Pakistan happens to be the sixth-most populous country in the world, home to over 200 million people. Pakistan’s territory is also the site of several ancient cultures and the country’s history is intertwined with that of India. From the ancient city of Lahore to the snow-capped peaks of the Karakoram Mountains, Pakistan is a diverse nation that boasts its natural beauty and architectural wonders alongside friendly locals, exciting wildlife and rich culinary traditions.
Political instability and violence have deterred Pakistan from becoming a top travel destination as most tourists would steer clear of the country. That being said, adventurers who are willing to take a chance of Pakistan would be well rewarded, especially outdoor enthusiasts who venture to some of the world’s most famous mountain ranges such as the Himalayas, Karakoram and Hindu Kush.
Read on to discover some of Pakistan’s best attractions and sights!
The Silk Road
Take a step back into history and tread on the iconic route that Marco Polo once took. An ancient trade route that linked the Roman Empire to the Imperial Dynasties of China, Marco Polo was one of the first European explorers to tackle the Silk Road. Karakoram lies in the heart of the trade route and it serves as a pivotal crossroad between The Indian Subcontinent, The Middle East as well as Central Asia, providing cultural interaction between the regions for many centuries. In modern times, the impressive Karakoram Highway which runs along Pakistan provides stunning views for drivers and motorists alike.
Impressive Panoramic Vistas
Pakistan is well known for its natural landforms such as mountains, valleys, rivers and glaciers, just to name a few. Did you know that 5 of the world’s 14 highest peaks, including the infamous K2, are found in Pakistan? Outdoor enthusiasts who are into climbing, rafting or trekking will find that Pakistan checks all the boxes and is the perfect country to be in. Regardless of which activity you choose, you’ll be blown away by the impressive panoramic vistas the country has to offer.
Approximately a 1.5 hours drive from the city center lies Mubarak Village, a fishing village near Karachi in Kiamari Township. Mubarak Village is situated on a picturesque beach and surrounded by rocky hills. As the place is a natural harbour, its calm waters serve as the perfect spot for fishermen to anchor their boats. Be amazed by the glistening blue waters and golden sands while you are there. Plus, don’t miss out on having some fresh seafood by the beach!
Churna Island is an hour away from Mubarak Village and is an amazing snorkelling spot. A small uninhabited rock-reef situated in the Arabian Sea, Churna Island is home to a variety of marine creatures and corals. You can sign up for excursions to Churna Island and have a go at water sports such as scuba diving, free diving, jet skiing, banana boating, wake tubing as well as cliff jumping. With a close proximity to the city, it is an ideal destination for day trips.
Forget about Nepal for a moment as we redirect our attention to trekking in Pakistan. There are numerous stunning treks that you can embark on in Pakistan, regardless of simple day treks or week-long expeditions. For example, take a hike up to the legendary Fairy Meadows and be blown away by the incredible views of Nanga Parbat, the 9th highest mountain in the world. Located in the Diamer District of Pakistan’s Gilgit Baltistan region, Nanga Parbat also happens to be the western anchor of the Himalayas.