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2 Week Hiking in Pakistan Itinerary

In the months leading as much as my departure to go journey trekking in Pakistan, a good few stereotypical phrases have been muttered to me. These utterances included 9/11, terrorism, hazard and umm…carpets. Is there extra to Pakistan than tapestries, tea and ‘terrorists’? In fact there’s!

Mountain Trekking in Pakistan

Trekking in Pakistan is just a number of the greatest trekking in the world.

Trekking along the Passu Glacier in North East Pakistan

It provides treks in Nepal a run for their money for positive. By studying this, you’re on the path to an expertise that’s going to rock your world. You’ll see mountains you never thought potential, while coming throughout locals in the cities and villages who are determined to point out you simply how beautiful Pakistan is.

With little to no WiFi for 14 days, in a land I’ve been dreaming of visiting ever since stepping foot in Bangladesh and India, I launched into unearthing Pakistan and experiencing the whole lot it threw at me with full open arms.

And throw expertise after experience after experience Pakistan tourism definitely will!

Not solely have I returned with stronger legs and a peachy butt, but a deeper appreciation for the straightforward things in life (not having web for 2 weeks works wonders) and a heartfelt appreciation for a way restorative Mother Nature is.

Hiking in Pakistan is epic!

Pakistan is where every hiker must be going to expertise pure mountain magic.

Just take a look at this image. I feel like a fraud. It doesn’t even look real!

Viewpoint of Nanga Parbat

Viewpoint of Nanga Parbat near Fairy Meadows in Pakistan

Am I standing in entrance of a inexperienced display?
Is that this simply Photoshop mastery? Completely not. This.is.real.

The tour company I went with, Epic Backpacker Tours, will get you there.

Ought to I’m going mountaineering in Pakistan on a tour or solo?

I’m all for exploring this planet alone. 90% of the time that’s exactly what I’m doing. Yet for Pakistan, when the chance arose for me to experience this country with Epic Backpacker Tours, I actually felt it was the fitting thing to do.

Passu Cones in Pakistan

The Passu Cones alongside the Karakoram Freeway in Pakistan

That is why:

  • Pakistan continues to be very a lot off the crushed path: this means there are little to no mountaineering trails marked and signposted. I’d haven’t any clue the place I used to be going if I was on my own.
  • To get to the most effective bits of any country, you need an area good friend who is aware of the most effective bits. Going with a tour allowed me to hang out with locals in their village, in their house, with their household. And the hospitality is genuinely real and loving.
  • The roads are nuts. Should you have been going solo, you would need to rent a driver anyway. Better to entrust your life with somebody who you recognize is going to be good at maintaining you alive and properly.
  • English continues to be minimal. Some locals do converse English however there are 73 totally different languages spoken in Pakistan! Many communities reside together with their own distinct traditions, culture, dialects and distinctive appearances. Having somebody that will help you communicate definitely helps whenever you’re in the middle of nowhere.
  • Trekking in Pakistan requires strong help and comradery. I truly underestimated simply how bodily exhausting this journey was going to be. I’m thankful I had a workforce alongside me who had my back every step of the best way.

For those who’re fascinated by trekking in Pakistan, change these thoughts to strong priorities. I assumed I’d seen the most effective mountains in China, but they’ve just acquired trumped. Pakistan peaks at the moment are profitable.

Visas and Travel Insurance

Don’t skip this step: You want a visa and journey insurance coverage if you visit Pakistan!

Mountains by way of the Karakoram Highway

Pakistan is house to five of the world’s 14 mountains that are taller than 8000 metres! You’ll find most of these breathtaking beauties in the Karakoram vary which stretches all the best way from Afghanistan to China, towering its method by way of Pakistan and India in-between! On this trekking tour you’ll get to expertise the Karakoram, Himalayas and Passu Cones.

All through my 14 days in Pakistan I ventured from Lahore to the Khunjerab Cross in Gilgit-Baltistan and back, alongside the exhilarating Karakoram Freeway. I traversed throughout mesmerising white and black glaciers, trekking knee-deep in icy snow, along terrain that challenged and drastically improved me.

Hiking in Pakistan

On the best way to Khunjerab Move – the border between China and Pakistan

Indiana Jones type jeep rides alongside the edge of steep life-grabbing mountains.

Soothing scorching and steamy hen noodle soups in picket shepherd’s huts.

