Adventure travel in Gilgit-Baltistan: Talk at Pakistan High Commission
London: A large number of tourists and adventure travellers assembled at the Pakistan
High Commission in London last evening. Author and filmmaker Mick Conefrey,
journalist Matthew Green and Wild Frontiers’ founder Jonny Bealby shared with
them the thrilling and fascinating tales of adventure travel and best kept
secrets from the land of mighty peaks of Pakistan. Their first hand experiences
supplemented with photo slides of the majestic mountains of Northern areas of
Pakistan mesmerized the audience.
The attendees comprised many British travellers who, in the past, had travelled
to those areas and the event provided them an opportunity to relive their
cherished memories. The event motivated many young people to visit Pakistan. It
may be noted that last year the British government relaxed the travel advisory
for its citizens for Gilgit-Balitistan which is likely to increase the number of
British tourists to this area.
The speakers apprised the audience that the start of the summer is the perfect
time to explore these pristine peaks of Gilgit-Balitistan. There are now regular
flights to Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan which has significantly boosted tourism
in the region.
Gilgit-Baltistan – the meeting point of the world’s four highest mountain ranges
- the Himalayas, the Karakorams, the Hindukush and the Pamirs–provides a
perfect setting for a memorable adventure travel destination. Through these
majestic mountain ranges, which have determined for centuries the destiny of the
South Asian region, snakes along the ancient Silk Route, navigated by the
legendary Venetian traveller Marco Polo. Aptly described as the Third Pole, the
Roof of the World and a Paradise on earth, Northern Areas of Pakistan offer a
unique confluence of history, landscape and biodiversity.
Deputy High Commissioner Dr Israr Hussain welcomed the guests and highlighted
tourism opportunities in Pakistan. Commercial Counsellor Ijlal Ahmed Khattak
moderated the event.