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Concordia, Pakistan: Mountain Paradise

Concordia, Pakistan: Mountain Paradise

If you had told me this week that I would be writing about Pakistan as a travel destination I wouldn’t believe you. When we began with exotic travel locations I mainly thought of tropical areas. In terms of exotic locations, Pakistan isn’t extremely difficult to travel to, but Concordia is a whole different story. Be warned there a is U.S. travel warning against visiting Pakistan. I’m sure on your way to Pakistan if you tell the custom agents that Trail Climb Nation sent you, you will be good to go.

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So why write about Pakistan and why write about Concordia? Concordia just happens to be an absolute paradise for mountaineers. I have seen beautiful mountains in Montana, Banff, Washington but Concordia is on a whole different level. Concordia is the only place in the whole entire world that has four 26,000 ft.+ mountains at the same time. K2 just happens to be one of those mountains in that cluster. If you don’t know what K2 is, it is the second highest mountain only to Mt. Everest. It also known as the savage mountain due to its extremely difficult ascent.

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Now how exactly does one get to Concordia? If you judge an exotic location based on difficulty of access than consider Concordia at the top. Let’s start at the mountain range of Concordia and work backwards. To get to Concordia it is a ten day hike. Yes you read that right, a ten day hike. Think of all those people trying to climb K2. They are attempting to climb Savage Mountain after a ten day trek. The drive to begin this ten day hike takes a total of three days. That’s right the drive to Askolie is three days from Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad. Who knows how many days you add on for your own personal travel to get into Islamabad. With all that being said, there doesn’t look to be a better place to see so many beautiful mountains in a single place.

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