With outstanding natural treasures and the most welcoming people, British Backpackers Society calls Pakistan “one of the friendliest countries on earth”
After visiting 101 countries in total, a group of travellers that call themselves the British Backpackers Society has a clear idea, which destinations are the best in the world.
To encourage adventurous visitors to explore lesser known places, the group came up with a list of Top 20 destinations they recommend to visit in 2018.
The list that features countries such as Russia, India, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan or China, has a clear winner – Pakistan, which the backpackers found to be “one of the friendliest countries on earth, with mountain scenery that is beyond anyone’s wildest imagination,” as they wrote in their Facebook post.
“Pakistan is one of the friendliest countries on earth. So, prepare to be invited into people’s homes, take more selfies than you can count, and have every preconception that you ever held about this area of the world changed forever,” one of the society’s member, Samuel Joynson, told Gulf News.
“We chose to climb the Hon Pass as Eric Shipton, one of Britain’s most famous mountaineers, described the view from the pass as ‘the ultimate manifestation of mountain grandeur’, and we wanted to follow in his footsteps and experience this spectacle,” he added.
“The view from the Hon Pass was indeed the greatest natural sight that either of us has ever seen, and we would recommend it to anyone with a keen interest in mountaineering.”
The society aims to encourage people to choose third world countries for their next trips as they believe some of the places are near-forsaken for no real reason.
On the security concerns that might be linked to Pakistan, another member, Adam Sloper, commented: “Our advice would be to put preconceptions on the security situation in Pakistan to one side, and conduct some independent research.
“We believe that travel is at its best when it changes a visitor’s preconceptions, and few experiences achieve this more than travelling in Pakistan” he added.