Apr 29

The glacier i fell from : Chillinji

by in Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Travelogue

Chillinji glacier 2 The glacier i fell from : Chillinji

Chillinji glacier from top of a mountain, Wakhan Corridor Trek


Chillinji glacier, as difficult as its name is. I would not call it my nightmare, but glaciers are famous for their panicky behavior. It acts totally wild and beyond your imagination. It will neither respect you nor take care of you.

It was my first encounter with any mighty glacier while doing a trek to Wakhan Corridor between Pakistan and Afghanistan that is only accessible through Pakistan. The glacier lies in between Chota Yasin valley and the camp site of Sokhta Rabad before you actually reach Karumbar Lake.

Chillinji glacier 3 The glacier i fell from : Chillinji

It took me at least one hour or so to cross it. The first look of the glacier from far away was a cave like structure producing weird sounds. Getting on to it, finding your path and getting lost in middle leaves you no other option except playing the maze game. If you are lost, you have to go all the way back from where you had started and find your own way out. Or shout as hard as you can so that your group members respond, and then all you do is follow their sound.

Crossing it was a big deal and the most difficult moment was getting off from it. There was no pathway, except an 80 degree dirty slippery incline. Falling from such a place is obvious and getting hurt was mandatory. The moment actually makes you realize the worth of your life. One wrong move and you are gone.

It is scary. It looks scary. It sounds scary. It acts scary. It really is scary. Glaciers are deadly, harsh but worth an adventure.

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13 Responses to “The glacier i fell from : Chillinji”

  1. From Asma:

    Brilliant piece of photography, along with a lovely personal description of a glacier climb. One of the most difficult and amazing treks a traveller can make is to test themselves on a glacier.

    Truly enjoyed reading it. Keep posting

    Posted on 29. Apr, 2012 at 6:41 pm #
    • From danialshah:

      @Asma: THANKS Asma. The feel of glaciers are actually scary :)

      Posted on 30. Apr, 2012 at 4:34 am #
  2. From Jiya:

    They hit hard and with a blow as well :)I always end up in cramps.But true , they are worth an adventure :)

    Posted on 29. Apr, 2012 at 7:30 pm #
    • From danialshah:

      @Worth an adventure: is something everyone wouldn’t understand :) only can feel it.

      Posted on 30. Apr, 2012 at 4:34 am #
  3. From Saghir A. Khatri:

    Assalam Alaikum,
    Bhai u went to very toughest place, but photoshot is really amazing…

    i want to know more abt glaciers sir g. if u write one more post with more details plz…

    river of sokhtarabad is really ab beauty, specially the steep way of glacier too..
    Pardon my spelling mistakes, as some words are really tough to pronounce as well as write too :D

    keep up the good work man..

    Saghir A. Khatri

    Posted on 30. Apr, 2012 at 4:55 am #
    • From danialshah:

      @Saghir: i am still exploring glaciers, getting to know them. Its a hard and long term process. :)

      Posted on 30. Apr, 2012 at 7:18 am #
  4. From Delirium:

    A compulsive trekker as I am, have scaled quite a few glaciers and seen most remarkable scenes of nature unveil themselves. Hiking on glaciers is one of the most testing but adventurous part of the climb. The last one I walked past was Ganalo glacier on way to stunning Nanga Parbat base camp. With horrifying avalanches and crevices staring down from the magnificient vertical heights of majestic North face of Nanga Parbat, we had to be particularly careful with the glacier melting right under our feet. ( A few pics on my blog).

    Yes it is scary but with all its marvel its worth every bit to explore these amazing glaciers!

    Posted on 30. Apr, 2012 at 5:18 am #
    • From danialshah:

      @Delirium: oh yes i have just seen your nanga parbat trek post. It must have been unique and different. Do you talk to glaciers? i mean sometimes they get really scary. You are moving while it is also moving, producing weird sounds, melting..

      Posted on 30. Apr, 2012 at 7:20 am #
  5. From samina:

    lovely seeing the beauty through your lenses Danial. its like a treat.

    Posted on 30. Apr, 2012 at 7:04 am #
  6. From Ayesha Saddiqua:

    Ooo My Lord!!!
    Image no. 8 has something breath taking in it!!!!! The sun shone clouds above the glacier and surrounded stream with the waves imaging back to the sky and the Sun.

    Its speaks much about the hand which rocks with the camera. Thank you so much for presenting the beauty in bounds.

    Posted on 30. Apr, 2012 at 3:33 pm #
  7. From Nautietraveller:

    Exceptional Photos :D
    iMLoVin all !

    Posted on 16. Jul, 2012 at 1:36 pm #
  8. From Kashif:

    Your blog is driving me crazy to a rare glimpse of that part of the world specially K2. I had been, along with my 3 other friends, to Gilgit, Skardu, Astore, and Khunjrab Pass ( China boarder ). Although it was in itself a pleasure and adventurous journey but we are now dreaming to trek to K2.

    Would you please write a blog regarding your experience trekking to that gigantic mountain including time duration, hardships, and above all the cost per person incurred. All these factors are very important for us to prepare a plan accordingly.

    My few cents, locals of Skardu call their city “Mountains Paradise” and it is said that Skardu is home of uncounted number of mountains with the height of 6000+ fts.

    Keep posting and kindly upload more images… plz plz or if you can email them to me…would be really great.!!


    Posted on 01. Oct, 2012 at 11:33 am #
    • From danialshah:

      @Kashif:Thank you Kashif for your words of appreciation :). I am glad you are interested in k2. I am soon sharing a blog post on it that will hopefully include everything for you to know :). And you can always contact me whenever you feel like and need any information.

      Thank you :)

      Posted on 03. Oct, 2012 at 5:25 am #

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