Backpacking in Pakistan Final Journey Information

Backpacking in Pakistan is a certainly one of a sort journey, this can be a nation which is able to elevate many an eyebrow and steal many a coronary heart… The one hazard with backpacking Pakistan will not be wanting to depart.

Earlier than I went backpacking in Pakistan, I used to be uncertain what to anticipate. Pakistan journey recommendation from my authorities is principally one gigantic pink X. The media has painted the nation in an unlucky mild, a reality most Pakistanis are painfully conscious of. Wherever I went, I used to be greeted by pleasant faces and extremely useful individuals. Mix that with comparatively low-cost journey prices, plentiful treks and actually gorgeous mountains and you’ve got one hell of an excellent backpacking vacation spot.

Mountains of Pakistan

The safety scenario in Pakistan is at the moment underneath management and, except for the Afghanistan border areas, a lot of the nation is completely secure to go to. On some events, you may be assigned a free police escort – examine my expertise trekking with mine – to keep watch over you however these guys are nearly all the time tremendous pleasant and imply nicely.

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Baba laughing at a joke no one else understood.

Typically, when arriving into a brand new city or space, police will insist that you just keep in a sure resort. Motels in Pakistan are comparatively costly and to be averted if attainable; I couchsurfed my method across the nation, with the assistance of associates from The Karakoram Membership, and had a blast. Please remember that though The Karakoram Membership is stuffed with tremendous useful individuals it’s a ‘free to affix’ Fb group which implies that some tour teams, attempting to promote shit to backpackers, at the moment are within the group.

To attach with different backpackers travelling to Pakistan, be part of the Backpacking Pakistan fb group. This group was very just lately created, is moderated by me and a buddy and is the place to discover a journey buddy for Pakistan if you wish to journey with an amigo. Pakistan Traveller is essentially the most complete journey information e-book to Pakistan, just lately printed by my good buddy Tim and nicely price choosing up earlier than you go.

Try this video from my first journey (in February 2016) backpacking Pakistan…

Sorry in regards to the video high quality; I filmed the entire matter on my cellphone! 

The Pakistani individuals are very beneficiant and you may be plied with ridiculous quantities of free meals and chai. The buddies I made in Pakistan stay a number of the finest I’ve made on this journey; Pakistanis have an excellent sense of humour and plenty of of them are actual journey journey fanatics.


Backpacking Pakistan Journey Prices

So, how a lot does it price to journey to Pakistan?


Visa necessities for Pakistan

If there’s one matter that sucks about Pakistan, it’s getting maintain of a visa. For many nationalities, visas can solely be obtained from the embassy in your nation of origin – this implies that you could’t get a visa on the street. Visas are fairly costly, for British nationals they’re a whopping £100, and earlier than you possibly can even apply you might want to get a a call for participation (LOI) from a Pakistani tour firm stating that, principally, they’ll settle for accountability for you.

Replace third April: It’s getting tougher for tour firms to concern LOIs to unbiased vacationers on account of 1 backpacker getting in bother with the police by wandering nicely off the crushed observe and never being on a tour – regardless of his visa utility saying he was on a tour. 

There are numerous Pakistani firms on-line providing an LOI service and fairly just a few of them are very costly. Relying on what nation you might be from, you might be able to get your Pakistan visa comparatively simple – Sadly, British passports appear to have a number of the most problem getting a visa and the actually, completely, ineffective ‘official visa service’ of Gerry’s in London by no means reply the cellphone, emails or certainly appear to even open their workplace.

I’ve on each events ended up sorting my Pakistani visa by means of a visa company – VisaHQ, nevertheless these guys are fucking shit and cost a fortune so I now not advocate them. The identical could also be true for different nationalities struggling to get a Pakistan visa. For those who merely wish to get your visa sorted with the minimal of the effort then utilizing a visa service is often the easiest way to go nevertheless I’ve heard reviews that it’s very simple to type Pakistani visas in Australia and France; it actually appears to fluctuate from nation to nation.

Make no mistake although, it’s IMPOSSIBLE to get your Pakistani visa outdoors of your nation of nationality until you’ve gotten a residency visa within the nation you might be making use of in.


Transport in Pakistan

There’s a HUGE number of transport choices in Pakistan; the native NATCO buses are often the very best worth for cash however if you wish to splash out on one thing extra snug go together with Daewoo – I caught a trip inside a Daewoo minibus and it was ridiculously plush. Hitchhiking in Pakistan is feasible however you’ll encounter issues at police checkpoints. Every time travelling any distance in Pakistan, it is best to have a number of photocopies of your passport and visa at hand over at checkpoints – on one journey, from Islamabad to Gilgit, I needed to hand over a complete of 11 photocopies. For those who would not have the photocopies on the checkpoint, it will trigger delays.

Typically, it’s possible you’ll want to rent a automotive and driver to discover an space; vehicles are costly in Pakistan. To hire a automotive and driver for an entire day of gallivanting in Hunza, or to drive as much as the China border space, prices round fifty to eighty {dollars}. I strongly advocate shopping for or renting a bike (1500RS a day – attainable from Islamabad) to discover the nation. You may prepare bike leases by means of Karakoram Bikers. Flights in Pakistan are comparatively low-cost – round eighty {dollars} from Islamabad to Gilgit – and a great way to skip some actually horrific bus journeys.


Lodging in Pakistan

With just a few exceptions, a lot of the lodging in Pakistan is pretty costly and never notably nicely arrange for finances backpackers. On some events, police would take me on to a resort and demand I stayed there; you possibly can typically get out of this however different instances you can’t. There may be some backpacker pleasant lodging round and, throughout low-season anyway, it’s attainable to attain a room for round 500 rupees (5 {dollars}). I like to recommend Couchsurfing in Pakistan wherever attainable, you’ll meet some superb individuals, and bringing a tent or tenting hammock for trekking.

Under is a listing of low-cost backpacker model lodging choices in Pakistan…  I extremely advocate downloading the free app,, it really works in Pakistan and you need to use it with out cellphone sign so long as you’ve gotten beforehand downloaded the area you might be exploring. You may then kind within the GPS codes listed beneath and discover the lodging with much less problem – we have now tried to make the GPS codes as correct as attainable however it has all been completed by means of Google maps and reminiscence.


