Pakistan karakoram hiking as solo female traveler

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Pakistan karakoram hiking as solo female traveler

Postby satika » Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:11 pm

Hi all! Since more than one decade I would love to visit the karakoram. But only since September I realised I can as female solo hiker/backpacker.

I would like to know if any of you have experiences. Of course the hotpots are great like the icelake, k2 BC, the high passes, but I'm not very interested in a group tour. I hope there are people here who have experience in this region and can give me advice about reliable contacts, useful routes, maps, etc. And all other stuff. I'm planning to go in August, run my first marathon in April so I'm well trained, have my backpacking experience in remote areas since 2013(also high altitude) and spend last September in Tadjikistan and Afghanistan.

Thanks all lot! Saskia
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Re: Pakistan karakoram hiking as solo female traveler

Postby Lovetheworld » Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:31 pm

Hi Saskia, we have not been to Afghanistan (by a few meters), but we have been to Tajikistan and Pakistan. I think Tajikistan is very safe in general, and I would not be surprised if some parts in Afghanistan (wakhan valley) are pretty safe with friendly people.
While having many many friendly people in Pakistan, I must say it is probably much less safe than Tajikistan for example.
Do you intend to travel with a guide all the time, once you leave the big cities? Islamabad is quite modern and safe and there you will see more women in the street. Outside Islamabad you will see much less women on the street.

At that time (2011) we were in contact with Lost Horizon in Gilgit and did a small hike in one of the valleys with a guide they knew.
I don't know if Lost Horizon is still the place to go.
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