Hair-raising picket suspension bridges bashing from left to proper in the tumultuous weather whilst you’re making an attempt to get across them.

Cups of ridiculously sugary tea that turn you into a short lived drug addict. Give me some more ‘jenny’ (sugar).

Indescribable sights after hours of trekking that make each step you took mean every thing.

Learn on to find what 14 days of adventure travel trekking Pakistan appears like.

Watch Part 1 of my Pakistan Vlog



Day 0: Whats up Lahore!

To get to the mountains, it’s essential to get via the town first.

As I emerge from Lahore airport the heat hits my face, locals are eyeing up my purple hair and I’m double-checking if my long shirt is doing its obligation in overlaying my curves.

Lahore is likely one of the most socially liberal areas of Pakistan, but respecting the culture you need to hang around will get you far.

Pakistan pre-trip reading

This cosmo and rich capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab is bursting with fascinating culture and historical past and it wholeheartedly deserves your attention. But hold your horses on this one. I explored Lahore upon my return from the mountains on the end of this journey so we’ll get to all the goodies you’ll be able to see here later in this article!

Lahore in Pakistan

View from the Purple Fort in Lahore, Pakistan

I spot Chris, my awesome North Pakistan tour information for Epic Backpacker Tours, via the a whole lot of locals waiting for their loved ones. On first impressions he has an awesome beard and the cool and quietness that one must possess to manage 10 adventurers brave enough to return right here in the primary place.

Not everyone who applies to return on this journey with the company makes it. You ideally need some really good backpacking expertise, an open-mind, endurance, flexibility and the willingness with a smile on your face to sleep in a hut in the center of nowhere whilst pooping behind bushes. Perseverance and an openness to roll with what Pakistan throws at you’ll get you far.

We bounce in a taxi and are swiftly whizzing by means of the brilliant and chaotic visitors to Chancery Lodge for the night time. Tomorrow the adventure really begins – along with the moment the place I will finally meet the opposite 9 adventurers I’m going to be sharing this expertise with.

Pakistan Travel Tip

Earlier than you depart from Lahore, just remember to’ve received money!

Pakistan is a paper cash society and making an attempt to use your plastic in the mountains will get you nowhere. Some ATMS are undoubtedly higher than others too: I recommend finding and using a MTB ATM.

Additional bonus factors to you in case you have a visa card; I struggled discovering ATMS that might accept my Mastercard.

Travel with others to increase your mind

I’m stoked! Yes, I’m an advocate for solo female travel however I’m so excited to be travelling with others.

My fellow adventurers are from all walks from life and are right here for reasons all of us journey.

Epic Backpacker Tours in Pakistan

Hiking in Pakistan with Epic Backpacker Tours

Amongst them are…

Nathan, a dentist from Australia in his early 20s, has just stuck his middle finger as much as promoting veneers and is turning in the direction of a deeper degree of understanding in his life. ‘I used to believe that making money was everything…’, he says, ‘but now I’m on a special a path’.

Cass, a chick the identical age as me from Australia, is a total badass. With a past of preventing some demons, she’s taking her first trip in 2 years after turning her life round by means of Muay Thai and rising her vegan catering enterprise.

Aurelie, a French Parisian chick, is right here to report again to her associates who discount locations like Pakistan. ‘I want to go to places solo women generally don’t go to, so I can show my pals what it’s actually like’. I really like her immediately.

Days 1 and 2: Lahore to Karimabad

Buckle up: You’ve received 2 days of driving forward.

There’s no approach around it. If you wish to get to mountainous Pakistan paradise, you’re going to should endure two very lengthy days of driving on loopy ass roads. Yes, there are flights, however they are famend for being unreliable and hours (days) late. Better to get on the street!

As Cass so elegantly put it, ‘You just need to surrender to it’. And surrender we did.

Pakistan Flag in Lake Borith Pakistan

Pakistan Flag subsequent to Lake Borith in Pakistan

Take this time to look out the window and mirror on why you have got come right here. Learn that ebook. Take heed to that podcast. Sleep. Eat all the Pakistani junk meals you decide up alongside the best way.

And converse to the others that you’re embarking on this journey with! They will be the group that you simply’ll study so much from, who will help you and who you’ll be sleeping with in that Shepherd’s Hut in the middle of nowhere. Make buddies.

