The country of Pakistan offers some of the finest hiking and trekking opportunities globally. Gilgit Baltistan is famous for its highest mountains, longest glaciers, lush valleys, rivers, amazing lakes and imposing peaks. It is well established that we are passionate about making Pakistan more accessible to hikers, trekkers and climbers. These top 20 treks in Gilgit Baltistan should be on your travel list, let me tell you why.
In Pakistan, you can shoot AKs into the air. It is well worth the trip for the scenery and the thrill of shooting. Pakistan offers excellent hiking and trekking opportunities for hikers and trekkers of all abilities, from easy day hikes to super-tough expeditions.
Global walkers are becoming increasingly interested in trekking in Pakistan. Pakistan has three great mountain ranges in its Northern Areas. The amazing Karakoram, the magnificent Himalaya, and the Hindukush are just a few. Mountains, glaciers, streams, rivers, lakes, and pastures make up the rich natural environment.
In Pakistan’s Northern Areas, Trekking is excellent due to its rugged and beautiful landscapes. With the Himalayas in the north and increasingly aware foreign tourists, it is now easier than ever to get lost, but not literally, in Pakistan’s true wonders.
Located in Gilgit Baltistan, the Concordia trek is in the Karakoram mountain range. In addition to being the second-highest mountain globally, K2 (8611m) is also referred to as the Savage Mountain of the Karakoram. A classic trek is trekking on the Baltoro and Godwin-Austin Glaciers to the foothills of this majestic mountain and up to the summit of Concordia.
Concordia is a region of mountainous terrain with four of the world’s highest 8000-meter mountains. Concordia is the heart of the Karakoram mountain range, hence its nickname, “The Throne Room of the Mountain Gods”. This trek will take you past the Trango Towers, Paiju Peak, Muztagh Tower, Gasherbrum I and II, the Gilkey Memorial, Broad Peak, and K2 Base Camp.
This is the most popular trekking holiday for the Baltoro trek among foreign trekkers visiting Pakistan. Known as the “K2 Base Camp Trek”, this adventure takes us up the Baltoro glacier and to the base camp for the Mt. Kilimanjaro ascent. In Pakistan’s northern province of Gilgit-Baltistan, there is a peak called Baltoro in the Karakoram mountains on the border with China. It is a mountain with a height of 7,312 meters (or 23,990 feet) located close to the Gasherbrum Massif and Chogolisa Peak (765 meters) and the end of the Baltoro Glacier, the largest non-polar glacier in the world. This area is also known as the Golden Throne for its spectacular cones.
K2 base camp Trek
Known as the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods, the K2 base camp in Pakisan’s Karakoram Range provides some of the world’s most spectacular mountain scenery. Expedition and walking up the Baltoro Glacier to K2 offer genuinely one of the world’s most excellent treks, and justifiably so. A massif of K2 crowned by six peaks above 25,919 feet / 7,900 meters in height is undoubtedly one of the most magnificent places on Earth. It is an extensive list of peaks along the way, each of which has a significant place in climbing history.
K2 Gondogoro La Pass Trek
With the K2 Gondogoro La Trek, you will be able to submit four of the world’s fourteen eight-thousand meter peaks simultaneously. K2 Base Camp Trek and Gondogoro La Trek start on the same days. The Gondogoro La Trek is a circular trail that extends K2 Base Camp Trek towards Hushey valley over Gondogoro Pass.
This challenging trek involves walking across Baltoro, Vigne and Gondogoro glaciers besides ascending and descending the Gondogoro La/Pass (5,585 m), from which mighty 8000 m peaks can be seen. From Gondongoro La one can see Gasherbrum 2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum 1 and K2 (8,611).
The Gondogoro La Trek might be a good holiday for you, provided that you have basic climbing skills and experience mountaineering in winters. There’s a lot more to Gordogoro La Trek than K2 Base Camp Trek (mountains, glaciers, rivers etc.).
Biafo Hisper Snow Lake Trek
The Snow Lake, also known as Lukpe Lawo, is located at 4,877 meters above sea level in the Karakoram Range. The Biafo Glacier, the third-longest glacier outside the polar region, and the Hispar Glacier originate from this glacial basin. By this route, the ancient mountain kingdoms of Hunza and Baltistan are connected. This glacier is extraordinary because of its size – it is 16 kilometers long, and along with the other two glaciers, it forms the longest glacial traverse (110 kilometers) outside the Polar Regions.
Depending on the weather and the condition of the hikers, the trek is an easy 10-to-13-day journey. The region is completely isolated, without regular communication networks. A large part of the lack of regular trail markings and signposts is due to the shifting nature of the glaciers.
Batura Glacier Trek
Batura Glacier is one of the longest outsides of the Polar Regions. Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, is home to the Gojal region. Check your shoes before starting your Trek. It’s a long hike over the glacier to the first resting camp.
