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Pakistan is a unique country that is challenging yet rewarding to explore. I did some huge hikes and my first alpine climb while in Pakistan.

THE WEEKLY #269: BOREDOM IN ISLAMABAD

The life I lead is usually pretty exciting. Even when there are down days, there’s usually at least one epic adventure or exciting opportunity over the period of a week. However, this week was about as bland as they come for me. After arriving back to Skardu early from our successful summit of Spantik, I …

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THE WEEKLY #267: SPANTIK BASE CAMP

This week was spent off-grid trekking to Spantik Base Camp and getting set up for our climb. I’ve written in detail about the journey in my latest trekking guide: CLIMBING SPANTIK PEAK I’ll add the excerpts from that article to this Weekly about our journey from Skardu to Spantik Base Camp. TREKKING TO SPANTIK BASECAMP …

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CLIMBING SPANTIK PEAK (7,027M) IN PAKISTAN

Spantik Peak, also known as Golden Peak, is a challenging, climbing expedition to reach a summit at 7,027m with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains in the Karakoram Range. The expedition can range from 15-35 days depending on weather windows and is known as a non-technical peak, although it wasn’t quite just a trekking peak …

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PATUNDAS 3-DAY TREK IN UPPER HUNZA, PAKISTAN

Hidden amidst the towering peaks of the Upper Hunza region is an incredible plateau, wedged between two enormous glaciers. The Patundas ridge is in effect a shepherd’s meadow but it is so much more. Surrounded by the Passu Glacier on one side and the mighty Batura Glacier on the other flank, Patundas offers some of …

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THE WEEKLY #266: THERE’S NEVER A PERFECT MOMENT

After so many years of adventures and trekking, it takes a little bit to get my adrenaline racing. It takes even a little bit more to generate some fear within me. Fear is healthy, it means you are pushing yourself outside of the dreaded comfort zone. Right this second, my adrenaline is on the move …

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THE WEEKLY #264: HOMEOSTASIS IN ISLAMABAD

Every time there is discomfort the human mind seeks comfort. We had weeks of jeeps, trekking in dust, no showers, toilets made of rocks, delays, and harsh weather. It was all worth it for the incredible experience and views along the K2 Basecamp Trek but the body was asking for at least one day of …

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THE WEEKLY #263: K2 BASECAMP TREK WEEK 2

It’s the second week of our long journey to K2 Basecamp and the ‘Savage Mountain’ is just around the corner. I’m still in a bit of disbelief at the scenery on this trek. The scale of the mountains is just unbelievable. Each campsite is dwarfed by 7000m and 8000m peaks right from the first day …

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K2 BASECAMP TREK IN PAKISTAN: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

For those willing to pursue adventure, one of the world’s greatest adventures lies deep in the Karakoram Mountain Range of Northern Pakistan. This region is like no other in the world and is home to five peaks that reach above 8000m, including the aptly named ‘Savage Mountain’, otherwise known as K2 (Karakoram 2). For seasoned …

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