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Place Lodging Description Location
Lahore Lahore Backpackers For those who’re not Couchsurfing, you will in all probability find yourself in Lahore Backpackers – The homeowners communicate good English and there is a KFC close by if you’re craving western meals! GPS: 31.561763, 74.318469 (Lahore backpackers)
Islamabad Harvey’s Visitor Home 3000 rupees with WiFi and breakfast, this is among the cheaper choices in Islamabad itself.
Rawalpindi Lodge Al – Jamal Some accommodations in Rawalpindi will not take in Rawalpindi will not settle for foreigners, Al Jamal does settle for foreigners however will not be so nice – you are higher off staying in Islamabad itself. GPS: 33.611931, 73.066033
Gilgit Pak China Gateway Lodge Pak-China is correct subsequent to Gilgit South/East Bus station. Good for an evening, NATCO bus stops right here if coming from Islamabad/Rawalpindi. Additionally good if you wish to catch the bus again South or head as much as Hunza. Taxis get costly in Gilgit so it is a good possibility for those who’re on a decent finances. Lodge has WiFi and there is a few primary shpps round. GPS: 35.899276, 74.369235, If eager to go west to Chitral by way of Shandur Move, NATCO tickets will be purchased from this bus station: GPS: 35.923883, 74.302709
Medina Visitor Home, Foreigner pleasant place, down an alleyway. Proprietor speaks good English. OK WiFi. GPS: 35.922304, 74.313923
Medina II Lodge Low-cost, dependable, English-speaking proprietor. OK WiFi. GPS: 35.920523, 74.328940
Fairy Meadows Greenland Lodge Operated by Gul Muhammad Ph. No. : 03555124070 GPS: 35.384597, 74.580365
Shangrila Lodge All guests to The Fairy Meadows start their journey at Raikot Bridge – Shangrila is the one resort right here. GPS: 35.491526, 74.591979
Hunza Previous Hunza Inn Has (sluggish) WiFi, good landlord who speaks OK english. Can organise Treks. Right here is their Fb . GPS: 36.318915 74.666178
Karimabad Inn One other low-cost possibility, primary however good backpacker vibe and nice views of the valley. My primary finances selection for Karimabad. GPS: 36.318776, 74.667137
World Roof Lodge Personally did not keep right here however was really useful as an inexpensive resort possibility. GPS: 36.323045, 74.669675
Gulmit Rehman Homestay For these planning to stick with Rehman, this can be a tough location of the place he lives. He can come to Karimabad or meet you in Gulmit. Message him for particulars. Discover out extra about my expertise staying with Rehman right here. GPS: 36.405012, 74.866814
Passu Borith Lake Lodge Fundamental lodging and restaurant on the lake, there’s additionally a tenting space. GPS: 36.428057, 74.864054
Skardu Diwan-E-Khas Restaurant and Lodge Nice meals, good location, nice worth, useful proprietor GPS: 35°17’51.2″N 75°38’09.2″E

Telephone: +92 58154 55494

Mashabrum Lodge Costly and soiled however some rooms are blessed with completely gorgeous views that make it worthwhile. Coming quickly!
Shangrila Resort Many of us rave in regards to the views at Shangrila Resort however, to be sincere, I used to be underwhelmed. An costly possibility. Coming quickly!
Astore PTDC resort You may camp outdoors the PTDC resort in Rama without cost. Coming quickly!
Peshawar Hidayat Lodge Rooms for 600PKR, close to the Bala Hisar fort, accepts foreigners, tremendous pleasant employees. GPS: 34.016041, 71.573489, Handle: G.T. Highway | Firdous Chowk, Peshawar 25000, Pakistan
ph: +9291-2566635
Chitral Al-Farouq Lodge Rooms obtainable for 600PKR, pleasant employees and really clear. GPS: 35.855608, 71.787096, Handle: Naya Bazaar, Chitral 54000, Pakistan
Kalash Valley Engineer Khans Homestay/Guesthouse Wonderful English, good meals. GPS: 35.771545, 71.694037
Swat Valley Swat Valley Backpackers For contacts inside SWAT VALLEY. Please message Swat Valley Backpackers on Fb.


Most locations round Pakistan even have a PTDC (Pakistan Tourism Improvement Company) Motel and though these aren’t the most affordable, they’re a stable wager for foreigners. An enormous due to veteran adventurer Olly Manson for doing plenty of the leg-work on this desk.


Actions in Pakistan

Entrance to Pakistan’s most breathtaking websites, the mountains, is free. If you wish to go to points of interest within the cities then it often prices foreigners 250 rupees to get in. For some treks, it’s possible you’ll want to rent a trekking information – you should definitely haggle, a good fee for a day’s work in Pakistan might be round 500 – 1500 rupees a day relying on the realm. I didn’t have to rent a trekking information as I used to be fortunate sufficient to make associates with locals alongside the best way who confirmed me round without cost.


Solo Journey v.s. Group Excursions in Pakistan

Travelling solo in Pakistan is an unimaginable expertise however for a lot of, it may be daunting. Pakistan is a rustic the place it helps to have connections and if you’re brief on time, it’s very difficult to see the very best that Pakistan has to supply because the distances and transport hyperlinks are a hurdle. In September 2017, we ran the primary ever Broke Backpacker Journey Tour to assist adventurers get essentially the most out of this superb area.

Our first tour was an superior success and in 2018 we shall be operating 4 extra adventures to this superb nation.

We’re at the moment SOLD OUT for 2018. Please e mail to be positioned on the ready checklist

or just signal as much as the broke backpacker mailing checklist to be saved within the loop.

If you wish to go on an journey in Pakistan and TBB excursions are both full or our dates don’t be just right for you, I extremely advocate trying out Discover My Journey Pakistan – run by my good buddy, and certainly one of Pakistan’s youngest entrepreneurs, Komail.

Komail works alongside TBB excursions on the bottom and for those who can’t come on a TBB tour of Pakistan, Komail is the man you wish to prepare your journey.  TBB readers get 10% off FMA providers with the coupon code: TBBT10


Staying related in Pakistan

Pakistan is a good place to unplug… partly as a result of there’s little or no wifi round and frequent energy cuts in most of the mountain cities. Your finest wager for staying related is to purchase a Pakistani sim card, I like to recommend Zong, and cargo it with as a lot information as attainable. You have to to go to the Zong HQ in Lahore and never one of many franchises. Telenor works finest within the Higher Hunza space.

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The fellows making use of a uncommon spot of sign.


Backpacking Pakistan Journey Information – The place to go

Firstly, this map took about 4 hours to place collectively… so have a look at it!


