Hiya Pakistan! We have been wanting ahead to assembly you for fairly a while now!
Getting into through the Wagah border was a easy course of with pleasant officers welcoming us into their nation. To test in to Pakistan was only a matter of getting our passport stamped (we would already utilized for our visas through the embassy in Australia) and getting our Carnet de passage stuffed out, which all up took about 30 minutes.
Our first cease was Islambad, Pakistan’s capital metropolis. We would been involved with an area man Sana for a few months and had organised to satisfy up with him. Arriving at Sana’s place we additionally met Monica and Alec, a Polish couple who’re driving their motorcycle from New Zealand residence to Poland.
We would have liked to have the Troopy’s swivel hub checked out while we had been on the town as we would seen a grease leak simply earlier than leaving India; so very first thing first we went to Auto Membership (a extremely beneficial mechanic) to have the fellows have a look. A full days work was required to get all the pieces again the best way it ought to be and fortunately the fellows at Auto Membership bought us in immediately. We would truly been hanging out for doing a little automobile upkeep and shopping for some spares as Pakistan is residence to quite a lot of Land Cruisers!
Within the couple of days we had in Islamabad Sana took us to take a look at the town which included a go to to Faisal Mosque, the fourth largest mosque on the earth which was a present from the Saudi King Faisal, for which it was named after.
After a couple of days of getting the Troopy in tip-top form and trying out Islamabad the weekend had come round and Sana had deliberate to take us exploring to Chitral then to Kalash (subsequent episode). Observe: I would laughed with Mark about how the plans I would made for Pakistan went fully out the window once we met Sana. He had completely different concepts for what we would be getting upto and we undoubtedly weren’t complaining!
On the Friday afternoon Monica and Alec jumped in Sana’s automobile (Land Cruiser), we each stuffed our tanks and hit the street heading first for the village Dir, about 300km from Islamabad. We spent the evening at a pal of Sana’s personal guesthouse which seemed over the village. We felt like royalty being up there!
The following morning we continued on to Chitral, 115km additional up the valley. Because it was mid-Spring the roads in some elements had been fairly muddy as the entire snow was melting which meant a little bit of 4×4 was essential. This mixed with a couple of water crossings, the winding roads and delightful surroundings made for a tremendous day of driving!
That is it for this episode! As at all times thanks for watching! Within the subsequent one we’ll be venturing additional into the mountains to the village of Kalash.
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