Is it safe for women to travel in Pakistan?

Is Pakistan safe for women travelers? I get asked about female safety in Pakistan often. Here’s what I think about whether it’s safe for women to travel to Pakistan, written after months of solo female travel in Pakistan and updated in March 2020.


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“Is Pakistan safe?” “Is it safe for women to travel in Pakistan?” “Can solo female travelers visit Pakistan?”

As one of the few women who traveled to Pakistan and blogged about it—both solo and with men—I get this question all. the. time. There aren’t many people traveling to Pakistan in general, and most of those who do are men. Not the best source for female travel information!

Pakistan is brilliant, and more travelin’ ladies should visit… but I want to err on the side of caution with my encouragement. Pakistan is not an easy country to travel in, and in truth, I don’t recommend travel in Pakistan to all girls just yet. Read on below to see if traveling Pakistan is right for you.

What to know about female travel in Pakistan

A girl sitting in the flower fields of Deosai National Park, Pakistan

Being girly (for once) in Deosai, Pakistan.

Is it safe for women to travel to Pakistan? The short answer.

  • Is Pakistan safe to travel in? Yes, I believe so.
  • Is Pakistan safe if I’m a woman traveling with a man? For sure. Don’t even bother reading this—check out my practical travel guide to Pakistan instead.
  • Is it safe to solo female travel Pakistan? Yes, I believe so… if you take the proper precautions, just like any other country. However, I only recommend Pakistan it to experienced solo female travelers.
  • Is Pakistan safe for me to solo travel in? … maybe.

Read: The ultimate guide to female travel in Pakistan

Girl holding a Kalashnikov on the border crossing from Iran to Pakistan

Traveling overland from Iran to Pakistan was not your typical backpacking border crossing…

FYI: traveling to Pakistan is not like traveling to Paris or Bali

Seemingly a bit of an obvious statement, but I do get messages from girls who want to solo travel to Pakistan but haven’t yet grasped this concept. It’s okay, I get where you’re coming from.

Solo female travel is “in” right now. Girls have been traveling by themselves all over the world for decades, but these days every other travel blog and #wanderlust Instagram account is singing the praises of solo female travel. It’s cool… but can be misleading.

Most of the girls promoting solo female travel are traveling to places filled with other travelers, such as Southeast Asia or South America.

They gush about how you’ll never be alone if you don’t want to, how you can always buddy up with other travelers when necessary. The countries they visit have plenty of tourist infrastructure.

Oft-visited Western Europe is at the forefront of gender equality, relatively tolerant, and the streets are generally safe regardless of what’s between your legs or in your heart.

Pakistan is none of those things. Sorry, girls, but Pakistan is not the next step after your month of backpacking in Bali.


A solo female traveler standing near a lake in Pakistan

Basking in the glory of Saif al Muluk lake

Reality check: the downsides of female travel in Pakistan

  1. Pakistan is patriarchal as fuck, and generally a terrible place to be a woman. Many men (and women) are not yet accustomed to women going out and doing things by themselves. Shitty, but that’s the reality.
  2. As a foreign woman, you may automatically be perceived as available or “loose”. Films, music videos, and porn are some men’s only insight into the lives of women abroad… and they may assume you’re as approachable or easy as the women they see on TV. Erm.
  3. There are few foreign travelers in Pakistan. You cannot always count on pairing up with a fellow (male) traveler if things get uncomfortable, or if you want to share the costs of an outing.
  4. There’s not much infrastructure for foreign tourists unless you count the occasional security escort in “dangerous” areas. There’s a lack of information—even with blogs like mine—and getting from A to B isn’t always as easy as it seems. Be ready to deal with male officials making things complicated, and get ready to spend a lot of time with male security guards.
  5. There are many places where you won’t see many women on the streets, especially at night. The major cities are exceptions.
  6. In some places, you’ll be the only mature woman not wearing a burqa or chador, and the goings-on of men and women are quite segregated. It can be an intense or upsetting experience for some women.


A girl hanging out the door of a moving train in Pakistan

On a train speeding through Sindh

Get to the point. Should I travel to Pakistan if I’m a [solo] female?

