Situated in South Asia, between some of the world’s highest peaks and the Arabian Sea, Pakistan boasts plenty of diverse and beautiful landscapes to explore. While the uppermost third of the country is classified as the northern highlands, the country’s tallest mountains are situated in the northernmost corner of the country.
Complete with sections of the Karakoram Range, Himalayas and Hindu Kush, Pakistan is a top destination for advanced mountaineers. Two of the world’s 10 tallest mountains are located in Pakistan and some of the world’s most beautiful treks loop around the bases of these massive peaks.
Famous Mountains in Pakistan
While Pakistan is home to a number of coveted summits for advanced mountaineers and awe-inspiring treks, the most sought after destination is K2 (https://www.expedreview.com/location/K2/).
The world’s second highest peak rises to an incredible 8,611 metres (28,251 feet) in elevation and requires a high level of rock, ice and snow climbing on exposed ridge lines. Overall, the trip to the top of K2 takes between eight and nine weeks, including a scenic trek through the heart of the Pakistani Himalayas, the acclimatisation and final ascent.
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Quick Facts about Pakistan
- Half of the summits in Pakistan’s mountainous northern regions are 4,500 metres (14,800 feet) tall or higher. Additionally, more than 50 peaks exceed 6,500 metres (12,300 feet) of elevation.
- While mountaineering is the most popular draw in northern Pakistan, trekking is also increasing in popularity. The Fairy Meadows is the most popular trekking destination, boasting what many consider to be some of the most gorgeous scenery on Earth.
- Among Pakistan's many notable features is the Karakoram Highway, a 1,300-kilometre (810-mile) national highway that runs from Islamabad through the country’s mountainous north and on to the Chinese border. The motorway is occasionally referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World and is becoming a popular mountain biking spot.
How To Get To Pakistan
The vast majority of trekking and climbing expeditions to Pakistan begin with a flight into Islamabad International Airport (ISB). From here, most guides will meet with participants and transfer to Skardu or another mountain town. Participants will drive and trek to the starting point of the trip from one of these towns.
What To Expect in Pakistan
Weather: During the climbing and trekking season, average daily temperatures in the valleys of the country’s mountainous region hover around 17 ºC (63 ºF). These drop to well below freezing as elevation is gained. Summers in the mountains are fairly wet, with around 30 to 45 millimeters (1.2 to 1.8 inches) of precipitation falling each month.
Peak Trekking/Climbing Season: June to September
Currency: Pakistani rupee (PKR)
Language: English, Urdu