Walking in Pakistan: Journey to the Roof Of The World

Group Tour


Home to some of the highest mountains on Earth, Northwest Pakistan provides the setting for this epic journey into the hall of the gods. Beyond its impressive collection of summits, many of which top out at over 7,000m, the region boasts a patchwork of colourful ethnic clans, remote mountain villages and some of the most visually spectacular trekking country on the planet making for an adventure to rival the spectacle of the gods themselves.

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At a glance


13 x Breakfasts
13 x Lunches
13 x Dinners


Minibuses, domestic flights, and on foot.


Maximum: 12


The full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides where appropriate


All accommodation as outlined in the itinerary


All entrance fees for sights mentioned in the itinerary




This tour will earn you 7514 Wild Miles


Wherever possible we aim to use characterful accommodation that enhances the overall travel experience. This can obviously vary greatly across both countries and tours. On this particular trip we will be in hotels and wild campsites with two-man tents. Please note that the accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is intended as a guide only and is always subject to availability.


LOW: You should be comfortable walking around towns and cultural sites. May include some optional walks (typically 1-2hrs).

LOW/MODERATE: May be of a long duration and/or involve numerous border-crossings. May include easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-3hrs/day). You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle.

MODERATE: May include several easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-5hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle. Previous experience of similar trips helpful.

MODERATE/HIGH: May involve several days of moderate hiking (up to 3-6 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

HIGH: May involve several days of moderate/strenuous trekking (up to 4-7 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a very fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

Wild Miles Club

When you book a trip with Wild Frontiers you are awarded points, which are based on the return distance from London to the arrival city of your trip. Points are awarded for all our holidays, including both our escorted group tours and tailor-made trips. When you accrue points, you will qualify for the following discounts on all future bookings:

Blue More than 10,000 points 2.5% discount
Bronze More than 30,000 points 5% discount
Silver More than 45,000 points 7.5% discount
Gold More than 60,000 points 10% discount

Positive Impact of this Trip

Ten trees are planted per passenger on this trip
Supports Wild Frontiers Foundation community projects
Wind Turbine
A contribution to renewable energy projects

Map & Itinerary

Individual departures may vary so please refer to the information in the tour specific links in the Dates and Prices section below

Walking in Pakistan: Journey to the Roof Of The World

Day 1 Tour starts in Islamabad

Day 1 Tour starts in Islamabad

Today the tour starts in Islamabad, 'City of Islam', Pakistan's capital city. It replaced Karachi back in the 1967 and is now the political and commercial heart of the country. Situated against the lush backdrop of the Margalla Hills it is a city where old and new collide. Leafy green boulevards are home to modern buildings, and shopping malls, but also dotted with traditional homes and mosques. Today we have the chance to visit some of the famous sights of Islamabad including the Faisal Mosque, the largest in South East Asia, and one of the largest mosques in the world, accommodating up to 100,000 worshippers at any one time. We will also take time to visit the Lok Virsa Museum, the first state museum of ethnology in Pakistan, representing the history and astounding diversity of country’s living traditions. We will also visit the Pakistan Monument and take in the views of the city from Daman-koh, a hilltop garden on the northern side of the city.

Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 Islamabad - Skardu

Day 2 Islamabad - Skardu

Our journey starts today with a spectacular flight over the high mountains of the Karakoram to the town of Skardu. Weather-permitting, during the flight there may be opportunities to catch some impressively dramatic views of Nanga Parbat (8,126m). Skardu itself has acted as the starting point for many an expedition into the high mountains of the Karakoram since the airport was improved by the military, and has a unique identity. This afternoon we should be able to visit the K2 Museum, home to the famous photographs of Vittorio Sella taken in 1909, after which we can enjoy a walk around town.

Max altitude: 2,200m

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Skardu - Khaplu

Day 3 Skardu - Khaplu

Our gateway into the spectacular mountains of the Hushe ranges is the Khaplu Valley, a breathtaking drive that takes us along the meandering course of the River Shyok. Lying some 103 kilometres to the east of Skardu, Khaplu once guarded the ancient trade route into neighbouring Ladakh. It is home to the Chaqchan Mosque, one of the largest and oldest mosques in the region, believed to have been built some 700 years ago by the first Islamic preacher to arrive in, what was then, a predominantly Buddhist stronghold.