Backpacking Lahore

The Paris of Pakistan and the place to begin for a lot of a Pakistan backpacking journey, Lahore is certainly one of my favorite cities on the planet. The colors, the sounds, the smells, the vibrant-in-your-face-ness of all of it is finest skilled on the again of a bike; make associates with some locals and get them to point out you round!

Remember to go to Badshahi Mosque; One of the spectacular websites in Lahore and the seventh largest mosque on the planet, the courtyard can accommodate 100,000 worshippers and the connected museum incorporates many holy relics belonging to the prophet Mohammed. The Grand Jamia Mosque is actually gorgeous, a quiet, peaceable place that’s lit up at night time; I like to recommend a night stroll inside. Lahore Fort is spectacular and price a go to when you’ve got time to spare.

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The unimaginable Badshahi Mosque

For a very distinctive night time out, you should definitely observe down a Sufi Dance Ceremony – there may be one each Thursday on the shrine of Baba Shah Jamal. Lahore has the whole lot, even underground raves and its very personal Eiffel tower…

When it come’s to discovering lodging in Lahore; It’s simple to discover a Couchsurfing host, a buddy on The Karakoram Membership Fb Group or you could possibly attempt your luck with Let’s Go To Pakistan; a homegrown Pakistani initiative launched off the again of People of New York. Lahore Backpacker Hostel is a pleasant sufficient place the place you possibly can crash on the ground for a few hundred rupees; cut price exhausting. From Lahore, you possibly can catch a 5 hour bus to Islamabad.

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Backpacking Rohtas Fort

This mammoth Rohtas Fortress  is between Islamabad and Lahore and it’s attainable to hitch right here in simply a few hours. I hoped to camp throughout the fort grounds however the Ak-wielding safety guards level clean refused me regardless of me attempting each trick within the e-book. Finally, insisting I’d be eaten by wild animals, they beautiful a lot simply marched me to the doorway and instructed me to return to city. I managed to hitch a raise with a few locals who, in regular Pakistani trend, then insisted on taking me for dinner and dropping me at a guesthouse.

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Pakistan journey experiences; watch the sundown from a fort – verify!


Backpacking Islamabad

The capital of Pakistan and a surprisingly clear and exquisite metropolis, Islamabad has just a few websites price visiting however will be fortunately conquered in only a day. I discovered a Couchsurfing host with no issues. For those who want a resort, I like to recommend Harvey Visitor Home (3000RS with wifi and breakfast). Centaurus Purchasing Mall represents your final likelihood to top off on something it’s possible you’ll want within the mountains. For those who fly into Islamabad, a taxi from the airport to the primary metropolis is 800RS. Only a stone’s throw away from Islamabad is a few woody hills and good picnic spots, finest explored with the assistance of a Couchsurfer and a automotive…

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The hills surrounding Islamabad

From Islamabad, your finest wager is to move North… Actually, most of Pakistan’s most breathtaking websites and jaw-dropping backpacking treks are within the North and in the summertime the South of the nation is unbearably scorching anyway. From Islamabad, the bus journey to Gilgit takes eighteen hours and prices round 1300 rupees. Remember to have a number of photocopies of your passport and visa and, if attainable, get a seat proper on the entrance – the views from The Karakoram Freeway are actually gorgeous. The bus station is in Rawalpindi, not Islamabad itself. Rawalpindi is a thirty minute drive from Islamabad.

Replace: I haven’t stayed there however vacationer hostel is outwardly clear, low-cost and nicely situated.

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Road scenes in Rawalpindi


Backpacking Gilgit

Arriving into Gilgit, it’s possible you’ll encounter the police who will need you to verify into a selected resort. I managed to get out of this and went to seek out my very own resort, taking a taxi (200rs) additional into the primary city and scoring a double room with satisfactory wifi for 1000 rupees at Madina Two Guesthouse. There are cheaper choices round, for about 800 rupees, however on the time I desperately wanted wifi to make some Skype calls and attempt to type my bitch of an Indian visa. The close by ‘OK restaurant’ serves up tasty yak steaks. There may be not an entire lot to do in Gilgit itself until you’ve gotten an area buddy to point out you round; it took me ten minutes to satisfy a pleasant dude who confirmed me round all day and took me to hang around along with his mates within the night. From Gilgit, you possibly can catch busses to a number of locations throughout the mountains. It’s doubtless that you’ll have to return to Gilgit greater than as soon as as that is the transport hub for the Hunza area. I’ll be sincere… I dislike Gilgit, attempt to keep away from staying right here if attainable and easily move by means of. There’s a visa workplace in Yadgar Chowk and you may get your visa prolonged right here for one to 3 days; deliver your passport, passport photocopies, 2 passport pictures and a letter out of your guesthouse stating you might be staying there. Gilgit has an airport.

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Attabad Lake; the bluest lake on the planet.

Qasim Ali speaks wonderful English and is a good information to backpacking the Gilgit space, he can even prepare onwards journey to Skardu. He charged me nothing for a day of adventuring round Gilgit. On this scenario, I are likely to attempt to purchase my new buddy’s dinner – it’s a well mannered method of claiming thanks. It might typically be very exhausting in Pakistan because the individuals are so rattling beneficiant and hospitable that they merely gained’t allow you to pay for something. There are some Couchsurfers within the Gilgit space. For those who’d fairly keep at a hostel, Hunza is the closest metropolis to Attabad Lake & has an airport that you could fly into.

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Gilgit’s river is the very best place to take pleasure in a cup of chai and folks watch…


Backpacking Fairy Meadows

To achieve Fairy Meadows catch a two and a half hour minibus from Gilgit to Raikot Bridge (going in direction of Chillas Metropolis) for 200 rupees and verify in with the police on the outpost there the place you’ll have to hand over your passport particulars for the millionth time. You’ll then want to rearrange a jeep to take you to the trailhead, the value of the jeep is an eye fixed watering 7000 rupees so it helps for those who can fill it – six passengers could be very best. The jeep homeowners will INSIST that foreigners can not share with Pakistanis however that is all a part of the racket; after getting the pleasant police to intervene I used to be capable of share a jeep. Attempt to sit on the left hand facet as this has essentially the most adventurous views…

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Taking the jeep to the trailhead of The Fairy Meadows…

From the path head, it’s a two to 3 hour hike to The Fairy Meadows. Anyone with affordable health can do the hike however it’s additionally attainable to hire a horse for 1000 rupees – cut price exhausting.

