Passu Trek 1 - Scary Suspension Bridges..
Trip Start May 02, 2006
113Trip End Mar 02, 2007
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Probably one of the more instantly recognisable pictures you'll see in books and promotional pictures of Pakistan is of the numerous suspension bridges that cross the rivers in and around Northern Pakistan. And in saying that, one of the more famous day treks around the region is known as the Two Bridges trek which as the name suggests sees you crossing two bridges on a five hour trek in the area surrounding Passu and the neighbouring villages before ending at Borit Lake.
The trek itself is probably more of a pleasant stroll than a strenuous effort but the setting and the scenery is some of the best we've seen so far. Apart from crossing the two bridges (which i'll go into shortly) you meander through farming villages, traverse steep ravines, cross potato and pumpkin fields as the farmers wave hello (or shout get away - we couldn't work it out) and end the day by enjoying a nice cold drink by an alpine lake
Anyway, the main reason you do this walk is to test your mettle against probably two bridges that belong in an amusement park somewhere. Stoned teenagers would pay an absolute motza and queue for hours to ride these two puppies.
Imagine a 200m wide river from bank to bank, some very very old cables strung across, and between them every metre or so a piece of rotting or splitting wood. And that's the only way to cross the river for the locals. It swings and bounces as you walk and you can't help but look down at the freezing cold and rushing river below. It's like being in an Indiana Jones movie! Every now and then a local will simply run over these bridges laden down with sacks of potatoes or straw giggling at our petrified expressions as we complete the crossing slowly. Very very slowly.
All in all a very pleasant way to spend a day. The trek is easy with the only suspect part being the bridges themselves. We even managed to hitch a ride back along the KKH in a truck making it's way up to the Chinese border with two great Pakistani chaps. Nice.
Next Pod - Passu and Batura Glacier Trek, Passu, Pakistan.
Hope all is well.
Nath and Kat.