Pakistan is a beautiful country and home to some of the best hiking in the world. With some of the best mountains, attractive valleys, appealing river, and lakes, Pakistan is simply beatiful.
1. Margalla Hills
It’s handy that there’s an extension of the Himalayas right on the doorstep of Islamabad. There are high chances that you will start your Pakistan backpacking adventure in either Lahore or the federal capital Islamabad. But the first glimpse of the breathtaking Himalayas will be caught in Islamabad. Want to go on a hike? Start here.
2. Dunga Gali-Ayubia Track
This one is better known as the ‘Pipeline Track’ since it follows the route of an important water pipeline that used to service the historic hill station of Murree. That’s convenient because it also offers up an easy hike from Dunga Gali to Ayubia within Ayubia National Park. Think fresh pine forests and stunning scenery and you wouldn’t be far wrong.
North of the Pipeline Hike is another hill station town, Nathia Gali, to the east of Abbottabad. From this former colonial hill station, you can walk just 2 to 3 hours to the summit of a nearby mountain, Miranjani. The track up what is a hill by Himalayan standards begins at the Nathia Gali Bazar and passes through the serene Dagri Naka mountainous region, you’ll hike through lush and chill pine forests surrounded by subtropical evergreen forest.
4. Deosai National Park
Deosai National Park is endless pastures covered in wildflowers make up the vast area of Deosai, the second largest alpine plateau in the world. With an average height of over 4,000 meters, it spans over 3,000 square kilometers.
5. Passu to Lake Borit
Passu is found in the Hunza Valley, a remote area where the mountain scenery is truly stunning. This intermediate difficulty day hike begins at a (normal) bridge over the very short Passu River, passing the restaurant Glacier Breeze from here you can see the impressive ridge of the Karakoram range, a beautiful sight.