The Fairy Meadows is among the most gorgeous locations in all of Pakistan and you may camp right here comparatively low-cost (however you want your individual tent). Rooms can be found right here however are costly – beginning at 2000 rupees an evening and rising all the best way to 7000 rupees. Regardless of the expense, it’s nicely price it to view Nanga Parbat; the ninth highest mountain on the planet. You may trek to Nanga Parbat’s base camp and do loads of different superior treks within the space.

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Heading into the hills in Swat…

Gull Muhammad – obtainable at 05811484687 – can prepare a jeep and rents out log cabins at The Greenland Lodge which is the place I like to recommend staying (rooms begin at 2000 rupees). You should buy meals within the Fairy Meadows however essentially the most primary of meals will set you again 500 rupees… If attainable, deliver a tenting range, a tent and provides. You would simply spend just a few days up there. I visited throughout February, which is unquestionably the unsuitable time of yr to go, it was fucking freezing though completely attractive; the very best time of yr to journey in Pakistan is between March and November. There may be, apparently, typically electrical energy within the Fairy Meadows; it didn’t make an look while I used to be there. There may be cellphone sign in a single particular spot; get the native guys to point out you.

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Fairy Meadows throughout March

There’s a good likelihood that one of many native cops will come alongside for the trip. In the event that they such as you, they might even information you round The Fairy Meadows – they count on nothing in return however a tip of 500 rupees on the finish (of the full Fairy Meadows journey) is truthful if they’ve gone above and past the decision of obligation.

UPDATE: I visited The Fairy Meadows once more in August 2016, I extremely advocate mountain climbing to Nanga Parbat basecamp. Eager photographers ought to take into account staying at Bial Camp; a one hour hike from The Fairy Meadows and a quieter place to camp.  I strongly advocate taking a tent to the Fairy Meadows if you’re on a finances – right here’s a breakdown of a number of the finest tents to take backpacking. 

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Holding watch over the mountains


Backpacking Karimabad

The jewel of Hunza and the leaping off level for extra implausible treks, Karimabad is about two and a half hours away from Gilgit by bus. The Previous Hunza Inn is a implausible place to stick with pleasant vibes, attractive views, educated employees and occasional energy. A double room (in off-season) price me 800 rupees. There are various implausible matters to do in Karimabad and it is best to undoubtedly try each Altit Fort and Baltit Fort for some gorgeous views of the traditional Silk Highway resulting in China. You would simply spend just a few days wandering across the cobblestone streets and occurring day hikes. You may prepare treks from one of many many out of doors retailers that line the city.

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The gorgeous view from Baltit Fort


Backpacking The Eagles Nest

For a number of the most gorgeous views in all of Hunza, get a taxi to drive you as much as The Eagles Nest and pitch your tent, or hire one (round 2000RS) there, to spend an evening – it’s nicely price it. It’s a twenty 5 minute drive and a return journey prices 1500RS.

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View from The Eagle’s Nest


Backpacking Ghulkin

I strongly advocate staying with an area buddy of mine, Rehman, within the very small village of Ghulkin, a splendidly conventional place only a stone’s throw away from many unimaginable treks, glaciers, tenting spots and backpacking adventures… Ghulkin is a 3 hour journey from Gilgit and you’ll move the gorgeous Attabad lake, one of many bluest lakes on the planet.

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To learn up on my full expertise staying in Ghulkin, try my homestay in Pakistan article which incorporates Rehman’s contact particulars. That is arms down, the easiest way to see the realm and was a spotlight of my Pakistan backpacking journey. Rehman’s household will give you a very unimaginable expertise and a spot to sleep and meals while you go on epic adventures upon the close by glaciers. A donation of $15 – $20 per day per individual is truthful and I like to recommend staying three to 4 days. Remember to attempt some dried apricots…

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Backpacking Khunjerab Move

The best border on the planet and an unimaginable feat of human engineering, the street to the Pakistani-Chinese language borders is stuffed with gorgeous peaks and makes for an excellent day journey. It’s costly to hire a automotive for the return journey – 8000RS – and there’s no public transport that I may discover. That is an journey finest tried when you’ve got your individual transport. I extremely advocate skipping Sost (though there may be an immigration workplace right here that is perhaps useful for vacationers heading to China) and making time to cease at Hussaini Bridge, Passu Bridge and the gorgeous Passu Glacier.

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Freezing my ass off on the highest border crossing on the planet.


Passu Basecamp Trek

A surprising six day trek that may be completed with none permits, Passu Basecamp is only one of many unimaginable hikes obtainable within the space. Take a information, I like to recommend Rehman. Extra info coming in 2017. 

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The view from the place I hope to open Pakistan’s first backpacking hostel.


Backpacking Skardu

The city of Skardu is a well-liked backpacking hub and plenty of vacationers in Pakistan will discover themselves right here. It’s a six hour tough drive from Gilgit (count on to be thrown back and forth) by native transport (500RS) departing Gilgit’s primary bus station at 9 am – arrive earlier to get your ticket. Skardu additionally has an airport however flights are unreliable.

The costs in Skardu, particularly throughout excessive season, are on the excessive facet as that is the focus of tourism in Pakistan. Some individuals really feel just like the locals are simply attempting to get cash out of them however I feel that this isn’t solely the case. Being the start of most of the biggest treks on the planet, costs are clearly larger and so expectations/calls for are totally different . The individuals of Skardu aren’t notably grasping; they’re simply used to a distinct stanard.

In all honesty; I like to recommend spending as little time as attainable in Skardu itself because it’s a dusty place devoid of many points of interest. There are just a few factors of curiosity in Skardu like Skardu Fort, the Mathal Buddha Rock, the Katpana Desert, and the Sarfa Ranga Desert however you solely want just a few hours or minutes even to go to these.

I extremely advocate staying and consuming, within the Diwan-e-Khas eRstaurant and Lodge (rooms from 1800RS) when visiting Skardu. The meals is delcious (by no means received sick as soon as!) and the proprietor, Mr. Ayub, was very useful. He related me with an area information, Mr. Hanif of the legendary Little Karim Journey Excursions (cellphone: +92 3129900508), and was overeall very passionate about backpackers. Undoubtedly the most effective choices on the town.

There are another accommodations in Skardu to think about as nicely. Mashabrum Lodge is pricey and soiled however some rooms are blessed with completely gorgeous views that make it worthwhile. Many of us rave in regards to the views at Shangrila Resort however, to be sincere, I used to be underwhelmed. Mr Ayub shall be opening a model new resort, referred to as the Mountain Lodge, in 2019 and it’ll intention to supply wonderful providers in addition to a number of the finest views on the town.

