Suggested route through Pakistan
Hi Rocco & Piersb
I've just ridden through Nepal, India, Pakistan, Iran and almost completed Turkey. More than 8000 kms to date. Perhaps no great feat given the number of riders who've done htis journey this over the years, but I'm doing it on a 102 year old FN & I'm only 33 years younger than the bike, so guess that's a little out of the ordinary.
In my humble opinion Iran was easy to travel through, with the section from the border to Bam requiring mandatory police escort. The same in Pakistan from border to Quetta. It's a little inconvenient given there is a lot of changing of escorts but if you're aware that this is what happens then it's no big deal. I slept mainly in dhabas (truckstops) in Pakistan as I can only travel 100 - 150kms a day. The bike needs more rests than I do!
The journey in the main has been amazing. Anything untoward was due in part to my own carelessness. People in Iran and Pakistan incredibly generous & hospitable, including officials. From Indian border at Amritsar I rode to Lahore, Multan, Quetta, Dalbandin, Kuh-e-Taftan, Zahedan, Bam, Kerman, Yazd, Esfahan, Tehran, Tabriz. Don't miss Toudeshk between Esfahan & Nain for a great place to stay & Mohammed, a fantastic host.
I also did the KKH but not on my FN. Yes, it is a beautiful area to visit despite the problems that exist for locals. If you're afraid you'll miss out on something, then don't. Take as much time as you can afford and enjoy the experience.
Old Bloke on a Bike | Travels of an old guy on an old bike, from one side of the world to the other