Karakorum Highway Easy Base Camps Trek

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12 days, 12 nights

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Group Size

16 people

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About this tour

Rich Culture

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Top of the world

Enjoy spectacular views as you summit peaks

Splash out

Explore remote lakes, waterfalls by foot

On foot

Head for the hills and visit mountain villages

Delicious Food

Enjoy the rich flavours and spices

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Overview

  • Observe the myriad of hues and colors and take photos of the landscape
  • Witness a beautiful sunrise and sunset from the summits of peaks
  • Go see the beautiful nature in wilderness
  • Discover the incredible culture and nature of Pakistan
  • Immerse yourself in pristine nature and see incredible landscape, lakes and pass
  • Scenic Beauty: Trek along the glacier streams
  • Marvel at breathtaking landscapes.
  • Famous Peaks: Enjoy stunning views of Rakaposhi, Diran Peak, Nanga Parbat and other majestic peaks along the way.
  • Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in local Shina culture, hospitality, and traditions during the trek.
  • Adventure and Challenge: Reach two 7000m & 8000m Base Camp for an exhilarating and rewarding trekking experience.
  • Fully supported camping based trek including 3 hearty fresh meals per day prepared by our cook.
  • Ample acclimatization days built in

Karakorum Highway Easy Base Camps Trek

Karakorum Highway Easy Base Camps is a must-do trek for people looking to explore Karakorum Highway mountains with a breathtaking panorama of Himalayan and Karakoram peaks. Fairy Meadows  is the highest point of North face of Nanga Parbat in the district of Diamer. Diran and Rakaposhi are 7000 + mountains in the Karakorm along the KKH.. This trek follows to base camp of famous North face of Nanga Parbat, and base camps of Diran and Rakaposhi mountains. One of the unavoidable necessities of trekking is that the best views are had from high up but the trek along from KKH, passing through small settlements, is perhaps one of the most scenically rewarding in the Himalaya and Karakoram. This is indeed an ideal trek for the novice trekkers in a camp or cottage style. There are spectacular panoramic views of Karakoram and Hindukush as well including Haramosh range, lady finger, Golden peak, Passu cones, and a host of Hunza peaks all seen in one stretch.

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Trip Information

Trip Information

 

Logistics

  1. Guide Support:
  • Guides manage logistics, directions, and campsite arrangements.
  • Essential for navigating challenging terrains and ensuring safety.
  1. Accommodation:
  • Hotels  provide comfortable stays.
  • Camping along the trail; camps at campsites and our supporting teams manages equipment.
  • Each night spent in scenic tent campsites, Also lodges available.
  1. Food & Hydration:
  • Nutritious locally sourced fresh meals provided during trek; dietary restrictions accommodated.
  • Hydration crucial; ample water intake and electrolyte replenishment advised.
  1. Health & Safety:
  • Comprehensive medical kit carried by guides; basic first aid available.
  • Trekkers advised to carry personal medication and travel insurance.
  • Altitude sickness precautions, including ascent rate monitoring.
  1. Other Essentials:
  • Adequate clothing for varying temperatures; layering recommended.
  • High-quality trekking gear, including sturdy footwear and trekking poles.
  • Respect for local customs and environment; Leave No Trace principles.
 

FOOD & DRINK

During your trek this trip is full board and our cook will provide you with three fresh meals per day and snacks for while you are trekking. The food in Baltistan is mainly Pakistani in style with curries, flat breads, rice and lentils featuring highly on any menu. The food is fragrant and rich in flavours but not necessarily spicy! Breakfasts and dinners are provided at camp and your cook will provide you with a picnic lunch at lunch stop. 

Vegetarians and vegans are very well catered for here and there is a good understanding of dietary requirements. 

During the trip your supporting team will boil water at each camping spot and keep it in a fresh container for you to drink once it has cooled. This will be accessible each evening and morning for you to fill up water bottles or hydration bladders. You may wish to carry a water purification system such as a filter or tablets to treat water from natural springs or villages whilst trekking. There are plenty of places to refill your water bottles both in towns and in remote mountain areas, your guide will advise you when and where to refill.

ACCOMMODATION & CAMPING

In Cities: On most treks, you will be traveling from Islamabad. Here you will typically stay in comfortable hotels or guest houses depending upon the chosen package.  Power cuts and internet outages are common in Gilgit Baltistan and you should be prepared for the possibility of this.

 

TRANSPORT

Our airport transfers will be a well maintained local car. A member of our team will greet you at the airport and travel in the car with you.

