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Karakoram highway cycling tour 2019-20

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Karakoram highway cycling tour On the Ancient Silk Route
  • Spectacular Mountains Vista of the Karakoram Range.
  • Camping at Minapin, Right under Rakaposhi
  • Experience the culture and hospitality of the friendly Hunza people
  • Sneaky view of Nanga Parbat (8126m) and Rakaposhi (7788m) from KKH.

OVERVIEW

Karakoram Highway Cycling Tour is once in a life time experience through Hunza Valley Pakistan. Hunza Valley is in the heart of the Karakoram, which is a lush green Valley with rich Culture and friendly people. In our Tailor-made Karakoram Highway Cycling Tour you will get to peek behind the curtain and discover a side of a country which many people simply cannot imagine. Imagine Cycling close to the shining glacier to an isolated Himalayan villages, sharing Delicious local cuisine around a crackling bonfire and soaking in the stars as you give your feet a much-needed rest.

Pakistan is an amazing country, our job is to not only make sure you have an amazing time but also to take care of all of the paperwork, logistics, permits and full boarding basis so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy the once in a life time Cycling experience. Pakistan will become your favorite country in the world. This is a land of towering peaks and ancient glaciers, of swaying bridges and mountain villages. The ancient silk road leading all the way to China has been travelled by explorers and philosophers, conquerors and merchants, pilgrims and spies. Now is your chance to follow in their footsteps.

40 years ago we ran the first adventure tour in Pakistan and it was a raging success. Since then, we now run several Culture tours, Treks, Bike Tours, Festival Tours, Climbing Expedition in Pakistan throughout the years. We are blessed with many amazing Local Guides, Staff and infrastructure in the country and have unique connections that make your trip once a life time experience. This is an adventure unlike any other, this is Pakistan Amazing.

Our Karakoram Highway Cycling Tour starts from the lush green and purpose-built City Islamabad. Your Guide will Meet & Greet you at Islamabad international airport, then transfer you to the hotel for a rest to recover from the journey. We will meet in the afternoon for a briefing about the Karakoram Highway Cycling Tour. Next morning we will start our epic journey towards the North on the famous Karakoram Highway. We will spent the night in a luxury hotel in Chillas. In the morning we start our Karakoram Highway Cycling Tour along the Indus and Gilgit River to Gilgit. Spectacular view of Nanga Parbat and junction point of Himalaya, Karakoram and Hinudksh mountains range is the highlight of the day. Gilgit is the Capital of Gilgit Baltistan province. Gilgit Valley which is surrounded by the Pillars of the mighty Karakoram mountains. After exploring Gilgit we will Cycle up to rejoin the KKH, the road climbs gradually, we pass a few small villages, beyond here we will catch sight of the huge spiral of Rakaposhi mountain looming in the distance. The road goes so close to its base that it is hidden most of the way. We will spend the night in Minapin.

We continue our Karakoram Highway Cycling Tour towards Karimabad today. Above, the highest snow-covered peaks are hidden  from view behind the jagged teeth of the ridge. Our ride leads us to Karimabad, the capital of Hunza. A short but spectacular day. A rest day, but with so much to see in this enchanting village, it is unlikely that you will get much rest. Highlights include the 13th Century Baltit Fort and the Sacred Rocks of Hunza Valley. As we leave Karimabad to Passu, the road drops down to the village of Ganesh before we begin a fairly hard 15 km climb.The road climbs with intermittent glimpses of glaciers, precipices and gleaming white peaks, before the 10 km descent to Passu, which brings us directly to the incredible Passu Glacier where we will stop for the night. Today we transfer by vehicle setting off for the first 6km along the KKH, just beyond the Batura Glacier we turn off to cross a suspension bridge over the Hunza river and follow a jeep track up to Shimshal. People in Shimshal are Wakhi. We cycle down through the valley passing the Mulungutti Glacier as we travel through a stunning scenery. We cross the Hunza River over a suspension bridge before re-joining the KKH about 6km north of Passu. We can make a late start this morning. When we depart our beautiful surroundings this, we have a picturesque ride to the quiet and unremarkable border village of Sust. before khunjarab pass. Khunjerab Pass is the Pakistan China Border. The scenery on the way from KKH is stunning. This is the last stop of our journey so we will head back towards Islamabad via Gilgit. Night stay in Gilgit then take a flight to Islamabad. You will one night in Islamabad then in the morning after breakfast Transfer you to the Airport for your flight back home. Please make sure to book your return flight on our last day of “Karakoram Highway Cycling Tour”.