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View from Mashabrum Lodge window in Skardu

It’s price looking at Khaplu Fort and Higher Kachura Lake the place you possibly can swim within the lake and dine in an area restaurant on fresh-caught trout. Skardu is legendary for its gems and crystal mines; I’ve heard it’s attainable to trek to a few of these mines and get very low-cost charges on treasured stones – an enterprising backpacker might take into account filling their backpack…

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A thermal lake the place one can swim with out freezing to dying


Backpacking Hushe

Hushe is (metaphorically talking) the top of the road within the Skardu area. This small village is the final place on the vacationer path that provides any form of attraction. The potential adventures discovered within the Hushe Valley although are among the many most thrilling within the nation.

Hushe is the beginning factors for a lot of of Pakistan’s biggest treks together with Gondogoro La, Concordia, and the Charakus Valley. Collaborating in any of those will certainly show to be among the many most interesting moments in your life.

A lot of the areas north of Hushe – together with those talked about beforehand – lie within the restricted zone of the Karakoram so that you’ll want to arrange a allow, a liason officer, and the correct information to start any of those treks. Buying these matters shall be costly. Be aware that you just can not obtain a allow or authorization to go to the restricted zones in Hushe itself – you’ll want to arrange such matters in Skardu or Islamabad.

There are a number of treks in and round Hushe that don’t lie in a restricted zone which can be nonetheless price visitng. A few of the hottest non-permitted hikes within the space embody the Nangma Valley (which options Aminn Brakk of mountaineering fame), the Humbrock Valley, and Masherbrum Base Camp/Aling Glacier.

For those who’re in search of a information within the space, I once more can not advocate Mr. Hanif of Little Karim Journey Excursions sufficient. He’s very knowledgable, invested locally, and is an throughout sick dude. His quantity is +92 3129900508.

Hushe itself is a sleepy little city. There’s even much less do contained in the village than Skardu however, in protection of Hushe, it’s not less than cleaner. To reach in Hushe, you possibly can rent an costly non-public automotive or catch the native bus, which runs each different day from Khaplu. Remember to inquire with the l0cals or together with your resort supervisor about bus departures.

For lodging, I reccommend staying with Little Karim at his new resort within the village, which was funded with assist of Spanish climbers. Whereas staying there, undoubtedly ask Little Karim about his lifelong accomplishments as they’re fairly extordinary. The person is an area legend and has even met worldwide celebrities like Ronaldo! You may attain out to Little Karim at +92 3555336936 or get in contact along with his supervisor, Mr. Azam, at +92 3554161209

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Laila Peak and Gondogoro La are among the many spectacular sights in Pakistan.


K2 Trek

An eighteen day trek (doable in fourteen days if you’re tremendous match) resulting in the bottom camp of the second highest mountain on the planet. It’s attainable to do it for about 150,000 RS however most firms will attempt to cost extra. I do NOT advocate reserving your trek prematurely; merely rock up and kind it out in Skardu, you’ll get a significantly better worth.

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Backpacking Deosai Nationwide Park

The very best time to go to Deosai is between July and mid-August when your complete plain is roofed in a blanket of gorgeous wildflowers. This is among the finest spots on the planet to view the celebs and I extremely advocate tenting for an evening. Watch out the place you pitch your tent – I used to be woke up by 4 bears a mere three meters from my camp. It prices 800RS to enter Deosai and until you’ve gotten your individual transport, you will want to rent a jeep. Jeeps are very costly however, for those who haggle, it’s attainable to get an OK fee…

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Exploring Deosai, the land of giants.

I managed to barter a jeep and driver for 2 nights and three days, with tenting and fishing tools thrown in, for 18,000RS. We drove from Skardu to Deosai (three hours), camped an evening, after which drove to Rama Lake (4 hours) the place we camped once more. The following day our driver dropped us in Astore and we caught an area bus to Raikot Bridge (three hours) the place we caught a jeep to the trailhead for the Fairy Meadows. You would additionally join from Astore on to Gilgit.

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The view from my tent within the morning.


Backpacking The Astore Valley

With rolling hills and herds of horses, The Astore Valley sort of jogs my memory of Switzerland… There are various implausible hikes available right here and I extremely advocate visiting Rama Lake the place you possibly can view Nanga Parbat, one of the vital lovely mountains on the planet. You may camp outdoors the PTDC resort in Rama without cost and, from the PTDC, it’s a 4 kilometre journey to Rama – relying on street situations it’s typically attainable to do two kilometres of this by jeep; my jeep turned caught for 2 hours, I wouldn’t advocate attempting it if the roads are a river of mud…  Learn up about my buddy Joan’s expertise mountain climbing in Astore.  

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Nom nom nom! Meat!


Chitral and The Kalash peoples

The Kalash individuals are Pakistan’s smallest non secular neighborhood and, yearly, they maintain a sequence of extremely vibrant festivals. From Gilgit, it’s attainable to catch a 14 hour Natco bus, crossing the gorgeous Shandur Move, to Mastuj. From Mastuj, you could then take a 4 hour jeep to Chitral the place you possibly can go to the Kalash Valleys and stick with Engineer Khan on the Kalash Guesthouse. The Kalash individuals retain a lot of their conventional beliefs and a go to to the valleys is a novel alternative to see this small neighborhood, mentioned to be descended from the armies of Alexander the Nice. To seek out out extra, try this text. If you wish to go to the Bumbaret and Kalash Valleys, you could first register on the Foreigner Reigstration Workplace in Chitral Police Station. In Bumbaret, Kalash Continental Guesthouse comes really useful as a spot to remain. It’s now attainable to get to Chitral from Swat by Jeep or from Gilgit by way of NATCO bus.

Try this superior submit for more information on exploring the Kalash valley!

04/08/2017 Journey Report from Felix Lenzing:  The bus trip to Chitral from Gilgit is about 14 hours (scenic trip). The bus is NOT GOING TO CHITRAL OR EVEN MAJUD! In Gilgit you purchase a ticket for Majud, however they’ll write down a small village 25km earlier than Majud as the ultimate vacation spot. It’s written in Urdu so it’s not comprehensible for many foreigners. They gained’t clarify this… my host in Gilgit purchased the ticket for me and instructed me the bus will trip to Majud as that is what he was instructed by the bus firm. A couple of kilometers earlier than Majud there are two landslides which aren’t crossable for the NATCO-bus. So the bus will simply cease on the final police checkpoint earlier than Majud and that’s it. Then the sport begins… the police gained’t allow you to by means of and so there are two choices obtainable: Both ready for a “particular automotive” coming from Majud or staying in a single day on the Guesthouse which is correct subsequent to the checkpoint… What a coincidence 

The general public within the bus determined to begin strolling since one of many cops mentioned it’s roughly an hour stroll until we’re on the opposite facet of the landslide. There could be vehicles ready for us on the opposite facet, we had been instructed. After three and a half hours strolling (totally geared up) in the dead of night we lastly crossed two landslides and the police picked me up from there to escort me to a resort. These two factors are undoubtedly not crossable for any autos for the time being!

