Feb 15

Life is short : live your dream

by in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

chillinji glacier Life is short : live your dream

A Trekker passing through Chillinji glacier in Wakhan Corridor Trek, Pakistan


Dreams? Should dreams be left as dreams or should you be doing something to make it real?

My dream was to travel & Explore. I am living it. I am finding out ways how can i live it more? But does that mean i am putting my family, studies, work and all at stake? The answer is No. It’s all about balance in your life. I am not traveling 24/7 and 365 days a year. But i never leave any opportunity to travel. Be it for work, a workshop, conference, talk, family visit or even for the sake of pleasure. The objective is to move. It’s all about balance.

The photograph above was captured in September 2011 while i was crossing Chillinji glacier on Wakhan Corridor Trek. It was my dream to go to that place, explore glaciers and live in wilderness. I did that. But not in a luxury way. I had to save, take time out, get out of my comfort zone and take the first step to move.

What’s your dream? Are you living it?

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16 Responses to “Life is short : live your dream”

  1. From asma javaid:

    i would love to read about what you are studying right now or if you have a job then what it is and how exactly do you manage to travel in differant times of the year because the only time i have to travel is the summer vacations and even that has only a week to offer me :(

    Posted on 15. Feb, 2012 at 3:27 pm #
    • From danialshah:

      @Asma: Asma. I studied Business administration and marketing. And i only traveled during my semester gaps. be it a one week gap or a one month one. But i never stayed back. I always traveled. I still do. I don’t have any day job. But i earn through freelance. Still..I try to find opportunities to travel. Do you?

      Posted on 16. Feb, 2012 at 4:10 pm #
  2. From Urooba A.:

    hey…i envy you a lot! you are living the life i always wanted!! but what can you do if people around you are not willing to support you to balance everything! :(
    keep it up! :D

    Posted on 15. Feb, 2012 at 10:37 pm #
    • From danialshah:

      @Urooba: i am honored :) you can do the same. you can only turn people in your favor once you star believing that you can do it :) trust me :)

      Posted on 16. Feb, 2012 at 4:08 pm #
      • From Urooba A.:

        oh wow thanks for the encouragment! i think i will really try it out! because its true that you kinda loose your own aim when people dont support you! thanks a lot!

        Posted on 24. Feb, 2012 at 12:26 am #
  3. From asma javaid:

    well i am a medicine student i have a severely hectic life. we do have a hiking club in the college which takes us to trekking and i am a member of that already, my parents travelled alot when they were young and so did we, i am a travel lover but now that my parents are old they dont travel alot and so do we, and being a girl and a part of a typical pathan family its hard for me to live my dream that most probably you are living…anyhow your blogs and photos do make an impact ..keep it up :)

    Posted on 17. Feb, 2012 at 6:42 pm #
  4. From Saghir A. Khatri:

    Salam Danyal bhai….

    Lots of dreams i have, many accomplished, many remaining.. :D

    but what the real thing is that you should not stop dreaming.
    i want to travel too, but never managed to leave the surrounding of Karachi i.e. Karachi+100miles. LOL
    So i always travel within karachi, from here and there. its fun too…

    Man keep posting good writings,

    Saghir A. Khatri

    Posted on 05. Mar, 2012 at 8:11 am #
  5. From Azfar:


    i must say i am impressed by the ammout of work you are doing not just to build a positive image of pakistan! you blogs pictures and experiences are of great help for adventure lovers like me.

    Well i am from lahore, a software enginner currenlty emoloyed in netsol as software quality assurance enginnier. love to travel and write have been to nanga parbat base camp, naran, lulu sar,saiful maluk, murre and galiyat and travelled kkh it raikot bridge but would love to go till the end one day. the only problem i face is that as i am working i dont get time for holidays my dream destination is rush lake trek and visit askoli the last town in pakistan. kindly share your experience regarding kkh as i am in love with the road and even read mustansar hussain tarars travel books kindly recommend any other value book if you have !



    Posted on 02. Apr, 2012 at 10:13 am #
  6. From mahjabeen:

    wow sir, very nice :)

    Posted on 21. May, 2012 at 5:14 pm #
  7. From Zeeba:

    After having suffered through bouts of depression, I finally found solace in travelling and it really helps. I am also always trying to find a wee bit of gap from my busy work schedule to reach destinations i’ve put in my dream list. Your blog is a refreshing read and it guides me well. Thanks and please let us also know if there are adventure clubs that I can join.



    Posted on 25. Jul, 2012 at 7:43 am #
    • From danialshah:

      @Zeeba: I am glad Zeeba you chose to travel. I work hard and set priorities in order to travel. It is like a spiritual journey to me.
      Thanks for liking my blog. :)

      Posted on 25. Jul, 2012 at 1:21 pm #
  8. From Bilal:


    Your blog is truly inspiring… actually i need some information from you regarding travel in ‘Wakhan Corridor’ like:

    1. What was your mode of transportation?
    2. How much time required to reach there from Gilgit?
    3. Name of specific places to watch there will be a great plus :) (to manage time)
    4. Any places to stay?

    Posted on 26. Jul, 2012 at 10:37 am #
    • From danialshah:

      @Bilal: hey Bilal. Thanks for your awesome comments :)
      Well you have to go in a trekking group to Wakhan. YOu take a jeep ride to Imit valley in Ghizer district and then you are on foot for few days. You stay in camps. Its a trek. I am not sure about the days as i had to return from middle due to bad weather. You go all the way up to see a lake called “Korambar Lake”.
      Thats all i can provide. Still if you are interested more, do mail me your query :)

      Posted on 31. Jul, 2012 at 10:43 pm #
  9. From Umer:

    Danial ! Ive just started reading your blogs.. they are amazing ! I have a full time job actually more than full time sometimes 14-16 hours of work a day… but my job (when I was in Pakistan) included visiting lot of places like Quetta, Ziarat, Multan, Bhawalpur, Bhawalnagar, Lahore, Islamabad, Sialkot, lot of cities in AJK. I wish I had made a travelogue like you.
    Now its next to impossible to visit northern areas of Pakistan due to work. But I am planning to go in Apr-13 for a month (All my annual leaves :)) to visit Northern areas. I hope to read your blogs further and find more interesting places to add to my destination !!

    Posted on 01. Oct, 2012 at 8:15 am #
    • From danialshah:

      @Umer: i was always scared of that 9-5 job hence never opted for it. I am surviving anyway ::P.
      You can still write a travelogue on your travels. Its the memory and your senses that writes :) so i thing you should go about it and i can always be there to help you in that regard :).
      and good luck for your journey!

      Posted on 03. Oct, 2012 at 5:27 am #


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