The Gilgit Baltistan of Pakistan is renowned for their natural beauty and attractive charm for trekking. High mountain peaks, enchanting valleys, large glaciers, fast flowing rivers, and blue water lakes make this region an excellent adventure tourism destination.
Pakistanis a paradise for trekkers. Most of the trekking routes lies 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. For trekking in restricted zone, foreigners must pay a fee of US$ 50 per person 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 through a registered Tours operating company; 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 trip. No trekking is allowed in closed zones which are the areas near Pak-Afghan border and near the Line of Control with Indian-held Kashmir.
The most popular trekking routes are located in the heart of Karakoram, Hindukush, the western Himalaya, and the Pamirs. Some of the most popular are the Baltoro Concordia-K2 base camp known as “In the thrown room of mountain Gods”; Gondogoro La circle trek; Biafo-Hispar classical traverse, known in Baltistan as Little Tibet to Hunza Shangrila the land of peace; and the three passes of the Wakhan Corridor trek along the border with Afghanistan.