Best Mountain Trip Runner-Up: Karakoram Range, Pakistan

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Hunza Peak and Lady Finger in Karakoram.     Photo: Takayuki Hayato /Shutterstock

Yes, that Pakistan. These days, in-the-know mountaineers like David Lama are looking to the slowly reopening Karakoram Range as one of the great adventure frontiers. But you need a good guide. That’s where Nazir Sabir comes in. The first Pakistani to summit Everest and K2 and the president of the Alpine Club of Pakistan, Sabir is the go-to guy for outfitters like Mountain Madness. On his custom circular trek, clients start at 9,832 feet in the village of Askole, then spend the next 14 days traversing high alpine passes. There’s an option to head to K2 base camp, at 16,732 feet, but the highlight comes on day 15, when trekkers top out at 18,537-foot Gondogoro La, a pass that separates the Hushe Valley from the Upper Baltoro Glacier and was recently reopened after shifting seracs made it impassable for a year. The view from the top is one of the most stunning on the planet. $2,985 per person.

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