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Snow Flare at Makra and Paye

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The morning sun casts its rays across the icy meadows of Paye and over Makra Peak. In March, the rolling green meadows are covered in several meters of snow and pose quite an obstacle for anyone attempting to reach the top.

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Makra Peak and Siri Paye Winter Expedition

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An Improbable Journey A few weeks back I received an invite from Maaz for a winter expedition to climb Makra Peak. We had planned similar expeditions before, only to have them canceled at the last minute for one reason or another. So, despite already having an extremely busy schedule, I accepted the invite with a […]

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Wall of Rock and Ice

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The mighty Nanga Parbat (8,126 m/26,660 ft), as seen from Buhl Camp (locally pronounced as Biyaal Camp). The camp is named after Hermann Buhl, the first person to successfully climb the deadly mountain. The mountain’s north face (Raikot Face) that can be seen here looks deceptively small, yet is roughly 4000 meters (4km or 2.5 […]

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Where Mountains Meet the Skies

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The River Indus originates in the highest sections of the Himalayas and lends its name to a major world religion (Hinduism), a group of languages and a whole subcontinent. For over 300km, it flows next to the world’s highest paved international highway, the Karakoram Highway (KKH). At Raikot, the highway crosses north and continues on […]