Eva zu Beck

Eva zu Beck

@evazubeck 🌏 Travel filmmaker & vlogger ♥️ I go solo to places that most tourists don’t 🏔 Happiest adventuring in nature 📍 Now in Pakistan 🔜 Tajik 🎥 Films:

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20.8K    250    9 hours ago

The smell of dried grass and wheat here in northern Pakistan reminds me of my childhood back in Poland. A time when I cycled around the fields close to our house, chased butterflies in meadows and searched for flowers among tall grass. It’s strange sometimes to find pieces of home in places which are so far away, in every way. I often get asked if I miss home. To tell you the truth, most of the time, I don’t. Maybe that’s because I often find home, familiar smells and sights and people, and occasional flashbacks, wherever I go in the world. Even in the furthest reaches of northern Pakistan, in a village called Jamalabad, where I found a home and a family far from home.

23.3K    265    5 days ago

Every journey begins with one step. It may sound obvious, but when the journey seems overwhelming, I like to think about that one step. Because, see, even the most impossible of odysseys is not much more than that: a series of ordinary steps taken by ordinary humans, in an extraordinary direction. Here’s to epic journeys, always ✨ . Pics by the one and only @iamkhandanish

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23.4K    888    7 days ago

Mongolia taught me to ride one-handed. Pakistan taught me to hold a polo stick in the empty hand. Riding at Shandur Top was truly a dream come true for me. That wind in your hair, the legendary location, the endless blue sky above you... This is true raw beauty. I can’t wait to be back in Chitral next summer to learn from the masters of freestyle polo. Thank you, Shamim Ahmad Khan, and Ashfaq Bhai, for trusting me with your beautiful horse Okab for this drone stint. Polo sequences: drone by me. Eva’s riding sequences: drone by @iamkhandanish.

28.9K    339    8 days ago

“Only two things in life have no rules: war and polo.” If you ever attend the Shandur Polo Festival, you will understand. As a rider, I’ve been dreaming of seeing this epic, rough tournament for well over a year. See, this right here is the birthplace of polo 🐎 - the wider Central Asian plains, so close to the borders of Afghanistan and Tajikistan. In this breathtaking location, Shandur is also the world’s highest polo ground, at 3,800m in altitude. And it’s one of the very few places where polo is played freestyle, no rules applicable, no referee present. In short, everything about this tournament is extreme: the altitude, the remoteness, the people and their horses, and of course the energy and roughness of the game. I was so excited to finally make it here 💛 The feeling was beyond words. . The Shandur Polo Festival takes place every year at the start of July, in the extreme North of Pakistan. . 1st photo by @iamkhandanish, rest by me.

27.2K    384    11 days ago

K2. Probably the best window view in the world. . . Photo by @iamkhandanish. I went on the K2 Base Camp trek with @findmyadventurepk. Make sure you train and prepare accordingly before embarking on a long-distance trek. . #K2BaseCampTrek #FindMyAdventure #K2withFindMyAdenture #ReimaginePakistanWithFMA #PakistansFirstTourismMarketplace

24.8K    275    12 days ago

Full-time travel is a beautiful and privileged lifestyle, but one of its unintended consequences is that your mind is constantly bombarded by new stimuli. New people, new places, new situations you have to find ways to adapt to. Every single day. Just to illustrate, this year alone I’ve stayed in 60 different accommodations - that’s a new bed every 3 days on average. And over the last 18 months of travel, I’ve been absorbing new experiences daily. When I’m not sleeping, I am normally either working on content, in transit or planning the next journey. There isn’t much time for much else. In this time, my mind has expanded beyond measure, but the truth is, I haven’t had a chance to breathe out. Life has been extremely intense, and though I adapt to it over and over again, I’ve noticed that my memory is sometimes overwhelmed. This is why I decided to do the K2 Base Camp Trek. Yes, it does involve moving from one campsite to another, but essentially it is slow travel. Long-distance trekking forces you to slow your mind down. It focuses you on your steps, your pace, your inner and outer rhythm. The deep, intense present. In my experience of the trek, every step of the way was like a note in a grand chant, an epic meditation spell. On days when the distraction and negativity crept into my head, I picked up the pace and worked my head and body harder to eliminate the toxicity. Flushed it out with the sweat and the pain. The K2 Base Camp Trek was a rebalancing act for me. A detox from distraction. I’m sure that many of us could use this sort of break once in a while. . Photo by @iamkhandanish . I went on the K2 Base Camp trek with @findmyadventurepk. Make sure you prepare and train accordingly before signing up for a long-term Trek. . #K2BaseCampTrek #FindMyAdventure #K2withFindMyAdenture #ReimaginePakistanWithFMA #pakistansfirsttourismmarketplace

25.1K    330    13 days ago

Just sipping a local herbal tea with a view of the Gasherbrum: an epic massif with 2 of the world’s 14 eight-thousanders, mountains over 8,000m tall. This is why I came. No matter how hard the trek gets, no matter how much your thighs hurt, no matter how little you slept the night before: these are the moments that make everything better. I think Pardesi (to my right) would agree. / Trip info: I did the K2 Base Camp trek with the lovely @findmyadventurepk. Make sure you prepare accordingly before signing up for a long-distance trek. Photo by @iamkhandanish . #K2BaseCampTrek #FindMyAdventure #K2withFindMyAdenture #ReimaginePakistanWithFMA #pakistansfirsttourismmarketplace

