The northern areas of Pakistan - wedged between Afghanistan, China and India - is an area rich with history, natural beauty and cultural diversity, and yet has its own identity, defined by religion, commerce, and a rugged environment. Alexander the Great passed through this region, and so did Buddhism on its way to China and Tibet. There is no where else in the world where one can literally drive right up beside the world's highest peaks and longest glaciers.
We pass through 4 regions within the Karakoram and Hindukush. Nanga Parbat is a huge massif at the western end of the Himalayan Range; its plentiful rainfall ensures its verdant valleys and meadows. The Hunza valley has some of the most beautiful and unspoilt landscapes in the Himalaya, and is home to the Burusho and Wakhi people. Ghizar, drained by many rivers, and is characterised by isolated valleys and traditional villages of the Kho and Burusho. Chitral is the heart of the high Hindukush, gateway to the minority Kalasha. People come to this region for its scenery and sheer ruggedness, and many of them return because of the warm and hospitable people they meet along the journey