I arrived on the TPDC motel in Mastuj and will keep without cost (on the cellphone the proprietor provided me a room for 2150, I declined and requested if he can provide me a spot to camp). I feel he simply provided to remain without cost as a result of he knew that my bus to Chitral is leaving at 5am. From Majud jeeps (150 Rps) are usually not going straight to Chitral, they’re going to Booni the place you need to change to a van (130) going to Chitral.

Earlier than leaving Gilgit, purchase sufficient water for not less than one and a half days. I forgot to purchase water the day earlier than I left from Gilgit and this was a giant mistake. There’s no store in Gilgit which is open at 6am. There’s just one cease on the best way the place you should buy one thing. Use this! For those who don’t have water at Shandur Move you’ll really feel the altitude. Shandur move has “sleeping amenities”. There are two tent accommodations alongside the best way. Don’t count on something particular. Sit on the left facet of the bus, you’ll see extra of the gorgeous surroundings on the best way. Al Farooq resort provides nice single rooms for 600Rps an evening – Wifi is the very best I had in Pakistan up to now.

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Backpacking The Swat Valley

One of the conservative locations in Pakistan and a must-visit for eager hikers, Swat is a really attention-grabbing place certainly…. All the girls listed here are in full-clad Burkahs and most of the males are usually not used to seeing a girls’s face. The principle cities are Mingora and Saidu Sharif however the true fantastic thing about Swat is to be discovered within the forests….

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The oldest mosque in Pakistan

Swat Valley was as soon as the cradle of Buddhism and remains to be affected by necessary Buddhist monuments and relics. The Taliban invaded in 2009 and did their finest to destroy the statues within the temporary interval they occupied the valley. They had been kicked out after six months with an enormous lack of life to each Pakistani and Taliban forces, the realm now has a really heavy army presence however is basically thought of secure, I encountered no issues. Probably the most spectacular of the Buddhist monuments is the towering Jehanabad Statue, attempt to catch it for sundown.

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A peaceable place to ponder

While round Mingora, you should definitely go to Udegram, an historic Mosque, in addition to Malam Jabba; the very best place in all of Pakistan to catch some powder and strap in your skis. You have to your individual transport while in Swat or to make associates with an area couchsurfer; taxis are insanely costly and there are usually not many public transport choices.

Swat provides adventurous backpackers many alternatives to trek into valleys which have in all probability by no means been visited by foreigners earlier than; I spent an unimaginable, but arduous, couple of days trekking round Beshigram Lake the place I stayed without cost with native shepherds. The very best treks in Swat are imagined to be round Kalam and Daral Lake however sadly I didn’t make it up that far as I used to be unable to seek out reasonably priced transport and the heavy military presence makes hitching not possible. Multi-day rafting and trekking expeditions are attainable in Swat, I met one native who had constructed a raft and headed down the river…

I’ve heard that Aslam Khan is THE man to hang around with if you’re heading to Kalam – you possibly can attain him on 03411914522 – he’s a well-known hiker and might take you on some epic treks.

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A troublesome fourteen hour trek to succeed in this glacial lake.

Not many vacationers backpacking in Pakistan make it to Swat; formally you want a No Objection Certificates (NOC) to get in though some Pakistani locals might let you know totally different. One matter that does appear to be clear is that you just undoubtedly want a Pakistani buddy within the area. Safety is tight and you’ll discover the rise in machine weapons and military personnel – don’t {photograph} them. Ihsan, my host in Swat, is attempting to deliver tourism to the area and places up backpackers in a room connected to his home – it’s primary however homely and if you’re visiting Swat, you will want a contact. Ihsan is dependable, speaks good English, has the freshest intel on the Swat NOC scenario and is a eager hiker.

Ihsan has now arrange a fb web page –  Swat Valley Backpackers and might help together with your NOC and supply backpackers with a spot to remain; I couchsurfed with him for 4 days. Ihsan is a eager hiker and a conservative Muslim. Please make a donation of $15 – $20 per individual per day to cowl your meals, lodging, transport and actions while staying with Ihsan. As soon as you might be into Swat Valley you’ll have an unimaginable alternative to satisfy with the native individuals and to discover the gorgeous surroundings of lush inexperienced fields, glacial lakes and cloud-cropped peaks.

It’s a six hour Daewoo bus from Islamabad to Swat, 600RS, and it is usually attainable to get to Chitral from Swat by way of Kalam (ten hours) by jeep (I, sadly, needed to give this a miss as the most affordable worth I discovered was 20,000RS). If you wish to head up north to Gilgit don’t return to Islamabad – as a substitute, journey from Mingora to Besham after which catch a bus from Besham to Gilgit – it will prevent almost ten hours.

In some components of Pakistan, particularly Swat, it pays to decorate slightly extra conservatively. Ladies ought to maintain their hair lined and their physique shapes hidden and males can purchase a salwar kameez; an excellent snug set of unfastened pyjama-like robes. Be aware; this solely actually applies to Swat…

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Rocking my shalwar kameez on a psychedelic truck…


What to Pack for Pakistan

On each journey, there are 5 matters I by no means go touring with out:

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1. Safety Belt with Hidden Pocket: I by no means hit the street with out my safety belt. This can be a common wanting belt with a hid pocket on the within – you possibly can disguise as much as twenty notes inside and put on it by means of airport scanners with out it setting them off. That is arms down the easiest way to cover your money.


2.Journey Water Bottle: At all times journey with a water bottle – it’ll prevent cash and cut back your plastic footprint on our planet. AR bottle are powerful, light-weight and preserve the temperature of your beverage – so you possibly can take pleasure in a chilly pink bull, or a scorching espresso, regardless of the place you might be. For each AR bottle bought, we donate 10% to – an initiative to cut back plastic in our oceans!


