Snow Lake is a high altitude glacial over 16 km wide located at the head of the Biafo and Hispar glaciers. Snow Lake and Hispar La Trek starts from Skardu then to Askole which lies on the right bank of Biafo Glacier. Biafo Glacier is 68 km on the Karakoram mountain range and south of Baltoro glacier leads to Hispar glacier.
Biafo Hisper La and Snow Lake trek is a strenuous trek for strong trekkers where you get to cross high Passes in the range of 5500m to 7300 meters. The famous snow lake is lying on 500 m behind the Hispar La Pass this is the one of the best place for skiers and small peak climbing. After crossing Hispar La Pass at an altitude of 5151 meters it gives a beautiful panoramic view of Mountains around Hispar glacier. We cross through the summer pastures and we get into Hisper village in Nagar valley from there we meet the Jeeps to drive to Karimabad Hunza valley.
Northern Areas of Pakistan is the playground for adventure lovers. Biafo and Hispar glaciers are among the longest glaciers apart from the snow Lake of the two poles. Both glaciers together make the longest glacial traverse in the world connecting the ancient mountain kingdoms of Hunza valley with Baltistan. A rarely taken wilderness hiking/trekking with clean campsites has a huge potential for skiing in spring and trekking during the summer months. The Biafo Hisper Snow Lake trek can either start at Askole in Skardu Baltistan or Hispar in Nager valley. Starting our trekking from Askole we trek on Biafo Glacier and arrive at the vast bowl of snow called as Snow Lake which covers an area of 77 square kilometers. Geologists and other experts have measured the depth of the Snow Lake to be as deep as one and a half kilometers about one mile at points. Many of the great explorers have mentioned the area in their accounts while Tillman witnesses the presence of a mythical creature Yeti as he saw the footprint of the beast around Snow Lake. Hispar La Pass is a vast plateau of snow
and ice from where trekking routes lead to Nagar valley,Hunza valley and Shimshal valley. Even after crossing the Hispar Pass at an altitude of 5150m trekkers still negotiate several glacier tails flowing down from the mountains. The reward of this effort is the green and lovely campsite before arriving in Nagar valley and then drive to Hunza Valley. Biafo Hisper Snow Lake is a strenuous trek and has many stories about it that tell us of the ethnos cultural link between the Burusho of Hunza and Nager valley and the Baltis of erstwhile Shigar state.
Snow Lake is a high altitude glacial basin in the Karakoram mountain range in Gilgit Baltistan Northern Areas of Pakistan. Snow Lake is located 4877m above sea level and is approximately 16 km wide. The basin lies at the head of the Biafo Hispar glaciers which spread down from the Hispar Pass in opposite directions forming a 100 km river of ice that is among the world’s longest continuous glacier systems outside of the Polar
Snow Lake trek is very difficult to reach however and only about 200 people manage to reach it per year.
Hispar Pass / La 5,128 m is a high altitude non-technical mountain pass in the Karakoram mountain range in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. The Biafo Glacier 63 km long and Hispar Glacier 49 km long meet to form the world’s longest glacial traverse outside the polar regions 100 kilometers in length.
The Karakoram mountain range attract hundreds of trekkers each year and offers a true wilderness feel and some of the most spectacular mountain sights anywhere.
Rising above a sea of clouds, snowcapped peaks emerged. The Karakorams even mighty Nanga Parbat itself 9th highest mountain in the world with its imposing shoulders of rock and ice and then we dropped back through the cloud to the mineral landscape at their feet. There in a dust-blown valley at 2500 meters the village of Skardu was an oasis of vegetation, poplar trees rising tall on the banks of the wide, silty, grey river.
Biafo Hisper La and Snow Lake trek into the most extensively glaciated mountain terrain on the planet earth. Together the Biafo 65km and Hispar 49km long glaciers form an ice highway lined with magnificent peaks on this traverse from Baltistan to Hunza valley. More than a dozen 7000m peaks tower above these glaciers and the Biafo granite spires Lukpe Lawo Brak 6593, Lupke Brak 6029 and Baintha Brak or The Ogre 7285m form a magnificent cathedral of mountain architecture.
