FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – GENERAL | Hunza Explorers Treks & Tours

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – GENERAL

We have collected many questions asked by our customers from time to time. Maybe your question was already asked. The questions in this page cover all of our climbing expedition, safaris, tours and adventure tours. Please feel free to message or email us in case of any other question.
1Trip Style
Which style of trip is right for me? Our three styles of travel – Basic, Original and Comfort – cover a whole gamut of travel experiences. To find out which one has ‘You’ written all over it Are trips physically demanding? Want to lie in a hammock and not move until cocktail hour? We’ve got a trip for that. Want to power up the side of mountain at high altitude? We’ve also got a trip for that. To determine what type of trip suits you best, each of our trips comes with a Physical Rating to let you know how physically demanding it is… or isn’t.
2Travelling with Childern
Does Hunza Explorers have family trips? Hunza Explorers offers a wide range of Family Adventures around in Pakistan. The minimum age (for Family trips) varies depending on destination, and Hunza Explorers has set minimum ages to ensure that the included activities suit each age range. Additionally, you’ll notice that some of the more adventurous destinations have a higher minimum age.
3Travelling in a group
Who are Hunza Explorers travellers?

Hunza Explorers tours are for travellers with a yearning to get off the beaten track. Whether you're travelling solo, with a group of friends, or are aged 18 or 70, there is Hunza Explorers tours to suit your interests and comfort level. Each Hunza Explorers tours has a physical and cultural grading to help you decide if the trip is right for you. No special skills are required for most tours, just a sense of adventure and a curiosity about the world. Even on our camping adventures no previous experience is required; our tents are easy to set up, even for first-time campers.

How many people will be on my trip?

We believe good things come in small packages, which is why we keep our group sizes down. This means we’re small enough to remain flexible as we thread our way through communities without intimidating the locals. On most of our trips you’ll be part of an intimate group of 12-16 people, though our group sizes are on average 08 people.

Are there age restrictions on your trips?

We don’t have any age limits if it is sightseeing/culture tour but for adventure tours like trekking and climbing we have set the minimum age 18.

Who will be my group leader/guide?

While we can’t tell you who your leader/guide is prior to your arrival in Pakistan, we can tell you when your trip is confirmed with us. Our leaders/guides are experts in Pakistan, because they’ve been travelling there for years, others because they’re local to the region and can’t wait to show you around. Our mountain guides are the most experienced who have been working since many years.

Can I just do part of the trip?

Although you won’t be reimbursed for any portion of the trip unused, you can opt to sign off the trip if you need to leave a day or so earlier. If you let us know before travel that you’ll be arriving late or need to leave before the trips ends, we will notify our team on the ground to best accommodate your requirements.

Can I make any changes to the itinerary of my group trip, either before or during the trip?

Please make sure you are happy with your group trip itinerary before booking because we are unable to change them for individual travellers. However, if you and a group of friends, colleagues or even your school would like your own personally designed itinerary, get in contact with our experts; they can tailor an itinerary just for you.

Can I add an extra night on the beginning or end of my group trip, either before or during the trip?

You sure can. Just ask your travel specialist at the time of booking.

CAMPING/TREKKING QUESTIONS

1What is the difficulty level of the trekking tour?
This depends on which tour you’ll be joining. Please refer to our Adventure Level pyramid for a breakdown of the differing levels of difficulty our tours provide. Detailed requirements for each Adventure Level can be found on each tour page
2What is the weather like on the mountains?
In Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral:
It can get very cold here in the mountains of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral during winter (mid-November to mid-March, - 8 to -15 degrees Celsius) and hot during summer (from May to August, 25 to 35 degrees Celsius), the rainy season is July but it doesn’t rain too much.

In South Pakistan
In the south of Pakistan, it usually ranges from 18 – 25 Celsius in winter and 40 – 48 Celsius in summer.
3How can I best prepare for a tour during late fall or winter?
Winters here (mid-November to mid-March) are extremely cold but have an average temperature ranging anywhere from - 8 to -15 degrees Celsius. It’s important to know what the weather will be like in advance of your tour so that you can be the best prepared and have the most enjoyable experience.
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Bring your winter clothes to keep yourself warm, you will have to be able to carry it by yourselves and our tour guide will direct you when to wear it. .
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Keep your head warm with a hat and scarf while trekking and especially while sleeping, and please try to keep your hair dry after shower Beanies, scarves, socks, and gloves can be purchased for a fair price in the Islamabad local market. .
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Change into dry clothes immediately upon reaching camp if wet because of rain or snow and take a hot drink from the kitchen staff to warm up your body once getting to the campsite. .
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Let your tour guide know if you feel cold or unhealthy, and don’t hesitate to ask for more sleeping bags.
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