Culture of Pakistan:
Pakistan stands in a tilted position like a running loin on the world glob in between 60 to 70 longitude and 20 to 25 multitude. In the north there is Vakhan Corridor, in the east there is China, in the south east lies India, in the south there is Arabian See, in the west lies Iran and Afghanistan.
Climate of Pakistan:
A very nice climate is blessed to Pakistan. The summer is very charming and very pleasant in Northern Pakistan and winter is cold. similarly summer is very hot and winter is very pleasant in Southern Pakistan. According to the climatic conditions of the country tourism can easily be continued round the year in Pakistan. On the basis of climatic conditions of the country the following operational program is arranged by the Karakorum Explorers:
1 Operational programs in Northern Areas
(Summer holidays ) Commencing from April to end of 2nd week of October.
2 Operational programs in Southern Pakistan
(Winter Holidays) commencing from 2nd week of October to end of march.
Exceptionally Hunza valley is very different and attractive in two short seasons:
1. The blossom (which starts from the fist week of April )
2. The multi colored season (which sets in from 1st week of October.)
(these seasons come for a short period of 15 days only).
1. NORTHERN PAKISTAN
Northern area is the hub of the worlds greatest mountain chains. K2 and Concordia , Chitral and the Hindukush, Rakaposhi and the beautiful Hunza valley with its friendly people , Nanga Parbat and the Himalayas, all names quicken the pulse of those who love mountains and their people.
Northern Pakistan is blessed with the greatest mass of high mountains concentration of lofty peaks on earth. With in a small area , lie 100 mountain peaks above 7000 meters, five of which tower above 8000 meters:
K-2 (8611 m), Nanga Parbat (8125 m) Gasherbrum 1 (8068 m), Broad Peak (8047 m) Gasherbrum 1 ( 8035 m), and the longest glaciers out side polls on earth, where the mighty Himalaya, Karakorum, Pamir and Hindukush all meet.
Most of the areas where the tourist are stall relatively new phenomenon. There was a time when accessibility to these remote areas was beyond the human image and was totally in a natural lock-up due to lack of roads and communication. It is on record that when the British India Govt. under the command of Col. Durand moved its forces to conquer the small kingdoms of Hunza and Nagar, in 1889.It faced great trouble and difficulties while moving through the gorges with their equipment towards Hunza . The journey was so difficult that a solder got Victoria Cross the British highest military gallantry award in this small battle. The Story is very long and there is no place to mention here. However, after construction of the 8th wonder of the world,” the Karakorum Highway” in 1976 , now the accessibility to these areas is very easy.
Karakorum Highway & The Silk Road
An exciting overland journey from Islamabad over Karakorum Highway to Hunza Valley & Khunjerab Pass, then over the scenic Shangla Pass to the fertile Swat valley. The trip end at Peshawar, the historic gateway to Indian sub-continent.
As you travel on Karakorum Highway, reputed as eighth wonder of the world, you enjoy fascinating views of challenging peaks rising above 7,000 meters. Nanga Parbat, at 8,125 m is the highest of peaks we see during our journey. Then you arrive at the meeting place of the three highest mountain ranges of the world: The Karakorum, Himalayas and Hindukush.
As you arrive at Khunjerab Pass at 4,733 m you are on the border of not only China & Pakistan, but also of Pamir and Karakorum ranges. A trip to Swat & Peshawar will introduce you to the historic Gandhara Buddhist heritage and traditions of Pathan culture.