Over two third of the Biafo Hisper la trek is over the glaciers approaching Snow Lake itself there are a couple of crevassed areas where it may be necessary to rope-up. The high point of the trek is the camp at the Hispar La at a height of 5151 meters. This offers quite outrageous panoramic views of the whole area including a magnificent sunsets across the Hunza valley. Descending to the Hispar is more challenging than the ascent of the Biafo and involves crossing a number of tributary glaciers with at times difficult underfoot conditions.
A journey along the highway of ice that connects the two ancient kingdom of Baltistan and Hunza valley. The Biafo and the Hispar glaciers are linked at the shallow pass of the Hispar La cutting a non-technical route through the mountains in the heart of the Karakoram. This great Biafo Hisper Snow Lake trek will surely be on any serious mountain trekker’s hit list and really does take you to one of the wildest places in the Karakoram.
Eric Shipton described the 16 km wide Snow Lake at the head of the Biafo glacier as the last blank on the trekking map. The Latok group of peaks are among the spectacular jagged spires that tower above the glacier and helping to create one of the finest mountain views in the world.
Trekking up a glacier is demanding sometimes hiking / trekking on rocky moraine sometimes through grassy valleys between the lateral moraines and the valley sides and at the higher altitudes on pristine white ice and then snow where we rope up for security in the crevassed areas. The highlight of the Biafo Hisper Snow Lake trek is camping on the Hispar La itself with plenty of time to absorb the scenery into minds and cameras. At the end of the Biafo Hisper Snow Lake trek we descend into the spectacular Hunza valley which is dominated by Rakaposhi Mountain at 7788m and home to the friendly and hospitable Hunza people who are also renowned for their longevity believed to be linked to their diets.
Islamabad & Back to Islamabad
You will be greeted by the team of Hunza Adventure Tours at Islamabad International airport then transfer you along with your luggage to centrally located hotel in Islamabad. Overnight stay in Islamabad.
Weather permitting, we take a spectacular flight to the high mountain region of Baltistan in the northeast. On a clear day, we should be able to see Nanga Parbat (8124m) and K2 (8611m) towering above all other mountains. (It is quite possible adverse weather in Islamabad or Skardu may affect our flight plans and make it necessary to drive by the Karakoram Highway to Skardu, a journey of approx two days).
b) In case of cancellation of flight drive 10-12hrs by air-conditioned coach/car to Chilas (480km) on the Karakoram highway. Overnight in Chilas.
a) Overnight stay in Skardu. Preparations for our trek and depending on our time of arrival into Skardu, there may be time to visit the town and possibly an excursion to Kachura Lake situated at the edge of the valley. Skardu is the regional capital of Baltistan, lying at the edge of a broad floodplain that is the confluence of the Shyok, Indus, and Basha Rivers.
b) If we are driving the road journey today will be 7-8 hrs to Skardu (275km) or 10-12 from Chilas. On route are spectacular views of Nanga Parbat (8125m)
overnight stay in Skardu
We will travel by jeep with our crew and supplies along the Shigar and Braldu valleys to Askole. Villages in Shigar have changed little in over five hundred years; farms with fields of barley, wheat, and vegetables surrounded by stone walls and stands of poplar, willow, and apricot trees. The apricot is a very important crop in the north, having a multitude of uses for the Balti and Hunzakut people. Villagers greet us as we pass through on the rugged dirt and stone road that leads to Baltoro. As we approach, the landscapes become desert-like, and once within the sheer valley of the Braldu, it is necessary to cross the river several times by suspension bridges. At various points, the road may have collapsed due to erosion and we will transfer the gear across on foot to a vehicle on the other side.
After considerable organisation of equipment, supplies and porter loads for the journey ahead, we commence trekking towards Jhola. The valley opens out to reveal the Biafo Glacier flowing for more than fifty kilometres from the Hispar La pass to thBraldu. We have our first taste of moraine walking as we cross the snout of the glacier and descend to our lunch spot beside the river. We also experience the harsh, stark environment that forms the base of these great mountains. The walk from Askolie to Namla is on an easy gentle plain first and then becomes difficult as we get on to the snout of Biafo Glacier. This will take about 6 to 8 hours. The first sight of the pinnacles of the Paiyu Group is stunning
After breakfast and packing away the camp, we leave the pastoral tranquillity of our little ablation valley and return through the gap in the lateral moraine to climb up again onto the Biafo Glacier. We follow moraine ridges running up the middle of the glacier separated by runs of bare ice. This is a fascinating landscape with high peaks all around and the further up the glacier we get, the easier becomes the underfoot conditions. We continue trekking moving from one moraine ridge to another to secure the easiest progress and after around 3 hours we will make a stop to eat our lunch and take time to really enjoy our situation. After lunch we continue on the glacier for a further 2 hours until having turned the first ‘corner’ and almost at the next, we find a route through the contorted ice to the valley side and climb up to a pleasant green ablation valley offering magnificent views down valley towards the Braldu.
