To say Pakistan is near our hearts could be a grasp understatement. It was right here within the late 90s that the entire concept for Wild Frontiers happened, and it was by these wonderful mountains that we ran our first journey. After all the world and our enterprise as moved on a great distance since then however we nonetheless really feel this can be a nation that provides the adventurous traveller a unprecedented expertise.
Pakistan is a big nation, from Karachi within the south to the Khunjerab Cross resulting in China it covers stretches over 2,000 kilometres and is house so some 200 million individuals. And though we now have just lately placed on a brand new tour that focuses on the south and particularly the wonderful websites of the Indus Civilisation that blossomed in these components some 5,000 years in the past, for essentially the most tourism to Pakistan will give attention to the north.
An ideal entry level to this area is Lahore. Because the cultural capital of the nation it’s a fascinating city, steeped in historical past with a plethora of nice websites to go to, together with the well-known Lahore Museum, the Moghul fort and Badshahi Mosque, the previous city and the Wazir Khan Mosque.
4 hours’ drive north of Lahore is the nation’s new capital Islamabad – with its spectacular Faisal Mosque – and from right here the mountains start.
And what mountains they’re. The three largest mountain ranges on earth converge right here, setting a backdrop to one of the vital spectacular journeys you’re ever more likely to take as you swing from the Hindu Kush, by the Karakorum’s to the Himalayas.
The primary place of curiosity is Chitral. An historical mountain kingdom, till very just lately reduce off from the remainder of the nation for six months of the 12 months, this area is a superb place to kick off your journey to the north. The city boasts the well-known previous fort, scene of the British siege of 1895, a spectacular mosque and video games of frontier polo, a sport locals will let you know originated right here.
The area can be house to the Kalash, and historical those that inhabit three slender valleys that buttress up in opposition to the Afghan frontier. Because the final of the pagan tribes that inhabit the Hindu Kush the Kalash, a race that declare decedents from the armies of Alexander the Nice, the Kalash are recognized for his or her festivals of dancing and singing and signify a real spotlight of any journey to the nation.
From Chitral City you possibly can take one of the vital spectacular roads anyplace on this planet, across the towering type of Mount Tirich Mir, which at 7,500m is the best mountain within the Hindu Kush, to Mastuj and on over the Shandur Cross. As a watershed between Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent, this can be a excellent spot to stroll and revel in a picnic, or in case you are right here in early July take pleasure in a gathering of 1000’s for the best polo recreation performed anyplace on this planet.
From Right here you’ll drive on by Gilgit the place you possibly can see relics from the areas Buddhist previous, earlier than driving on up the well-known Karakoram Freeway – or KKH because it’s regionally recognized – to one of the vital lovely locations anyplace on earth, the Hunza valley. Moreover simply taking within the epic views, right here you possibly can go to the UNESCO restored Baltit Fort, and the neighbouring Altit Fort, and go for walks each by native meadows and on close by glaciers. There may be additionally the brand new lake at Attabad, shaped by an enormous rockslide in 2010, on which you’ll take a ship experience.
And from right here, if not travelling on to China over the Khunjerab Cross, you possibly can head nonetheless additional east, following the Indus, to Skardu.
If you wish to go trekking this area provides the most effective hikes anyplace on this planet, starting from three to four day walks to the epic K2 Concordia trek. And conversely the area additionally boasts a number of the norths finest motels at Shigar Fort and Khaplu Place. Additionally it is the place the Wild Frontiers Basis construct its first college.
There are after all many different attention-grabbing websites to go to corresponding to Peshawar and the Khyber Cross, Fairy Meadows, sitting within the lee of the enormous Nangar Pharbat, the purpose at which the three nice mountain ranges collide and the gorgeous Dosia Plateau.