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Pakistan • Ultimate Karakoram Adventure FAQ

Fitness Level

You do not need to be of superhuman fitness to come on this trip but a basic level of fitness is a must for anybody hoping to enjoy the trekking aspect of the trip. Really, it’s your attitude that counts, and the treks we do are achievable/approachable even for novice hikers.

The more you prepare mentally and physically for this trip, the more you will get out of it. 

Who should apply?

The perfect candidate:

  • You want to learn new things about a fascinating country and step out of your comfort zone.
  • You love being part of a team.
  • You’re a keen hiker or ready to gain some experience trekking at altitude.
  • You don’t need to be connected to the internet.
  • You’re a team player and understand that plans sometimes change.
  • You are keen to head on a real adventure.
  • You are interested in getting to know the side of Pakistan you don’t hear about in the news.
  • You have done a bit of traveling before.
  • You have a basic understanding of cultural awareness.
  • You have a positive attitude and want to gain new amazing life experiences.

Why do I need to book a Tour? Can I visit Pakistan on my own?

Visiting Pakistan on your own is possible, but we are not here to sugarcoat things either. It is not easy. 

We have spent YEARS developing this itinerary and if you come with us, you will get to experience things you simply would not be able to on your own including a multi-day trek across a massive glacier and staying with a local family in a remote mountain village. 

What is the food like in Pakistan?

Food in Pakistan is pretty repetitive – there’s a lot of daal, chicken, and rice. We will try to mix this up where possible by taking you to some great restaurants but if you want a luxury tour, this is not for you – please don’t apply.

Note: In general, the food in Pakistan is SPICY (especially in Punjab). Again, we always do our best to accommodate dietary needs, but keep in mind that options can be limited at times if you can’t do spicy food. There will ALWAYS be some decent vegetarian and non-spicy items, but you also need to have realistic expectations regarding Pakistani cuisine, which can be meat-heavy, and SPICY. Please let us know early on if you have any diet restrictions/preferences.

Will there be sweet, sweet WiFi on our trip?

Once we leave Karimabad/Lower Hunza, reliable WiFi is almost non-existent. Whilst there may be small amounts of phone coverage on the trip, you should view this adventure as a chance to unplug.

The internet situation has vastly improved in recent years in rural parts of Northern Pakistan and getting a local SIM card is possible. 

In today’s world, disconnecting is an ever-important necessity to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Coming on our Pakistan adventure is a chance for you to disconnect and breathe some fresh mountain air!

Your guides are equipped with a satellite communications device so we are never out of contact in the case of an emergency scenario. 

What kind of guides will we have?

The tours are led by one of two western leaders, all of whom are mountain leaders and have years of expere4ince working in Pakistan. Chris or João are assisted by our local Pakistani crew consisting of our driver, Mr. Kahn, and Sohail – one of the best local guides in Hunza. 

Check out our meet the team page here

What is the Accommodation like in Pakistan?

Prices are based on the sharing of rooms and single (same sex) members of the group will typically be put together. We will be using budget guesthouses/hotels that offer comfortable, but simple, facilities. Sometimes rooms might be without air-conditioning (although the rooms in Lahore and Islamabad, the two hottest places, will definitely have AC).

Whilst in Ghulkin, we will be spread amongst a very large communal/traditional guest room; these are clean, comfortable and a great way for us all to hang out. It is possible to arrange a (possibly shared) tent in Ghulkin (especially if you are prone to snoring!). In The Fairy Meadows; we will have two-three large wooden cabins which we will be sharing. Note: hot water is not always available in hotels, especially in the mountains.

Single supplement: If you wish to have a private room to yourself, we can arrange this – the single supplement cost is $400 USD; accommodation in Pakistan is expensive. Please note that even if you do opt for a single room, this will only be possible in Lahore / Islamabad / Aliabad / Fairy Meadows / Passu. In Ghulkin Village, accommodation is all shared (unless you bring your own tent). If you pay for a single supplement, you can also have your own tent as well when camping. 

