Cradle Mountain & the Walls of Jerusalem

My 16 year old son and I have just finished the Cradle Mountains & Walls of Jerusalem walk and, while driving home, we were reflecting on why it was so rewarding and so much fun.

We expected spectacular scenery and plant life, and they were spectacular. We expected challenging terrain and weather, and they were challenging. We didn't expect such exceptional guides and that is why I am writing to you.

Tim is obviously a very experienced, capable and knowlegeable guide and I probably can't tell you anything you don't already know about him. He is a thorough professional. We always felt safe but challenged. I was impressed with his efforts in finding us interesting things to see and do in the Walls when the weather didn't allow us to visit the usual places. I also thought he handled the stop-over in Mole Creek due to flooding with a good combination of leadership and humour and it turned out to be a trip highlight!

So, the thing is, the environment we visited was every bit as spectacular, challenging and rewar ding as we had hoped for. What made this holiday exceptional was your wonderful guides.My son and I have thanked them, but we wanted to let you know as well.

Wayne and Simon C. | Mosman, Australia
 

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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