BRIEF ITINERARY:

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ARRIVAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD-PAKISTAN:

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DRIVE TO CHILLAS (461km) 8-9 HOURS DRIVE:

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CYCLE TO GILGIT (60km) 4 HOURS :

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CYCLE TO MINAPIN (80km) 2,030m:

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CYCLE TO KARIMABAD (32km), 2,400m:

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SIGHTSEEING & REST DAY:

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CYCLE TO PASSU (41km) 2,480m:

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CYCLE TO SHIMSHAL (60km) 3,100m:

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SHIMSHAL TO GULMIT (3,300m):

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GULMIT TO MINAPIN (68km) 2030km:

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MINAPIN TO GILGIT (80km):

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GILGIT TO ISLAMABAD:

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FLY BACK HOME-DEPARTURE DAY:

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MAP OF KARAKORAM HIGHWAY CYCLING TOUR

Trango Adventure has a long track record of organising Karakoram Highway Cycling Tour in Pakistan. We have been organising Cycling Tours every year in Pakistan. We designed our itinerary based on Over 40 Years of experience, which is the best in terms of acclimatization, safety and enjoyment.

It is our intention to keep to the day by day itinerary detailed below, although there might be some flexibility due to local conditions or other factors beyond our control. If this is the case the trek leader will do everything possible to work out the changes to the itinerary in order to minimise your inconvenience.

Adventure travel requires an open and flexible attitude. You may experience extreme conditions, unpredictable weather and last-minute changes to the itinerary beyond our control. The ability to work in team is an important aspect of all of our trips.

HOLIDAY ITINERARY

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ARRIVAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD-PAKISTAN:

 Most of the international flights arrives at Islamabad International Airport in the mornings. Your Guide will meet and greet you at the airport, then you will be transfer to the hotel. Rest of the days is free to recover from your journey. Later in the day, when everyone has arrived, we will have a group briefing about The Karakoram Highway Cycling Tour. Depending on the time available to us, there may be an option to do some sightseeing in Islamabad, A purpose-built City in 1961 as the new capital of Pakistan.
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • HOTEL
  • MEALS
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DRIVE TO CHILLAS (461km) 8-9 HOURS DRIVE:

 Today you will start your Epic Journey towards Karakoram Highway. You will pass through some other culturally rich and historical Towns, Taxila, Hassan Abdal, Hari Pur, Abbot Abbad then Basham. You will do few stops along the ways for tea breaks. KKH takes off from Hasan Abdal. The road follows every twist and turn of the Indus River. About 190 km after Beshamn, the road meets Chillas which appears to be an ‘oasis in a desert’. Chillas has a unique charm. Here you will have a magnificent view of the three World highest Mountain ranges: Karakoram in the north, Himalayas in east and Hindu Kush in west. Chillas is the getaway to Nanga Parbat (8126m). Nanga Parbat is the ninth world highest mountain, which is one of the hardest mountain to climb. It has a nick name of Killer Mountain. In Chillas there are no Tourist attractions.
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • HOTEL
  • MEALS
  • BLD
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CYCLE TO GILGIT (60km) 4 HOURS :

 In the morning you will start your first cycling day of Karakoram Highway Cycling tour Towards Gilgit on the Karakoram Highway along the mighty Indus and Hunza River. The real attractions of Pakistan are in the Gilgit Baltistan and to get there you need to travel along the world’s highest paved road, The Karakoram Highway. Cycling along The Karakoram Highway is an unforgettable experience; you will see peaks and valleys, rivers and glaciers. Twenty-one of the world’s one hundred highest peaks are visible from the KKH and the journey is a great introduction to the mountains as civilization slips away behind us.
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • HOTEL
  • MEALS
  • BLD
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CYCLE TO MINAPIN (80km) 2,030m:

Setting off from Gilgit, we rejoin the Karakoram Highway the road climbs slowly passing a few small villages, before we start to witness the huge spiral of Rakaposhi looming in the distance. The road goes so close to its base that it is hidden most of the way. It is only when we arrive at our small family guesthouse at Minapin that we really witness the true beauty of Rakaposhi. Our accommodation for the night is situated in a beautiful tranquil orchard.
  • Minapin Altitude: 2,030m (6,660ft)
  • Cycle Distance: 82km (51 miles)
  • Total Climb: 1,353m (4,439ft)
  • Total Descent: 772m (2,533ft)
  • Accommodation: Guest House
  • Meals: B,L,D
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CYCLE TO KARIMABAD (32km), 2,400m:

 The Karakoram highway (KKH) is at its most spectacular between Ghulmit and Gulmit. The road rides high on the eastern side of the river, twisting and turning around the barren foot of the Hispar Range, which boasts six peaks over 7,000 metres. On the opposite bank, villages cling implausibly to the side of the 7,388m Ultar Mountain. Above, the jagged teeth along the ridge hide the highest snow-covered peaks from view. A short but spectacular day to Karimabad, the capital of Hunza Valley.
  • Karimabad Altitude: 2,400m (7,874ft)
  • Cycle Distance: 35km (22 miles)
  • Total Climb: 703m (2,306ft)
  • Total Descent: 341m (1,119ft)
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: BLD
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SIGHTSEEING & REST DAY:

Today will be the rest day of your Karakoram Highway cycling tour, but with so much to see in this enchanting village, it is unlikely that you will get much rest. Highlights are a visit to the 13th Century Baltit Fort, Altit Fort or a visit to see the Sacred Rocks of Hunza. For the really adventuress amongst you a trek up to Hon will give you incredible views across the whole of the Nagar valley.
  • Karimabad Altitude: 2,400m (7,874ft)
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: BLD
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CYCLE TO PASSU (41km) 2,480m:

 As we leave Karimabad the road drops down to the village of Ganesh before we begin a fairly hard 15 km climb. Remember that if at any time you have had enough, just wait around for the back-up vehicle. Due to the floods of 2010, a section of the KKH between the village of Gulmet, and Gulkin is now impassable and we will take a ferry here to continue along the route. This afternoon we cycle on a further 16 km to Passu. The road climbs with intermittent glimpses of glaciers, precipices and gleaming white peaks, before the 10 km descent to Passu, which brings us directly in front of the incredible Passu Glacier where we will stop for the night.
  • Passu Altitude: 2,480m (8136ft)
  • Cycle Distance: 41km (25 miles)
  • Total Climb: 910m (2,985ft)
  • Total Descent: 762m (2,500ft)
  • Accommodation: Guest House
  • Meals: (B,L,D)
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CYCLE TO SHIMSHAL (60km) 3,100m:

 Today you can either cycle or transfer by vehicle. The first 6km along the KKH before turning just beyond the Batura Glacier to cross a suspension bridge over the Hunza river and follow a jeep track up to Shimshal. The road has been described as a miracle of engineering by some. On our approach to Shimshal we pass fields of stones partitioned by dry stone walls, and houses built of mud and stone. In the distance we may catch a glimpse of Odver Sar (6,303m). The village herdsmen pasture their sheep, yak and goats in the seasonal mountain grasslands, located several days walk from the village. The people of Shimshal are Wakhi.
  • Shimshal Altitude: 3,100m (10,170ft)
  • Cycle Distance: 59km (37 miles)
  • Total Climb: 972m (3,189ft)
  • Total Descent: 383m (1,256ft)
  • Accommodation: Guest House
  • Meals: (B,L,D)
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SHIMSHAL TO GULMIT (3,300m):

 Today you will cycle down the valley passing the Mulungutti Glacier as we travel through a stunning scenery. The valley is home to herds of sheep, goats and yaks that are moved up and down the area with the seasons. But you will see little evidence of settlement apart from the few shepherd’s huts on the narrow track road. You will cross the Hunza River over a suspension bridge before re-joining the KKH about 6km north of Passu. From here you will be transfer to Gulmit.
  • Gulmit Altitude: 2,465m (8,087ft)
  • Cycle Distance: 59km (37 miles)
  • Total Climb: 383m (1,256ft)
  • Total Descent: 972m (3,189ft)
  •  Accommodation: Guest House
  • Meals: (B,L,D)
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GULMIT TO MINAPIN (68km) 2030km:

Once again you will pass the magnificent Karimabad and surroundings of Hunza valley; the mountains to soar high above us and the road is lined with apricot trees. Minapin is a small detour off of the main road; you will climb through tiny villages where friendly locals will greet you. Near Minapin you will enjoy a spectacular view of Mt Rakaposhi from the road. At a height of 7788 meters, Rakaposhi has an uninterrupted vertical rise of approximately 6000 m making it the tallest mountain on land when measured from the base to peak.
  • Minapin Altitude: 2,030m (6,660ft)
  • Cycling Distance: 68km (42 miles)
  • Total climb: 680m (2,231ft)
  • Total descent: 1,450m (4,757ft)
  •  Accommodation: Guest House
  • Meals (B,L,D)
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MINAPIN TO GILGIT (80km):

 Today you will trek around the local area. You are surrounded by steep hillsides where small conifers grow. The village of Minapin is a popular destination as it provides the easiest access to three peaks that mountaineers are fond of scaling: the 7,788m Rakaposhi peak, the 7,266m Diran peak and the Miachar peak in the Karakoram Range. The valley’s natural beauty and the hospitality, culture and traditions of the locals all contribute to its popularity. The valley is also known for an abundance of fruit production, including apricots, apples, mulberry, walnuts and pomegranates. In the afternoon we will head towards Gilgit for a night stay.
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • HOTEL
  • MEALS
  • BLD
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GILGIT TO ISLAMABAD:

 Today you will return to Islamabad. You either fly or travel by road. Those who opt to fly will have time to explore Islamabad. The city’s monuments, shrines and places of interest include Pakistan’s largest mosque: Faisal Mosque and the Lok Virsa Museum where you’ll see an interesting collection of folk and traditional artefacts.green spaces. Just an hour by taxi from Islamabad is the Unesco World Heritage site Taxila. Meaning “City of Cut Stone” or “Takṣa Rock”, Taxila is an important archaeological site where you can see remains of four early settlement sites, Buddhist monasteries, and a Muslim mosque and madrassa. The journey by road takes approximately a day. Please make sure to book your flight home on Day 13 later in the day – late afternoon or evening.
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  • HOTEL
  • MEALS
  • BLD
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DEPARTURE DAY-FLY BACK HOME:

After Breakfast you will be Transfer to Islamabad International Airport for your flight home. End of “Karakoram Highway cycling tour” Pakistan

Karakoram Highway cycling tour Date & Prices 2020

Private Groups – Chose your own Dates

Tour Starts From Islamabad-Domestic Flight Inc

START DATES END DATE PRICE   DEPOSIT  
Sun 10 May Fri 22 May US $ 2,000 US $ 400
Sun 07 Jun  Fri 19 Jun US $ 2,000 US $ 400
Sun 05 July  Fri 17 July US $ 2,000 US $ 400
Sun 02 Aug  Fri 14 Aug US $ 2,000 US $ 400
Sun 30 Aug  Fri 11 Sep US $ 2,000 US $ 400

Karakoram Highway Cycling Tour Date and prices are for the fix departure Trips only. Private Groups Please chose your own dates and contact us for a Tailor-made Tour Itinerary and Price. All our Holidays are based on full board which includes Domestic flights as well (If apply to your Trip).  Group DISCOUNTS are available so please do contact us before booking. Silk Route Cycling Tour prices are for the itinerary based from Islamabad To Islamabad. International flights from most cities arrives in Islamabad in the morning, Return flights will depart from Islamabad International airport on the last day of the itinerary. Your Guide will Meet and Greet you at the Islamabad International Airport, will stay with you through out the Journey and see you off at Islamabad Airport.Please be aware that there are often only a limited number of seats available at the advertised price, particularly for the regional fixed departures. To Secure a place we recommend that you book as early as possible, especially during peak times. If we are unable to secure seats at the price shown, we will contact you with an alternative quote.

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE – NO SURCHARGE GUARANTEE:

The price of our holidays can change depending on a variety of factors but unlike some other tour operators, Trango adventure have undertaken to guarantee the price of your holiday will not change after you have booked. The price when you book is the price you will pay, whether you are booking for this year or the next. Book early to avoid any tour price increases, get the best prices and take advantage of our ‘No Surcharge Guarantee’. Trango Adventure is a Government licensed and bonded tour operator to follow the strict Regulation set by the Tourism Department of Pakistan.

