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"Horse Holiday" in Pakistan

In 1982 I traveled by horse from Passu, Gojal, Upper Hunza to Gilgit (you can see some photos in my Hunza gallery). I was planning to ride on to Peshawar with my brother, but there were horse problems and the journey never got any further than Gilgit, but I did learn a bit about equestrian travel in the mountains. In 1988, in Peshawar, we began planning the KARAKORAM EQUESTRIAN EXPEDITION. In 1989 we traveled by horse from Peshawar to Chitral, Kalash, Gilgit (via Mastuj and the Shandur Pass), Kaghan Valley(via Chilas and the Babu Sar Pass), Azad Kashmir, Islamabad, and back to Peshawar (crossing over the Gungor Hills and Tarbella Dam). Approximately 1000 mile (1600 km) journey that touched upon (and went through) the Hindu Kush, the Hindu Raj, the Karakoram, and the Himalaya Mountians. A journalist in Peshawar called it a 'horse holiday' before we left (hence the sardonic title of this gallery). There were four of us and four heavy breed Percheran horses we had purchased from the Pakistani Army at Sarghoda's Remount Depot. One horse died in Kalash, and one of us went back to his village near Peshawar from Gilgit. Three horses and three riders did ride back into Peshawar, more than five months after leaving on our little 'horse holiday'!
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Some of the pictures in this gallery were taken by my brother Mirza. It is hard to remember exactly which ones as I was sitting next to him when many were taken.
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THIS HORSE TRIP IS COVERED IN MY NOVEL 'SOME TIME ON THE FRONTIER-A PAKISTAN JOURNAL'. THERE ARE SOME SAMPLE CHAPTERS AT http://www.pbase.com/noorkhan/novel
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Loading horses
Loading horses
Loading the horses
Loading the horses
Hay there!
Hay there!
3 down, 1 to go!
3 down, 1 to go!
Almost to Peshawar
Almost to Peshawar
Horse gear
Horse gear
Training days
Training days
Training at the Faji stadium
Training at the Faji stadium
Training at the Faji stadium
Training at the Faji stadium
The Stable
The Stable
Cows plow
Cows plow
One horse
One horse
Horses running free
Horses running free
Horses walking free
Horses walking free
'The Boys From Sarghoda'
'The Boys From Sarghoda'
Part of group of 4
Part of group of 4
On Hercules
On Hercules
Herc and NMK
Herc and NMK
Herc and NMK again
Herc and NMK again
Corn stalks
Corn stalks
Inspector Akbar Ali
Inspector Akbar Ali
A dry dinner
A dry dinner
Malakand Pass
Malakand Pass
Panjkora River
Panjkora River
Panjkora River near Talash
Panjkora River near Talash
Noor Habib Khan Hotel
Noor Habib Khan Hotel
Talash-Nanbai
Talash-Nanbai
District Commissioner's Guest House-Timagura
District Commissioner's Guest House-Timagura
Warai
Warai
Ammo shop
Ammo shop
Dir
Dir
Faces
Faces
Dir
Dir
Dir - truck
Dir - truck
Dir - backside
Dir - backside
Panakot-Dir
Panakot-Dir
Ice on the Lowari Pass
Ice on the Lowari Pass
Bus and snow
Bus and snow
Horse camp
Horse camp
Lowari Top
Lowari Top
Road to Kalash
Road to Kalash
Rock tunnel
Rock tunnel
Dead Horse
Dead Horse
Upper and lower irrigation ditches
Upper and lower irrigation ditches
Taking It Easy
Taking It Easy
Kalashi houses
Kalashi houses
With haystacks in Kalash
With haystacks in Kalash
Cigarette store
Cigarette store
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