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Cycling through the Shigar Valley

Taking time out from bouncing up and down along the dusty roads in a Jeep and jumping on a bicycle to explore the valleys of Gilgit-Baltistan not only offers an environmentally friendly alternative form of transport but also allows you to get a totally different perspective of the landscapes, people and culture when travelling through Gilgit-Baltistan.

During my stay at the beautiful heritage boutique hotel of Shigar Fort Residence I spent a couple of mornings borrowing their mountain bikes and cycling through the Shigar Valley. What fantastic adventures I had! Early morning the valley was a hive of activity as women headed off for a day of work in the fields, school children giggled their way to school and every bird in the valley began to twitter and tweat as the sun hit the valley floor.

The bikes at Shigar Fort are rented free of charge and although not necessarily the best mountain bikes in the world they offer a great way to explore the valley. The first part of the road from Shigar towards to Askole has recently been improved so it’s great for bike riding. Here are some pics from my bike rides.

A man from Shigar Valley carries a load of grass as his first job for the day.

Cycling – a great way to see the Shigar Valley

Father & son take an early morning stroll together

Traditional threshing techniques are still used in the Shigar Valley


One comment on “Cycling through the Shigar Valley

  1. kevinmayne
    August 13, 2012

    My kind of post ! Thanks.


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