Tim Hannigan is a freelance travel journalist and photographer.
Born and brought up in Cornwall in the far west of the United Kingdom, he first travelled in the high mountains of northern Pakistan in 1999, and was making his way along the rough road across the Shandur Pass between Gilgit and Chitral when General Musharraf seized control of the country in a dramatic military coup. That journey – during which he first came across George Hayward’s murky and mysterious story – was the start of an enduring fascination with the region and its past.
In the course of researching Hayward’s story he not only spent long hours in the archives of the British Library and the Royal Geographical Society; he also drank endless cups of saffron tea in Kashmir, caught rides with truck drivers through the wilds of western Ladakh, hitchhiked over the 5360-metre Chang La Pass to reach Pangong Lake on the Tibetan border, journeyed through Xinjiang during a total government-enforced communications shutdown, crossed into Pakistan through the mountains and finally travelled alone and on foot to the scene of Hayward’s murder in the remote mountain village of Darkot.
A former professional chef, sometime English teacher, and journalism graduate of the University of Gloucestershire, these days Tim Hannigan divides his time between his native Cornwall and his adopted Asian base in Indonesia. He writes features for various Southeast Asian newspapers and magazines.
For more information about Tim Hannigan’s travel writing and photography, see his Words and Images blog.
Some published travel articles about Central Asia and the Northwest Subcontinent by Tim Hannigan: