Fly PIA for viewing some of the world's highest mountain peaks, picturesque valleys, dales, lakes and glaciers in the Northern areas of Pakistan. The memory of this dazzling experience will linger long after the flight is over.
I wonder in what colors did my Lord paint the Heavens!
The Zugspitze, at 2,962 metres (9,717 feet) above sea level, is the highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains as well as the highest mountain in Germany. It lies south of the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and the border between Germany and Austria runs over its western summit. At the top of Zugspitze there's something to suit everyone's taste. Experience seven months of guaranteed snow cover and panoramic views extending from German and Austrian Alps far into the white powdered Dolomite mountains of Italy and the Swiss Alps. The mountain station invites you to linger in the rustic summit restaurant, Gipfelalm, and the Panorama-Lounge 2962. You can easily reach the Zugspitze Glacier just 300 meters (984 feet) below the summit in the Glacier cable car.
Tioman Island is a small island located 32 km off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia in the state of Pahang, and is some 39 km long and 12 km wide. It has eight main villages, the largest and most populous being Kampung Tekek in the north. The densely forested island is sparsely inhabited, and is surrounded by numerous coral reefs, making it a popular scuba diving spot. There are also a lot of resorts and chalets around the island which has duty free status.
Arifjan coral reef and wreck dive site. About 3-4 miles west of Mina Said coast. 90% damaged. Some types of brain coral were not affected completely by bleaching and still maintain their color. Brown sponge spread over large areas on the seabed. There are many corals suffering from complete bleaching. Water was warm.
All of three ski mountains - Hausberg, Kreuzeck und Alpspitze – are joined together in the Garmisch-Classic area. 40 kilometers of slopes at an altitude of 700 to 2,050 meters are there to tempt you with runs of infinite diversity. The panorama beneath the majestic Alpspitze pyramid is one of the most beautiful of the northern Alps. A winter mountain wonderland high above Garmisch-Partenkirchen, skiing over the tree line and pure natural snow. Olympic tradition and World Cup future meet at Kreuzeck. Top athletes tear down the racy Kandahar course at break-neck speeds where the history of winter sports in Garmisch-Partenkirchen first began more than 80 years ago. The course spans an altitude difference of 940 meters, which the fastest accomplish in just under 2 minutes. In 2011, the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup took place here. Two parallel variants provide sporting diversity on runs of 3 kilometers each which represent the grand final of the Kandahar Roundtrip.
Huaibei ski resort is located in JiuGukou Natural scenic spots. It’s in the north of Huairou District, 5 kilometers away from YanXi lake. It is surrounded by YanShan mountains, rivers and by the old Great wall from Ming Dynasty. Jiabianlou Great wall is a miracle of architectural history. There are nine valleys linked together among these mountains. You can also find karst peak forest and strange rocks among the Yanshan mountains, famous for its unique landscape, steep terrain and towering peaks. The ski resort covers an area of 9.6 square kilometers. The overall length of trail is 4600 meters, with a drop of 238 meters. The air is dry and cold. Snow is made of surface water. Water temperature is maintained at 0 to 4 deg C. The unique “cold-lake effect” provides an environment to make snow from mid November every year. The newly made snow is in powder form which is highly praised by the skiers. Huaibei ski resort is also an outdoor sporting base and campsite in Beijing area. Apart from skiing, it also has activities like ice-climbing, rock climbing, field survival training and Great wall hiking etc.
The photos in this album relate to islands of Koh Larn and Koh Sak. Koh Larn is the largest of the "Near Islands", off south Pattaya. It is located at the SE end of the Bay of Bangkok, on the eastern side of the Gulf of Siam. Koh Larn lies 8 km away from the nearest shore and it is about 4 km in length. It is a hilly island, covered with low tropical forest; its highest point reaches 205 m. Koh Sak is a narrow "C" shaped island with a small bay open towards the north. It is located 0.6 km off Koh Larn's northern tip. Highest point is 33m. It has a horseshoe-shaped beach in the north. Thailand has some reefs and a number of shipwrecks. The under sea visibility in some places of Thailand is up to 30 metres with coral gardens, undersea rock formations, hard and soft corals, whale sharks, silvertip sharks, manta rays and shipwrecks. In reality, visibility is often less depending on a number of unpredictable factors such as winds, tides, currents, runoff from rain, proximity to cities, water temperature, underwater activities and more.
