We have been travelling through the Karakorum mountain range in the north of Pakistan, between Hindukush and Himalaya now for about 1 week. The landscape here is absolutely stunning and beautiful, and we are experiencing a completely different side of Pakistan than in the plains further in the south, where it is only hot and always dusty.
Some of the highest mountains in the world are located in this area, such as the Naga Parbat or the K2.These mighty and ice-covered peaks loom impressively over the barren and steep mountains that are mostly without any vegetation. At the bottom of the valleys big rivers have cut deep into the glacier deposits. In some areas the mountains there are big trees and dense forests covering the mountains, e.g. around Murree, in other areas vegetation exists only along the river banks, and in the beautiful Hunza Valley in the north, the valley is full of orchards and heavily laden apricot trees.
In only one week we already crossed the almost 4200 meters high Bausar pass, we have covered many kilometers of the famous KKH – the Karakorum Highway, which actually has nothing in common with a highway – we have ridden through cold rain, and over hot and dusty roads, we have enjoyed the stunning panorama in Karimabad in the Hunza Valley, and we have visited the lake further in the north, which exists only because a massive landslide has blocked the valley and the river, and thereby cut off the road into China. Now we are staying in Gilgit for a few days, and we already have problems sorting the pictures and choosing some for the website. So, it is about time to publish some of them before we get completely lost.
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