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April 2015
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The last bastions of wild nature

Pakistan © Eric Bonnem

“Tell anyone that you are setting off to walk in Pakistan and you will glimpse complete incomprehension in the eyes of your interlocutor. However, far from the restless agitation of the southern cities or the disturbing news from the Afghan border – Peshawar in particular – the north of Pakistan is one of the last bastions of wild nature, and brutally spectacular. In the North-West: the Indukush network and the Wakhan corridor between Tajikistan and Afghanistan. In the east, you find the Karakoram network, on the Western fringes of the Himalayas. Boasting no fewer than five peaks of 8,000 metres high with the Nanga Parbat, which I pass, K2 (the second highest peak in the world at 8,611m), Gasherbrum I and II and Broad Peak, whose summits reach 7000 metres, some of which still remained unexplored.”

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