The Cairngorms are a mountain range in the eastern Highlands of Scotland closely associated with the mountain of the same name - Cairn Gorm. A skiing and winter sports industry is concentrated in the Cairngoms, with three of Scotland's five resorts situated here. They are the Cairn Gorm Ski Centre, Glenshee Ski Centre and The Lecht Ski Centre. A funicular railway opened here in late 2001, running from a base station at 637 metres up to the Ptarmigan Centre, situated at 1097 metres, 150 metres from the summit of Cairn Gorm. The mountains are also very popular for hill-walking, winter sports, birdwatching, climbing, deer stalking, gliding and fly fishing. However, the area can be very hazardous at times, with dangerous and unpredictable weather conditions. Because of this, all safety precautions must be taken whilst out in the mountains.
The Karakoram Highway (KKH) is the highest paved international road in the world. It connects China and Pakistan across the Karakoram mountain range, through the Khunjerab Pass, at an altitude of 15,397 ft. Due to its high elevation and the difficult conditions in which it was constructed, it is also referred to as the "Ninth Wonder of the World." The Karakoram Highway was built by the governments of Pakistan and China, and was completed in 1986, after 20 years of construction. 810 Pakistani and 82 Chinese workers lost their lives, mostly in landslides and falls, while building the highway. KKH is 1300 km in length, 806 km in Pakistan and 494 km in China.
Tryvann Vinterpark. The Oslo area's main ski resort. Only 20 minutes from downtown Oslo. It has 14 slopes and 7 lifts. Activities are alpine skiing, snowboarding, telemark skiing, special area for children and beginners, terrain park and halfpipe. Challenges for all ages; children, youngsters and adults will all find suitable slopes. Oslo Vinterpark Tryvann is located 523 metres above sea level. Normally open from mid-November to April. It has evening skiing 5 days a week until 22:00, and floodlight in all the slopes. The longest run is 1400 meters, total drop is 381 meters. A powerful snow cannon system and an altitude of 500 meters above sea level ensure snow from the beginning of December until April. Fore more details check www.tryvann.no
Naltar is 40km from Gilgit and can be reached by jeeps. There is a main village known as Nomal between Naltar valley and Gilgit. A road from Nomal goes to "The Silk Route" To China. Recently government constructed an 18 M.W Hydro Power Project near Naltar Pine to fulfill the power requirement of the area as well as Gilgit. The road from Gilgit to Naltar Pine is metallic and is non metallic from Naltar Pine to Naltar Bala.
Naltar is a valley near Gilgit and Hunza in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. Naltar is a forested (pine) village known for its wildlife and magnificent mountain scenery. Naltar Bala and Naltar Pine are two villages of Naltar valley. N.Pine is at a distance of 34 kilometer and N.Bala at 40 kilometer from Gilgit. There is a base camp of Pakistan Air Force at Naltar. Ski Competitions are held at Naltar under the supervision of PAF.
The Mall's Dubai Aquarium and Discovery Centre, developed and operated by Oceanis Australia Group, officially earned the Guinness World Record for the world's "Largest Acrylic Panel" (32.88 m wide × 8.3 m high × 750 mm thick and weighing 245,614 kg). The acrylic viewing panel is larger than Japan's Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (22.5 m wide × 8.2 m high and 600 mm thick). Its 750 mm thick acrylic viewing panel can withstand pressure of 10 million litres of water used in the aquarium, but its transparency gives visitors clear views of marine animals on display. In February 2010, a leak in the aquarium caused a partial evacuation and brief shutdown of a portion of the mall. The ten million liter aquarium tank is the largest suspended aquarium in the world.
