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Pakistan Trekking, Pakistan, - [ Trekking ]

Trekking, Pakistan,

Stretching north from the Arabian Sea, the plains of Pakistan culminate into the lush valleys of Dir, Swat and Kaghan. Beyond them, lie the great northern valleys of Chitral, Gilgit, Hunza and Baltistan. Separating the two river systems which drain from these valleys is the Hindu Raj range, a chain of mountains which forms one of the sharpest cultural boundaries in the world: the cultural line between Central and Northern Asia. Still further north, the Karakoram and Hindu Kush ranges shape the western extension of the Himalayas.

Tough and sparsely populated, Pakistan’s northern valleys exhibit the diversity one would expect of a boundary area. In the east, Baltistan shows an affinity with Tibet; in fact, its language is a dialect of archaic Tibetan and many remnants of Tibetan culture can still be observed, In the Gilgit region, Shina broushiki and Wakhi is the dominant language. Gilgit’s most prominent contribution to the area seems to be the Gilgiti cap worn throughout most of northern Pakistan. To the north, legendary Hunza confirms its reputation as one of the world’s great mountain communities. Its Language – Burushaki – seems unrelated to any other and its origins remain a mystery. Like Chitral to the west, Hunza manifests its age-old-contact with Central Asia, the consequence of lying abreast of the Caravan routes that spread south from the all-important passes. Within the borders of Chitral are the Kafir valleys of Birir, Rambur and Bomburet. In a nation that is almost entirely Muslim, the Kafir are unique; they are Pagans (Kafir means infidel) with their own very original beliefs, customs and art forms.

The land of these northern valleys is best described as mountainous. During winter, heavy snow separate the valleys from the rest of the world for six months. In the summer, temperatures over 100 degrees are common. In Skardu, one is immediately struck by the juxtaposition of sand dunes and show-capped peak.

Trekking in Pakistan

Pakistan is a paradise for trekkers. Most of the trekking routes lies in the northern mountains of the Hindukush, the Karakorams and the Himalayas. For most of the treks, trekking season is between May to October. The Ministry of Tourism, Government of Pakistan, has defined trekking as walking below 6000 m. It has designated three zones for trekking; open, restricted and closed. Foreigners may trek anywhere in open zone without a permit or services of a licensed mountain guide. For trekking in restricted zone, foreigners must pay a fee of US$ 20 per person per trek to obtain a trekking permit from the Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of Pakistan Islamabad. It also requires to hire a licensed mountain guide; buy a personal accident insurance policy for the guide and the porters and to attend mandatory briefing and de-briefing at the Ministry of Tourism, on the beginning and end of the trekking trip. No trekking is allowed in closed zones which are the areas near Pakistan-Afghanistan border and near the Line of Control with Indian-held Kashmir.


Trek Itinerary:

Day       Activities                                                      Night

01         Arrival at Islamabad.                                    Hotel

02         Departure for Chilas through KKH.              Hotel

03         Departure for Gilgit through KKH.                Hotel

04         Drive to Karimabad-Hunza.                          Hotel

05         Free Day at Hunza for site seeing.              Hotel

06         Drive to Passu.                                           Camp

07         Treks to Shimshal Village.                          Camp

08         Free day in Shimshal for site seeing.         Camp

09         Treks to Pastforzin.                                    Camp

10         Treks to Harbab Puerian.                           Camp

11         Treks to Shuwerth via Shimshal Pass.        Camp

12         Free day at Shuwerth for excursions.         Camp

13         Trek back to Harbab Puerian.                     Camp

14         Treks to Mai Dur.                                        Camp

15         Treks to Shapodin Pass.                            Camp

16         Treks to Shimshal Village.                          Camp

17         Drive to Gilgit.                                             Hotel

18         Drive to Besham.                                        Hotel

19         Drive to Islamabad or Explore the twin city. Hotel

20         Departure from Pakistan.               




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