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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
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
Another pretty spot
Another pretty spot
Teru
Teru
Dinner at Teru
Dinner at Teru
Teru
Teru
Photo Op
Photo Op
Ghizir River at Phandar
Ghizir River at Phandar
Near Phandar
Near Phandar
Rocks over Habibullah
Rocks over Habibullah
Arriving in Pingal
Arriving in Pingal
Pingal
Pingal
Pingal and Guns
Pingal and Guns
On the porch
On the porch
More guns
More guns
Pingal guest house
Pingal guest house
Leaving Pingal
Leaving Pingal
Having a smoke near Pingal
Having a smoke near Pingal
The Ghizar River
The Ghizar River
Ghizar River after Pingal
Ghizar River after Pingal
Habibullah and Kodack crossing bridge
Habibullah and Kodack crossing bridge
Lake before Gupis (Khalti Lake)
Lake before Gupis (Khalti Lake)
Lake before Gupis - raining
Lake before Gupis - raining
The D.C.
The D.C.
The Gun Man
The Gun Man
Hey!
"Hey!"
Buying grass in Gupis
Buying grass in Gupis
Mountains behind Gupis
Mountains behind Gupis
Hercules Dreaming of PIA and Sarghoda
Hercules Dreaming of PIA and Sarghoda
Gupis - buying grass
Gupis - buying grass
Outside Gupis
Outside Gupis
Roadblock
Roadblock
Bridge from rocks to rocks
Bridge from rocks to rocks
Road to Gilgit
Road to Gilgit
Beyachee
Beyachee
Main street Gilgit
Main street Gilgit
Got  hamam?
Got hamam?
G. M. Baig
G. M. Baig
A few hours out of  Gilgit
A few hours out of Gilgit
Gilgit and Indus River confluence
Gilgit and Indus River confluence
Indus River south of Gilgit
Indus River south of Gilgit
Rain at Pari Bungalo
Rain at Pari Bungalo
Karakoram bridge
Karakoram bridge
On the road
On the road
Grass on a ledge
Grass on a ledge
The road near Jugalot
The road near Jugalot
A Pukhtoon Pose
A Pukhtoon Pose
Talachi guest house (frontyard)
Talachi guest house (frontyard)
Kids
Kids
Nanga Parabat
Nanga Parabat
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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