Angels come in all styles and sizes however your angel on this journey, in the event you go together with Epic Backpacker Tours, might be your bus driver Mr. Khan. Mr Khan is the epitome of Pakistan kindness, hope and hospitality. He has variety eyes, fast reflexes and the rock strong willpower to get you to all locations in your itinerary as shortly and safely as potential. He may just be my most favorite individual in Pakistan. You rock Mr.Khan.

Pakistan Driving Packing Listing

These 2 days on the street will be the start of your tea behavior.

You’ll be mesmerised by the psychedelic-painted Pakistani vans and all of the trinkets hanging off them.

You’ll question whether it’s protected for that many native individuals to be sat on prime of one car.

There could also be impromptu traffic-jam singalongs.

And when you hit the checkpoint where you register on your allow to enter Hunza, you’ll excitedly sense that you simply’re about to enter a world few foreigners do!

Days Three and 4: Karimabad

It’s superb what asking a query can lead to…

Historically a caravan pit-stop, you’ll arrive in the capital metropolis of Gilgit, Karimabad! It’s the royal land of apricots, forts and super nice locals.

Karimabad in North East Pakistan

Karimabad, the capital metropolis of Gilgit in North East Pakistan

This lovely town set in the snow-clad mountain peaks of Rakaposhi is residence to the previous kings of Hunza. It has two beautiful forts you can go to the place the rulers of Hunza lived up till 1945.

The guard of Baltit Fort in Karimabad, Hunza.

The guard of Baltit Fort in Karimabad, Hunza.

You may as well take pleasure in a spot of buying (scarves and carpets galore!) and a phenomenal walking route next to the water channels.

While strolling alongside subsequent to these waters, you’ll move by local homes plentiful with blooming yummy cherry, apple and apricot timber, lands filled with potatoes and deep purple tomatoes and a few very pleasant locals just as interested in you as you’re as them.

I asked one local farmer what he was growing and was shortly transported into a day of tea consuming in his home together with his superb daughters and their buddies – along with a tour of their local village (goat cuddles have been included!).

Pakistani girl with a goat

Locals Hunza women in Karimabad, Pakistan

Woman Energy in Karimabad

Throughout my time consuming tea in the farmer’s home I meet Salliah, Emma and Naziah. Salliah needs to be a climber, Emma a physician and Naziah a decide. Jobs you could be stunned to hear these women say, but the schooling for women right here and their aspirations for his or her future are merely kickass.

Thanks to 2 top-notch faculties in Karimabad, the women I met here have been robust, decided and confident in their talents. How cool is that?!

Representing the older era I urge you on your method as much as Baltit Fort to hunt out this woman.

Locals in Karimabad Hunza

Meeting the gorgeous locals in Karimabad – attempt to monitor down this woman who makes lovely presents near Baltit Fort

I actually hope that this lovely lady, now over 80 years previous, continues to be there whenever you visit. Her degree of English is minimal, but her nimble fingers pointing to a newspaper clipping above her store doorway revealed that she’s been making embroidered gadgets right here because the age of 10. She’s pretty. Go hang around together with her.

Talking about purchasing, if you would like a carpet or a scarf, that is the place to do it on your trip. Just be sure to know the best way to discount (for reals) otherwise, regardless of how pretty they are or how good their tea tastes, they’ll still attempt their greatest to charge loopy costs.

Afternoon of Day four: Eagles Nest

From Karimabad, take a drive up additional into the mountains to the enchanting and panoramic Eagles Nest! It’s an excellent candy sunrise and sunset mountain spot and the right place to cease, breathe and start to actually take in this superb mountain goodness.

I managed to seize the sun right here and there between the rains and clouds. Take a look at the views!

Eagles Nest Viewpoint near Karimabad in Hunza

Eagles Nest Viewpoint close to Karimabad in Hunza

We camped up here, beloved the hospitality from the locals and made the a lot of the mountains around us by happening a 2 hour hike. Attempt your greatest to benefit from it too!

Enjoying the views from Eagle's Nest Viewpoint in Hunza Pakistan

Enjoying the views from Eagle’s Nest Viewpoint in Hunza Pakistan

Day 5: Attabad Lake to Gullin Village

Awakening to the magical morning views of Eagles Nest, you’ll begin heading in the direction of to the very quaint, humble and homely village of Gulkin. However first, there’s a couple of stops it’s essential make!

