Probably the best selfie I’ve ever taken.

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Improvised fish-eye view – reflections off the rear of a fog-lamp.

Yep! That’s me sitting in the back of an old Toyota Hilux. And yes, that is snow. I went on a trip with some of my friends 5 years ago to the beautiful valleys of Kaghan and Naran, which is about 10 hours drive from Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan.

I took this photo at the suggestion of a friend. It was more of a dare, on our way back from the beautiful Lulusar Lake, which is the primary headwater for the River Kunhar. After a few attempts, I nailed it. It wasn’t easy though, thanks largely to a slippery, bumpy, dipping, and meandering road, and our driver trying his best to maintain the truck’s momentum. Whichever vehicle you’re in, it’ll struggle and gasp above 10,000 feet above sea level. We were at close to 11,000 feet and rushing on at around 60km/h.

I still say that the best way to see the northern areas of Pakistan is by sitting in the back of truck, be it summer or winter.

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