Where do we meet? Will I be picked up?
Please plan to fly into Islamabad, Pakistan. An Adventure Consultants guide or representative will be there to pick you up off your flight. If you are arriving before the scheduled trip start date, we can often make arrangements for a pickup although taking a taxi is generally the easiest form of transport before your trip starts.
Do I need to arrive the day before the trip starts? And when should I book my flight to leave?
No, our trip programmes all have an arrival day and a departure day built into them. Before your expedition you will receive a “final details” letter. This will let you know the time and place to meet your guides. An AC representative will meet you at the airport and the first of many team briefings will take place on the evening of Day One. Please do not book to depart before the scheduled final trip itinerary day.
What is the best way to get to Pakistan?
For European climbers, there are direct flights to Islamabad originating from the UK, Istanbul, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Milan, Oslo and Paris. From North America, Pakistan International Airlines has a direct flight from Toronto and there are also connections available via UAE, Doha, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, amongst others.
My travel agent says I can just get an ‘e’ ticket (electronic ticket) and will not need to be actually issued a physical ticket.
'E' tickets are the standard practice these days and are now acceptable in most locations. Do ensure that you print your itinerary and have your booking number with you.
When should I book my ticket?
Generally, we ask you to wait until 90 days prior to your trip start date to ensure that your trip has met the minimum numbers and will operate. If you see a good deal and want to book your flights, then ensure that you can make changes to your tickets or you run the risk of losing your ticket if we do have to cancel the trip.
Can I get a cheap ticket online?
The problem with these tickets is that you usually end up having to pay quite a lot more if you have to make any changes to the itinerary. Some of the places we go to aren't straightforward and we highly recommend using a travel agent for such travel, as there are many intricacies that they can help you with. In the long run, they save you money! We use professional travel agents for all our staff and guides' travel bookings.
Can I arrive early or depart late?
Of course. We request that you arrive in Islamabad by the assigned date to assure your baggage makes it on time and you have time to recover from jet lag before going to altitude. It is impossible on this expedition to catch the group if you arrive late and are still waiting for lost baggage! We are happy to arrange extra nights in your hotel. Some people depart from our expeditions later to enjoy the local sights and sounds, but do keep in mind that this is a long expedition and we find that people often want to head home as quickly as possible after the climb finishes.
Do I need to get a visa?
Yes. Most travelers wishing to visit Pakistan must obtain a visa from one of the Pakistani diplomatic missions. Some nationalities are eligible for visa on arrival if traveling as part of a group tour, but Pakistan does not offer visa on arrival for individuals. Do also make sure that your passport has at least six months validity.