Let’s do a little test, shall we? Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Have you traveled independently before?
  2. Have you traveled to particularly patriarchal countries before? Common examples would be India, Egypt, and Iran.
  3. If traveling solo, have you traveled solo before in “difficult” countries or regions? (Not Southeast Asia or Europe.)
  4. Do you trust your traveler’s instinct to know when a situation or person is suspicious, dangerous, or trying to get into your pants?
  5. Will you be okay if you’re the only girl around for potentially days on end?
  6. Are you ready to put in an effort to figure out where to stay or how to get places ahead of time?
  7. Are you okay with potentially having a male police escort with you for hours on end?
  8. Do you generally understand what’s involved in traveling as a solo girl or a group of girls? Ex. be extra cautious at night, tell trusted people where you’re going, etc.?
  9. Are you able to take a massive disparity between the freedom of men and women’s lives in stride? Or will it upset you?
  10. Can you “handle” someone groping you or verbally assaulting you? Or will it ruin your entire trip?

If your answer is yes to most of the questions, then sure, you go for it girl! Move on to the next section.

A group of men and a girl standing next to a camp fire in Pakistan

A typical day in Pakistan: many dudes, only one girl

But if your answer is no to most of them, I strongly urge you to consider testing the waters in other destinations.

If you want epic nature, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan are close by and cheap. If it’s culture you’re interested in, there are plenty of overlaps in culture between Pakistan and its more touristic neighbor, India.

The actual problem with female travel in Pakistan (in my humble opinion)

So you’ve decided you’ll go? Excellent — now we can get to the planning part!

The good news: Pakistan and its people are absolutely brilliant. Most of the people you’ll meet will be genuinely kind, friendly, and interested in helping you along your merry way.

Three male park rangers in Deosai, Pakistan

Instead of being creepy, these park rangers in Deosai taught me how to make parathas!

The bad news: there are also men skulking about that might seem hospitable, but actually just want to seduce you to get at your passport, or get in your pants like in every country. (Sigh.) 

Soloe female traveler and a creepy man in Thatta, Pakistan

This mosque’s caretaker seemed friendly enough, only asking for photos… until he groped me, that is.

Normally that’s not the biggest issue, but in Pakistan, it can pose a tricky problem. Because people are so hospitable, they’ll be inviting you for all sorts of things, ranging from a cup of tea to dinner —or three—in their home! If you were a man, accepting these would be no issue, but as a girl, you must be more discerning in what you accept.

Many would say accepting such invitations as a female is improper, or is an invitation for men to do whatever they want to you. Luckily, there are plenty of people not living in the Stone Age but know that some may interpret your acceptance as such, and act accordingly.

Solo female traveler and a friendly man in Skardu, Pakistan

This mango smoothie master in Skardu was incredibly friendly. His son? A serial boob-brusher.

It’s up to you to decide if an invitation is genuine or not, which is why it’s important to have a well-honed traveler’s instinct before solo traveling in Pakistan as a woman. If you’re not sure, better to politely decline. It may be a missed opportunity, but better safe than sorry.


A girl on a train in Pakistan

On a train to the urs of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan Sharif, Sindh

Safety tips for female travelers in Pakistan

I could go on all day about ways to stay safe and happy in Pakistan… but ain’t none of us got all day. To get you started, here are some basic safety tips that I recommend to all women asking me about traveling in Pakistan.

Dress modestly.

This. This all day. Not that I want to police anyone’s dress, but when you’re visiting Pakistan as a woman, dressing modestly makes a world of difference.

I highly recommend buying yourself several salwar kameez, the long shirt/pant combo you’ll see women (and men) wearing all over Pakistan. A dupatta—the scarf women drape across their chest—is optional, but I find it useful to always have a scarf on hand in case you need to go into a religious place.

You can dress a bit more liberally in the wealthy/upmarket areas of Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad. There, you’ll see girls in the occasional t-shirt or tight pants. Otherwise, dress conservatively unless you want stares for days.

Don’t give men you don’t know your contact details.

Both men and women will ask you for your phone number, Facebook “ID”, Whatsapp number, etc. If you don’t know them—or don’t trust them—don’t give it to them. Either lie and say you don’t use Facebook/Whatsapp/whatever, or outright turn them down. Doesn’t matter which.

