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The Allure: For decades, visitors have trekked in the Karakoram range, hunted wild boar, climbed the rock faces in the Hindu Kush, and investigated the architectural antiquities of the Indus Valley.
The Warning: The travel warning recommends avoiding all nonessential travel due to terrorist activity. Al-Qaeda and Taliban presence is potentially dangerous to Americans in particular. In 2008 alone, more than 60 suicide bombings killed more than 1,000 people. Pakistan’s armed forces are fighting militants in the North-West Frontier and elsewhere. Many other areas are closed to non-Pakistanis.
Go or No? The State Department warning is apt: Don’t plan a trip, at least for now. Still, the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation in Islamabad can provide a list of tour operators.