From the camp we descend to the glacier and once more negotiate a way through a jumble of boulders to reach the easier going of the central moraine ridges. Today we reach the ‘miracle highway’ of white ice which stretches off into the distance.
The ice is not at all slippery as the surface is covered in tiny weathered ridges and is also filled with the grit of the rocks it has ground in its scouring passage through the mountains. After the last couple of days walking over the rocks and screes of the moraine, this is delightful walking and we begin to make rapid progress up the glacier.
Today we cross the glacier to its north-east side and once again for our night’s camp we will climb down off the glacier and make our way through the lateral moraine to the valley side where we pick up a trail which leads eventually to our camp at Baintha. This is a splendid camping place, with lush grassland, an abundance of flowers and birds and the chance to spot shy ibex on the mountain slopes above the camp
Today is a day for acclimatization before we go higher up the glacier. Baintha is the perfect place to stop for the day, especially since beyond here there is absolutely nothing in the way of greenery for some considerable distance. This rest stop also allows our porters the opportunity to bake a supply of Balti bread and chapattis to last them over the coming days. We can use this day to rest and catch up on laundry or diary entries. Or, for those with energy to spare, there is the very worthwhile option of following a trail up above the camp for fantastic views down the glacier and of the Latok group of mountains. This group comprises four main summits: Latok I ( 7145m), first climbed in 1979 by a Japanese expedition; Latok II (7108m), climbed in 1977 by an Italian expedition; Latok III (6949m), climbed in 1979 by a Japanese team; and Latok IV (6456m), climbed in 1980 by another Japanese team.
These peaks represent some of the most technical climbing anywhere and none of the group received a second ascent until 1988. The group is isolated from its neighbor’s by the Baintha Lukpar Glacier to the south and the Choktoi Glacier to the north and present a superb mountain image. Equally impressive are the views looking down and up the Biafo Glacier which from this vantage can be seen in all its glory.
After our rest day it’s time to get back onto the glacier and continue our trek to Snow Lake. At this point the Biafo is around 5 kilometres wide and we really get a sense of the massive scale of the landscape through which we are passing. On our right-hand side we pass the rocky peaks of the Latoks and the so called ‘Conway’s Ogre’, which has been visible right from the start of our trek along this glacier. Directly ahead of us we can see the rugged spires of the West Biafo Wall, including the ‘fairy tale’ castle of Sosbun Brakk. Here the distances begin to deceive your eyes as the scale of the landscape tests your legs. The walking is at first straightforward, on the ice ‘motorway,’ but as we reach a slight steepening of the glacier the ice becomes more broken and we have to carefully thread a path around numerous crevasses, some small and some enormous. If there is a covering of snow we must rope-up at this point to safeguard our passage over the hidden ‘slots.’ Most usually the glacier is snow free at
the time of our trips and we should be able to make good progress here. After around 4 hours we ‘pull off the road’ again to our next overnight stop. This last off-glacier camp before we cross the Hispar La is located beside pools below a prominent tower of rock and is known locally as Napina (4215m).
Leaving our camp we return to the glacier and make our way north-west. Again it is necessary to thread our way between crevasses and if the glacier is snow covered we will cover this section roped together for safety. The crevasses are mostly narrow and quite shallow and if they are open they present no danger or difficulty to step over or around. As we approach the southern edge of Snow Lake, with Sosbun Brakk just off to our left, we reach a ridge of tumbled rocks and boulders, testament to the immense forces at work at the junction of the Biafo and Sim Gang glaciers. The ridge of boulders surprisingly provides a reasonable campsite off the ice and where it is possible to construct reasonably level tent platforms which our crew will be busy preparing by the time we arrive here. This is the camp known as Sim Gang Basecamp and it is from here that we will set out to cross the southern arm of Snow Lake to the Hispar La.
