The destiny of Pakistan

The nice weather was gone which is normally not that bad but it is a problem when you drive through the mountains. Mud avalanches and stone falling is a common risk. Just when I spotted some stones on the road a stone hit us with a big bang. After a while I stopped at a save place and figured out that the stone hit one of my tanks on the roof and missed the solar panel just on centimeters…

Back on the Karakorum Highway we could feel that the last part of the Highway to the border of China was built by the Chinese. When we entered the Hunza valley we realized like in the valleys after Skardu that more women were on the streets. They invested in this area more in education than in others. The illiterate rate is the lowest in the whole country. When we visited a restaurant in Karimabad the owner was telling us an interesting phenomenon. “Here in Hunza only a few women are wearing a headscarf. In the last years the number of domestic tourists was increasing rapidly. In the last year all the hotels and guesthouses were booked so local families offered their house for the tourist. Many visitors thought at the beginning that the Hunza people are bad Muslims because they don’t wear a headscarf. But after one week living with them they realized that nobody will take their women and that the people of Hunza a true Muslims. And after some days none of the visitor ladies was wearing a headscarf and they went home with a bag full of positive stories.” It was an interesting example how tourism has an impact to the society within a country. And people would rather follow someone from their country like international NGOs.

We stayed in Karimabad on a plateau with a view to the Hunza valley for a couple of days. The weather changed all the time and sometimes we had an incredible view to the 5000, 6000 and 7000 peaks. The apricot bloom was different in the altitude levels and we could observe on a walk through the village the beautiful landscape of this area. Here we met Josephine and David from Amsterdam, Catharina and Bert from Sweden and later a guy from Signapore with his bike. Together we wanted to cross China several days later. But the planned transit wasn’t secure at all. It was snowing the last days and an avalanche was blocking the road towards the 4699m high Khunjerab pass. For the next days we just prayed and hoped that the road would open again…

Meeting point and organization of things. In front Catharina and Bert from Sweden. (c) Bert from Sweden (
The Rakaposhi (7788m). Shortly a view without clouds
Spring atmosphere in Karimabad. The clouds are disappearing
A cow looks interested out of the window
View towards the Hunza Peak (6270m) and the Ladyfinger Peak (6000m)
Traditional farming
The caravan is crowing: Josephine and David (Holland), us, Anna and Heiner (Stuttgart)

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  1. 9. May 2017

    Oh man, Pakistan! Tolles Land, schreckliches Image.
    Deine Bilder sind großartig. Wenn wir das nächste Mal in Pakistan sind, dann vielleicht auch mit dem eigenen Auto und nicht nur mit den Autos der anderen 😀
    Die lästige Polizeieskorte hat sich bis dahin hoffentlich erledigt.

    Bezüglich der Madrasas lohnt es sich auch den Zusammenhang zwischen der Radikalisierung pakistanischer Schüler und der “Hilfsorganisation” USAID zu hinterfragen. Spannend ist das allemal und mit dem Kopf schütteln kann man auch.

  2. Irene
    18. June 2017

    Was für ein unglaublich schöner und eindrucksvoller Trip und fantastische Bilder & Videos. Lässt mein Herz höher schlagen und mein Wunsch, nach Pakistan zu reisen, wird immer dringender. Hab das schon lange im Hinterkopf, aber da Mitreisende zu finden, die sich trauen, war bisher unmöglich.
    Danke dir für deinen wunderschönen Bericht!

  3. Gayatri
    17. July 2017

    Lieber Mathias,
    Dank für Deinen Mut, diese Länder zu bereisen!
    In Indien bin ich Motorrad gefahren. Nachdem ich mich an das Chaos gewöhnt hatte, fand ich´s lustig. Aber ohne Mantra geht natürlich nichts…

    Ich suche noch Reisepartner, will mit meinem VW Polo Kombi Richtung Indien.
    Darf ich hier Irene einladen?

    Hey Irene, wahrscheinlich brauchen wir noch einen Mann, um in Pakistan klarzukommen!
    Mitte Oktober bin ich mit meinen Terminen hier durch…

    Türkei, Iran und Pakistan werdn neu für mich sein, ich bin dankbar für jede hilfreiche Info:

    • 7. September 2017


      steht die Reiseplanung denn nun schon? 😮 Mein Partner und ich planen auch über den Landweg nach Südostasien (vorerst wahrscheinlich aber Indien) zu reisen.

      Liebste Grüße Lu ♥

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