WasifHussain WasifHussain Ammar, this sounds awesome, and many thanks for all the detail. While there was little that could discourage me from such a trip, reading the above was very encouraging.
An uncle of mine who used to be a Pakistani politician has offered to 'send a driver' and to 'take responsibility for the trip', which was generous. I will probably travel with a cousin from Pakistan, and luckily a UK friend from a company called Travelpak has given me lots of useful information.
I hope to travel via Naran, and come back via Besham. While the middle of March is ambitious in terms of the weather, I hope to travel to see Saiful Maluk Lake and Fairy Meadows if possible. The main highlight will be the highway, regardless of the stopovers, but Pasu via the artificial lake would also be superb.
Im glad to hear that you went 1-2 months back, and I think it must have been quite cold then so you did very well. Thanks for the option of putting me in touch with relevant people, and I would welcome this in terms of booking hotels or any activities ( Jeep safari or Passu Trekking). I think the main problem is finding a Motorbike, and we may just have to carry a 120cc in the back for small parts of the route, as some compromises may have to be necessary and unavoidable.
It was a real pleasure to hear from you and all the very best. I am always happy to discuss a part of the world which I think may be a real hidden treasure.
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