Salman Rashid

Travel writer, Fellow of Royal Geographical Society

Between Two Burrs on the Map: Travels in Northern Pakistan

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Between Two Burrs on the Map: Travels in Northern Pakistan is the story of a 1100 km journey, of which 800 km was done on foot, in the wilds of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral.

It is a story of trek through the three greatest mountain ranges on the globe: the Himalaya, Karakorum and the Hindu Kush. Following mostly in the footsteps of the great explorers of the 19th and early 20th centuries, I spent a whole summer reliving the 'quintessence of early travel and exploration' in difficult conditions and extreme weather. Starting in the Western Himalyas at Naran in the Kghan valley, the journey led me to Skardu, Shimshal, Ishkoman and Yasin, ending in Chitral. Meandering travel took me through some of the least known parts of the largend, history and ways of the people I  encountered. This is the first authentic and sensitive account of the people and lands of north Pakistan written  with a passion for lost histories and cultures. 

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Deosai: Land of the Gaint - New

The Apricot Road to Yarkand


Jhelum: City of the Vitasta

Sea Monsters and the Sun God: Travels in Pakistan

Salt Range and Potohar Plateau

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Between Two Burrs on the Map: Travels in Northern Pakistan

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