All our group transfers between locations will be taken in a privatised vehicle.

GUIDE & SUPPORTING TEAM

For the full duration of your trip you will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking guide. During the trek, your guide will be assisted by our local support team which will include an assistant guide, driver, cook and porters.

HOW TO GET 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, it is necessary to fly first to Islamabad and then take a domestic flight up to GIlgit or travel on KKH /or Naran to Raikot Bridge.

 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 trek 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. 

The closest airport to this trek is the airport in Gilgit. This airport is a domestic airport.

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

Almost all routes to Gilgit 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. You  will need to go through Immigration and Customs and will need to retrieve your luggage even if your flight to Skardu 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

From Islamabad, nonstop flights from Islamabad to 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 to Chilas from Islamabad is by the road.

Hop on a bus from Rawalpindi Pirwadah Bus station to Skardu, There are many buses leaving to Skardu 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-TREK BRIEFING

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

LUGGAGE

During the trek 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!

There is internet connection in Fairy Meadwos and at few spots on the trail. 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 though, you will need SCOM SIM card, (a local cellular company) which you can easily buy in Skardu/Gilgit – by purchasing from their office.

Electricity: 

At few campsites there are generators, for light, charge cameras, phones, headlamps, power banks, and even drone batteries, but you will need to check if it is available. It is also advisable to take a small solar panel, to charge phone and power bank each day.

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 trek 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 trek in Pakistan with us, we adhere to the standard practice of tipping as recommended by the Trekking Agencies Association.

The decision on how much to tip should reflect the level of service provided by our team throughout your trek. 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 trekker 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 trek.

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 trek 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 trekker must address before venturing into the rugged terrain of the Hindukush, Karakoram and Himalayan Mountains of Pakistan. Covering essential topics such as obtaining trekking visa and permits, securing comprehensive insurance, and understanding altitude sickness, our guide aims to provide trekkers with the necessary knowledge for a successful expedition. Join us as we navigate the critical preparations needed for an unforgettable and safe trek to the legendary base Camps and 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 trek, 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 K2 Base Camp adventure. 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.

TREKKING PERMIT

Permit for Restricted Zone Trek

Permits: You need a trekking permit to trek there. Once you get a trekking /mountaineering visa, your permit application is submitted by us in Pakistan. It isn’t possible to hike independently and you must book with a registered tour operator and go with a registered guide.

Final NOC from Skardu

You also need a Final No Objection Certificate (NOC) to go ahead from Skardu, which we  sort out for you.

To get the NOC we need following

    • visa,
    • passport with immigration stamps,
    • passport size pictures

and this NOC is obtained in Skardu at the tourism office and will allow entry into the Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP). You need a permit to enter because the park lies in a restricted military area bordering China and India. To enter the National Park, you will need to fill out a visitor registration form and pay an entry fee of about $150 per person (you can check the fees here).

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 treks 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 Trek

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 K2 trek is around 5,600 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.

During the pre-trek 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 trek.

HEALTH

The Altitude

 

While our experience has shown that maintaining hydration, observing rest days at significant elevations, and maintaining a good level of base fitness can mitigate potential problems, it’s important to acknowledge that everyone will experience the effects of high altitude to some degree. For those unfamiliar with altitude, pre-trip concerns may arise. However, rest assured that our guides are extensively trained to assist you through the acclimatization process.

Expect to encounter mild symptoms such as headaches, akin to the sensation of wearing tight sunglasses for an extended period. These ‘pressure’ headaches can typically be alleviated by over-the-counter medications like Panadol, Ibuprofen, or by simple remedies like drinking more water, resting, and practicing pressure breathing techniques. It’s crucial to prioritize relaxation, whether it’s through reading, taking short naps, or leisurely activities, to facilitate your body’s adjustment.

Upon reaching new altitudes, one may experience sensations akin to a mild hangover. It’s imperative to adopt a slow and steady pace, refraining from attempting to match the pace of locals.

As part of our acclimatization program, we incorporate ‘active’ rest days. These involve gentle walks to slightly higher elevations, following the principle of ‘climbing high, sleeping low,’ which significantly aids in acclimatization.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness, also called Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), hypobaropathy and soroche, is an illness caused by exposure to the low air pressure, especially low partial pressure of oxygen, which many trekkers experience at high altitudes.

AMS is caused by exerting yourself at high altitudes, especially if you have not been properly acclimatised. It is most common at altitudes above 2400 metres. Over 6000m above sea level, the air pressure (and the amount of oxygen it contains) is less than half that at sea level, and has been said to be comparable to working with only one lung.

