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Pakistan: The Ultimate Adventure Destination

Nestled in the heart of South Asia, Pakistan is one of the most misunderstood countries in the world. 

There is a reason that countless magazines, online journals, and travel bloggers have declared Pakistan one of the top tourism destinations in the world – the adventure potential here is truly limitless.

That’s why our first ever tour was launched in Pakistan many years ago: we truly believe in this country, its people, and adventures to be found at every turn.

One of the first things our clients say when they have the opportunity to spend some time in the mountains of Pakistan is: “Wow, I had no idea Pakistan was so incredibly beautiful”.  

Our team of highly experienced staff go above and beyond to create the ultimate adventure experience in a country that can be challenging to visit as a solo traveler – creating a fun, international travel vibe for people who don’t normally do group tours. 

Through meticulous planning and amazing support from our Pakistani ground team, the stage is set for you to comfortably explore one of the most compelling countries you will ever visit in your lifetime. 

We’d love to have you join our team for a truly unforgettable adventure through the mountains, cities, and small villages of Pakistan. 

Our Current Tours in Pakistan​

hunza valley

The perfect combination of hiking and culture


See the Best of the Hunza Valley on a Budget

k2 base camp trek

Trek to the base of the world’s second highest mountain

Things to Know about Pakistan

Our Favorite Places

A windmill
The Clifton Suspension Bridge
Fairy Meadows
Sunset and boats
Deosai Plains
a river in the snow
K2 Base Camp
Passu Glacier
a hot air balloon shaped like a dog
Badshahi Mosque
View from a hot air balloon of other balloons
a balloon fairground ride
Snow Lake
sunrise over a harbor
Mountain Story
three hot air balloons in a blue sky
Barah Broq
the Toronto light up sign at night
Passu Bridge
the Toronto light up sign at night
Karambar Lake

Pakistan FAQ

Because it may be the last great adventure destination left!

Nepal, Patagonia, New Zealand; all of these locations have been done time and time again and are on the verge of being spoiled by over-tourism. 

Pakistan, on the other hand, is still quite raw and relatively untouched by foreign tourists. It’s one thing to have some of the most gorgeous scenery in the world; it’s quite another to find it almost completely empty.

Simply put, there are a TON of unexplored areas to find and adrenaline-filled opportunities to try out here. Travel to Pakistan now before it becomes the next big holiday destination and is potentially ruined. 

We offer several kinds of trips in Pakistan! All feature to varying extents a mix of active, cultural, culinary, and immersive activities, among other kinds of fun.

One thing is for sure though: all of our adventure tours in Pakistan feature some sort of hiking or physical outlet (because we love to be active even while on holiday). Some feature more hiking than others.

Our K2 Base Camp itinerary is the most physically demanding itinerary we currently offer (13+ days of walking). Our Discover the Hunza Valley itinerary is less intensive (6 days of walking) and would be better suited for more casual adventurers. The Trekking Amongst Giants tour is somewhere in between the two aforementioned.

You can expect the following when trekking on almost any of our Pakistani adventure tours:

  • Dusty trails and hot days at lower elevations.
  • The chance of snow at higher elevations (4500+ meters), even in summer!
  • A mix of terrain but mostly undulating and rocky.
  • Support in the form of porters, cooks, and other locally sourced staff.
  • 360 degrees of mountain views at almost every moment.
  • 3 hearty meals a day. 
  • A healthy dose of camaraderie and the chance to form lifelong bonds.

Despite their sheer proximity to one another, the Karakoram and Himalaya mountain ranges are quite different from one another.

The Himalaya, which are many adventurers’ first forway into big mountain territory, are generally broader, more dispersed, and more vegetated (at lower elevations). Crucially, the Himalaya have two main trekking seasons, post and pre-monsoon.

The Karakoram, which many people mistake for the Himalaya (they’re actually geographically separate) are much more dramatic on the other hand. The topography is far more rugged and features more sheer, often precarious profiles, giving the Karakoram a more “mangled” appearance overall. There is only one trekking season, the summer, and temperatures can swing wildly during this period.

Crucially, there is little to no teahouse-style trekking in Pakistan, which is a staple of the Nepalese Himalaya. Trekkers in Pakistan must self-sufficient and be able to make camp for long periods of time.

Even though different itineraries entail different levels of physical demand, being in decent shape is usually enough to take part in one of our Pakistani trekking tours.

