However, the most liveliest place would be the livestock market. Selling and buying livestocks (lambs and cows) between the owner, middle person and the buyer were taking place at every corner of the market.
Akad, the contract, was done on the spot with many witnesses nodding in approval. The whole atmosphere felt more like a festival than a market, as locals dressed to the nines in suits and pretty dresses.
A place to catch up on the latest gossip, maybe. After picking up some fruits and provisions, we went on the Karakoram highway (KKH).
This is the road that connects China and pakistan. Not for those with altitude sickness. The highest elevation is 4,693m. We did 4,2000m.
Yes indeed, we live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. Even though I was there, it felt more like a backdrop painting or something. It feels fake, photoshop somehow. We made a stopover for lunch along the KKH and the view was just breathtaking.
Along the way, we stopped for awhile at the Karakul Lake to catch a glimpse of our stay in Yurt for the next day. We were supposed to stay that night but Rapkat decided to postpone it to the next night since Tqa had yet to recover from her stomachache. It was a good call.
So we ended up in Tashkurgan for the night instead after a total of 6 hours plus on the road. Tashkurgan, Stone Fortress, is a small but yet modern city.We were reminded of Innsbruck because Tashkurgan is surrounded by gorgeous mountains too.
Up in the mountains, the start of summer sees temperature from 5 to 0 degrees so do bring warm clothing which we failed to bring. Tsk, tsk, tsk, we never learned from our Nepal trip. Its pretty windy here during summer. We were definitely underdressed since we underestimated the power of nature. As for winter, we were told that it can be as low as minus 30 degrees, it’ll be one of those dreary cold winters sans the snow. Hence, winter season is off season for tours. It was freaking cold in the evening, so we had a quick tour around the area where we stayed (Traffic Hotel) and then called it a day. So much for a hot summer holiday.