After an early wake up call, we get ourselves ready in the starlit darkness, donning harnesses and packing crampons and axes ready for the day ahead. After breakfast, we set off in the growing light of dawn clambering over the boulder fields of our immediate surroundings. Beyond our ridge camp we encounter the ice and snow of Snow Lake. Here on the ‘shore’ we must rope up for the remainder of the day as we will now be continuously on snow covered glacier until reaching our camp on the very top of the Hispar La. Snow Lake is huge but is put in perspective by the immense peaks that thrust up all around its perimeter. Our little group are like ants as we march through this vast landscape with breathtaking views all around. After some 3 or 4 hours of steady marching across the level plains of Snow Lake we reach the foot of the slopes coming down from the Hispar La and begin to climb. The ascent is a fairly gentle affair and the angle never becomes steeper than around 30 degrees, but at altitude it is nonetheless strenuous. This climb is rewarded by one of the most incredible camping places in the world, with views straight down the Hispar to the mountains of Hunza inone direction and in the other we can look back over Snow Lake and the Sim Gang Glacier. Looking back this way the view is dominated by the peak of Baintha Brakk (7285m), more commonly known as the Ogre, which was first climbed in 1977 by Chris Bonington and Doug Scott. The epic descent from the mountain in a major storm after Doug fell on the first abseil (breaking both legs) is the stuff of legend. This camp, known as ‘Hispar Top (5151m), will live in the memory forever.
Waking up at the top of the world and watching the dawn paint in the peaks and spires of the Hispar and Hunza valleys is a truly magical experience. From our dining tent we can gaze at the Ogre while eating our porridge, an experience not given to many to enjoy. We rope up again for the initial descent from the pass on broad snow slopes following the glacier down as it flows over the terrain below. In some seasons the slope can be steep in places and a significant bergschrund can develop. Depending on the conditions your guide may put in some short sections of fixed line to protect our descent. This is the most technical part of the pass crossing which will vary greatly from year to year. Eventually after around 2 hours we reach the bottom of the slope
where the glacier levels out and we pass beyond the snow line. Continuing down the glacier the going is mixed as we negotiate the rubble strewn terrain of the moraines for a further 2 to 3 hours to reach our campsite in a small ablation valley to the north of the Hispar Glacier and on the east side of the tributary Kani Basa Glacier.
Our first job today is to cross the Kani Basa Glacier. From camp a trail of sorts leads to the edge of the valley where we must descend to the jumble of stones and boulders churned by the collision of this glacier with the Hispar. As we pick our way across we are treated to a fine view northwards toward Kanjut Sar (7760m), whose snows are the originator of the glacier. After some tricky moraine negotiation we reach the other side and find a pleasant lunch spot at the first water beyond the glacier crossing. There are several outwash streams to cross on the next section of our route and these offer varying degrees of difficulty. The size of these streams depends not on rainfall (there is very little of this) but on the strength of the sun since they are all fuelled by meltwater. On hot days and especially late in the afternoon they can be fearsome torrents and impossible to cross. Normally and especially early in the day they will be relatively small streams crossed on stepping stones or by a shallow ford.
During our descent of the Hispar Valley, an early start is essential every day in order to cross any side streams as early as possible before they become formidable obstacles. Our descent of this huge valley is done predominantly in the ablation valley that is formed between the sides of the true valley and the lateral moraine as the glacier shrinks away. On the Hispar the northern ablation valley offers some delightful walking at times and contains springs and meadows. We end the day following the trail through the ablation valley to reach our next camp at Jutanmal.
Today begins with an easy walk of around an hour, following the trail through the ablation valley. Now we arrive at the tributary Yutmaru Glacier which comes in from the north blocking our progress and as before we must climb down onto the glacier and cross to the other side. This one is usually easier than the last although we are talking here about moving objects and great forces, so every season is slightly different. It should take us around an hour to cross and once again there are excellent views up valley. The peaks revealed today as we cross are Kanjut Sar, Pumari Chhish and Kunjang Chhish. As with yesterday, we will take our lunch at the first available water in the ablation valley beyond the Jutmal Glacier. The rest of the day is again a pleasant walk following the trail through the ablation valley with the sensational and ever present view of the mighty Hispar snaking down the valley, lined with peak after peak. Our next camp is located about 20 minutes above the next major tributary (the PumariChhish Glacier). In 1990, a team of Canadian glacial hydrologists measured the depth of the ice on the main Hispar glacier at this point to be 500 metres.