If you do give random people your details, be prepared to fend off their messages and calls day in and day out. I learned this the hard way!

If a man is giving you weird vibes, leave.

Are his eyes moving up and down your body? Is he looking a little too excited to talk to you? Or is he being too aggressive about contacting you online?

Drop him.

Don’t feel bad about it. Better you be rude than be harassed. Besides, he likely wouldn’t dare do the same to a Pakistani girl.

Address men as “bhai” or “uncle”.

Bhai means brother, and can be used on men approximately your age. Uncle is good for older men. By addressing them this way, you’re implying they’re like a respected friend or family to you. It lets them know you’re not interested in them sexually.

Avoid walking around too much at night in sparsely populated areas.

This applies everywhere in the world, but it doesn’t hurt to mention.

If you want to chill, put Gilgit Baltistan at the top of your bucket list.

If you want to travel to Pakistan as a woman but avoid hassle as much as possible, stick to traveling up north. Gilgit Baltistan has a large Ismaili Muslim community, and they’re renowned for being relatively liberal in their views of women.

In my experience, men in GB are much less creepy on average, and you’ll get a lot less unwanted attention there as the region is relatively used to foreign female travelers.

Read: Trust as a female traveler – my creep radar, explained

A girl sitting in a field of corn in Pakistan

Pakistan is gold, so long as you take the necessary precautions.

Resources for meeting people in Pakistan

Of course, that doesn’t mean you should forego Pakistani hospitality in favor of playing it safe! If you plan ahead a bit, you’ll be able to meet plenty of awesomesauce Pakistanis, and won’t have to worry about whether or not people are legitimate.

Following are some resources you can use to find people to meet up with or be hosted by:

  • Female Pakistan travelers: A Facebook group I created to connect women traveling in Pakistan. Both local and foreign women are welcome to join and ask any and all questions you might have regarding travel in Pakistan.
  • Couchsurfing: The holy grail of meeting awesome people abroad, you probably know this one already. Still, it doesn’t hurt to mention it! There are plenty of people on Couchsurfing in major cities, just be sure to vet them well before asking to meet up. Only stay with people that have recommendations from (ideally female) foreign travelers. Be cautious about posting public trips—it’s best that people don’t know exactly where you’ll be on any given date.
  • Backpacking Pakistan: A super helpful Facebook group aimed at encouraging foreign travelers to coordinate with each other. Specifically geared towards helping girls find travel companions and clearing up confusion about foreign travel in Pakistan. Includes both foreign and local travelers.
  • See you in Pakistan: Another useful Facebook group about travel in Pakistan, with far more Pakistanis in it than the previous group. There are a decent number of girls (and non-creepy dudes) in this group. Perfect for finding answers and hosts.
  • The Karakoram Club: The go-to place for anything and everything about travel in Northern Pakistan. There are almost too many helpful people in the group, and any questions you post in there will be flooded with answers and offers for help. Be wary of false information, and don’t accept any friend requests from dudes who didn’t help you. If group members are being creepy to you, alert the admins. They have a strict no harassment policy and will be quick to curse him to the depths of hell enforce the policy.


Solo female traveler checking out the sunset in Fairy Meadows, Pakistan

Basking in the glory of towering Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain in the world

Resources for planning your solo travel in Pakistan

From here on out, it’s all about planning your trip! Here are some things you might find useful:

Other useful guides for travel in Pakistan


So there you have it, a complete guide to safety as a female traveler in Pakistan. For now, happy planning, and safe travels! Please feel free to comment or contact me if you have any more questions.

Is it safe for women to travel to Pakistan? It's a common question, but the answer is more nuanced than you'd expect. Click through to learn if it's safe for females to travel in Pakistan.
Is it safe for women to travel to Pakistan? It's a common question, but the answer is more nuanced than you'd expect. Click through to learn if it's safe for females to travel in Pakistan.
Is it safe for women to travel to Pakistan? It's a common question, but the answer is more nuanced than you'd expect. Click through to learn if it's safe for females to travel in Pakistan.

