Sustainable tour operator Intrepid Travel has introduced Pakistan as a new destination to its portfolio in 2020, with the launch of an expedition trip exploring the country’s past, present and future on a 17-day adventure from Islamabad to Lahore, travelling through the remote reaches of the Karakoram Mountains.
“We’re always looking to develop experiences that will get travellers out of their comfort zones, to break new ground and to broaden their horizons,” said Tara Kennaway, senior product manager – operations, Intrepid Travel. “We’re excited to be providing the global community with access to Pakistan, one of the world’s few countries that remain under-the-radar with tourists.”
Intrepid Travel’s new Pakistan Expedition, priced from US$3,560 per person, begins in the capital of Islamabad and ends in Lahore.
Highlights of the trip include travelling on the famous Karakoram Highway past panoramas of glaciers, alpine lakes and mountains; taking a 4WD to Khunjerab National Park in search of snow leopards, bears, wolves and rare Marco Polo sheep; as well as checking out the ancient site of Taxila, World Heritage-listed ruins that are evidence of over 500 years of cultural evolution influenced by Persia, Greece and the spread of Buddhism.
Guests will also get to enjoy a homestay with a local family in Gulmit; explore Lawrence Gardens, now known as Bagh-e-Jinnah; and indulge in a spot of retail therapy within the Walled City of Lahore at Akbari Mandi.
The expedition will run twice in 2020, from August 17-September 2, 2020 and September 2-18, 2020, with two additional departures scheduled in 2021.