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Biking to the X-treme North [37º 05’ N, 74º 40’ E] Shahid Dad. Kaiser Tufail [180º Panoramic view of Kilak Pass; our footsteps can be seen at the left of picture]
At the start of the expedition, we lodged at the FCNA Mess in Gilgit. After two days of utter luxury, in which we also assembled our bikes and took them out for a test spin, we finally set course, much to the amusement of the Gilgit garrison! Our biking route was Gilgit-Chaltnagar-Altit.Hunza-Pasu-Sost-Misgar, over some of the harshest climb gradients stretching over 250-km. From Misgar, we trekked another 40-km as biking was not possible over the treacherous mountain tracks. The last five kilometre stretch to Kilak Pass was over knee-deep snow at an elevation of 16,000 ft AMSL.
As if the shaky suspension bridge is not enough, they send you into a dark tunnel to attune you to what’s coming.
Rock carvings a short distance out of Hunza; these are claimed to date to 2 nd Century BC.
Despite our copper tans, we were usually taken for foreigners; locals claimed they had seldom seen any Pakistanis doing the ‘thing’!