Salman Rashid

Travel writer, Fellow of Royal Geographical Society

The Shaksgam Valley

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If there was ever a lonely place I had been to, it was the country on the south side of the Aghil Pass. The Shaksgam Valley here is as desolate as it can ever get. Our caravan is approaching the Kindik Tash camp ground.

Image from The Apricot Road to Yarkand 

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At 13 December 2013 at 14:11, Anonymous Kamran Awan said...

Wish I were there too on one of Bactrians...

At 13 December 2013 at 14:12, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

The Shaksgam River Valley is the most overpoweringly desolate and wild place on earth.

At 15 December 2013 at 15:29, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best picture so far. Clouds on the sky, so close, moving in the same pace as the caravan, shadows on the rock following and the echoing desolation that you describe-Yallah!!!!! This picture just sucked me in. How amazing it would have been to walk on that rock, bare feet, trying to catch the shadows....

I had to struggle to get back to my sunday which is filled with anxiety of bloody monday....and of course the angry scratching of my cat at the window....

It seems like I have to buy your book. But if, after reading it, I find out that its not safe for women to travel alone to these destination, I´m gonna find you, not for the refund-no, but to hit you hard with the book for being a man, hit you till you drop dead!

At 17 December 2013 at 16:02, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Anonymous! This is the best compliment I have received. Trust me, the Shaksgam Valley is safe for women, children, men, animals. Everyone!

At 25 July 2014 at 10:46, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take me there.......!!!.......meher

At 13 December 2015 at 12:08, Blogger AHMED BAJWA said...

This wilderness and your way of describing it, is so luring that one day I'll be accompanying you inshalla (only with your permission) :)Ahmed

At 15 December 2015 at 00:27, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wah, bhut khubsurat ma sha'Allah.

At 19 December 2015 at 10:20, Anonymous Salman Rashid said...

Feel free to travel with me whenever you have the time and inclination, Ahmed.


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