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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 […]

Concordia 2013 – a return to Karakoram trekking

  Photos from the trip: Concordia 2013-Rizwan Bajwa Going back to the mountains to relive the passion is like meeting your ex after a decade. Initially you think of all the masterful moments and all the spectacular times that you had and how beautiful it was but shortly thereafter the bitter moments sink 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 […]

Skam La (2003)

This account is dedicated to the seven friends with whom I had the honour of crossing Skam La: Rizwan Bajwa Hasan Karrar Yasir Khokhar Raza Kazmi Hammad Qazi Hassan Zubair Ali Imran *** The following is still in progress and incomplete. I’ve typed out my journal entries for the most part unedited and what I […]

Situation Update of the Attabad (Hunza) Lanslide and Lake

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.