THE STORY OF… Pakistan: a fantastic mountain scenery
Naltar Valley has 3 lakes and they are absolutely stunning! We had never seen such saturated and deep colours in lakes
When Jonas, my best friend, visited me on my trip we decided he’d rent a motorbike and travel together up north into the Gilgit Baltistan mountain range. Having never ridden a motorbike before, let alone in the hectic traffic of Pakistan AND on the other side of the road, could be argued as not the smartest idea. Nevertheless, we both were stoked to travel together so I give him a crash-course “how to ride a motorbike” in the basement of our hotel in Islamabad. And there he was: Jonas baptized as a bike rider, ready for the crazy Pakistani traffic and horrendous road conditions in the mountains!
Trying to get out of a city with four million people, on your first day riding EVER, in a foreign country riding on the other side of the road, ended up a bit slower than expected. Three hours, one broken mirror, a bent handlebar and a few bruises later, we make it out of the hectic city and its slums. Through the heavily polluted air we can finally see some mountains rising from the horizon. Calmer roads, stunning valleys and picturesque villages emerge.
The second day on the road goes way smoother and we both start enjoying the ride. Two best friends driving through one of the most beautiful and impressive mountain ranges on earth is hard to not enjoy. We ride in a valley with superb views of the Rakaposhi mountain (7788m). Rakaposhi means “snow covered” but it is also known as Dumani “mother of mist”.
Negotiating with the Police
Arriving in Gilgit, we prepare for our three-day trek to Rusk Peak (5100m) and continue towards Hopar Valley. The night before we depart we meet the local police officer in the hotel’s kitchen and tells us that we are not allowed to go alone on the mountain and should hire a mountain guide. We were not prepared for that so started negotiating with the officer and eventually found a solution for it. If we wrote down on paper that we were “capable mountaineers” and will be fine on the hike, he was ok with it!
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