Astounding Hunza KKH Spring Blossom Essence

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Duration

8 days, 7 nights

Tour Type

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Group Size

16 people

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About this tour

Incredible Scenery

From the Karakoram, Hindukush & Himalayas to the lush waters of the South

Rich History

One of the world's oldest civilisations

Architecture

Marvel at the Royal Forts and grand palaces

Wildlife

Home to snow leopards, brown bears and more

Delicious Food

Enjoy the rich flavours and spices

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  • Start in Islamabad: Begin your journey in Pakistan’s vibrant capital, exploring modern landmarks and cultural gems like Faisal Mosque and Lok Virsa Museum.

  • Journey to Hunza Valley: Travel along the scenic Karakoram Highway (KKH) to reach the breathtaking Hunza Valley, famous for its cherry blossoms and stunning landscapes.

  • Explore Passu and Khunjerab Pass: Discover the charm of Passu village and marvel at the majestic Khunjerab Pass, offering panoramic views of the Karakoram Range.

  • Experience Attabad Lake and Gilgit: Relax by the azure waters of Attabad Lake and immerse yourself in the bustling town of Gilgit, known for its rich culture and delicious cuisine.

  • Venture into Fairy Meadows and Nanga Parbat: Trek to Fairy Meadows for panoramic views of Nanga Parbat, the world’s ninth-highest peak, and experience the tranquility of this picturesque location.

  • Visit Taxila, Khewra Salt Mine, and Lahore: Explore the ancient ruins of Taxila, descend into the depths of Khewra Salt Mine, and conclude your journey in Lahore, a city steeped in history and culinary delights.

  • Carefully Curated Itinerary: The tour is expertly designed to maximize your experience, combining natural wonders, cultural immersion, and unforgettable adventures.

  • Cultural Immersion: Engage with friendly locals, savor authentic Pakistani cuisine, and gain insights into the diverse traditions and customs of the region.

  • Natural Splendor: From cherry blossom valleys to majestic mountains and serene lakes, the tour showcases the unparalleled beauty of Pakistan’s landscapes.

  • Unforgettable Memories: Whether you’re hiking to Nanga Parbat’s base camp, exploring ancient archaeological sites, or admiring the scenic vistas along the Karakoram Highway, every moment is filled with discovery and wonder.

Discover the Beauty of Hunza Valley with Hunza KKH Spring Blossom Essence

Embark on an extraordinary adventure through Pakistan’s captivating landscapes and cultural treasures with the Hunza KKH Spring Blossom Essence tour. This immersive journey is designed to showcase the natural splendor of Hunza Valley while offering insights into Pakistan’s rich heritage.

Start in Islamabad Your adventure commences in Islamabad, where you’ll be greeted by modern architecture, lush parks, and cultural landmarks like Faisal Mosque and Lok Virsa Museum.

Journey to Hunza Valley Travel along the legendary Karakoram Highway (KKH), soaking in panoramic views of towering mountains and picturesque valleys. Arrive in Hunza Valley, known for its cherry blossoms and breathtaking scenery.

Explore Passu and Khunjerab Pass Visit the quaint village of Passu, famed for its serene ambiance and stunning Passu Cones backdrop. Proceed to Khunjerab Pass, offering sweeping vistas of the Karakoram Range and serving as a gateway to China.

Discover Attabad Lake and Gilgit Relax by the azure waters of Attabad Lake, formed by a massive landslide in 2010. Continue to Gilgit, a bustling town where you can experience local culture and cuisine.

Experience Fairy Meadows and Nanga Parbat Venture into Fairy Meadows, a tranquil haven with panoramic views of Nanga Parbat, the world’s ninth-highest peak. Hike to the base camp for an unforgettable encounter with this majestic mountain.

Visit Taxila, Khewra Salt Mine, and Lahore Explore the ancient ruins of Taxila, showcasing centuries-old Buddhist artifacts. Descend into Khewra Salt Mine, one of the world’s largest salt mines. Conclude your journey in Lahore, a city steeped in history and culinary delights.

Why Choose Hunza KKH Spring Blossom Essence?

  • Carefully Curated Itinerary: Our tour maximizes your experience by combining natural wonders with cultural exploration.
  • Cultural Immersion: Engage with locals, savor authentic cuisine, and learn about Pakistan’s diverse traditions.
  • Natural Splendor: From cherry blossom valleys to majestic mountains and serene lakes, Pakistan’s beauty is on full display.
  • Unforgettable Memories: Whether trekking to Nanga Parbat or exploring ancient sites, every moment is filled with discovery.

Book Your Adventure Today

Join us on the Hunza KKH Spring Blossom Essence tour for an unforgettable journey through Pakistan’s hidden treasures. Immerse yourself in beauty, culture, and adventure, creating memories that last a lifetime.

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Trip Information

Arrival and Departure Information
  • When you arrive in, a VE representative will be waiting for you outside the arrivals hall with either a VE sign or one bearing your name. If you don’t see them immediately, please be patient and stay in the arrivals area. They may be assisting another traveler and will be back shortly.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included. Travelers who purchase their own flights, and who’ll arrive and depart from the same airports on the same travel days as their fellow group members, may request transfers with VE Tours for an additional cost.
Tour Pacing

Tour pacing considers how often you’ll switch hotels, what you’ll do each day, and how you’ll get from place to place. You can expect:

  • Most days and evenings to be full of included activities.
  • Most transportation to be by private car, SUV or motor coach.
  • Daily bus time to vary and occasionally be lengthy.

 

Walking, Terrain & Physical Considerations
  • Travelers should be prepared to walk 1–2 kilometers each day on city streets, cobblestone roads, and uneven stone and dirt paths.
  • Stone pathways and archaeological sites can become slick when wet.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance.
Climate Considerations

Weather conditions can vary significantly throughout your journey. In the Northern mountains, where elevations exceed 3,000 meters, even during mid-summer, the weather can become harsh with occasional snow flurries. Islamabad and the plains generally experience higher temperatures compared to the mountains. During autumn, the weather is usually pleasant, featuring warm days and cooler nights as you ascend higher. However, early snowfall in autumn can bring chilly temperatures, particularly during the night, so it’s important to be prepared.

Meals  and Cuisine

  • This tour includes all lunches and  dinners for Gold and Diamond package. They may be set menus, buffets, or family-style meals, depending on the location. Meals also include  water, coffee, and tea.
  • A hotel breakfast is included each morning in all pacakges.
  • While meat-free options abound in the country, Pakistan’s known for flavorful meat dishes like Karahi, kebab (a mixture of meats and seasonings, skewered and grilled) and biryani (a hearty serving of rice, meat, and spices). 
  • Meals are usually served with rice or a variety of breads, such as unleavened roti and famous, flat naan.

Accommodations

  • We handpick every hotel you’ll stay at, striking a balance between comfort, location, and local charm.
  • Specific properties will vary based on your chosen package, departure date, but are typically guesthouses and two to five-star hotels, always include private bathrooms, and usually have in-room safes for valuables. Additionally, your hotels will have Wi-Fi, but access may be limited to common areas. Also, there may not be elevators.
  • Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that your accommodations will have laundry services or facilities. 

Power cuts and internet outages are common in Gilgit Baltistan and you should be prepared for the possibility of this.

Solo Travel and Single Supplements

At our company, a significant portion, approximately 80%, of our clients are solo travelers, so the likelihood of you being alone on your journey is minimal.

Our pricing structure is typically based on twin-share accommodations. However, it’s important to note that single supplements are not mandatory for any of our tours. If you prefer not to pay for a single supplement, we will arrange for you to share accommodations with another solo traveler of the same gender throughout the duration of the trip.

If you choose to pay for a single supplement on this particular trip, please be aware that it will cover you for all nights of the tour except for accommodations at the local guest houses.

It’s worth mentioning that paying for a single supplement ensures you have sole occupancy of a single room. While these rooms are generally of similar size to double/twin rooms, there may be instances where they are slightly smaller.

We strive to accommodate all our travelers’ preferences and ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone, whether traveling solo or with companions.

Transport

This tour utilizes various modes of transportation, including, planes, cars, rickshaws, and 4×4, jeeps or land cruisers.

All our group transfers between locations will be taken in a privatized well  maintained vehicle.

Key Considerations

Vertical Explorers emphasizes that this tour is suitable for individuals in good health, with an adventurous spirit and an open mindset, as many activities are optional. Please be aware of steep walks in valleys. Additionally, note that some driving days are extended due to road conditions rather than distance.

Please be informed that administrative and security requirements in Pakistan can change suddenly, impacting the itinerary. Visitors must remain flexible, understanding that overnight stops and itinerary details may change. Some journeys may be lengthy due to road conditions and security arrangements.

Guide & Supporting Team

For the full duration of your trip you will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking guide.

  • Your tour guide will lead your group. Their role is not only to provide information and context on the destinations you visit, but also to confirm services, coordinate inclusions, prepare each day’s activities, and support travelers while on tour. As such, they must focus on the success of the group, and can’t provide individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • During the trek, your guide will be assisted by our local support team which will include an assistant guide, driver, cook and porters.

