Backpacking in Pakistan Final Journey Information

Backpacking in Pakistan is a one in all a form journey, it is a nation which can increase many an eyebrow and steal many a coronary heart… The one hazard with backpacking Pakistan isn’t 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 mainly 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 amazing backpacking vacation spot.

Mountains of Pakistan

The safety state of affairs in Pakistan is at present underneath management and, except the Afghanistan border areas, a lot of the nation is completely protected to go to. On some events, you can be assigned a free police escort – examine my expertise trekking with mine – to regulate you however these guys are virtually at all times tremendous pleasant and imply properly.

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Baba laughing at a joke no one else understood.

Generally, when arriving into a brand new city or space, police will insist that you simply keep in a sure lodge. Inns in Pakistan are comparatively costly and to be prevented if potential; I couchsurfed my means across the nation, with the assistance of mates 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 hitch’ Fb group which implies that some tour teams, making an attempt to promote shit to backpackers, are actually within the group.

To attach with different backpackers travelling to Pakistan, be a part of the Backpacking Pakistan fb group. This group was very lately created, is moderated by me and a good friend 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 ebook to Pakistan, lately printed by my good good friend Tim and properly value 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 can be plied with ridiculous quantities of free meals and chai. The chums I made in Pakistan stay a number of the greatest I’ve made on this journey; Pakistanis have an amazing sense of humour and plenty of of them are actual journey journey lovers.


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 may’t get a visa on the highway. Visas are fairly costly, for British nationals they’re a whopping £100, and earlier than you’ll be able to even apply you want to get a a call for participation (LOI) from a Pakistani tour firm stating that, mainly, they may settle for accountability for you.

Replace third April: It’s getting tougher for tour corporations to problem LOIs to unbiased vacationers on account of 1 backpacker getting in hassle with the police by wandering properly off the overwhelmed observe and never being on a tour – regardless of his visa software saying he was on a tour. 

There are numerous Pakistani corporations on-line providing an LOI service and fairly just a few of them are very costly. Relying on what nation you’re from, you could possibly 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 way of a visa company – VisaHQ, nonetheless these guys are fucking shit and cost a fortune so I now not suggest them. The identical could also be true for different nationalities struggling to get a Pakistan visa. In case you merely wish to get your visa sorted with the minimal of the trouble then utilizing a visa service is often one of the simplest ways to go nonetheless I’ve heard experiences that it’s very simple to type Pakistani visas in Australia and France; it actually appears to range from nation to nation.

Make no mistake although, it’s IMPOSSIBLE to get your Pakistani visa exterior of your nation of nationality until you will have a residency visa within the nation you’re 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 comfy go together with Daewoo – I caught a experience inside a Daewoo minibus and it was ridiculously plush. Hitchhiking in Pakistan is feasible however you’ll encounter issues at police checkpoints. At any time when travelling any distance in Pakistan, you need 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. In case you don’t have the photocopies on the checkpoint, it will trigger delays.

Generally, you could want to rent a automotive and driver to discover an space; automobiles are costly in Pakistan. To lease a automotive and driver for a complete day of gallivanting in Hunza, or to drive as much as the China border space, prices round fifty to eighty {dollars}. I strongly suggest shopping for or renting a bike (1500RS a day – potential from Islamabad) to discover the nation. You’ll be able to organize bike leases by way 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 properly arrange for funds backpackers. On some events, police would take me on to a lodge and demand I stayed there; you’ll be able to generally get out of this however different instances you can not. There’s some backpacker pleasant lodging round and, throughout low-season anyway, it’s potential to attain a room for round 500 rupees (5 {dollars}). I like to recommend Couchsurfing in Pakistan wherever potential, you’ll meet some superb individuals, and bringing a tent or tenting hammock for trekking.

