Guests walk along the ‘Peak Walk’ bridge at the Glacier 3000 in Switzerland

Guests walk along 'Peak Walk' bridge at the Glacier 3000 in Les Diablerets

Guests walk along the ‘Peak Walk’ bridge during a media preview, at the Glacier 3000 in Les Diablerets, Switzerland. The bridge is the first in the world to connect two peaks with one another. The Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Eiger, Moench und Jungfrau mountains can be seen from the platform.

Smoke and flames rise over a hill near the Syrian town of Kobani

Smoke and flames rise over a hill near the Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike

Smoke and flames rise over a hill near the Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province.

Porters make their way through deep snow on the Baltoro glacier in the Karakoram mountain range

Porters make their way through deep snow on the Baltoro glacier in the Karakoram mountain range in northern Pakistan

Porters make their way through deep snow on the Baltoro glacier in the Karakoram mountain range in northern Pakistan. While other parts of Pakistan and northern India were flooded, Concordia in the Karakoram mountain range was covered with a seasonally unusual amount of snow.

Porter Hassan Trampa, 35, lifts his load in the village of Askole in the Karakoram mountain range

Porters check the weight of a load during a K2 Base Camp trek near the resting point of Paju in the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan

Porter Hassan Trampa, 35, lifts his load in the village of Askole in the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan.

Pakistani boys pose for a picture in the village of Askole in the Karakoram mountain range

Pakistani boys pose for a picture in the remote mountain village of Askole in the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan

Pakistani boys pose for a picture in the remote mountain village of Askole in the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan. The number of expeditions has dwindled, wrecking communities dependant on climbing for income and starving Pakistan’s suffering economy of much-needed dollars.

The village of Askole in the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan

Three boys carry hay after their daily work in the fields in the village of Askole in the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan

Three boys carry hay in the village of Askole in the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan. 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.

Geographically, Pakistan is a climbers paradise

Porters guide their mules outside the village of Askole in Pakistan

Porters guide their mules outside the village of Askole in Pakistan. Geographically, Pakistan is a climbers paradise. It rivals Nepal for the number of peaks over 23,000 feet and is home to the world’s second tallest mountain, K2.