After working for four months in India through the sweltering spring, and some brief sightseeing during the building monsoon, I headed to Pakistan for seven weeks of travel out of reach of the heat and humidity of the monsoon.
There were two parts to this trip. First, I did a four-week trek in the Karakorum Mountains. This outlying Himalayan range is, in my opinion, one of the most spectacular collection of peaks and spires in the world. I did an extensive loop and spent something like 10 days over 15,000 feet. This trek requires that you hire a guide service, so it is not possible to do independently.
Next I visited the Hunza Valley. Once even more remote, a highway now provides easy access to this fascinating area and its culture.