Participants should be able to do the following:

  1. Carry a backpack weighing between 10-15 pounds (5-7 kilos) for several days at a time.
  2. Walk for 6-8 hours at a time.
  3. Be comfortable exerting oneself at higher altitudes (4000+ meters).
  4. Handling occasional inclining as well as declining slopes.

We have unique packing lists for each one of our adventure tours in Pakistan. Refer below for a link to our most popular:

Have a Question?

Let the experts help you out!

Our team members are experts on all things adventure in Pakistan!

If you’re interested in traveling to Pakistan but still have unanswered questions, feel free to give us a shout anytime. We’re ready and able to assist you in any way possible when it comes to planning your next big trip.

So ask away!

What People Have to Say

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Adventure Guide

Our man in Nepal, Sandip is what we like to call a “Swiss Army Knife”. There is not much Sandip can’t do when it comes to helping Epic to run our expeditions smoothly in Nepal.

His tireless work ethic, passion for all things trekking in the Himalayas, and smart decision-making mean that Sandip is a truly invaluable member of our team.

Sandip is passionate about showing visitors to his country an amazing time, and he goes above and beyond to make sure that happens. 

His company Himalayan Masters is Epic’s trusted partner in Nepal and one of the country’s top new tour agencies.

We really enjoyed the entire journey, and I would like to say that Sandip is truly professional. He guided us and he is a hardworking person, providing us with the best service and taking care of each one of us. Plus, he is super funny! The kind of professionnal you always want to find on your path for your explorations! 

– Alexandra Ruth

Fairy Meadows

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Our Favorite Experiences

#1 Sunrise from Reflection Lake

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#2 Hiking to Nanga Parbat Base Camp

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#3 Playing cricket with the locals

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Trips Where We Visit Fairy Meadows

Our flagship Pakistani adventure tour.  Road trip with some  hiking and cultural immersion.

A trekking-style tour that features some very remote locations, inlcuding a K2 viewpoint.

Adventure Guide

João has born in the mountains of Madeira Islands in Portugal. Nature lover, writer, musician, guide, for him, a day without contact with outdoor vibes is a nightmare. 

With a degree in Cultural Studies in Portugal and a Master of Arts in Global Cultures and Creativity in the U.K.

João found out what really matters in life can be found on the trails, and in the contact with people from different backgrounds and cultures.

Guiding, crazy trekking missions, and sharing observations about the natural world, – these are some of João’s passions. 

After trekking to K2 Base Camp and exploring all over Northern Pakistan, he fell in love with the country and the local people. His experiences resulted in his desire to share these feelings with the world.

João is one of the most experienced guides at Epic and his skillset and positive mindset in the mountains is second to none

When not in Pakistan, João is  guiding and exploring in the Madeira Islands trails –  discovering some of the hidden treasures on his Portuguese Island.

João I can not thank you enough for the off the beaten paths and views you keep giving. Definitely one of the most challenging and amazing hikes we did 1200m meters all the way up to Fanal forest and circling back to the hidden village. Wow!

– Jeffery 

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Adventure Guide

Sohail is the newest addition to the Epic Backpacker Tours team and we are beyond stoked to have him on board. As a veteran of the Karakoram and a native of Karimabad in Hunza, there is not much Sohail can’t do in the mountains. 

Besides having the ability to speak more languages than we can count, Sohail has explored every corner of Gilgit Baltistan and logs more trekking miles 

in a year than most people will do in a lifetime. As of the summer of 2022, Sohail has summited Gasherbrum 1, Gasherbrum 2, and K2 – three of Pakistan’s five 8000-meter peaks. Sohail guides several trips including our annual bespoke expeditions but specializes in Hunza Valley tours.

Chris and Sohail, and the team at Epic are FANTASTIC! Highly recommend anyone to do a tour with ‘Epic’. They have the perfect balance of fun, excitement and wild adventures, tied in with being super professional and ensuring your safety/health in a foreign environment. Don’t waste a moment and book a tour with these guys as the value for money is UNREAL!

– Borgan

iran travel tour

Adventure Guide

Pedro’s been traveling all around the globe since 2009. His keen interests in documentary photography, rural life, and local people from different ethnic groups have been the focus of many of his professional projects.

Since 2012, he has developed his passion for travel and awesome shared experiences into a full-time adventure photography tour leader position.

