The end - back to reality
by Khalid Omar
It felt strange to be back indoors, sleeping on a bed under a roof, with a bathroom attached right next to it!
Had breakfast with an injured American mountaineer staying at the Indus - he had been climbing Broad Peak when a climber above dislodged a rock and it went through his leg, taking along a good part of it... he was recovering back at the hotel before heading back home.
We went around Skardu trying to arrange a van back to ISB - the flights, of course, were not working… so after getting ridiculous rates from many people, I was walking back to the hotel when a car pulled alongside, the guy inside said "You're looking for a van , hop in". I hopped in, and we drove to the edge of the city where a nice brand new 20 seater van was parked. I took a look, called the other guys, and we finally settled on 12,500Rs back to ISB - which was a lot better than the 24K plus figures we had gotten earlier.
The van had a 9 speaker sound system with a subwoofer and cd system, so we searched Skardu Bazaar and came up with a Noori cd and a couple of others, which we blasted during most of the drive down. Left Skardu for Islamabad at 9:15am, heading back to our respective lives - but what a interlude this had been!
Strangely enough, it took us longer driving back down to Rawalpindi than the other way around, and once again our driver turned out to be cracked, falling asleep at the wheel.
Posted in K2 Base Camp Hike, May 4, 2008, by Khalid Omar