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A Horse by the evening clouds at Chuinj Glacier in Qurambar Valley of Gilgit-Baltistan. The long day walk through the wet and slippery mountains, the horse was tired and needed the rest. Soon after we settled for the night stay, the clouds on the horizon started creating a drama and I then instinctively merged the romantic clouds with the silhouette of the animal.
For me its a message of an unending path of love and passion with Nature where feelings and moods are exhibited on the skies. The boldness and creativity of Nature is only be felt by those who submit their will to the Almighty Creator and The Omnipotent, ALLAH.

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Walking up to Qurambar Lake, we stopped by the villagers at Teer e Das. This little boy reminded me of the blossoming wild flowers of this valley with all the purity and warmth. The severe weather on this height will eventually turn this little flower into a wrinkled and weather beaten face but his heart will always be remain the same. Though they are living away from civilisation or any facilities but contentment on the faces, the bright shining eyes and the strong will is the reward from nature. The tourists and visitors may not be able to change the lives of these people but their own lives definitely change once they meet, experience and live with these mountain people. I miss my times walking with them and listening to their traditional songs. I wish to walk again and I think that everyone should walk with such people at least once in this life.

A young flower of Broghil Valley

A young flower of Broghil Valley

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By looking at the sheer expanse of mountain ranges in pakistan, one needs to re-establish his or her sense of space and scale. A mountain at a hand is often many days walk through one of most physically challenging mountains range.
The three mighty mountain ranges Karakorams, Himalayas and Hindukush jointly make the roof of the world and Karakoram range possess the world’s biggest freshwater glacier which is even visible from space. Baltoro glacier is roughly 70 Km in length.

This is a very very small glacier in Qurambar Valley and by paying attention in the square box on left in this picture, one can easily spot a man standing in the picture and this gives a relative sense of scale.

Copyrights 2013: Ghulam Rasool

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Chuinj Glacier, Gilgit Baltistan. Pakistan

Chuinj Glacier, Gilgit Baltistan. Pakistan

Qurambar Valley, Gilgit Baltistan. Pakistan.

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A Young boy at Chuinj

A Young boy at Chuinj

It does happen sometimes that you encounter somebody and your subconscious makes you feel that you have seen or met this person before and this is what happened with me on this journey. This wild soul is from a GUjjar family who is living on these highest pastures since decades and doing their business of rearing the cattle and goats and then sell them in the market. Some are resident here and some  families make this journey two times a year.

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