Pakistan

 Pakistan displays some of Asia’s most magnificent landscapes as it stretches from the Arabian Sea, its southern border, to some of the world’s most spectacular mountain ranges in the north. Pakistan is also home to sites that date back to word’s earliest settlements rivaling those of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia.

Located in South Asia, Pakistan shares an eastern border with India and a north-eastern border with China. Iran makes up the country’s south-west border, and Afghanistan runes along its western and northern edge. The Arabian Sea is Pakistan’s southern boundary with 1,064 km of coastline.
Situated at the crossroads of history, Pakistan is a land of marvelous contrasts.  From its southern desert plains to the terraced green fields of Askolie in the north (the last village before K-2), Pakistan drenches the senses with mountain majesty and exotic tribal cultures.  Moving north, the endless white sandy beaches of the Arabian Sea give way to the Punjabi plains and vase agricultural lands.   Then, the great gash of the Indus Gorge and countless snow-locked peaks along the border with China and the former Asian republics of Central Asia.

Each year millions flock to the European Alps and thousands visit Nepal.  Only a few of the well-informed and adventurously curious are fortunate enough to experience the stunning "Roof of the World" that is Northern Pakistan.   Here four great mountain ranges meet: The Himalaya, Karakoram, Hindukush and Pamir Mountains.  Embracing many of the planet's highest peaks, the Pamir Knot of Pakistan is the incredible confluence of these four great ranges.  Of the fourteen highest peaks on earth, Pakistan has five, two of which are the sublime pyramid of K2 (at 8611 m) the second highest mountain on earth and the most dangerous mountain 8125 m in the world, Nanga Parbat.  In addition, the area contains some of the longest and largest glacier systems outside of the polar regions.
Through the ages many civilizations settled along the banks of the mighty Indus River.  The Indus, father of rivers, begins its journey in the remote peaks of the Sub-continent.  Coursing in rolling fury through the Indus Gorge, the Indus is edged by the fragile ribbon of the Karakoram Highway (KKH).  Today, the heirs of these ancient cultures Baltis, Hunzakuts, Pushtuns and a host of others still practice their timeless ways of life along the KKH.

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