Under is an inventory of low-cost backpacker type lodging choices in Pakistan…  I extremely suggest downloading the free app,, it really works in Pakistan and you should utilize it with out cellphone sign so long as you will have beforehand downloaded the area you’re exploring. You’ll be able to then kind within the GPS codes listed under and discover the lodging with much less trouble – we’ve tried to make the GPS codes as correct as potential but it surely has all been carried out by way of Google maps and reminiscence.


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Place Lodging Description Location
Lahore Lahore Backpackers In case you’re not Couchsurfing, you may most likely 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 without doubt one of the cheaper choices in Islamabad itself.
Rawalpindi Resort Al – Jamal Some inns in Rawalpindi will not take in Rawalpindi will not settle for foreigners, Al Jamal does settle for foreigners however isn’t so nice – you are higher off staying in Islamabad itself. GPS: 33.611931, 73.066033
Gilgit Pak China Gateway Resort 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 when you’re on a decent funds. Resort has WiFi and there is a few primary shpps round. GPS: 35.899276, 74.369235, If desirous 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 Resort Low cost, dependable, English-speaking proprietor. OK WiFi. GPS: 35.920523, 74.328940
Fairy Meadows Greenland Resort Operated by Gul Muhammad Ph. No. : 03555124070 GPS: 35.384597, 74.580365
Shangrila Resort All guests to The Fairy Meadows start their journey at Raikot Bridge – Shangrila is the one lodge right here. GPS: 35.491526, 74.591979
Hunza Outdated Hunza Inn Has (gradual) 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 funds selection for Karimabad. GPS: 36.318776, 74.667137
World Roof Resort Personally did not keep right here however was really useful as an affordable lodge possibility. GPS: 36.323045, 74.669675
Gulmit Rehman Homestay For these planning to stick with Rehman, it is 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 Resort Primary lodging and restaurant on the lake, there’s additionally a tenting space. GPS: 36.428057, 74.864054
Skardu Diwan-E-Khas Restaurant and Resort Nice meals, good location, nice worth, useful proprietor GPS: 35°17’51.2″N 75°38’09.2″E

Cellphone: +92 58154 55494

Mashabrum Resort Costly and soiled however some rooms are blessed with completely gorgeous views that make it worthwhile. Coming quickly!
Shangrila Resort Many people 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 lodge You’ll be able to camp exterior the PTDC lodge in Rama at no cost. Coming quickly!
Peshawar Hidayat Resort Rooms for 600PKR, close to the Bala Hisar fort, accepts foreigners, tremendous pleasant workers. GPS: 34.016041, 71.573489, Tackle: G.T. Highway | Firdous Chowk, Peshawar 25000, Pakistan
ph: +9291-2566635
Chitral Al-Farouq Resort Rooms obtainable for 600PKR, pleasant workers and really clear. GPS: 35.855608, 71.787096, Tackle: 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. A giant because of veteran adventurer Olly Manson for doing a whole lot 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 sights within the cities then it often prices foreigners 250 rupees to get in. For some treks, you could want to rent a trekking information – be sure you haggle, a good charge 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 mates with locals alongside the best way who confirmed me round at no cost.


Solo Journey v.s. Group Excursions in Pakistan

Travelling solo in Pakistan is an unbelievable 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 will probably be working 4 extra adventures to this superb nation.

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

or just signal as much as the broke backpacker mailing listing 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 give you the results you want, I extremely suggest testing Discover My Journey Pakistan – run by my good good friend, and one in all Pakistan’s youngest entrepreneurs, Komail.

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


Staying related in Pakistan

Pakistan is a superb 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 greatest wager for staying related is to purchase a Pakistani sim card, I like to recommend Zong, and cargo it with as a lot knowledge as potential. You will want to go to the Zong HQ in Lahore and never one of many franchises. Telenor works greatest 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 start line for a lot of a Pakistan backpacking journey, Lahore is one in all my favorite cities on this planet. The colors, the sounds, the smells, the vibrant-in-your-face-ness of all of it is greatest skilled on the again of a bike; make mates with some locals and get them to point out you round!

