Karakoram – is it safe?
Back in 1984, KE Adventure Travel was Karakoram Experience and our country of choice was Pakistan. It's where we ‘cut our teeth' and launched ourselves into the world of adventure travel. After 29 years, we still work with the same locals on the ground and there are few operators that have our knowledge of the region. Despite some bad press, the northern areas of Hunza and Baltistan, home to some of the world's most spectacular trekking, are as quiet and secure as they were in their early 1990's heyday - when up to 4000 Westerners would flock to the region each summer.
With guaranteed departures for The Great Karakoram Traverse in June, K2 and Concordia in August and our Gondoro La trek - from K2 to Hushe completely booked, it's not just us that know it's still safe.
A bit more to read if you have the time..IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL IN PAKISTAN?
Karakoram Himalaya in northern Pakistan has seen Government's fall, military dictators flee, the economy falter and then surge, a rise and fall of extremist influences in the west of the nation, devastating natural calamities, and a topsy turvy ride for inbound tourism into this most extra-ordinary of travel destinations. Despite the ups and downs of Pakistani political and social life, we have had the great pleasure to show off and share the amazing natural wonders of this country to our like- minded fellow adventurers.
Despite the bad press of late, the northern areas of Baltistan, Skardu, and the main trekking routes in and around K2 remain quiet and secure, as they have been since the early 1990's heyday when up to 4000 westerners would flock to the region each summer to marvel at the geography and culture of this fascinating location. The region still receives 1000 plus travelers each year, and this season is expecting some 60 - 80 expeditions under permit. It remains an unarguable fact, that no western trekker or climber has come to any harm as a result of an act of aggression against them, in any part of the northern tourist areas, for in excess of 15 years. Try comparing that statistic to your local large western city for assaults on tourists.
To answer an oft asked question - YES it is safe to travel and adventure inside Baltistan, as it has always been, and yes Pakistan is open for business and ready to welcome you with the warm embrace and hospitality that the Balti people are renowned for.