Above the clouds, freedom must be endless
Crossed the Wakhan Corridor from West to East, explored untouched valleys and climbed an unclimbed and nameless peak (5.725m)
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First ascent of an unclimbed and nameless peak (6.008m) in Shimshal, border area between China and Pakistan.
Here are my latest impressions of K2 Concordia Trek in Baltistan, Northern Areas For vivid impressions the film is edited in two Parts: On the way to Baltoro Glacier and Trango Towers, Masherbrum, Broad Peak, Gasherbrums and mighty K2
Pakistan faces tough conditions after the flood, Baltistan and other parts of the Northern Areas suffered, too, in and around Skardu alone there were more than 60 casualties, landslides, bridges washed away and many homes destroyed. The Karakoram Highway, the main lifeline to the mountains was cut and lead to heavy problems in the supply situation.
As if life wasnt already difficult enough in this rough area, all this happening after all the problems of the last years, tourism declined totally already after 9/11 thanks to the generalizing media contribution with headlines like "Pakistan - Terror - Bombings - Taliban..." so locals told me stories about seriously scared tourists asking if Osama Bin Laden really is hiding in Baltistan - a tv station said he is hiding around K2.....a mountaineer replied in fun, yes, I met him in Camp 3, he might be pushing for summit the next days ;-)
Personally, I can only say this a wonderful part of the world with the friendliest and hospitable people and mirracles of nature you cant imagine.
Just dont get scared by the media, get your own opinion!