“Dear Tayyab, Inayat Instead of giving a speech at our farewell dinner, I am writing this e-mail to express my heart- Felt thanks to all of you. First of all, I want to say that I am very grateful to PKL for making both my treks possible for me: The Hindu Kush route in the Chitral and Gilgit areas, along the Wakhan Corridor, across Remote passes, rivers and glaciers, and the Karakoram route in the Shimshal area, also unique in the beauty of its scenery and the kindness of its local people. You did everything to make these treks not only safe and smooth but to actually make them The “dream tours” Sultan, in your quiet and modest way, you were a 100% responsible and considerate guide, An excellent pathfinder, negotiator with the porters and guardian of your client. You and your team worked wonders in adapting to my vegetarian, coffee-drinking, porridge-and- Honey-loving, Saltish-tea-preferring and otherwise peculiar eating habits. Not only were you an excellent cook, but you looked after me in a truly wonderful way. This, to me, has been a very special experience. So many Europeans have stayed away from Pakistan this year, believing they would take too Great a risk. They were shown TV reports and saw newspaper articles and heard warnings from politicians and thus have acquired an idea of Pakistan which I have found to be strongly Biased and unjust. Not a single minute in these northern regions did I feel threatened or un- Protected. On the contrary, I experienced the most unforgettable moments of support and Friendship there.
I will come back next year