Tour OperatorsTours led entirely by women will also venture to India, Iran, Morocco and Jordan.

Pakistan calling for Intrepid’s female explorers

Intrepid’s Pakistan tours will visit the Hunza junction point of mountain ranges.
Intrepid’s Pakistan tours will visit the Hunza junction point of mountain ranges.

Intrepid Travel is launching a range of women’s trips and experiences for 2023, including its first-ever Women’s Expedition in Pakistan.

Intrepid’s Women’s Expeditions - first launched in 2018 - are a collection of tours led entirely by females.

Coinciding with International Women’s Day (8 March) Intrepid says the aim of the tours is “to break down barriers for female travellers, debunk misconceptions about gender norms and celebrate the similarities and differences of women around the globe.”

The 12-Day Pakistan Women’s Expedition will have its first departure on 17 September 2023 from Lahore, Pakistan. It will connect travellers with local women in settings typically off-limits to mixed-gender groups.

Travellers will have the unique opportunity of experiencing one of the country's few female-only salons in the ancient town of Gulmit, which provides women with hijabs a safe and respectful place to get their haircut.

Travellers will join a local female leader on a journey through the Hunza Valley, discovering the communities and landscapes of the Hallowed Karakorum and Hindu Kush mountains.

Intrepid Pakistani tour leader Aneeqa Ali, the founder of The Mad Hatters, a female-led travel company, says there is a lack of female inclusion in her home country’s tourism efforts.

“Even the most adventurous travellers who have been all over the world don’t know much about Pakistan. When travellers want to visit, women want a female tour guide because of the news they’ve heard about Pakistan, but if you look at Pakistan’s tourism industry, it’s like a world of men.

“I’ve faced these challenges first-hand and thought ‘Why not be the change you want to see in the world?'".

Alongside the Pakistan Expedition, Intrepid is also debuting a Nepal Women’s Expedition, which will run for the first time this year. Other tours will visit Morocco, India, Jordan and Iran.

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