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  Carlos Pauner is back with Spanish GI and GII Expedition 2004


The reunion: Back again in this wild land.  After a few years of not stepping on Pakistan, the new contact has been exciting.  The country is very calm and as always, they greet us with open arms. After doing some disgusting bureaucratic paperwork, which is a classic, surprisingly we followed the proposed plan and left by bus towards Skardu the following day after our arrival.  Everything is going as planned and this, sometimes, makes you be suspicious.  But don't, on this occasion there is no catch and after suffering those 25 hours of pseudo-road, we arrive to Skardu. 

The are five friends from Zaragoza with us in this adventure, who have come to trek the approach path up to our Base Camp, so we relived the surprise and stupor one feels when these latitudes are visited for the first time.  They are anxious because of the approach trek, the altitude, the cold, everything, but little by little they are discovering this world, so different to the one they know.

We arrive to Payu without problems.  This little oasis opens on the gates to the entrance to Baltoro glacier.  From this privileged place, the ice that melts to form the Braldo river can be seen.  In Payu we will be resting the whole day, to continue our way later.  It's a tradition and the porters above all take advantage of it, to recover for the days that will spend in the cold ice.  There is going to be a party tonight.  They will sing in the night, forming a circle with eyes filled with a especial emotion, they will dance some ancestral dances and they will even invite us to join them on this task.  We will show them a little of our folklore, but you can imagine that we will be safe because of their lack of knowledge about our music and they will end thinking that our out of tune songs and extravagant movements are part of a selection of the best of our traditions.  They will conclude, I am sure, that theirs is modern in comparison.  Baltoro and it stone sentinels await further away.  We will soon be there.  Carlos

Translated from Spanish by Jorge Rivera

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