Chapter 8 Summary
Beaten by the Braldu
Skardu is one of the last stops for those heading for the Karkoram and its giant, icy peaks. The city’s bazaar is full of color and life, a shattering contrast to the “deafening emptiness” of the journey across the Indus Gorge. Their giant truck is blocking the road as the driver asks Greg for directions. The supplies must now be taken to Korphe by jeep, eight hours away, and there is no easy communication to announce their arrival in Skardu. A decision must be made about where to go with the load now. Mortenson thinks of Mohammed Ali Changazi, the Balti agent who arranges trekking expeditions and tours, including last year’s expedition to K2. They pull in and are greeted by...
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