AMS can be serious, especially as it can be debilitating, and it generally occurs far from places where medical treatment can be easily administered.

Not everyone suffers from AMS, of course, and it is very difficult to predict who is or is not vulnerable to it. Generally speaking, a fit person is less vulnerable than an unfit person, because their cardiovascular system can operate at low pressures longer without as much strain. Even so, anyone can be vulnerable at altitudes above 3500 metres, no matter their fitness level, if they have not spent some time getting used to the low atmospheric pressures first.

Avoiding Altitude Sickness

1. Walk high, sleep low. It is best to gradually climb higher each day, then descend lower to sleep. This lets you gradually become accustomed to lower pressures, and then recover somewhat overnight.

2. Slow and steady. You need to keep your respiration rate low enough to maintain a normal conversation. If you are panting or breathing hard, you must slow down. Overworking your heart and lungs substantially increases your chance of becoming ill.

3. Drink much more water than you think you need. Proper hydration helps acclimatisation dramatically. You need to drink at least three litres each day. As dehydration presents many of the same symptoms as altitude sickness, your chances of being allowed to continue are best if you stay hydrated.

  1. Diamox. The general consensus of the research is that Diamox is helpful in avoiding AMS. We recommend you google Diamox and its effects yourself. It is a prescription drug, and you should consult with your doctor before taking it.

it should be taken before trekking, not after symptoms develop.

Note: you can not find Diamox in Pakistan, so need to bring it.

Preventing dehydration

Even if you avoid diarrhoea, you can easily become dehydrated at high altitudes. The lower air pressure forces you to breathe more quickly and deeply, and you lose a lot of water through your lungs. You will also be exerting yourself, and sweating.

The upshot is, as you might expect, that you will have to drink more water. You need to drink at least 3 litres of fluids every day while trekking. Even when you don’t feel thirsty you have to drink this amount as a minimum – preferably more.

Stay on the look-out for signs of dehydration in yourself and your fellow trekkers. The most common symptoms include thirst, dry lips, nose or mouth, headache and feeling fatigued or lethargic. If you think you may be dehydrated, there are two ways to tell:

The color of your urine. Clear or light straw-colored urine means you are probably not dehydrated. Yellow or orange wee means you have not been drinking enough, and you need to up your fluid intake quickly.

Pinch or press firmly on an area of exposed skin. If it does not spring back instantly, or stays pale and bloodless for more than a second or two, you are probably dehydrated.

Avoiding diarrhea

Make sure that your hygiene is as good as possible to avoid picking up a stomach upset. Needless to say, a bout of diarrhea can make a two week-long strenuous trek unpleasant or even impossible.

On the trek itself, we make sure that your food is pure and uncontaminated. You will need to carry a water purification filter or tablets to ensure all water that you drink is safe.

Make sure you follow these simple rules at all times:

If you are not absolutely certain water is pure, do not drink it.

Wash your hands thoroughly after using the toilet, and before eating or handling food of any kind.

Do not eat raw vegetables or salads. Cooked, preferably boiled veggies only.

Avoid any cold drinks, and ice of any kind.

Water from sealed bottles is generally fine, as are fizzy drinks, wine and beer. Hot tea and coffee are good, as they have just been boiled.

If you do get diarrhea, the most important thing you can do is to stay hydrated. The best thing to drink is a rehydration solution like Dioralyte.

Read more about dehydration below.

Over the counter medicines like Immodium (or anything containing loperamide) are only for short term, mild diarrhoea. Some doctors recommend taking a single, 500mg dose of Ciprofxin, or any ciprofloxacin antibiotic in an emergency situation. This is a prescription medicine, and you should discuss it with your doctor before your trip.

Malaria

In Pakistan, the risk of malaria is not prevalent in higher altitude regions like Skardu or most Karkoram treks 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.

Sunburn and UV Protection

While a high altitude trek is hardly a day at the seaside, you will be vulnerable to sunburn if not properly protected. The thin atmosphere at high altitudes blocks much less UV radiation, even on cloudy days.

The three most important things you can do to avoid sunburn are:

  • Apply SPF 30 or higher sunscreen to your face, nose and ears at least 30 minutes before going out into the sun, and reapply regularly. High SPF lip balm is also a must.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat that shades your face, nose and ears.
  • Wear UV-protective sunglasses, category 2-4.

At higher altitudes the sun’s rays are intensified and even on a cloudy day they can penetrate through and still burn you. And do not forget that the sun is at its strongest between 10:00-14:00 hours each day.

