The Great Pakistan Visa Adventure - Everything You Need to Know

So you're heading to K2 Base Camp, Awesome! The trek to K2 base camp is a true adventure that offers breath-taking views of some of the world's highest peaks, including K2, the second highest mountain in the world! But before any of that we have some admin to do.

So strap yourself in for a fun filled action packed day of form filling and administrative boxes to check!

The most important task is your Pakistan Trekking Visa

Getting the correct Visa for trekking and climbing in Pakistan is not as straightforward as filling in a form, so it's important that you are fully aware of what Visa you need and what you are required to do in order to obtain it. The processing time for the Visa is 8-9 weeks from the point of application, but there are important steps to take before this for you to be aware of. 

First, it is important to note that you need a TREKKING VISA. The trekking visa is different from a regular tourist visa. A trekking visa is specifically for those who plan to go trekking in Pakistan's mountainous regions.

You cannot trek in the K2 region with a standard tourist visa. The official visa site is below. 

The trekking visa is issued for 30 days and it will allow you to travel anywhere in Pakistan.


The following documents are needed to apply for the Trekking Visa:

  • Invitation letter from a licensed tour operator in Pakistan
  • Pakistan Tour operator license copy
  • General Manager Id card (also known as CNIC) copies
  • Travel Itinerary
  • Trekking in restricted area form ( clients need to fill it up with their name, sign, and then upload it on the visa site).

In order for us to provide you with the above information in time for your trek, can you please send us the following information as soon as possible to our central email inbox - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  • Full name:
  • Passport number
  • Date of Issue
  • Place of Issue
  • Copy of the photo page from your passport

Once we have this information we will send it to our team in Pakistan who will reply with the documentation you need to apply for the Visa. 

Please provide us with this information as soon as possible before your trip, as mentioned - the visa application can take 8-9 weeks and so we will need to start the ball rolling to collate the necessary documents in advance. 

Whoa! What a thrill-ride that was, but now it's all done you can finally get to the Karakoram and K2 Base Camp, one of the highest scoring cards in the trekking top trumps pack! (We really should make that Top Trump pack, right?)

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Written By

David Carpenter

Head of Ops & Painted Yeti