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Trekking Amongst Giants

Discover another side of Pakistan with the experts!

2021 Dates: July 31st – August 14th

Group Size: 12           Price: £1,910

DIFFICULTY: Strenuous

TOTAL DISTANCE: 1500 kms of driving

MAX ALTITUDE: 5650 meters

TOUR DURATION: 15 days

LODGING: Mix of local, camp, hotels

GROUP SIZE: 12 people

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Map of the tour route

Overview

Join Epic Backpacker Tours as we embark on an exciting new itinerary to some of the most stunning destinations in Northern Pakistan: the Skardu Region, Nanga Parbat, and Deosai National Park. 

Pakistan is the ultimate destination for serious adventurers.

Our Skardu adventure tour takes you deep into the very heart of one of Pakistan’s most impressive and dramatic regions. This part of Pakistan is home to some of the biggest mountains in the world and is the perfect playground for adventurous souls.

Come with us on a multi-day trek in the legendary Karakoram mountain range, experience the raw beauty of Deosai National Park, hang out in the Fairy Meadows, feast on tasty local cuisine, and become a member of a tight-knit team of keen travelers.

This is the perfect Pakistan adventure for people who love epic trips in the mountains.

The Skardu region of Pakistan is the land of mountaineering legend, fascinating local culture, and home to some of the most wild and remote landscapes on earth.

The stage is set for you to comfortably explore one of the most compelling countries in the world.

Who This Trip is For

  • BALANCE BETWEEN TREKKING AND ROAD TRIPPING: For those who are looking for a more intensive tour but don’t want to speed 2 weeks on a glacier, this trip is perfect. It features epic hikes and is rated as moderate-intensive but still visits just as many places as our standard Karakoram Highway tour.  
  • VARIED LANDSCAPES: This tour is an homage to Pakistan’s scenic beauty. Over the course of 14 days, we’ll visit dizzying alpine plateaus, brilliant deserts, and incredible views of the Central Karakoram Range and K2.
  • A UNIQUE ITINERARY: In the final days of this tour, our group will go on a 4-day overnight hike in a relatively unknown valley in the Skardu region. This area, mostly frequented by shepherds, is untouched by tourists and features un-spoilt beauty. 
  • A REWARDING CLIMB: The final leg, a scramble up to a 5650 meter peak, features unmatched views of the Karakoram and is the highlight of the trip. It offers arguably one of the most expansive views in all of Pakistan. We are the only Western company that features a climb to this peak. 

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July 31st - Aug 14thLimited£1,910

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Highlights of the Tour

  • Get EPIC views of K2, Gasherbrum, and Nanga Parbat
  • Visit Deosai National park
  • Chill out in Fairy Meadows
  • Travel on the epic Karakoram Highway
  • Trek to Nanga Parbat Basecamp @ 4000 meters
  • Hike to the top of Moses Peak @ 5650 meters
  • Experience legendary Pakistani hospitality
  • Camp near alpine lakes
  • Sleep in comfortable accommodation
  • Travel with a group of fun adventurers from around the world

Itinerary

Arrive into Islamabad airport where you will be met by the EBT team. (If you are arriving within 24 hours of the start of the tour); we’ll ferry you to HQ where you can chill out and freshen up.

Note: We recommend arriving into Islamabad one day early so that you can settle in and be ready to go on the morning of day one. Accommodation pre-tour is not included.

Once you arrive at the hotel, you will have the chance to freshen up and get ready for a team briefing. We’ll discuss highlights and logistics of the tour, and will follow-up with lunch at the hotel.

Upon finishing breakfast, we leave immediately for the mountains. We will be driving ¾ of the way to Raikot Bridge – gateway to the exalted Nanga Parbat – and plan on spending the night in Naran (8-12 hours).

We have two days in the Fairy Meadows and will have lots of opportunities to explore the area. You can hang out in the Meadows, read a book under a tree, or socialize with the locals.

For those who want to go on an adventure, we will be organizing a hike to Nanga Parbat Base Camp* (weather permitting). This 4000 m base camp will provide some of the most epic vistas on this trip and should be seriously considered.

At the end of every night, there will be a bonfire and plenty of open skies (hopefully). On a clear night, the Milky Way will be visible.

*Note: the optional hike to Nanga Parbat Base Camp requires a moderate level of fitness and take around 7 – 10 hours round trip (with plenty of time to chill out at base camp, eat lunch, etc).

We have two days in the Fairy Meadows and will have lots of opportunities to explore the area. You can hang out in the Meadows, read a book under a tree, or socialize with the locals.

For those who want to go on an adventure, we will be organizing a hike to Nanga Parbat Base Camp* (weather permitting). This 4000 m base camp will provide some of the most epic vistas on this trip and should be seriously considered.

