Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 12: Pakistan, Final Thoughts

During the planning phase of the cycle tour, even before I had purchased my bike, if I was asked where I was most looking forward to visiting, my answer was undoubtedly “Northern Pakistan“ and at the time I didn’t know a friend or family member who had visited the infamous country. This meant that to … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 12: Pakistan, Final Thoughts

Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 10: The Final Leg of the Karakoram Highway & The Fairy Meadows

Our bones and joints reverberated as a result of the rugged roads of the Deosai National Park, but as a releif, we were back cycling along the asphalt comfort of the Karamoram Highway, but only for a short time. We were making our way south, further from the relative safety of Gilgit-Baltistan, and ever closer … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 10: The Final Leg of the Karakoram Highway & The Fairy Meadows

Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 9: The Skardu Dairy Milk Massacre & Returning to the Karakoram Highway

Jacob, I and our trusty touring bikes had been put through our paces, we were in dire need of rest, relaxation, recuperation and a wash. Skardu provided the perfect opportunity to achieve this with a wide range of accommodation, restaurants, shops and even a bakery that emanated the sweet scents of freshly baked goods, situated … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 9: The Skardu Dairy Milk Massacre & Returning to the Karakoram Highway

Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 8: The Deosai National Park

The sky widened as we neared the end of the ascent, raw excitement ignited, we knew the next crest was the final big push and from there, our route was generally a descending trend for the next 200 kilometres, or so we naively thought. The view of Sheosar Lake from the official National Park entrance … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 8: The Deosai National Park

Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 7: Astore to Chillam & the Climb to the Deosai National Park

Jacob and I have experienced cycling over 4800 metres at the Khunjerab Pass during our early days in Pakistan, though we have never experienced consecutive days cycling and camping at such altitudes. Deosai National Park was a highly anticipated destination on our Pakistani travel plan. The National Park has an average elevation of 4,114 metres … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 7: Astore to Chillam & the Climb to the Deosai National Park

Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 6: Homage to The Naan Man & Rama Valley

During the 18 month’s leading to our departure date, with the exception of an occasional pizza base, I had almost eradicated bread and other flour based products from my diet. Throughout many central Asian countries, bread in some form is often the staple of the local diet. The glazed flat bread of Kyrgyzstan was often … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 6: Homage to The Naan Man & Rama Valley