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3. Microfibre TowelIt’s all the time price packing a correct towel. Hostel towels are scummy and take ceaselessly to dry. Microfibre towels dry rapidly, are compact, light-weight and can be utilized as a blanket or yoga mat if want be.


Headlamp4. HeadtorchI’d by no means journey and not using a headtorch. Even for those who solely find yourself utilizing it as soon as, an honest head torch may save your life. If you wish to discover caves, unlit temples or just discover your option to the toilet throughout a blackout, a headtorch is a should. At the moment, I’m utilizing the Petzl LED headlamp with pink mild (which bugs can’t see).


Hammock for backpackers5. HammockTaking a tent backpacking will not be all the time sensible however hammocks are light-weight, low-cost, sturdy, horny (chicks dig hammocks) and can help you pitch up for the night time just about wherever. Proper now, I’m rocking an Energetic Roots parachute hammock – it’s mild, colourful and difficult.


For many extra inspiration on what to pack, try my full backpacking packing checklist.

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How can I get a a call for participation for my Pakistani visa utility?

To use on your Pakistani visa, you will want a a call for participation (LOI). You may attain an LOI from anyone residing in Pakistan, nevertheless, there have been quite a few reviews of problems and even some visas being rejected when the LOI will not be from an official tour firm. My associates Lizzy and Shah run a registered tour firm in Pakistan and are capable of present LOI’s cheaper than anyone else – you possibly can submit your utility for an LOI on this web page. I obtain a small fee from this so for those who’ve discovered this information helpful, please do prepare your LOI by means of this web page.


Can I apply for my Pakistani visa outdoors of my house nation?

Until you’ve gotten a residency visa within the nation you might be making use of in, it’s not possible to get a Pakistani visa from outdoors of your nation of nationality – you possibly can, nevertheless, submit your passport house and undergo a visa service. You don’t bodily need to be in your nation to make the appliance, your passport does nevertheless and there’s no method round this for the time being.


Can I lengthen my visa in Pakistan?

It’s attainable to get a free two week visa extension in lots of locations in Pakistan; I sorted mine out in simply 4 hours in Gilgit. Skardu and Lahore even have visa places of work. You may very simply lengthen visas by as much as six months in line with sources. By all reviews, Gilgit is the best place to increase your Pakistani visa.


When is the very best time of yr to go to Pakistan?

September is the very best month to go to Pakistan, August is completely rammed filled with native vacationers and costs go up.

March – April can be good and Karimabad is just attractive early March. It’s attainable, however powerful, to get into the Fairy Meadows even when they’re snowed underneath for those who name Gul Mohammed. For those who make it up there, you’ll nearly definitely be the one individuals there.


What the fuck is a NOC and do I would like one?

Most backpackers travelling to Pakistan won’t want a No-Objection-Certificates (NOC). NOC’s are solely required in areas with heavy army management – similar to Kashmir, the Afghan border space and Balochistan. I required an NOC to enter Swat however phrase on the road is that it’s now attainable to enter Swat with out an NOC – discuss to Ihsan, he’ll know the newest about NOCs in Swat.


Can I get into Pakistani Kashmir?

I entered Kashmir on public transport, hidden in the back of the bus. I used to be noticed on the second army checkpoint and rapidly circled. You would solely enter Kashmir with the related NOC however regardless of many backpackers attempting, no one has but been issued a NOC for Kashmir.


What ought to I put on in Pakistan?

In most of Pakistan, you possibly can costume just about as you’ll at house though I like to recommend retaining tattoos lined and a tank prime is an apparent mistake. Ladies ought to have a scarf with them however won’t need to put on it more often than not. Swat is a distinct story – be conservative in Swat. Males can purchase a Salwar Kameez; they’re tremendous comfortable…


Is Pakistan secure for ladies?

Typically, overseas girls travelling round Pakistan shall be handled with the utmost respect. For those who encounter any points merely slap and make a scene; close by Pakistanis will rush to your assist. I shall be releasing an article quickly comprised of interviews with feminine explorers in Pakistan filled with a lot of helpful data; keep tuned. I’ve been getting plenty of requests from solo feminine travellers heading to Pakistan for more information so I’ve arrange the Backpacking Pakistan fb group. In case you are thinking about connecting with different backpackers heading to Pakistan, that is the place to do it. Try this submit for in-depth interviews with 4 feminine travellers in Pakistan. 


Can I journey solo in Pakistan?

For those who’re travelling to Pakistan on a solo journey and wish to meet up with different backpackers heading that method, or are eager to select the brains of myself and different Pakistan backpacking veterans – be part of this Fb Group: Backpacking Pakistan and be happy to fireplace away with questions!


What are the Pakistani individuals like?

Pakistanis are a beautiful bunch and are often falling over one another to be sure to have sufficient chai, meals and hash to maintain you cheerful. Make an effort to get to know the locals; a few of my finest associates are Pakistani. I rapidly learnt that the whole lot is feasible in Pakistan; even completely insane underground raves.


Ought to I tip in Pakistan?

Tipping will not be anticipated however for those who encounter superb service or wish to tip a information then go for it – simply maintain the quantity affordable so different backpackers are usually not hit by guides anticipating heavy suggestions. 5 to 10 p.c is a lot.


Ought to I Volunteer in Pakistan?

If completed correctly, volunteering is a superb option to minimize down your prices on the street and actually get to know a rustic. I strongly advocate Workaway – you pay simply $29 for the yr after which have entry to actually hundreds of initiatives all all over the world the place you possibly can assist out in change for meals and board.


Can I fly in Pakistan?

A number of cities have airports and flights are a great way to get round and to catch some gorgeous mountain views. Be aware that flights are incessantly cancelled in Gilgit and Skardu because of unhealthy climate – the pilots function utilizing sight and never fancy AI tools.


Is Pakistan secure?

Pakistan is among the most secure international locations I’ve ever visited and is filled with pleasant and inquisitive people who’re all the time comfortable to satisfy anyone backpacking in Pakistan. The extraordinarily useful military and the typically useful police will all the time maintain an eye fixed out for foreigners and they’re completely in all places. For those who encounter any issues I recommend discovering the closest soldier; a lot of the officers communicate some English. For recommendations on staying secure while backpacking, try backpacker security 101.


Books to learn on Pakistan?

The Backpacker Bible – Discover ways to ditch your desk and journey the world on simply $10 a day while constructing an internet earnings.

Pakistan Traveller – Probably the most complete journey information e-book to Pakistan, just lately printed by my good buddy Tim.