We continue down the valley for 20 minutes and after a short section of difficult moraine, we reach the confluence of the Hispar and Pumari Chhish glaciers. In what has now become a daily routine, we drop down to the glacier to begin its crossing with more excellent views looking up the glacier to its mountain heart. At the other side, a very steep path leads up through the moraine cliffs at the west side of the glacier. Once back in the ablation valley running parallel with the main Hispar Glacier we continue to a lunch spot at the meadow known as Dachigan. Now below 4000 metres everything seems much easier and also warmer. The rest of the walk today is again a pleasant stroll in the ablation valley which descends gradually to an expansive meadow where there is a group of huts, sometimes used by shepherds from Hispar, but usually deserted. This is Bitenmal (3718m) and the first signs of civilisation we have seen since leaving the fields of Askole ten days ago.
Today will be our last day of trekking and as with every day since we started following the Hispar Glacier down, we must first negotiate a side glacier. Today it is the Kiang Glacier, which is usually one of the easier ones although following the crossing there is a steep climb to regain the trail. This now leads through the grazing grounds of Daltanas and Falolingkish. One particularly large stream has to be crossed just before Falolingkish, but early in the day this should present no problem. We now descend past the snout of the Hispar where the Hispar River issues as a torrent from its maw. Just beyond, a footbridge leads across the river and a steep path cut into the cliff opposite winds its way up to the fields of Hispar Village. This is a large village by Nagar standards and its cultivated lands stretch for miles along a huge alluvial fan. We will take lunch here and depending upon the state of the road, we may meet our jeeps here or we may have a further hour’s trek to Down Hispar. Once we have reached the vehicles, we drive for 1 hour to our last campsite which is no less idyllic than the previous. A veritable lawn of grass beside a large man-made pond provides the perfect place to say thank you and goodbye to our Balti and Hunza porters whose jolly company we are sure to remember as much as the spectacular scenery of the past two weeks.
We travel by jeep on a rough road down the Hispar Valley for 2 hours to Nagar and where we reach the Hunza River and the Karakoram Highway. During this part of the drive we have a tremendous view of Rakaposhi, which at 7788 metres is number 29 in the world rank of highest mountains. It was was first climbed in 1958 by a British expedition which included Mike Banks and Tom Patey. The glacier spilling down from its flanks reaches almost to the road and for many years, this was the principle source
of ice used for food storage and preservation by the people who live in the area. Once past the bulk of Rakaposhi the Hunza River and our road turn south toward Hunza Valley arrival in Karimabad Hunza valley check in at hotel. Overnight stay in Karimabad Hunza valley.
In the morning after breakfast then we will drive to Hopper Valley hike up to Hopper glacier then drive toward Attabad Lake boating at Attabad Lake then further drive to Gulmit arrival in Gulmit check in at hotel. Overnight stay in Gulmit Upper Hunza Valley.
Full day excursions to Khunjerab pass (The border between Pakistan and China). In the olden days there were few highs passes leading from China those were suitable for travel. Today the Khunjerab Pass, which at an altitude of 4733 m the highest point in the world on the Karakorum highway, provides an easy all weather entry from Pakistan to the famous Sinkiang province of the people‟s Republic of China. This route is a beautiful drive, with views of the high mountains of the Karakoram & the distant Pamir mountain ranges. At Khunjerab, now declared a national park, one can see Marcopolo Sheep, Snow leopard, Himalayan Ibexes. In the evening return back to the hotel.Overnight stay in Gulmit.
After breakfast drive to Gilgit en-route short stop at Rakaposhi view point for photography then further drive to Gilgit, we will visit the bazaar in order to familiarize ourselves with the customs of the Gilgit’s, a stop at the cooperative store, where Chinese goods are bought on the barter system will allow us to glance at Chinese treasure, we will then take a hair raising drive across Asia’s longest suspension bridge – 600 feet long and wide enough only for one car at a time arrival in Gilgit check in at hotel after a short rest then we will visit Gilgit local bazzars .Overnight stay in Gilgit
In the morning after breakfast we will drive to Islamabad en route we will visit the Taxila Museum then further drive to Islamabad arrival in Islamabad then we will drop you at you location.
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Hunza Adventure Tours puts every effort to ensure your comfortable traveling, but it is must to understand that what you might be accustomed to in the other affluent countries, the Asian countries can’t afford such facilities. Weather is another factor that directly impacts your journey. Hence, patience in mind, enthusiasm and proper preparation before beginning is must to venture into journey.