On-Tour Support

During your Tour in Pakistan, one of the invaluable benefits we offer is access to our 24/7 Emergency Support Team. With our extensive network of regional offices and comprehensive risk management guidelines, this dedicated team is equipped to anticipate and address on-tour challenges in a flexible and proactive manner.

Through rigorous training, incident response planning, and decades of experience, our On-Tour Support team is prepared to assist travelers and Tour Guides in various scenarios, ranging from personal health concerns and injuries to unforeseen events. Their expertise extends to coordinating with outside specialists and collaborating with local and international authorities as necessary, ensuring a comprehensive approach to handling emergencies.

Moreover, our team is committed to facilitating communication between travelers and their families in case of emergencies, whether they occur on the road or back home. You can rest assured that our On-Tour Support will be there to provide additional support and assistance throughout your Vertical Explorers Tour, prioritizing your safety and peace of mind at all times.

Time Zones

Pakistan is 5 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and 10 hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET). The country does not observe daylight saving time.

Getting There

You will need to arrive at Islamabad International Airport, Airport code (code ISB) on day 1 of your itinerary. If you would prefer to arrive a few days earlier, we would be happy to book additional hotel accommodation for you on request.

In order to reach Gilgit/Skardu, it is necessary to fly first to Islamabad and then take a domestic flight up to Gilgit/Skardu or travel on KKH /or Naran( only in summer months) to reach there.

 There are multiple routes for travelers from Europe, East Asia, Austraila and the USA to reach Pakistan.

The primary gateway is Islamabad International Airport. Numerous airlines operate flights to Islamabad via the Middle East, with Qatar Airways, Gulf Air, Turkish Airline, Batik, Thai and Emirates being prominent options. These carriers offer daily flights with layovers at their respective hubs. However, it’s essential to scrutinize layover durations, as some can be considerably lengthy. Qatar Airways typically offers the shortest layovers, particularly at Doha.

Those coming from China can fly to Kashgar and enter Pakistan by road via Khunjerab pass to Pakistan and from India via only Wagha border between Lahore and Amritsar.

In summary, travelers have several flight options to reach Islamabad from Europe and the USA, with layovers in the Middle East or via Bankok. Careful consideration of layover duration and airline reputations can contribute to a smoother travel experience, particularly for those embarking on this trip in Pakistan.

Domestic flights from Islamabad to Skardu/Gilgit depart in the mornings and take roughly 1 hour. Remember that if you book your international and domestic flight separately, you will need to collect your luggage and check in again for your domestic flight. Be sure to allow enough time for this in between flights!

There are only two domestic airlines providing flights to Skardu /Gilgit PIA and Air blue from Islamabad to Skardu.

Most flights depart between 6am and 11am daily.

On arrival at the airport, once you have collected your luggage, please look out for a member of our local team in the arrivals area. They will then travel with you via a car to our hotel. 

There are only two airports in Gilgit Baltistan.

But there is a daily flight from Islamabad whole year but subject to weather.

Almost all routes to Gilgit and Skardu require a layover in Islamabad, and often due to flight times, an overnight. Also flying in and out of this airport can be hair-raising, due to its geographical location high in the mountains.

Flights can only  depart  during the day when visibility is clear and the weather is favorable, so flight delays and cancellations are common.

Fly to Islamabad

Flights to Islamabad International Airport in Islamabad operate regularly from many around the world and it is easy to find direct flights. If you are coming from outside of Pakistan, you are definitely stopping in Islamabad before heading to Skardu/ Gilgit. You  will need to go through Immigration and Customs and will need to retrieve your luggage even if your flight to Skardu/Gilgit is  immediately afterwards.

If your flight lands in Islamabad after 9 AM , you will need to spend the evening in Islamabad. We recommend heading to the Islamabad city which takes about 35 minutes by taxi as there is no hotel close to airport.

From Islamabad to Skardu/Gilgit

From Islamabad, nonstop flights from Islamabad to Skardu or Gilgit Airport cost anywhere from $100 to $200 and run every day of the week. The flight is only 50 minutes long. We do recommend booking few weeks before departure as there is a high demand  and low supply. They seem to cancel flights less often and have more options if you need to move your flight.

Another way to get there from Islamabad is by the road.

Hop on a bus from Rawalpindi Pirwadah Bus station to Skardu or Gilgit. There are many buses leaving to Skardu and Gilgit each day on KKH.

Cross Border (Khunjerab Pass) From China

Crossing Khunjerab Pass from Tashkurgan, China to Pakistan (From April to November –

Monday -Friday  except Holidays)

To do this crossing from China, you have to have your visa for Pakistan  in advance by online or through the embassy consulate in your country. https://vepakistan.com/pakistan-visa-information/ you cannot get a Visa in Tashkurgan or Kashgar for Pakistan.

Also, there is no stop to purchase food/snacks/drinks along the way (Tashkurgan to Sost); so ensure that you take enough snacks /food/drink with you to last you this 4+hr drive You can to take a local bus to make this crossing. You can take a private car, higher in prices to bus but smoother  and quicker. The bus that goes from China to Pakistan is run by the Xinjiang Province Govt; whereas the bus from Pakistan to China is run by NATCO, a Pakistani govt service. The bus tickets cannot be bought in advance. You can only purchase them on the day of travel. The purchase of the  bus ticket and the start of the bus route for this border crossing bus is NOT at the bus stop in Tashkurgan town. Instead, go to the  Customs/ Immigration building on the outskirts of Tashkurgan (towards Pakistan, about 2km outside Tashkurgan downtown); and buy the tickets (RMB 225 each, cash) at the small building at the far end of the parking lot of the Customs/Immigration building. The Bus is supposed to leave at 11:30AM Beijing time (9:30AM Uyghur time). However, the departure time can be late as all travelers have to clear through Chinese Customs and Immigration.. you need to keep your luggage with you, as the bus is not allowed to be loaded until it is cleared by Chinese Customs.

Note, There is a bathroom on the edge of the parking lot of the Customs building. Once you are through Customs/Immigration formalities, you cannot go anywhere unescorted (since you have officially left China). So bathroom visit here once you have cleared Customs/Immigration has to be escorted to the bathroom at edge of the parking lot. No other restrooms are provided.

Once you board the bus and leave, there is one Chinese soldier will join the bus and escort it all the way to the Khunjerab Pass Police border post. Along the way, there are multiple Chinese police posts where your passport /visa will be checked. There are NO bathroom facilities on the way; jungle bathrooms are your only choice.

At the border, the bus simply crosses over into Pakistan without stopping on the Chinese side, crosses over from right hand drive to left hand drive, and stops on the Pakistani side for a jungle bathroom break, and to take pictures.

In Pakistan, the Pakistan Customs/Immigration is in Sost, which is another 60+kms away. Along the way, you have  to cross a Khunjerab National Park; for which foreigners are required to pay US$ 40 each (cash only, US$’s only). Pakistani and Chinese nationals don’t pay anything. So make sure you have the cash on hand.

In Sost you need get clear through Pakistani Customs and Immigration. Foreigners have a separate line, and takes much longer than Pakistanis and Chinese nationals. Make sure your Passport+ Visa are totally in order as they check everything very carefully. We can arranged your pick up from here for the rest of trip in Pakistan.

If you want to travel your own,  you can take a mini bus/van during the day time to Hunza Aliabad, (approximately takes 2 hours travel time) and from there another bus onward to Gilgit ((approximately takes 3 hours travel time)).

From Gilgit you can catch a van to reach Skardu during day time only which takes 5+ hours.

Cross Border From India
Cross Wahga Border to Lahore and travel Islamabad by Bus:-

Take a taxi, rickshaw from Amritsar to Wahga Border. The ride takes 45 minutes to 1 hour to reach Wahga Indian side. Cross the border by foot. (open from 10 am to 5 pm daily) Walk across the Border, After immigration at Pakistan side Take a bus or Rickshaw on to Lahore city which takes around 1 hour. From Lahore there are many buses leave for Islamabad after every 30 minutes. There is also train service from Lahore to Islamabad.

Pre-Trip Briefing

It is a requirement of joining any of our trips that you attend a pre-trip briefing the evening before the trip begins. This gives our guides the opportunity to speak to you about your adventure, and sort out any last-minute queries or concerns.

Luggage Allowance

  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you exceed baggage size and weight restrictions, and you’ll be responsible for any fees incurred.
  • Your on-tour flights may have tighter capacity limits than the ones you’ll take to get to and from Pakistan, with weight restrictions as low as 33lbs for checked bags and 15lbs for carry-ons. Be sure to contact your airline(s) for the baggage size and weight restrictions on your specific flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
  • Travelers must be able to manage their luggage; porters aren’t guaranteed at airports.