Pedro has found himself continuously going back to the Middle East, with his likely favorite destination being Iran. Pedro will be leading his 11th tour in Iran with EBT this coming spring 2020

When Pedro’s not traveling the world with Epic Backpacker Tours, you’ll find him based in the western south of Portugal planning he’s next adventure missions, logistics and working out his photos in local exhibitions.

 I loved the combination of hiking, camping around breathtaking scenery mixed with the cultural aspects. The guide (Pedro) is knowledgeable and work very hard to make the trip as memorable as possible. All in all an epic adventure with some extremely epic individuals! Go for it, you won’t regret it!

– Saisun

Touring Iran with EBT in May 2022 was way above our expectation: itineraries well planned and carefully executed, perfect mix of sights and trekking, delicious food, nice accommodation, great guides and wonderful fellow travellers. Trekking can be handled by anyone physically fit. Highly recommended for those who want to experience the real Iran.

– Sumera

Diane Bouvet

Adventure Admin / Marketing

After fleeing from the corporate fashion world in Paris towards the start of 2020, Diane has been working as a web developer and graphic designer remotely from various bases across the globe

She brings all of her incredible design and organizational power to Epic Backpacker Tours and is responsible for many of the beautiful behind-the-scenes design elements. 

Diane has been to Iran and to Pakistan twice including all over Gilgit Baltistan and KPK.

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Head of Operations | Guide

A veteran of Pakistan travel, Ralph is an experienced guide, photographer and writer who specializes in documenting remote locations. 

Not one to simply go where everyone else does, he insists on exploring new and lesser-known areas.

Together with Epic Backpacker Tours, he shows people parts of Pakistan that most other operators don’t even know about. He is particularly fond of the village of Barah, which he believes will become just as famous as Hunza one day.

Just got back from EBT’s Trekking Amongst Giants 15 day tour. The experience was first class. Ralph, our head guide, ensured that the entire trip ran smoothly and relatively on time (a bonus for anyone travelling in Pakistan). We had so many unforgettable days on the tour and the trekking was well-planned, safe but also a rewarding challenge. 

– Calvin

Traveling to a non-tourist destination can be a little intimidating but EBT takes all of the worry and trepidation away. From the pre-trip call to meeting the wonderful staff in person you can tell that you are dealing with a company that has a passion for what they do each and every day. Ralph, Zahid, and Khan were supportive, kind, and always willing to go the extra mile to make sure that everyone on the trip was getting what they wanted out of the experience.

– Katrina 

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Founder | Adventure Guide | Director

For the last eleven years, Chris has been seeking out every shade of adventure in various parts of the globe and had visited more than 65 countries along the way. 

Since 2011, Chris has logged more than 6300 trail miles across five continents and climbed multiple 6000 + 7000 meter peaks in Pakistan and Nepal.

In 2017, a distant dream and a deep passion for the mountains and people of Pakistan led Chris to found Epic Backpacker Tours at a time when foreign adventure tourism in Pakistan was almost nonexistent. Since then, Chris has guided more than 15 expeditions to various parts of Northern Pakistan.

Chris believes in using photography and powerful adventure experiences to dismantle negative stereotypes regarding what mainstream media considers “dangerous” countries while facilitating unique and meaningful memories in the mountains for countless people from around the globe. 

Long-distance hiking, learning languages, meaningful conversations, all things Turkish food, mountaineering, and making tasty coffee above 6,000 meters rank among his favorite things in life. 

For him, an ideal start to the day begins with a steaming cup of good coffee, the beam of a headlamp, alpine boots, and a camera in hand.

When he is not leading or planning tours, Chris works as a writer and photographer on his blog Off the Atlas – an adventure travel blog all about Pakistan. 

Read this interview our staff did with Chris to learn more about him!

Chris believes in Pakistan and its people, and he believes in the value of journeys shared with others and family cultivated on the road. Honesty and integrity are at the heart of what he does, and this really shines through in his work as a guide. He also makes great coffee – whether at 5am in an empty guesthouse or half way up a Himalayan peak.”

– Will De Villers

Pakistan is a magical country! Had 3 of the best weeks of my life thanks to Epic Backpacking Tours with owner, and one of our awesome guides, Chris. From detailed itinerary, preparation with an equipment list, and visa assistance. To amazing food, great porters, helpful guides, and great accommodations. Epic really hit home run after home run. […]

Their desire for adventure and amazing trip is just as high as yours. Bring a good pound of coffee for the trip. French press coffee every morning and no average tin coffee, plus you’ll be in your guides good books.

– Clark Tyler

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