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Gilgit Baltistan is a beautiful destination. So much so, that one should definitely plan a visit. With beautiful lakes and treks to offer, Gilgit Baltistan is a must-visit place to go to. In winter, the temperature in Gilgit Baltistan drops down severely and becomes even more picturesque. One can visit the frozen lakes , if not the Baltoro trek, one can do the trek in Hunza Valley, visit Gilgit Baltistan festivals that help you interact with the locals as well.
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Are there any restrictions for the Photography in Pakistan?
Pakistani people love to take pictures and photograph themselves !
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Photography is a great fun in Pakistan as you will have enough sunlight most of the time. In some of the monuments one has to pay fee for the photography. Our guide will suggest you where it is worth to photograph and where not. At some of the locations photography is not allowed. It is prohibited to photograph military installations, which can include some the train stations, bridges and airports also.Do not photograph these objects otherwise your film can be confiscated.
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The incidence of personal violent crime is certainly almost none despite sensational headlines and occasional saber rattling. The Karakorum region is known for centuries of peaceful coexistence.
The incidence of personal violent crime is certainly almost none than in anywhere in the world despite sensational headlines and occasional saber rattling. The Karakorum region is known for centuries of peaceful coexistence.
we have continued to operate trips in the region each year and we are confident that these regions remains one of the most beautiful, compelling and welcoming places on earth.
The major concentrations of troubles are in the western parts of Pakistan and 100s of miles to the Islamabad. Their major concentrations are in areas which have had little or no tourism (investment, hard currency, etc) which is one of the reasons that their message has played well in these very poor districts. By comparison, the K2 Region is a very well and worldly part of Pakistan.
That said, whenever you travel in Pakistan (or anywhere in the world for that matter), you should definitely use personal caution. We avoid any known dangerous situations. We monitor political situations posted by the government Office and ground reports from our staff and network of contacts. As when traveling in any region, make sure to keep an eye on your possessions and take certain common-sense measures to prevent theft or dangerous situations.
The first rule of trekking K2 Base Camp is to step to the wall side when you meet a mule, since otherwise you can be knocked off the edge.
The main danger for most people doing the straight-in, straight-out route is altitude sickness(AKA Acute Mountain Sickness or AMS). For most people, this can be avoided by sleeping no more than 300 metres higher than you did the night before and taking an acclimatisation day every 1000 metres. Serious AMS is more common in folk doing group tours than in independent trekkers.
Other common injuries are twisted ankles and sprains. Rock falls, moraine and glacier crossings add significant risk to longer treks involving crossing high passes such as the Gondogoro-La. As always, it’s unwise to trek solo in case you fall and can’t extricate yourself: Do note, that it is illegal to trek solo.
There is no specific age of USD bills, however, we recommend the guests to carry new crisp bills when traveling. All denominations are acceptable, however, it is easier if you have smaller denominations of 5’s, 10’s and 20’s.
Pakistani tap water is not safe to drink. Bring water purifying tablets or a water purifying stickto save money and the environment. Note that at higher elevations during the coldest times of year the water will freeze, so you’ll need to use boiled water.Buy a decent thermos flask or plastic water container, so that you can top up with hot, boiled water at the beginning of the day – starting with hot water will stop it freezing.
Yes why not stay on and explore more of what Pakistan has to offer! We can request with to change your return date with the airline. Places are limited and all arrangements are subject to availability.
Our unique style of off the beaten track, face-to-face travel is the only way to really experience a destination, but it also serves to keep the costs down. We spend your money providing an authentic experience, instead of on lavish hotels and expensive western-style meals. We pass these savings on to you with our low prices. Another thing you’ll notice are the inclusions. While we don’t include everything, we do throw in the major highlights of a destination, the things that everyone goes to see. On every trip page we show you the ‘Included Highlights’ of your trip, things that many other companies charge locally for. We leave many other activities as options, to provide you the freedom and flexibility to choose what you want to do on a daily basis.
In brief a customized itinerary is an itinerary prepared according to your personal needs. After all, you would have requested this to us as part of the process of customization. Your specific interest, preferences and needs are weighted with our knowledge of logistics and highlights of the area.