Be sure you go to Badshahi Mosque; Probably the most spectacular websites in Lahore and the seventh largest mosque on this 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 really 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 value a go to in case you have time to spare.

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The unbelievable Badshahi Mosque

For a very distinctive night time out, be sure you 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 good friend on The Karakoram Membership Fb Group or you possibly can strive 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’ll be able to crash on the ground for a few hundred rupees; cut price laborious. From Lahore, you’ll be able to 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 potential to hitch right here in simply a few hours. I hoped to camp inside the fort grounds however the Ak-wielding safety guards level clean refused me regardless of me making an attempt each trick within the ebook. Ultimately, insisting I’d be eaten by wild animals, they beautiful a lot simply marched me to the doorway and informed 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 delightful metropolis, Islamabad has just a few websites value visiting however will be fortunately conquered in only a day. I discovered a Couchsurfing host with no issues. In case you want a lodge, I like to recommend Harvey Visitor Home (3000RS with wifi and breakfast). Centaurus Procuring Mall represents your final probability to refill on something you could want within the mountains. In case you fly into Islamabad, a taxi from the airport to the principle metropolis is 800RS. Only a stone’s throw away from Islamabad is a few woody hills and good picnic spots, greatest explored with the assistance of a Couchsurfer and a automotive…

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The hills surrounding Islamabad

From Islamabad, your greatest wager is to go 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. Be sure you have a number of photocopies of your passport and visa and, if potential, 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 properly positioned.

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Road scenes in Rawalpindi


Backpacking Gilgit

Arriving into Gilgit, you could encounter the police who will need you to verify into a particular lodge. I managed to get out of this and went to seek out my very own lodge, taking a taxi (200rs) additional into the principle 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’s not a complete lot to do in Gilgit itself until you will have a neighborhood good friend to point out you round; it took me ten minutes to fulfill 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’ll be able to catch busses to a number of locations inside the mountains. It’s seemingly 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 potential and easily go by way of. There’s a visa workplace in Yadgar Chowk and you may get your visa prolonged right here for one to a few days; convey your passport, passport photocopies, 2 passport images and a letter out of your guesthouse stating you’re staying there. Gilgit has an airport.

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Attabad Lake; the bluest lake on this planet.

Qasim Ali speaks wonderful English and is a superb information to backpacking the Gilgit space, he may organize onwards journey to Skardu. He charged me nothing for a day of adventuring round Gilgit. On this state of affairs, I are likely to attempt to purchase my new good friend’s dinner – it’s a well mannered means of claiming thanks. It might generally be very laborious in Pakistan because the individuals are so rattling beneficiant and hospitable that they merely received’t allow you to pay for something. There are some Couchsurfers within the Gilgit space. In case you’d somewhat keep at a hostel, Hunza is the closest metropolis to Attabad Lake & has an airport that you may fly into.

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Gilgit’s river is the very best place to get pleasure from a cup of chai and other people watch…


Backpacking Fairy Meadows

To achieve Fairy Meadows catch a two and a half hour minibus from Gilgit to Raikot Bridge (going in the 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 worth of the jeep is a watch watering 7000 rupees so it helps when you can fill it – six passengers could be ultimate. 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 in a position to 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 a few hour hike to The Fairy Meadows. Anyone with affordable health can do the hike but it surely’s additionally potential to lease a horse for 1000 rupees – cut price laborious.

