It's been a while I haven't posted done an epic ride. In fact, about 10 years since I've come back from my ride around Africa. In the mean time, I've bought a 4x4 and driven a lot around with my wife (yeah, you know...). But I've always missed riding my bike - on a big trip I mean. So why Pakistan ? you've got it all over there: challenging mountain roads, incredible vistas, nice people and great food. Plus, it's dirt cheap and, most importantly, well outside the mainstream tourist trail. In other words, it's much like Ladakh but without the crowds. Well, there's one downside of course: no beer ! alcohol is illegal in this country, although there are exceptions.. My first big trip actually brought me to Pakistan, it was in 2006, I was riding with a friend who didn't quite share the same objectives as me so we rode through rather quickly. But it was enough to leave me in awe. Since then I've always wanted to go back and explore other parts of this great country. So last summer when we were traveling in Iran (yeah, in 4 wheels), the logical thing would have been to cross to Pakistan. But my wife wanted to go back home - in addition, she'd had enough of muslim countries where women are forced to wear hijab and/or not considered equal by men. Pakistan isn't like Iran but in some places it may be even worse. So we drove back but I still had an unused Pakistani visa in my passport. So I decided to book a flight to Pakistan and rent or buy a bike locally. Alone, which is how I prefer my trips. Unfortunately, I had to leave my 800GS at home, there was no point riding back across Europe and Iran to reach Pakistan - and then return the same way, because the China option is complicated and very expensive. But I've always thought that there's an advantage in using local bikes instead of big adv bike that stand out too much. I'd done this already in India when I bought a Royal Enfield, so I knew it was making sense. First off, here's a map of my itinerary (in red) with the famous KKH (in green) for reference. As you can see, the target was the mountains : And in no particular order, a glimpse of what's to come: My name is Laurent, I'm a software engineer and book writer and I like to ride in crazy places.