Eating well

Many trekkers experience loss of appetite at high altitudes. This is a real problem, as you will be burning an extra 2000 or more calories a day, and not replacing them can cause real problems.

Just like staying hydrated, you have to eat heartily even if you are not hungry. Meals heavy in carbohydrates are best, because they are easier to digest at high altitudes and provide long-term energy.

It is important to keep plenty of small snacks with you, as you will have to keep your energy levels high. Take a favourite treat to make it easier to eat when you do not feel hungry, but avoid anything with honey or syrup, or anything chewy as they are likely to freeze tooth-crackingly solid above 5000 metres. Chocolate, nuts and seeds, biscuits, savoury snacks and boiled sweets are generally better choices.

Body temperature

Every mountain environment has its own climate, and Karakoram has several different weather zones at different heights. Conditions change quickly, and you will be moving between zones as well. A hot and dry day can be followed immediately by snow or rain. Wearing a layered outfit is generally the wisest way to make sure you stay healthy and reasonably comfortable in all conditions.

Above all, make sure to wear warm, wind-and water-proof, breathable clothing on your trek. Get high quality gear too, as this is definitely the real thing. Storms, high winds and freezing temperatures must be expected, and poor quality equipment will fail.

PREPARING FOR YOUR TREK

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

The trekking trails in Pakistan, including those leading to iconic destinations such as K2 Base Camp, demand endurance and stamina. Expect to hike for approximately 6-7 hours daily over hilly terrain, with occasional ascents of up to 600 meters in elevation. The total trekking distance spans around 144 kilometers, with an elevation gain exceeding 3000 meters.

To adequately prepare for the trek, incorporate a structured training regimen into your routine. This should involve regular hill walking sessions, complemented by activities such as swimming, light jogging or cycling, and strength training exercises at the gym. Strengthening your physical fitness will enhance your ability to tackle the challenges encountered along the trekking route.

For comprehensive assistance with fitness training customized for trekking adventures, we suggest exploring our trek fitness program and visiting our Fitness Training Plans page. By dedicating resources to thorough preparation, you can enhance your enjoyment and increase your chances of success during your trekking expedition in Pakistan.

Equipment & Clothing

Preparing for your trek in Pakistan requires careful consideration of the equipment and clothing you’ll need to ensure a comfortable and safe journey. While we recommend using personal gear for its familiarity and reliability, we understand that rental options are available for those who need them. Planning ahead and packing wisely are crucial steps to maximizing your trekking experience.

In this section, we provide detailed guidance on both the equipment supplied by Vertical Explorers and the clothing essentials you’ll need to bring along. Additionally, we offer recommendations on other accessories and gear you may require for your trek. 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.

Ensuring the right gear for your trek is essential for a comfortable and safe journey. While personal gear is recommended for familiarity, rental options are available for those in need. Plan ahead and pack wisely to make the most of your trekking experience in Pakistan. We encourage using your own gear for optimal comfort and enjoyment during the trek.

While we understand the cost constraints, having personal gear ensures familiarity and reliability

Equipment supplied by  Vertical Explorers

  • 3 man tent per two people
  • Foam sleeping mattress
  • Communal dining tent 
  • Table, chairs and cutlery

This list covers basic trekking gear  services offerings. For detailed gear options based on budget preferences (budget, standard, luxury), explore our Pricing for a tailored experience.

 

CLOTHING TO BRING

  • Warm beanie style hat – knitted or fleece
  • Neck gaiter or scarf. It can get dusty in 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
  • Headlamp (plus extra batteries)
  •  
UPPER BODY
  • Thermal or fleece base layer (x2)
  • Long sleeve shirt/tshirt – light or medium weight, moisture wicking (x3)
  • Short sleeved shirt/tshirt – lightweight, moisture wicking (x2)
  • Fleece or soft shell jacket (x2)
  • Insulated jacket – down or primaloft
  • Lightweight water/windproof hard shell outer jacket
  • Gloves – lightweight, fleece or quick drying fabric
LEGS
  • Leggings – thermal or fleece base layer (x1)
  • Trekking trousers – light or medium weight (x2) – convertible trousers work well
  • Waterproof hard shell trousers – ski pants work fine (x1)
  • Gaiters
FEET
  • Trekking boots – mid weight with good ankle support
  • Training shoe or similar – to wear around the campsites
  • Mid-weight trekking socks (x5 pairs)
  • Breathable, high-wicking liner socks (x3 pairs)
  • Thermal trekking socks for upper reaches of your trek (x2 pair)