Max altitude: 2,600m

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Khaplu - Baleygon - Hushe Valley

Day 4 Khaplu - Baleygon - Hushe Valley

Turning north this morning, we wind our way through the beautiful Hushe Valley, into the midst of the quintessential mountains of the Karakoram ranges. Stretching from the Shyok River opposite Khaplu, and up towards Masherbrum (7,821m), this is home to some of the highest and most dramatic peaks in the region including the stunning Haldi Cones formation and the classic granite towers of the Nangma Valley. Our journey takes us via the village of Baleygon, where we’ll have an opportunity to visit its school, part of a major undertaking initiated by Wild Frontiers  in 2010 and still our most ambitious project to date.

Max altitude: 3,045m

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Hushe Trek

Day 5 Hushe Trek

In order to help with acclimatisation our first trek of the tour is a comparatively easy one involving moderate elevations. Setting out from Hushe, we'll walk through fields at the base of mighty Masherbrum (7,821m) across alpine meadows with juniper trees to cross the Hushe river and arrive at Siacho Camp, a place of welcome refuge for those who have spent often more than a week in harsher environments on expeditions into the higher reaches of the Karakoram range. If time permits we will hike further towards Gondogoro Camp, otherwise after lunch we shall return to Hushe retracing our route.

Max altitude: 3,350m
Trek Duration: approx. 5-6hrs
Ascent: 305m
Descent: 305m

Wild Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Hushe Trek

Day 6 Hushe Trek

Beginning along the trail that leads towards the summer pasturelands of Dumsum, we branch off into the Humbrok Valley this morning. A round trip that may take us some 7-8 hours (depending on how far up the valley we go), our trek takes us through a panorama of towering vistas, with the Humbrok Peak (6459m) and, if the weather gods are favourable, the even higher mountains of Gasherbrum I (8,080m), Gasherbrum II (8,035m) and possibly K-2 (8,611m) laid out before us. Return to camp for overnight.

Max altitude: 4,100m
Trek Duration: approx. 7-8hrs
Ascent: 1,055m
Descent: 1,055m

Wild Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Hushe Trek - Thalle Valley - Dabla Khan

Day 7 Hushe Trek - Thalle Valley - Dabla Khan

Driving back towards Skardu after breakfast this morning, we cross the Shyok River at Daghoni and then follow the Thalle Valley through a landscape of remote villages and cultivated fields of barley, corn and potatoes to the village of Olmo - the highest summer settlement on the Thalle side - and finally to the end of the road at Thalley Bloq. From here we'll start trekking via a moderate ascent to our camp at Dabla Khan.

Max altitude: 3,820m
Trek Duration: approx. 4-5hrs
Ascent: 560m
Descent: 0m

Wild Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Thalle La Trek

Day 8 Thalle La Trek

A serene backdrop of beautiful alpine meadows and snow-capped mountains sets the scene for today’s trek, as we head towards Azalan and tonight’s camp at the foot of Thalle La. Coming across the occasional herds of yaks and cows grazing in the lush meadows, we’ll stop at remote shepherds' huts and enjoy a hot midday lunch along the route.

Max altitude: 4,180m
Trek Duration: approx. 6-7hrs
Ascent: 360m
Descent: 0m

Wild Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Thalle La Trek

Day 9 Thalle La Trek

Making an early start this morning we’ll head over the Thalle La Pass (4572m), where we will hopefully enjoy some spectacular views of the Haramosh ranges to the west and the Siachen Mountains to the east. Then begins the long downhill trek, through a landscape of beautiful alpine scenery. The descent takes us through a section of thick juniper forest before we emerge onto the captivating meadows around Resarppi, where we spend the night in a camp.

Max altitude: 4,572m
Trek Duration: approx. 8-9hrs
Ascent: 392m
Descent: 1362m

Wild Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Thalle La Trek - Shigar

Day 10 Thalle La Trek - Shigar

Continuing our descent through the verdant alpine pastures, we cross the Bangma River this morning and then follow a gentler shepherd’s trail towards our lunch stop. Enjoying a well-earned break near the river, we then complete the journey on to our overnight stop at our charming and historic heritage boutique hotel that promises hot showers and some welcome luxury.

Max altitude: 2,370m
Trek Duration: approx. 5-6hrs
Ascent: 0m
Descent: 840m

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Shigar

Day 11 Shigar

A day spent in and around Shigar offers a chance to relax and explore the surroundings of our 17th century Raja fort-palace. Set amidst the beauty of Baltistan Province, the Shigar Valley is home to the Katpana Desert (the highest in the world) and the Chutron Hot Springs. Other options for today’s adventures include a historic village walk, timeless mosques, a hike up to the ruins of the ancient fort of Kari Dong and a chance to visit some 7th century Buddhist rock carvings.

