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Pakistan, officially Islamic Republic of Pakistan, republic in South Asia, marking the area where South Asia converges with Southwest Asia and Central Asia. The capital of Pakistan is Islamabad; Karachi is the country’s largest city.

Geography of Pakistan

Area 796,095 sq km 307,374 sq mi
Coastline 1,046 km 650 mi
Highest point K2 8,611 m/28,251 ft

Pakistan is bordered on the west by Iran, on the north and northwest by Afghanistan, on the northeast by China, on the east and southeast by India, and on the south by the Arabian Sea. A panhandle of Afghanistan territory in the northwest, the Wakhan Corridor, separates Pakistan and Tajikistan. The area of Pakistan is 796,095 sq km (307,374 sq mi), not including the section of Jammu and Kashmir under its control. Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory located between Pakistan and India. Pakistan controls a portion of the territory as Azad (Free) Kashmir and the Federally Administered Northern Areas (FANA), while India controls a portion as the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Islamabad
Population: 512,933. Area: 906 sq. km Elevation: 494 to 610 m. above sea level

Temperature/Rainfall
Seasons Max. Avg. Min. Avg.

Winter (Oct-March): 16.7 C 3.4 C
Summer (Apr-Sept.): 34.2 C 24.4 C
Annual Average: 28.9 C 14.4 C
Average Rainfall: 1143 millimeters


Moenjodaro

On the west bank of the Indus, 580 km Karachi, lies Moenjodaro (Mound of the Dead), an archaeological site which has been rated amongst the most spectacular of the world’s ancient cities. Considered one of the earliest and most developed of urban civilizations, Moenjodaro flourished from the third to the middle of the second millennium B.C.
When it vanished leaving only traces of its culture. Moenjodaro alongwith Harappa (in the Punjab), some 1280 km away – formed part of the Indus valley civilization and its is now generally believed that these were the cities, referred to in the Rigveda that were destroyed by the Aryan invaders.

The urban planning at Moenjodaro was pragmatic and at a high level. Its main thoroughfares were some 91 m wide and were crossed by straight streets that formed blocks 364 m in length and 182/273 m in width. The city’s mud-brick walls and baked brick houses were designed to ensure the safety of its occupants so that in times of earthquakes the structures collapse outwards. It had an elaborate covered drainage system, soak pits for disposal bins, a state granary, a large and imposing building that could have been a palace and a citadel mound with solid burnt-brick towers on its margin. Judging from the remains, the Great Hall was probably the most striking of its structures, comprising an open quadrangle with verandahs of four sides’ galleries and rooms at the back, a number of halls, and a large bathing pool perhaps used for religious or ceremonial bathing. Close to the archaeological site is the Moenjodaro Museum that houses finds from the excavations. These include, amongst other things, engraved seals, ornaments, utensils, pottery weapons, figurines and toys.

Visitors wishing to stay overnight can put up at the archaeological department’s rest house or the newly built PTDC Motel, which also has a restaurant. Room charges are very reasonable. Nearby Sukkur and Moenjodaro, can be reached by air, rail and road from Karachi.


Swat

Swat, the land of romance and beauty, is celebrated throughout the world as the holy land of Buddhist learning and piety. Swat acquired fame as a place of Buddhist pilgrimage. Buddhist tradition holds that the Buddha himself came to Swat during his last reincarnation as the Guatama Buddha and preached to the people here. It is said that the Swat was filled with fourteen hundred imposing and beautiful stupas and monasteries, which housed as many as 6,000 gold images of the Buddhist pantheon for worship and education. There are now more than 400 Buddhist sites covering and area of 160 Km in Swat valley only. Among the important Buddhist excavation in swat an important one is Butkarha-I, containing the original relics of the Buddha.

