2004 - Expedition to Mountain Buni Zom 6551m
Tuesday 25th May 2004: Flying from Athens - Tripoli - Islamabad - Karachi
At 10:00 in the morning was our meeting time in airport Eleftherios Venizelos. Panos Sakellaris with me came from Trikala to Athens one day before while George Zardalidis and Babis Politis came from Xanthi by the early morning fly. We haven't any problem to carry 130 Kgrs of baggage in check in. By Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) we flied from Athens to Tripoli in Libya and from there to Islamabad. On the fly from Tripoli to Islamabad we I show my village and Meteora, Olympus, Athos and Feggari mountains. The air-hostesses do not know that to plane fly until Karachi, and finally we get actions. After a long stop in Islamabad (2 hours) the plane take of from Islamabad with only 5 passengers, (we were 4 and one more person), such the fly was only for us. Finally 6 o'clock next day we land in Karachi international airport.
Wednesday 26th May 2004: Flying from Karachi to Peshawar, from Peshawar by car to Chitral
In Karachi airport the police our equipment but only open one barrel. We exchange money (totally 800 euros) from euros to rupees (1 euro=68 rupees) At 7:15 the next plane takes off from Karachi airport and about 9 in morning we land in Peshawar. This plane was full of people and the environment looks like different, it was our first touch with Pakistan. When we arrive in Peshawar the plane from Peshawar to Chitral had already left. So we get a car and we went to bus station for Chitral of mini-buses driving 15 minutes in the city of Peshawar. We hire a special mini-bus for 4800 rupees to pick up us to Chitral. We leave from Peshawar at 11:30 and we went straight to Lowari Pass 3118m. We reach Lowari before sunset, the driver was really very dangerous and drive so fast. Finally we arrive in Chinnar Inn hotel in 23:00 and we found plenty room to stay for the next days.
Thursday 27th May 2004: Chitral city
First of all, in morning we visit police station to get the permit license to stay in the Chitral region. After, we bought all the necessary foods and equipments for the mountain. Now days, in Chitral you can find a lot of thinks, biscuits, powder milk, con flakes, cans, oil, etc. Also there are internet cafe but with very slow connection. In evening I was not feeling well and I had fever and diarria.
Friday 28th May 2004: Sick in Chitral city
All day I was on the bed with almost 39 C fever in the Chinnar Inn hotel. I was felling very bad, and I had not sleep last night. I got some pills and immediately they help me. Late in evening I begun felling better.