Attabad Lake

When in Hunza, make certain Attabad Lake is on your record. It was so windy once I was there that we have been all struggling to face up straight, but I was informed that guests are often basking in the sun, cruising alongside on a ship whilst they’re right here!

Attabad Lake in Hunza Pakistan

Attabad Lake in Hunza Pakistan

The creation of this lake has quite a story behind it by the best way! Earlier than 2012 it didn’t even exist. A mahoosive landslide passed off, the village right here was utterly immersed and the water rushed in. Feels weird to be jet skiing over a whole village – however there you go!

Hussaini Suspension Bridge

Once I completed probably the most dangerous hike in Huashan China, I assumed that couldn’t be topped – but this bridge takes the biscuit. You must be a nutter to go throughout this in ridiculously high winds; so naturally all of us tried it and miraculously returned. Hussaini Suspension Bridge is insaney.

Hussaini Suspension Bridge in North Pakistan

Hussaini Suspension Bridge in North Pakistan

This bridge is utilized by locals to get across to neighbouring villages they usually do it so…calmly. Whilst all of us, like a proper bunch of vacationers, have been making an attempt to do the identical in the identify of ‘adventure’.

Ensure that to observe my Pakistan Part 1 Video in this submit to see how picket planks can flip into utter insanity. The extent of danger right here is for real. Individuals have perished going throughout this thing. I can’t quite consider I even did this…Sorry Mum.

Hussaini Suspension Bridge in North Pakistan

Hussaini Suspension Bridge in North Pakistan

Ghulkin Village

After all the adrenaline of as we speak, you’ll roll into Ghulkin village and instantly have your coronary heart mellowed down a few beats.

Youngsters run around collectively laughing and enjoying cricket, while a woman peers out of her picket hut promoting sweets in plastic containers. Moms and Grandmas with lovely lengthy braided hair sit together beneath the shade of a tree, catching up on the information of the day. The lads are constructing, planting and repairing what needs to be completed.

The mountains hug this village haven as the clouds bobble on prime of them all. The locals quietly smile and say hiya to us all as we comply with our native information Rehman via the winding paths lined with blissful apricot timber and their delicate blossoms.

This is Rehman’s village. How lucky I am to be right here.

Ghulkin Village in Hunza Pakistan

Ghulkin Village in Hunza Pakistan

The worry of the unknown hasn’t stopped this group. They are brazenly welcoming us into their special place and I feel liked and cared for already.

Rehman’s House

We begin ascending upwards. His son and daughter come racing across the corner and instantly try to grab our backpacks. His daughter Rafia takes mine from my arms and throws it on her back. She’s leaping and bounding up to the house – this little mouse as robust as an ox.

Within 10 minutes of sitting down in their traditional picket home; the tea is bubbling away in the kitchen, we’re munching on scrumptious almonds and our pillows and thick snuggly blankets are all laid out in a row in one room for what’s assured to be an superior sleepover later tonight.

However first; it is advisable take a tour of Ghulkin! Make means for Han Bagh, Rehman’s superb Dad.

Ghulkin Village Father and Son from Hunza Pakistan

Rehman, our local information (left) and his Father and world-renowned mountaineer Han Bagh

‘Haha, my name is handbag’ says Han Bagh, mimicking carrying what I can imagine can be an enormous Louis Vuitton. I really like this dude already. And a dude he is. Chris, our tour leader, tells me he’s been studying increasingly more tales about Han Bagh as he returns again to this village with every tour he runs.

He might appear to be a Granddad, however Han Bagh can run up these mountains like nobody’s business. He’s a world-renowned mountain climber. He’s climbed the large boys and guided many critical explorers (and this was again before all the flamboyant gear and oxygen we’ve got now).

Han Bagh will show you around the village and take you up to the very prime for one of the best views too. Make sure that to have a go on the swings while you’re up there!

Swing

Enjoying in Ghulkin Village on the swing in Hunza Pakistan

Day 6: Black Glacier hike to Shepherd’s Hut

Immediately goes to be a tremendous day. This shall be your first full day of doing a trek (across a Black Glacier no much less) to a shepherd’s hut in the middle-of-nowhere Pakistani wilderness.

You’ll be challenged, in awe of what this planet can truly seem like, and the mountain food you’ll devour at the finish of your journey will never have tasted so good.