The Pakistani currency is the rupee, which is made of 100 paisa. Major currencies such as US dollars, British pounds and Euros are easily exchanged throughout Pakistan. Most international airports of the country have the money exchange counters, and also some selected larger hotels and resorts have this facility to their customer.
Of course the most regularly used cards are Visa and MasterCard, but neither American Express nor Dinner’s Club are broadly accepted in Pakistan. While you are going out of the main cities to the small places, it is recommended that you carry enough Pakistani currency for purchasing and tipping purpose.
With its many diverse landscapes and attractions, Pakistan is an admirable destination for the family traveler. Some of the good options are beach holidays and wildlife adventures in the national parks, while many monuments have sight and light shows that will capture children’s imagination. For teenagers, the many outdoor activities, such as camel safari and trekking, are an illustrative card. Without the second thinking, the big challenge for families travelling in this country might be the distances that need to be covered between cities. Air travel and railway journeys are usually the most comfortable forms of traveling, and are strongly recommended to those with the young children.
Pakistani cuisine has several variations, with each region famous for its own techniques, ingredients and spices. In northern regions, meat dishes are very popular, which are usually made with chicken, mutton or lamb whereas in southern part vegetarian cuisine is most favored. In addition, seafood is also readily available, particularly at the coast. While Pakistani cuisine tends to be spicy, most restaurants will gladly prepare a milder variation of the meals on the request of their customer.
We have English speaking guides all over Pakistan. At many places , we also have french , German , Spanish ,Italian and Japanese and other language speaking guides. We can also provide accompanying foreign language speaking tourist guides for individuals and groups. The availability of foreign language speaking guides can be confirmed at the time of reservation.
Every year hundreds of women travel alone into the remote valleys of Pakistan. Many of them can be seen in the streets of Hunza, Gilgit and Baltistan. To take a safer holidays in Pakistan we advise you to wear modest dress which cover whole of their body. Secondly before starting a trek or tour with local guide in the wilderness, please report about your program to the nearest police station or to your embassy with the identity/contact of your local guide/company.
English is Pakistan’s official language and widely spoken throughout Pakistan. Most of the signboards are in English. All our drivers, guides and even peoples in the remote valley can understand and speak English.
The weather report can be obtained online from internet you can seach the destinations where you will be going.
Normally it takes 15-30 minutes from the Islamabad International Airport to the city hotels. However it depends upon the condition of the traffic at the time of the day. The distance varies from 15 to 30 kilometers.
Hunza Adventure Tours will provide all necessary accommodation, meal and transportation requirements outlined in the specific tour itineraries (exceptions will be notified). For our trekking and climbing programs, trekkers will be requested to provide personal equipment, appropriate mountain attire and medical supplies.
Our local agent or their representative or the guides will inform the guest’s of their further program at the destinations on daily basis mostly in the evening about the next day’s program.
Tips are dependent of the services provided. A small amount of money can be given at each service to insure prompt and reliable service. For guides it depends on how informative, knowledgeable, helpful they are.
Some of the restaurants are cheaper and frequently visited by the local people. So sometimes yes, it is a good experience to eat outside the hotels and get to meet the local population.
We offer alternative arrangements in case the flight tickets are not confirmed nor have no chances of getting confirmed. Railway Journey or by surface. We always look at various factors such as the condition of the roads, time of travel and the time taken to cover the distance, comfort and offer the best possible option with consultation, acceptance and agreement with the guest.
Bank Processing charges are levied on the payment collected on or through the credit cards. It is usually 3.5% of the total amount to be collected or of the invoice raised by us.
In case a bag is lost in transit by the airlines. We file a lost baggage report with the airlines. If the guest continues with the journey, we collect the baggage from the airlines for the guest. For the collection of a lost baggage we need the following: We need an authorization from the guest authorizing Hunza Adventure Tours, and their representative to collect the baggage on their behalf.
A photocopy of the passport of the guest, a letter addressed to the Superintendent customs. The keys of the lost bag for custom clearance.
The original copy of the lost baggage report lodged with the airlines. We will deliver the bag at the doorstep and bill the guest for the services provided. The amount of the invoice can be collected from the airlines at home.
Yes, the airlines pay an inconvenience allowance to buy personal effects. They even offer the baggage delivery charges or sometimes offer to deliver the baggage by themselves at the doorstep.
We take the guest to the office of the airlines and the amount is given to the guest upon presenting the original lost baggage report.