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Dear Expedition Leader, 

Welcome to Pakistan Ė the incredible vista of the mountain gods !!!

With an experience of 30 years in tourism, I am a qualified mountaineer from the Alpine Club of Pakistan (see my profile). Being a mountaineer myself and an experienced tour operator, I'm fully aware of the demands of Climbing Expeditions & have extensive experience in serving mountaineers from the world over with guaranteed satisfaction !

Pakistan Guides is first & the only Agency in Pakistan to have published the first ever Expedition Shopping Catalogue (hard copy available). This catalogue offers a blend of over 450 Pakistani and Imported products to mountaineering expeditions at most competitive prices. These products include camping & kitchen gear; packing material, burners & fuel, hygiene & janitorial; tools & repair kits, food, Clothing & Equipment for your low & high altitude porters; dehydrated, fresh, packaged, stapled, grain & canned foods; first aid & rescue equipment and many other products required by the expeditions. Before this catalogue was founded in 1990, all such items used to be brought to Pakistan by the expeditions from their homeland and they had to spend a lot of money on shipment.

Before you plan to visit Pakistan, just go through this catalogue Ö Iím sure youíll definitely want to reduce your excess baggage and save your money you would spend on most expensive air cargo to Pakistan ! In the light of valuable suggestions we receive from expeditions, we keep upgrading this catalogue and now almost all essential products are available except some Hi-Tech Climbing Gear and High Altitude Camping Gear.

I'm pleased to attach a List of Climbing Expeditions I've successfully handled during the recent years along with the references of some of our Satisfied Clients and some Recommendation Letters from our happy clients from all over the world. Please feel free to call them and ask them about our professionalism ! Since the list of such satisfied clients is very long and cannot be pasted on this website, you may ask us for the list of our satisfied clients from your country. Another reason for not pasting all contacts of our clients is that we donít want our competitors to misuse our valuable contacts. 

For your forthcoming climbing expedition to Pakistan, I'm pleased to offer you the following three options. I hope one of them will suit your needs.

MINI EXPEDITION PACKAGE 
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This is our very popular package under which you are at liberty to take as many services or products as you may want from our published tariff and yet, you can make many arrangements on your own. For this option, we are the only agency in Pakistan who neither levy any service charges nor do we demand any advance payments. Just pay us cash on your arrival in Islamabad. 

Please see our Mini Expedition Package 2006 narrating the net prices of all our individual services. As you can see, the best part of this option is that you only pay for the actual services you will take from us and we DO NOT levy service charges, overheads or other unforeseen costs. 

Under this option, we'll also help you estimate your expedition budget (nearest to accuracy), however, you'll be at liberty to increase, decrease or change the quantity of services or products to suit the exact needs of your expedition. 

ENJOY OUR FREE SERVICES

Whichever option you may choose for your expedition, we'll give you the following Free Services !

Free - Airport transfers for both men & material in Rawalpindi & Islamabad.
Free - Delivery of your food & equipment to your hotel in Rawalpindi.
Free - Assistance in packing of food & equipment in 25 Kg loads for porters.
Free - Assistance for mandatory Police Registration of expedition members.
Free - Issuance of Helicopter Bond against expedition's actual deposit.
Free - Issuance of Environment Bond against expedition's actual deposit.
Free - Assistance in depositing Pollution Cleaning Fee in prescribed banks.
Free - Reservation & Re-confirmation of international & domestic flights.
Free - Storage of your expedition equipment at our store in Rawalpindi . 
Free - Assistance for securing appointments for briefings at Ministry of Tourism.
Free - Assistance & recommendation for hiring reliable sirdars, cooks & porters. 
Free - Assistance in purchasing local food & equipment for your expedition.

INCLUSIVE EXPEDITION PACKAGE

Based on a mutually agreed itinerary, services and terms under this option, weíll provide you our Inclusive Expedition Package which will include the following services.
  
                                                                                       
SERVICES INCLUDED IN OUR INCLUSIVE EXPEDITION PACKAGE

  • Liaison with the Ministry of Tourism Govt. of Pakistan for issuance of your climbing permits.

  • Assistance in depositing the royalty fee for the allocated peaks.
  • Provision of measurements of your Liaison Officer for his personal clothing & equipment.
  • Complete process for the import and export of expedition equipment to/from Pakistan.
  • Custom clearance of expedition equipment at Islamabad airport. 
  • Delivery of food and equipment to your hotel in Rawalpindi.
  • Storage of your equipment at our store in Rawalpindi.
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts & dinners in Islamabad & Northern Areas. 
  • Airport transfers to/from hotel for expedition members and their equipment.
  • Long haul transport (bus/jeeps as required) in Islamabad and northern areas.
  • Wages, food, equipment & personal accident insurance for guide, sirdar, cook, assistant cook and low altitude porters (except helicopter rescue)
  • Two men dome tents & sleeping mattresses for all expedition members,
  • Full board camp food on the approach march/trek & at base camp for all expedition members and kitchen staff.
  • Complete kitchen & dinning equipment including pots, pans, crockery & cutlery 
  • Mess tent, toilet tent, mess tables, mess stools / chairs and other community gear.
  • Oil &/or gas stoves & burners with kerosene oil &/or butane gas. 
  • Complete packing material for your local food and equipment. 
  • Packing of your food and equipment in 25 kg loads for easy dispersion to your porters.
  • Camping fees, parking fees and road taxes. 
  • Tips and porterage at hotels and airports. Toll taxes, parking fees and road taxes.
  • Assistance for registration of expedition members. 
  • Issuance of mandatory helicopter bond against expedition's actual deposit.
  • Issuance of environment bond against expedition's actual deposit.
  • Assistance in depositing pollution cleaning fee in bank.
  • Reservation and re-confirmation of international & domestic flights.
  • Any other service/s agreed in advance.

