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Northern Territories, Pakistan: Paddling on the Gilgit, Ghizar and Middle Indus Rivers
Photos & Text: Martin Burgoyne
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The Pakistan trip was 1992 around March time just as the winter snow melts and before it got too big. It was my first really 'wild and woolly trip having cut my teeth on the Grand Canyon of the Colorado the year before - now that was big water!

There were three of us, all English guys. We used a travel company in Gilgit - Mountain Movers owned by a retired major - Mr Walli. He provided the support the big kayaking expedition on the upper Indus from Skardu. We hired a jeep, driver and a cook boy from him - really good as the roads were a bit remote, and with our own cook we knew the food was safe, well, safe..ish!
A TV documentary film was made of the upper Indus descent, (Taming the Lion ) and as part payment they gave Mountain Movers their 'Mountain Bat' kayaks, so we used these for our trip. It was a long job filling in the holes in the kayaks where the cameras had been mounted!

There were lots of locals around with rifles and Kalashnikovs - pre the troubles in Afghanistan, which was just over the border at Pingal where we started - quite scary at times, not to mention the water, or the roads!
  




One way bridge - Gilgit


Watch out for the pin - Gilgit River


Granite sculpture - Indus River - Gilgit River


The local river patrol - Gilgit River


Wood pile Rapid Raikot Bridge Middle Indus - spot the kayaker about to go down the tongue on river right.

Close up of Woodpile - spot the line river right.

Middle Indus Valley above Chillas

Ghizar River and its low bridges below Pingal

Ghizar River at 4000m

Ghizar River and its low bridges below Pingal

 


Who needs a kayak when we have some inner tubes- Gilgit River



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