The route is jagged, rocky, cold and windy as hell if Mother Nature so decides (she did), At occasions I used to be scrambling upwards across the icy and crushed stone, to then need to step down bit by bit upon hair-raising unstable slopes. I clutched onto my climbing poles for pricey life.

On the last level, I’ve to jump down from such a peak to succeed in the shepherd’s hut and I freeze, crouched on the icy ledge above like a bewildered gargoyle. I’ve never appreciated obstacles like this from these type of heights. I exploit my bum to my fullest and ‘wheeeee’, I’m down a method or another.

I’m drained, windswept and have a muddy backside, but I stagger to the hut, swing the large creaky picket door open and devour the bowl of noodles steaming in entrance of me lovingly whipped up by the porters in just the nick of time.

And just once I assume every thing awesome has happened; Rehman coaxes us up further and additional out into the vastness past the hut, into the jaws of the glacier via sudden thorny timber and ultra positive golden sands, till we are as close as we will probably get.

I face these giants and breathe it all in with my fellow adventurers. I can’t quite deal with the facility of all of it. I sit and let the power radiate via my bones.

Black Glacier near Ghulkin Village in Hunza Pakistan

Black Glacier close to Ghulkin Village in Hunza Pakistan

Then we return to the Shepherd’s Hut and one way or the other end up having a rave in there…because #yolo.

Day 7: Lake Borith and Passu Glacier

Not gonna lie, we have been freezing our butts off in that hut overnight, however I materialise from our icy cocoon as soon because the daybreak breaks, to race again up to those glacial jaws and toast to our new days with a scorching cup of recent espresso (thanks Chris you make one of the best cup of the black stuff!).

With the Black Glacier formally conquered, we head back down the mountain a a lot simpler means, passing via tranquil woods along bumbling brooks past a lone hut or two. I liken myself to a hobbit ascending from Mordor to more peaceful pastures green. This terrain is definitely totally different!

We ultimately emerge from the relentless black stones and rocks, and discover ourselves standing in entrance of picture-perfect Lake Borith, glistening beneath the sun’s lastly rising rays.

Lake Borith in Hunza Pakistan

Lake Borith in Hunza Pakistan

Lake Borith

Lake Borith is a candy little hamlet the place you’ll be able to imagine a writer escaping to for a weekend away, to finally finish that e-book he’s been making an attempt to complete for years.

2600km above sea degree, it has a lodge subsequent to its 40 inhabitants; one among them being the very jolly and optimistic Han Dolan. He’s fairly a personality! 70 years previous, with a set of pipes any singer would take their hat off to, it turns out he’s certainly one of Han Bagh’s greatest mates. No marvel.

Han Dolan - an amazing Lake Borith local

Han Dolan – a tremendous Lake Borith native

He exhibits me across the hamlet (takes all of 5 minutes) and I sip another chai (how many cups of tea are we on now?) on the lodge’s rooftop four levels up, which continues to be very much being built.

Before returning to Rehman’s house for another night time of no TV, no internet and the straightforward pleasures of simply speaking and studying from one another; we have now another factor to expertise – the White Glacier!

The White Glacier

As Hunza Valley has a Black Glacier, the Universe has balanced all of it out with a white one too! Merely referred to as The White Glacier, or Passu Glacier (as a result of hey ho, it’s in the Passu area next to Ghulkin), simply once you assume you’ve seen one of the best, Pakistan retains pulling its gems out of its hat.

After a riveting experience on a jeep you’ll begin mountaineering up this rocky slope, to then turn the corner to see this!

Passu Glacier / White Glacier in Hunza Pakistan

Passu Glacier / White Glacier in Hunza Pakistan

Pakistan you magnificence! Significantly! It was at this moment on the trip the place I realised my travels has simply leaped as much as an entire new degree. I’ve never seen mountains like this, ever ever ever. This type of stuff makes you go cross-eyed with glee. Thanks world!

Passu Bridge

And to prime it all off, if the Hussaini Suspension Bridge wasn’t enough in your adrenaline habit, there’s another bridge which can knock your socks off in Passu too. It’s simply as nuts, the slats between the planks are even wider, and if it’s as windy as my time on the Hussaini was…good luck soldier. Good luck.

Trekking in Pakistan

Passu Bridge in Hunza Pakistan

Day eight: Pakistan China Border of Khunjerab Move

Ever visited a border at an elevation of 4693m / 15397ft? This is the very best border crossing in the world, so now’s your probability to get sky excessive! And that is additionally where the very best ATM in the world exists haha!

