The recent rise in adventure tourism in Pakistan is highly encouraging. People have started realising that vacations do not just have to be luxury vacations, but can also be adventures in natural surroundings. Hiking and camping are highly popular these days, especially because of the large number of adventure groups popping up everywhere. This has led to these destinations being developed as well and trails and campsites are being made all over the country. Some of the best campsites which are also accessible can be the place for you to have your perfect vacation.
Located 30 kilometres from Muzaffarabad in Azad Kashmir, Pir Chanasi is a spot which can easily be reached through public transport and private vehicles due to the paved road built towards it. The ideal time to camp here is June to September.
Getting here requires hiring a jeep from Gilgit. The campsite here is beautiful as it faces the Naltar Lake, so the trip is well worth it. The best season to camp here is from June to September.
Ratti Gali Lake
If you’re looking for more of an adventure, Ratti Gali Lake is a good campsite for you. It requires a jeep trip and a one hour hike to reach and is around 200 kilometres away from Muzaffarabad. The ideal time to camp here is June till August.
This is one of the more popular destinations in Azad Kashmir and has been developed quite well. It can be accessed by private vehicles and has a lot of facilities for visitors. It is best to camp here between the months of May and September.
Arang Kel is one of the most beautiful spots in Azad Kashmir. You can reach here via a hike or chairlift trip from Kel, which has a paved route and is accessible by public transport. It is best to camp here from June to August.
In the Northern areas of Pakistan, Shogran is one of the most easily accessible campsites. Just 234 kilometres from Islamabad, there is a paved road right up to the campsite so private vehicles can easily get there. You can comfortably camp here from June to September.
This is 8 kilometres of unpaved road away from Shogran. To get here, you must hire a jeep that will take you right to the campsite. Camping here is best from July to September.
Rama Meadows is accessible via Naran Road and is a short jeep drive away from Astore City. The roads till Astore all paved throughout, so you can easily use your own vehicle to get there. You can comfortably camp at Rama Meadows from June till September.
This is a prime destination for every adventure tourist in Pakistan. One of the most beautiful sites in the world, Fairy Meadows is not for the faint of heart as it take one hour of off-roading and over three hours of hiking with a proper guide to reach here. It is best to camp here from July to September.
Beyal Camp (Nanga Parbat Base Camp)
This is the ultimate campsite for most adventure tourists. It requires an expert guide and over 6 hours of hiking from Fairy Meadows. As it is at such a high elevation, camping here is recommended in July and August.
Do your research on these campsites and any other places you might be interested in before finalising your plans. With proper preparation and research, you will get the best time of your life.