himalayan foothills, pakistan - january 2019

I never thought I’d climb the Himalayas. I had come to terms that the only Himalayans I’d see were on my Pinterest board. When I found myself in Pakistan this winter… Everything changed.

As an ignorant Westerner, I didn’t even realise Islamabad was nestled in the Himalayan foothills. Embarrassing but true.

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Margalla Hills

  • Considered the foothills of the Himalayans, part of Murree Hills.

  • It took us two hours to climb to the top (#WorthIt).

  • At the very top sits the Monal Restaurant (when visiting, you must eat here).

  • The area was established as a national park in the 80’s.

A vendor sells snacks and water for thirsty hikers

A vendor sells snacks and water for thirsty hikers

Islamabad from the Margalla Hills

Islamabad from the Margalla Hills


Murree Hills

  • It is a popular resort town in summer, just northeast of Islamabad.

  • However, when we visited there was lots of snow.

  • The Pakistani Air Force maintain a base in the mountains.

  • It was epic. Photos and words will never do it justice.

Vendors sell snacks to passing travellers

Vendors sell snacks to passing travellers

Pakistani Air Force Base

Pakistani Air Force Base

Murree Hills

Murree Hills

The last time I was this blown away my a country’s landscape was Iceland. And I LOVE Iceland.

There is something so humbling when the earth makes you feel so small and little. In my opinion, the mountains bring you closer to God. Life slows down for just a second and you feel the magnificence of it all.

A Village Snowball Fight

A Village Snowball Fight

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Pakistani Air Force Base

Pakistani Air Force Base

Gotta Get That ‘Insta’ Shot, Murree Hills

Gotta Get That ‘Insta’ Shot, Murree Hills


Music Pick: Awake by Tycho

I always like to listen this album when editing. It’s still just as good on the 100th listen as on the first.