At the end of every night, there will be a bonfire and plenty of open skies (hopefully). On a clear night, the Milky Way will be visible.

*Note: the optional hike to Nanga Parbat Base Camp requires a moderate level of fitness and take around 7 – 10 hours round trip (with plenty of time to chill out at base camp, eat lunch, etc).

Today, we pack our bags and head back down to the Raikot Bridge. Pending an early departure from the Meadows, we will arrive at the bridge around midday.

From the bridge, we head deeper into the mountains and make for Astore. Astore is often called the “Switzerland of Pakistan” and is adored for its pastoral, languid beauty. We anticipate being in Astore before sunset.

Upon checking into our hotel, we say a brief goodbye to Mr. Khan, our driver, as we will be using jeeps for the next few days. Mr. Khan will meet us later on in Skardu.

We pile into our fleet of jeeps and head to Deosai National Park – the second highest alpine plateau in the world (4200m) behind the Tibetan Plateau. We will be in Deosai during peak wildflower season, the likes of which are out of this world!

We will spend the day exploring Deosai and there will plenty of photo ops along the way.

After wrapping our road trip, we will then make camp in Deosai at Barah Pani (Place of Big Water). Eager hikers will have the chance to walk some more and to gain an additional 200 m to a spectacular viewpoint.

We leave Deosai at a reasonable time and drive to the largest city in Baltistan, Skardu (2-3 hours). Upon arriving at our hotel, guests will have the opportunity to take a shower and a nap.

In the early afternoon, we will leave the hotel to visit the local attractions, including the Buddha Rock (time permitting).

From Skardu, we will take a short drive through the gorgeous Shigar Valley before spending the evening in the Safa Ranga Desert. You will get to climb the bleach-white sand dunes for sunset and will be totally engulfed by the Karakorum Mountains.

On day 8, we begin the most adventurous and demanding portion of our tour – the Barah Broq trek. This is one of the most beautiful short treks in Pakistan and features high-alpine lakes, exposure to local shepherd communities, and the chance to climb Moses Peak, which offers one of the best views of the Karakorum.

We’ll make camp 4 times over the course of 4 nights: at 3300 m, 4200m, 4700m, and then back to 4200m. You will have the chance to visit several beautiful alpine lakes along the way and the view from High Camp at 4700m is particularly stunning.

Near the end of the trek, guests will also be able to attempt Moses Peak – a 5350 m viewpoint that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. From the Moses Peak, you will see almost every notable peak in the Baltistan including Masherbrum, Gasherbrum, Nanga Parbat, and, of course, K2.

Note: that this trek is not to be taken lightly. Elevation will be a major factor and only confident hikers should attempt the final push to Moses Peak. As always, the weather is always a factor.

After spending a few days in the mountains, we begin our return journey back to civilization. We will hike all the way down to the road in one day, so an early start will be required. The hike down is not nearly as demanding as the way up and a delicious lunch will be waiting you at the bottom.

Upon meeting up with our transport at the valley floor, we will return to Skardu and have a relaxing night after our trek. Tasty food and celebrations will abound.

It’s time to depart from the Karakorum today. We have an early wake-up call and a long drive ahead of us (10-12 hours). We arrive back in Naran and have a calm evening before making another long drive the next day.

This is the last big day of driving on the tour; hurray! We leave early and make a beeline for Islamabad. Drive time is 8-10 hours and we will stop for lunch along the way.

Upon arriving in Islamabad, we will freshen up and get ready for a very special dinner at one of the most famous restaurants in Pakistan. We close the tour with one last meal together and roundtable.

We arrange for transfers to Islamabad International Airport for those who are flying out on day 15. Check out of the hotel is around 11 am on Day 15. You can choose to stay on at the same hotel if you are not flying home right away, though any additional nights at the hotel are not covered by EBT.

What the Trip Includes

  • All accommodation during the tour
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner for all tour days, except for 1 or 2 meals (when guests may have free time).
  • All transportation whilst on tour
  • All on-the-ground logistics and planning
  • Islamabad Airport pick up and drop off (if arriving within 24 hours of the start of the trip and departing on the final day.)
  • Western and local guides
  • Letter of Invitation to Pakistan
  • National park entrance fees
  • Porters for group gear
  • Tents
  • Organic coffee in the mornings
  • Two liters of water per person per day
  • Some group snacks on hikes
  • Lots of laughs and epic moments
  • Life changing experiences
  • Bonus surprises along the way

What the Trip Does NOT Include

  • Flights to Pakistan
  • Visa application fees
  • Any pre-tour or post-tour accommodation
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for staff
  • Porters for your personal belongings (available at cost)
  • Sleeping bags
  • Sleeping pads
  • Camp mugs/cups
  • Alcohol
  • Personal snacks and drinks

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