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Himalaya

Day 16: The Shandur Pass

The Shandur Pass, Pakistan 
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At our Shandur campsite. Making the bed after another night in the freezer.
Michael Palin - HimalayaMeanwhile, the players are emerging from a team talk and are getting ready to mount their horses. In their red jerseys, white pakol hats, red knee pads and black boots they stand out like mediaeval knights among the rough and ready dress of the villagers. The captain, a wiry middle-aged man wearing dark glasses, caresses his horse's head and talks soothingly into its ear.

A fiercely fought game sees Laspur coming in to win an 8-7 victory. The crowd pour onto the pitch and no-one tries to stop them. The quiet, rather studious figure I saw whispering soothing confidences to his horse two hours ago is the hero of the day, flung up onto the shoulders of rapturous supporters. First blood to the Chitral valley. Hopefully, it will be a good omen.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 16: The Shandur Pass
  • Country/sea: Pakistan
  • Place: The Shandur Pass
  • Book page no: 38

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