Passports and Visas
Please make sure that your passport is still valid for at least six months at the end of the tour and that you have at least one blank visa page available.
Visitors from 24 countries can now enjoy a multiple-entry 30-day visa on arrival in Pakistan. This applies to nationals of the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, China, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Greece, Belgium, Austria, Finland, Iceland, Korea, Portugal, Singapore, Thailand, and Luxemburg.
For all other nationalities a visa is required when you travel to Pakistan and fees vary depending on nationality. Please contact your local Pakistani embassy or consulate for full requirements.
The only compulsory vaccination is for yellow fever and proof of vaccination will only be required if you’ve visited a country in the yellow-fever zone within six days prior to entering Pakistan. However, we strongly recommend that you are vaccinated against Typhoid, Hepatitis A and B, tetanus and polio. Please speak to your doctor/physician for the most recent information.
Temperatures and climate vary according to the altitude. The summer days are warm with brilliant blue skies (max. 25°C/77°F to min. 10°C/50°F), but the weather in mountainous areas can be very unpredictable. Come prepared for cold evenings and though the Karakorum range is quite dry, there is still the possibility of rain. It may be very warm in the valleys. Early morning starts and descents at altitude will be more comfortable with proper gear on.
Travelers to the Karakorum range may suffer breathlessness and headaches before becoming acclimatized. It is important to take things lightly at first and to drink plenty of water. When climbing high passes, you may experience headaches, mild nausea or lack of appetite until your body adjusts to the elevation. These symptoms generally disappear after a few days.
In cities and towns we will stay in comfortable accommodation, with the highlight being the Hilltop Hotel in Karimabad with views to Rakaposhi Peak. We camp for four nights and sleeping bags, ground pads and tents are provided. A mess tent, toilet tent and shower tents are also provided. All accommodation described in the itinerary are included in the tour cost.
With respect to the local culture males and females should wear baggy clothes. Females especially should avoid tight fitting pants and shorts, or tight-fitting shirts. We suggest wearing loose garments that de-emphasize curves.
Meals are included in the itinerary where B = breakfast, L = lunch, and D = dinner. While camping meals will be prepared by the cooking team on the support staff and feature Pakistani and Western-style cuisine. Any special dietary requirements can also be catered for as well. Please let us know at the time of booking.
Keeping you completely hydrated is a job we take very seriously. Cold water and energy-restoring drinks are included in the tour price while riding. Soft drinks and other beverages during meals are not included. Beer and alcohol are available in Pakistan for foreigners but may be difficult to obtain in small villages.
SpiceRoads does not require you to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender and if we can not match you up we will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room. The cost of the single supplement is listed above.
We recommend that you tuck away a few extra dollars a day for incidentals. Included entrance fees are those for the listed sites and national parks that are part of the itinerary. Any other site fees are not included.
The currency is the rupee (Rs) and there are ATMs in Islamabad/Rawalpindi that take international cards. However, you should definitely not rely on ATMs as your sole source of cash and we suggest you change money in Islamabad and carry cash or travellers cheques as backup in case the power goes down, the ATM is out of order, or you lose or break your plastic. There’s little difference between official and black-market exchange rates. US dollars are the most widely accepted currency, followed by UK pounds and euros. You usually have to present your passport whenever you change money.