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witch road is safe to come from Iran to pakistan
Posted November 26th, 2012 - 8:27 am by from Laval, France (Permalink)
Hello my name is fabien
i am a french traveller currently in Iran
and i want to go overland to India
i have already my pakistanese visa and i am wondering how to cross the bolder

i am wondering what is the most safe place for cross and come in pakistan

people tell me that the road from zahedan to quetta is not safe at all and that quetta is ownded by taliban people

i am wondering if i could come from chahabar to ggwadar in the southern part or Pakistan
or from saravan to panjgur
i am looking for buse because i do not think that hitchiking fro; iranian to pakistan bolder it is safe

thank you for any kind of wise and true advices



Posted November 26th, 2012 - 8:46 am by from Karachi, Pakistan (Permalink)
As far as I understand, there is only one legitimate overland border crossing between Pakistan and Iran, which is Zahedan-Quetta.

Others borders are more unsafe, so no point in discussing that. If Chaharbahar-Gwadar border has opened then it would be a big good news for me, and for other travelers, off-course. Last year I took my car all the way to that border from Karachi, just out of curiosity and without any plans to cross it. The route cannot be termed safer than the conventional Zahedan-Quetta one, however, enroute wonders of the Makran Coast are worth taking the risk.

Coming back to your question; the report that Quetta had been taken over by Taliban is completely rubbish, imo. Whoever told you have not been to Quetta, I can bet. And then when the US is rebuilding its ties with Taliban, that matters less, imho.

I visited Ziarat, a hill station near Quetta, and found the business as usual there.

Zahedan-Quetta is a tough route always and considered the most difficult part in cross continental overland journey; even in those peaceful days, more due to the tough terrain and weak infrastructure. The area is very thinly populated in the otherwise dense country.

Imho, if you follow the usual guidelines and tips by previous travelers, you shall be ok, imo.

This is what I found helpful on LP:

Not to mention, if you cross by Karachi I would be happy to meet you.

All the best.


Posted November 26th, 2012 - 10:44 am by from Manchester, England (Permalink)

I am going to do that route next year on my motorbike. From what I've read you get security escorts from Zahedan to Quetta. They will escort you to the next checkpoint then swap at the next and so on until Quetta. I think these guys are local security officers and will know about the latest happenings in their locality and may advise you to stay or push on or take another route etc. The latest blog I am reading, the guys managed to get the permission to travel alone from Queatta (you need to get a permission of travel from the police, if not hop on a train to Lahore) but they were only allowed to go to Lahore via Karachi as the road in between wasn't safe at the time. This is a massive D-tour but a good excuse to come to Karachi. I have not made my mind up about this yet, either gun it to Gilgit or face the heat and dust.. but see Karachi. Anyways, best of luck on your travels. Although that region (Zahedan-to-Quetta) is considered dangerous I haven't read any troubles with people who are overlanding it (unless they just got lucky).

All the best

Posted November 26th, 2012 - 11:01 am by from Karachi, Pakistan (Permalink)
Good to know about your plan Oliver.

What I understand from fellow overland travelers, the 'police escort' is usually a lazy and good-for-nothing policeman who accompanies foreigners in the bus. I am not sure about those who bring their own vehicles, however, don't let this protocol fool you, which is at best is useful to avoid opportunistic theft, imo.

Adding to the security thing, although Baluchistan is considered generally unsafe - not only for foreigners - but Zahedan-Quetta is not famous for security threats to foreigners. I have met quite a few travelers here in Karachi and none of them reported any issues, other than the inconveniences, which should not be underestimated, imo.

Posted November 27th, 2012 - 9:25 am by from Lahore, Pakistan (Permalink)
Its Safe. Its just boring at times with Escort. enjoy that and Almost every week there's some motorcyclist or some overlanders crossing it . Do u want me to pass on Their Blog address ?
Be my guest in lahore ;)

Posted November 28th, 2012 - 3:55 am by from Karachi, Pakistan (Permalink)
You may like to get in touch with these guys, I guess:

Posted November 28th, 2012 - 3:04 pm by from Saarbruecken, Germany (Permalink)
One very special Comment.

Any road that is Witch is not going to be safe anyways :P

Goodluck with your travelling endavours in Pakistan

Posted November 28th, 2012 - 6:57 am by from Hunza, Pakistan (Permalink)
I organized tour from Tafftan to Wgah border for 24 German campervans with 50 members in the group from 5th Nov to 15 Nov this month and i am going again to pick another group in first week of Dec. It is safe to travel on the said route, remember you need NOC to exit from Balochistan so don't forget to get one from the home depertment at Quetta.

Posted November 28th, 2012 - 2:56 pm from Istanbul, Turkey
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Posted November 28th, 2012 - 3:42 pm by from Manchester, England (Permalink)
also one more tip to those who might the the train to Lahore, don't waste your monies on the airconditioned carriages as apparently it's hit and miss and less comfortable. The cheaper carriages you can open the windows and get a sensible breeze. Aircon brakes during the day and works all night (which makes you cold)

Posted December 2nd, 2012 - 7:01 pm by from Laval, France (Permalink)
hello and thx you for all your msg
so it is sound good
i am also looking now for ecological project that me and my friend could join

we are going from zahedan to quetta , karachi and finally lahore thx for any advice about nice places where to help few days on this road


Posted December 3rd, 2012 - 3:53 am by from Karachi, Pakistan (Permalink)

Welcome to Pakistan in advance.

Please do give me a message when you happen to Karachi, I will be happy to meet you.

Last month I visited Quetta, by public transport, so I may also share latest experiences about transportation and logistics.

About the ecological project you may contact WWF in Karachi. During winters, the endangered Green Turtles come to beaches near Karachi for nesting and WWF runs a project for their safety and mass awareness. Though I had never involved with them but observed their presence over there.

So welcome again and feel free to contact me should you need any assistance or information.

Have a good journey.


Posted December 2nd, 2012 - 11:22 pm from London, England
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