Intrepid Travel has introduced Pakistan to its portfolio, with the launch of a 17-day expedition trip from the capital Islamabad to Lahore.

The escorted tour specialist reported that Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan has said visitor numbers to the Asian country doubled between 2018 and 2019.

Tara Kennaway, operations senior product manager for Intrepid Travel, said: “We’re always looking to develop experiences that will get travellers out of their comfort zones, to break new ground and to broaden their horizons.

“We’re excited to be providing the global community with access to Pakistan, one of the world’s few countries that remains under the radar with tourists.”

The new Pakistan Expedition costs from £2,400, not including flights.

It offers the chance to travel on the famous Karakoram Highway past glaciers and alpine lakes and clients will visit the point where three mountain ranges meet – the Himalaya, Karakoram and Hindu Kush.

They can visit Khunjerab National Park to look out for snow leopards, bears, wolves and rare Marco Polo sheep; meet a local women’s group created by the Aga Khan Foundation; and shopp in the Walled City of Lahore at Akbari Mandi.

It will depart on August 17 and September 2 this year, and two departures are planned for 2021.

Picture by Intrepid Travel.