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

·        Personal snacks and energy bars – dried fruit and nuts are a good option

·        Isotonic drink powder / energy drink powder to mix in with your water

·        Microfibre towel for wiping hands and face each day

·        Pee bottle, useful for late night toilet needs

EQUIPMENT TO BRING

TREKKING GEAR

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

·        Waterproof duffle bag (approx 80-100 litres)

·        Sleeping bag (4 season or -20 Deg C) and compression sack

·        Trekking poles

·        Water bottle or hydration bag – must be able to carry 1.5-2L of water

GEAR RENTAL

We recommend that wherever possible you use your own gear for your trek as this is the best way to ensure your comfort and enjoyment. The quality of rental gear is variable and it is your responsibility to check carefully the condition of any item you rent. We accept no responsibility for the quality of equipment hired. An indication of the likely rental costs is below.

  • Hiking Boots = 3 -4$ per day per pair
  • Crampons = 2-3 $ per day per set
  • Four Season Sleeping Bag: $2-5 per day
  • Down Jacket: $2-3 per day
  • Trekking Poles: $1 per day

 

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.

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Below are the tiered prices for the full trip, each tailored to different travel experiences (budget, standard, luxury), accommodating various budgets and preferences.

2024 Pricing
Members Silver Gold Diamond
2-3
4-5
6-7
8-9
10-11
12-13
14-16

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.
  • All meals in hotels.
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels 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.
  • Hire of sleeping bags/gloves and down jackets.
  • 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.

Silver

Services Included
  • Airport/road transfer in four-wheel sightseeing jeep/Car
  • All road transfers by chartered private vehicles.
  • Best tourist class hotels accommodation with ensuite bath (twin sharing basis)
  • Locally sourced fresh meals during trek including tea and coffee.
  • Morning bed tea on trek
  • Some supplementary snacks on trek
  • Evening fill of your water bottle with boiled drinking water.
  • Sleeping tents (twin sharing basis), mattresses, kitchen tents, mess tent with table and chairs.
  • Kitchen equipment, crockery, fuel, cooking, camping, cleaning and related gear.
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking guide, expert cook and low altitude porters.
  • 13 kg of personal baggage during trek.
  • Porterage at airport and hotels, toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Trekking fee (US$ 50 per person) and trekking permit process.
  • Central Karakoram National Park Entrance fee (US$ 150 per person)
  • Camping sites fee, Bridges crossing fee
  • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, cook, porters/staff.
  • Safety rope and basic necessary gear.
  • First Aid Kit with necessary medicines
  • Ice axe, crampon, rope, sling, large carabiners, three screwgate carabiners, Helmet and prussik cord
  • Blood oxygen saturation and heart rate is measured on the trail using a pulse oximeter to monitor adjusting to the altitude.
  • Visa invitation letter
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
  • All Airport/road transfers in private chartered Air-conditioned coach and four-wheel sightseeing jeep /car drive.
  • Best 3-4 star hotels accommodation with ensuite bath where is available
  • All meals in hotels
  • Morning bed tea on trek
  • Locally sourced fresh meals (varied menu) during trek including tea and coffee.
  • Some supplementary snacks on trek
  • Evening fill of your water bottle with boiled drinking water
  • Sleeping tents, mattresses, kitchen tents, Toilet and mess tents with tables & chairs.
  • Kitchen equipment, crockery, fuel, cooking, camping, cleaning and related gear.
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking guide, expert cook and low altitude porters.
  • Satellite phone with solar charger (10 units included)
  • 17 kg of personal baggage during trek.
  • Porterage at airport and hotels, toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Solar power back up for camera batteries
  • Trekking fee (US$ 50 per person) and permit process.
  • Central Karakoram National Park Entrance fee (US$150 per person)
  • Camping sites fee, Bridges crossing fee
  • Insurance of field staff; i.e. guide, cook, porters/staff.
  • Safety rope and basic necessary gear.
  • Internal flights and associated airport transfers, all land transport involved in the itinerary by private chartered vehicles.
  • First Aid Kit with necessary medicines
  • Ice axe, crampon, rope, sling, large carabiners, three screwgate carabiners, Helmet and prussik cord
  • Blood oxygen saturation and heart rate is measured on the trail using a pulse oximeter to monitor adjusting to the altitude.
  • Monuments entry fee
  • Visa invitation letter
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
  • Airport/road transfer in chartered AC coach and luxury four-wheel sightseeing vehicle drive.
  • Five Star hotels accommodation where it is available.
  • All meals in hotels
  • Morning bed tea on trek
  • Locally sourced fresh meals (multiple course meal) during trek including tea and coffee.
  • Some supplementary snacks on trek
  • Evening fill of your water bottle with drinking water
  • Sleeping tents, kitchen tents, Toilet and mess tent with tables& chairs, mattresses, off the ground camp bed, pillow
  • Kitchen equipment, crockery, fuel, cooking, camping, cleaning and related gear.
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking guide and low altitude porters.
  • Satellite phone with solar charger (50 units included)
  • Porterage at airport and hotels, toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Trekking fee (US$ 50 per person) and permit process.
  • Central Karakoram National Park Entrance fee (US$ 150 per person)
  • Insurance of field staff; i.e. guide, cook, porters/staff.
  • 21 kg of personal baggage during trek.
  • Special personal porters.
  • Expert five-star hotel chef with varied variety of food options.
  • Camping sites fee, Bridges crossing fee
  • Porterage at airport and hotels, toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Four Solar showers
  • Generator back up for power/camp light and camera batteries recharge
  • Personal attendant throughout the trek
  • Insurance of field staff; i.e. guide, cook, porters/staff.
  • Safety rope and basic necessary gear.
  • Internal flights and associated airport transfers in Business / Executive class, all land transport involved in the itinerary by private Luxury SUV.
  • First Aid Kit with necessary medicines
  • Ice axe, crampon, rope, sling, large carabiners, three screwgate carabiners, Helmet and prussic cord, sleeping bags and all other trekking gear
  • Blood oxygen saturation and heart rate is measured daily using a pulse oximeter to monitor adjusting to the altitude.
  • Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC or Gamow Bag)
  • Monuments entry fee.
  • Visa Invitation letter

