Monthly Archives: June 2005

Under the shade of Rakaposhi

One of the many bridges along the KKH that has enable linkage & promoted development around the isolated terrain. The builders who made this possible years ago didn’t forget to leave behind its mark. Yeh! A whole plate of cherries! … Continue reading

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Region of another Muslim sect …

Little did we know, by following the boy down this track at the Gircha village, we’re entering a world we knew so little of. Mr Raza, the manager of the schools in Gupal area supported by Aga Khan Foundation, introduced … Continue reading

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Out of park, into Sost

Steep walls, loose rocks, snow & wind have caused much erosion in this stunning landscape. This major landslide has to be revived by constructing a concrete tunnel to provide a safe passage. Endangered animals of Khunjerab, the Ibex and MarcoPolo … Continue reading

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A taste of Chinese cooking in Khunjerab National Park

Weather turned for the better as we descended. The Pakistani KKH runs along the Indus river for most of its way through narrow gorges and high mountains. As we discovered later, we were not always on a downhill ride towards … Continue reading

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Back to the Khunjerab Pass!

The plan was simple. Alight at 1st check post after the Pass if we could not alight on the Pass. Stay overnight in the no man’s land (we are not officially in Pakistan yet). And ride up 17km to the … Continue reading

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Crossing the Khunjerab Pass

We wanted to try negotiating with the Chinese authorities on cycling across the Khunjerab Pass from Tashkurgan, 126km away. From cyclists we have met so far, all of them told of the same story – the only way to cross … Continue reading

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Sichuan food, Japanese girl … in little Tashkurgan

Outside “ChongQing” restaurant with 2 new Szechuan friends. Song, the 18yr old boy from ChongQing met us while we were riding around the city and brought us back to his restaurant where he’s an apprentice. There, we met Chef Chen … Continue reading

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Back on the KKH … to Tashkurgan

On our way back to the KKH, we visited YuSanJiang again at his meteological office. This time, we are able to witness water and temperature recordings. A Kyrgzs colleague (pic) taking water sample from the river below the office. (Xinjiang,China … Continue reading

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“Xia-Ban-Di” Dam

The valley that would be flooded after the completion of the dam in 7 years time. Work has barely started now, with the arrival of some engineers from Urumqi Water Works and other Geologists. There were only around 100 workers … Continue reading

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Looking for a DAM

We heard so much from our brick factory friends about the beauty of the little known valley just beyond their site. From our map, it shows a possible road connecting there to ShaChe (a town en route to Tibet). It … Continue reading

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