Set amongst rolling clouds and towering mountains, standing robust underneath the mighty metres of deep icy sparkling snow thrown down on prime of them by the God(s) above, this border seems like something right out of a Narnia.

Khunjerab Pass on the Pakistan China border

Khunjerab Move on the Pakistan China border

With a crazy elevation like this, you gained’t feel quite proper in the top both (the thrill of altitude illness) so what’s a trippy expertise already, will take your mind to new ranges of ‘whoa’.

As Mr.Khan’s bus takes us larger and higher via the twists and turns of this sci-fi ice world, the sweetness just keeps coming and coming. We come to a halt, eagerly bounce out, and immediately, that altitude hits us proper on the top. I maintain focusing ahead in the direction of China – with its instantly recognisable grey, concrete-style structure – and eventually make it as far as we might go.

Khunjerab Pass on the Pakistan China border

Khunjerab Cross on the Pakistan China border

I used to stay in China all the best way on the opposite aspect in Shanghai, so it’s a particular second for me to finally be next to the province of Xinjiang. I handle to stumble again to the bus, and because I’m feeling so off my face on altitude, I end up consuming all 4 of the chocolate bars I’ve bought for the subsequent 3 days of mountaineering. Altitude munchies: it’s an actual drawback individuals!

Day 9: The jeep journey of your life to Fairy Meadows

Simply once I thought the Hussani Suspension Bridge was tempting dying sufficient (between you and me one in every of my legs fell via on the best way back – thanks for saving me Rehman), I one way or the other discovered myself on the deadliest jeep experience of my life too.

To get to Fairy Meadows in the Himalayas, you possibly can stroll for 2 or more days, or be on the edge of a cliff on a very wobbly jeep for 90 minutes: jeep it is then.

Aurelie, the French chick, whispers to me that she’s been dreading this moment for the whole journey. I tend not to take a look at itineraries in advance to keep things a surprise. Ignorance may be bliss…

How shut you’re to the sting of a really lengthy demise drop simply isn’t value fascinated by. Higher to only take in the superb views and tell your self that if this in case your time to go, no less than you’re going to the subsequent degree in one of the lovely locations on earth.

Once the jeeps lastly come to a stop, you will need to embark on a 2-Three hour hike as much as Fairy Meadows. It’s blimin’ robust, particularly whenever you’ve acquired your whole gear on your again. Be certain that to look again whenever you’re going as much as absolutely take in the views, and take advantage of the halfway point for a cup of chai and a cheeky biscuit snack.

Trek up to Fairy Meadows in Pakistan

Trek as much as Fairy Meadows in Pakistan

Trekking Gear

You must just remember to have one of the best trekking poles, trekking footwear, mountaineering backpack and so on for Pakistan. Be ready before you arrive in Pakistan.

Fairy Meadows

Most vacationers solely come right here for a day once they make it to the highest, however to actually get probably the most out of this beautiful secluded spot, you must stay for a few days; especially for those who’re aiming to get to the Nanga Parbat base camp.

Fairy Meadows in Pakistan

Fairy Meadows in Pakistan

Settle in, sit by the campfire and luxuriate in these picket forest huts that one can find yourself in when you attain Fairy Meadows. They are absolutely beautiful and super cosy with their very own fires in the middle: good for snuggling your self in beneath your very personal mini mountain of blankets. Sleep tight!

Nanga Parbat

Standing at 8,126 metres (26,660 ft) above sea degree, Nanga Parbat is the ninth tallest mountain in the world. In Sanskrit, its identify translates to ‘Naked Mountain’, but being such a troublesome climb (critically troublesome), it’s also referred to as ‘Killer Mountain’ for the number of lives it has taken. Critical stuff.

Day 10: Snow hike to Nanga Parbat

By far probably the most difficult but completely phenomenal day of this journey ever, getting into this world simply transports you into an experience that may have you ever smiling for days. We have been blessed with snow as deep as our knees. In case you have the best footwear, all tucked up with a pair of gaiters on, you’re going to be able to take on this kickass trail like a boss.

I have truthfully never seen anything like this in my life. With each step Fairy Meadows tries to grab at my ankles and thrust me face down into the crisp fluffy white ice. At occasions it succeeds – however I take it with full gusto. If this is the worth it’s a must to pay for pure climbing excellence; give Fairy Meadows whatever it needs.