In the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, it is in Batura Valley Passu. There are beautiful mountains, long glaciers and a fantastic landscape which make Batura Glacier heaven for Alpine lovers. Such a trek is lovely. A wild alpine meadow filled with wildflowers, birch trees, roses, and juniper trees. We can see the Wakhi people’s summer lifestyle as they graze their cattle and yaks on summer pastures as we trek.
So many Karakorum giants in the Batura Mountains! Experiencing Hunza culture, their welcoming smiles, and warm hospitality is an equally captivating experience. Each day turns fascinating and makes the trip a lifetime experience.
Rush Lake Trek
Trekking Rush Lake is a great introductory trek for first-timers in the Karakoram Range because it is not too strenuous. The Rush Lake is one of the world’s highest alpine lakes at more than 4,700 meters, and it is Pakistan’s highest lake.
You will have the opportunity to observe the magnificent scene of peaks in the Nagar Valley and the Hunza Valley during the trek. You will see a lot of glaciers while hiking to Rush lake and meadows and terraced fields of the picturesque Nagar valley as you trek. It is indeed one of the most refreshing journeys because it offers a chance for people to embrace nature in its entirety.
Rakaposhi base camp Trek
Known as one of the shortest and easiest treks, Rakaposhi base camp trek leads to above 7000m Karakoram mountains with breathtaking views of Rakaposhi and Diran. A 16 km long fluted snowy ridge connects the Rakaposhi and Diran glaciers, where the Minapin Glacier sweeps down. Minapin to Rakaposhi Base Camp, also known as Tagaphari, is an excellent introduction to Karakoram trekking, and it is a very soft adventure in the Karakorum Mountains.
Nanga Parbat Rupal Face Trek
As the westernmost pillar of the Himalayan mountain range, Nangara Parbat is Pakistan’s second-highest peak and the 9th highest globally. The stunning peak is surrounded by the Indus valley, where the river skirts the plains of Pakistan. The highest mountain in the world is Nanga Parbat (8125m). Rupal, Diamer, and Raikot are its prominent faces. They are different in appearance and shape, and their routes start from different valleys.
From Gilgit or KKH, we start the trek from Tarashing, a green alpine village at the start of the jeep track. The trek to Rupal base camp takes two days. As Diamer base camp requires three days to reach, Raikot is reached by going up the KKH to Raikot Bridge, where we change over to local jeeps for Jail, a small area near Fairy Meadows.
The program includes a visit to all three faces crossing high passes en route. There are several ways to finish trekking at various points to shorten this program according to available time.
Shimshal Pass Trek
In the Gilgit Baltistan region of Pakistan, Shimshal Pass Trek lies near the border between Pakistan and China. With Shimshal Trek, you will get a better understanding of the way Shimshali people live and view the views of the Karakoram mountain range, which are a spectacular sight.
There will be a fantastic view of the Khang chend zonga (8,611 m) and many other famous Karakoram peaks from the Shimshal pass. The Shimshal Pass Trek has beautiful rural scenes, amazing landscapes, exhilarating trekking trails, and genuine hospitality from the Shimshal valley, making it one of the best treks in the world.
Nanga Parbat base camp Trek
Nagar Parbat in Pakistan is considered one of the world’s highest mountains, and it is set in a remote and awe-inspiring location. Come on a fantastic adventure to Nanga Parbat Base Camp Trek with its Mazeno Pass variant and experience the mountaineering adventure of a lifetime!
With an elevation of 8,126 meters (26,660 feet), Nanga Parbat is the ninth highest mountain globally, renowned for its impressive Rupal Face, which is the highest mountain face in the world. In Sanskrit, the mountain is called “Naked Mountain,” and climbing to the summit is so complex and dangerous that it has been nicknamed “Killer Mountain.”
Around Nanga Parbat Trek
For decades, Nanga Parbat treks have been attracting trekkers from all over the world. The trails around Nanga Parbat feature a wide variety of ecosystems, making trekking around this area unique. During your Nanga Parbat trek, you can witness some of the world’s most unique flora and fauna and witness picturesque views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
Routes to the three unique faces of Nanga Parbat begin in different valleys (Rupal, Diamer and Raikot) and ascend in different directions. We will make sure that we take you to the places that will give you the best and most memorable experiences during your time with us.
Broghil Passes Trek
The Wakhan corridor and the Broghil were our destinations after Darko. Before crossing into the beautiful Swat Valley, we stop in Chitral to see the fabled Kalash people. In Peshawar, the capital of the NFWFP, the tour concludes. A premier trek in the Hindukush Range of Pakistan explores an area very few tourists visit since it has only recently opened to foreigners. This trek passes through the beautiful valley of Chitral.