Package and Pricing

Members Silver Gold Diamond
2-3
4-5
6-7
8-9
10-11
12-13
14-16

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.
  • All meals in hotels.
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels 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.
  • Hire of sleeping bags/gloves and down jackets.
  • 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.

Silver

Services Included
  • Airport/road transfer in four-wheel sightseeing jeep/Car
  • All road transfers by chartered private vehicles.
  • Best tourist class hotels accommodation with ensuite bath (twin sharing basis)
  • Locally sourced fresh meals during trek including tea and coffee.
  • Morning bed tea on trek
  • Some supplementary snacks on trek
  • Evening fill of your water bottle with boiled drinking water.
  • Sleeping tents (twin sharing basis), mattresses, kitchen tents, mess tent with table and chairs.
  • Kitchen equipment, crockery, fuel, cooking, camping, cleaning and related gear.
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking guide, expert cook and low altitude porters.
  • 13 kg of personal baggage during trek.
  • Porterage at airport and hotels, toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Trekking fee (US$ 50 per person) and trekking permit process.
  • Central Karakoram National Park Entrance fee (US$ 150 per person)
  • Camping sites fee, Bridges crossing fee
  • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, cook, porters/staff.
  • Safety rope and basic necessary gear.
  • First Aid Kit with necessary medicines
  • Ice axe, crampon, rope, sling, large carabiners, three screwgate carabiners, Helmet and prussik cord
  • Blood oxygen saturation and heart rate is measured on the trail using a pulse oximeter to monitor adjusting to the altitude.
  • Visa invitation letter
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
  • All Airport/road transfers in private chartered Air-conditioned coach and four-wheel sightseeing jeep /car drive.
  • Best 3-4 star hotels accommodation with ensuite bath where is available
  • All meals in hotels
  • Morning bed tea on trek
  • Locally sourced fresh meals (varied menu) during trek including tea and coffee.
  • Some supplementary snacks on trek
  • Evening fill of your water bottle with boiled drinking water
  • Sleeping tents, mattresses, kitchen tents, Toilet and mess tents with tables & chairs.
  • Kitchen equipment, crockery, fuel, cooking, camping, cleaning and related gear.
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking guide, expert cook and low altitude porters.
  • Satellite phone with solar charger (10 units included)
  • 17 kg of personal baggage during trek.
  • Porterage at airport and hotels, toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Solar power back up for camera batteries
  • Trekking fee (US$ 50 per person) and permit process.
  • Central Karakoram National Park Entrance fee (US$150 per person)
  • Camping sites fee, Bridges crossing fee
  • Insurance of field staff; i.e. guide, cook, porters/staff.
  • Safety rope and basic necessary gear.
  • Internal flights and associated airport transfers, all land transport involved in the itinerary by private chartered vehicles.
  • First Aid Kit with necessary medicines
  • Ice axe, crampon, rope, sling, large carabiners, three screwgate carabiners, Helmet and prussik cord
  • Blood oxygen saturation and heart rate is measured on the trail using a pulse oximeter to monitor adjusting to the altitude.
  • Monuments entry fee
  • Visa invitation letter
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
  • Airport/road transfer in chartered AC coach and luxury four-wheel sightseeing vehicle drive.
  • Five Star hotels accommodation where it is available.
  • All meals in hotels
  • Morning bed tea on trek
  • Locally sourced fresh meals (multiple course meal) during trek including tea and coffee.
  • Some supplementary snacks on trek
  • Evening fill of your water bottle with drinking water
  • Sleeping tents, kitchen tents, Toilet and mess tent with tables& chairs, mattresses, off the ground camp bed, pillow
  • Kitchen equipment, crockery, fuel, cooking, camping, cleaning and related gear.
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking guide and low altitude porters.
  • Satellite phone with solar charger (50 units included)
  • Porterage at airport and hotels, toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Trekking fee (US$ 50 per person) and permit process.
  • Central Karakoram National Park Entrance fee (US$ 150 per person)
  • Insurance of field staff; i.e. guide, cook, porters/staff.
  • 21 kg of personal baggage during trek.
  • Special personal porters.
  • Expert five-star hotel chef with varied variety of food options.
  • Camping sites fee, Bridges crossing fee
  • Porterage at airport and hotels, toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Four Solar showers
  • Generator back up for power/camp light and camera batteries recharge
  • Personal attendant throughout the trek
  • Insurance of field staff; i.e. guide, cook, porters/staff.
  • Safety rope and basic necessary gear.
  • Internal flights and associated airport transfers in Business / Executive class, all land transport involved in the itinerary by private Luxury SUV.
  • First Aid Kit with necessary medicines
  • Ice axe, crampon, rope, sling, large carabiners, three screwgate carabiners, Helmet and prussic cord, sleeping bags and all other trekking gear
  • Blood oxygen saturation and heart rate is measured daily using a pulse oximeter to monitor adjusting to the altitude.
  • Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC or Gamow Bag)
  • Monuments entry fee.
  • Visa Invitation letter

