By Nicholas Barrington
This can be the tale of 3 younger westerners--a Briton, an American and a German--who in 1960 got down to penetrate a land that few westerners had set eyes on. not able to depend upon maps and with little info on what could confront them, they have been guided step by means of precarious step into the unknown international formerly immortalized by means of Kipling's the guy Who will be King . this can be the modern record--now released for the 1st time--of a rare trip.
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This was a base for the French geological team who were making a brief survey of the area. They had got no farther than Wama and the beginning of the Waigel Valley, and spent most of their time in the Chappe Darre, where beryllium is to be found and which joins the Pech at Kande itself. The French team was, as always, superbly organised for camping. After a glass of juice with them we set off up the road by the river at a brisk pace. Reza Khan, my Pakistani driver, stayed behind here to look after our two vehicles, and to get them back to our point of exit from the mountains, which was to be Manugai, where the Hokumati was.
It took us about two hours to drive from Manugai to Kande, which was where the Aliqadari was, and the end of the road. ) Another beautiful drive this, with an exciting road – sometimes very steep, sometimes very rutted, sometimes through the river, often high up at the side of the valley with a fine view. We came upon Kande before we expected it, a tiny mud village with one or two shady places under branches of huge chenar trees. In one of these, in the centre of the village, A C C O U N T O F A J O U R N E Y T O T W O VA L L E Y S I N N U R I S TA N Fields of lower Pech Valley – where the trek begins.
Facing us, the ground dropped Wama rooftops, overlooking the Pech river – 1000 feet to the valley floor. 33 34 A PA S S A G E T O N U R I S TA N Wama houses clutching the cliffs high above the Pech river. away practically sheer to the bridge over 1000 feet below. To the right was an old tree that looked like a chestnut, beyond it a smaller roof where the police slept, and behind that a wall of rock. To our left rear a semicircle of wooden houses rose up back against the hill. There was a full moon coming up, the air was balmy, and the situation dramatic in the extreme.
A Passage to Nuristan: Exploring the Mysterious Afghan Hinterland by Nicholas Barrington