During the trekking part (if any) your luggage along with all the group equipment will be carried by porters. You should bring two bags with you, a large 80-100 litre duffel bag and a smaller 30-50 litre daypack. Your duffel bag will be carried by the porters each day and made available for you at camp each afternoon. Your daypack will stay with you at all times and should be used to carry spare clothing, water etc.  At all other times your luggage will be transported by vehicle.

Please do not bring a rigid suitcase which is not suitable for carrying by the porters. A flexible duffel bag or backpack is best. Your main luggage must not exceed the luggage limit.

Wifi – Internet Connection!

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels.
  • There is Wi-Fi on our vehicles but it may not work in few areas.
  • You can also get a local sim. The sim card and data costs about $10-20 and works intermittently, could be used for messaging and searching.

In order to pick up a signal in Gilgit Baltistan though, you will need SCOM SIM card, (a local cellular company) which you can easily buy in Skardu/Gilgit – by purchasing from their office.

Responsible Travel

Vertical Explorers is committed to responsible travel practices that benefit the places, people, and animals encountered during our tours in Pakistan. Our core commitments include environmental protection, supporting local communities, and promoting animal welfare.

To maximize your positive impact, we encourage travelers to dine at locally owned restaurants, support small businesses, and engage with the local culture by learning basic phrases in the local language and understanding local etiquette.

Responsible travel also involves minimizing waste, especially single-use plastics. We recommend packing reusable toiletries, using electronic documents, and carrying a reusable water bottle and shopping bag to reduce plastic consumption.

When encountering wildlife, we adhere to World Animal Protection guidelines, respecting their natural behavior and avoiding exploitative practices. Additionally, we discourage purchasing products derived from endangered species or engaging in activities harmful to wildlife.

Visit the Responsible Travel area of our website to read more, including our community empowerment and education projects.

If you have any concerns about our responsible travel commitments during your trip, please don’t hesitate to inform us. We value your feedback and strive to continuously improve our practices.

Budget & Change

In Pakistan, the currency used is the Pakistani Rupee (PKR). It’s important to note that the Pakistani Rupee is a closed currency, so you won’t be able to obtain it before your arrival. Therefore, it’s advisable to travel with US Dollars,Euro, Yuan, Pound Sterlingare any other major currency as they are widely accepted. Ensure that any US bills you carry are new (less than 10 years old), crisp,(no stamped, no writing on it) and untorn, as damaged bills may not be accepted.

If you require local currency, ATMs and banks are available, or you can exchange money at hotels in Islamabad. However, for the trip itself, it’s recommended to carry local currency and you may get a more favorable exchange rate in Islamabad.

For emergency funds, inform your credit or debit card issuer about your travel plans to avoid any issues with card usage abroad.

Souvenirs in Islamabad are generally affordable.

Tips

We understand that tipping customs vary across different countries, but in the context of Pakistan, tipping is prevalent. If you’re embarking on a trip in Pakistan with us, we adhere to the standard practice of tipping as recommended by the travel Agencies Association.

The decision on how much to tip should reflect the level of service provided by our team throughout your trip. Tipping is discretionary, and if you feel dissatisfied with the service, you are not obligated to tip. Tipping can be done in either US dollars or Pakistani Rupees. Please note that US bills should be new (less than 10 years old), crisp, and untorn.

As a guideline, we suggest budgeting $125-$175 per traveler for your tip contribution to guides and porters. It’s essential to remember that any tips for our porters should be carried with you during the trip.

Please note that the figures provided below are approximate and are intended solely as a guideline.

  • Guide: Approximately $5 per person per day
  • Drivers, Chef and assistants: Around $3 per person per day
  • Porters/Mule drivers: Roughly $2 per person per day

Formalities & Health

Embarking on the remarkable journey to this trip in Pakistan requires meticulous attention to formalities and health considerations to ensure a safe and fulfilling adventure. From passport and visa requirements to essential health precautions, thorough preparation is imperative.

Here we will explore the vital aspects of formalities and health that every traveler must address before venturing into the rugged terrain of the Hindukush, Karakoram and Himalayan Mountains of Pakistan. Covering essential topics such as obtaining visa, securing comprehensive insurance, and understanding altitude sickness, our guide aims to provide travelers with the necessary knowledge for a successful trip. Join us as we navigate the critical preparations needed for an unforgettable and safe trip to the scenic regions.

PASSPORT

Ensure that your passport remains valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned arrival date in Pakistan. We advise making a photocopy of your passport and storing it separately from the original; this precaution can be invaluable in case of loss during your travels. It’s imperative to carry your passport with you during the trip, as it is essential for internal flights and may be required for identification purposes.

VISA

you will need to apply for to obtain a Pakistani visa before you embark on your trip. Now online e-visa system makes the application process easier.

Letter of Invitation (LOI)

Foreigners will need to obtain a Letter of Invitation (LOI) before they can apply for a visa. You will be able to get the LOI from us (being a licensed tour operator), along with, company registration documents and any other documents you may need.

VACCINATIONS

Below we have set out what is the general guidance for travel to Pakistan. We strongly advise you to consult with your own GP or travel clinic near you before traveling. They will have the most up to date and medically accurate information relevant to you, and should be relied upon over these recommendations.

Strongly Advised Vaccinations

– Hepatitis A: This can be spread via contaminated food and water.
– Tetanus: Tetanus is often present in the soil, and can contaminate open wounds easily. Tetanus vaccine should be used every ten years if traveling.
– Typhoid: Typhoid can also be spread via contaminated food and water, and poor hygiene.
– Diphtheria: This potentially fatal disease is spread mainly via spit, but occasionally through contact with cuts on the skin.
– Yellow Fever: This can be contracted by being bitten by a contaminated mosquito. This vaccination is not essential if you are arriving directly in Pakistan. You do need it though if you plan to arrive through any country that is subject to yellow fever. Simply stopping over at an airport in an affected country should not require vaccination, but leaving the airport even briefly would make it necessary.

Malaria

In Pakistan, the risk of malaria is not prevalent in higher altitude regions like Skardu or most Himalaya Karkoram trips we organize. However, travelers should be aware of the risk of malaria in areas below 1,500m, particularly in regions like Islamabad, Naran, Chilas, Rawalpindi, it’s essential to take anti-malarial medication and follow preventive measures such as wearing long-sleeved clothing and using DEET-based mosquito repellent to avoid mosquito bites, especially during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are active.

INSURANCE

Trekking at high altitude does have dangers. You should ensure that you have good insurance to cover these risks.

How to Choose Travel Insurance for this Trip

We suggest to go with a plan that will cover you for damage to your personal effects and offers compensation for emergency helicopter rescues (just in case). Read the fine print and confirm that you are covered for adventure sports like trekking at altitude.

Some companies won’t cover you if an accident occurs over a certain altitude. Since the maximum altitude gained on the trip is around 4,800 m, you’ll need to be covered up to that elevation.

We recommend the global supplier of travel insurance,  World Nomads who specialise in covering digital nomads and backpackers.

Few others are;

  1. AXA Worldwide Travel Ins

  2. HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC

  3. Ingle International

  4. Travelex Ins. Services

  5. True Traveller Ins

During the pre-trip briefing, please provide a copy of your insurance policy to your guide, who will collect your insurance details. We also advise keeping a copy of your policy summary, including the policy number and emergency contact information for your insurer, in your daypack at all times. This ensures accessibility should we need to contact your insurer on your behalf during your trip.

HEALTH

Covid Testing: No mandatory testing is currently required for vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers.

  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of your tour, as well as for any possible delays.
  • It’s important to take precautions against the strong sun exposure in various parts of Pakistan that you’ll be visiting.

  • Stick to bottled water and avoid consuming tap water, even when performing routine tasks like brushing your teeth.

  • Exercise caution when eating fresh fruits and vegetables, ensuring they have been thoroughly washed, peeled, or cooked in clean water before consumption.

  • Public restrooms in Pakistan may not always be well-equipped. It’s advisable to carry essentials like bathroom tissue and hand sanitizer with you.

  • Don’t forget to pack a small first aid kit in your carry-on bag, including items like antacids, antidiarrheals, motion sickness medication, and any prescribed medicines you regularly take.

PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP

In anticipation of your adventure in Pakistan, it is essential to undertake adequate preparation to ensure a fulfilling and enjoyable experience. While the routes in Pakistan offer scenic beauty and relatively accessible paths, it is imperative to engage in physical training beforehand.

 

Equipment & Clothing

Preparing for your trip in Pakistan requires careful consideration of the clothing you’ll need to ensure a comfortable and safe journey.  Planning ahead and packing wisely are crucial steps to maximizing your traveling experience.

In this section, we provide detailed guidance on clothing essentials you’ll need to bring along. Additionally, we offer recommendations on other accessories and gear you may require for your trip. Whether you opt for personal gear or choose to rent, our goal is to support you in making the most of your adventure while prioritizing your comfort and enjoyment.

