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Donít go there!
Old 10-05-2019   #1
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Donít go there!

Thatís the general advice.
Stay safe. Within your comfort zone...whatever and wherever that maybe.

Me? I wanna live, as opposed to exist.

So I read the Ď Travel Advisories Ď...and went to a place very much advised against.


Wish you were there!

btw, I am Farisís wife. I traveled alone.
To find the fountain head.
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Old 10-05-2019   #2
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The roads posed more of a danger than anything else..




But then again, thatís the difference between most tourists and the few that travel...to see the world, to broaden their knowledge of other cultures,
To learn...

And to experience the thrill of it all!
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All that effort and danger, and you only show us three pictures? These are great shots so far, but don't be so stingy with the pictures! Let's see the rest!
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Hindu Kush?

Photo below by an Australian Photographer Grant Dixon - looks kinda similar to me!

And yes, I would not go there........ But good for you that you did.

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Stunning landscape. And Faris is also off somewhere himself? It will turn out you taught him everything he knows. Welcome to RFF. And as Rob says, please keep posting.
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Thatís the general advice.
Stay safe. Within your comfort zone...whatever and wherever that maybe.

Me? I wanna live, as opposed to exist.

So I read the Ď Travel Advisories Ď...and went to a place very much advised against.


Wish you were there!

btw, I am Farisís wife. I traveled alone.
To find the fountain head.
More! I want more!

Great photography and I appluad your philosophy!

All the best,
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Very cool, where is this?


I was due to go to Hong Kong this year. Due to the rioting, I've cancelled my trip and am not sure when I'm going. A bit different from craggy cliffs and pure air, though.
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Looks like one of the 'Stans - perhaps somewhere in the Caucasus? That would include Georgia. Love the photos.. more please!
Edit: I think Peter may be more on the money with his guess. That sealed road looks very modern...
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Most countries are safe if you avoid dodgy areas. I would go there. What bothers me is how dangerous my home country (USA) has become. Many Americans won't go to Mexico because of the "bandits" but if you look at the statistics, the USA is far more dangerous.

Of course, we can carry guns to defend ourselves.
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Beautiful photo...more please !
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I always remember Don McCullin's advice that there is no photograph that deserves risking your life for.
Great pictures though...
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"There" wouldn't happen to be Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan (from this post)? Lovely pics! More please

Edit: Removed my pics. Let's see some more from Ayesha and Faris instead!
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I'm guessing "there" is Swat Valley, Pakistan. The river reminds me of the water coming off the Himalayas on the east side, in Bhutan where I have been. The battered Mercedes above of Jonmanjiro's is very redolent of 1970's Middle Eastern taxis. I nearly crashed my motorbike into one, so I briefly had a close look at the front of it. Danger can arise suddenly anywhere.
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I'm guessing "there" is Swat Valley, Pakistan. The river reminds me of the water coming off the Himalayas on the east side, in Bhutan where I have been. The battered Mercedes above of Jonmanjiro's is very redolent of 1970's Middle Eastern taxis. I nearly crashed my motorbike into one, so I briefly had a close look at the front of it. Danger can arise suddenly anywhere.
Good guess John! A Google image search brings up the Karakoram Highway.
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Great adventure images here! Bravo.

Life is very precious but it is so short. I have lived my life quite balanced, with occasional risks taken.
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Folks, thank you all so very much for your generous comments.

I misstated earlier that I was alone. I had my brother, come over from Canada, to accompany me. We had a guide and a driver ( wherever a 4x4 could go ). I was not with a travel group. I planned the trip and the route.

Some of you are correct, it is along the Karakoram range of mountains, in
Northern Pakistan. Hindu Kush, is a part of this range.

The new Karakoram Highway is a sight to behold. We drove ( I did too for the
Thrill of it ); but then veered of it.

My plan was to trek to the base of K2.

But I never made it.

Reports reached us of an earthquake of 7.2 mag; and we were advised to descend immediately to a relatively secure settlement. We did feel the after shocks, but nothing major.


Past Gilgit up towards Hunza and then towards the K2 base camp.
I skipped Nanga Parbat, as a choice. I had seen a documentary about K2!

I am working the images and shall post them as I finish them.

At my age, summits are not possible...the body is weak.

As to risk..the biggest risk was when I agreed to marry Faris. Outside my comfort zone, then and often now!

That was 40 years ago...that journey has been, and remains, the journey of a lifetime!

Once again my appreciation to you all for your encouragement.

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@ Ayesha and Faris: for sure a great journeys...
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Robert, thank you.

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How sturdy are such bridges?
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Raid, your guess is as good as mine.
My one thought as we crossed was, what could go wrong!
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I did drive a drive like this back in April, too! It was unreal!