The lush-green valley of Swat, with its rushing torrents, icy-cold lakes, fruit-laden orchards and flower-decked slopes is ideal for holidaymakers. It has a rich historical past, too. This is "Udayana" (The Garden) of the ancient epics; the land of enthralling beauty, where Alexander of Macedonia fought and won some of his major battles before crossing over to the delta of Indus River. This is the "valley of hanging chairs", as described by the famous Chinese pilgrim-chroniclers, Huaen Tsang and Fa-Hian in the fifth and sixth centuries. Swat was once the cradle of Buddhism of all of its schools – Mahayana, Hinayana and Tantrayana, where once 1,400 monasteries flourished. It was the home of the famous Gandhara School of Sculpture that was an expression of Greco-Roman form in the local Buddhist tradition. Swat was also the historical land where the Muslim conquerors, Mahmud of Ghazni, Babur of Ferghana and Akbar fought their battles preparatory to the conquest of South Asia. The valley of Swat sprawls over 10,360 sq. km at an average elevation of 875 metres. The maximum temperature in July is 38 C and minimum (during January) is 1 C. The normal temperature is maximum 21 C and minimum 7 C. The tourist season is year-round.

WHAT TO SEE IN SWAT?
Saidu Sharif, Mingora & Murghzar: Headquarters of Swat Valley, Saidu Sharif houses the Swat Museum that contains one of the finest collections of Gandhara art in the world. Mingora, the twin city of Saidu Sharif, has yielded magnificent pieces of Buddhist sculpture and the ruins of great stupas. Marghazar, 16 km from Saidu Sharif, is famous for its “Sufed Mahal” the white marble palace of the former Wali (Ruler) of Swat. Kabal is 6 km from Saidu Sharif with its excellent golf course.

Malam Jabba
At 2,636 m above sea level, Malam Jabba Ski Resort stands on top of a mountain of the Hindukush range, north east of Saidu Sharif. It is 314 km from Islamabad and 51 km from Saidu Sharif. After driving for 10 kms on Saidu Sharif-Kalam road, turn right from Manglor for Malam Jabba. Amidst its natural beauty and imprints of Gandhara civilization, lie the modern tourist facilities of a 52 rooms motel, 2 skiing platforms, chairlifts, roller/ice skating rinks, restaurant, telephone and snow clearing equipment etc. The food, lodging and skiing facilities are all managed by foreign trained staff and offered at competitive prices. The summer temperatures of 10oC to 25oC give way to lush green meadows and thick green forests of Pine & Deodar trees. In the winter when the temperature falls to –5oC to –10oC, the angel white snow makes it an ideal place for skiing.

Around Swat
Miandam: At 1,830 m above sea level, Miandam Valley is 50 km from Saidu Sharif and recommended for those looking for a peaceful place full of fragrance and scenic beauty.

Madyan & Bahrain: Both the towns are a good stop-over while travelling from Saidu Sharif to Kalam. Madyan is famous for its trout hatcheries and Bahrain for its meeting of two rivers and its handicrafts.

Kalam:
The most popular tourist spot in Swat Valley (2,073 m) is 100 km away from Saidu Sharif. In addition to PTDC’s seasonal coach service, there is a regular private bus and van service between Mingora and Kalam.

Ushu,
Matiltan and Mahodand Lake: This is the most spectacular area of upper Swat Valley. While staying overnight at Kalam, you can enjoy a day trip by jeep to these beautiful tourist spots. Distance is just 13-16 km from Kalam.

Utrot-Gabral:
Another scenic valley of upper Swat, located 21-29 km from Kalam. The road is jeepable and jeeps can be hired from Kalam. A day trip with picnic lunch is recommended.

HOW TO GET THERE?
Swat is linked by road and by air with Islamabad/Rawalpindi and Peshawar. There is regular bus and van service between Rawalpindi and Mingora. A seasonal tourist coach service for Saidu Sharif and Kalam is run by PTDC from 1st June to 30th August every year. For bookings and further information, please contact PTDC offices at Rawalpindi or Saidu Sharif.

WHERE TO STAY? in SWAT
There are moderately priced hotels, motels and rest houses in Swat at Saidu Sharif, Mingora, Marghzar, Madyan, Bahrain, Kalam and Ushu. PTDC also has its Motels at Saidu Sharif, Miandam, Malam Jabba and Kalam. For local assistance, please contact: Tourist Information Centre, PTDC Motel, Saidu Sharif. Tel: (0946) 9240159 Fax: (0936) 9249156

WHAT TO BUY? in SWAT
Local handicrafts include embroidered linen, hand-woven rugs and shawals, silverware, tribal jewellery and carved wood work.