The Fairy Meadows is without doubt one of the most gorgeous locations in all of Pakistan and you’ll 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 properly value it to view Nanga Parbat; the ninth highest mountain on this planet. You’ll be able to 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 organize a jeep and rents out log cabins at The Greenland Resort which is the place I like to recommend staying (rooms begin at 2000 rupees). You should purchase meals within the Fairy Meadows however essentially the most primary of meals will set you again 500 rupees… If potential, convey a tenting range, a tent and provides. You possibly can simply spend just a few days up there. I visited throughout February, which is certainly the unsuitable time of 12 months to go, it was fucking freezing though completely beautiful; the very best time of 12 months to journey in Pakistan is between March and November. There’s, apparently, generally electrical energy within the Fairy Meadows; it didn’t make an look while I used to be there. There’s 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 probability that one of many native cops will come alongside for the experience. 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 overall Fairy Meadows journey) is truthful if they’ve gone above and past the decision of responsibility.

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

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Conserving watch over the mountains


Backpacking Karimabad

The jewel of Hunza and the leaping off level for extra unbelievable treks, Karimabad is about two and a half hours away from Gilgit by bus. The Outdated Hunza Inn is a unbelievable place to stick with pleasant vibes, beautiful views, educated workers and occasional energy. A double room (in off-season) price me 800 rupees. There are numerous unbelievable matters to do in Karimabad and you need to positively try each Altit Fort and Baltit Fort for some gorgeous views of the traditional Silk Highway resulting in China. You possibly can simply spend just a few days wandering across the cobblestone streets and occurring day hikes. You’ll be able to organize treks from one of many many outside 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 lease one (round 2000RS) there, to spend an evening – it’s properly value 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 suggest staying with a neighborhood good friend of mine, Rehman, within the very small village of Ghulkin, a splendidly conventional place only a stone’s throw away from many unbelievable treks, glaciers, tenting spots and backpacking adventures… Ghulkin is a 3 hour journey from Gilgit and you’ll go the gorgeous Attabad lake, one of many bluest lakes on this 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 palms down, one of the simplest ways to see the realm and was a spotlight of my Pakistan backpacking journey. Rehman’s household will give you a very unbelievable 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. Be sure you strive some dried apricots…

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Backpacking Khunjerab Move

The very best border on this planet and an unbelievable feat of human engineering, the highway to the Pakistani-Chinese language borders is stuffed with gorgeous peaks and makes for an amazing day journey. It’s costly to lease a automotive for the return journey – 8000RS – and there’s no public transport that I may discover. That is an journey greatest tried in case you have your individual transport. I extremely suggest skipping Sost (though there may be an immigration workplace right here that may be 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 this planet.


Passu Basecamp Trek

A surprising six day trek that may be carried out with none permits, Passu Basecamp is only one of many unbelievable 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 backward and forward) by native transport (500RS) departing Gilgit’s essential 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 making an attempt to get cash out of them however I believe that this isn’t fully the case. Being the start of most of the best treks on this planet, costs are clearly increased and so expectations/calls for are completely different . The individuals of Skardu aren’t notably grasping; they’re simply used to a special stanard.

In all honesty; I like to recommend spending as little time as potential in Skardu itself because it’s a dusty place devoid of many sights. 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 suggest staying and consuming, within the Diwan-e-Khas eRstaurant and Resort (rooms from 1800RS) when visiting Skardu. The meals is delcious (by no means acquired sick as soon as!) and the proprietor, Mr. Ayub, was very useful. He related me with a neighborhood information, Mr. Hanif of the legendary Little Karim Journey Excursions (cellphone: +92 3129900508), and was overeall very keen about backpackers. Positively top-of-the-line choices on the town.

There are another inns in Skardu to think about as properly. Mashabrum Resort is dear and soiled however some rooms are blessed with completely gorgeous views that make it worthwhile. Many people rave in regards to the views at Shangrila Resort however, to be sincere, I used to be underwhelmed. Mr Ayub will probably be opening a model new lodge, referred to as the Mountain Lodge, in 2019 and it’ll goal to supply wonderful providers in addition to a number of the greatest views on the town.

