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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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Fields
Fields
Bumboret-Frontier Hotel front porch
Bumboret-Frontier Hotel front porch
Fields
Fields
Suspension bridge
Suspension bridge
Path to Aziz's village
Path to Aziz's village
Pathway to Turi Khuz
Pathway to Turi Khuz
A wet pathway
A wet pathway
The plain before Turi Khuz
The plain before Turi Khuz
Aziz's yard
Aziz's yard
Part of  Aziz's village
Part of Aziz's village
Brep
Brep
Chitral Valley
Chitral Valley
Chitral Shahi Mosque
Chitral Shahi Mosque
The Assistant Commissioner
The Assistant Commissioner
Chitral Fort
Chitral Fort
Chitral Shahi Mosque
Chitral Shahi Mosque
In front of Chitral Fort
In front of Chitral Fort
On your marks...
On your marks...
Ride by at Chitral Mosque
Ride by at Chitral Mosque
North of Chitral
North of Chitral
Fun on the road in the rain
Fun on the road in the rain
Road  north of Chitral
Road north of Chitral
Morai
Morai
Chitral River gorge
Chitral River gorge
Habibullah before Mastuj
Habibullah before Mastuj
Yarkhun River
Yarkhun River
Fording a stream
Fording a stream
The road
The road
On the road-clowning with Habibullah
On the road-clowning with Habibullah
Near Buni
Near Buni
Zirarat Remains
Zirarat Remains
Buni
Buni
Near Mastuj
Near Mastuj
Near Mastuj
Near Mastuj
Bridge before Mastuj
Bridge before Mastuj
Like Ants on the Landscape
Like Ants on the Landscape
On the road to Sor Laspur
On the road to Sor Laspur
Below the Shandur
Below the Shandur
Shandur Pass
Shandur Pass
Mountains higher than the clouds
Mountains higher than the clouds
Rainbow on Shandur Top
Rainbow on Shandur Top
Shandur Top clearing
Shandur Top clearing
Shandur Top camp
Shandur Top camp
Shandur Top-A restaurant
Shandur Top-A restaurant
Baby Ghizer
Baby Ghizer
After Shandur Top
After Shandur Top
Habibullah washing Hercules
Habibullah washing Hercules
Burbolango Shal
Burbolango Shal
Little Shaitan
Little Shaitan
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