Max altitude: 2,230m

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 Shigar - Islamabad

Day 12 Shigar - Islamabad

This morning we will fly south back to Islamabad.* After checking in, we can enjoy some lunch at a local restaurant before setting off for the neighbouring 'twin city' of Rawalpindi. Here we will visit the colourful Raja Bazaar before finally visiting the Margalla Hills to enjoy magnificent views over the twin cities.

* Sometimes the flight does not depart due to the weather, if this is the case we will drive down the Karakoram Highway (KKH)

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 Islamabad - Taxila - Islamabad

Day 13 Islamabad - Taxila - Islamabad

Today we will have a relaxed start and take a short drive to Taxila to explore this fascinating Buddhist university town, dating back to the Gandaharan era of Alexander the Great. We’ll then return to Islamabad for our final evening.

* If we are driving then today we will conclude our journey down the KKH.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 Tour ends in Islamabad

Day 14 Tour ends in Islamabad

Today the tour ends after breakfast in Islamabad.



All group tours can be taken on a private basis.

Additional Details

Responsible Travel

With local people, culture and eco-systems in mind, responsible travel and sustainable tourism are at the core of Wild Frontiers. We believe that a successful trip not only delivers a unique and unsurpassable journey for our travellers but also benefits the people and places we visit.

When designing our tours, we actively seek out experiences that have a positive impact on the communities and precious environments we visit - from supporting social enterprises; resting our heads in rural homestays; and eating at locally owned restaurants; to helping fund conservation projects that protect wildlife and their habitats. 

Visit the Responsible Travel area of our website to read more, including the work of the Wild Frontiers Foundation through which we fundraise to aid community empowerment and education projects.

Baleygon School – Hushe Valley, Northern Pakistan

On this tour you have the opportunity to visit the Wild Frontiers Foundation sponsored school in the remote Hushe Valley village of Baleygon. The building and ongoing support of the Baleygon Village School has been our biggest and most challenging project to date, spanning over 10 years. With government funding often not forthcoming at the time, hamlets, villages and entire regions had little in the way of educational facilities, denying children of even a basic level of tuition. This was the case in Baleygon village, where stood a dilapidated two-roomed building with 10 broken desks and around 100 students (most of whom had to sit on a hard concrete floor even in mid-winter to learn), one teacher in charge of all students from 4 to 14-year-olds, and very little else in the way of equipment. Recognising the needs of the village and the students, the Wild Frontiers Foundation’s first major project was initiated in 2010. It was a long process, but the initial funds raised through a charity trek to K2,  led to huge developments at the school including land purchase, three new classrooms and a new teacher. In 2012 there was an official opening of the new school extension amid much celebration.

We now work with educational charity partner, the Felix Foundation Baltistan, which manages the school on our behalf to help ensure a good quality of education and student attendance. As guardians of the school, the Wild Frontiers Foundation’s continued support funds teachers’ wages, teaching aids, equipment and contributes to the general maintenance and upkeep of the building and grounds, while helping to secure the future education of the children in Baleygon and surrounding villages.  



Reducing Single Use Plastic

We recognise the environmental issues and challenges around single-use plastic in many countries we visit and are actively working with our partners on the ground to reduce plastic waste on our tours and within the hotels and restaurants we visit. You can help to reduce your personal plastic waste by taking a refillable, filtered water bottle with you on your trip. Filtered water bottles can be refilled from water sources including your hotel room and restaurant taps, drinking fountains and refill stations. Every time you refill your bottle without the use of single-use plastic, you will be helping to reduce waste and protect the environment. Filtered Water Bottles | Wild Frontiers (wildfrontierstravel.com)

Supplementary Information

Lahore Post Tour Extension

Day 1 –

This morning you will be driven from Islamabad to Lahore.

En route you will stop off at Rohtas Fort, also known as Qila Rohtas, an exceptional example of early Muslim military architecture in Central and South Asia. Following the defeat of the Moghul Emperor Humayun in 1541, Sher Shah Suri built the strong fortified complex at Rohtas, a strategic site about 16km north-west of the city of Jhelum. On arrival in Lahore, you will be taken to your hotel for check-in.

Day 2 -

Lahore Full Day City Tour

Today you have a full day of guiding in Lahore. The historic capital of both the Moghul and Sikh empires, this city also played a significant part in the British governance of the Punjab. Home to a remarkable collection of cultural and historic highlights, your tour today will include the wonderful assortment of artefacts and national history displayed at the Lahore Museum, the striking Badshahi Mosque built from red sandstone and the neighbouring Lahore Fort. In the early afternoon, head to the walled city of Lahore to view the hustle and bustle of day to day life in this city. If you walk through the busy bazaar, you can also visit the spectacular and recently restored Shahi Hammam, as well as the Wazir Khan Mosque. Following this, drive to the Shalimar Gardens and then on to the Wagah border where you will join the patriotic crowds to witness the extraordinary - and very bizarre - Wagah Border Ceremony. Watch the spectacle of the frontier guards of Pakistan squaring up to the frontier guards of India in an act of great bravado, pomp and ceremony, closing the gate between the two countries, each lowering their flags. This is a wonderful introduction to the relationship between the two great foes.