Does EBT sort out my Pakistani Visa?

You will need to arrange your visa yourself before you arrive in the country. We provide you with all of the documents you need to apply for the visa.

Where do I need to apply for my visa?

Nowadays, all visa applications can be done online and the process is much faster, easier, and cheaper than it use to be. We have had clients get same-day approval and on average the turnaround time is a week or less (for the tourist visa). 

Once approved, you are issued an Evisa. No need to mail in your passport or go to an embassy anymore!

If I Visit Pakistan, Will I have Problems Visiting Other Countries?

We receive many questions about this topic, so let us clear the air. Travelers to India, Israel, the USA, Europe, etc have never faced any particular restriction or been denied entry just because they have visited Pakistan. We have been to Pakistan more times than we can count at this point, and we have never faced issues returning to the USA, the UK, Australia, Canada, Europe or going to India . There are no official rules saying that if you visit Pakistan, then you can’t enter India, Israel, etc. You can simultaneously hold Indian and Pakistani visas in your passport also without issue.

What sort of equipment do I need to come on this trip?

We will provide a full packing list a little closer to the time. Solid hiking boots, proper technical clothing, a good sleeping bag, and a down jacket are a must.

Is Insurance included in the tour?

No it is not. To travel on this tour, you must have travel insurance. We will provide recommendations closer to the time. If you don’t buy travel insurance, you will not be allowed to come on the tour.

Will the trip run exactly as the itinerary is planned?

Keep in mind that the above itinerary and activities are subject to change. Travel almost always involves unexpected situations so things might need to be re-arranged at times. 

Epic Backpacker Tours trips go to genuinely remote places. Transport infrastructure can be aging, inadequate, or non-existent. Flooded roads, collapsed bridges, and vehicle break-downs are par for the course. Our teams thrive on overcoming such challenges. Be prepared for occasional delays and to push occasionally! Natural phenomena like landslides across the Karakoram Highway, winter coming early, traffic delays, gale-force winds, and driving snow can all make for a more interesting expedition.

Where will I need to fly into to start the tour?

You need to arrive into Islamabad and be at the hotel EARLY by the morning of day 1. Ideally you will arrive a day early to rest and gear up for the start of our adventure. You will be picked up from the airport by a member of our team providing you arrive within 24 hours of the start of the tour.

If you arrive outside of the 24 hour period leading up to the start of the tour, you’ll need to sort your own transfer – we can advise on the best way to get to your preferred accommodation. 

Note that this trip departs from Lahore. 

Is pre-tour/post tour accommodation provided?

No it is not. You are not covered for accommodation for the days leading up to the start of the tour or the days after the tour has ended. Day 1 is the first day accommodation is included. If you need an affordable place to stay before or after the tour starts/ends, we can provide recommendations.

Do I need to sign a release waiver?

All tour participants will be required to sign an industry-standard waiver releasing Epic Backpacker Tours from any liability related to any aspect of the Ultimate Karakoram Adventure trip

We want adventurers…

This is an adventure… things may not always go as planned and if they don’t, we will be there to solve problems as quickly and efficiently as possible. We are experts and sorting out complex logistics – that’s why you are choosing to travel with us!

You will get out of this trip what you put into it; a positive attitude, willingness to get to know the locals, and enthusiasm are all important.

While the tour itself is not very strenuous, please note that it can involve the following: somewhat long days, a good amount of hiking, being in the sun in potentially hot temperatures, a few very long journeys by bus, early morning wake-ups, cold nights at altitude (we never sleep above 3,600 meters), and other similarly challenging scenarios. Hiking with your personal gear (should be no more than 5 kilos) is to be expected – porters available on the treks.

Epic Backpacker Tours staff are there to lead you into the mountains and provide you with an amazing experience through our unique contacts – we are there to facilitate a life-changing adventure and to welcome you to our adventure family. 

Question is, are you down for it? 

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