I'm planning to look around in Pakistan. Does anyone of you travelfreaks have experience with mysterious Pakistan, which I can't wait to visit.
What do you know about trekking in the Korakoram mountains (in the far north). Is it possible to do individual trekking with accomodation on the track (like in Nepal)?
What about the cities of Lahore, Karachi and Quetta, are they save enough to visit?
What sort of experiences did you have with the Pakistani people? Thanks very much, I'm happy with every answer!!!!
I would avoid Karachi, its a pretty dangerous place.
Thanks jeffrey, by the way city of Deventer (100 km east of Amsterdam)
I went to Pakistan a few times in the mid 90's. I think the north-west would be an unsafe area to visit at the moment. If you decide to go, places like Swat and Chitral are good places to put on your route as they have accommodation. Seems like the situation in Kashmir has improved lately too. I did see the northern parts of Pakistan with my dad, and the only other tourists we came across where small groups of travellers who had 4x4s. Some of the scenery in the north is stunning. Northern Pakistan is certainly worth a visit, but going near NWFP or ?Wadiristan? (i think thats the name of the province where they keep searching for Al Queda/Taliban members) would be risky. Can't help with the cities you mentioned. I just visited Islamabad, Rawlapindi and Peshawar.
Just to add, the Pakistani people were very friendly.
not to take n e thing away from the advice above, but i recomend checking your foreign office's website for up to date travel info and advice on p'stan. that should be regularly updated and relavent to you.
LP do a good guide to the karakoram, for more info on where you can stay. As far as i know, it is possibly to trek independantly, or with a local guide.