We’re Going to Pakistan, Baby. | Group Expedition to Pakistan

UPDATE: October 2021’s expedition has come and gone and has been an unbelievably rewarding and unforgettable experience. Despite the challenges we faced along the way, I knew that this would be an expedition that I would like to lead year after year. Pakistan is a country that captivated me in every way, and I am beyond excited to share that love with my fellow adventurers. As we finalize dates for the 2022 season, you can sign up with your email below to be among the first to be notified. We had over 300 people apply for this expedition this year, and my blog subscribers are always the first to know. Do not miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime expedition.

Pakistan September 2022 Group Expedition Interest Form

For an idea of what to expect from this expedition, check out October 2021’s itinerary below. Note that there will be changes to the itinerary and pricing for the September 2022 expedition. Notable changes will be including roundtrip flights to and from Gilgit, allowing for two extra days in the mountains and taking out two long days of driving. This will bump the trip cost up to around $2800-3000 USD. Also, instead of 15 expedition spots, we are aiming to cap it at 12 expedition members.

We’re Going to Pakistan, Baby. | October 2021 Group Expedition to Pakistan

Wait, we?

Yup, that’s right.

I’ll be leading my first ever group trip to Pakistan this October. Leading a trip for my fellow travelers has been something I’ve always dreamed of, and I’ve decided life’s too short to put it off any further. We’ve lost over a year of travel to the pandemic, and I refuse to waste any time getting back on the road as soon as possible.

I’ve spent months thinking this through, but finally, I’ve decided that we are just going to send it. All the way to Pakistan. Two weeks in unfamiliar territory, immersed in an entirely new culture, and surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery in the world. Let’s go.

Along my travels, I met a fellow adventurer who along with his local Pakistani friend, led yearly expeditions through Pakistan. He brought up the idea of me coming along. Eventually, the idea evolved into leading my own trip, using their network of highly experienced local guides, sherpas, drivers, and families that we’ll be staying with along the way. Does this sound crazy? Maybe. But the pandemic has taught me that life is way too short to not be a little crazy.

I’ll be bringing up to 15 of my fellow adventurers with me for 15 unforgettable days of breathtaking landscapes, intense cultural immersion, and one hell of a good time with myself and the best crew you could imagine.

Recognize a once-in-a-lifetime adventure when you see one? Type in your name, email, and say hi below, and we’ll send you a more thorough information pack and the next steps to secure your spot on this epic adventure. If you’re a harder sell, keep reading.

Why Pakistan?

Let me show y’all something real quick.

Pakistan will leave you breathless in every sense of the word. From its powerful mountain landscapes to its colorful culture. Pakistan is another world waiting to be explored, a stunning country that few travelers ever visit.

Those of you who have followed me for a while know that when it comes to travel, I feel most alive in the mountains and immersed in new cultures. Watch the video above, and you’ll get it.

Let’s start with our itinerary, because if that doesn’t sell you, then I don’t know what will.

The Ultimate Pakistan 2021 Adventure: The Itinerary

This is the tentative itinerary. I’m as go-with-the-flow of a traveler as it gets, so at times, we’ll make decisions based on what the group wants and adjust accordingly. Certain routes and areas may also be closed or become inaccessible at any time, but we will always supplement with alternative activities, treks, or routes where possible.

October 8: Fly Into Lahore

This will be the official start of the trip. Feel free to come earlier, but starting October 8th, we’ll be picking you up from the airport, gathering you all together, and starting our trip as a group. The first day will be spent getting to know each other and experiencing the local culture.

2 Nights in Lahore

Highlights of Lahore: Wazir Khan Mosque, Anarkali Bazaar, Flag Ceremony, An Underground Bar, The Great Fort, Badshahi Mosque, Sufi Qawwali music

Badshahi Mosque

2 Nights in Islamabad:

Faizal Mosque

Highlights of Islamabad, the Pakistani Capital City: We will go trekking in Margalla Hills, visit the stunning Faizal Mosque, and hang with a variety of interesting locals

1 Night at Gunnar Farm

We will be spending the night in a local homestay, after a longer travel day that takes us from Pakistan’s urban centers to deep in the mountains. The drive is highlight by lush valleys, towering peaks, and the Babusar Pass.