Day 3 -

Today your tour includes visits to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Jahangir Tomb, Asif Khan Tomb and Noor Jahan Tomb, once richly decorated with floral fresco paintings on lime plaster. In the afternoon, visit Data Durbar, a shrine of Data Ganj Baksh - a renowned Islamic scholar who came to Lahore in the early 11th century and remained there until his death. Following this, you will visit the shrine of Hazrat Mian Mir, a famous Sufi Muslim saint who resided in Lahore.

Day 4 –

Early this morning, you will be transferred from your hotel to Lahore Airport in time for the group recommended flight.

Please note that this tour extension will be with a Local Guide and not a WF Tour Leader and may be shared with other clients booked on your group tour departure. Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis. Please contact our Sales team for more details and costs.

Additional Trekking Information

Additional Trekking Information

The multi-day trek is fully supported meaning that there are porters and camp-crew to transport, put up and take down all tents as well as to carry all your main luggage. You'll just need to carry your day-sack. All camping equipment - including mess tent, dining tent, toilet tent, shower tent, camp stools etc - are provided but you will need to bring your own 4-season sleeping bag. We also provide mattresses but if you'd prefer to bring a thermarest, you're welcome to do so. When camping you'll sleep in 2-man dome tents, although anyone with single occupancy may be in a slightly smaller sized version. The trek will be fully catered (including a hot lunch) and in addition nuts, biscuits and energy bars will be provided every morning before trekking starts. Similarly snacks (including freshly cooked samosas and pakoras) will be provided every afternoon after arrival in camp after the day's trek. For safety purposes, we will carry a satellite phone during the trek. Pakistan's tourism industry grew out of trekking in this region so you'll be in good hands throughout the tour!

Getting There

If you would like us to send you a quote for the suggested tour flights or on any alternative flight that may suit you better, please let us know, noting that for our US clients, we will most likely refer you to one of our preferred partners. For this trip our suggested flights from the UK (subject to change) are shown below.

If you wish to arrange your own flights you are completely free to do so and in this case we can arrange any transfers or supplementary accommodation that you may require. However please note that if you are planning on making your own flight arrangements, we recommend that you first check with us to see if the trip is guaranteed. We then suggest that you purchase flights that are flexible and ideally refundable as due to the nature of adventure travel, itineraries and destination accessibility can change at any time. For more information, please refer to our booking conditions.

Flight Code Departing Arriving
BA 261 London Heathrow (LHR) 18:30 Islamabad Airport (ISB) 06:30
BA 6372 Islamabad Airport (ISB) 09:45 Doha International Airport (DOH) 11:30
BA 7001 Doha International Airport (DOH) 12:55 London Heathrow (LHR) 18:00



Visas are necessary for many of the destinations we travel to and while we aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information, requirements frequently change and as such for the latest advice we advise that you check with the relevant embassies or contact a reputable visa agency. More details can be found here - https://www.wildfrontierstravel.com/visa

For this tour UK passport holders currently require a visa for Pakistan.

Passports should ideally be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the end of your tour.

Non-UK passport holders or non-UK residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements.


A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is a mandatory requirement for all travellers to Pakistan. Also, if your travels are for 4 weeks or more, you will be required to show proof of a Polio vaccination on exiting the country.

For all destinations, please make sure you are up-to-date with any standard vaccinations (e.g. MMR, Hepatitis A, Tetanus) as recommended by your local health care provider. 

Malaria is present in some parts of Pakistan and precautions are essential.

For the most up-to-date information on all vaccination requirements and the most suitable anti-malarial tablets, we strongly suggest that you seek advice from your local travel centre or consult an official travel health website such as www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk or www.travelhealthpro.org.uk

Covid Testing: No mandatory testing is currently required for vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers.

If necessary further details will be sent out to you upon booking, however ensuring that correct and valid visas & vaccinations are obtained remains the sole responsibility of the client.


If you have more time available, why not arrive early to adjust to a new time zone or just to get a feel for the country before your tour starts? Alternatively, you might choose to allow a few extra days after the tour to relax or to undertake some further exploration.

The choice is completely yours and we can usually arrange anything from simply additional accommodation and transfers to full tailor-made itineraries*. Please contact the office for more details and to discuss your requirements.

