Pakistan is famous for its exciting cities, historic sites, hospitality, amazing cuisines all over the world. However, most of the international states are not aware that it is an excellent destination for enjoying adventurous sports as well as cultural festivities. The selection of adventure sports in Pakistan is huge. There are a number of adventurous destinations for leisure activities in Pakistan that anyone can travel to. From fishing to river rafting, skiing to camping and jeep safaris to mountaineering, Pakistan is endowed with such vibrant geographical landscapes that make it a unique tourist destination.
The northern areas of Pakistan are known as the center of adventure sports and open to the wonderful opportunities of tourists and athletes. Its rivers, which fall down from the snow-capped mountains and glaciers, are great for water sports such as river rafting, canoeing, sailing and kayaking. Horse and camel safaris are two other exciting activities to enjoy. There are various destinations in northern Pakistan that offer wonderful opportunities for jeep safaris. Some of the destinations that can be visited for jeep safaris include Gilgit, Hunza, Shandur, Sust and Skardu. The rivers Chitral, Indus, Gilgit, Swat, Hunza, Kunar and Neelum offer exciting opportunities for water sports. There are mountains that offer wonderful trekking trails that lead to some beautiful places.
Likewise, Swat is called as Switzerland of Pakistan. Pakistan also offers beautiful places for skiing. Swats Malam Jabba is one of the best ski resorts. If Jeep Safari is what gives a thrill, there may hardly be any destination as exciting as the northern areas: therefore one should get here without fear and should enjoy the adventure.
Mountaineers from all over the world continue to test their minds and bodies by climbing some of the toughest terrains in the world. Mountaineering is a highly specialized sport, especially on the 8,000 meter high mountain peaks, five of which are located in the Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) region of Pakistan. These include K-2, Nangaparbat, GI & II and Broad peak. In addition, 70% of mountain peaks over 7,000 meters are also located in Pakistan. An elite group of mountaineers, some of the best in the world, challenge the limits of what is believed to be humanly possible by trying to climb these peaks every winter.
Pakistan has produced wonderful mountaineering legends like Nazir Sabir, the first Pakistani to top Mount Everest; Muhammad Ali Sadpara, the first Pakistani to top Nanga Parbat in winter; and his son Hasan Sadpara. Muhammad Ali Sadpara has put Pakistan’s mountaineering in the spotlight at the expense of his own life.
Pakistan also has many opportunities in the field of climbing. Unlike mountaineering, climbing is not an exciting sport in popular perception. Rock climbing is probably one of the toughest and most dangerous forms of extreme sports.
The season, which attracts mountaineers from all parts of the world, creates a host of opportunities for mountaineering-related businesses in the country and helps Pakistan generate millions instead of taxes and fees each year. Life for ordinary people is very hard in the northern areas of Pakistan due to extreme weather conditions, especially the winter. The Government of Pakistan has built various huts along the entire route and has offered several services, this step has attracted more people to come. The visa process for foreigners to get tourist visa to Pakistan has been made very easy.
There are few suggestions that can help bring more charm into these games. International federations must contribute funds that help make life better for the public in the northern areas of Pakistan. The doors to the houses of the President and Prime Minister should be opened to national and international mountaineers who top peaks, and these success stories should also be highlighted in international media. This adventure sport should be a high priority for the government. There is a need to establish a professional mountaineering school at an international level and a trained rescue team of experts.
Alpine Club of Pakistan (ACP) should be given more strength. ACP needs thorough professionals on board to enable the more vibrant organization to promote and mainstream mountaineering in Pakistan and attract foreign mountaineers and hikers. The government and government departments should focus more on controlling the bottlenecks and facilitating trekking expeditions. It is suggested that mountaineers and high altitude porters (HAPs) do not have any insurance schemes, proper training and sponsorships, they should be facilitated at all levels.