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Straddling the border between China and Pakistan, the Karakoram region is home to challenging trekking and jaw-dropping scenery of the world’s second highest mountain range.

Heading deep into the Karakorum, our 24-day Ultimate K2 Trek will see you venturing through spectacular mountain wilderness towards the basecamp of K2 (8,611 m)—the second highest peak on Earth. This is no ordinary hike, but a demanding expedition into one of the world’s most rugged and remote regions.

Beginning with a breathtaking mountain flight from Islamabad to Skardu, we commence trekking and follow the narrow trails above the Braldu River before ascending the extensive Baltoro Glacier. Accompanied by expert leader, Andrew Lock, as well as our knowledgeable local guide and passionate crew, we cross the high pass of Gondogoro La (5585m) and trek through the imposing landscapes of the Inner Karakorum towards K2 base camp, surrounded by the highest concentration of 8,000-metre peaks on the planet.

Tackle an exploratory journey with Tim Macartney-Snape into the depths of the Karakorum and venture beyond the trails to an area which is seldom explored.

With Pakistan’s geopolitical background, unpredictable weather and difficult terrain of the region, travel to the Karakorum can pose many challenges. However, our expert crew and unsurpassed safety record, together with your own fitness, flexibility and sense of adventure will ensure that you experience a rewarding and exhilarating expedition.


Our all inclusive approach

Quality services at the best prices make our adventures great value for money. Our trip costs cover valuable inclusions like all meals while trekking and a dedicated local crew who will go the extra yard to ensure you have the experience of a lifetime. Our high level of support allows you to relax and focus on the incredible journey ahead of you.

Innovative itineraries

We've been organising treks and tours in Pakistan for many years and our firsthand knowledge of the region is exceptional.

Leaders in responsible travel

Responsible travel practice is at the heart of every program that we offer. When you book one of our adventures you're supporting a program that is committed to safety and sustainability.


Animal welfare focus

We advocate for cruelty free animal encounters, encouraging travellers to follow the guidelines in our comprehensive Animal Welfare Code of Conduct as we seek to inform stakeholders about animal welfare matters.

Child safe tourism

Children working and living in tourist areas are especially vulnerable to physical, emotional and sexual abuse. We protect vulnerable children by adhering to our Child Protection Code of Conduct.

Wilderness camping

Enjoy fully supported camping in remote locations with our outstanding crew. While the campsite locations have been handpicked for their location, our commitment to responsible travel ensures our footprint is kept to a minimum.


In cities and large towns you will be accommodated in good quality properties that are centrally located, atmospheric and reliable.

A custom made itinerary is the ultimate way to see the world how YOU want. They are created especially for you, giving you complete freedom to choose what you want to see, where you want to go and when you want to do it. If you love our current itineraries but want to customise it privately as a couple, a group of friends, family, club, business or school, you have the freedom to add or remove as many elements as you like to suit the interests of your group. Alternatively, you can start with a blank canvas and create a new and exciting itinerary from scratch! Our well-travelled consultants can give you firsthand suggestions and eliminate any uncertainty with trip planning to ensure you maximise the quality of your experience and get truly off the beaten track. Simply email, phone or visit us to start planning your dream adventure.

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Why is Pakistan's Karakoram range so special? | World Expeditions

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Electricity in Pakistan is 230 Volts, at 50 hertz. The most common pin type is C. (2 round prong).


All travellers require a visa for Pakistan. The process for visas and trekking permits for Pakistan can be time consuming and we encourage you to return all the required documents as soon as possible. This is due to the fact it can take several weeks for visa invitation letters to be issued, followed by up to four 4 weeks for visas to be issued (subject to change) once the online visa application has been lodged. Your physical passport is no longer required to be sent anywhere and visas are now e-visas.

The below documents/information are required in order to obtain the invitation letter (also known as a sponsor letter) which is then required to apply for a Pakistan Visa. These should be sent to your reservations consultant at World Expeditions without delay.

A clear copy of the passport data page

The name of the Pakistan High Commission/ Consulate nearest to your home, so the invitation letter provided can be correctly addressed. Note the process is undertaken online, however the high commission/consulate nearest you is the issuing authority.

Confirmation of your home address, if it differs from the that provided on your booking form.

These details will then be sent to our office in Pakistan who will process your invitation letter and return it to World Expeditions.

Once the invitation letter/s are ready, they will be emailed to you so you can apply for your visa. The visa is applied for online at

At time of writing, online visa applications are possible for AU, NZ, UK, US, Danish, Argentinean and Canadian Passport holders, among others. Visa type is a ‘Mountaineering & Trekking Visa’ There are two visa options – Trekking and Mountaineering and there are differing application forms. A mostly completed template will provided for your use by your World Expeditions reservations consultant. Note the form provided is normally downloaded from the website and the forms may change, please check and use the one online in the event of changes. Once you apply online and pay the appropriate visa fee, the application will be processed.

The processing of the visa can take up to 4 weeks. Note your passport must be valid for six months beyond exit date and have two blank facing visa pages. The e-visa provided by the Pakistan Government will be the actual visa for Pakistan and with it you will be allowed to enter Pakistan upon arrival. There is not a physical visa or any need to have your passport sent away anywhere. The immigration staff will verify the e-visa on arrival.

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