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 details on what may confront them, they have been guided step by way of precarious step into the unknown international formerly immortalized via Kipling's the fellow Who will be King . this is often the modern record--now released for the 1st time--of a rare trip.

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They spoke highly of Kabul Radio’s English lessons! (I had helped produce these with local British Council teachers, and took part myself. ) Up and down, up and down the road went on, and never seemed to get anywhere. The going became tough. We preferred to keep going steadily, though the porters preferred to go fast and have long rests. The Nuristanis are a really tough mountain people. One of our porters from Wama looked more like a boy than a man, but when we told him to go on ahead and tell JT, who was in front, to stop he complained about the weight of his load for two seconds, then disappeared from sight at a run!

Specially picked, I should think, and probably shortly to be commissioned themselves. One, Abdul Ghafur, was the son of a wealthy merchant who was thinking of buying a Land-Rover. They came out with practically nothing except a blanket, thinking that we were going for a day’s climb into the mountains, but they stuck with us all the way. They had no change of clothes, so that their uniform and boots were in shreds by the time we had finished. They never complained, and they never bothered us by impinging on our privacy, or stopping us talking to the local people.

We soon came to another precarious bridge, the bridge of Wama itself, and lay down to rest on a wooden platform under the shade of some walnut trees on the other side. We were directly under, though 1000 or more feet under, the village of Wama, but we had no intention of attempting 31 32 A PA S S A G E T O N U R I S TA N Woman on balcony overlooking Wama in the early morning. the climb until we had eaten and rested. When JT and the porters arrived about an hour later we ate raisins and melted chocolate cooled in water, and drank salt water to counteract perspiration.

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