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Best Pakistani Instagram Landscape Photographers (2016)
Yup, that’s me! Before I share my favorite Pakistani Instagram travel photographers, I would like to share my account first. Shameless self-promotion.
My travel photography is a mix of landscape and adventure travel photography. So if you are into adventure travel then follow me to explore the wonders of north of Pakistan through my lens. I have been traveling for the last 5 years, which is not as much as compared to some other travel photographers. But I have been traveling a lot throughout the last five years and have done some of the toughest and longest treks. Major treks include around Nanga Parbat trek, K2 base camp & Gondogoro La trek, Karomber lake trek via Darkot pass and many other adventure treks in Naran-Kaghan and Kashmir valleys.
There are so many adventure treks in Pakistan some of which include K2 Base Camp & Gondogoro La (5,940m) trek, Snow lake trek, Karomber lake trek, Rush lake trek, Fairy Meadows & Nanga Parbat base camp trek, Rakaposhi basecamp trek, Dudipatsar lake trek and many more. Looking for the best trekking options in the Northern Areas of Pakistan? I have picked some of the best based on ease of access, trail conditions, accessibility and perhaps more importantly scenic beauty and the chance to see the fascinating cultural of the region.
K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro La Trek
K2 view from Vigne Glacier while going towards Ali camp for Gongodoro La / Photo: Sher Ali Photography
This is mother of all treks in Pakistan. It is one of the best adventure treks in the Central Karakoram National Park. K2 (8611m) is the second tallest mountain in the world and this 18 days trek is a once in life experience. This trek provides one of best views of some of the world’s tallest moutains. Especially Concordia, which is at the junction of the Godwin Austen and Baltoro glaciers, often referred to as “The Throne Room of Gods” provides the best panoramic view of the mighty mountains of Karakoram region including 4 of the 14 8-thousanders high mountains which include K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum-1 and Gasherbrum-2. To reach Concordia trekkers have to walk on Baltoro glacier (63 km), longest glacier outside the polar region, and witness the beauty of Trango Towers, Masherbrum and so many well known peaks of Karakoram in Gilgit Baltistan.
Gondogoro La (5940m) is a high mountain pass which connects Concordia with Hushe valley in Ghangche District of northern Pakistan. This is a highly technical pass and requires usage of fixed ropes and crampons.
Do you need a guide?
K2 base camp and Gondogoro La is a long and hard trek and should only be handled by a travel company which offers touring services for this trek. There are lots of companies in Pakistan and specifically in Skardu which offer trips to K2 base camp with professional guides.
When to go?
The weather in Karakorams in more unpredictable and dramatic than Himalayas. This trek should be done between May and September. June to August is monsoon season (rainy season) in Pakistan but this is also the time when most of the snow melts and glacier crevasses are visible making it easy to choose your path.
Food and accommodation
The travel company organizing your trip will handle all the logistics including food, camping and hotel stays.
As of today K2 is the lone survivor that is that it hasn’t been climbed in winter season. There are 14 peaks over 8000 meters of height above sea level out of which 13 have already been summit-ted in winter season let alone other seasons.
The northern areas of Pakistan is a heaven for those who seek adventure travel. It has got all the ingredients for adventure travelers. From the highest mountains of the world to lush green valleys to pristine lakes, all these nature wonders are in abundance in the north of Pakistan.
Here I take you through a visual journey of my adventure travel experience through the north of Pakistan.
Pristine Lakes and Solitude
The north of Pakistan is full of pristine lakes. Some of them provide a really great sense of solitude. My favorites, the ones which I have explored so far, are Karomber lake, Chitta Katha lake and Saral lake. Once I explored 20+ lakes in a single trekkig trip in Kaghan and Neelum valleys. Some are very easy to access (e.g. Saif-ul-malook lake) and camp there but others require strenuous multi-day trekking (Rush lake).
Here I take you through a visual journey of Islamabad never seen before. For some of these photos I have had to go to Margalla hills and then hike just to capture the sunrise. On a clear day with some clouds the views of sunrise and sunset are stunning.
Pakistani masses many choices to travel within Pakistan. If you are new and thinking what are your traveling options specially to travel to far lunged areas in the north of Pakistan then read on and make the right choice.
1. Traveling alone:
Some people like to travel alone. May be it is their personality type, that they are introvert, that they like to travel alone. Traveling alone sounds difficult especially someone who is just starting into this addictive hobby but once you used to it then I believe this is the best way to travel. When you travel alone then you don’t get the company of friends but you get to know the local people and their culture better. This is because the locals are the only ones with whom you have to interact. When you are surrounded by friends while traveling then you mostly joke and laugh with your friends.
While this is the best option for someone who is more interested in interactive with locals but it is also the most tough one because you have to manage everything yourself.
2015 has been a great year like previous year. I did some big treks this year including Karomber lake trek via Darkot pass. I look forward to 2016 and hope to cover a couple of more big treks. I wish to complete the following adventure treks and destinations in 2016.
At the end of year 2014 I had set some traveling goals for myself. Though I didn’t travel frequently this year but still I was able to fulfill some of the wishes from my travel wishlist of 2015. Here is year 2015 in review.
The first major trip I did in 2015 was a road trip in May around Chitral and Gilgit Baltistan. I started my journey along with 4 other friends in Rav4 Toyota jeep 4. Went to explore Kailash valley in Chitral. We got bit disappointed at Kailash valley and decide to go to Shandur lake. We went to explore Shandure lake and came back to Islamabad via Ghizer, Gilgit, Babusar pass, Naran route.