Need some information about Treks in Pakistan
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Nov 30, 2012 5:20 AM Last Post By: k2_heights
Nov 17, 2012 12:45 AM
Need some information about Treks in PakistanHi,
I have recently been looking at treks in Pakistan and needed some help deciding what i really want/can do.
Would really appreciate if these questions can be answered:
1) It will be my first Trek. what exactly should i be looking for? Any suggestions on what trek will be good for a starter?
2) Till now i dont have any partners on the tour. how should i go about this? is it fine if i do this alone or preferable to have some other companions?
3) Should i get in touch with a tour agent? If yes can you give me some information on companies working in this regard? If not, how should i go about planning such a tour?
4) How much will it cost me?
I plan to do this somewhere in June or July. I think i will have about 10-14 days for the entire program (from karachi and back).
Would really really appreciate if one of you can guide me how to go about planning this.
Nov 17, 2012 3:56 AM
1With you 10-14 days time, you should either do Fairy Meadows Parbat or Rupal face nanga Parbat trek.
Doing with travel companions will reduce your trek cost rather than doing in independantly.
Ask at travel companion branch for trip companion and june/july is peak season, so you will find companions.
Nov 17, 2012 10:58 AM
2Bonjour from Islamabad,
if you're a beginner so better to start for the treks like
Ultar Meadows from Karimabad (Hunza ), day trip
Hoper Glacier (Day walk from Hoper village,Nagyr valley )
Hike to from Damane Koh from Jinnah Super
Hike to Miranjani and Pipeline from Nathiagali
Chitral Gol National park from Chitral town, daytrip
Terichmir base camp from Ovir valley, an ideal trek for beginners
Nanga Parbat base camp from Fairy Meadows 4000 m, I made it twice this year, the trial above the view-point very bad so I'd not recommend it for any beginner.
Please keep an eye on the board so you'd definitely come across the passers-by with the same plans .
Have a nice and safe trip..
Nov 17, 2012 11:02 AM
31) If this is your first trek you should be looking at something shorter and less strenous. Do not underestimate how difficult trekking in Pakistan can be. It can be Much harder than areas where trekking is more established. Trails can be nearly or completely nonexistent in the more remote areas. There are numerous trekking routes in Pakistan, all require different fitness levels, and have different highlights. If you can tell us more about what you're looking for it will be easier to give good advice.
2 and 3) Unless you are extremely short on time (which you might be), it's very easy to arrange treks in places like Gilgit, Karimabad, Passu, and Kalash Valleys. You can show up one day and leave the next. You will pay dramatically less if you simply arrange a guide and a porter close to where you intend to trek. This is not cost prohbitive if you don't have a partner. Like most things in the region, trekking is cheap for most travelers.
4) If you arrange your trek locally, you're probably looking at around 40 dollars a day for a guide and porter. Give or take depending on your barganing skills and where you are? If you arrange everything in advance, well..... I don't really know. but ALOT more.
Going from Karachi to Northern Pakistan and back with a trek in 14 days might be physically possible without a flight, but it might also be the most uncomfortable time of your life. Flying will a lot of traveling time. And unless you really want to visit Karachi, it's much easier to access the north from Islamabad
Nov 17, 2012 11:09 AM
Nov 17, 2012 11:20 AM
5Its because i live in Karachi... so cant really skip karachi.
to be honest i can not really pin point what sort of a trek i am looking for. as i said earlier, it will be my first. but yeah a basic beginners trek where i can experience the trekking/camping and get an idea of what sort of activity i am dealing with. Once i have done this, i want to up the level year on year and go for major treks too.
Since i know Urdu, i think i can deal with locals and can skip a pre-planned deal if needed. and yeah i think such a plan will be more flexible too but then again i am not sure about how much i can handle. first timer problems largely you see.
i have been repeatedly advised the fairy meadows trek. what do you think about that?
and thanks yet again for the input. much appreciated.
Nov 17, 2012 11:42 AM
6personally I've never done the Fairmeadows trek, as it seems like the only commercialized trekking area in Pakistan. Which is why I love trekking in Pakistan! I have heard it's beautiful though, but most people who trek in the area stay and eat at the guesthouses in the area, So it might not be the best if you want to experience a camping trek. Unless you want to want to do some of the more intensive trekking around fairymeadows, you won't really need a guide (from everything I've heard) as the trails, unlike almost anywhere else, are essentially established and easy to follow. So it might be good in the respect,
I guess I'd recommend treks around the Kalash valleys or in Chitral Gol NP. They can be day trips or overnight. staying with locals or camping. You won't get the up close mountain scenery that is more prevelant in Gilgit Baltistan, but you'll be able to do a few small treks, or a 3 to 4 day trek if you haven't found the shorter ones challenging. Just to reiterate my point about difficulty, I've met people who have done classic long treks like Annapurna Circuit without problem, and very (by Pakistan Standards) easy treks in the Hindu Kush and seriously struggled.
Nov 17, 2012 12:01 PM
Nov 17, 2012 12:38 PM
8Overnight buses from Islamabad, operated to Chitral, 12, 13 hrs , bus fare is 1100 Pkrs.
A budgeted hotel in Chitral, a single room is from 400 to 600 Pkrs per night, 200 Pkrs per meal .
Hotels in Kalash valleys, similar to Chitral, 300 Pkrs per meal.
Public transport to Kalash valley is available .
So you can make a plan according to that.
Nov 18, 2012 3:58 AM
Nov 18, 2012 8:00 AM
10I already told you roughly 40 dollars or 3800 rupees a day, give or take your bargaining ability, for a guide and porter. Try Google and individual tour companies for specific price quotes.
and chitralguy was helpful enough to give you rough costs of transport, accomodation, and food.
You can also search older posts with the Search All Forums tool in the upper right of the screen. Maybe someone else has written a report about how much various guides or companies charge. You can also get lots of other info about treks and most things tourist do in Pakistan as well.
Nov 19, 2012 1:39 AM
Nov 19, 2012 3:51 AM
12See if you can get some clues from:
Nov 20, 2012 1:01 AM
Nov 27, 2012 3:55 AM
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