22 Oct. 2014
A porter carries his load as he walks along a glacial river during a K2 base camp trek, near the resting point of Paju in the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan September 10, 2014. A local porter receives 700 Pakistani Rupee ($6.8) per day and usually carries 25kg. Owners of mules can earn three times as much, as their animals carry 75kg. Geographically, Pakistan is a climbers paradise. It rivals Nepal for the number of peaks over 7,000 meters and is home to the world's second tallest mountain, K2, as well as four of the world's 14 summits higher than 8,000 meters. In more peaceful times, northern Pakistan's unspoilt beauty was a major tourist draw but the potentially lucrative industry has been blighted by years of violence. The number of expeditions has dwindled, wrecking communities dependant on climbing for income and starving Pakistan's suffering economy of much-needed dollars. Picture taken September 10, 2014. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay (PAKISTAN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT TRAVEL)
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