Five months ago, on January 4th, 2010 in the remote Hunza River Valley of northern Pakistan, a massive landslide buried the village of Attabad, destroying 26 homes, killing 20 people, and damming up the Hunza River. As the newly-formed lake grew, authorities rushed to evacuate and supply those affected in the landslide area and upstream. The lake is now over 300 feet deep and 16km (10 mi) long, submerging miles of highway, farms and homes. Earlier this week, the lake reached the top of the natural dam, and began to spill out – rapid erosion of the landslide debris has authorities worried about a potential breach, and locals have been evacuated as officials monitor the developing situation. Special thanks to the Pamir Times for sharing their photos and coverage of this event.
Book Review on the Boys of Everest by Clint Willis Imagine writing a chapter with multiple fill-in-the-blanks, copying it 20 times and using a computer program to insert names, dates and location in the relevant positions. That is what this book reads like. Case in point, the author repeats himself on at-least three occasions, describing […]
I keep coming across sites of climbers, organizations and sometimes just plain beautiful images of the karakorams. This post will keep track of some of the more notable sites and photos that I find. Keep checking back for updates. Share on Facebook
A team of 6 from the Karakorams.com community successfully crossed Lukpe-La from Shimshal into Snow-Lake last year in July, photos, videos and essays are yet to be received from the team. Will post them up as soon as i receive them. Share on Facebook
With such an old and diverse history, it is not surprising that there are so many different ethnicities, traditions, languages, and people in the Karakoram. Despite its geography and mix of people, the Karkoram range has an identity of its own. Urdu is the main language but trekkers might be surprised to find some guides […]