Gilgit-Baltistan is a mountainous region located in northern Pakistan, bordered by Afghanistan, China, and India. It is known for its spectacular natural beauty, breathtaking landscapes, and high peaks that attract adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers from all around the world.
Q: What is Gilgit-Baltistan?
A: Gilgit-Baltistan is a mountainous region in northern Pakistan, bordered by Afghanistan to the north, China to the northeast,
and India to the southeast. In an area of 500 km wide and 350 km deep, is found to be the most lucrative collection of some of the highest peaks in the world. it has over 700 peaks above 6000 meters and more than 108 peaks above 7000 meters including five of the highest peaks in the world. It is the paradise for the adventurers and nature lovers. It is the tourism
capital of Pakistan.
Q: What are the popular tourist attractions in GilgitBaltistan?
A: Some of the popular tourist attractions in Gilgit-Baltistan are Gilgit, Kargah Budha Gilgit, Hunza Valley, Kachura Skardu,
Sadpara Skardu, Naltar Valley and Rama Lake, Naltar lakes, Deosai National Park, Shigar Valley, Fairy Meadows Diamer,
Khunjerab Pass, Rakaposhi Nagar, Pissan Nagar, Attaabad lake, Shimshal Valley Gojal, Hunza, Khalti Lake Ghizer,Phander Lake Ghizer, Ishkoman Valley, Shandur Pass Ghizer and K2 Base Camp, Shigar
Q: What is the best time to visit Gilgit-Baltistan?
A: The best time to visit Gilgit-Baltistan is from April to October, as the weather is mild and suitable for outdoor activities. GilgitBaltistan is now four ways linked through KKH and Babusar Pass at the entrance of Diamer, through Shandur Pass in
Ghizer, through Khunjerab Pass in Hunza and by Air via Gilgit Airport and Skardu International Airport with rest of the country and access is open round the year. For details of activities and festivities across GB, please visit: WWW.DEDESTINATION.COM
Q: What are the accommodation options in Gilgit-Baltistan?
A: There are various accommodation options in Gilgit-Baltistan, ranging from budget guesthouses to luxury hotels. Some of the
popular options include Serena Hotels Gilgit, Shangrila Resort Skardu, Hunza Embassy Hotel, and Baltit Heritage Inn. Further details on accommodation options can be found at: Link: https://www.booking.com
Q: How can I travel to GilgitBaltistan?
A: Gilgit-Baltistan is accessible by air and by road. The region has two airports: Gilgit Airport and Skardu
International Airport. Alternatively, you can take a bus or hire a private car to reach Gilgit-Baltistan from major cities like
Islamabad or Lahore. There are various private companies and Northern Areas Transport Corporation (NATCO) running daily buses from Rawalpindi and Islamabad to Gilgit and other districts of Gilgit-Baltistan. One can also visit GB in personal
transport via KKH, Babusar Pass & Shandur Pass.
Q: How to connect with Tourist Police in gilgit baltistan?
A: Dial 1422 to directly talk to tourist police within the jurisdiction of GB and 05811-930055 outside GB for any kind of help and facilitation.
Q: What are the popular outdoor activities in GilgitBaltistan?
A: Gilgit-Baltistan is known for its scenic beauty and offers various outdoor activities like trekking, mountaineering, rock climbing, white-water rafting, and paragliding, Skiing, ski traversing, ice skating etc.
Q: What should I pack for my trip to Gilgit-Baltistan?
A: You should pack warm clothes, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, and a first-aid kit. It is also
advisable to carry a water bottle and some energy bars.
Q: Is it safe to travel to Gilgit Baltistan?
A: Gilgit-Baltistan is considered a safe destination for tourists. However, it is recommended to check the travel advisories and
take necessary precautions while traveling. It is also advisable to hire a local guide or join a reputable tour operator for a
Q: What is the local currency in Gilgit-Baltistan?
A: The local currency in Gilgit-Baltistan is Pakistani Rupee (PKR). It is recommended to carry cash as credit cards are not widely accepted in the region.
Q: What are the local customs and traditions in Gilgit-Baltistan?
A: Gilgit-Baltistan is a culturally diverse region, and the locals follow various customs and traditions. It is advisable to respect
the local culture and dress modestly. It is also customary to remove shoes before entering a mosque or a local house in
Q: Are there any regulations for tourism in Gilgit Baltistan?
A: Yes, the Gilgit-Baltistan Government has implemented several regulations to ensure the safety and security of tourists, as well as the preservation of the region’s natural and cultural heritage.
The following regulations are in place in GB to regulate the
1. GB Hotel & Restaurant Act, 2020
2. GB Tour Guides Act, 2020
3. GB Travel Agencies & Tour Operators, Act 2020
The rules against these acts are in process. Recently, the Directorate of Tourism GB has been given the mandate to
function as the Directorate of Tourist Services GB in the light of above mentioned Acts and Rules.
Q: How to apply for trekking & expedition permits in Gilgit-Baltistan?
A: In order to apply for Mountaineering and Trekking Permit, follow the below mentioned steps.
