Travel along the Karakoram Highway, up into the northwest frontier
Cross the Khunjerab Pass into China, the highest paved border road in the world
Visit Chitral and the valleys of Shandur and Kalash
Admire the Moghul architecture of Lahore
Stay in one of the former Khan’s Houses
Paul Craven has been with Steppes Travel for 16 years and true 'Travel Beyond the Ordinary' is what he loves most - he is in his element when trekking through remote landscapes, exploring hidden backstreets and generally getting off the beaten track and setting foot where few have done before.
His knowledge of border crossings and their complications would be hard to beat and many of the wonderful trips he prepares for our clients can combine 4 or 5 countries over several months. During his extensive travels Paul has also built up an interesting and often amusing photo gallery of the 'world's worst toilets'!
Paul can tailor-make your holiday to your exact requirements; be it a family adventure, a luxury holiday, a multi-country trip or venturing off the beaten track.
Travellers in search of knowledge and history will find a holiday to Pakistan intensely rewarding, it is one of the most scenically and culturally underrated countries. Populated by an immensely hospitable and kind people, it somehow exudes an air of polite sophistication and avoids the seemingly endless crush of India. The southern plains are dotted with superb examples of Mogul architecture which include both magnificent tombs and elaborate gardens.
However, it is not until starting to climb into the mountains that the real beauty of the country is revealed.
The infamous North-West frontier region, so vividly portrayed in countless books, poems and films, lives up to its reputation. Towering snow capped peaks, some reaching 7000 metres high, dominate the skyline and the valleys below offer superb trekking. Steep valleys, sparkling rivers, isolated villages, wildflower meadows, apricot groves, forts and the inimitable proud tribesmen all combine to preserve an atmosphere of a bygone age. There is excellent trout fishing, authentic local cuisine and good hotels, together with a masterpiece of engineering, the Karakorum Highway, which provides access to all but the most remote areas.