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Archive for August 17th, 2005

KHH Weblog 2005

Posted by Claudio on August 17th, 2005

I’ve found a nice weblog of three Brits who are biking from Pakistan to Kashgar just right now. Nice posts, they are making me unpatient to start the trip. Few quotes:

The only complication at this point was the weather, with the monsoon in full flow it was chucking it down

So, it’s good we dealyed our trip to avoid the monson :-)

From here it’s 25 km up the side of the Indus but the temperature was rising fast up to an unbelievable 42 degrees in the shade, it just takes all your energy out of you. We suffered another bout of punctures which is beginning to test the patience,…

42 degrees in the shade ? Great. From the Finnish 21 degrees in the sun it’s going to be a shock. Simone, let’s bring more glue for reparing the tyres…

Unfortunately there is a strong rumour doing the rounds at the moment that the Chinese are not letting people cycle over the Khunjerab Pass itself. this is as you can imagine, a bit of a blow!! We may be able to cycle up to the Pass and then come back down to Sost before taking a bus over to China, otherwise we may just be forced to take a bus. But real information is hard to come by and I guess that we won’t actually know untilwe get to Sost…

I’ve heard the same rumour. At least coming from China, we can ask the bus driver to drop us just after the border on the Khunjerab pass and start biking from there. Unless, we will find a better workaround ;-)

The road clings to the cliff and is rather scarily made of loose stones. From Tato it was then a 2 hour trek up to Fairy Meadow campsite which is at about 3300m on the way up to Nanga Parbat base camp. This fantatic campsite is so relaxed and must be one of the most spectacular places I have ever camped. As sun went down we were sitting on a bench watching the shadows lengthening on the Raikot Glacier and over the Nanga Parbat massif itself.

Great, then we can’t miss it either.

And the people are still so nice - come to Pakistan, ignore anyForeign Office website. I’ve never felt safer,…

Of course, it’s safe !!
Nice weblog, I’m following it. Keep posting.