Sunday, November 13, 2011

Places in Pakistan: Shandur Pass, Pakistan

Shandur Pass, Pakistan
Originally uploaded by Ameer Hamza
Finally we reached hotel, packed our bags, rechecked the room and soon we were standing on the middle of the road, now empty, waiting for NATCO bus to arrive anytime. And it arrived. But before it did, its sound reached us. We scrambled for the best of places; Zahid bhai again proved to be an opportunist. No problem. Somehow more travel makes you an opportunist. I don't like to say this but somehow modern travellers really become much more impatient than they would have been earlier. I am not sure why this is.

Shandur Top (el. 12,200 feet (3,700 m)) located in District Ghizer of Gilgit-Baltistan.

After hours of travelling we reached Shandur Pass. Shandur-Top in Ghizer is often called the 'Roof of the World' where the Hindukush in Gilgit-Baltistan, Between Afghanistan and Gilgit-Baltistan and Karakorum mountainous ranges of Gilgit-Baltistan meet. The top is flat, a plateau and can be crossed between late April and early November. The grade is very gradual, and the area is crossed by small streams of trout. Grazing in summer is plentiful. (This part is taken from Wikipedia). Onwards our NATCO rumbled but before it could do that, it stopped at the Army checkpost. Papers were checked and randomly some of the passengers were asked to show their ID cards. In Pakistan, ID card is known as NIC.


Susanna said...

Couldn't you have looked at that mountain forever? I think I could.

Ameer Hamza said...

I could have. But I was badly tired and needed some rest. Despite tiredness and a bumpy, full bus, I was able to take this photograph.