2 Nights at Fairy Meadows

This is one of the most stunning and magical places in Pakistan. Highlights of our time here include trekking to a viewpoint of Nanga Parbat, the 9th tallest mountain in the world.

On the road to magical Fairy Meadows

1 Night at Karimabad

This city is famous for rubies, sapphires, crafts and food. This also gives us a quick trip back to civilization to break up the longer stints of trekking.

1 Night at Eagle’s Nest

This area gives us a stunning view over Hunza Valley. We will spend the night barbecuing and drinking the local moonshine. See if you can keep up with me.

2 Nights at Rakaposhi

We will trek up to Rakaposhi basecamp, with the nights spent at campsites. All camping equipment will be provided, so you don’t need to bring any of your own gear.

Views along the trek to Rakaposhi Base Camp

3 Nights at Gulkin

We stay with a family of local apricot farmers who will take us around the area. Our adventures here include going on some death-defying treks along hanging bridges, hopping from local village to local village, and boat rides through sparkling blue lakes.

1 Night at Naran

This is a good spot for some last-minute souvenir shopping, as well as home to Pakistan’s best barbeque.

1 Night at Lahore

We spend our last day driving back to Lahore and having our final goodbyes.

October 23: Fly Out of Lahore

This is the last official day of the trip. However, since you’re already in the area, feel free to continue exploring Pakistan, or maybe even move on to the other incredible countries in the area. I’ve heard that the other -Stan countries are amazing, and am considering Uzbekistan myself. India, Nepal, and other parts of Asia are high on my list. As the group fills up and the dates get closer, we can coordinate post-Pakistan travel together and keep the adventure going.

Is Visiting Pakistan Safe?

I’ve heard nothing but incredible things about the people of Pakistan. Every traveler I’ve met has told me the same thing. Apparently, it’s a struggle to try to even get people to accept your money as a tourist. Like many countries that don’t see too much tourism, foreigners are almost treated like celebrities. The Pakistani people will welcome us with genuine intrigue and curiosity, mostly wondering what brought you to their beautiful country of all places. We will be staying with some local families along the way, but many others will offer you to stay with them as well. The food in Pakistan is amazing, and the local people will gladly feed you until you can’t eat any more.

A lot of people have misconceptions about Pakistan, their culture, and the country’s safety. We’re here to absolutely destroy those misconceptions. The people are kind, welcoming, trusting, and outrageously hospitable. While the lush, green valleys and the towering snow-capped peaks might get you on the trip, the people of Pakistan is what will win you over.

What about COVID?

There is a full COVID guarantee for this trip. COVID has been one of my biggest concerns about launching a group trip this year. I promise I would not launch this trip if I didn’t feel confident that this trip would continue. With the state of the world moving towards a fully-vaccinated and COVID-free future, I have a good feeling about this trip. However, just to be sure, I fully guarantee that if this trip is cancelled due to COVID reasons, then you will get your entire deposit back.

How Much Is The Expedition?

$2400 USD.

If you want to guarantee your spot on the trip, I ask for a $600 deposit as soon as possible. There will be limited spots on this tour, and we plan on bringing no more than 15 people. You have until a month before the trip to pay the remaining $1800.

The sign-up form is at the bottom of the page, and spots will be filled up on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you’re even slightly interested in the trip, just fill in your name and email, and I’ll send you the next steps to lock in your spot on the trip.

Except in the case that the trip is cancelled due to COVID, the deposit is nonrefundable.

What’s Included in the Cost?

