Jul 13

A starry night & the second highest mountain

by in Gilgit-Baltistan, Photo Blog, travel journal, Travelogue

As i have always mentioned in my articles, K2 is a shy mountain. It’s always hidden behind clouds and if you are lucky it might sneak out for a while.
To view that mountain, i trekked for 6 long days starting from Skardu town and reached Concordia camp site. During the first night, while every other trekker went to sleep, i sneaked out of my tent to see how the second highest mountain looks like under stars.

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K2 hidden behind clouds, from Concordia campsite


Initially it was pitch-dark, i used my flashlight to find my way, skip rocks and went to an elevation, a place where i could easily spot K2. I started to setup my camera on tripod while found myself lost in that area.


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Mitre peak (6017m) shining under stars


I got scared. I had never been scared of the places while travelling. i have been to places, felt things in my surroundings, felt things happening to me, could be super natural or whatever, but this time it was way too different.

The mightiness of nature overtook me. I found myself in a different world.

Those ten minutes i was not in this world.

It was too difficult for me to grasp the hold of that reality around me.

What i saw was silhouettes of giant big cony mountains all around me, from front to back. I gazed at all of them and could see nothing but black huge structures with snow shining on top. And above them i saw a different world. Millions of stars, not just bright but colourful stars, i saw galaxies and it was very easy to spot them all with naked eye. In my front was K2 hidden under stars.

10 minutes were too difficult for me to bear such moments of glory.

I got scared, I was alone and without any further delay, i packed my camera and went back to sleep in my tent.

Have you ever had any such experience?

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13 Responses to “A starry night & the second highest mountain”

  1. From Saghir A. Khatri:

    Hey Danial Bhai. the pics are awesome. we can notice colors of stars and galaxies,and through this pic we can feel the mightiness of K2. Awesome shot bro.
    keep it up.
    Saghir A. Khatri

    Posted on 13. Jul, 2013 at 12:53 pm #
    • From danialshah:

      Thank you Saghir :)

      Posted on 13. Jul, 2013 at 9:43 pm #
  2. From Ammar:

    Must be a view of a life time… totally worth it…

    Posted on 13. Jul, 2013 at 1:18 pm #
    • From danialshah:

      YES :)

      Posted on 13. Jul, 2013 at 9:42 pm #
  3. From S A Sayeed:

    Hi Danial,

    Would you be able to please share the technical details of this 2nd shot. exposure time, aperature etc. Many thanks!

    Posted on 13. Jul, 2013 at 1:31 pm #
    • From danialshah:

      Yes, why not.
      For both the shots, my camera settings were : f 6.3, shutter speed 1024 seconds, iso 3200

      Posted on 13. Jul, 2013 at 9:42 pm #
  4. From mariyam:

    wow! the wonders of Allah! you got to experience everything first hand! amazing pictures btw!

    Posted on 13. Jul, 2013 at 4:53 pm #
    • From danialshah:

      Thank you Mariyam. Everyone can experience all that, its just the matter of choosing what you want..

      Posted on 13. Jul, 2013 at 9:36 pm #
  5. From tahir wadood malik:

    danial, i spent two years on the glaciers on my tenure on siachen, i know exactly the feeling of surreal eeriness when one feels all alone in a surrounding of raw nature, with an occasional groan of the ageless glacier shifting under you.
    you are blessed to have felt the primeval feeling of loneliness and awe of the creator.

    Posted on 13. Jul, 2013 at 6:56 pm #
    • From danialshah:

      Tahir Sahab, you just made my day. Your words mean a lot and now i am satisfied that atleast its not just me who felt all that. It is actually real.

      Posted on 13. Jul, 2013 at 9:35 pm #
  6. From sameeta:

    these photos seems so real.

    Posted on 21. Jul, 2013 at 3:54 pm #
  7. From sajid:

    Its a wonderful scene
    Its horrible too

    Posted on 04. Sep, 2013 at 10:42 am #
  8. From Aisha:

    Beautiful pictures! MashaAllah!! I get so happy when I look at beautiful, raw nature pictures being captured in Pakistan. Pakistan is so much more then what media portrays it as.. Lovely!

    Posted on 07. Oct, 2013 at 10:32 am #

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