PAKISTAN

  Rakaposhi, 7 788m.  Rakaposhi means "Snow Covered" in the local language. Rakaposhi is also known as Dumani ("Mother of Mist" or "Mother of Clouds"). It is ranked  27th highest  in the world and  12th highest  in Pakistan.

Rakaposhi, 7 788m.  Rakaposhi means "Snow Covered" in the local language. Rakaposhi is also known as Dumani ("Mother of Mist" or "Mother of Clouds"). It is ranked 27th highest in the world and 12th highest in Pakistan.


When I have found out that I have won the Grant Prix price at Festival Hory a Mesto, I had no idea, what it really is in reality. Just a few weeks before the departure I was pretty calm, but as the days comes by and I started to study much more about the country I was about to go, I started to have a serious doubts if it is even safe enough to travel there. But this whole idea comes mostly from other people asking me „Why do you even what to go there? “  “Are you sure you want to go there?” and basically everybody had the same negative concerns. But surprisingly almost no one know anything about the country itself. So that’s why I decided to go.

Honestly, I never dreamed about Pakistan before, not even planned to visit. But paradoxically I can say it now that I feel like my dream come true. Is may sound like a clique from the fairy tales books, but I believe that sometime you don’t choose the destination, sometime it just chooses you. And that’s exactly how Pakistan choose me. Thankfully.

Approximately one hour flight from Islamabad to Skardu. Given on recommendation I decided to sit on the right side. Unfortunately, my seat is right next to the propeller and windows are extremely dirty. Nevertheless, seeing Nanga Parbat under the first morning light is something hard to forget. Incredible views all the way. Six, seven, eight thousands are all around.

  Local gate keeper at Skardu Fort or Kharpocho ( The king of Forts)

Local gate keeper at Skardu Fort or Kharpocho ( The king of Forts)

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  I called him fairy-tale grandpa. He was so humble, he even ask me for a photo on the streets “You know, it can help me as an advertisement of my shop! “

I called him fairy-tale grandpa. He was so humble, he even ask me for a photo on the streets “You know, it can help me as an advertisement of my shop! “

Another unforgettable experience for me was visiting local „Bazar“ market in Skardu. Especially the butchers. I don’t think I need to explain to you the differences of meat storage…

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Polo game in Shigar

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It seems like a first light in the morning. It’s pretty hard to resist the wariness of my sleeping bag, but I opened it after a while of hesitation. I have a quick view outside and start to breathe this crystal clear morning air. It really is beautiful morning just from the first sight. I love this feeling. This incredible silence. Even those cows that were so loud during the night are now completely quiet. Like they would know it is just inappropriate to make any sound now. So I am sitting here, with my cup of tea, completely in awe. Seven Wonders of World, this would be the seventh. Seventh feeling of the world.
— My diary, Hapakun, Norther Pakistan, 2015

It never even occurred to me in my dreams that I would go through exactly “Mountains and The City” like the name of the festival, that gave me this opportunity. Even though I went the other way around. I were in New York in May of 2015 and then after few months went to Pakistan. I dreamed about NYC for a long time, but I didn’t even think about Pakistan before. But I can honestly say now, that Pakistan gave me much more. It is a great feeling to stand up front the Statue of Liberty, but it was in Pakistan were I truly could experience what it is to appreciate freedom. I believe, that one day Pakistan will be perfectly safe and people would visit from all around the world again. Because people there deserve it so so much.

Andrej Grznar