WHY PAKISTAN GUIDES ...?
With an experienced team of city & mountain
guides, cooks & drivers, Pakistan Guides is a licensed agency specialized in
operating sightseeing, archaeological, cultural, educational and special
interest tours; high treks, mountaineering expeditions, scientific expeditions,
mountain & desert jeep safaris, bicycle tours, photo safaris, camel safaris,
train safaris, rafting & kayaking expeditions, trophy hunting, snow skiing,
exploratory trips, honey moon, international tours & custom designed adventures
to the most exotic regions of Pakistan and many popular tourist destinations of
the world. With
the spirit of innovation, personalized services, the invaluable experience of
our "Professionals" & the strong support of our sister companies, we make each
venture of yours ... an unforgettable experience ..!
HOW DO WE RUN OUR TRIPS ... ?
All our trips are managed by a team of our
professionally trained guides, cooks & sardars. Porters or pack animals
carry all food, camping & kitchen gear including your personal baggage. All you
need to carry in your day pack are your jacket, water bottle, camera & other
small items you may need on trail. All members walk on their own pace
with the "lead" & "sweep" porters providing support throughout. Food on all
trips is plentiful, healthy, wholesome & varied prepared by experienced
cooks trained in kitchen & table hygiene. Quality tents & foam mattresses we
provide are extra spacious & comfortable. Each day's program is designed
to allow all members enough time for sightseeing, photography & exploration.
FOOD, WATER & HYGIENE ... ?
The day begins with a
cup of tea or coffee in your tent at around 5AM, followed by a full breakfast…,
which includes cereal, milk, eggs, bread, paratha (chapati), jam, honey, corn
flakes … etc. Walking begins at around 6-7 AM. We stop for lunch around noon.
Lunch usually includes crackers, cheese, nuts, fruit, juice, fish, salad, bread,
tea and coffee … etc, however, if the remaining trek is shorter and time
permits, our cooks always try to supplement your cold lunch with at least one or
two main courses of hot lunch. We normally arrive at our campsite between 2:00
p.m. and 3: pm (unless the walk is too long). You are served with tea on your
arrival. The staff always arrive before you at the campsite to pitch your tents.
Dinner is served around 7 p.m. and includes soup, followed by two to three main
courses of stews, rice, lentils, vegetables, chicken or mutton and chapattis.
There is always a desert (custard, pudding, kheer, halwa or sheer khorma) at the
end of dinners which is served with coffee or black or green tea. Meals are
served in rotation with a blend of local and international cuisines to maintain
variety. Fresh vegetables are served for as long as it is possible on the trek.
Please inform us about any dietary concerns that you may have. We will be more
than glad to fulfill your request. All our cooks and support staff are
thoroughly trained in kitchen and table hygiene & observe strict hygienic code.
You may give your personal water bottles to our kitchen staff every night &
they’ll fill them up with boiling water … which will not only warm you up in
your sleeping bag for a sound sleep but also provide you with safe boiled
drinking water for the following day’s walk.
A : EASY
Easy trekking/riding/driving at altitudes between
2000 M to 3000 meters but involving a lot of up & down-hill
walking on well beaten mountain trails for 03 to 05 hours a day.
Requires basic physical fitness with no technical knowledge or experience.
Ability to tolerate extremes of temperatures for all trip grades is a must.
B : MODERATE
Moderate trekking to altitudes averaging 2500
M to 3500 M with plenty of up & down hill walking on mountain trails for
04 to 06 hours a day & possibly including brief side trips or pass
crossing up to approx 4500 M. Requires good physical fitness with no
technical knowledge or experience.
C : STRENUOUS
Strenuous trekking to altitudes of 3000 M
to 4000 M involving a hard walk on steep mountain trails for 05 to
07 hrs a day but possibly including side trips, optional climbs or pass
crossings over 5500 M. Requires very good health with basic use of ice
axe, crampons & rope.
D : Alpine
Rigorous trekking or alpine climbing to altitudes
from 4000 to 5999 M for 06 to 08 hours a day
including sustained treks or climbs at altitudes exceeding 4500 M.
Includes excursions, pass crossings or summit climbing upto 5999 M.
Climbing knowledge with good experience & prime fitness is mandatory.
HEALTH & QUALIFICATION
Any one who is in good health & enjoys the
outdoors can join our trips. For "C" & "D" grades we may demand a
health certificate & a climbing certificate for "D" grades. We only
recommend self reliance, patience & sense of humor to enjoy your trips with us.
Pakistan's treks are classified into 03
zones : open, regular & closed. All regular treks require a permit, escort of a
licensed guide & mandatory briefings before & after the trips at the office of
the Ministry of Tourism Islamabad. The open treks do not need such formalities.
No treks are permitted in the closed zones.
TRIP DOSSIERS & BRIEFINGS
Upon receipt of reservation, (21 days
prior) we shall immediately mail you our trip dossiers, suggested clothing &
personal equipment you need on our trips & other relevant information. A
thorough briefing is given to each group before departing on trip.
Before coming to Pakistan all members must
bring insurance directly from their agents covering accidents, health, ground &
helicopter rescues, loss or damage to baggage. Helicopter rescue bond (100 %
refundable if unused) is mandatory for all "C" & "D" grade trips.
NORTHERN AREA FLIGHTS
Since all Northern Area Flights are subject to
clear weather and clearance of back log, Pakistan
Guides do not guarantee
confirmation of seats on any such flight.
PASSPORTS, VISAS & TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
Every member must posses valid passport, visa &
travel documents. Pakistan
Guides will not be responsible for any
delays or cancellations caused due to any such discrepancy.
ITEMS INCLUDED AS PER ITINERARY
Tourist Class Hotel Accommodations, Full Board
Meals, Non A.C Transport (Van/Jeep/Car); Wages, Food, insurance & Equipment for
Guide, Cook & Porters; Pack & Ride Animals, Tents, Mattresses, Camp Food,
Kitchen Equipment, Dinning Equipment, Mess Tent, Camping Fees, Road Taxes, Entry
Fees, Parking Fees & Octrois. Transportation & Porterage of a Maximum 15 Kg per
person on Treks & 50 Kgs per person on Climbing Expeditions.
ITEMS NOT INCLUDED
Air Tickets, Airport Transfers, Climbing Gear,
Bicycles, Boats, Rucksacks, Sleeping Bags, Personal Clothing & Equipment;
Transportation or Porterage of Excess Baggage, Ground or Helicopter Rescue
Charges, Medications, Member's Insurance, Room Services, Beverages, Telephone
Calls, Items of Personal Nature & any other item or service not agreed by us
herein this contract.