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View from Mashabrum Resort window in Skardu

It’s value having a look at Khaplu Fort and Higher Kachura Lake the place you’ll be able to swim within the lake and dine in a neighborhood restaurant on fresh-caught trout. Skardu is legendary for its gems and crystal mines; I’ve heard it’s potential to trek to a few of these mines and get very low-cost charges on valuable stones – an enterprising backpacker might contemplate 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 tip of the road within the Skardu area. This small village is the final place on the vacationer path that gives any kind 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 best treks together with Gondogoro La, Concordia, and the Charakus Valley. Participating in any of those will certainly show to be among the many best 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 will probably be costly. Word that you simply 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 value visitng. A number of the hottest non-permitted hikes within the space embrace the Nangma Valley (which options Aminn Brakk of mountain climbing fame), the Humbrock Valley, and Masherbrum Base Camp/Aling Glacier.

In case you’re in search of a information within the space, I once more can not suggest 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 no less than cleaner. To reach in Hushe, you’ll be able to rent an costly personal automotive or catch the native bus, which runs each different day from Khaplu. Be sure you inquire with the l0cals or along with your lodge supervisor about bus departures.

For lodging, I reccommend staying with Little Karim at his new lodge within the village, which was funded with assist of Spanish climbers. Whereas staying there, positively ask Little Karim about his lifelong accomplishments as they’re fairly extordinary. The person is a neighborhood legend and has even met worldwide celebrities like Ronaldo! You’ll be able to 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 this planet. It’s potential to do it for about 150,000 RS however most corporations will attempt to cost extra. I do NOT suggest reserving your trek upfront; merely rock up and type it out in Skardu, you’ll get a significantly better worth.

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Backpacking Deosai Nationwide Park

The most effective time to go to Deosai is between July and mid-August when your entire plain is roofed in a blanket of gorgeous wildflowers. This is without doubt one of the greatest spots on this planet to view the celebrities and I extremely suggest 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 will have your individual transport, you will want to rent a jeep. Jeeps are very costly however, when you haggle, it’s potential to get an OK charge…

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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 gear 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 subsequent day our driver dropped us in Astore and we caught a neighborhood bus to Raikot Bridge (three hours) the place we caught a jeep to the trailhead for the Fairy Meadows. You possibly can 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 numerous unbelievable hikes available right here and I extremely suggest visiting Rama Lake the place you’ll be able to view Nanga Parbat, probably the most stunning mountains on this planet. You’ll be able to camp exterior the PTDC lodge in Rama at no cost and, from the PTDC, it’s a 4 kilometre journey to Rama – relying on highway situations it’s generally potential to do two kilometres of this by jeep; my jeep turned caught for 2 hours, I wouldn’t suggest making an attempt it if the roads are a river of mud…  Learn up about my good friend Joan’s expertise mountaineering in Astore.  

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Nom nom nom! Meat!


Chitral and The Kalash peoples

The Kalash individuals are Pakistan’s smallest non secular group and, yearly, they maintain a collection of extremely vibrant festivals. From Gilgit, it’s potential to catch a 14 hour Natco bus, crossing the gorgeous Shandur Move, to Mastuj. From Mastuj, it’s essential to then take a 4 hour jeep to Chitral the place you’ll be able to go to the Kalash Valleys and stick with Engineer Khan on the Kalash Guesthouse. The Kalash individuals retain lots of their conventional beliefs and a go to to the valleys is a singular alternative to see this small group, stated 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, it’s essential to 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 potential to get to Chitral from Swat by Jeep or from Gilgit by way of NATCO bus.

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

04/08/2017 Journey Report from Felix Lenzing:  The bus experience to Chitral from Gilgit is about 14 hours (scenic experience). The bus is NOT GOING TO CHITRAL OR EVEN MAJUD! In Gilgit you purchase a ticket for Majud, however they may 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 received’t clarify this… my host in Gilgit purchased the ticket for me and informed me the bus will experience to Majud as that is what he was informed 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 received’t allow you to by way 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 

Most people within the bus determined to start out strolling since one of many cops stated it’s roughly an hour stroll until we’re on the opposite facet of the landslide. There could be automobiles ready for us on the opposite facet, we had been informed. After three and a half hours strolling (absolutely outfitted) at nighttime we lastly crossed two landslides and the police picked me up from there to escort me to a lodge. These two factors are positively not crossable for any automobiles in the intervening time!

