Pakistan travel info
12 days, Oct 06
Kind of travel:
Alone in a wholly independent travel
14th-25th, Oct 06
buses are convenient but exist only on the main roads, "leaving-when-full"
crowded minibus gets in most of the places, otherwise hitch-hiking
turned out to work well (around Passu). Once I took the train
from Peshawar to Rawalpindi
Islamabad and Peshawar were quite warm (25C), while on the mountains
it was getting cold (10-13 C): consider that 'heating system'
is an unknown word
there's no lack of cheap accommodating, so you can always find
a room ranging from 2.5$ to 6$. Forget heating system, reliable
power, most of the time hot water and toilet paper of course!
the huge hospitality and the friendness of the people. An unexpected
feeling of safety. The jaw-dropping landscape along the Karakorum
Highway and the crazy celebration for the end of Ramadan (Eid
What I disliked:
my flight Islamabad- Skardu getting canceled for bad weather,
people spitting everywhere on the bus, the Ramadan and above
all seeing the condition of the local women
Pakistan turned out to be as cheap as India, spending around
20 $/day. However if you want to trek with guide and hire
a jeep the expenses will soar high!!!
a lot as soon s you try to interact with local women, very few
if you don't. Left alone the open sewers in the street and of
course the well-known bad areas (Kohistan- Baluchistan)
I found the Footprint guide of Northern
Pakistan (1st edition by D. Winter) turned out really well done
IMPRESSIONS ABOUT PAKISTAN
I chose as destination the Northern Pakistan convinced
by the enthusiast travellers I've met in the past years. It
was often described as the best place where they had travelled.
I confirm it.
Personally I can identify two elements that really impressed
me. First of all the jaw-dropping beauty of the Himalayan ranges
that, even if your travel (like mine) is not focused at all
on the trekking, get an amazing background. Then the cultural
gap: from one side it was sad to see the condition of the women
or the religion often used as leverage to manipulate the masses,
from the other the difference with our stereotypes, in terms
of hospitality and safety, was embarrassing. I hitch hiked alone
without problems and always getting the lift.
In particular in the Hunza Valley (along the Karakoram Highway
north of Gilgit), where the religious fundamentalism is weaker,
you can definitely enjoy your staying, chatting with the people
(maybe even women) and comparing the points of view. While Peshawar
needs more caution.