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Looking at this photo with silhouette of two travelers overlooking sunset of Mt. Spantik also known as Golden Peak (7027m - most attainable 7000m peak in the Karakoram) from Duikar - Eagle’s nest view point and reading through your comments on my previous post, I thought I'd give you bit more background of my trip to Pakistan. I'm sure many of you wonder (I would) how person decides to go to such a country as Pakistan, especially with all negative publicity it gets on news these days/years.

My original plans for end of June were to go to my beloved Scotland. About 2 month ago I've noticed that my friend Luca is planning trip to Pakistan, being naturally curious and explorer, I've asked Luca (with whom I share love for less traditional places to travel to) about his plans. Karakoram highway was always on my list of places to visit, but I have to admit that I had much later timing in mind due to not really stable situation in the country. After several talks with Luca and some more investigation about the country, the idea to go to Pakistan has grown on me. I guess the fact that I am currently based in Kuwait makes me feel more comfortable in the region and to get to Islamabad is just 3 & 1/2 hour direct flight.

Our trip was absolutely amazing mainly thanks to Luca excellent investigation and planning ( I thought that I am the best in the field, but now I've discovered big competition :-)) Overall I didn't feel any danger or tension, except when being in Gilgit where there is police or army standing on nearly each corner). We (together with Luca's charming friend Aldo) have spend most of our time in the mountains and have been always welcomed with great hospitability never to be encountered in Europe.

I have to admit that despite all that there was small worry and alert in my mind when I flew to Pakistan, therefore the bigger the surprise when I returned from my trip and found out about airport bomb attack in Glasgow, most probably at a time when I planned to be there and some possible danger in London where I lived before I moved to Kuwait. Who can say these days which place is safe and which not.

Lucie

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