*Please note bespoke, tailor-made itineraries need to be a minimum of 7 days and we can only offer them in countries where we have a tailor-made expert

Lahore Group Tour Extension

Lahore Group Tour Extension

Why not add a 3 day extension in Lahore onto your Pakistan tour, and soak up the atmosphere, historical majesty and faded elegance of the Moghul and Raj eras, along with the bustling street life of Pakistan's traditional capital.

For more details refer to the Supplementary Information section.

Governmental Travel Advice

Many governments issue advice which highlights potential hazards their citizens might experience when travelling abroad. We strongly suggest you refer to your country’s particular advisory site before booking and contact us if you have any queries or concerns. Click to follow links to the advice of the British Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or the US State Department.

Non-UK citizens should consult the travel advice of their respective governments.

Key Information


The weather conditions can be extremely varied. In the mountains, where you will be travelling at heights in access of 4,000 metres even at the end of summer it can turn bitter with the occasional snow flurries falling. For hiking and camping you must bring warm layers and thermals for when the temperatures do drop. Temperatures in Islamabad and the plains can be considerably higher than the mountains although in the autumn the weather is pleasant with warm days and nights getting cooler the higher you sleep. However, in the autumn months snow can come early so be prepared for some chilly temperatures especially at night


It may sound obvious but Wild Frontiers tours are not always for everyone and it is important to us that the tour you choose is the most suitable. All our tours have a fitness rating as a guideline but you should check the day-by-day itinerary carefully. In certain instances we may ask you to complete a travel questionnaire before confirming your booking in order to ensure your suitability. Should you have any concerns about your ability to partake in any aspect of the tour then please contact the office.


You will need to be in a very good state of health and have a good level of fitness to be suitable to join this tour involving consecutive days of walking and very basic wild camping.

This fully supported trek (with porters to carry all camp equipment and your main luggage) is graded as high with an average daily walking time of around 7hrs, and in many places the paths are rocky and uneven.

Walking times and distances have been given in the itinerary, please note that times are averages and dependent on other factors, such as the pace of the group and weather. They also do not include breaks for picnics, photos and the like.  


We feel that it’s worth pointing out that while we will always strive to stick as close to the stated itinerary as possible, it may be necessary from time to time to make changes to our itineraries or services (due to weather, political and religious influences etc.) and this can happen with little or no notice. This unpredictability can be one of the most exciting aspects of adventure travel and for many of our clients often leads to unexpected highlights as the tour-leader necessarily adapts the tour to the changing conditions. However we are aware that this lack of assuredness may not suit everyone. As such, with the greatest respect, if you are someone who needs to know that everything will happen exactly as planned, we would kindly suggest that perhaps our tours are not for you. Adventure travel can be infectious and once you’ve caught the bug, it is likely to never leave you, but especially if this is your first such tour we would strongly urge you to give us a call if you have any concerns whatsoever about your suitability for this trip.


As a company approximately 70% of our clients are solo travellers, so it’s very unlikely you’ll be alone!

Our prices are typically based on twin-share accommodation but single supplements are not compulsory for any Wild Frontiers tour. If you prefer not to pay a single supplement we’ll pair you with someone else of the same sex for you to share with throughout the trip. On this trip, if you do opt to pay for a single supplement then please note that it will cover you for all nights of the tour, including all camping nights, when you would get your own tent.

Please note that paying a single supplement entitles you to lone occupancy of a single room. In many cases these rooms will be of the same size as a double/twin room, but in some cases they may be smaller.


Insurance that provides cover for emergency repatriation in case of a medical emergency is compulsory for all tours. You should be aware that due to some of the geographical areas visited and some of the activities included on certain of our trips some standard insurance policies may not always provide adequate cover. As such we strongly recommend that you purchase a policy that adequately covers your trip. Please see the Insurance section for more details.

General Information


All our tours are priced on a land-only basis, giving you maximum flexibility when deciding how to get to and from your tour.


A 10% deposit is required to confirm your booking.


For further details please see our travelling with peace of mind page


This tour will earn you 7514 Wild Miles


We believe in a completely transparent approach to pricing with no hidden extras. As such, please note that the following are not included in the cost of the tour.

Visas & Travel Insurance: Visas will always be tour/nationality dependent but travel insurance is mandatory
Tips: Always optional but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information documents
International Flights: Please ask us for an obligation-free quote for flights which originate in the UK
Airport Transfers: We include complimentary transfers if arriving/departing on the suggested group flights
Beverages & any costs of a personal nature: This will include items such as laundry and souvenirs


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