Alex Reynolds

American by birth, British by passport, Filipina by appearance. Addicted to ice cream. Enjoys climbing trees, dislikes falling out. Has great fondness for goats which is usually not reciprocated.

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57 thoughts on “Is it safe for women to travel in Pakistan?

    I would even go further as to say that it’s a good idea not to be too public about your travels plans if you’re a man in Pakistan. Pakistan is safe enough country, but there’s no need to become more of a travelling celebrity than any foreigner already is!!

    Agreed. We were always a bit vague about where we were and where we were going. You never know who might be reading.

    Very informative post, thank you for that!
    What do you think of a gay (two people perceived as female) couple travelling in Pakistan or Iran?
    Me and my fiancé would love to go there but we’re scared. We know that it wouldn’t be easy and that we should probably just show ourselves to other people as two friends travelling together. But it’s still scary. It’s difficult to hide all the love you have for yourselves and stop doing even simple gestures like putting one’s hand on another and we’re scared of what would happen.
    What do you think about this issue? You probably had no experience with it but hey, it’s never bad to ask!

    Though you’re right, we don’t have firsthand experience, we think it’s certainly possible.

    Small gestures subtly done might go unnoticed, or be disregarded. I don’t know where you’re from, but in these countries, people are much more forward and touchy with each other than you or I might be used to. Boys hold hands, girls hold hands, but boys and girls don’t hold hands in public (go figure). What, to you, might seem like gesture of affection for your partner might come off as a friendly gesture to locals. You might actually have more freedom than a hetero couple traveling around in the countries, as PDAs between a boy and a girl are a most definite no-no.

    Of course, you shouldn’t go around advertising the fact that you’re a gay couple. If you just say you’re friends, and keep the displays of affection behind closed doors, there’s no reason for any concern. It’s frustrating that it’s necessary, but I don’t think there’s a need to be scared, especially since you’re foreign visitors, not citizens.

    Bina Kamran Khalfay says:

    Hi there. As a Pakistani I suggest keeping the fact you’re a couple on the down-low when traveling in Pakistan. Just say you’re friends. Also ‘platonic’ type of PDA, something you could do with your mom, kid, sibling is ok. Like holding hands, hugging. As long as it’s nothing sexual. Even for a hetero couple, kissing etc is considered indecent, and may get them into trouble. In Pakistan, intimacy is meant to be, well, very intimate – something not to be advertised to the world. Even my parents don’t show affection in front of us & it’s just how the culture is. We’re just not very touchy-feely that way.

    Khan Hamza says:

    Your blog is too much informative but i would like to add few points…
    1. In big cities like lahore, islamabad, karachi etc you can easily go around in day time. If you want to visit local market better to dress up like locals. During night time its better not walk alone. Dont take local taxi, prefer to have a taxi from registered cab services. Most hotels provide cab services that are totally safe.
    2. In northern areas if you are traveling alone, better to book some good hotel, do contact the tourism department as they can guide you fully about which places to visit and which to not and also they can help you if you get any problem.
    3. Local people are very co operative, very hospitile, and very friendly.
    4. There are many facebook groups and pages for booking a local trip. Mostly which are registered with govt and are safe.

    Bina Kamran Khalfay says:

    Hi Alex. Great practical advice.
    I have another suggestion for people thinking of traveling to Pakistan but a bit afraid to go alone. If you know any Pakistani, they will gladly hook you up with a place to stay at a family member’s home and give you some contacts to call, just in case you are stranded or run into trouble.
    When I lived in Islamabad, we had people coming and staying with us from Lahore and Karachi all the time. Either for visa interviews, or as part of a trip to the Northern Areas, things like that. It’s just a normal thing. Having guests. For example, My grandmother in Karachi would call and say, I have a friend whose daughter has a visa interview at the US embassy in Islamabad. She needs a place stay. And so she came & stayed with us. This is very common practice. We had people coming and staying with us we didn’t know and hadn’t met, but because they were friends or relatives of someone we knew we treated them like our so.
    It is is however good manners to take a gift/token for the household you will be staying with, so you don’t look like you’re a freeloader and also as a token of appreciation for their hospitality. It could be chocolates for the kids or a fruit basket. Anything.
    So if you know any Pakistani colleague or friend etc, they can organise a place for you to stay, at a relative’s/family friend’s. Just ask.

