Pakistan’s Swat sees revival of winter tourism

Located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the scenic Swat Valley is referred to as the ‘Switzerland of Pakistan.’

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A man skis in the powder snow at the top of the ski resort in Malam Jabba, Pakistan, February 7, 2017.

When you think of Pakistan, you might not think of skiing. Well, improved security has brought a revival of winter tourism to Pakistan's Swat Valley.

The region was under Taliban control for almost a decade; they declared skiing "un-Islamic."

In 2009, Pakistan’s army drove militants out of the valley and since then there has been a marked improvement in the security environment.

And now a swathe of local tourists are making the most of their mountains, and operators are hoping foreign ones will follow suit. 

TRT World’s Sally Ayhan reports.