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It’s preferable not to visit Mosques or other holy places with bare  head, legs or shoulders; entrance may be denied on this basis. And remember: You must remove your shoes at all Muslim, Sikh and other religious sites.
  • Waterproof shoes or sandals, a swimsuit, sunscreen, and insect repellent are recommended for outdoor activities. Binoculars are also handy for taking a closer look at local wildlife, peaks  and scenery.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • In case of emergencies, we also recommend packing your medical insurance card in your carry-on.

CLOTHING TO BRING

  • Warm beanie style hat – knitted or fleece
  • Neck gaiter or scarf. It can get dusty in Gilgit Baltistan and the air very cold. A scarf or balaclava comes in useful for keeping dust out and can double as a warm layer for your neck / face!
  • Sun hat – preferably wide-brimmed for protection
  • Sunglasses – high UV protection
UPPER BODY
  • Thermal or fleece base layer 
  • Long sleeve shirt/tshirt – light or medium weight, 
  • Lightweight water/windproof hard shell outer jacke
LEGS
  • Trekking trousers – light or medium weight (x2) – convertible trousers work well
  • Waterproof hard shell trousers
FEET
  • Training shoe or similar 
  • Mid-weight trekking socks 
  • Breathable, high-wicking liner socks 

OTHER ACCESSORIES  

  •           Sunscreen and lip balm – high SPF

·        Toiletries, including toilet paper, wet wipes and hand sanitiser

·        Camera and spare batteries

·        Plug adapter, for charging devices in hotels

·        Personal medication and first aid kit

EQUIPMENT TO BRING

·        Small Rucksack or Daypack (30-40 litres) to carry water and personal items

   

Departure Dates and Pricing

Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. VE also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private tour, guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves !

Or dream up a brand-new one with a Customized Tour—we’ll work with you to make it happen.

Dates Availability Status Notes Enquire
1st

Available

Guaranteed

Silver

5th
Available
10th
Available
Guaranteed

Gold

15th
Available

(Women only)

20th
Available
Guaranteed

Silver

25th
Available
Guaranteed

Diamond

Dates Availability Status Notes Enquire
1st

Available

Guaranteed

Silver

5th
Available
Guaranteed

Gold

10th
Available
Guaranteed

Silver

15th
Available
Guaranteed

Gold (Women only)

20th
Available
Guaranteed

Silver

25th
Available
Guaranteed

Diamond

Dates Availability Status Notes Enquire
1st

Available

Guaranteed

Gold

5th
Available
Guaranteed

Silver

10th
Available
Guaranteed

Gold

15th
Available
Guaranteed

Women only

20th
Available
Guaranteed

Gold

25th
Available
Guaranteed

Diamond

Dates Availability Status Notes Enquire
1st

Available

5th
Available
10th
Available
15th
Available
20th
Available
25th
Available
Dates Availability Status Notes Enquire
1st

Available

5th
Available
10th
Available
15th
Available
20th
Available
25th
Available
Dates Availability Status Notes Enquire
1st

Available

5th
Available
10th
Available
15th
Available
20th
Available
25th
Available
Dates Availability Status Notes Enquire
1st

Available

5th
Available
10th
Available
15th
Available
20th
Available
25th
Available
Dates Availability Status Notes Enquire
1st

Available

5th
Available
10th
Available
15th
Available
20th
Available
25th
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Dates Availability Status Notes Enquire
1st

Available

5th
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10th
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15th
Available
20th
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25th
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Below are the tiered pricing and services tailored to three different types of travel experiences (budget, standard, luxury), catering to the diverse needs of travelers with varying budgets.

2025 Pricing

Below Price is in US$, depends on group size and Price is evenly
proportionate to all members in a departure.

Members Silver (Price in US$) Gold (Price in US$) Diamond (Price in US$)
2-3
1199
1399
2049
4-5
989
1179
1729
6-7
929
1129
1675
8-9
899
1099
1649
10-11
849
1049
1575
12-13
829
1025
1499
14-16
799
999
1399

Note: above listed price is based on Islamabad to Islamabad basis.

For

  • Skardu to Skardu/Gilgit basis
  •  Islamabad – Skardu/Gilgit basis
  • Skardu/Gilgit – Islamabad  basis

prices, please contact us directly.

Additional Fees:

Silver Single supplement: US $ 300
Gold Single supplement: US $  400

Diamond Single supplement: US $ 850

Services Excluded
  • International airfare.
  • The domestic flight tickets are not included in the package cost. Once you tell us the dates of your travel, we will advise you the exact flight fare and care reserve for you.
  • Lunch & Dinner.
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels and during travel like bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Satellite phone with solar charger (can hire).
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of members etc.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.
  • Monuments entry fees
  • National Parks Entry Fee
  •  Any mandatory Gala Dinner on Christmas and New Year Eve
  • Tips
  • Optional activities/Excursions

Silver

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh breakfasts
Transport
  • Airport/road transfer in a private chartered Car
  • All road transfers by chartered private vehicles.
Accommodation
  • Best tourist class hotels /guest house accommodation with en suite bath (on twin sharing basis)
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip(where it is available)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
  • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
Services Excluded
  • International airfare
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of member.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.

Gold

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh breakfasts, lunches, dinners (of varied menu)
Transport
  • All Airport/road transfers in private well maintained chartered Air-conditioned coach and four-wheel sightseeing jeep /car drive.
  • All road transfers by chartered private vehicles.
Flights
  • Domestic flights
Accommodation
  • Best 3-4 star hotels accommodation with ensuite bath where is available
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip(where it is available)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • National Parks entry fee
  • Monuments entry fee
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
    • One mineral water bottle per person per day
    • Porterage at airport and hotels
    • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
    • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
Services Excluded
  • International airfare.
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels like alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of member.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.

Diamond

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh (breakfasts, lunches, dinners) in the best restaurants of  choice with ample options to choose.
Transport
  • All Airport/road transfers in private well maintained chartered Air-conditioned coach and four-wheel sightseeing jeep /cars.
  • All road transfers by chartered Luxury private vehicles.
Flights
  • Domestic flights
Accommodation
  • Best 5 star hotels or Resorts of best kind ( where is available)
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip with unlimited data plan(where service is available)
  • Satellite Phone with Solar charger (50 units included)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • National Parks entry fee
  • Monuments entry fee
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
    • One mineral water bottle per person per day
    • Porterage at airport and hotels
    • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
    • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
    • Seasonal surprises

Package and Pricing

Below Price is in US$, depends on group size and Price is evenly
proportionate to all members in a departure.

Members Silver (Price in US$) Gold (Price in US$) Diamond (Price in US$)
2-3
1199
1399
2049
4-5
989
1179
1729
6-7
929
1129
1675
8-9
899
1099
1649
10-11
849
1049
1575
12-13
829
1025
1499
14-16
799
999
1399

Note: above listed price is based on Islamabad to Islamabad basis.

For

  • Skardu to Skardu/Gilgit basis
  •  Islamabad – Skardu/Gilgit basis
  • Skardu/Gilgit – Islamabad  basis

prices, please contact us directly.

Additional Fees:

 

Silver Single supplement: US $
Gold Single supplement: US $

Diamond Single supplement: US $

Services Excluded
  • International airfare.
  • The domestic flight tickets are not included in the package cost. Once you tell us the dates of your travel, we will advise you the exact flight fare and care reserve for you.
  • Lunch & Dinner.
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels and during travel like bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Satellite phone with solar charger (can hire).
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of members etc.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.
  • Monuments entry fees
  • National Parks Entry Fee
  •  Any mandatory Gala Dinner on Christmas and New Year Eve
  • Tips
  • Optional activities/Excursions

Silver

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh breakfasts
Transport
  • Airport/road transfer in a private chartered Car
  • All road transfers by chartered private vehicles.
Accommodation
  • Best tourist class hotels /guest house accommodation with en suite bath (on twin sharing basis)
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip(where it is available)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
  • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
Services Excluded
  • International airfare
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of member.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.

Gold

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh breakfasts, lunches, dinners (of varied menu)
Transport
  • All Airport/road transfers in private well maintained chartered Air-conditioned coach and four-wheel sightseeing jeep /car drive.
  • All road transfers by chartered private vehicles.
Flights
  • Domestic flights
Accommodation
  • Best 3-4 star hotels accommodation with ensuite bath where is available
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip(where it is available)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • National Parks entry fee
  • Monuments entry fee
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
    • One mineral water bottle per person per day
    • Porterage at airport and hotels
    • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
    • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
Services Excluded
  • International airfare.
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels like alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of member.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.

Diamond

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh (breakfasts, lunches, dinners) in the best restaurants of  choice with ample options to choose.
Transport
  • All Airport/road transfers in private well maintained chartered Air-conditioned coach and four-wheel sightseeing jeep /cars.
  • All road transfers by chartered Luxury private vehicles.
Flights
  • Domestic flights
Accommodation
  • Best 5 star hotels or Resorts of best kind ( where is available)
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip with unlimited data plan(where service is available)
  • Satellite Phone with Solar charger (50 units included)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • National Parks entry fee
  • Monuments entry fee
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
    • One mineral water bottle per person per day
    • Porterage at airport and hotels
    • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
    • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
    • Seasonal surprises

Package and Pricing

Below Price is in US$, depends on group size and Price is evenly
proportionate to all members in a departure.

