The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has listed its advice against travelling to the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, giving adventurous Britons the possibility to travel to one of the most dramatic mountain landscapes in the world.
This region is located in northern Pakistan, where the Himalayas, Karakoram, Hindu Kush and Pamir mountain ranges all meet. Since June 2013, the FCO has considered the region to be unsuitable for travellers, after a group of climbers were killed at a base camp at the foot of the Nanga Parbat mountain.
Now with that travel advice lifted, mountaineers, trekkers, hikers and climbers can start to plan trips to Pakistan again. The region is famous around the world for its scenery and walks, especially around Concordia K2 basecamp, where the glacial floor is surrounded by no less than seven of the world’s 25 highest peaks. It’s simply stunning, and no wonder it’s nicknamed the “Throne Room of the Mountain Gods.”
Around 270,000 Britons travel on flights to Pakistan every year, with most trips described by the FCO as “trouble free.” That being said, they still advise against all but essential travel to Pakistan’s Kalesh Velley, Bamoboret Valley, parts of Chitral, Quetta and Nawabshah.