To say Pakistan is near our hearts could be a grasp understatement. It was right here within the late 90s that the entire thought for Wild Frontiers happened, and it was by these wonderful mountains that we ran our first journey. In fact the world and our enterprise as moved on a great distance since then however we nonetheless really feel it is a nation that provides the adventurous traveller a rare 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 dwelling so some 200 million individuals. And though we now have just lately placed on a brand new tour that focuses on the south and specifically the wonderful websites of the Indus Civilisation that blossomed in these components some 5,000 years in the past, for probably the most tourism to Pakistan will concentrate on the north.
An important 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of nice websites to go to, together with the well-known Lahore Museum, the Moghul fort and Badshahi Mosque, the outdated city and the Wazir Khan Mosque.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 crucial spectacular journeys you might be 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 historic mountain kingdom, till very just lately minimize off from the remainder of the nation for six months of the yr, this area is a superb place to kick off your journey to the north. The city boasts the well-known outdated fort, scene of the British siege of 1895, a spectacular mosque and video games of frontier polo, a sport locals will inform you originated right here.
The area can also be dwelling to the Kalash, and historic people who 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 may take one of the crucial spectacular roads wherever 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, it is a good spot to stroll and revel in a picnic, or in case you are right here in early July take pleasure in a gathering of hundreds for the best polo sport performed wherever on this planet.
From Right here you’ll drive on by Gilgit the place you may 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 crucial stunning locations wherever on earth, the Hunza valley. Apart from simply taking within the epic views, right here you may 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’s additionally the brand new lake at Attabad, shaped by an enormous rockslide in 2010, on which you’ll take a ship trip.
And from right here, if not travelling on to China over the Khunjerab Cross, you may head nonetheless additional east, following the Indus, to Skardu.
If you wish to go trekking this area provides the most effective hikes wherever on this planet, starting from 3 to 4 day walks to the epic K2 Concordia trek. And conversely the area additionally boasts a number of the norths greatest motels at Shigar Fort and Khaplu Place. It is usually the place the Wild Frontiers Basis construct its first college.
There are in fact many different fascinating websites to go to comparable to Peshawar and the Khyber Cross, Fairy Meadows, sitting within the lee of the large Nangar Pharbat, the purpose at which the three nice mountain ranges collide and the attractive Dosia Plateau.