Does it Make Sense to Extend the Karakorum Season?

Does it Make Sense to Extend the Karakorum Season?
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Summer hopes are fading for Pakistan’s tourism industry. The spike in COVID-19 cases in the country, combined with a worrisome new outbreak in Beijing, have made it unlikely that any expeditions will climb in the Karakorum in July. The country is doing what it can — some say prematurely — to open to foreign visitors. Prime Minister Imram Khan ordered the opening of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa & Gilgit-Baltistan under a so-called Controlled Tourism policy. The announcement was not exactly applauded by those regions. “Not during my watch,” retorted Hafeez ur Rehman, head of Gilgit-Baltistan. He fears that the coronavirus will be imported to isolated and impoverished local communities, where heath facilities are rare. Trying to find a middle ground, Baltistan’s Association of Adventure Tour Operators came out with their own list of safety procedures for the region. Ali Saltoro, the head... .... Continue Reading at Explorers Web



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