Trekking in Pakistan

Pakistan is a well-known paradise for trekkers. Most of the trekking routes lie in the northern mountains of the Hindukush, the Karakorams and the Himalayas. For most of the treks, trekking season is between May to October. The Ministry of Tourism, Government of Pakistan, has defined trekking as walking below 6000 m. It has designated three zones for trekking; open, restricted and closed. Foreigners may trek anywhere in open zone without a permit or services of a licensed mountain guide whereas trekking in restricted zone, foreigners must pay a fee of US$ 20 per person (Subject to change) per trek to obtain a trekking permit from the Ministry of Tourism, Govt of Pakistan Islamabad. It also requires to hire a licensed mountain guide; buy a personal accident insurance policy for the guide and the porters and to attend mandatory briefing and de-briefing at the Ministry of Tourism, on the beginning and end of the trekking in Pakistan. No trekking is allowed in closed zones which are the areas near Pak-Afghan, Pak-China, Pak-Iran, Pak-India border and near the line of control (LOC) with Indian-held Kashmir.


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