Northern Pakistan is home to some of the world's most breathtaking mountains. Marking the westernmost end of the Great Himalayan Chain, Nanga Parbat (8126m / 26,660ft) is the ninth highest peak on earth. Close by, across the deep valley of the Indus River, there is another knot of mountains, the Karakoram, with another four 8000 metre peaks, including the magnificent K2 (8611m / 28,251ft) which rises above the glacial junction of Concordia at the place known as the 'Throneroom of the Mountain Gods'. This is where KE was born (as long ago as 1984) and we have been responsible for establishing most of the best trekking routes in this magnificent mountainous region. Traversing high valleys and extravagantly glaciated terrain, the K2, Gondoro La and Snow Lake trips are three of the finest adventure treks on earth. Little-affected by the monsoon, the Karakoram is perfect for trekking holidays during the summer months. Lovers of 'real' adventure travel will be delighted by the experience of travelling to Pakistan, with its undeveloped tourist infrastructure and friendly mountain people.


Before the Himalaya comes to its abrupt end at Nanga Parbat in Pakistan, a second range rises to the north in a more accentuated northward curve. This is the Great Karakoram Range which stretches north to China and west to Afghanistan. The Karakoram is not a continuation of the Himalaya but a parallel mountain chain. It is separated from the main Himalayan range by the Indus which flows westward from Tibet to Nanga Parbat where it finds, at last, a southern course toward the Arabian Sea. The Great Karakoram is further divided by the Hunza River with the mountains to the west of that river being known as the Hindu Kush.

However, despite their proximity and a common beginning, the mountains of the Karakoram are very different from those of the main Himalaya. The Monsoon which brings life to the foothills of the Indian, Nepal, and Bhutan Himalaya does not reach the Karakoram. Here is a high altitude desert of rock and sand punctuated by small, man made, oases of hard won greenery. Thus the landscape is much more prone to erosion and gives rise to fantastic towers and spires. Though the monsoon does not affect the Karakoram, the range is not devoid of all precipitation and there is a permanent snow line above 6000 metres (20,000ft.). Because of its more northerly latitude, the glaciers in the region are longer and bigger than anything in the main Himalaya - in fact they are the biggest outside of the polar regions. All this gives the approaches to the mountains of the Karakoram a very different, and much wilder aspect compared to those which lie to the south and east.

Time Zone

The time in Pakistan is GMT +5hours.