Members Silver (Price in US$) Gold (Price in US$) Diamond (Price in US$)
2-3
1199
1399
2049
4-5
989
1179
1729
6-7
929
1129
1675
8-9
899
1099
1649
10-11
849
1049
1575
12-13
829
1025
1499
14-16
799
999
1399

Note: above listed price is based on Islamabad to Islamabad basis.

For

  • Skardu to Skardu/Gilgit basis
  •  Islamabad – Skardu/Gilgit basis
  • Skardu/Gilgit – Islamabad  basis

prices, please contact us directly.

Additional Fees:

 

Silver Single supplement: US $
Gold Single supplement: US $

Diamond Single supplement: US $

Services Excluded
  • International airfare.
  • The domestic flight tickets are not included in the package cost. Once you tell us the dates of your travel, we will advise you the exact flight fare and care reserve for you.
  • Lunch & Dinner.
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels and during travel like bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Satellite phone with solar charger (can hire).
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of members etc.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.
  • Monuments entry fees
  • National Parks Entry Fee
  •  Any mandatory Gala Dinner on Christmas and New Year Eve
  • Tips
  • Optional activities/Excursions

Silver

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh breakfasts
Transport
  • Airport/road transfer in a private chartered Car
  • All road transfers by chartered private vehicles.
Accommodation
  • Best tourist class hotels /guest house accommodation with en suite bath (on twin sharing basis)
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip(where it is available)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
  • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
Services Excluded
  • International airfare
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of member.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.

Gold

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh breakfasts, lunches, dinners (of varied menu)
Transport
  • All Airport/road transfers in private well maintained chartered Air-conditioned coach and four-wheel sightseeing jeep /car drive.
  • All road transfers by chartered private vehicles.
Flights
  • Domestic flights
Accommodation
  • Best 3-4 star hotels accommodation with ensuite bath where is available
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip(where it is available)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • National Parks entry fee
  • Monuments entry fee
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
    • One mineral water bottle per person per day
    • Porterage at airport and hotels
    • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
    • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
Services Excluded
  • International airfare.
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels like alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of member.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.

Diamond

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh (breakfasts, lunches, dinners) in the best restaurants of  choice with ample options to choose.
Transport
  • All Airport/road transfers in private well maintained chartered Air-conditioned coach and four-wheel sightseeing jeep /cars.
  • All road transfers by chartered Luxury private vehicles.
Flights
  • Domestic flights
Accommodation
  • Best 5 star hotels or Resorts of best kind ( where is available)
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip with unlimited data plan(where service is available)
  • Satellite Phone with Solar charger (50 units included)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • National Parks entry fee
  • Monuments entry fee
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
    • One mineral water bottle per person per day
    • Porterage at airport and hotels
    • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
    • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
    • Seasonal surprises

Package and Pricing

Prefer to travel with just your people on your dates?

 

Turn any of our published itineraries into a private trip on any date you want.

From one to whatever, you choose your group. Travel solo, bring one or a few special companions or invite the whole family.

Or dream up a brand-new one with a Customized Tour—we’ll work with you to make it happen.

You talk, we’ll listen.

Our Trip Guarantee

When we guarantee a trip and you book it, here's what we promise:

Payment Policies

You have up to 30 days to get a full refund
Take the next step confidently with Vertical Explorers: Secure your tour in Pakistan today by enrolling in EasyPay or paying in full upon booking. Rest assured that if your plans change, you’ll receive a full refund.(You have up to 60 days to get a full refund,(Provided you cancel before your Tour Finalization Date)

 

Payment & Cancel Schedule

US $350-450 due at time of reservation
Before Tour Finalization Date: Balance

Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

Up to tour Finalization Date: No Charge!
30 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
20-15 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
10 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Departure Options

Departure Options

You have the flexibility to embark on this trip from either Islamabad or Skardu, allowing you to choose the starting point that best suits your preferences and travel arrangements. Whether you prefer the convenience of Islamabad or the adventure of beginning directly from Skardu, the choice is yours. Join us for an unforgettable trip experience, starting from the location that aligns perfectly with your journey.

from Islamabad

Islamabad to Islamabad basis

8 Days, 7 Nights

Embark on an exhilarating journey that begins in Islamabad and concludes in Islamabad, or opt shorten to  end  in Skardu.

Begin your journey into the mesmerizing landscapes of Pakistan with our Islamabad trip start option. This choice allows you to kick off your adventure from the vibrant capital city, where modernity meets natural beauty in a seamless blend.

Day 1 in Islamabad sets the stage for your trip experience, offering opportunities to explore the city’s iconic landmarks, immerse yourself in local culture, and prepare for the exhilarating days ahead. From lush green parks to bustling markets and historical sites, Islamabad provides a perfect introduction to the diverse wonders of Pakistan.

Our experienced guides will ensure you have a smooth transition from the city to your travel destinations, providing insights, assistance, and safety measures every step of the way. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a first-time adventurer, the Islamabad trip start option promises a memorable and rewarding journey in one of South Asia’s most captivating destinations.

Join us as we embark on a journey filled with awe-inspiring vistas, cultural encounters, and unforgettable moments. Choose Islamabad as your starting point for your trip and let the adventure begin.

from Gilgit

Gilgit / Lahore basis

6 Days, 5 Nights

This trip will begin and end in Skardu, offering a comprehensive exploration of the region’s wonders. Optionally, you can extend your journey to end in Islamabad, allowing for a complete experience of Pakistan’s diverse landscapes and cultural heritage.

Embark on an exhilarating journey with our Skardu tripstart option, designed for those seeking a direct entry into the heart of Pakistan’s breathtaking landscapes. Starting on the 3rd day, this option skips the initial days in Islamabad, allowing you to dive straight into the adventure in Skardu.

Upon arrival in Skardu, you’ll be greeted by stunning vistas of majestic mountains, serene lakes, and picturesque valleys. Day 3 marks the beginning of your trip, where you’ll join fellow adventurers and our experienced guides to explore the wonders of Skardu and its surrounding areas.

From thrilling routes to cultural encounters with local communities, Skardu offers a diverse range of experiences for travelers of all levels.

Add Ons

If you have more time available, why not arrive early to adjust to a new time zone or just to get a feel for the country before your tour starts? Or alternatively you might choose to allow a few extra days after the tour to relax or to undertake some further exploration.
The choice is completely yours and we can usually arrange anything from simply additional accommodation and transfers to full tailor-made itineraries.
 Please contact us for more details and to discuss your individual requirements.

Deosai

Extend your adventure in Pakistan and immerse yourself in the captivating beauty and wildlife of Deosai and Khunjerab National Parks. For more information, explore our Deosai and Khunjerab pages and discover the wonders awaiting you in these pristine wilderness areas.

Deosai National Park
Deosai National Park

Deosai National Park is among the prime attractions in Pakistan, offering a unique wilderness experience beyond the towering peaks of the Himalayas. Deosai National Park, known as the "Land of Giants," spans over 3,000 square kilometers and is renowned for its diverse wildlife. Visitors have the chance to spot the majestic Brown Bear, elusive Snow Leopard, and a variety of other fauna in their natural habitat.

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Itinerary

One of our staff will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel. Today either you can relax or (depending upon your arrival time) you can enjoy an exploratory walk in he old part of Rawalpindi; wander past the vegetable and spice markets, beautifully carved old houses and trucks, cows pestering the vegetable vendors, catch traditional craftsmen at work in silver and gold bazaars .You will then continue on the Raja Bazar – before arriving at the gleaming federal capital, Islamabad. You pass shining new buildings and park areas. Drive: 5-6 hrs Activities: Cultural exploration, Sightseeing, Interaction with locals Meals provided: None Accommodation: Hotel