    Thanks a lot for your comment. I’m sure our readers are happy with your input and the info you provide. Cheers!

    Ahmed Bashir says:

    Hey Alex, its so great to see people from outside Pakistan coming and exploring our country. Hey I would love it if you look into my article which I just wrote. Hope you could relate you journey with it.

    Lots of Love

    Sebastiaan says:

    Hiya, thanks for reaching out. I’ve deleted the link, as you already mentioned it in another comment. Don’t want our comment section to become too spammy. Sure you understand. Cheers!

    Female Dutchie says:

    Hi Alex (and Sebastiaan),

    The information you are providing has been exactly what I have been looking for (and more)! And not to forget those beautiful pics… Planning to go to Pakistan in the coming year but wasn’t getting too happy with the information I was getting on the internet (as so many I guess..). In desperate need of some positivity and I found it here. Well, I will be sending a link of this page to anyone who has doubts about me (female Dutchie +husband) going to this beautiful country.

    Thank you so so much, stay safe and enjoy the beauty of the world!

    Sebastiaan says:

    So glad it’s useful. When we told people we were going to Pakistan, people told us we were crazy. Our parents even offered to pay for a flight to India, so we could skip Pakistan. Not listening to them was one of the best travel decisions we’ve made to date.

    We’re sure you’ll have an awesome time. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. And when do you plan on going?

    Mill says:

    Thanks for all the awesome travel articles! So what cities did your visa say? I have heard if you are sponsored by a local pakistani with full attested documents, you can only go to that city. Did you find this to be true?

    Sebastiaan says:

    Hi there, glad you like our content. As far as we know, that only applies to Indian citizens. Our visas don’t say anything about travel restrictions.

    Jaysun says:

    This is a great article for anyone travelling to a place like Pakistan, whether male or female. I arrived on this page while researching recent travellers experiences, as my first ever trip abroad was to Pakistan (for three months – as a solo traveller in the 1990s!) and I’m hoping to return there next year. It seems like little has changed. For the most part people can expect hospitality unparallelled with any other nation (I say this wil many many travels under my belt to the lower Asian nations. There will always be a curiosity amongst the locals, as they see so few foreigners. One of the biggest ice breakers for me was that I wore the local dress from the very beginning and grew my beard, and tried to learn some words in the language of the areas I was in (note- languages in PK vary between regions). And unbelievably, it was impossible to pay for anything most of the time, as the hosts I always found myself with refused to take a single dime, or a grain of rice. Truly touching experiences are to be had in Pakistan, and I applaud anyone who is reading this and has made the decision to visit for their first time.

    Abdullah says:

    Hallo Alex
    Your article tells it all

    The pictures are super amazing

    My one thought is, i think tourism in pakistan was at pretty low for last almost 10 to 15 yrs. So hopefully if people start coming, this I think can also increase awareness. Although it does not change the patriarchial approach, But i think it can improve !.

    And anyone who plans to come, can always contact me for any kind of support !

    Alex says:

    Thank you Abdullah, for both the compliments and the offers for assistance!

    Yes, I think with time, people will grow more accustomed to female travelers exploring the country, and inshallah girls will have less troubles here in the future. Luckily, despite the bad eggs in the bunch, most men are more helpful than creepy 😉

    Sandra Fraser says:

    Hello Lost with a Purpose,

    I just wanted to say you two have a lovely blog, and I especially appreciated this post about Pakistan. I love female solo travel, and this gave me a great insight to the country. Thank you so much for the helpful information, beautiful pictures and a taste of the culture.

    Sebastiaan says:

    Thanks a lot, that’s great to hear!

    Katerina says:

    Thanks for this post! I’m thinking of going to Pakistan this summer for a friend’s wedding in Lahore–I’d be spending a good portion of my time in the city, but I definitely would want to venture out of the city to see nature. There is a possibility of pairing up with a fellow wedding attendee, but chances are that I’d have to travel alone outside of the wedding events.

