Worldwide, Pakistan ranks as one of the most sought-after countries for trekking expeditions. For mountain lovers, Pakistan is an ideal country. That said, foreigners may get confused while applying for a Pakistan trekking visa online. Here is a complete guide to Pakistan Trekking Visa 2022 that will explain all things related to the Pakistan trekking visa process.
How to apply for Pakistan Trekking Visa 2022?
People from 191 countries are eligible to apply for a Pakistan trekking visa. The list of treks to apply for is here.
To apply for a Pakistan trekking visa, you will be asked to submit:
- Valid passport
- Passport-size photograph
- Trekking application form
- Sponsor letter/agreement that you have with a tour operator authorized by DTS (Pakistan Department of Tourist Services)
If someone is going to accompany you on a trekking expedition, do mention him/her while submitting the visa application. The single entry visa is valid for up to 3 months.
Pakistan trekking visa processing:
The visa issuance depends upon the government of Pakistan’s approval. Generally, the processing time of a trekking visa is up to four weeks.
In case the application is sent back to you for review, then processing time of up to 4 weeks will be applicable again once you resubmit the application after reviewing. You are required to resubmit the application within 7 days because if you don’t, it will stand canceled. It is recommended that you make all the arrangements for the trip once the government of Pakistan approves your application.
Visa application fees:
While submitting a Pakistan trekking visa application, you will be charged visa application fees online.
Apart from the Pakistan trekking visa application fee, you will be asked to pay a royalty fee once you are in Pakistan.
Following are guidelines for royalty fees:
- The royalty fee is different for different travel plans.
- The royalty fee is zero for climbing up to 6500m peaks.
- Except for Golden/Spantik peak, the royalty fee is 10% for mountains situated in Ghizer and Gilgit.
- From December-February (winter season), the royalty fee is 10% on all peaks.
In Gilgit-Baltistan, the trekking fee for treks is $50/person for one month.
A tourism permit is required for peaks above 6500m (be it in the open zone or restricted zone). Secretariat Council issues two types of tourism permits, which are:
- Trekking permit
- Climbing permit
Foreign tourists will be asked to get tourism permits from the council secretariat of Gilgit-Baltistan for climbing peaks located in the restricted zone. As far as the open zone of Gilgit-Baltistan goes, no permit is required to climb and trek peaks up to 6500m.