I arrived on the TPDC motel in Mastuj and will keep at no cost (on the cellphone the proprietor provided me a room for 2150, I declined and requested if he can supply me a spot to camp). I believe he simply provided to remain at no cost as a result of he knew that my bus to Chitral is leaving at 5am. From Majud jeeps (150 Rps) usually are not going straight to Chitral, they’re going to Booni the place it’s a must to change to a van (130) going to Chitral.

Earlier than leaving Gilgit, purchase sufficient water for no 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! In case you don’t have water at Shandur Move you’ll really feel the altitude. Shandur go has “sleeping amenities”. There are two tent inns 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 lodge gives 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

Probably the most conservative locations in Pakistan and a must-visit for eager hikers, Swat is a really fascinating place certainly…. The entire ladies listed below are in full-clad Burkahs and most of the males usually are not used to seeing a ladies’s face. The principle cities are Mingora and Saidu Sharif however the actual 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 plagued by vital Buddhist monuments and relics. The Taliban invaded in 2009 and did their greatest 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 essentially thought-about protected, I encountered no issues. Essentially 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, be sure you go to Udegram, an historical Mosque, in addition to Malam Jabba; the very best place in all of Pakistan to catch some powder and strap in your skis. You will want your individual transport while in Swat or to make mates with a neighborhood couchsurfer; taxis are insanely costly and there usually are not many public transport choices.

Swat gives adventurous backpackers many alternatives to trek into valleys which have most likely by no means been visited by foreigners earlier than; I spent an unbelievable, but arduous, couple of days trekking round Beshigram Lake the place I stayed at no cost with native shepherds. The most effective treks in Swat are purported 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 inexpensive transport and the heavy military presence makes hitching unimaginable. Multi-day rafting and trekking expeditions are potential 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’ll be able to attain him on 03411914522 – he’s a well-known hiker and may take you on some epic treks.

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A tricky fourteen hour trek to achieve 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 inform you completely different. One matter that does appear to be clear is that you simply positively want a Pakistani good friend within the area. Safety is tight and you’ll discover the rise in machine weapons and armed forces personnel – don’t {photograph} them. Ihsan, my host in Swat, is making an attempt to convey 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 state of affairs and is a eager hiker.

Ihsan has now arrange a fb web page –  Swat Valley Backpackers and may help along 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’re into Swat Valley you should have an unbelievable alternative to fulfill 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 additionally it is potential 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 an alternative, journey from Mingora to Besham after which catch a bus from Besham to Gilgit – it will prevent almost ten hours.

In some elements of Pakistan, particularly Swat, it pays to decorate somewhat extra conservatively. Ladies ought to maintain their hair coated and their physique shapes hidden and males should purchase a salwar kameez; an excellent comfy set of free pyjama-like robes. Word; 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 highway with out my safety belt. It is a common wanting belt with a hid pocket on the within – you’ll be able to disguise as much as twenty notes inside and put on it by way of airport scanners with out it setting them off. That is palms down one of the simplest ways to cover your money.


2.Journey Water Bottle: All the time journey with a water bottle – it’ll prevent cash and cut back your plastic footprint on our planet. AR bottle are robust, light-weight and preserve the temperature of your beverage – so you’ll be able to get pleasure from a chilly pink bull, or a scorching espresso, regardless of the place you’re. For each AR bottle offered, we donate 10% to – an initiative to scale back plastic in our oceans!


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3. Microfibre TowelIt’s at all times value 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 when you solely find yourself utilizing it as soon as, a good head torch may save your life. If you wish to discover caves, unlit temples or just discover your method to the toilet throughout a blackout, a headtorch is a should. Presently, I’m utilizing the Petzl LED headlamp with pink mild (which bugs can’t see).