    I’m a woman with solo travel experience, but mainly to Europe. For your test, I answered “no” to question #2, “not to difficult countries” for question #3, and “I think so?” for question #10. I am not discouraged from doing this trip (I really want to go!) but I do want to make sure I do my homework before I commit to it.

    What did you find was the best way to deal with creeps? Did you yell at them, or quietly try to remove yourself from the situation? Did you get any retaliation for calling them out?

    Thank you for all of the information!

    Elle says:

    Hi Alex.

    Great post! You inspired me to consider travelling to Pakistan. I was wondering if I will stick out like a sore thumb there as a Filipina then I saw your bio (you’re Filipina by appearance :))

    I’ve traveled to Iran before so I can handle patriarchal and conservative places, and to Central Asia (as a matter of fact, I will be back there in the next months) for a about couple of weeks each time. So no long-term experience in backpacking a particular country due to work commitments but I’ve been to challenging destinations. I would have to think if I can handle Pakistan in the near future though.

    Alex says:

    Woop, always happy to hear I’ve inspired others!

    Given your travel experience, I think you should certainly consider visiting. If you’re apprehensive about it, give Lahore and the northern areas (Gilgit Baltistan) a try. They’re traveler friendly, and you’re likely to face less difficulties there than in other parts of the country. Pakistan is also picking up as a destination — you might run into other travelers to buddy up with in those parts these days!

    Anna Misurina says:

    I would not ever think of traveling in Pakistan, alone or with a friend!

    Alex says:

    Fair enough! To each his or her own 🙂

    Ellie says:

    I am a white British female travelling with some male friends next week, 1 British Pakistani, 1 British Indian and 1 British Chinese, so will not be alone. I can’t wait! Thank you so much for your informative article. Your photos are beautiful. Please can you tell me where the sweetcorn photo was taken?

    Alex says:

    Thank you for the kind words, and exciting that you’re heading to Pakistan soon! The sweet corn photo was taken on a roadside outside of Lahore in May.

    Jannah says:

    Hello!! Thank you for this post and many other posts on Pakistan from you guys! I will be visiting Pakistan soon.

    I have a question. I read somewhere about not to mention certain areas like Hunza or Gilgit and Karachi if asked or when applying for the visa. Is it still an issue now? I get it why not to mention Gilgit or those northern parts, but Karachi? Isn’t it one of the main cities?


    Alex says:

    Not mentioning Karachi? No, I’d say Karachi is fine—I’ve put it on every single one of my visa applications…

    Az says:

    Hi guys,

    I’m also thinking of going to Lahore for a friend’s wedding. I am a young, white British woman. I’m really excited about the whole idea, however I have been warned not to travel there alone. I’m hoping a male friend will join me on the adventure but I have been waiting forever to hear back from him…

    As women our lives are more difficult than our male counterparts, and if you don’t travel with a man you’re basically viewed as ‘available’. My main concern about going to Lahore is that men will be quite threatening/intimidating… I can deal with catcalling and have been groped before (in my own country, because this is a problem everywhere), but I don’t know whether it will be more threatening or frightening over there.

    My mum is terrified and thinks I’ll get kidnapped/trafficked or whatever, I told her it’s not that bad but when you grow up on a diet of Western movies it’s quite hard to shake that image off, I guess. But I am dying to go as my friend is really important to me, and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

    Oops, this was a bit more rambly than I intended. Sorry!

    Alex says:

    No worries, I am Queen of the Rambling!

    Most men in Lahore will not be very intimidating, and catcalling isn’t as common—at least, not in a language you understand! I think groping and other unpleasant touching is your most likely concern, not people being aggressive and intimidating.

    As for being kidnapped… I’m 99.9% certain that’s a non-issue 😉 I know from experience that shaking your mum’s perspective on it is probably impossible, so best thing is to go and not get kidnapped (ideally) then tell her all about how wonderful people were once you return!

    Alyson Long says:

    Hi, thanks for this. I’m not going solo, I’m going with my husband and kids, but still, with them, I’ve been groped in India. No problems in Egypt, but India yes. So my question to you, what to wear? We’ll be trekking. Is normal trekking gear OK or do I need to be more covered as you are here? Love your outfit so I’m kind of hoping I need to go out and buy some lovely new stuff.

