Pakistan’s Natural Wonders: From the Karakoram Mountains to the Thar Desert

Pakistan, home to a wide variety of surroundings, offers rivers and mountains for the daring, historical monuments for the inquisitive, and unspoiled beaches for those seeking solitude. Here are a few of the top destinations to visit in a nation full of options:  

You can reach the Karakoram Mountains by travelling on PIA Airlines. The airport is located in Islamabad, which is the capital city of Pakistan. From there, you can embark on a thrilling journey to witness the majestic peaks and glaciers of the Karakoram Range. 

1. The Glacier Baltoro

One of the world’s longest glaciers, Baltoro, stretches 63 km across the Karakoram Mountain range in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Many glacier valleys slink to the side as their broad valley winds across steep slopes. It should come as no surprise that it is a popular trekking destination, the starting point for trekking routes to K2, and the highest point of the Gasherbrum peaks. Its melted snow water feeds the valleys of northern Pakistan. To see it for yourself, travel to the glacier that spans the Balti hamlet of Skardu.

2. Valley of Neelum

 It’s not surprising how the Neelum Valley gets its name from a rare stone, given that it is an emerald green gem hidden among the rugged, snow-capped slopes of Azad Kashmir.

 It is a true oasis in the arid north, a forgotten world of lush forests, bubbling streams, and lush pastures where residents live simple lifestyles supported by abundant crops and livestock. 

When the daylight is out, this is the ideal time to visit. In the summer, the valley is renowned for its abundance of apples, apricots, walnuts, and plums.

3. National Park of Hingol

Located west of Karachi along the Makran Coast, Hingol National Park is a sight to behold—an uninhabitable lunar environment.

A cluster of mud volcanoes erupts beside an azure sea, forming the shapes of princesses, sphinxes, and other fantastic shapes due to elements in the rocks of Hingol.

A great variety of fauna can be seen in the park. Perceptive individuals can identify Indian pangolins, honey badgers, chinkaras, and Sindh leopards.

4. Towers of Trango