Package and Pricing

Members Silver Gold Diamond
2-3
4-5
6-7
8-9
10-11
12-13
14-16

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.
  • All meals in hotels.
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels 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.
  • Hire of sleeping bags/gloves and down jackets.
  • 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.

Silver

Services Included
  • Airport/road transfer in four-wheel sightseeing jeep/Car
  • All road transfers by chartered private vehicles.
  • Best tourist class hotels accommodation with ensuite bath (twin sharing basis)
  • Locally sourced fresh meals during trek including tea and coffee.
  • Morning bed tea on trek
  • Some supplementary snacks on trek
  • Evening fill of your water bottle with boiled drinking water.
  • Sleeping tents (twin sharing basis), mattresses, kitchen tents, mess tent with table and chairs.
  • Kitchen equipment, crockery, fuel, cooking, camping, cleaning and related gear.
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking guide, expert cook and low altitude porters.
  • 13 kg of personal baggage during trek.
  • Porterage at airport and hotels, toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Trekking fee (US$ 50 per person) and trekking permit process.
  • Central Karakoram National Park Entrance fee (US$ 150 per person)
  • Camping sites fee, Bridges crossing fee
  • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, cook, porters/staff.
  • Safety rope and basic necessary gear.
  • First Aid Kit with necessary medicines
  • Ice axe, crampon, rope, sling, large carabiners, three screwgate carabiners, Helmet and prussik cord
  • Blood oxygen saturation and heart rate is measured on the trail using a pulse oximeter to monitor adjusting to the altitude.
  • Visa invitation letter
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
  • All Airport/road transfers in private chartered Air-conditioned coach and four-wheel sightseeing jeep /car drive.
  • Best 3-4 star hotels accommodation with ensuite bath where is available
  • All meals in hotels
  • Morning bed tea on trek
  • Locally sourced fresh meals (varied menu) during trek including tea and coffee.
  • Some supplementary snacks on trek
  • Evening fill of your water bottle with boiled drinking water
  • Sleeping tents, mattresses, kitchen tents, Toilet and mess tents with tables & chairs.
  • Kitchen equipment, crockery, fuel, cooking, camping, cleaning and related gear.
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking guide, expert cook and low altitude porters.
  • Satellite phone with solar charger (10 units included)
  • 17 kg of personal baggage during trek.
  • Porterage at airport and hotels, toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Solar power back up for camera batteries
  • Trekking fee (US$ 50 per person) and permit process.
  • Central Karakoram National Park Entrance fee (US$150 per person)
  • Camping sites fee, Bridges crossing fee
  • Insurance of field staff; i.e. guide, cook, porters/staff.
  • Safety rope and basic necessary gear.
  • Internal flights and associated airport transfers, all land transport involved in the itinerary by private chartered vehicles.
  • First Aid Kit with necessary medicines
  • Ice axe, crampon, rope, sling, large carabiners, three screwgate carabiners, Helmet and prussik cord
  • Blood oxygen saturation and heart rate is measured on the trail using a pulse oximeter to monitor adjusting to the altitude.
  • Monuments entry fee
  • Visa invitation letter
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
  • Airport/road transfer in chartered AC coach and luxury four-wheel sightseeing vehicle drive.
  • Five Star hotels accommodation where it is available.
  • All meals in hotels
  • Morning bed tea on trek
  • Locally sourced fresh meals (multiple course meal) during trek including tea and coffee.
  • Some supplementary snacks on trek
  • Evening fill of your water bottle with drinking water
  • Sleeping tents, kitchen tents, Toilet and mess tent with tables& chairs, mattresses, off the ground camp bed, pillow
  • Kitchen equipment, crockery, fuel, cooking, camping, cleaning and related gear.
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking guide and low altitude porters.