Fujairah is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, and the only one on the Gulf of Oman in the country's east instead of Persian Gulf (the other six emirates). Fujairah is the only Emirate of the UAE that is almost totally mountainous. All the other Emirates, like Dubai and Abu Dhabi are located on the west coast, and are largely covered by desert. Watersports is becoming more and more popular amongst both locals and tourists. Example of Watersports are jet skiing, Wind Surfing, Water Ski and Diving. Professional Diving Instructors can be found in Le Meridien, where one can even obtain an International Diving license.
The Scottish Highlands is a historic region of Scotland. The Great Glen divides the Grampian Mountains to the southeast from the Northwest Highlands. The area is generally sparsely populated, with many mountain ranges dominating the region, and includes the highest mountain in the British Isles, Ben Nevis. The complex geomorphology includes incised valleys and lochs carved by the action of mountain streams and ice, and a topography of irregularly distributed mountains whose summits have similar heights above sea-level, but whose bases depend upon the amount of denudation to which the plateau has been subjected in various places.
Rakaposhi is a mountain in the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan. It is situated in the Nagar Valley approximately 100 km north of the city of Gilgit. Rakaposhi means "shining wall" in the local language. Rakaposhi is also known as Dumani ("Mother of Mist"). With a height of 7788 meters, it is ranked 27th highest in the world and 12th highest in Pakistan, but it is more popular for its beauty than its rank might suggest.
Rakaposhi is notable for its exceptional rise over local terrain, almost unmatched in the world. For example, it rises 6000m in only 16.5km horizontal distance from the Hunza River. Rakaposhi was first climbed in 1958 by Mike Banks and Tom Patey, members of a British-Pakistani expedition, via the Southwest Spur/Ridge route. Both of them suffered minor frostbite during the ascent. Another climber slipped and fell on the descent and died during the night.
A glacier is a large, slow-moving river of ice, formed from compacted layers of snow, that slowly deforms and flows in response to gravity and high pressure. Glacier ice is the largest reservoir of fresh water on Earth, and second only to oceans as the largest reservoir of total water. Glaciers cover vast areas of polar regions but are restricted to the highest mountains in the tropics.
Langkawi means reddish brown eagle in colloquial Malay. The Malay word for eagle is helang - shortened is "lang". Kawi means the colour reddish brown. Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The total land mass of the islands is 47,848 hectares, while the main island of Langkawi itself has a total of 32,000 hectares. The main island spans about 25 km from north to south and slightly more for east and west. The coastal areas consist of flat, alluvial plains punctuated with limestone ridges. Two-thirds of the island is dominated by forest-covered mountains, hills and natural vegetation.
Muscat is the capital and largest city of Oman. The rocky Western Al Hajar Mountains dominate the landscape of Muscat. The city lies on the Arabian Sea along the Gulf of Oman and is in the proximity of the strategic Straits of Hormuz. Low-lying white buildings typify most of Muscat's urban landscape, while the port-district of Muttrah, with its corniche and harbour, form the north-eastern periphery of the city. Muscat is supposed to host the 2010 Asian Beach Games in December. The relation between the Omani people and the sea is legendary. Throughout history, they were pioneers in crossing the seas and oceans, and played a significant role in the maritime and shipbuilding history. The 18th century witnessed the arrival of the vessel "Sohar" to the City of Canton (China), establishing once more the Omani maritime supremacy.
Shandur Top (elev. 12,200 ft.) is a high mountain pass that connects Chitral to the Gilgit in Pakistan. The top is flat, a plateau and can be crossed between late April and early November. The grade is very gradual, and the area is crossed by small streams of trout. Every year there is a polo match played on Shandur Top between a team from Chitral and a team from Gilgit. Shandur Top is one of the four major mountain passes to enter Chitral.
At an elevation of 1454 meter lies the Gilgit valley, offers spectacular scenic beauty. It is surrounded by lakes, rivers, glaciers and high mountains ranges. Gilgit city is one of the two major hubs for all mountaineering expeditions in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. Phandar is about 177 kms away from Gilgit and the time required to get there is about 8 hours. This picturesque area has a lake which abounds in trout.
Indoor diving facilities to practice your diving skills