We rise early to be at the airport in time for our flight to Gilgit. If the weather is good, we’ll be treated to one of the finest views available in the world of aviation, as we thread our way up the largest congregation of mountains of Karakoram, Hindukush, Himalaya and Indus River gorges, third longest in Asia and one of the deepest in the world. To our east is Nanga Parbat (killer mountain) and countless peaks and glaciers. It is sometime possible to catch a glimpse of K2 in the distant before our dramatic landing at Gilgit. On arrival we are met by our local staff and after breakfast start to visit Gilgit. Visit Kargah Nala, Old Gilgit town home visit for cultural insight. Afterward drive to Hunza Karimabad. Visit Baltit Fort. Baltit Fort is an ancient fort in the Hunza valley in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. Founded in the 1st CE, it has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative list since 2004.In the past, the survival of the feudal regime of Hunza was ensured by the impressive fort, which overlooks Karimabad. The foundations of the fort date back to 700 years ago, with rebuilds and alterations over the centuries. In the 16th century the local prince married a princess from Baltistan who brought master Balti craftsmen to renovate the building as part of her dowry. Visit around the area, you would feel as if you’d stepped back in time in past period. After Baltit Fort you go to Ganish village. Ganish is the oldest and first settlement on the ancient Silk Road in Hunza, and is the site of various ancient watch towers, traditional mosques, religious centers, and a reservoir.The Ali Gohar House in Ganish, is located next to one of the iconic shikaris (watchtowers) of the town. The 400-year-old house was awarded the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2009 Then we proceed to Altit Fort. Altit Fort is an ancient fort at Altit town in the Hunza valley,It was originally home to the hereditary rulers of the Hunza state who carried the title Mir.Altit Fort and in particular the Shikari tower is around 1100 years old, which makes it the oldest monument in the Gilgit–Baltistan. Then go up to the highest observation place at Duikar to enjoy 360-degree panoramic view and sunset reflections on peaks of lady finger, Haramosh peak, Rakaposhi and many others. This is one of the best elevated way to fully enjoy a sunset. Spiritually and physically, we would like you to feel the air as well. It will be unforgettable experience. ----- If the flight is unable to operate because of bad weather, we will resort to travel by road on Karakoram Highway (KKH) to Chilas. The drive is compensated by the beautiful scenery along the Karakoram highway and Indus gorges. The journey on the Karakoram Highway is most exciting and thrilling. It is a monument to the engineering feast and one of the most spectacular roads and the world’s highest metalled border crossing. It connects Pakistan and China stretching over a distance of 1300km between Islamabad and Kashgar, winding through three mountain ranges and following the ancient Silk route along the Indus Valley to the Chinese border at Khunjerab Pass. We pass through the historical town of Taxila, beautiful hill station of Abbottabad, quake affected lush green towns of Mansehra, Shinkiari and finally meet the great Indus on Thakot Bridge. From there onward the road snails along the bank of the Indus with contrasting landscape after every two kilometers. We pass through Besham, Dassu, Komila and Shatial to arrive at Chilas with many rock carvings and inscriptions along the way left by Chinese pilgrims and ancient travelers of 5th century A.D. Chilas was on the ancient caravan trail over the Babusar Pass into India. The view after crossing the Rai kot Bridge of Nanga Parbat is without any parallel. Standing at around 1,000 m. you see a mountain which rises to above 8,000 m! This is the largest land escarpment in the world. This is also where the three greatest mountain ranges meet; Himalaya, Hindukush and Karakoram. Flight: 45 Minutes Drive: 10-12 hrs Activities: Cultural exploration , Sightseeing, Hiking,Jeep Safari Accommodation: Hotel

After breakfast we proceed to Attabad lake, Husaini suspension bridge and Passu. Glacier. The glaciers are really eerie, almost alive, as they creak and melt in the sun. Rocks continually fall down as the ice melts.Experience the passu glacier cracking and spikes from the view point. The valleys of Hunza and Nagar are some of the most beautiful valleys in the northern parts of Pakistan. The people of this area are known for their legendary good health, longevity and hospitality. Today drive will take us to Khunjerab Pass, Khunjerab Pass, the gateway to China via the Karakoram Highway, is at 4,934m.which half of the park is above 4,000m. Khunjerab National Park is Pakistan’s third largest national park. It is adjacent to Taxkorgan Natural Reserve (1,400,000ha) in China. You will enjoy a short trip up to Khunjerab Pass on Karakoram Highway; it gives some of spectacular sceneries for photographers of wild life. where you may have a sighting of endangered Marco Polo sheep, which is only found in this area in Pakistan. The park is also famous for its snow leopards. Some reports say that it might contain the highest density of these beautiful cats in the total Himalayan ecosystem, which is the natural habitat of these cats. Over 2,000 Siberian ibex, widely distributed and abundant in the park but absent from neighbouring China, are also present here. Other animals of this park are in the park include: Snow leopard (T), Himalayan ibex (C), Brown bear (T), Tibetan red fox (C), Tibetan wolf (T), Blue sheep, Marco Polo sheep, Tibetan wild ass or kiang , Ermine (C), Alpine weasel, Stone martin (C), Golden marmot (C), Lynx (unconfirmed reports), Large-eared pika (C), Dhole (unconfirmed reports), Cape hare (C), Common field mouse (C), Royle’s mountain vole (C), Lesser shrew (C), ,Migratory hamster (C) Birds Common birds in the park are: Lammegier vulture, Golden eagle, Himalayan griffon vulture, Eurasian black vulture, Marsh harrier, Eurasian sparrow hawk, Eurasian kestrel, Lesser kestrel, Saker falcon, Peregrine falcon, Himalayan snow cock, Snow partridge, Chukar, Grey heron, Common sandpiper, Hill pigeon, Snow pigeon, Northern eagle owl, Eurasian cuckoo, Common swallow, Magpie, Alpine chough, Raven Drive: 5-6 hrs Activities: Cultural exploration , Sightseeing, Interaction with locals Meals provided: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel

Early in the morning drive through the narrow gorge of the Indus River and KKH to Raikot Bridge. From here jeep on narrow Road to Tato. Hike for 3-4 hours to Fairy Meadows. Walk: Distance: 10 Km, Ascent: 10 m, Descent: 310 m Time: 06-07 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3050 M Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Mobile Camp Activities Jeep Safari & Hiking Meals provided Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp

After breakfast, we will hike to Beyal Camp, which serves as the kick-off point for Jilipur & Buldar and Nanga Parbat peaks. After lunch at Beyal Camp, we will further hike up the Nanga Parbat Base camp. Nanga parbat mountain is not a single peak but a series of ridge conclude an ice summit 8,125 meters high – ranked 9th highest in the world and 2nd in Pakistan after K-2. Evening trek down to Fairy Meadows. Walk: Distance: 12 Km, Ascent: 600 m, Descent: 500 m Time: 06-07 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3050 M Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Hike down to Tato, Jeep to Raikot Bridge and drive to Behsam or Naran. Karakoram Highway connects to Rawalpindi through the narrow gorge of the Indus River. The outcome is in the lap of the Gods, so we will be praying that they’re on our side! If we are able to fly down, for those who want to escape the heat of the city a very pleasant excursion is up to the former British hill station at Murree. The faded remnants of the town’s colonial past can be seen in its gable-roofed buildings and small Anglican churchyard. This excursion is not included in the trip price but if any member of the group wish to make this journey a private vehicle and driver can be hired locally for a very modest sum. Back in Rawalpindi we enjoy a final evening meal usually taken at one of traditional food streets either in Islamabad or in Rawalpindi. Walk: Distance: 5 km Ascent: 10 m, Descent: 510 m Time: 08-09 hrs, Altitude: 2150 M Activities: Jeep Safari or Air Safari Meals provided: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel

Today we will start our journey towards Taxila,” The World Oldest Existing City”, 32 kilometers from Islamabad spanning a rich history from 516 B.C to 600 A.D. In the 6th century B.C, the Achaemenians of Persia made it the Gandharan capital. Alexander the Great paused here en route from Swat. Situated strategically on a branch of the Silk Road, Taxila linked China to the West, Taxila reached its apogee between the 1st and 5th centuries. It is now one of the most important archaeological sites in Asia. The ruins of the four settlement sites at Taxila reveal the pattern of urban evolution on the Indian subcontinent through more than five centuries. The Mauryan emperor Ashoka, a patron of Buddhism, built a university here in 2nd century B.C biggest of its time in the world, to which pilgrims and scholars came from all over Asia. It requires two days to explore this richest archaeological sites of Asia but we will spent one day to view its excellent museum houses one of the best collections of Gandharan Buddhist in the world. Most of the archaeological sites of Taxila (600 BC to 500 AD) are located around Taxila Museum. For over the thousand years, Taxila remained famous as a center of learning Gandhara art of Sculpture, architecture, education, and Buddhism in the days of Buddhist glory. There are over 50 archaeological sites scattered in a radius of 30 kms around Taxila. Some of the most important sites are: Dhamarajika Stupa and Monastery (300 BC 200 AD), Bhir Mound (600-200 BC), Sirkap (200 BC 600 AD), Jandial Temple (c.250 BC) and Julian Monastery (200- 600 AD). One of these sites, the Bihr mound, is associated with the historic event of the triumphant entry of Alexander the Great into Taxila. The archaeological sites of Saraikala, Bhir, Sirkap, and Sirsukh are collectively of unique importance in illustrating the evolution of urban settlement on the Indian subcontinent. The prehistoric mound of Saraikala represents the earliest settlement of Taxila, with evidence of Neolithic, Bronze Age, and Iron Age occupation. The Bhir mound is the earliest historic city of Taxila, and was probably founded in the 6th century BC by the Achaemenians. Its stone walls, house foundations, and winding streets represent the earliest forms of urbanization on the subcontinent. Bihr is also associated with Alexander the Great’s triumphant entry into Taxila in 326 BC. Sirkap was a fortified city founded during the mid-2nd century BC. The many private houses, stupas, and temples were laid out on the Hellenistic grid system and show the strong Western classical influence on local architecture. The city was destroyed in the 1st century by the Kushans, a Central Asian tribe. To the north, excavations of the ruins of the Kushan city of Sirsukh have brought to light an irregular rectangle of walls in ashlar masonry, with rounded bastions. These walls attest to the early influence of Central Asian architectural forms on those of the subcontinent. The Taxila serial site also includes Khanpur cave, which has produced stratified microlithic tools of the Mesolithic period, and a number of Buddhist monasteries and stupas of various periods. Buddhist monuments erected throughout the Taxila valley transformed it into a religious heartland and a destination for pilgrims from as far afield as Central Asia and China. Other Buddhist archaeological sites at Taxila include the Khader Mohra grouping, the Kalawan grouping, the Giri monasteries, the Kunala stupa and monastery, the Jandial complex, the Lalchack and the Badalpur stupa remains and monasteries, the Pipplian and the Bahalar stupa and remains. Evening drive to Islamabad. Activities: Jeep Safari, Sightseeing Meals provided: Breakfast Accommodation: None

