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Pakistan - View from Lord of the Rings

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This is a view of Tupopdan mountain, one of the most amazing places along Karakoram highway.


The Karakoram is a ‘who’s who’ of the world’s tallest peaks – including K-2, second only to Everest. And its valleys deliver a glut of glaciers, the longest outside the polar regions, with some creeping right to the road edge. The 240-kilometer Hunza Valley is an ancient and remote kingdom in the northeast of Pakistan, nestled close to China and the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan. The simplicity of village life belies the valley’s strategic and economic importance. Not so many years ago, travel through its narrow gorges and high passes was treacherous as local brigands supplemented meagre agricultural outputs by raiding silk route caravans, trading slaves and capturing loot


The Tupopdan "sun drenched mountain" (translation of local name) or Cathedral Spires of Passu 6106m, visible from the Karakoram Highway. It feels like a sight straight out of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It is located in Gojal, Upper Hunza in Northern Areas of Pakistan. The KKH here crosses the raucous streams of the Gulmit and Ghulkin glaciers, then passes the town of Sesoni. In this stretch of valley you begin to see Tupopdan, a multipinnacled ridge culminating in a 20,000-foot peak. Tupopdan is a giant pincushion of sheer, Knifelike spires mountain rising straight up from the plain and dominating this section of the valley. The Wakhi village of Pasu (8,500 feet elevation, 102 miles from Gilgit)


Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL, f/5.6, 0.01 sec (1/100), ISO 100, 18 mm , GND8 filter


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Taken on June 24, 2007