In the previous season (6 years ago). Not sure if that would be possible at this time as the Chinese government triggered article 155 on Xinjiang giving Uyghurs a hard time. For “security reasons” (they don’t want you to know what is happening), foreigners cannot roam freely now around some areas. This time I visited the other side of the Karakoram Highway, Gilgit-Baltistan.
Accommodation here often comes with a small carpet so you can pray to Allah for the WiFi to work. Some hight-tech toilette adaptors as well to please gora ass.
Transport can involve going on top of vehicles, from buses to fire engines or police cars.
Passu is a quiet place dominated by the Passu towers. There are a couple of glaciers around, a lake good for swimming… A few short treks can be done, in one of them, I had to fight one of my worst enemies, bridges, that here come to a new level.
Minapin is a pretty green village with the usual suspects of this area: friendly locals, goats, yummy cherries, plenty of apricots and some greenery.
From there you can hike to pretty Rakaposhi base camp, and from that one cross a glacier to the Diran one.