Beijing to Lhasa

My wife and I have recently returned from travelling which incorporated in late April the Beijing to Lhasa journey organised by World expeditions.

For the Beijing to Xian sector we were guided by Qui Ming who we called Milly.

I would like to record what a pleasure it was to have Milly as our guide.

We have travelled extensively in the past and had many guides. Milly stands out as the one we will remember for the exceptional way she looked after our group.

Milly's knowledge, and her ability to explain things, could not have been better. In fact she had so much she could tell us that there was never a moment when she wasn't being asked a question.

She chose where we dined, and ordered for us, after ascertaining what people liked or disliked and we were never disappointed. The restaurants were usually local, not tourist only places, and we appreciated that.

When we had time to ourselves she enquired if there were things we specially wanted to do and made sure we knew how to get there and back and what to expect. On one occasion when all in the group wanted to visit a Houtong she arranged it and came with us in what should have been her time away from us.

We were a group ranging in age from about 40 to 70. She appreciated that, at times, some were getting physically tired and she would vary what we doing to accommodate that.

Above all I will remember with pleasure her sense of humour, her always cheerful demeanour and the extra things she did for us beyond what is not normally expected.

Milly is an exceptional guide and I would recommend her to anyone going to China.



Michael & Kay Alexander | New Zealand
 

Pakistan

Pakistan

Take an adventure trek or expedition in PAKISTAN with World Expeditions, one of the world’s leading travel companies.

Pakistan is home to an ancient civilization, one that rivals the early Egyptian civilization. Pakistan's land borders total 6,774 kilometres with Afghanistan to the northwest, China to the northeast, India to the east and with Iran to the southwest. The landscape of Pakistan is varied. In the south natural features range from sandy beaches, lagoons and mangrove swamps. In the west dry hilly deserts are found and to the east are the rolling sand dunes of the Thar Desert.

It is in the north of Pakistan however that World Expeditions operates our range of trekking and mountaineering adventures in Pakistan. Within the many icy peaks of the Himalaya, Karakoram and Pamirs mountains there are an estimated 108 peaks above 7000 meters with five of these mountains (including K2 and Nanga Parbat) over 8000 meters. The huge peaks and glaciers of the Karakoram have long inspired mountaineers, trekkers and travellers in search of wild and rugged places. The Pamirs, a chain of rugged yet exquisitely beautiful peaks and valleys, are an exciting playground for trekkers and climbers wishing to appreciate a wilderness where few have gone before.


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The Weather in Pakistan

The Karakoram Range may be considered part of, or separate from, the main Himalaya. Geographers normally assign the Nanga Parbat massif as the western extremity of the Himalaya, with the Karakoram extending north of the Indus valley. The Karakoram comprises the most heavily glaciated region of the world outside the polar regions - indeed the Baltoro glacier on the approach to K2 is over 55 kms long.It also includes 14 peaks over 25,000 feet (7600 m) making it one of the most spectacular mountain range in the world - as all who have visited the region will attest.

The Karakoram is subject to the south-west monsoon that draws its moisture from the Arabian Sea from mid-June until the end of August.During this time the occasional storm will move north up the Indus valley as far as the Karakoram, although the regularity and intensity of the rains is far less apparent than in the nearby regions of the Indian Himalaya. Localised storms on the higher elevations of the Karakoram are a further important consideration.

Records of three or four days of intense bad weather followed by similar fine periods seem to characterise the region and even in September, trekking groups are well advised to prepare for at least one bad spell of weather during the expedition.

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