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Karakoram Highway cycling tour 2020

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Professional Culture Guide. (Government requirement)
  • Airport transfers for Domestic & international flights.
  • Internal flights and associated airport transfers
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as described
  • All meals
  • All sight-seeing
  • All tourist attractions admission fee
  • All permit fees.

WHATS’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel insurance
  • Pakistan Visa
  • Tips for local guides and support staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • souvenirs etc
  • Cycle and personal equipments
  • PLEASE NOTE: an airport departure tax of Rs1500 is sometimes payable

MEAL PLAN

Fully inclusive of all meals throughout, from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8.

ACCOMMODATION 

During this trip the group will spend all nights in good standard hotel. Accommodation at each of these hotels is twin-sharing with en-suite facilities. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired with another single client of the same-sex. It is possible to hire a single room for an additional cost. Additional hotel nights in Islamabad are also available. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

INTERNAL FLIGHTS

CHITRAL  FLIGHTS

Chitral is a weather-dependent airport. Since the valley is completely surrounded by high mountains, planes can only land here in good visibility and this means flights to and from chitral are never guaranteed. The planes do fly more often than not, but cancellations can and do occur and in these circumstances we will travel by road.

HEALTH & VACCINATION

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you specific require any vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella), along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is discretionary for this trip. Malaria exists in the area around Islamabad. However, incidences of urban transmission of malaria are extremely low. In Skardu and in the mountains there is no malaria risk. A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required if travelling from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transmitted for more than 12 hrs through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. Travellers who intend to visit Pakistan for 4 weeks or more that proof of Polio vaccination will be required on exit of the country. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take precautions to avoid mosquito bites

INSURANCE

We highly recommend that you have adequate travel insurance for your trip with Trango Adventure Pakistan. We recognise the complexity and variety of choice in the insurance market and know that many of you either have your own preferred insurer or have annual multi trip cover in place already. If this is the case, please ensure that your insurer is aware of your Trango Adventure itinerary and can agree to cover the activities being undertaken.

Trango Adventure do not provide any advice on travel insurance, although it is Highly recommended  that you have travel insurance which covers the activities which you are likely to be undertaking on your holiday.

It is strongly recommended that suitable cancellation insurance is purchased at the time of booking as all deposits (Royalty Fees) for Expedition are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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EXPEDITIONS or TREKS

TREKS ONLY:

GROUP LEADER & SUPPORTING STAFF

The group will be led by an experienced Mountain/Culture Guide. During the trek the group will be accompanied by a full support crew.

GROUP LEADER & SUPPORTING STAFF

The group will be led by an experienced Mountain/Culture Guide. During the trek the group will be accompanied by a full support crew.

ALTITUDE

This holiday involves going to  high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be above 2000 metres for 1-2 days. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatize successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should get some basic advice on Tours at high altitude.

CLIMATE

From mid June to August, we can expect to encounter temperatures as high as 40°C at Karachi, Multan and Lahore, and 25°C in The Gilgit & Baltistan Region. Weather is generally good throughout the summer season,with clear skies and little rain or snow. However, weather in mountainous areas is difficult to predict, and short-lived storms can occur at any time.

BOOKS

  • Trekking in Pakistan. Isobel Shaw.
  • Karakoram Highway. King.
  • Top Treks of the World. Steve Razzetti.
  • In the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods. Galen Rowell.
  • K2 Triumph and Tragedy. Jim Curran.

PASSPORT & VISSAS

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to countries outside the EU. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

PAKISTAN VISA

All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is approximately GBP £134 and you must apply for it prior to departure. To obtain a visa for Pakistan you will require a letter of introduction from an approved agency which will be provided by Trango Adventure.Visa applications can be made ONLINE or in person at your nearest Pakistan Embassy.

Note: if you are continuing your tour to china then you have to get the visa for china from you home country.

EQUIPMENT  LIST

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking including your sleeping bag and mattress should be no more than 12.5 kgs. This limit which is set by the porters is strictly enforced and bags will be weighed prior to setting off on trek. Anything not required on the trek can be left at the group hotel in Islamabad. Please note that your mountaineering equipment will be packed into additional, communal kitbags at the start of the trekking and this equipment will not be part of your personal 12.5 kgs weight limit.

We will send you a list of detail items closer to your Karakoram Highway Cycling Tour departure.

Please do drop us an email at info@trangoadventure.com if you need more information regarding Our “Karakoram Highway Cycling Tour”.

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