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this summer we plan to go from kashgar to islamabad via karakorum highway.
does anybody know about the safety in this part of pakistan? is the road work finished after the dambreak??
thanks for helping
Does anybody have any recent experience getting an Indian visa in Islamabad? There are conflicting reports on LP TT though one German who posted on this site says he got one hassle free in September. I'm in Multan and headed for Islamabad tomorrow and will go to consulate on Thursday but would be good to be armed with info prior to arrival. Thanks
There are so many posts on here regarding how to get a visa for Pakistan, so I thought I'd share a very recent experience I had obtaining a visa for Pakistan from the New York Consulate.
I dropped off the application package on Thursday between 9 and 11 AM (the only hours you can apply) and returned the following Monday between 4 and 5 PM to pick it up. A few notes:
1. The documentation requirements listed on the website are very clear
2. I brought a blank money order and they stamped it at the window (website had different instructions for who to make it out to)
3. I supplemented my application with a complete itinerary (useful later) and a letter from the tour company with my name and passport info on it requesting a visa on my behalf. They provided this to me without my asking, so I figured I'd throw that in there too.
4. I was asked for a copy of my drivers licen... more »
I'm looking at doing a loop trip from Nepal through Bhutan and Bangladesh before flying to Pakistan in December 2013.
I have done some research on tour companies in Pakistan but none seem to be offering any reasonable tours for the money offered - I feel 15 days looped from Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Besham, Gilgit, Swat and back to Karachi for $2,900 USD is a bit expensive.
Can anyone recommend any good tours / operators to contact. I am traveling on my own as well so could do with some company! Is it easy to meet people in hostels and stuff?
I am planning to travel from Istanbul to Kathmandu beginning in June, and I'm very excited! I understand that it is almost impossible to get a Pakistan tourist visa outside of my home country (Canada), and this is fine. However, I was under the impression that tourist visas have a validity of 6 months, but according to the Consulate (Vancouver) website, it is only valid for 3 months. This will probably not be enough time for me, and I dont know how to plan for this.
Has anyone else encountered tourist visas with only 3 months validity?
Do you think it is possible to get one with 6 months validity instead if I ask? (I should probably email the consulate)
Is it possible to extend the visa validity on the road? (In Tehran or Ankara for example)
Any insight is greatly appreciated.
My brother and I are interested in visiting Gilgit and the Hunza Valley. I have been in contact with several tour operators each wanting over $1000 for trips. Is it possible to take local transport to Gilgit? If so about how long would the journey take from Islamabad? Is it possible to travel there and back within 6 days?
Any advice is appreciated :)
I'm on a month long climbing trip to the Karakoram during June/July. Trying to waste a little time as possible in Islamabad with admin so trying to work out where best to quickly change money. I have the following options:
Karachi or Islamabad Airports If the former, then would need to be in the transfer area as we are connecting to Islamabad. I remember on my last visit in 2009 the rates at Islamabad Airport were pretty good?
Blue Area, Islamabad - This has always been reliable in the past for me. Our flight lands at 17.45 on a Saturday eve, and I am keen to leave by flight or minivan for Gilgit early next morning. I don't really want to lose a day waiting for the money changers in the Blue Area to open. Is there anywhere that would be open late on a Sat night with good rates?? Else do any Hotels, or anybody else offer a good rate out of banking hours?
Gilgit - I remember th... more »
I plan to cycle the KKH from Kashgar (China) into Pakistan and then want to cross into India as fast as possible to continue to cycle the NH1 from Srinagar to Leh. I heard there is a bus operating from Muzaffarabad (Pakistan) to Srinagar but on the Department for Foreign Affairs website of my country it states that the crossing at Lahore is the only one open for foreigners.
Here is the wiki page for the Bus service: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Srinagar%E2%80%93Muzaffarabad_Bus
Hi all - I have this year's Joshi dates down as May 14 - 16 - can anyone in/around Chitral confirm? I'll be in the Kalash valleys in April and assume we'll have a better idea then, but I'm just trying to sketch out a rough plan for a couple of things over the next few months. Thanks, as always, B.
first sorry for my Englisch,its not so good,bad will be better;))
I will ask,if have somebody any Information about crossing via Khunerabpass.I would like travel with bus or jeep
from Sost in Pakistan to Tashkurgan in China.Can you tell me,what is the best solution for this trip.and is the si-
tuation there safety? I plan the trip end of may this year,from wheatter its ok?
Thanks very much!!
We are a family travelling in Asia in our van.
After lost of attemps of getting pakistani visa in our way finally we have decide to send the passports to our country because it´s impossible to take in other places than yours, but now we have to decide how to get into Pakistan.
We have two options: crossing Afganistan from north of Irán and the cross the Khyber pass or get into by Taftan and cross Baluchistan.
The problem is that we are travelling with on little kid and don´t want to take any risk. We think the second option is better but somepeople has told us that afters the flows of September 2012 the road to Quetta has been destroy, and now is not possible to do it in one day from the border to Dalbandin and other day from this place to Quetta. We did it five years ago and it was ok without any problem but now, if the road is not good conditios, is not going t... more »
Me and my husband are travelling to Pakistan in end of June to do the Gondogoro La trek. We will be spending a couple of days in Islamabad either end of our trek. Researching various websites the advise on what to wear tends to vary. Some say you should wear local dress (salwar kameez for women) when in Islambad and travelling, then baggy hiking clothes on the trek, other sites just recommend baggy clothing (no need for salwar kameez). Has anyone been recently that could give me their advise on what to wear both for me and my husband in Islamabad, on the road, and on the trek?
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