    Alex says:

    Groping, the international scourge of lady travelers!

    What to wear while trekking depends on where you are. If you’re trekking in Gilgit Baltistan, just wear long trekking trousers, and you can get away with wearing short sleeves if really necessary. You definitely won’t need to wear a hijab. The population of Gilgit Baltistan as a whole is relatively liberal.

    If you’re trekking in mountains in more conservative places like KPK (Swat Valley being the most common destination), you’ll definitely want to wear a long-sleeved shirt, and do consider covering your head until you get further into the mountains with less people. You’ll be the only one not wearing a hijab if you don’t…

    Laura Villa says:

    thank you so much for this huge amount of information; I am from Cartagena de indias, Colombia (so I know what to live in a “dangerous” country means) and I am planning my “solo” trip for may 2019 and this have been so helpfully. I really hope to enjoy as much as you did. Anyway if i find a buddy who wants to go eith me will be great otherwise I´m ready for Pakistan. Yey!!

    Devi Kapoor says:

    Nowadays, its absolutely safe to travel to Pakistan. You won’t face any problems in the big cities at all. If you plan to wander into rural areas it better to go with a guide. Unlike India Pakistanis have a lot of respect for females.

    Fahadmalik says:

    Welcome in pakistan all around the world we are welcoming and friendly people’s Pakistan is beautiful country in the world every thing is in it desert lash green valleys biggest mountains like Hindukosh Hamaliya karakoram ranges rivers lakes beaches 2nd biggest and world oldest salt mind in the world Pakistan is very safe and beautiful country yes I know we faces a lot of challenges from across the border Afghanistan and india and interior challenges is well we are nice people and All pakistani says come to Pakistan welcome in pakistan because everything is in it all beauti nature ????????????????????????????????????????????????????❤????❤❤????????????????????????????????????????

    Exploria says:

    Alex, your opinion as a foreigner matter a lot. Thank you for writing about our country.

    Thank you for taking the time to read it!

    Hema patel says:

    I have been looking at traveling to pakistan – the place that interests me most is lahore and the sindgh area near nawabshah – but the british gov website state these areas are not good to travel
    Please can you advise
    Many thanks

    You can definitely travel to these places, though in Nawabshah you might be very hot!

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    Anwaar says:

    Hi Alex and all females who are planning to travel to Pakistan,
    Must see
    1- “Eva Zu Beck” videos and guides. She has explored all major cities and Northern areas, and had a nice guide “Traveling to PAKISTAN: Everything You Need to Know”.

    2- “Alexander” video series (Traveling Pakistan: What the media doesn’t show you). He has shown Pakistan honestly.

    3- “Mark Wiens” video (What is it like to travel in PAKISTAN?) You will see hospitality of Pakistani people.

    I think it can help you a lot according to current situation in Pakistan.

    aura says:

    Hey! Thanks so much for this informative post. I have a few questions about getting around. I find being in transit to be one of the most vulnerable times for a solo female, so this is where I take my most precaution. What kind of transportation did you use and how did you find it? Thanks!

    Indeed transportation can be very vulnerable. However, people make sure to accommodate lone women often in transport. I’ve taken everything from buses to minibuses to rickshaws to whatever alone. Usually, people will be so surprised that you’re alone that they’ll take extra care of you. I often get to sit in the front seat by the driver, and in general women are often seated next to each other as in Pakistan people consider it inappropriate for a woman to sit next to a man she is not related to (aside from the driver).

    Sale says:

    Are you researching on social system in Muslim country? Or travelling ? Then you should first watch and research on media( directly insisting by the secular government) which is shaping the people’s mind about anything , specially about women ….

    They are not unrelated.

    Emma says:

    I just want to say, thank you so much for posting such words for fellow travelers. I could not imagine how you were able to keep your cool in front of certain men in Pakistan. I am glad you have the guts to go out in Pakistan so other women do not have to learn for themselves on ways to solo travel, even giving sources of many other solo and couple travelers in Pakistan!