SERVICES, NOT INCLUDED IN INCLUSIVE EXPEDITION PACKAGE

  • Wages, food, personal equipment and insurance for your Liaison Officer.
  • Wages, food, equipment and insurance for high altitude porters and mail runners.
  • Costs of climbing permits, security deposits for helicopter bond, environmental bond and pollution cleaning fees.
  • International and domestic air tickets and airport taxes. Custom clearing agentís fees.
  • Sleeping bags, rucksacks, climbing gear, personal clothing and equipment of members.
  • Porterage or shipment of any excess baggage.
  • First aid kit, Oxygen, medications, insurance, any liability, ground or air rescue charges for any group member, guide, cook or porter & other force majeure conditions.
  • Room services, meals on ala-carte, any special food or high altitude food.
  • Services of guides, cooks and porters beyond the base camps.
  • Laundry, mineral water, beverages, tea and coffee.
  • Entrance fees into archaeological sites, monuments and museums.
  • Costs of delays, extra services and/or extra driving or sightseeing.
  • Extra room charges for earlier check-in and late check-out. (check out is 1200 hrs)
  • Charges for phone, fax, telex and e-mail and all other items of personal nature & services not agreed with Pakistan Guides in advance. 

    Our Inclusive Expedition Package may cost you from US$ 25/= to US$ 75/= per day per person depending on total duration, size of your expedition & type of services you order.

ECONOMY EXPEDITION PACKAGE

This package is similar to our inclusive package as described above and includes all the above services except Wages, Food, Equipment & Insurance for your Porters & Liaison Officer. This option helps you save money by directly paying your porters for which we'll give you all the necessary assistance.

Please note, the wages of your porters (which keep fluctuating) are the most expensive part of your expedition. Despite your meticulous calculation, it'll be extremely difficult for you to calculate the exact weight of your expedition prior to your arrival in Pakistan which will make it difficult for us to calculate the exact number of porters. So if we quote you for our package including porters, we'll have to calculate at a higher rate to absorb the unforeseen costs in lieu of varying numbers of porters & their fluctuating wages which will, obviously, increase your expedition's budget. So we suggest you pay your porters directly ! for which we'll provide you every possible assistance for hiring them, covering their insurance & providing them food & personal equipment. Our guides, cooks & sardars will also give you every assistance for handling your porters without any problems. 

Our Economy Expedition Package may approx. cost you from US$ 15/= to US$ 35/= per day per person depending on total duration, size of expedition & type of services you order.

We give the following Free Services to the expeditions who choose our Inclusive Expedition Package or Economy Expedition Package.

Free - Hotel & Food for Leader in Rawalpindi if he arrives 2 days prior to his expedition.
Free - Transport in Rawalpindi for Leader if he arrives 2 days prior to his expedition.
Free - Lending of one complete Oxygen cylinder kit for emergency at base camp.
Free - One large sized duffel bag per expedition member for personal use.
Free - Unlimited use of e-mail facility based at our office in Rawalpindi.

For any of the above options, we need the following information from you. 

i Total expedition members. mention your cooks, high altitude porters & your Liaison Officer.
ii Estimated days A)- In Pakistan, B)- At your base camp (preferably with dates).
iii Total expedition weight in Kilo Grams.  A)- Brought to Pakistan, B)- Back to Home.
iv Services wanted or not wanted (as mentioned above).
v Types of hotels wanted, that is : tourist class (cheaper) or standard class (moderate).
vi Meal plan in hotels, that is : A)-Only breakfast, or B)-Breakfast + Dinner or C)-All meals.
vii Any other information which may help us compute your logistics and our quotations !

Upon receipt of the above information, we'll send you our most competitive quotations based on our most favorable terms. 

PERSONAL CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT

A word of caution ! Many non professional tour operators will try to impress you by including the personal equipment, food and accommodation of your Liaison Officer in their Expedition Packages & give you an impression as if they are saving your money. Please be careful ! the Tour Operators are NOT allowed to cater you for the personal allowances of your Liaison Officer.

As per the Govt. rules, every expedition has to provide (a) hotel accommodation, (b) three meals a day and (c) personal clothing & equipment to their Liaison Officers. In lieu of (a) & (b), your LO has the choice to demand money (which is a normal practice) & cater himself, whereas, you must buy new & good quality equipment for him as per his size & specifications you'll receive from our Ministry of Tourism. Any violation on your part or a proposed bargain from your Tour Operator may cause disputes between you & your LO which, may end up in causing serious problems to your expedition. 

I hope the above & the enclosed information will help you plan your expedition with convenience & economy, however, if you need any clarification or additional information, please do let me know.

With my best regards, I now look forward to hearing from you soon & I hope you will allow us the honor of being your hosts in Pakistan.

Sincerely yours

Kaiser Khan (General Manager)  
Pakistan Guides (Govt. License # ID-350)
P. O. Box 1692, 2nd Floor, 46-A, Bank Road, Rawalpindi 46000, Pakistan
Tel : (+92-51) 5524808 & 5568982 - Fax : (+92-51) 5539497 & 5524808                                      
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