Trekking

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photo-9The Northern Areas of Pakistan offer a trekking-wonderland unrivalled in the entire world. Four of the world’s greatest mountain ranges, the Karakoram, the Hindukush, the Himalayas and the Pamirs converge in the north of Pakistan; covering an area of 40,000 sq. km. Almost 37 of the world’s 100 highest peaks, including K-2 (8611 Mt./second highest in the world), are located in these mountains. Five of these peaks are over 8000 meters and about 108 over 7000 meters. In no other part of the world can be found such a complex of mountain ranges, glaciers, valleys and mountain folk. Each range is daunting in itself and worthy of exploration. Together, they represent the most interesting and exciting mountain destinations to be found anywhere in the world!

The high mountain regions of Northern Pakistan are very different in character to the neighbouring Himalayas of Nepal and India. The Karakoram and Hindukush lie beyond the reach of the monsoon rains, resulting in a distinct lack of natural vegetation. Geology has also played a role in creating a unique mountain environment in the Karakorams. Whereas in the Himalayas there are gently graded slopes leading to the face of a mountain, here most of the mountains are simply huge monoliths of granite which rise abruptly and vertically for thousands of meters out of many a valley floor; creating awe-inspiring and inimitable mountain vistas. There is little arable land left for the tiny population that inhabits this barren but beautiful wilderness therefore, wherever possible, their small villages perch on shelves of land. Every inch of arable land is carefully terraced and tended. Glacial water is brought to these fields by irrigation channels cut into the mountain walls. The Pakistan Himalayas, comprising the Swat valley, the Kaghan valley and the Nanga Parbat region, fall just inside the monsoon belt. So, they are green and forested and in vivid contrast to the other mountain regions of Northern Pakistan.

photo-3Nestled among the mountains of Northern Pakistan are four main valleys: Baltistan, Gilgit, Hunza and Chitral. Besides, there are numerous smaller valleys, which offer excellent trekking possibilities.

The Northern Areas of Pakistan are rightfully becoming recognized as one of the most rewarding trekking destinations of the world. The concentration of mountains and glaciers in this region, the friendly & hospitable peoples and the innumerable possibilities of exploration only make it surprising it has taken so long for adventure-trekkers to become aware of what it has to offer.

For the ardent trekker, seriously interested in relating to the unparalleled grandeur and majesty of Pakistani Mountains and valleys, Trans-Pakistan offers quite a cornucopia of flexible Trekking Programmes. Flexible, because we are able to tailor our suite to the requirements of pre-calloused hikers as well as unblistered but intrepid debutantes!

We offer all-inclusive treks, ranging from the easy to the strenuous, with duration of 5 to 25 days. Treks in combination with climbing, city-sightseeing and jeep-safaris are also offered.

During the trek, porters carry all baggage/equipment. This enables the trekkers to thoroughly enjoy the grandeur of the area.

Trans-Pakistan provides quality 2-person tents and close-cell sleeping mattresses. Sleeping bags must be brought by the trekkers themselves. The culinary standard of our field-kitchen and its general hygiene has been found above approach. Truly, the cooking and the cookies always receive commendations and felicitations! The facilities of a kitchen tent, mess tent, camp-furniture and a toilet tent are standard features of all our trekking itineraries.

You can choose a trek from the given selection of “Model Itineraries” but for a complete list of  “Trekking Programmes”, prices and further details, please contact us.