As a stranger stepping foot into a foreign country there is most certainly courtesies that you are yet to be accustomed to, likewise, there are behaviours that, to the compatriots of such a country, may be harmless but could be perceived as invasive or rude. One example of this could be someone watching you like … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 4: Tea & Biscuits with the Assistant Director General, Mr Adeel, Projectile Vomiting, Base Camp Trekking & Digital Potty Training
Eight months of preparation, route planning and endless hours spent scouring the web researching and reading other people’s accounts of their cycle touring experiences of the Karakoram Highway, few that there are, were finally becoming a reality. The places we had read about, photographs we had admired and our dreams were unfolding. We had put … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 3: The Karakoram Highway & The Hunza Valley
The Khunjerab Pass is known as the highest paved international border crossing in the world. It was officially completed in 1982 and has been measured at an elevation of approximately 4,880 meters. For Jacob and I, this was our gateway into Pakistan. Despite crossing the border the previous day cramped up in a sleeper bus … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 2: The Khunjerab Pass
On August 26th, the day before our departure of China, I found myself wandering the hallway of the K2 Hostel in Tashkurgan in search of a quiet spot to put my feet up and read my kindle. I had time to kill, a luxury that I had been so deprived of throughout the six months … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 1: Goodbye Mario, Hello Pakistan!
Kashgar was a welcome break, I stuffed myself with wholesome food and delicious tea, though, as a cycle tourer, it doesn’t take long until my soles start to itch with the urge to get back on the road. We left Kashgar at 07:30 in the morning twilight to take advantage of the deserted roads. The … More Cycle Touring Xinjiang, China. Chapter 2: Kashgar to Tashkurgan. The Three Amigo’s
Catching a flight directly from the United Kingdom to Kashgar, China, was the initial plan. Having changed our plans, enabling us to spend the first week journeying eastwards through Kyrgyzstan, I can wholeheartedly say that the short time spent in this enigmatic country was exceptional. Kyrgyzstan offered everything that a cycle touring introduction should provide. … More Cycle Touring Xinjiang, China. Chapter 1: The Crossing to China & A Weekend of Recovery in Kashgar
Leaving the relative comfort and security of Kunelek and our host, Kolbek, behind we continued our way South following the Gul’cha river. Mountains grew ever taller as we got our first glimpse of distant snow capped peaks. The valley floor suddenly opened up to a view of a little outcrop village sitting precariously atop canyon … More Cycle Touring Kyrgyzstan. Chapter 3: Kunelek to Irkenshtam. The Pass Taldyk & Child Bandit Country