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The Pakistani people are, without a doubt, the most hospitable, kind and welcoming folk that I have ever encountered. From the bustling streets of Lahore to the quaint mountain towns of Hunza, every time a local person spotted me I would, without fail, be rewarded with a huge grin and often an invitation to dinner. I lost count of just how many cups of free chai I drank but it was a lot
The world’s most beautiful country – it might just be Pakistan.
OK, even the most illiterate of map readers should know that Pakistan is famous for its mountains, valleys, rivers, glaciers, and forests… This is a country with more than its fair share of truly wondrous sites and tourism in Pakistan is bound to take off eventually!
Five of the world’s fourteen highest peaks, including the famed and deadly K2, are found in Pakistan. If you are into your climbing, rafting or trekking, Pakistan is the country for you.
I have explored over seventy countries and I can safely say that Pakistan is the most diverse and beautiful country I have ever visited. There are plenty of unclimbed peaks just waiting to be conquered by a worthy adventurer
Pakistan is safe
Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about Pakistan, the main one is simply – is it safe to travel to Pakistan?– the answer is relatively simple. Yes, as long as you steer clear of the Afghanistan border regions.
It’s true that Pakistan does sometimes get hit by terrorist attacks (there was two whilst I was there) but, right now, every country in the world seems to be fair game and you are no safer sitting at home. The media feeds on fear and prejudice, do not let yourself be influenced.
Pakistani people are extremely anti-Taliban (and the Pakistani armed forces are currently kicking Taliban asses in the border regions) and will do everything they can to keep you safe at all costs.
On occasion, you might be assigned a police escort. This does not necessarily mean you are in a dangerous area, it just means the local police branch wants to keep an eye on you.
I had a couple of bodyguards, one of whom was a sixty year old with the strength of a dozen twenty-year-old’s. I quickly made friends with them even though they spoke no English – simply smile, be respectful and, just like in any other country, you will be fine.
You get to drive on the highest road in the world
The ultimate road trip!
The Karakoram Highway is a high-altitude road that connects Pakistan to China. It is the highest paved road in the world and is a vital artery of Pakistan’s economy. Trucks constantly ply this route and transport goods between the two Asia countries.
The Karakoram Highway is also breathtaking! The road itself goes straight through the heart of the mountains and offers unrivaled views of them. You’ll see Rakaposhi, the Passu Cones, and the Khunjerab border, all without even leaving the car!
A tour on Pakistan’s KKH should be on any motorist’s bucket-list. It’s one of the most impressive roads ever and an absolute marvel to drive on.
Traveling in Pakistan can be cheap
Chai for just three cents…
Pakistan is the second cheapest country I have been to. It’s possible to visit Pakistan on a budget of around $100 a week – this will cover food, accommodation, transport and plenty of awesome activities.
If you have Pakistani friends, they will almost certainly insist on treating you to everything. Pakistanis are unbelievably generous and although I tried on many occasions to pay for dinner, my couchsurfing hosts would never allow it.
Accommodation in Pakistan can be quite expensive but there are multiple places you can camp and it’s easy to find a couchsurfing host. Make sure you pack your tent if you want to save money on accommodation – well worth it when staying at places like The Fairy Meadows.
Trying to organize solo adventure tours in Pakistan can be a bit of a hassle. For example – while it may be relatively easy to visit Everest via a trek in Nepal, K2 requires a whole lot more logistics. Because of the bureaucracy and costs, most visitors will probably end up being a part of an organized tour in Pakistan – for, at the very least, a bit of time.
These are actually a lot of fun!
The food is incredible
We cry for some karhai!
Pakistani food is just spectacular – rich, spicy, sweet; all that and then some. There are savory curries, grilled skewered meats, fresh fruits, biryanis, and much, much more in Pakistan.
There were several times while I was traveling in Pakistan that I went out of my way to find the best possible morsels. Lahore had amazing (and spicy!) food, particularly on Food Street, and recommend that everyone visit Haveli Restaurant. But the best Pakistani food that I ever had was at a roadside stop outside of Narran – the karhais were just so damn good!
Festivals, weddings, ceremonies, and parties…
Pakistan is a country which is often depicted in the media as being a place of religious intolerance. This is far from true, you can find Muslims, Christians, and Hindus living side by side in many of the countries cities.
Pakistan ethnicity is diverse as well. People from the East are more Punjabi, the West is more Aryan (like Iran), and the North is more Turkic – our friend Rehman is actually an offshoot of a Tajik. There are even many tribal groups still living, largely undisturbed, within the more remote parts of the country…
To travel in Pakistan is to be assaulted from all sides by new colors, tastes, sights, and smells. I truly felt like I was getting back to the raw spirit of adventuring and I was fascinated by the many colorful characters I met upon my travels in Pakistan.
There are still untouched communities
Just go watch The Man Who Would Be King…
Rudyard Kipling’s epic The Man Who Would Be King was partly inspired by the hidden hill tribes of Afghanistan and Pakistan. In the movie, two British ex-soldiers travel to a remote part of the Hindu Kush in search of glory and treasure. Granted, they perished due to their own hubris, but you can still visit some of these areas!
One of the most famous communities is the Kalash. Within the province of Chitral, the Kalash tribe is a very distinct tribe of Dardic indigenous people, once thought to be descended from soldier’s of Alexander The Great’s army – deserters who had disappeared into the hills and now live in legend.
The Kalash people practice their own religious beliefs and are very fond of colorful festivals. Women are treated as equals to men and people enjoy libations more than most Pakistanis usually do.
You can visit the Kalash people at the moment if you like. Just reach out to a local tour operator in Pakistan and they will organize everything for you.
The Mughal Architecture
From the guys who brought you the Taj Mahal
The Mughals were one of the greatest dynasties of the Indian Subcontinent and built many famous monuments like the Taj Mahal and Red Fort in India. Lahore was the capital of the Mughal Empire for many years, which means it hosts some of the empire’s most brilliant architecture!
The Badshahi Mosque and Lahore Fort are two of the most impressive buildings in Asia and are great to visit. Both of these structures are beautiful and look almost like a fairytale. While I was visiting them, I actually imagined I was in Aladdin.
There are lots more Mughal structures in Pakistan, including Rohtas Fort, Shalimar Gardens, and the Tomb of Jahangir. Visit them all if you have the chance.
It’s a Meccas for extreme sports
For real adventure, get your ass to Pakistan
If you’re a mountaineer, a rock climber, a paraglider, or any other sort of extreme sports athlete, then you’ve probably dreamed of visiting Pakistan already. Due to relative anonymity and a plethora of unexplored wildernesses, Pakistan provides the ultimate challenge for many…
K2 is the second highest mountain in the world and receives a fraction of the number of climbers that Everest does. There have been far less successful summits of K2.
Many of the peaks in the Karakoram haven’t even been attempted yet, which means they are still unnamed. For peak-baggers, there is an endless amount of first-summits in Pakistan.
Rock climbing, white water rafting, and other sports are just starting to develop in Pakistan. It is only a matter of time before the Karakoram become as famous as the Alps or Himalaya. Organize a tour to Pakistan while it’s still raw!