Hiking up to the viewpoint of Nanga Prabat

Hiking as much as the point of view of Nanga Prabat

With Chris leading and making the best way for all of us to succeed in our first point, we slowly trudge and stumble our approach by way of the terrain to emerge at a picket hut. There’s a few locals in the lone picket hut here too, who make the perfect chai and occasional. We order lunch for a few hours time for once we return from Nanga Parbat. The considered that wholesome rice, dal (lentils) and hen noodle soup in my stomach revs my engines up. Let’s go!

Nanga Prabat viewpoint!

Almost on the Nanga Prabat viewpoint!

With a lot snow to clamber by way of, we manage to make it as much as probably the most attainable and closest viewpoint. No base camp for us in the present day; whenever you come – I hope you can also make it additional than we will.

Nevertheless, with a view like this; who can complain?!

Nanga Prabat viewpoint!

Nanga Prabat viewpoint!

I feel like I’ve just hit the Pakistan mountaineering jackpot!

Day 11: Fairy Meadows – Chill Out Time

Day 11 is a full day of being as one with the mountains. It’s been a couple of crazy days. Being still, reflective and just soaking up the power in this blissful huge oasis is the easiest way you possibly can spend your day of ‘nothingness’.

Learn a guide, take a stroll, have a cup of tea with the locals and breathe in that air.

Fairy Meadows Lake in Pakistan

Fairy Meadows Lake in Pakistan

What comes up must go down, and alas, meaning two more full days of Mr.Khan getting you again to Lahore on the Karakoram Freeway. This is going to be your final probability to have a love affair with the Pakistani Mountains. Say your thanks and tear yourself away.

Day 14: Lahore and the Pakistan – India Wagah Border

Day 12 and 13 have been all about getting yourself back to Lahore however now that you simply’re safely again in this metropolis, it’s time to take advantage of it! You’ll get the prospect to discover Lahore Fort, Badshahi Mosque and in the afternoon you’ll be going to the Wagah Border between India and Pakistan!

Stayed tuned for my upcoming someday Lahore itinerary if you want to DIY it yourself.

Everyday there is a army ceremony between India and Pakistan where they decrease their flags and do a whole lot of high kicks in front of one another. It really is a spectacle with the environment of a high-energy football match. This follow has been occurring since 1959 and I was lucky sufficient to be on the India aspect a couple of years in the past. It was superb to be able to change things up and be on the Pakistan aspect too. The experience was just as electric! Pakistan Pakistan Pakistan!

Is trekking in Pakistan protected?

In North Pakistan in Hunza, it is great to return trekking here. Happening a tour will guarantee that you are guided safely and punctiliously. The locals know the mountains and the right way to cope with modifications in the climate like absolute execs. Belief and comply with them and you may be in good palms.

The most effective that you are able to do in your part is guarantee that you are prepared. Practice beforehand so that you’re bodily fit. Have an open and prepared mind once you come and most significantly of all, it’s essential to get journey insurance coverage. The tour won’t accept you with out it.

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Are you able to go trekking in Pakistan?

I hope you’re feeling critically impressed by this Pakistan journey guide to trekking in Hunza! This trip was made potential by Epic Backpacker Tours who’re complete legends with regards to Pakistan tours. Not solely did they show me the perfect spots however the individuals on this tour are absolute gems. I can’t thank everyone enough (tour crew + fellow explorers!) for taking good care of me.

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*This complimentary journey was made attainable by Epic Backpacker Excursions in Pakistan in return for this publish. My views and opinions stay utterly my very own = trustworthy and straight to the purpose.

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You must go trekking in Pakistan! Here's my 14 day Hiking in Pakistan Itinerary in Hunza. Includes Nanga Prabat, Fairy Meadows, Karimabad & Ghulkin Village!

About Alice Teacake

AvatarI’m a feminist British 34-year-old kickass solo female traveller who believes in ladies dealing with their fears, pushing their boundaries and reaching their full potential via solo journey journey! I have been featured in Nat Geo Traveller UK, Lonely Planet, the Every day Mail and Buzzfeed and spoken about solo female journey safety on BBC One, while working with a bunch of awesome manufacturers. Comply with me for travel recommendation and inspiration, so you’ll be able to go forth and problem your self to succeed in your personal private objectives!