When I was planning this trip, after some research, it turned out that I would be going through Pakistan. I was “a bit” concerned. “Pakistan’ sounded threatening to me, recalling war and terrorism. I knew there is one of the most beautiful roads in the world – the Karakoram Highway. But how to get there in one piece?
After months of preparations and the trip itself, also talking to other travelers, I got used to the idea. “Pakistan” was just the name of another country, and crossing its territory was another adventure. Which was about to start big – after crossing the Iranian-Pakistan border, you get an escort.
Balochistan is a region that still struggles with security issues. Pakistan tries to open for tourism, so it provides a mandatory (but also free) escort through this region (if you do not have your own vehicle, they
For the time of the escort, I found a company – Roman, an Austrian, traveling by a van (you have already heard about him!) and Nick with Gabriele – a Swiss couple in a big, luxurious truck. The levies were very friendly and the escort was very well organized. Sometimes even too well. At the beginning there were a lot of passport controls, the change of the escorting team was taking some time. I could catch the breath. But later the escort was exchanging on the go. In the heat, reaching up to almost 50°C, speed not higher than 70 km/h, in motorcycle wear, 10 hours on the road, no time to eat nor rest – it wasn’t easy. I have to admit, that the company saved me. Roman was giving me cold water from the fridge (van life!), making sandwiches, and sometimes – more assertive than I can – announcing to the escort that I needed a break and that they have to wait.
After 3 long days of driving and one of paperwork, we were free. In
I politely said that I would leave the next day at 7:30 am and they can escort me (I was too tired to discuss)
All pictures and text by Zofia / justajourneyblog