The land of mountains and cultural diversity, Pakistan has been ranked the world’s top travel destination for 2018 by the British Backpacker Society. British Backpacker Society described Pakistan as “one of the friendliest countries on earth, with the unique and most fascinating mountain scenery anywhere on the earth. Pakistan wins the top rank based on the ranking of world’s top 20 adventure travel destinations for 2018, which also includes Russia, India, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan and China.
The British Backpacker Society’s Samuel Joynson and Adam Sloper stated that they want to encourage keen travelers to book a trip now to country of amazing hospitality and breathtaking natural beauty.
“Pakistan is one of the friendliest countries on earth. So, prepare to be invited into people’s homes, take more selfies than you can count, and have every preconception that you ever held about this area of the world changed forever,” Samuel said.
Joynson, 26, and Sloper, 25, both from southern England, visited Pakistan in the summer of 2016, spending a few days in Lahore, Rawalpindi and Islamabad, from where they travelled through the Kaghan valley to Naran, later heading to Babusar Top to Gilgit. They completed their journey in the tranquil Hunza Valley, where they climbed to the top of the Hon Pass (4,257m) from Karimabad.
“We chose to climb the Hon Pass as Eric Shipton, one of Britain’s most famous mountaineers, described the view from the pass as ‘the ultimate manifestation of mountain grandeur’, and we wanted to follow in his footsteps and experience this spectacle,” Samuel recalled. “The view from the Hon Pass was indeed the greatest natural sight that either of us has ever seen, and we would recommend it to anyone with a keen interest in mountaineering.”
Sharing travel tips, Sameul says: “Head north to the astonishing peaks of the Karakoram along the unforgettable Karakoram Highway. It is beautiful, exciting and culturally interesting, and travellers are rewarded at the journey’s end-point with perhaps the most beautiful natural sight on earth, the Hunza Valley.”
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Discussing the security concern that lurks in the minds of many foreign tourists, Adam has this advice for travellers: “Our advice would be to put preconceptions on the security situation in Pakistan to one side, and conduct some independent research. You should certainly review travel advisories from respective governments, but also speak to local Pakistanis about the situation.
“We believe that travel is at its best when it changes a visitor’s preconceptions, and few experiences achieve this more than travelling in Pakistan” he implored.
In Pakistan , the backpacker duo recommended travelling to Hunza Valley, Kaghan Valley and climbing the Rakaposhi (7,788m) and Nanga Parbat (8,126m) peaks as “the mountain scenery was unimaginably beautiful, and we will remember it forever.” They cherish Pakistan’s magnificent mountains more so because there are no such high mountains in Britain.
The adventurists also insisted that tourists should take the Karakoram Highway as the road from Islamabad to the China border on the Khunjerab Pass offers “the world’s greatest road-trip”.