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21K    270    17 days ago

👉SWIPE👉 for video drone shots of the mighty Baltoro Glacier. The coolest thing about the K2 Base Camp Trek? Probably the fact that you spend 6 days walking and sleeping on one of the largest glaciers outside of the polar regions, the Baltoro. During the crossing, it may seem like you’re just going up and down small hills, but in fact you’re on top of the undulating natural shape of this living, breathing ecosystem. The shallow layer of rock debris on the surface covers giant mounds of ice right below. Yup, this basically means you’re walking on ice mountains. Isn’t nature just beyond epic?! Yes. Yes, it is. Tip: because of this, from the moment you enter the Kingdom of the Baltoro, your world turns COLD. Not just chilly; I’m talking -15 degrees Celsius at night in July kind of cold. ❄️ If you do the trek, don’t skimp on the sleeping bag. Pics/videos 📸: dronefie (drone selfie) + my drone shots. P.S. I went on the K2 Base Camp Trek with @findmyadventurepk. Please prepare accordingly before setting out on an adventure like this. . . #K2BaseCampTrek #FindMyAdventure #K2withFindMyAdenture #ReimaginePakistanWithFMA #PakistansFirstTourismMarketplace

28.2K    284    18 days ago

It’s a 100km trek across rock, glacier, snow and ice, in one of the most hostile environments on earth. The nights are consistently freezing, the days consistently unpredictable: sunny, rainy, windy, dusty, all in one. This is where you feel the rawness of nature, and where this very nature puts you in your place. The K2 Base Camp Trek is the toughest trek I’ve done in my life. The physical challenge aside, it’s the enormity of what surrounds you that intimidates, threatens and inspires. But what else could you expect when your journey leads you towards the mountain of mountains? . . >> My K2 Base Camp Trek took place in late June and was organised by @findmyadventurepk. Make sure you prepare yourself accordingly before going on this kind of adventure. First pic by @iamkhandanish

36.3K    566    20 days ago

Oh, hello 😝👋 I just came back from the epic K2 Base Camp Trek in Northern Pakistan. This should explain the total Insta-silence during the last 2 weeks! Over the coming days, I will later-gram the whole experience and hope to show you just how beautiful, excruciating and one-of-a-kind it was. Having done the Everest Base Camp Trek last year, I can tell you that this is something else entirely. Have you heard about the K2 Base Camp Trek? Is it something you want to do? In the meantime, this photo by @ukhano was taken on the return day, in the village of Askoli, where all K2 treks end and begin. I am wearing a nating, a traditional cap worn by Balti women in this region. 🏔✨

16.9K    198    1 month ago

Syria has been: welcoming, eye-opening, surprising, beautiful, heart-wrenching. On an emotional level, it’s likely to be the most difficult destination you can visit today. Yes, the destruction is everywhere. Rubble blocks the streets of Aleppo, collapsed buildings bend over Homs, military checkpoints dot the roads. But, contrary to what much of mainstream media would have us believe, that’s not all that Syria is. Syria is also the cradle of much of what we consider to be our civilisation. The world’s longest-inhabited cities. The first alphabet. The first musical note. I feel that Syria IS kindness, it is sophistication, it is the peak of culture. And I find it shocking that so many of us don’t know about this side of the country. But I guess it’s not the first time that mainstream media have provided a biased, singular perspective... From where I’m standing, Syria is definitely not ready for mainstream tourism yet, but I hope that one day soon, it will be. Again. Because remember, this country was one of the most popular tourism destinations in the region not long ago. May this time return, in peace and safety, soon. One more thank you to the people who welcomed me to Syria, especially @khaldoun_alamy whose tour company Golden Target organised this itinerary for me. I can’t wait to come back 💛

18.3K    212    1 month ago

My Syrian guide Bilal is also visiting Syria for the first time - even though he has been to all these places hundreds of times during his career in tourism. Let me explain. On our way to the imposing hilltop citadel Krak Des Chevaliers, we had to drive through the town below. Today, houses on both sides of this road range from being pierced by bullet holes to completely collapsed from heavy shelling. The town is empty. When we finally reached the castle, I asked him about the last time he’d been here, expecting him to say “a few months ago”. Instead, in a heavy tone, he said “eight years ago”. What this means is that his visit here with me is the first time he’s seeing Krak - and the town - since the war started. Both came under heavy fire between 2012-2013. It’s the first time for him to see the town in ruin. A town he previously described as “full of life”. It’s the first time for him to see the castle in ruin. A castle now overgrown with wildflowers, some of its most beautiful parts collapsed under the fire of man-fired weapons among the purple blossom. Today, huge round holes pierce the ceilings of the castle. Rubble sleeps alongside half-surviving halls and pillars, though the castle itself still stands, since the 11th century. In my imagination, I could convince myself that the castle had always been like this, mostly a ruin, covered with weeds since it was abandoned, quiet and in a state of disrepair. But as Bilal walked around the grounds in silence, I saw him picking flowers and herbs from the castle walls. He would raise them to his face and smell them, walking ahead of me, as if lost in deep meditation. In his silence, and in his mind, I knew that he was walking through a different castle, in a different time. I caught myself trying to cheer him up, exaggerating the features of the bombed-out citadel. I exclaimed how beautiful it was, how majestic - words that were met with only an enigmatic smile. Really, I knew that whatever illusion I was attempting to communicate to him could not hold. See, for Bilal, it was his first visit in eight years, but it might as well have been his first visit ever, to a very new place.