Whisky Tango Foxtrot- From tea with warlords within the countryside to events with drunken overseas correspondents within the “dry” metropolis of Kabul, journalist Kim Barker captures the humor and heartbreak of life in post-9/11 Afghanistan and Pakistan on this profound and darkly comedian memoir.

Three Cups of Tea– The astonishing, uplifting story of a real-life Indiana Jones and his humanitarian marketing campaign to make use of training to fight terrorism within the Taliban’s yard. Anybody who despairs of the person’s energy to alter lives has to learn the story of Greg Mortenson, a homeless mountaineer who, following a 1993 climb of Pakistan’s treacherous K2, was impressed by an opportunity encounter with impoverished mountain villagers and promised to construct them a college.

In Different Rooms- A group of tales that make up a vivid portrait of feudal Pakistan, describing the benefits and constraints of social station, the dissolution of previous methods, and the shock of change. Refined, sensuous, by flip humorous, elegiac, and tragic, Mueenuddin evokes the complexities of the Pakistani feudal order as it’s undermined and reworked.

Magnificant Delusions- Husain Haqqani has a novel perception into Pakistan, his homeland, and America, the place he was ambassador and is now a professor at Boston College. His life has mapped the connection of the 2 international locations and he has discovered himself usually near the center of it, typically in very confrontational circumstances, and this has allowed him to write down the story of a misbegotten diplomatic love affair, right here memorably laid naked.

Pakistan- A Onerous Nation- With nearly 200 million individuals, a 500,000-man military, nuclear weapons, and a big diaspora in Britain and North America, Pakistan is central to the hopes of jihadis and the fears of their enemies. But the best short-term risk to Pakistan will not be Islamist insurgency as such, however the actions of the USA, and the best longterm risk is ecological change.


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How can I hire a automobile in Pakistan?

Sayiah Riders, based mostly in Islamabad, rent out motorbikes with insurance coverage for 1500 rupees a day. Having your individual transport for Pakistan is unquestionably the best way to go as long-distance bus providers are fairly uncomfortable, taxis are costly and hitchhikers can encounter points with curious police and military personnel. At some factors, you’ll have no selection however to rent a jeep – you should definitely agree prematurely that gasoline is included in the price.

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My 4×Four for my Deosai journey


Intercourse, medicine & rock n roll!

Pakistan is often a dry nation, nevertheless, you’re permitted to buy alcohol for those who’re a non-Muslim vacationer with a allow. You could find house brewed alcohol round, however provided that you’re wanting in the correct locations. Imported alcohol can be obtainable if you’re related. It’s attainable to seek out ecstasy if you’re at raves outdoors Lahore or Karachi however you’ll need to be nicely related.

Within the north of Pakistan Marijuana vegetation develop wild, so it’s tremendous simple to seek out one thing to smoke. Pakistan’s opium commerce is flourishing, so it’s fairly simple to seek out. Likelihood is, your information will provide your one thing to smoke whilst you’re backpacking Pakistan. Most Pakistanis have by no means smoked weed however smoke hash incessantly. Try my article, Blazed Backpackers 101 on find out how to keep secure while partying.


Tips on how to keep secure in Pakistan

Try Backpacker Security 101 for suggestions and tips to remain secure while backpacking.

Choose your self up a backpacker safety belt to maintain your money secure on the street.

Try this submit for loads of concepts on ingenious methods to disguise your cash when travelling.

I strongly advocate travelling with a headlamp while in Pakistan (or wherever actually – each backpacker ought to have an excellent headtorch!) – try my submit for a breakdown of the finest worth headlamps to take backpacking.


Do I would like insurance coverage for Pakistan?

Everytime you hit the street and go travelling, you want insurance coverage. I’ve been backpacking for 9 years and have needed to declare a complete of 3 times; if I didn’t have backpacker insurance coverage I’d have been completely screwed on all three events.

Solely a handful of journey insurance coverage firms will cowl vacationers visiting Iran – First Allied Insurance coverage is the very best wager by far; these guys are specialists and canopy journey to extra faraway locations.

Even for those who don’t get insurance coverage with First Allied Insurance coverage, Please do get some form of insurance coverage from someplace, there are many first rate choices on-line.


Helpful apps to obtain earlier than backpacking Pakistan

Be warned, it’s usually exhausting to obtain new apps on the transfer in Pakistan so I recommend downloading the next earlier than you journey to Pakistan. – My favorite offline maps app.

VPN – I all the time have a VPN able to go on each my cellphone and laptop computer, I personally use Conceal Me which is among the quickest and most dependable choices on the market. This specific VPN permits for as much as 5 connections which is helpful for retaining all of your units related with out having to buy a number of VPN packages.

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Pakistan Journey Information – Getting in and in a foreign country

Pakistan has 4 land borders; India, Iran, China and Afghanistan.

I’ll offer you a fast run-down of what I do know, please observe this data adjustments incessantly…

Border crossings between Iran and Pakistan are comparatively simple however a prolonged (and scorching!) expertise. My buddies, Alex and Sebastian, wrote a implausible report over at Misplaced with Function.

Border crossings between India and Pakistan are simple sufficient; I used the Wagah Border crossing. Getting my Indian visa while in Pakistan was a complete god-damn nightmare and regardless of asking for six months (the usual Indian vacationer visa) I used to be solely granted six weeks. It took three days of hanging across the embassy to get my passport again – technically, you need to apply in Lahore they usually then ship your passport to Islamabad. You can not apply in Islamabad however you possibly can flip up on the embassy and make a fuss… I strongly advocate getting your Indian visa earlier than your enter Pakistan because the Indian embassy in Pakistan is staffed solely by fucktards.

Border crossings between China and Pakistan are easy so long as you’ve gotten your Chinese language visa pre-sorted. I have no idea how simple it’s to rearrange a Chinese language visa inside Pakistan however the two international locations have good relations so I think about it must be doable.

Border crossings between Afghanistan and Pakistan are usually not suggested. I appeared into this for weeks however everyone I met instructed me that the border guards are usually not at the moment letting foreigners throughout and even for those who do get throughout you’ll discover your self in part of Afghanistan which isn’t famed for its stability. Higher to enter Afghanistan from Tajikistan… that’s my plan anyway.

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For extra info I like to recommend you guys head to Caravanistan; once I myself am researching border crossings and visas, that is the positioning I exploit.

Pakistan journey info is incessantly altering; I’ve traveled to the nation in each 2016 and 2017 and can proceed to maintain this web page updated.

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