Pakistan is a very beautiful country, located in the south region of Asia with a sharing border to China, India, Ira, etc. Towering mountains, lovely meadows, and lush valleys, There’s some more than the fake news rolling on the internet about this exclusive destination.
Northern areas of Pakistan are very famous for adventurous trekking where K2 camp base and snow lake trek are worth visiting. Besides this, Gondogoro La (5,940m) trek, Karomber lake trek, Fairy Meadows & Nanga Parbat base camp trek, Dudipatsar lake trek and many more are fairies enjoyed by hundreds of international visitors and hikers.
Looking for the best trekking potential locations in Pakistan? We have picked 5 best locations for trekking where you can enjoy the scenic beauty, adventure-filled journey and cultural beauty of the region as well.
K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro La Trek
K2 Base camps are called the mother of all treks in the northern areas of Pakistan. It is considered one of the best adventure trek in the Karakoram series of mountains along the national park. K2 is 8611 m high and is the second tallest mountain in the world.
To have an incredible experience of Trekking, you must have at least 18 days to spend here. You will be enjoying the best views of the world tallest mountains here. You can see the most amazing places here like “The Throne Room of Gods” and Concordia which is the central junction of the Godwin Austen and Baltoro.
This eight thousand mighty Mountain resides in the series of Karakoram and there are 4 that are reaching to 8 thousand heights: K2, Gasherbrum-1, Gasherbrum-2, and broad peak. All these 4 are the best trekking spots with a great height too. If you want to reach the Gonogoro La mountain which is 5940 M high from the surface and connects the Concordia and Hushe Valley in the Ghangache district in Northern Pakistan. This path has usually required the usage of fixed ropes and crampons while passing through it.
Margalla Hills is actually an extension of the Himalayas Mountain which is right on the doorstep of the capital Islamabad, Pakistan. So, your start will be more likely here. To catch the first glimpse of the Himalayas, you will be heading from Islamabad, away from the city, offering a natural and peaceful environment. Your soul will be starting the true sense of adventure and nature.
There are total 6 Marked trails into the margalla hills National park – having the numbers like 1,2,3,4,5 and finally 6. The most amazing and well-known trail is No. 3 which is very short and steep. You will be having nice hiking of 20-40 minutes. In the capital city Islamabad, locals are more conscious about their fitness and health and they are more likely to have trekked in the Margalla hills. The trekking trails intersect each other, so building your own, the longer hike is a good selection when the lengthiest of them only takes about 2 to 2.5 hours as a whole – paltry by Pakistani hiking standards, but definitely not bad when they’re so close to the city!
Fairy Meadows Hiking Map:
Fairy Meadows hike is full of adventure and excitement. Starting from the Raikot Bridge proceeding to Jeep trail where you can find the fairy meadows at the end of the jeep trail. The final point will be the Nanga Parbat where the whole adventure sums up. Best time to Visit: April – May or September – October. Some adventure lovers also visit in the weekdays when the weather get a bit clear. On any public holiday, this spot might get crowded, so wait for the right time. The route to be followed usually:
Things to take on your trekking adventure:
- Sturdy Shoes
- A map
- Water Proof Jacket
- Travel insurance (if possible)
Snow Lake Trek
A beautiful lake filled with snow with a diameter of 16Km at about 16,000 ft. above sea level, Snow Lake is forming two glaciers which are Biafo & Hisper. The first one flows down to Skardu while the other one flows towards Hisper Nagar. This amazing lake starts from Skardu and can also be approached by 2 days’ road from Islamabad or 45 minutes by plane.
The starting point could be Skardu where all this route starts and then going through Braldu Gorge to the amazing inheritable Village of Askole. This is the point where Snow lake and K2 start. Having 2 hours of trek will lead you from Biafo glacier to Snow Lake. You can also have the stunning views of Rakaposhi (7788m), Lady-Finger and various other sky-rocketing peaks while heading to this snow lake.
Remember: Snow lake is the toughest trek in the Gilgit Baltistan region and 21 days long from Islamabad. The end of the lake is at Hunza valley which is beautiful and exceptional in its natural means and sights.
Nanga Parbat Base Camp Trek
Nanga Parbat is the base camp for trekkers and located in the North of Pakistan. Nanga Parbat is categorized as the 9th Highest mountains in the whole world and 2nd highest in Pakistan after K2. From all around the world, this mountain attracts many climbers and trekkers to show some passion and break the records that ever have been set here.
The starting point of the Nanga Parbat is Raikot Bridge on the Karakoram Highway, around 61 Km away from the stunning city Chillas. Taking a jeep ride of 2 hours will lead you to tattu village and you will have a thrilling ride you have ever experienced so far.
From the tattu village, you will be taking a ride of 3-4 hours to reach the amazing fairy meadows which are 3300 highs above the sea level and offers the best sights of the mountains.
By taking the 30-40 minutes to ride from the fairy meadows, you will be reaching to the Beyal camp and can stay for a rest. It is one of the most prevalent adventure treks in the northern areas of Pakistan where you can see many other visitors who came from Germany, Australia and Unites states too. It helps as an initiation pad for those who are new into adventure travel.
You’ve got the idea of various best spots for your trekking? Here are some more of the trek spots that might interests you too. Chitta Katha Lake Trek, Karomber Lake Trek (natural and green) and Dunga Gali-Ayubia Track are the most amazing spots and famous for a reason. Adventure, pleasure and a journey of an unforgettable experience, only can be found on these spots.