Abbottabad

It is a charming town spread out over several low, refreshingly cool and green hills. Abbottabad is 116 km (2 hours) from Rawalpindi and 208 km (3 hours) from Peshawar. Places worth visiting in Abbottabad are: Simla Hill, Ilyasi Masjid etc.

Abbottabad, is 1,222 m. above sea level, is a neat and clean town in a spacious valley surrounded by green hills. It is a popular summer resort. It serves as a base for trips to Kaghan valley and the Gallies. PTDC maintains a Tourist Information Centre here to facilitate the visitors. Places worth visiting in and around Abbottabad are; Ilyasi Mosque with a water spring, Shimla hill view point. Thandiani is another attractive hill resort 30 km east of Abbottabad at an altitude of 8,800 feet.


Kaghan Valley

A Visit to Kaghan Valley will leave you enchanted by the spectacular beauty of its mountains, glaciers and lush greenery. Kaghan Valley includes Naran, Kaghan, Shogran and its surrounding areas. The way to Kaghan valley starts with two hour drive to Abbottabad. At Abbottabad you can refresh yourself with a cup of tea before driving to Mansehra, Balakot and onwards to Kawai. Kawai onwards is a steep climb to the Shogran plateau which offers a splended view of a fabulous array of mountains, amid pine trees and lush green meadows

Kaghan & Naran: Kaghan Village has given its name to the whole Valley. It is 64 km from Balakot at an altitude of 2,039 m. Naran is the main tourist attraction of the valley. It is linked with Balakot by 88 km long metalled road. It takes 4 hours by car to reach Naran. Naran serves as a base for the whole valley. From here, you can ride a jeep or horse or hike to several picturesque lakes, valleys and peaks. The journey through the valley by the side of Kunhar river is indeed a unique experience.

A holiday in Kaghan Valley, the Himalayan hide-away situated northeast of Hazara district of North West Frontier Province, is an unforgettable experience. Its mountains, dales, lakes, waterfalls, streams and glaciers are still in an unbelievable pristine state, an unspoiled paradise. The Valley extends for 155 km rising from an elevation of 2,134 metres to its highest point, the Babusar Pass (4,173 m). Kaghan is at its best in the summer months (May to September). In May the temperature is: maximum 11 C and the minimum 3 C. From the middle of July up to the end of September, the road beyond Naran, snowbound throughout the winter, is open right up to Babusar Pass.

Tourist Attractions

Most of the tourists especially come to visit lake Saiful Maluk lying 10,600 feet above sea level with its natural tranquillity in the foot hills of Himalayas. Saiful Maluk is one of the most beautiful lakes of the world. To sit beside the lake is to be in the fairy world. Camping at Saiful Maluk is an experience of life time.

You can find nice and comfortable hotel accomodation at Shogran and after a day's rest consider moving on to Sri Paya. But be prepared for the extra bumpy ride. You can also plan a hiking trip to Sri Paya from Shogran. It will take around two and half hour to reach at peaks of Sri Paya.

Once you reach Sri Paya the discomfort of the journey is forgotten as you find yourself surrounded by a spectacular view of the Makra hills and the Malka Parbat peak. Malka Parbat in english means "Queen of Mountains".

The next stop Khanian offers the best trout one can taste in the north. The dazzling greens of Dana Meadows and the slippery glaciers at tarmac, on the way to Naran, are quite an experience.

Malka Parbat, can be best approached by hiking or driving 10 KM from Naran to the legendary Saiful Maluk nesting in the shadows of The Malka Parbat. On a clear day, you can behold the majesty of the Malka Parbat'speaks reflected in the lake's deep blue icy waters.





TOO SHORT ABOUT PAKISTAN
deanhills
Are there any nice places in the North in the mountains? Can you tell us more about those? I would like a place that is not too far from an airport.
pakpiece
deanhills wrote:
Are there any nice places in the North in the mountains? Can you tell us more about those? I would like a place that is not too far from an airport.