We went from Mt Everest (Tibet Side) to Kathmandu.
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Looking at these pictures and reading all of OP brovada here and where...

I'm not finding any of those pictures worth of going to remote places, advisory or not.
Same kind of pictures could be taken in USA, Canada and Europe.
Our Canadian-Ukrainian family friends are regularly traveling Canada-USA and they have interesting pictures of landscapes with mountains and much else.

Also, I would take all of this bravada from American-Scottish Faris, but if it is Arabic Faris ... Knowing of customs (mentioned by OP), perhaps look a like and even speaking some of the languages.
If later is the case, please, do not get fascinated by OP statements, like these:
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Me? I wanna live, as opposed to exist.

So I read the ‘ Travel Advisories ‘...and went to a place very much advised against.
Because he wouldn't go to Syria or Somalia, I guess.
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Hogarth, that must have been a very interesting trip indeed.
I did go to Tibet, but on the High speed train. A wonderful Journey also; but very comfortable.

Yes, I have been to Ukraine too. Besides Canada and the U.S. excellent places to visit..

One from the Ukraine...


Now back along the Karakoram range..
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The name ' Ayesha ' is a female name.

And here is an image taken by my brother ( a male )...


Ayesha.
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Faris and Ayesha,

I’ve admired your photos for quite awhile. Do you post on Instagram or Flickr? I’d love to follow your travels and photography.
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Hogarth, that must have been a very interesting trip indeed.
I did go to Tibet, but on the High speed train. A wonderful Journey also; but very comfortable.

Yes, I have been to Ukraine too. Besides Canada and the U.S. excellent places to visit..


Now back along the Karakoram range..
We flew into Xi'an, then train to Lhasa, then mini bus all around tibet.

I've also been to Ukraine, I've been a lot of places.
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Great photos! Thanks for sharing them Ayesha, Ko.Fe.'s comments not withstanding (and his comments are worthy of reading for those of us with less adventure in our souls). We each have to make our own decisions as to what is worth doing to be able to enjoy our lives. I appreciate your choices.
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I don’t have photos, only a very sad story. Go on on google map and look up Altay and Kanas Lake in China. These places are in western China near Kazakhstan slightly south of Mongolia. Altay is a edenic village at the foot of the mountains with Urumqi the nearest city accessible an hour by plane. We hired a mini bus and driver and took a day to reach Kanas from Altay. The roads were like the ones pictured above on the side of mountains with the wheels a few feet from the abyss and the driver had a death wish speeding through blind turns not seeing what may be coming the other direction. Kanas was like paradise. You can google for images. For this special trip I bought a used Nikon F4 and 28/1.4 for the trip UNTESTED. Total idiot. The slides all came out very soft even when I used the lens stopped down most of the time. My avatar is of an ethnic Mongol horseman the only evidence from the trip. Sometimes I learn the hard way.
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Bingley, very much appreciate your kind comment.

Neither Faris nor I have accounts on any social media.

We are collecting a few images from our travels and shall definitely post them once we can bring some order to them.

Thanks again for your encouragement.

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oftheherd, Ray..

Thanks for looking in and leaving your comments.

Ray, that must surely have been a memorable journey. I am sorry for the ' mishap' with your images.
But I am sure they must be ingrained in your memory. Must have been some drive!

Mention of Ukraine, made me look into my Russia images library!

The climb to the summit of Mt. Elbrus, seemed very genteel ( and it relatively is ), unless the weather takes a turn for the worst.

A bright day is a glorious day along the climb...


Thank you for accompanying me on this journey.

May the Good Light always be with you and keep you safe; however near or far your journeys may be.

With kindest regards.
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The air in all of these is so clear, even the Ukraine city.
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Forgive this mundane question, but what camera and lenses did you use? Are you perhaps a tripod lover: the Ukraine image in dimmer light is still so sharp.
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Maybe I am a bit obtuse but I don't see the risk in traveling to remote locations. If the State Department was objective, no one would live in the US. Several years ago I was in Guatemala trying to learn Spanish and met a couple young women from Australia and Great Britain. They had been spending lots of time in Central America and instead of being concerned about their safety in those countries, they both said they worried more when in the US.

Life is too short to not go there. Ya, you might live a bit longer in a cave (reduced cosmic radiation) but it would be soo boring. Get out there and quit worrying and maybe get some great images along the way.
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Richard.

All images made with the Fuji X-T3 and the XF 18-55mm lens.
Handheld. I shot both jpg and raf. But never needed the raf files.
Auto iso, and aperture priority.

Best regards.

p.s. post processing was done in P.S. and Exposure 4.

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