Syed - Private Guide in Skardu
Mountaineer and a well travelled guide to whole Pakistan in general and Northern Area of Pakistan in particular for over 10 years serving mostly inbound foreign tourists.
Trekking in Pakistan
Why go to Pakistan
Pakistan has an amazing mountain heritage with the four ranges of Hindukush. Pamir, Karakorrum, and the Great Himalayas converging here. Amongst them, they contain the world's densest concentration of high peaks (five out of 14 highest) in their fold which are:-
Name of the Peak Height – Feet/Metres
Godwin Austin (k-2) 28,251/8,611
Nanga Parbat 26,660/8,125
There are 42 other peaks which are higher than all the highest peaks of the other continents. In all, Pakistan has over 700 peaks above 6000 meters in height and over 160 peaks above 7000 meters
Besides the high mountains, the Northern Areas have the world's longest glaciers including the Godwin Austin, Abruzzin and Baltoro which meet at Concordia forming the largest glacial lake at a high of 4720 meters. The enchanting valleys of Hunza, Shigar, Khaplu, Lshkuman, Nalar, Gilgit, Skardu, Chitral, and Dir and the glacial lakes like Kachura, Satpara, Lalusar, and Saiful Muluk add unmatched grandeur to the beauty of the rugged mountains.
The Northern Areas with its flora and fauna; the wildlife which can be seen in the form of snow leopards, ibexes and urials; and the variety of people who live in these areas with their cultural heritage and millennia-old civilizations form a paradise for the tourists, trekkers, and mountaineers from all around the world.
In almost every part of Pakistan, there is a variety of trekking adventure options awaiting the trekker, some soft, others not so. In this vast wonderland, trekking itineraries from one to four weeks or more provide endless opportunities for discovery for the trekker. Among the high altitude regions of Pakistan Karakoram ,Hindukush ,Himalayas, reality becomes a dream.
Trekking in Pakistan is an unforgettable experience as it not only let you to experience the unexplored trails made by nature, but also bring the visitor directly in touch with the country and its people and helps you to appreciate the mountain environment.
Cautions While Trekking in Pakistan
Trekking is not an adventure activity that anyone can try out. It comes with a responsibility for the trekker to make sure that no hiking expedition becomes a threat to the environment and to the local culture and traditions of that particular region. While taking up trekking of a particular region within Pakistan, check out the details regarding the geographical and historical features, followed by the trek route that you are going to cover, the season in which the trails can be followed, details about where to buy essential supplies and keep a note about the local trekking agencies of that particular region.
Things To Carry
It is recommended that a trekker should take up physical and dental examination before undertaking a trek. The first aid kit that you take with you depends on the length of the trek, its location and the no of people that are taking up the trek tour. Iodine tablets are the best reliable methods for sterlising water for drinking, cooking and washing.
Some of the items a trekker requires while trekking on the higher altitude regions in Pakistan: a broad- brimmed hat, UV proof glasses with side blinkers and SPF-15 sunscreen that can protect one against the increased solar radiation at high altitudes. The air can be very dry in the Karakoram, Himalayas, so carrying a scarf and a lip balm is essential. To avoid dehydration always carry a water bottle with you and it's essential to frequently drink water.
Trekking In Pakistan Himalayas
Himalayas are known as the one of the youngest mountain ranges in the world and is counted among the best trekking regions in the world. The Pakistan Himalayan range is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular and impressive mountain ranges in the world. Within a space of few days the trekking expedition in Pakistan you may trek through the numerous centuries old settlements, ancient temples sites , isolated Buddhist monasteries, camp beside small village establishments that support traditional Islamic culture.
Trekking in deosai, deosai Trekking Tour, Pakistan Adventure TreksTrekking In Northern Pakistan
To this day the isolated mountain expanses in the baltistan region generate the mystery of the Central Asian Silk Route. Baltistan is considered to be the most rugged region of the entire Karakoram range. Often referred as the Trans Karakoram Zone because its position between the Great Himalayan Range and the vast Tibetan plateau. One of the major reason why this barren land is a favourite of trekkers and extreme sports lovers.
Trekking In The Passes
The treks in Karakoram are the jackpot for trekkers. In this state the treks vary from moderate to strenuous ones, ranging upto two weeks, especially the one done on high altitude passes. When it comes to passes nor far off from china.
Trekking Places in Pakistan:
- Biafor- Hispar Glaciers Trek
- Concordia Gondoghoro La Trek
- Hunza Valley Rushe Lake Trek
- North Batura Galcier Trek
- Concordia K-2 Trek
- Shimshal Valley Trek
- Rush Lake Trek
- Masha Brum Base Camp Trek
- Raka Poshi Base Camp Trek
- Khurdupin Pass Trek
- Bagrot Valley Trek
- Nalter Dainter pass trek
- Nalter Pakora Trek
- Minapin Batura ( Hunza ) Trek
- Shigar Thalle La Trek
- Shimshal Kuksil Trek
- Rupal Valley ( Nanga Parbat ) Trek
- Thui Ann Trek
- KachiKhanni Pass Trek
- Patundas Meadows Trek
- Nanga Parbat ( Fairy Meadow ) Trek
- Nanga Parbat Rupal Trek
- Burzil Pass Trek
- Skardu-Deosai Trek
- Deosai Katishi Trek
- Kalash Pass Trek
- Kachi Kani Pass Trek
- Yaseen Broghil Pass Trek
- Chiliji Pass Trek
- Yasin Thui-Ann Trek
- Shah Jinali - Darkot - Yasin Trek
- Chitral Owir Pass Trek
- Tirichmir Panorama Trek