Hammock for backpackers5. HammockTaking a tent backpacking isn’t at all times sensible however hammocks are light-weight, low-cost, robust, attractive (chicks dig hammocks) and permit you to pitch up for the night time just about wherever. Proper now, I’m rocking an Lively Roots parachute hammock – it’s mild, colourful and hard.


For lots extra inspiration on what to pack, try my full backpacking packing listing.

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

To use to your Pakistani visa, you will want a a call for participation (LOI). You’ll be able to attain an LOI from anyone residing in Pakistan, nonetheless, there have been quite a few experiences of problems and even some visas being rejected when the LOI isn’t from an official tour firm. My mates Lizzy and Shah run a registered tour firm in Pakistan and are in a position to present LOI’s cheaper than anyone else – you’ll be able to submit your software for an LOI on this web page. I obtain a small fee from this so when you’ve discovered this information helpful, please do organize your LOI by way of this web page.


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

Except you will have a residency visa within the nation you’re making use of in, it’s unimaginable to get a Pakistani visa from exterior of your nation of nationality – you’ll be able to, nonetheless, publish your passport house and undergo a visa service. You don’t bodily should be in your nation to make the appliance, your passport does nonetheless and there’s no means round this in the intervening time.


Can I prolong my visa in Pakistan?

It’s potential 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 workplaces. You’ll be able to very simply prolong visas by as much as six months in line with sources. By all experiences, Gilgit is the simplest place to increase your Pakistani visa.


When is the very best time of 12 months to go to Pakistan?

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

March – April can also be good and Karimabad is just beautiful early March. It’s potential, however robust, to get into the Fairy Meadows even when they’re snowed underneath when you name Gul Mohammed. In case you make it up there, you’ll virtually actually 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 – resembling Kashmir, the Afghan border space and Balochistan. I required an NOC to enter Swat however phrase on the road is that it’s now potential to enter Swat with out an NOC – speak 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 swiftly rotated. You possibly can solely enter Kashmir with the related NOC however regardless of many backpackers making an attempt, no one has but been issued a NOC for Kashmir.


What ought to I put on in Pakistan?

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


Is Pakistan protected for girls?

Basically, overseas ladies travelling round Pakistan will probably be handled with the utmost respect. In case you encounter any points merely slap and make a scene; close by Pakistanis will rush to your assist. I will probably be releasing an article quickly comprised of interviews with feminine explorers in Pakistan full of a number of helpful data; keep tuned. I’ve been getting a whole lot of requests from solo feminine travellers heading to Pakistan for more information so I’ve arrange the Backpacking Pakistan fb group. If you’re fascinated by connecting with different backpackers heading to Pakistan, that is the place to do it. Try this publish for in-depth interviews with 4 feminine travellers in Pakistan. 


Can I journey solo in Pakistan?

In case you’re travelling to Pakistan on a solo journey and wish to meet up with different backpackers heading that means, or are eager to choose the brains of myself and different Pakistan backpacking veterans – be a part of this Fb Group: Backpacking Pakistan and be at liberty 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 you have sufficient chai, meals and hash to maintain you cheerful. Make an effort to get to know the locals; a few of my greatest mates 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 isn’t anticipated however when you encounter superb service or wish to tip a information then go for it – simply maintain the quantity affordable so different backpackers usually are not hit by guides anticipating heavy ideas. 5 to 10 % is a lot.


Ought to I Volunteer in Pakistan?

If carried out correctly, volunteering is a wonderful method to lower down your prices on the highway and actually get to know a rustic. I strongly suggest Workaway – you pay simply $29 for the 12 months after which have entry to actually 1000’s of initiatives all world wide the place you’ll be able to 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. Word that flights are regularly cancelled in Gilgit and Skardu on account of unhealthy climate – the pilots function utilizing sight and never fancy AI gear.