Sure You like Mountains So i am posting here about pakistan mountains
hope you like


List of most renowned mountains:

Name of the Mountain Height & Mountain Range


K-2 (Godwin Austin)-------8611 M - Karakoram, Baltoro Glacier
Nanga Parbat--------------8126 M - Himalaya
Gasherbrum-I-------------8068 M - Karakoram, Baltoro Glacier
Gasherbrum-II------------8035 M - Karakoram, Baltoro Glacier
Broad Peak----------------8047 M - Karakoram, Baltoro Glacier
Masherbrum---------------7821 M - Karakoram, Baltoro Glacier
Gasherbrum-III-----------7952 M - Karakoram, Baltoro Glacier
Gasherbrum-IV-----------7925 M - Karakoram, Baltoro Glacier
Trich Mir-------------------7706 M - Hindukush
Rakaposhi-----------------7788 M - Karakoram, Rakaposhi-Haramosh Muztagh
Batura Muztagh-I---------7755 M - Karakoram, Batura Wall
Chogolisa South West----7665 M - Karakoram, Baltoro Glacier
Spantik--------------------7027 M - Karakoram, Rakaposhi-Haramosh Muztagh
Muztagh Tower-----------7273 M - Karakoram, Baltoro Glacier
Trango--------------------6763 M - Karakoram, Baltoro Glacier
Gondogoro----------------5650 M - Karakoram




K-2 (Godwin Austin)

K2 is located on the border of Pakistan and China. Being the second highest mountain in the world, it is thought by many climbers to be the ultimate climbing challenge. The giant Pyramid Peak towers in isolation 12,000 feet above the wide Concordia glacial field at the head of the Baltoro Glacier. The sheer icy summit is flanked by six equally steep ridges. Each of its faces presents a maze of precipices and overhangs. K2 was long considered to be impossible to climb. Attempts in 1902, 1909, 1934, 1938, 1939 and 1953 had all but failed.

The first successful ascent in 1954 started with over 500 porters, 11 climbers, and six scientists. One of the climbers died of pneumonia after 40 days of raging storms. The final ascent was made by a team of two after their oxygen supply had run out, and an emergency descent was made in darkness.

K2 is the only major mountain in the world which has surveyor's notation as its common name (K stands for Karakoram, 2 means it was the second peak listed). T.G. Montgomery was the surveyor who assigned K-2 this designation in 1856. The mountain's remoteness had rendered it invisible from any inhabited place, so apart from an occasional local reference as Chogori (meaning Great Mountain), it had no other name prior to Montgomery's survey. Since that time, the name Mount Godwin-Austen has occasionally been used in honor of the man who directed the survey. For the most part, K2 has been the name of choice and has even evolved into Ketu, the name used by the Balti people who act as porters in the region.

With respect to the commentary on the Italian expedition which was the first to summit K2 8611m in 1954, it has since been proven that Compagnoni and Lacedelli did indeed have oxygen until they reached the summit of K2. The myth was dispelled through libel proceedings brought on by climber Walter Bonatti, who had been accused of sabotaging the expedition by keeping the oxygen for himself. The best evidence available in a properly translated format can be found in the latest edition of “The Mountains of My Life” by Bonatti, or the short book entitled “Trial on K2”.

Day 01 Arrive Islamabad, transfer to hotel.
Day 02 Islamabad- briefing at Ministry of Tourism.
Day 03 Drive to Chilas, transfer to hotel for overnight.
Day 04 Drive to Skardu, overnight at hotel.
Day 05 Skardu- preparations.
Day 06 Drive to Thongal/Askole, overnight camp
Day 07 Trek to Korofong, overnight camp
Day 08 Trek to Chobraqk, overnight camp
Day 09 Trek to Paiju, overnight camp
Day 10 Trek to Urdukas, overnight camp
Day 11 Trek to Goro, overnight camp
Day 12 Trek to Concordia, overnight camp
Day 13 Trek to base camp
Day 14-49 RESERVED FOR CLIMBING
Day 50 Trek back to Concordia. Overnight camp
Day 51 Trek to Ali Camp. Overnight camp
Day 52 Trek to Low Camp via the Gondogoro Pass
Day 53 Trek to Dalsanga Pa. Overnight camp
Day 54 Trek to Hushe. Overnight camping
Day 55 Drive to Skardu. Overnight at hotel
Day 56 Skardu- relax at Skardu
Day 57 Drive to Chilas. Overnight at hotel
Day 58 Drive to Islamabad. Overnight at hotel
Day 59 Islamabad – debriefing at Ministry of Tourism.
Day 60 Fly to onward destination



