From Karakul lake I took a bus to Tashkurgan and then another bus that wound up and over the Khunjerab Pass to Sost in Pakistan. The next two weeks I slowly made my way down the Hunza valley. I would hitch rides and go on day hikes in the surrounding area. I was there during the earthquake that hit and felt the ground tremble but didn’t think much of it until we saw on the news the devastation it had caused. The quake caused landslides which took down part of the road and the phone lines, but these were repaired soon enough. There were worse places to be stranded.

It was October and already the leaves were turning yellow and occasionally bad weather would come in over the mountains. Most days however were gloriously sunny and the air that clear crispness you get at altitude, although the nights were chilly.

Family living near Tashkurgan
Family living near Tashkurgan
Khunjerab Pass between China and Pakistan at 4,693m altitude
Khunjerab Pass between China and Pakistan at 4,693m altitude
The Hunza Valley, Northern Area Pakistan
The Hunza Valley, Northern Area Pakistan
Ice Field
Ice Field
Carry the Cow
Carry the Cow
Autumn's on it's way
Autumn's on it's way
This lovely lady invited us in for tea
This lovely lady invited us in for tea
Rickety Bridge
Rickety Bridge
And Another One - just don't look down!
And Another One - just don't look down!
Cheeky
Cheeky