  • Satellite phone with solar charger (50 units included)
  • Porterage at airport and hotels, toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Trekking fee (US$ 50 per person) and permit process.
  • Central Karakoram National Park Entrance fee (US$ 150 per person)
  • Insurance of field staff; i.e. guide, cook, porters/staff.
  • 21 kg of personal baggage during trek.
  • Special personal porters.
  • Expert five-star hotel chef with varied variety of food options.
  • Camping sites fee, Bridges crossing fee
  • Porterage at airport and hotels, toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Four Solar showers
  • Generator back up for power/camp light and camera batteries recharge
  • Personal attendant throughout the trek
  • Insurance of field staff; i.e. guide, cook, porters/staff.
  • Safety rope and basic necessary gear.
  • Internal flights and associated airport transfers in Business / Executive class, all land transport involved in the itinerary by private Luxury SUV.
  • First Aid Kit with necessary medicines
  • Ice axe, crampon, rope, sling, large carabiners, three screwgate carabiners, Helmet and prussic cord, sleeping bags and all other trekking gear
  • Blood oxygen saturation and heart rate is measured daily using a pulse oximeter to monitor adjusting to the altitude.
  • Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC or Gamow Bag)
  • Monuments entry fee.
  • Visa Invitation letter

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.

Payment Policies

 

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

12 Days, 11 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 / Skardu

Gilgit / Skardu to Gilgit / Skardu basis

10 Days, 10 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 trekking routes to cultural encounters with local communities, Skardu offers a diverse range of experiences for travelers of all levels.

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Deosai Khunjerab

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.

khunjerab park
Khunjerab National Park

Khunjerab National Park, located in the breathtaking Karakoram Range, is Pakistan's highest national park and boasts a rich biodiversity. Here, you can encounter iconic species such as the Marco Polo sheep, Himalayan ibex, and the elusive Snow Leopard..

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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 morning after breakfast start journey towards Hunza valley.Morning visit to 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. Drive: 5-6 hrs Activities: Cultural exploration , Sightseeing, Interaction with locals Meals provided: Breakfast

After breakfast drive to scenic Minapin village and start trek to Hapakun. From Minpin we will cross a bridge to the Minapin River’s true left bank and then stepped path gives wide views of the Minapin Glacier, and eventually of the entire Rakaposhi-Diran crest line. After five hrs ascent, we reached Hapakun camp site. Time: 04-05 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 2815 M Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Mobile Camp

After breakfast ascend a trail through forest with excellent views of Diran as one rise above the Minapin glacier to lush green Tagaphari meadow, also summer huts with shepherds just overlooking the glacier’s supper ice fields; from here at Tagaphari we walk up the ridge for great views of the Batura peaks, Shispar peak, and Ultar Peaks. Time: 03-04 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3260 M Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Excursion to kacheli Lake and Diran peak base camp at an altitude 3650m and trek back to Hapakun. Time: 04-05 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3650 M Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Trek down to Minapin village and drive to Gilgit. Time: 02-03 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Activities: Trekking,Sightseeing Meals provided: Breakfast, Accommodation: Hotel

Early in the morning drive through on 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

Frequently asked questions

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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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