Medicine in the High Pamir

snap01846“As a teenager growing up in small town Ireland in the 1970’s, I was fascinated by the adventures of Marco Polo and the 13th century caravans of explorers, traders, and pilgrims who traveled the Silk Road linking Europe with Asia. Many of these caravans crossed the high passes of the Parimir and Hundi Kush ranges, traversing between present day Pakistan and Afghanistan.

I dreamed of one day traveling part of this route into such areas as the Hunza Valley of northern Pakistan, and the Wakhan Valley and Parmir range of northeast Afghanistan. In spring/summer of 2014, I visited both regions.

Read the rest of the article in the Spring 2015 issue of the Alpine Club of Canada‘s Gazette.

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