Nanga Parbat


Explore the mysteries of Killer mountain from the north and polish your skill climbing either of the spectacular jilliper peak North (5245m) and south (5206m) and have close view of the challenging Nanga Parbat. Visit Memorial of the German Climbers killed in 1937 and explore around the Base Camp full of murmots, flowers and rare mountain views. The aproach trek of two days passing through the lush green alpine Fairy Meadows with superb views of the North face of Nanga Parbat. Drive to Gilgit and Hunza Valley on the Karakorum Highway is promissing a long time memory, providing close views of the Karakorum giants like Rakaposhi 7788m, Diran 7237m, Ultar 7388m, Golden Peak 7027m and many more.



hope you like these info!
ThePolemistis
Here are some pictures:

Gilgit Valley




Kaghan Valley



Minar Pakistan



Some place?



Swat/Kalam



Swat Valley


Badshai Mosque





If you want more pictures of mountains and stuff in Pakistan check out: http://www.abju.com/forums/index.php?s=f5a00aa9682968a60bc3ce9e69ec1a4a&act=Print&client=printer&f=13&t=10330
deanhills
pakpiece wrote:
deanhills wrote:
Are there any nice places in the North in the mountains? Can you tell us more about those? I would like a place that is not too far from an airport.


Sure You like Mountains So i am posting here about pakistan mountains
hope you like


List of most renowned mountains:

Name of the Mountain Height & Mountain Range


K-2 (Godwin Austin)-------8611 M - Karakoram, Baltoro Glacier
Nanga Parbat--------------8126 M - Himalaya
Gasherbrum-I-------------8068 M - Karakoram, Baltoro Glacier
Gasherbrum-II------------8035 M - Karakoram, Baltoro Glacier
Broad Peak----------------8047 M - Karakoram, Baltoro Glacier
Masherbrum---------------7821 M - Karakoram, Baltoro Glacier
Gasherbrum-III-----------7952 M - Karakoram, Baltoro Glacier
Gasherbrum-IV-----------7925 M - Karakoram, Baltoro Glacier
Trich Mir-------------------7706 M - Hindukush
Rakaposhi-----------------7788 M - Karakoram, Rakaposhi-Haramosh Muztagh
Batura Muztagh-I---------7755 M - Karakoram, Batura Wall
Chogolisa South West----7665 M - Karakoram, Baltoro Glacier
Spantik--------------------7027 M - Karakoram, Rakaposhi-Haramosh Muztagh
Muztagh Tower-----------7273 M - Karakoram, Baltoro Glacier
Trango--------------------6763 M - Karakoram, Baltoro Glacier
Gondogoro----------------5650 M - Karakoram




K-2 (Godwin Austin)

K2 is located on the border of Pakistan and China. Being the second highest mountain in the world, it is thought by many climbers to be the ultimate climbing challenge. The giant Pyramid Peak towers in isolation 12,000 feet above the wide Concordia glacial field at the head of the Baltoro Glacier. The sheer icy summit is flanked by six equally steep ridges. Each of its faces presents a maze of precipices and overhangs. K2 was long considered to be impossible to climb. Attempts in 1902, 1909, 1934, 1938, 1939 and 1953 had all but failed.

The first successful ascent in 1954 started with over 500 porters, 11 climbers, and six scientists. One of the climbers died of pneumonia after 40 days of raging storms. The final ascent was made by a team of two after their oxygen supply had run out, and an emergency descent was made in darkness.

K2 is the only major mountain in the world which has surveyor's notation as its common name (K stands for Karakoram, 2 means it was the second peak listed). T.G. Montgomery was the surveyor who assigned K-2 this designation in 1856. The mountain's remoteness had rendered it invisible from any inhabited place, so apart from an occasional local reference as Chogori (meaning Great Mountain), it had no other name prior to Montgomery's survey. Since that time, the name Mount Godwin-Austen has occasionally been used in honor of the man who directed the survey. For the most part, K2 has been the name of choice and has even evolved into Ketu, the name used by the Balti people who act as porters in the region.

