Probably one of my favourite views of the entire trip, the Passu Cones (actual name, Tupopdan) is a range of peaks towering over the village of Passu in the Pakistani Northern area of Gilgit Baltistan. To add to the fact that it’s one of my favourite photographs I made while in Pakistan, it also has quite a funny story. After hours and hours of traveling in a crammed bus we had finally arrived at our hotel for the evening with just about an hour of sunlight to spare.
IESS (the organisers of the trip) had hired a very helpful guide for the North and as soon as I asked if there was a good vantage point to see the Passu Cones he suggested we get in the bus and drive for about 15 minutes to a nice viewpoint he knew. Although that spot was quite nice, I noticed a separate spot on top of a steep hill that clearly had even better views of the entire mountain range. The problem was, by this time the sun was disappearing fast and I had to make a run up the hill to catch the last rays hitting the peak. At 2500 meters, this is easier said than done, but after scrambling up on loose rocks I made it just in time to make the photograph above. Setting up the tripod and camera was a very “out of breath” affair!