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Camping at Deosai

In the summer of 2013 I was lucky enough to land an internship in Skardu, of all places. Skardu, the hub of the picturesque Baltistan region of Pakistan, is a small town nestled amongst towering peaks. During the two months I spent in Skardu I got the chance to visit many a tourist attraction in and […]

Trekking along the Wakhan Corridor

Just came back from a trek along the Wakhan Corridor. It was a fairly simple trek compared to LAS summer trek standards, however the management of the trek was tricky due multiple reasons. Below is a not-so-brief description of the trek: Getting there: Getting to the starting point (Kishmanja) was a long journey. We started […]

Successful climb of 6030m Dhampus Peak in Nepal

Update: Youtube video of the climb posted at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-meVzOc99dw Just returned from a climb in the Himalayas, Nepal. First 6000m summit. Photos at http://yasirk.zenfolio.com/Dhampus will post the story here sometime soon. don’t ask when.

Retrospective Travelogue: Concordia and Gondogoro La, 2006

I swore underneath my breath. The clouds had indeed been following us since Payiu. If they caught up with us, we were screwed. If the pass became unnavigable due to bad weather, we would all have to walk back down the West-Vigne and then the Baltoro which would take us about 6 to 7 days as opposed to the 2 days of trekking we would have to do once we were over the pass. Damn damn damn. My fever was getting worse, and my stomach had ditched nodding in favour of growling , screaming and raging. I wasn’t up for a 7 day walk down 2 glaciers and I was certain I couldn’t do the pass in my current condition either. Oh yeah, and we didn’t have food for 7 days. Short of a paralyzing fit, I could imagine nothing else that could give me the excuse I needed to avoid the pass tonight. Damn it.

“Is there lunch?” I asked, raising myself on my elbow inside my sleeping bag.

“Maggie noodles. It’s being prepared.”

I lay back waiting desperately for that one hot bowl of liquid. I was going to make it last as long as I could. But first I would hold it in my hands and feel the warmth. The soup/noodles took its time. I think Najam brought me a bowl after almost an hour – well it felt like an hour anyway – and I held on to the bowl, letting the warmth seep into my palms. And then my stomach growled. Crap. No pun intended.

Karakorams.com V3

Have to keep up with the times and after months of procrastination finally got around to facebook integration and an update of the theme and structure of the site. You can now login & register using your facebook account and share posts on your wall using the links on the site. I’ve also built a […]