With respect to the commentary on the Italian expedition which was the first to summit K2 8611m in 1954, it has since been proven that Compagnoni and Lacedelli did indeed have oxygen until they reached the summit of K2. The myth was dispelled through libel proceedings brought on by climber Walter Bonatti, who had been accused of sabotaging the expedition by keeping the oxygen for himself. The best evidence available in a properly translated format can be found in the latest edition of “The Mountains of My Life” by Bonatti, or the short book entitled “Trial on K2”.

Day 01 Arrive Islamabad, transfer to hotel.
Day 02 Islamabad- briefing at Ministry of Tourism.
Day 03 Drive to Chilas, transfer to hotel for overnight.
Day 04 Drive to Skardu, overnight at hotel.
Day 05 Skardu- preparations.
Day 06 Drive to Thongal/Askole, overnight camp
Day 07 Trek to Korofong, overnight camp
Day 08 Trek to Chobraqk, overnight camp
Day 09 Trek to Paiju, overnight camp
Day 10 Trek to Urdukas, overnight camp
Day 11 Trek to Goro, overnight camp
Day 12 Trek to Concordia, overnight camp
Day 13 Trek to base camp
Day 14-49 RESERVED FOR CLIMBING
Day 50 Trek back to Concordia. Overnight camp
Day 51 Trek to Ali Camp. Overnight camp
Day 52 Trek to Low Camp via the Gondogoro Pass
Day 53 Trek to Dalsanga Pa. Overnight camp
Day 54 Trek to Hushe. Overnight camping
Day 55 Drive to Skardu. Overnight at hotel
Day 56 Skardu- relax at Skardu
Day 57 Drive to Chilas. Overnight at hotel
Day 58 Drive to Islamabad. Overnight at hotel
Day 59 Islamabad – debriefing at Ministry of Tourism.
Day 60 Fly to onward destination



Nanga Parbat


Explore the mysteries of Killer mountain from the north and polish your skill climbing either of the spectacular jilliper peak North (5245m) and south (5206m) and have close view of the challenging Nanga Parbat. Visit Memorial of the German Climbers killed in 1937 and explore around the Base Camp full of murmots, flowers and rare mountain views. The aproach trek of two days passing through the lush green alpine Fairy Meadows with superb views of the North face of Nanga Parbat. Drive to Gilgit and Hunza Valley on the Karakorum Highway is promissing a long time memory, providing close views of the Karakorum giants like Rakaposhi 7788m, Diran 7237m, Ultar 7388m, Golden Peak 7027m and many more.



hope you like these info!


I do, this is great information. Thanks. Do you have something for people who are not adventure climbers, but more along the lines of hikers? I want to enjoy myself and push myself a little. The above sounds pretty on the extreme adventure side of things? And freezing cold. Smile

ThePolemistis wrote:
Here are some pictures:

Gilgit Valley




Kaghan Valley



Minar Pakistan



Some place?



Swat/Kalam



Swat Valley


Badshai Mosque





If you want more pictures of mountains and stuff in Pakistan check out: http://www.abju.com/forums/index.php?s=f5a00aa9682968a60bc3ce9e69ec1a4a&act=Print&client=printer&f=13&t=10330


Thanks, they are breathtakingly beautiful and pretty amazing. More reasons for me to visit later in the year perhaps. Which are the best times to visit weather wise?
nigam
hmmm....no plans yet...are the tourists safe if we will go there???
nigam
hmmm....no plans yet...maybe more years if this country convinced us to visit in Pakistan....are the tourists safe if we will go there???
nocturn98
here in the uae most pakistanis are rude and would often sexually harass women. im sure not all are like that, i've met some nice ones.. but 90% of them are. they would even rape men!
Joanne
Like omg...

Information overload.


Shocked Shocked Shocked
Chinmoy
pakistan is more of a dry and hot place i guess. I would prefer something cold...But the himalayan part where the alledged terrorist camps are, is a really beautiful area. Pakistan can really generate much of economy from the tourism in the existing resource than allowing such activities in profitable grounds.
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