After breakfast we will visit Faisal Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction, and is referred as a contemporary and influential feature of Islamic architecture. Combined the structure cover an area of 54,000 square ft, the mosque dominates the landscape of Islamabad. It is located on an elevated area of land against a picturesque backdrop of the national park on the foothills of Margalla Hills, the westernmost foothills of the Himalayas. The largest mosque in Pakistan, the Faisal Mosque was the largest mosque in the world from 1986 until 1993. The mosque features a contemporary design consisting of eight sides of concrete shell and is inspired by a Bedouin tent. Construction of the mosque began in 1976 after a $120 million grant from Saudi King Faisal, whose name the mosque bears. The unconventional design by Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay was selected after an international competition. Without a typical dome, the mosque is shaped like a Bedouin tent, surrounded by four 260 feet (79 m) tall minarets. The design features eight-sided shell shaped sloping roofs forming a triangular worship hall which can hold 10,000 worshippers, while the surrounding porticoes and the courtyard up-to 200,000 more. After Faisal Mosque, our next stop would be Pir Sohawa view point Islamabad. After ward we will go to visit Katasraj Temple, which is a Hindu temple complex situated in Katas village near Choa Asidan shah. Dedicated to Shiva, the temple has, according to Hindu legend, existed since the days of Mahābhārata and the Pandava brothers spent a substantial part of their exile at the site and later Krishna himself laid the foundation of this temple and established his hand made Shelving in it. Prehistoric tools and weapons such as axes and knives made of granite, and artifacts like terracotta bangles and pottery have been unearthed at the Katasraj site. The latter have been found to be similar to those excavated in Harappa, but have not been dated for want of expert opinion. The fascinating Salt Ranges have a vast archaeological treasure still hidden underground. The Salt Ranges have also been yielding prehistoric finds. While some local experts place the fossils discovered in the period between 6000 and 7000 BC. The Katas site houses the Satgraha, a group of seven ancient temples, remains of a Buddhist stupa, a few medieval temples, havelis and some recently constructed temples, scattered around a pond considered holy by Hindus. The temples at Katas are mostly constructed on square platforms. The elevation of the sub shrines seems to form a series of cornices with small rows of pillars, crowned by a ribbed dome. After Katas Raj Temple we will visit to Khewra Salt mine. It is Pakistan’s largest and oldest salt mine and the world’s second largest and a major tourist attraction. Its history dates back to its discovery by Alexander’s troops in 320 BC, but it started trading in the Mughal era. The main tunnel at ground level was developed by Dr. H. Warth, a mining engineer, in 1872 during British rule. After independence, the Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation took over the mine, which still remains the largest source of salt in the country, producing more than 350,000 tons per annum of about 99% pure halite. The salt reserves at Khewra were discovered when Alexander the Great crossed the Jhelum and Mianwali region during his Indian campaign. The mine was discovered, however, not by Alexander, nor by his allies, but by his army’s horses, when they were found licking the stones. Ailing horses of his army also recovered after licking the rock salt stones. During the Mughal era the salt was traded in various markets, as far away as Central Asia. On the downfall of the Mughal empire, the mine was taken over by Sikhs. We will go into the mine on a train. There are numerous pools of salty water inside. The Badshahi Mosque was built in the mining tunnels with multi-colored salt bricks about fifty years ago. Other artistic carvings in the mine include a replica of Minar-e-Pakistan, a statue of Allama Iqbal, an accumulation of crystals that form the name of Muhammad in Urdu script, a model of the Great Wall of China and another of the Mall Road of Murree A clinical ward with 20 beds was established in 2007, costing 10 million rupees for the treatment of asthma and other respiratory diseases using salt therapy. We will also visit 75-meter-high (245 feet) Assembly Hall; Pul-Saraat, a salt bridge with no pillars over a 25-meters-deep (80-foot-deep) brine pond; Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors), where salt crystals are light pink. After Katasraj visit, in the evening we will drive to Lahore and transfer to airport for onward flight out of country.

Frequently asked questions

Our guide or representative will pick you up at the airport on the scheduled arrival date. We can help you arrange accommodations if you arrive earlier, and we are happy to make suggestions for transportation, restaurants and sightseeing.

You can sign up for the trip directly on our website. To secure your place on this trip, please click on the BOOK NOW button at the side of the page, or the dates tab to the right. You will also need to have the below information to hand: • Name as per Passport • Home Address • Email Address • Telephone Number • Date of Birth Before you embark on your trip, it is essential that we receive your passport, travel insurance, next of kin, medical details and dietary requirements (if applicable). If you have any medical conditions to declare or are over the age of 65, you will be required to complete a medical declaration form, signed and stamped by your GP. If you don’t have all this information to hand, you can still register your place today, and then re-log into the form before you depart by using your email address and the password you create upon registration.

Yes, our first priority is to create a safe environment for all the travelers, and a girls’safety is the foremost important thing for us. At the time of Rooms/Tents allotment the boys and girls are segregated in different accommodations. We always create a friendly environment between trekker's and other supporting staffs are carefully chosen for your trips keeping all safety measures in mind. But we would also advise you to take care of your own personal belongings.

Gilgit Gilgit Baltistan is a beautiful destination. So much so, that one should definitely plan a visit to this cold desert as a bucket list check box. With beautiful lakes and treks to offer, Gilgit Gilgit Baltistan is a must-visit place to go to. In winter, the temperature in Gilgit Gilgit Baltistan drops down severely and becomes even more picturesque. One can visit the frozen lakes, if not the Baltoro trek, one can do the trek on the Shigar, Khaplu valleys, visit Gilgit Gilgit Baltistani festivals that help you interact with the locals as well.

This activity is largely famous among the avid travellers. The beauty of this region attracts a lot of visitors, but its harsh and deserted environment is quite demanding. On a Baltoro trek, you would meet the locals and understand their way of living in one of the most uninhabitable regions in the world. The Baltoro trek is an experience for the brave-hearted and thrill-seekers. The weather and terrain might shake your confidence, but if you can surpass that then the journey to this land will be the most enriching experience of your life.

Yes, it is always advisable that in any trek carry your own personal medication and basic first aid kit with you. No need to worry!

Our trek leaders are expert in first-aid and are aware of high attitude problems. We carry complete first-aid kit, oxygen cylinders, improvised stretchers,necessary medicines (relating to AMS) and extra team members with us may it be any contingency.

Glacier water is naturally clean but for safe side we use boiled water and chlorine tablets in our camps, it is requested by all the participants to consult our outdoor team before filling up there water bottles during the trek. Hot water is made available for drinking while on the trek. Travelers should also carry chlorine tablets with them.

Yes, if you have a small bag of extra clothing for when you return from the trek, you will be able to store it safely in Islamabad or Skardu for the duration of the trek.

All of the meals served on Our trips are a combination of the best local and regional fares along with some specialty items. Lentils and rice is a common local dish. There will be a variety of hot and cold options for breakfast (porridge, cereal, eggs and bread). Dinners are a mix of pastas and dumplings, chicken, a variety of vegetables, soups and rice dishes. Lunches are often picnic style and various items for and fruit as well as hot tea are provided. Our cook staff is very accommodating to various dietary needs. Let us know before your trip of any dietary restrictions and we will be happy to accommodate your needs.

Trekking shoes is one of the most important things needed in any trek, so you have to be very careful before buying it. Recommended only high-ankle and waterproof shoes which are branded and are specifically designed for trekking purposes.Quechua, Zamberlan, Lafuma, Conquest and The North Face are some high quality brands dealing in High Altitude trekking shoes

The choice is yours if you want a walking stick or not. But it is always more comfortable with a trekking pole. Also a trekking pole will help you make firm steps and help you grip on slippery grounds.

