Ahmed Sajjad Zaidi

Entrepreneur, trekker, and photographer based in Pakistan
Posts Tagged ‘gilgit’

Where Mountains Meet the Skies

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).

Indus Valley, KKH and Himalayas

At Raikot, the highway crosses north and continues on to Gilgit, the Hunza Valley and into China. A steep jeep track rises from Raikot to the village of Tattoo and turns into a hiking trail that leads to Nanga Parbat’s north face.

Polo Player

Shandur polo festival

The Shandur polo festival is held annually from 7th to the 9th of July at Shandur valley in Northern Pakistan. At over 12,000 feet (3,700 meters), it is the highest polo ground in the world.

The annual matched is played between traditional rivals, Chitral and Gilgit. In the past, it was a more civilized way to settle disputes.