1. Submission of online application for Trekking
2. Submission of Royalty and Environment fee
3. Submission of insurance
Before submission of application, ensure the following documents
Application from tour operator on their letterhead
Route map of proposed peak/trek
Passport copies of members of the expedition
Visa application form (duly filled) of foreign trekkers
Occupation of trekking members
Copy of license of tour operator company
Copy of Paid Trekking Fee Receipt
Copy of Waste Management Fee Receipt
Dear Applicant, this document is relevant to you if visa has been granted against your application.
The Royalty Fee for Mountaineering and Trekking is to be deposited, after receipt of Pakistan Visa against your
application; The fee has to be paid in Pakistan as per the
details given below:
The Royalty Fee will differ in accordance with your travel
details. Please carefully read the following guidelines to
determine the Royalty Fee you are required to pay:-
MOUNTAIN ROYALTY FEE
S.No. Height of
Full team of
1. K-2-8611m $12,000 $3,000
2. 8001-8500m $9,500 $3,000
3. 7501-8000m $4,000 $1,000
4. 7001-7500m $2,500 $500
5. 6501-7000m $1,500 $300
CKNP WASTE MANAGEMENT FEE
S. No. Trekking Fee
1. $ 200 P/Person for Restricted Zone
2. $100 P/Person for Open Zone
TERMS & CONDITIONS:-
1. Additional fee will be charged if the party applies for
more than one Peak.
2. A party shall not exceed more than 07 members and
maximum will be 15 members in case of additional
3. A permit shall be issued for a party for one Peak only.
After completion of their mission, another permit shall be
4. A defense Liaison Officer shall be detailed with each
party/each permit. (Not more than 07 members and
maximum 15 members in case of additional members).
Trekking fee for Treks in Gilgit-Baltistan will be charged as
following for the period of one month.
S. No. Trekking Fee
1. $ 50P/Person
CKNP WASTE MANAGEMENT FEE
S. No. Trekking Fee
1. $ 150 P/Person for Restricted Zone
Account Title: Gilgit-Baltistan Adventure Fee
Account No. 20010223793
Bank: Soneri Bank Gilgit
CKNP WASTE MANAGEMENT FEE
Account Title: CKNP Waste Management Fee
Account No. 6-02-86-20311-714-104814
Bank: Habib Metropolitan Jutial Gilgit
Q: What are the regulations for trekking and mountaineering in GilgitBaltistan?
A: All trekking and mountaineering activities in Gilgit-Baltistan must be registered with the tourism department, and tourists
are required to obtain a permit before embarking on these activities in restricted areas. It is also mandatory to hire a
licensed guide and porter for trekking and mountaineering in restricted areas. For further details, please contact Mr. Sajid
Hussain, Deputy Director Facilitation and Coordination, Directorate of Tourists Services, Evacuee Trust Islamabad at 051-2726976.
Q:Are there any restrictions on photography in GilgitBaltistan?
A: Yes, photography is strictly prohibited in restricted areas i.e. 5 miles along Line of Control and 10 miles along Wahkhan
corridor of Gilgit-Baltistan as well as military installations and sensitive border areas. Tourists are advised to seek permission before taking photographs in these areas
Q: What are the regulations for camping in GilgitBaltistan?
A: Camping is allowed in designated camping areas in GilgitBaltistan, and tourists are required to obtain a permit from the
tourism department before setting up their tents. It is also mandatory to adhere to the Leave No Trace principles and to
properly dispose of the waste.
Q: Are there any regulations for visiting cultural sites in Gilgit-Baltistan?
A: Yes, tourists are required to respect the local customs and traditions when visiting cultural sites in Gilgit-Baltistan. It is also
advisable to hire a local guide to learn more about the history and significance of these sites.
Q: What are the regulations for wildlife viewing in Gilgit-Baltistan?
A: Wildlife viewing is allowed in designated areas in GilgitBaltistan, and tourists are required to obtain a permit from the
wildlife department before embarking on these activities. It is also mandatory to follow the guidelines provided by the
department and to respect the wildlife and its habitat.
Q: Are there any regulations for water sports in GilgitBaltistan?
A: Yes, water sports like white-water rafting and kayaking are regulated by the tourism department in Gilgit-Baltistan. Tourists
are required to hire licensed guides and to follow the safety guidelines provided by the department.
Q: What are the regulations for visiting national parks in Gilgit-Baltistan?
A: Visitors visiting national parks in Gilgit-Baltistan are required to obtain a permit from the wildlife department before entering the park. It is also mandatory to adhere to the rules and regulations set by the department, such as not littering and not disturbing the wildlife.
Q: Are there any regulations for homestays in GilgitBaltistan?
A: Yes, homestays in Gilgit-Baltistan are regulated by the tourism department, and homeowners are required to obtain a license before offering their homes as accommodation to tourists. It is also mandatory to adhere to the guidelines provided by the department, such as ensuring the safety and comfort of guests
Q: What are the regulations for hotels and guesthouses in GilgitBaltistan?
A: Hotels and guesthouses in Gilgit-Baltistan are required to obtain a license from the tourism department and to comply
with safety and hygiene standards set by the department. The department also conducts regular inspections to ensure
Q: Are there any regulations for Restaurants in GilgitBaltistan?
A: Yes, restaurants in Gilgit-Baltistan are required to obtain a license from the local government and to comply with food
safety regulations. The local government also conducts regular inspections to ensure compliance.