reception before heading out to see the jeeps being loaded and loaded some more. We are taking some porters with us from Skardu, they ride on the supply truck with 3 newly aquired and trussed chooks and a goat (!!!!!!), it is not going to end well for the goat... We bundle into our jeeps- Mary and ... read more
First Suspension Bridge
Indus River
Indus River

Asia » Pakistan » Northern Areas » Skardu August 6th 2019

Sleeping Altitude 2230m or maybe 2310m depending on your info source Day 8 0512 sunrise across the mountains, open up the door to let in some cool air. We don't have much of a plan for today as it's mostly for the company to get the permits finalised, organise their porters and cooks and purchase food supplies. Still feel slightly subpar in the gut so decide to hit up my drug stash- Azithromycin, Lomotil, Buscopan and Ondansetron pre breakfast ought to finally knock it on the head. No idea when breakfast is so after a hot bucket and ladle "shower" wander down to the restaurant area. There are several tables occupied - the large French group (actually all svelte, just large in number), a Spanish group (animated), an Irish group (slightly animated- probably less so than ... read more
Shoe Shop Downtown Skardu

Asia » Pakistan » Northern Areas August 5th 2019

Sleep in Skardu Sleeping Altitude 2310 m Day 7 0545 completely ready, bill paid at 0600 and we're loaded up into 2 cars by 0605 for the 30 minute drive to Islamabad Airport. I'm already separated from my backpack which has disappeared into the other vehicle. Check in is very smooth and my backpack turns up. We chat to a few other tourists in the queue- I entertain a group of Malaysians with my very rudimentary Bahasa Indonesian/Malayu. The other tourists are predominately well toned, well tanned Europeans with excellent hiking clothing and backpacks. From here we tourists seem to move en masse to the western style coffee shops (we choose Bread Hut because the well dressed Euros beat us to the other one) to top up on one last decent cup before heading into the ... read more
Mighty Indus River

Asia » Pakistan » Islamabad August 4th 2019

Days 5 and 6 Aug 3 My stomach hurts, you know in that crampy way. Lousy night, clearly I was a very considerate roommate- Mary had no idea I'd been up half the night. She slept well in between coughing and had no issues whatsoever with her chicken last night. Headed gingerly into the Shelton House dining room where we met 2 of our group- Lynton from Victoria (who I had conversed with by Messenger in Aust but hadn't actually met before- I think we "met" when he made a post about the trek on the Australian Long Distance Hikers FB group!) and Danny from the NT. Attempted small talk between crampy waves, trying not to let it show ahead of our big expedition. Forced down some tea and toast. Made the executive decision that Mary ... read more
Dharmarajika Info Board

Asia » Pakistan » Islamabad August 2nd 2019

Day 4 With Mary still feeling subpar we decided to take the easier option of taking a hotel car to Islamabad. We had originally planned on taking a bus which would have been cheaper (less than AUD $20 each plus some creative Ubering) but this turned out to be a great decision (mostly). There are a few luxury bus companies, we had been looking at Daewoo who have about 20 trips a day and varying standards of bus (gold, premium, etc), they look good actually. Also, the further out you book the better the deal. Anyway..... Having received my latest "more information required" email from the Ministry of Interior Visa people I was in a slightly tetchy mood and ready to negotiate hard for our car. The first offer the hotel came up with was ... read more
Katas Raj Temple Sacred Pond
Filming For Documentary and/or Music Video
Decorative Ceiling Inside Ramachandra Temple

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