    Thank you for taking the time to read them! I hope they’re helpful 🙂 Yes, others shouldn’t have to make the same mistakes as I have… I’ve already made them, ha!

    Cynthia Nolder says:

    I have a facebook friend & phone friend at times from Pakistan since September. I am considering traveling to meet him in the future, but have only been as far as Europe, and had 2 traveling companions. Is it advisable to do a background check first for personal peace of mind? I have dealt with African facebook scammers in the past, and sometimes wonder if there are any in Pakistan. I just want to be sure. Thanks so much for the all the comments & info so far

    Hi Cynthia. I wouldn’t worry about scams so much as making sure his intentions are just for friendship. It’s very common for Pakistani men to reach out to foreign women online in the hopes of establishing a relationship and eventually getting married to obtain a visa to another country. I think it would be better if you visited Pakistan independently, then met with him for coffee or something equally innocent and casual.

    Anne angel says:

    Yes, Pakistan is totally safe for all of us. Not for all of us well nowadays there a lots of outsider people who are came to Pakistan nowadays for toursim. I am impressed that Pakistan is totally safe now.
    We are working on a website in which we can provide information

    Diana A says:

    Cynthia take my advice do not stay with your friend . I have been married to two different Pakistan’s men . Met them in the USA . I was married to one just under two years . It used my daughter to control me and secure a job .a nice one the second is a good man but you will never be good enough to marry and there views of love and truth to people not Pakistani are very different period I even gave his parents twin first grandsons not good enough . They treat me like trash . They are middle class my advice is their are much easier relationships out there much . There can be some serious repercussions for things that would be normal to you in a relationship . These guys weren’t men that needed a visa and birth order also means a lot . Don’t stay by yourself and if he can prove your married you have a whole new set of problems . It wouldn’t be that hard . Reconsider real hard . What your doing and what is discussed here are two very different things and once you are wide and with a less than honest imam you have no rights your husband and his family does . Just FYI

    Arabela says:

    Thank you for your HONEST opinion. Unfortunately, many travel influencers tend to present SoFe travel in Pakistan like it’s literally backpacking in Bali.
    I’m currently in Lahore and would love to see more of the city and country since I’m staying at my boyfriend’s place in a rather boring part of town. The problem is that my boyfriend doesn’t like to go out that much and he’s reluctant to let me travel around on my own, which he’s of course totally okay with in other countries. That leaves me stuck at home all day like pretty much all the women in his family.
    And I’m not dismissing his arguments in any way. He always tells me this one story when he went out with a local female friend who ended up being physically harassed by a police officer simply because she walked ahead too far. And of course, since coming here my Facebook has been flooded with guys calling me and stalking my profile trying to find out which part of town I’m staying in.
    I’d just love to see more of this wonderful country in the few weeks or months I’m staying here. It’s definitely a very comfortable experience going out with a male local but if it requires solo travel to see a bit more, I’d do that too. It really wouldn’t be my first time to get groped in the streets…

    Responding to this a bit late, I do know you’ve seen a bit more of the country by now 😉 But yes, you illustrate several of the many realities there—though some women live more mobile lifestyles, many are stuck at home more often than not. Even if you’re being careful, you still end up with an absurd quantity of DMs from random men trying to get at you. The country is worth it, as I think we can agree, but the challenges for local and foreign women are still present.

    Anna says:

    Indeed after watching some female “travellers” who travel with a group of males and say that Pakistan is safe for solo female, I was glad to read your honest comprehensive guide. Im travelling in Pakistan with a male friend and still experiencing sorts of sexual approaches and touching, even my male friend time from time has to tell them that we are together to stop further advances. I cannot imagine what would be if I was alone. So I cannot take the responsibility to say that solo female is safe and I would not like to go alone simply because I would like to enjoy the trip, not to deal with harassment constantly.
    More interesting that tour guides in Pakistan remove my comments about solo female safety from their websites :/

    I’m sorry you’re going through all of that :/ Harassment is already frustrating, and having to rely on men to protect you from it is even more frustrating. Choosing to travel with men definitely makes it easier, and if that’s what it takes to make your trip more enjoyable, so be it! I hope you find some good experiences despite the bad encounters. Stay safe!

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