Is Pakistan protected?

Pakistan is without doubt one of the most secure nations I’ve ever visited and is full of pleasant and inquisitive people who’re at all times completely satisfied to fulfill any individual backpacking in Pakistan. The extraordinarily useful military and the generally useful police will at all times maintain a watch out for foreigners and they’re completely in all places. In case you encounter any issues I recommend discovering the closest soldier; a lot of the officers communicate some English. For tips about staying protected 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 a web based earnings.

Pakistan Traveller – Essentially the most complete journey information ebook to Pakistan, lately printed by my good good friend 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 vary 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 set 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 remodeled.

Magnificant Delusions- Husain Haqqani has a singular 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 nations and he has discovered himself typically near the center of it, generally in very confrontational circumstances, and this has allowed him to put in writing the story of a misbegotten diplomatic love affair, right here memorably laid naked.

Pakistan- A Arduous Nation- With virtually 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 menace to Pakistan isn’t Islamist insurgency as such, however the actions of the USA, and the best longterm menace is ecological change.


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How can I lease 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 certainly 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 armed forces personnel. At some factors, you should have no selection however to rent a jeep – be sure you agree upfront that gas is included in the fee.

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My 4×Four for my Deosai journey


Intercourse, medicine & rock n roll!

Pakistan is usually a dry nation, nonetheless, you’re permitted to buy alcohol when you’re a non-Muslim vacationer with a allow. You could find house brewed alcohol round, however provided that you’re wanting in the precise locations. Imported alcohol can also be obtainable if you’re related. It’s potential to seek out ecstasy if you’re at raves exterior Lahore or Karachi however you’ll should be properly 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 supply your one thing to smoke whilst you’re backpacking Pakistan. Most Pakistanis have by no means smoked weed however smoke hash regularly. Try my article, Blazed Backpackers 101 on easy methods to keep protected while partying.


Find out how to keep protected in Pakistan

Try Backpacker Security 101 for ideas and tips to remain protected while backpacking.

Decide your self up a backpacker safety belt to maintain your money protected on the highway.

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

I strongly suggest travelling with a headlamp while in Pakistan (or wherever actually – each backpacker ought to have a great headtorch!) – try my publish for a breakdown of the greatest worth headlamps to take backpacking.


Do I would like insurance coverage for Pakistan?

Everytime you hit the highway and go travelling, you want insurance coverage. I’ve been backpacking for 9 years and have needed to declare a complete of thrice; 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 corporations 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 remote locations.

Even when you don’t get insurance coverage with First Allied Insurance coverage, Please do get some kind of insurance coverage from someplace, there are many respectable choices on-line.


Helpful apps to obtain earlier than backpacking Pakistan

Be warned, it’s typically laborious 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 at all times have a VPN able to go on each my cellphone and laptop computer, I personally use Cover Me which is without doubt one of the quickest and most dependable choices on the market. This explicit VPN permits for as much as 5 connections which is useful for preserving all of your gadgets related with out having to buy a number of VPN packages.

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Pakistan Journey Information – Getting in and overseas

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

I’ll provide you with a fast run-down of what I do know, please observe this data modifications regularly…

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

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, it’s a must to apply in Lahore and so they then ship your passport to Islamabad. You can’t apply in Islamabad however you’ll be able to flip up on the embassy and make a fuss… I strongly suggest getting your Indian visa earlier than your enter Pakistan because the Indian embassy in Pakistan is staffed fully by fucktards.

Border crossings between China and Pakistan are easy so long as you will have 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 nations have good relations so I think about it must be doable.

Border crossings between Afghanistan and Pakistan usually are not suggested. I seemed into this for weeks however everyone I met informed me that the border guards usually are not at present letting foreigners throughout and even when you do get throughout you will 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 location I take advantage of.

Pakistan journey info is regularly 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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