There are many yaks, goats, and sheep roaming the lush and green meadows of this high plateau, which is called “the roof of the world.”. Trek down Ishkoman valley or climb Chilinji Pass at 5290m in upper Hunza. After trekking from Yarkhun last to Gupis via Shandur Pass, you drive by jeep to the Karakoram Highway and continue to Hunza and Gilgit.
Between two enormous glaciers lies a great plateau is hidden among the towering peaks of the Upper Hunza region. Patundas Ridge appears to be a shepherd’s meadow on the surface, but it is much more than that. It provides some of the most breathtaking glacier views in Pakistan, surrounded by the Passu Glacier and the mighty Batura Glacier on the opposite side.
Passu Glacier is crossed first before reaching the Patundas Camp (4,300m), the end of the three-day expedition. Our expedition to 4800m Passu Peak, located on the ridge above the camp, can be explored from the camp.
Diran base camp Trek
Typically, Nagar is considered a part of Hunza, but it is a different valley in reality. Hunza Valley is internationally more popular than Nagar Valley, both in area and population. Rakaposhi, Diran, and Golden are found in Nagar Valley.
Nagar Valley has effortless access to the Nagarpin trek, also known as the Minapin trek, located along the Karakoram Highway. A trek leads to 7000m peaks with views of Rakaposhi and Diran, one of the easiest treks in the Karakoram.
16km of fluted ridge connects Rakaposhi and Diran, and the Minapin Glacier falls from it. Minapin village, north of the Hunza River, sits on the Minapin River bank above the confluence of the Hunza and Minapin rivers. Taghaphari, also known as Rakaposhi Base Camp, is an ideal introduction to trekking in Nagar Valley.
Ulter Meadows Trek
Ulter Meadows Glacier trek exaggerates the base camp for Ulter peaks called “Meadows.” Taking part in this Ultar Meadows trek is such a powerful experience that it gives a true sense of what traveling in the Karakoram is all about.
According to legend, a fairy queen once lived in a crystal palace on the lofty summit of Ultar (7388m), towering dramatically over Hunza. Hunza’s irrigation water comes from this sacred mountain which is believed to be a source of life.
The Fort of Baltit guards the entrance to the narrow, steep Ultar Nala, which descends into the jaws of a plateau surrounded by an incredible waterfall of granite and glaciers. Getting to the meadow and back in a day is possible, but staying the night there is unforgettable. Especially under the moonlight. There is often avalanche activity off the icefall, and it echoes off the peaks and cliffs surrounding the meadow.
Hone Pass Trek
On a steep ridge above Ultar, at 4256 meters above sea level, Hon Pass (4257 meters) offers glorious views of the Hunza valley and the western end of the ranges of Hisper, Spantik, Sosbun and Rakaposhi-Haramosh. Besides the Trivor, Spantik, Malubiting, Phuparash, Diran and Rakaposhi peaks, the Barpu, Minapin and Pisan glaciers are also impressive due to their high altitude.
K2 View Point Trek
The beautiful village of Machulo is located in the Hushe Valley, 15 kilometers from Khaplu, in the district of Ghanche. The village has lush green pastures and mountains on its western site. From Broad Peak and Gasherbrum, K2 and Broad Peak can be seen from more than two points. Machulo-La is the name given to these viewpoints, which means the top of Machulo. An exciting/thrilling point is Khoxonmo Hltasa, one of these points. You can indeed see Machulo, Siachen Valley, Chorbat Valley, Ghanche Glaciers, and Khaplu Town in awe. You may see these mountains, however, if the weather is clear.
Batura Worthum Pass Trek
According to the World Glacier Database, the Batura Glacier is the fourth-longest glacier. The Batura Glacier covers 290 square kilometers and measures 58 kilometers long. An 8-12 day trek takes place in Batura. Trekking starts at Pasu (254m) and ends at Gutshem.
Public transport buses and wagons can travel from Islamabad to Pasu and vans, buses, and jeeps. Khunjerab Pass also connects China with Pasu. From Pasu, the route heads north toward Zagakpert, passing Darwaz and Yuriz and Batura Glacier moraines. Kuldul (3333m) and Put Maha (3336m) follow. A spectacular view of the surrounding peaks is available from Gutshem camp. This is the same path you take to return.
Shimshal Chafghingol Pass Trek
A long-duration trek in Shimshal Valley of Hunza, the Shimshal (4,500m) and Chafchingol Circuit Trek is a challenging pass trek in our challenging pass treks category. Shimshal Valley is located in a remote area of the Karakoram Range in north-eastern Pakistan. In Hunza, Shimshal Pass Trek is a major tourist attraction. If you want to make the most of your vacations in Pakistan, make sure that you book your tours early.