Gaining independence from Britain in 1947, Pakistan has seen several wars with India, clashes over the area of Jammu and Kashmir, where the Siachen Glacier has become the highest battleground on earth, and increasing political and sectarian violence. Terrorist attacks are common, border areas are porous and the UK Foreign Office recommends against all travel to much of the country.

For those who do go, Gilgit-Baltistan in the north offers fantastic trekking and climbing opportunities as it contains hundreds of the highest mountains in the world, including Nanga Parbat, whose southern Rupal Face is believed to be the highest in the world and K2, the second highest mountain in the world.


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Why you should go:

You have family there or you are one of the world's top climbers.

Why you shouldn't:

Bin Laden is dead, so if you were looking for him...

Map of Pakistan