Pakistan is a mountain heaven though undiscovered the country is home to some of the world’s spectacular and grandeur mountain ranges. The mountain ranges of Karakoram, Himalaya and Hindu Kush are stretched across the North. These ranges also converse in some places. Yearlong these magnificent mountains remain covered with snow. Five of the world’s mountains above 8000 meters are located in Northern Pakistan including K2 and Nanga Parbat. Pakistan annually receives mountaineering expedition who visit in pursuit of conquering some of the world’s most dangerous and highest mountains. One of the most dangerous and highest paved road-the mighty Karakoram Highway snakes through these mountain ranges. Apart from these, Pakistan has some of the largest fresh reservoirs in form of Glaciers-all situated in Gilgit-Baltistan. The likes of Baltoro (63km long), Batura (57km long), Biafo (67km long) and Passu glaciers among others are the most popular among trekkers and mountaineers. The country has the some of the highest concentration of glaciers outside North Pole. Climate change is taking a toll on the glaciers as some of them are thinning rapidly causing Glacier Lake Outburst Floods (GLOF) and formation of artificial lakes. These incidents have increased recently endangering lives and livelihoods of local communities.
Tourists can experience glacier hikes, skiing, and mountain trail trekking, camping at basecamps, and mountaineering. Moreover, Khyber Pakhtoonkhua province has some spectacular hill stations that are ideal to for skiing. For instance; Malam Jabba is a very popular destination for winter sports that hosts annual national and International skiing competitions.