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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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Karakoram slide area near Julipur
Karakoram slide area near Julipur
Julipur, Kohistan
Julipur, Kohistan
Diamir Desert
Diamir Desert
A Horse and His Boy
A Horse and His Boy
Babu Sar Top (13,690 ft.)
Babu Sar Top (13,690 ft.)
Babu Sar Top
Babu Sar Top
Hercules on Babu Sar
Hercules on Babu Sar
On the Babu Sar
On the Babu Sar
Highest spot on the Babu Sar
Highest spot on the Babu Sar
Giti Das
Giti Das
Lulusar Lake
Lulusar Lake
Alongside Lulusar Lake
Alongside Lulusar Lake
Lulusar Lake
Lulusar Lake
Besal
Besal
Heading to Burawai
Heading to Burawai
Burawai
Burawai
Burawai-Koochies
Burawai-Koochies
Upper Kaghan Valley
Upper Kaghan Valley
With Koochies near Naran
With Koochies near Naran
Naran with Koochies
Naran with Koochies
Brothers on the road
Brothers on the road
Roadside teastop between Naran and Kaghan
Roadside teastop between Naran and Kaghan
Between Kaghan and Pahris
Between Kaghan and Pahris
Muslim Flying Coach
Muslim Flying Coach
Taj Mahal Hotel - Balakot
Taj Mahal Hotel - Balakot
Loaded bus-loaded horse
Loaded bus-loaded horse
On the road with Gujurs
On the road with Gujurs
Horseshoes and bells
Horseshoes and bells
Landa Baba Shrine
Landa Baba Shrine
Landa Baba Shrine - entrance
Landa Baba Shrine - entrance
Memorial to The Guides
Memorial to The Guides
Memorial to The Guides - detail
Memorial to The Guides - detail
Memorial to The Guides - detail
Memorial to The Guides - detail
Kabul River
Kabul River
Home at last!
Home at last!
Horse riding
Horse riding
Babark
Babark
Hercules gigantic shoes
Hercules gigantic shoes
With Akbar Ali
With Akbar Ali
Horse gear
Horse gear
Trip map
Trip map
KKH Expedition Logo
KKH Expedition Logo
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