On my upcoming trip I'll be starting in Asia and would love to travel overland to Europe, especially via Iran.
Usually I'm not scared or intimidated by "dangerous" destinations. China is a breeze and I'm not at all fazed by Iran, having met lots of lovely Iranians and a few travellers who had great times there.
But last time I intended to visit Pakistan from China I was told the Hunza Valley area had no terrorists and was perfectly safe. But a few weeks before my trip there were ten tourists murdered by terrorists dressed as police at a mountain in Gilgit province, quite close to where I hoped to go.
Violence directed specifically at foreigners, westerners, or tourists is one thing that does put me off a destination.
But this doesn't necessarily put me off a whole country if I can be reasonably assured that I only have to avoid certain areas.
So is there a particularly "safe" route from China to Iran via Pakistan (and not via Afghanistan)?