What do i need to bring? A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your trip will be sent to you in a dossier. Every year, after assessing feedback from our clients and guides, we review and update our lists so they are as complete and up-to-date as possible. Every list has a description of each item, however feel free to call us if you have questions or need help locating any of the items on the list. It is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

Typically, we don’t have equipment checks for international trips until you are in-country, and you can’t always count on finding an outdoor supplier in Skardu during the days just before a trip begins that has what you need. Therefore, it’s extremely important you follow the equipment list guidelines and bring every item on the list. If you have any questions concerning any of the items mentioned in the equipment list, please contact us.

We may be able to procure some items in Skardu. Call us for specific information regarding your trip.

Your K2 Base Camp Trek will be a fully supported trek with porters and pack animals. You will be carrying a daypack on trekking days, which would contain snacks, camera, water and extra clothing.

The trips get progressively warmer from March through May. Day time temperatures can be in the 25 to 30s (Celsius scale) when the weather is calm and clear. Night time temperatures at the higher elevations may be below freezing upto -20 Cs, especially if the weather is windy. You might expect a little bit of snow at the higher elevations and temperatures in the 20s. Temperatures during the fall season are a bit colder and you may see more snow near the trail.

All accommodations are based on double or triple occupancy. If you are traveling solo and wish to share accommodations, we will pair you with another traveler of same gender. Singles are available in Skardu. If you request single accommodations or a roommate cannot be assigned, you will be responsible for paying the single supplement fee.

We loves to customize personal trips -- for you, your friends, or organization. Our published land costs are typically based on number of individuals, so the number in your party may affect your land costs. Just give us a call/contact us and let us know what you're interested in, and we'll do our best to Make It Happen.

We are happy to help you arrange accommodations before and after your trip. Our area directors can recommend side excursions and restaurants for the extra time.

All of our guides are highly skilled experienced professionals who have been selected based on their careful judgment, local knowledge, understanding of our client's needs, patience and supportive guiding styles, and great personalities. In addition to their impressive personal achievements in the field, our guides bring a wealth of natural history, cultural anthropology and linguistic knowledge for their group's enlightenment. Our international guides and staff surpass the needs of our clientele and make the trip enjoyable beyond expectations.

During a trek, if someone becomes ill or feels that they do not wish to go any farther, the guides decide whether the person requires an escort for descent (by a local staff or assistant guide) or if he or she can stay put until the group returns.

Tipping is always a personal choice, but is greatly appreciated by your guides. Check your departure packet for details.

Absolutely! Our recognizes our trips as physical, scenic, and cultural odysseys into these landlocked regions, and so we encourage you to interact with the locals. Our guides are experienced in the proper cultural courtesies and will be able to advise you along the way regarding these considerations.

There is no way to know how quickly our trips are going to fill up. Many of our trips fill up months in advance. So send in your application and a deposit as soon as you have decided which trip date you want.

US$300 for scheduled trips. An application alone won’t reserve a space.

If we cancels a trip due to any reason, you will receive a full refund.

We highly recommends the purchasing of trip cancellation, travel insurance and medical evacuation policies. Once we have received your application and have confirmed your spot on a trip, we will send you information about the various types of insurance and insurance companies we would recommend.

Being in good cardiovascular shape is the key. We encourage you to walk steps and stairs each day as the best conditioning before you depart. If you work out at a gym, focus on the StairMaster although walking actual stairways is probably more effective for your overall training. For those of you who are already in great shape – trail runners, marathoners and triathletes – you should know that while you’re in great shape physically, you won’t have much advantage to those in your group who aren’t when it comes to acclimatization. You won’t be able to ascend any faster than the group. Whatever your level of fitness, you should adopt the mantra: Trekking is about the journey not the destination… and remember that we take it slowly to properly acclimatize. Read more about How to get fit for a trek?

A normal day starts with your guide knocking at your door at around 6:00 am in the morning. The breakfast served in the dining tent is usually at 7:00 am allowing you enough time to wash up and pack up. The trek normally begins at 8:00 am. You will be accompanied by your guide and a porter. In average, 3-4 hours of walking is covered before lunch. Lunch will be at a tent en-route. After lunch, normally 3 more hours are covered before reaching the destination of the day. Dinner in the dinning tent is around 7:00 pm before retiring for the night.Acclimatization days are built in along the way where we stay at the same place for an extra night. During this day, you are welcome to explore side hikes.

We have taken trekkers ranging in age from 18 to 78 as high as Gondogoro La (5585m). Our trekking groups are limited to a maximum of 12 members to guarantee quality and personalized service. Small group travel fosters intimacy with the local cultures and the land and ensures quality for each trip member. Our guests come from a remarkable cross-section, ranging from full-time students to physicians, business executives, computer programmers, stay-at-home moms (and dads), writers, etc. In addition, your trekking entourage includes a staff which will number approximately 1:6 . Along the way, your trekking staff will introduce you to their family and friends putting you on a first name basis with tea shop owners, traders, porters, farmers, schoolteachers, and curious children.

The incidence of personal violent crime is certainly almost none despite sensational headlines and occasional saber rattling. The Karakorum region is known for centuries of peaceful coexistence. The incidence of personal violent crime is certainly almost none than in anywhere in the world despite sensational headlines and occasional saber rattling. The Karakorum region is known for centuries of peaceful coexistence. we have continued to operate trips in the region each year and we are confident that these regions remains one of the most beautiful, compelling and welcoming places on earth. The major concentrations of troubles are in the western parts of Pakistan and 100s of miles to the Islamabad. Their major concentrations are in areas which have had little or no tourism (investment, hard currency, etc) which is one of the reasons that their message has played well in these very poor districts. By comparison, the K2 Region is a very well and worldly part of Pakistan. That said, whenever you travel in Pakistan (or anywhere in the world for that matter), you should definitely use personal caution. We avoid any known dangerous situations. We monitor political situations posted by the government Office and ground reports from our staff and network of contacts. As when traveling in any region, make sure to keep an eye on your possessions and take certain common-sense measures to prevent theft or dangerous situations. The first rule of trekking K2 Base Camp is to step to the wall side when you meet a mule, since otherwise you can be knocked off the edge. The main danger for most people doing the straight-in, straight-out route is altitude sickness(AKA Acute Mountain Sickness or AMS). For most people, this can be avoided by sleeping no more than 300 metres higher than you did the night before and taking an acclimatisation day every 1000 metres. Serious AMS is more common in folk doing group tours than in independent trekkers. Other common injuries are twisted ankles and sprains. Rock falls, moraine and glacier crossings add significant risk to longer treks involving crossing high passes such as the Gondogoro-La. As always, it’s unwise to trek solo in case you fall and can’t extricate yourself: Do note, that it is illegal to trek solo.

Most people report that they have some mild symptoms of Mountain Sickness ranging from headache to sleep apnea to loss of appetite above 12-14,000 feet. While these symptoms are not of great concern, they are monitored closely by the Expedition Manager and staff. If symptoms become more serious, there are two options: Descend to a lower elevation – possibly resuming the trek once symptoms subside. or airlift.

For snacks, we recommend chocolate, chocolate bars, dried fruit bars and dried fruit which are readily available in Skardu, but Cliff bars, Power bars and the like are not usually available.

Sleeping bags can be hired at US$ 3.50 per day basis. However, in terms of hygiene, we recommend the guests to bring their own sleeping bags. Trekking poles can be hired in Skardu, but the cost will be the same as that of buying a new one.

Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents. This includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs. In worst cases, we can evacuate / rescue you via helicopter, but this can be very expensive without travel insurance.

Pakistani tap water is not safe to drink. Bring water purifying tablets or a water purifying stickto save money and the environment. Note that at higher elevations during the coldest times of year the water will freeze, so you’ll need to use boiled water.Buy a decent thermos flask or plastic water container, so that you can top up with hot, boiled water at the beginning of the day – starting with hot water will stop it freezing.

Check the terms and conditions of your travel insurance very carefully before embarking on the K2 Base Camp trek – the elevations involved are above 5000m, and many companies simply will not cover you at that level. World Nomads offers cover for trekking up to 6000m on recognised routes like K2 Base Camp and the gondogoro and hispar Passes. You should also ensure you are covered for helicopter evacuation from the mountains in emergencies, while mountaineers should arrange cover with their specialist mountaineering association at home before they travel.

Yes – why not stay on and explore more of what Pakistan has to offer! We can request with to change your return date with the airline. Places are limited and all arrangements are subject to availability.

Our unique style of off the beaten track, face-to-face travel is the only way to really experience a destination, but it also serves to keep the costs down. We spend your money providing an authentic experience, instead of on lavish hotels and expensive western-style meals. We pass these savings on to you with our low prices. Another thing you'll notice are the inclusions. While we don't include everything, we do throw in the major highlights of a destination, the things that everyone goes to see. On every trip page we show you the 'Included Highlights' of your trip, things that many other companies charge locally for. We leave many other activities as options, to provide you the freedom and flexibility to choose what you want to do on a daily basis.

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2 Group 5-8 Adult 5 8 15%
3 Group 9-12 Adult 9 12 20%
4 Group 13-16 Adult 16 25%
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1 Group 5 child 5 10%
2 Group 10 child 10 20%
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