Baltistan Tours Pakistan, Skardu

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Baltistan Tours Pakistan has the honor to be the first and senior most Tour Operator of the region in culture and adventure travel having its base in Skardu, Gilgit- Baltistan Pakistan and the gateway to the Throne Room of Mountain gods.

Baltistan Tours offers a wide range of programs to suit all tastes and pockets including Treks, Trekking Peaks, Mountaineering Expeditions, Mountain Biking, Rafting, Hunting, Jeep Safaris, Culture tours and Archaeological Tours and Holiday packages for students, old citizen and families, in Pakistan and provide assistance to arrange similar programs in China and the Central Asian States.

Baltistan Tours is known for its specialty in arranging culture tours throughout Pakistan and Adventure Tours, Trekking, Trekking Peaks (Ice and Rock Climbing) and Mountaineering Expeditions in Karakoram, Himalaya and Hidukush ranges (Gilgit Baltistan Pakistan) since 1982.

KE adventure Travel, a leading tour operator based in United Kingdom and USA, has been working in conjunction with Baltistan Tours in Gilgit Baltistan of Pakistan since its inception.

Baltistan Tours has remarkable experience in adventure tourism, and has played prominent role in promoting adventure tourism in Pakistan. Baltistan Tours started the Snow Lake / Biafo Hispar Trek in 1986, and now it has become one of the most attracting and adventurous route for the trekking lovers.

Baltistan Tours has the honor to discover the famous trekking route of Gondogoro La in 1993. It has also the privilege to introduce Mountain Biking in Karakoram for the first time in 1990.

Baltistan Tours is proud to have served British Royal Expedition 1989, Royal Air Force Expedition Diran Peak 1993, the prestigious UIAA Expedition in 1993, British Women Expedition Hushe 1994, British Army Expedition G-IV 1994, and so many other groups from all over the world. The credit to introduce Kayaking/Rafting in the region goes to BT which organized Kayaking for the Imperial College UK in the Shyok / Indus River in 1999.

Baltistan Tours is proud to have initiated capacity building of Alpine Guides, High Altitude Porters and Low Altitude Porters by establishing a mountaineering School “Balti Yul Mountaineering School” at Khaplu in collaboration with International Leadership Institute USA. Students joining the school are also given proper knowledge about First Aid, Emergency Rescue, Protection of environment and leadership.

To experience the wilderness of the majestic mountains, in Karakoram, Himalaya and Hindukush ranges and to enjoy cultural heritage of Pakistan let Baltistan Tours be your host in Pakistan.
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  • We had booked for 6 persons a trek including K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro La pass. We were expecting to have a limited team (guide, cook, assistant cook, horsemen) and a few pack animals and workhorses....  more »
  • Pakistan northern areas are one of the most beautiful places in the world. High snow capped mountains, beautiful rivers, lush green plains, valleys, sand dunes, and what not. it should be in most beau...  more »
  • Skardu is the main town of Baltistan region and the capital of Skardu District. Skardu is one of the major tourism, trekking and expedition hubs in baltistan. The town is sorrounded by grey-brown colo...  more »
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  • We had booked for 6 persons a trek including K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro La pass. We were expecting to have a limited team (guide, cook, assistant cook, horsemen) and a few pack animals and workhorses. It turned out that the agency Baltistan Tours had allocated more than 30 porters to our expedition, allegedly because only porters can cross Gondongoro La pass. That figure decreased progressively due to the reduced loads along the trek. The leaving porters used to present themselves in front of our tent to receive tips, although we had agreed at first stage with the guide that tips would only be paid at the end, based upon our satisfaction with the services provided by the agency. Due to initial flight delays, we were left with 12 days to complete the trek. Anticipating potential weather degradation, which would have hindered the crossing of Gondogoro Pass, we asked the guide of Baltistan Tours to merge some legs of the trek. He refused, arguing that the Ministry of Tourism was imposing some daily legs for the porters. It took us 7 days to reach K2 Base Camp, although it could have been done in 4/5 days. Several legs were very short, ending by lunch time. When reaching Concordia Base Camp, several porters and the guide himself implied that we should go directly to Gondogoro La the following day, ignoring literally the itinerary agreed with the agency in Skardu. We had to insist to go first to K2 Base Camp which turned out to be the highlight of that trek. Then, one member of the expedition got sick, which forced all of us to rest one day at Concordia Base Camp. The guide did not show much empathy and had no medicine to provide to help that member. The next day, it started snowing in the morning, the guide said it would not be possible to cross the Gondogoro La pass although the rescue team said the contrary. The porters did not seem equipped (shoes, crampons) adequately. We were forced to come back using the same legs than on the way up, which was very disappointing since we could not discover the green valleys of Hunza. Overall, I think that the trek to K2 Base Camp is overrated and not very adventurous. Agencies do everything they can to lengthen the duration of the trek, making it pretty commercial and turning it into a mass tourism trip. Furthermore, there was much pollution around the camp sites and along the path (caused also by the Pakistani army!). Overall, I deplore the lack of flexibility (daily legs) from Baltistan Tours, the lack of transparency (high number of porters) and the high cost of the trek. The guide maybe knew well the mountains but did not share much information about the Balti culture, the geology in the area, the fauna, the flora, etc. That experience did not reach the beauty and intensity of previous treks achieved in Afghanistan, Ladakh or Nepal.
  • I love my Gilgit Baltistan 💕💕💕❤❤
  • nice tour
  • Successful service since 1982 and one of the first Adventure tours organisation of Pakistan with great experience guide and climbers.
  • indus river in skardu is just nearby
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