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Pakistan: The Karakoram Highway and a Nice View

October 1, 2010

Here’s a look at the far northwestern Himalaya, from near Karimabad.  In the 70s this area was popular with travelers and tourists alike.  The locals welcomed most anyone and tourism formed the mainstay of the local economy, apart from subsistence agriculture.  Mountain climbers often ventured into the northern Pakistan, too, looking to climb all sorts of tall peaks including the elite 8000+ meter summits of K2 and Broad Peak.   Some still go and even the odd traveler finds the hiking spectacular if dicey, because of the American presence in Afghanistan and assorted other issues.

International geo-politics have intervened since my long-ago days in South Asia.  Almost everyone has suffered the consequences; a select few organizations and corporations have gained.

Now that’s a view: photo by Ken and Peg Herring

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