All accommodation, transportation within the country, and activities are included. Trust me, it will be a jam-packed trip. We will be doing a lot of things, including uniquely local experiences that you wouldn’t be able to do on your own as a first-time traveler to Pakistan. I’m a budget traveler through and through. Trust me, I’ve gone back and forth with my guides about the cost of this trip to make sure you’re getting the most value for a fair price. Compare this price with any other group tour to Pakistan, and you’ll see that this is as competitive as it gets. We will be working with a lot of local guides and families, and a lot of this money goes towards supporting Pakistan’s amazing people.

3 Meals A Day

Although Pakistan has a very meat-heavy diet, we can definitely accommodate for vegetarians and travelers with other dietary restrictions.

All accommodation, ranging from hotels to local home stays

If you are coming on the trip alone, you will be paired with the other solo travelers for shared accommodation.

All local guides, including sherpas, drivers, and local accommodation

We’ve got a team on the ground with years of experience to make sure everything goes smoothly, and to adjust for when things don’t.

All transportation, ranging from tuk tuks to offroad Jeeps and air conditioned buses

From the moment you land to the moment you fly out, you won’t have to worry about getting around. We will be traveling to some difficult to reach places that you otherwise won’t be able to reach on your own, so get hyped.

What’s Not Included?

Flights: Flights to Lahore roundtrip from major airports like London and New York can be as low as $500. Let me know your preferred flight path, and I’ll keep an eye out for cheap flights and routes.

Visas: You can obtain Pakistan tourist visas online now, and it can be done relatively easily. Everyone needs a visa to enter Pakistan.

Travel Insurance: We require you to obtain travel insurance, and we will need a copy of your insurance policy.

Spending money: You’ll surely want to walk away with some souvenirs from this amazing country.

Who Will Be Leading This Expedition?

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Eli Solidum

Hey, that’s me! This will be my first group trip, although it’s been something that I’ve been planning on doing for a while. I’m a passionate traveler who lives for new experiences far outside of my comfort zone, so Pakistan is right up my alley. I have traveled to over 50 countries, sharing my unfiltered experiences for the last five years as a full-time travel blogger. My goal is to inspire as many of you guys to travel and step outside of your comfort zones, and I’m beyond excited to be doing this trip together with you all.

Imran Khan

Imran is our man on the ground in Pakistan, and an experienced tour operator with years and years of guided tours under his belt. Imran hails from Islamabad, and has an adventurous passion for travel. Having managed a hostel in Cambodia and guided many expeditions through Pakistan, Imran is the perfect fit for the adventurous tours through the Northern Territories. Imran has travelled more than your average Pakistani and understands the global backpacking culture through and through!

Will Meara

A Ted-talker and businessman from Ireland, Will has traversed 60+ countries, lived as a monk in China, stepped behind the veil of North Korea, been to the front line in Iraq, provided support in refugee camps in Bangladesh, to name a few of his many death-defying adventures. He’s not your average traveler, to say the least. Will fell in love with Pakistan years ago and has been bringing people back with him ever since.

What Kind Of Traveler Am I Looking For?

Let me be blunt. This trip is not for everyone. This won’t be your cushy, five-star resort vacation. This will be an adventure of a lifetime, and oftentimes, adventures can be challenging and uncomfortable. You don’t need to be an experienced traveler or trekker, but you do need to have an open mind, an open heart, and a willingness to step outside of your comfort zone.

Open to new experiences, cultures, and people

Comfortable with getting uncomfortable

A big love for the outdoors, trekking, and mountains

Fun, and willing to go with the flow.

This trip isn’t for everyone. If you have any concerns or questions, I would love to schedule an interview to make sure that you are an ideal candidate for the trip. Since this is a group trip, I want to be sure that there is a good chemistry shared between all team members. We are going to to be together for two weeks straight, often doing things outside of our comfort zones. It isn’t going to be easy at times. I want everyone to be confident that everyone on the trip will be a team player, and most of all, a lifelong friend long after the trip is done.

How In Shape Do You Have To Be For The Trip?

There will be a decent amount of trekking on this trip, although nothing that requires any technical experience. You don’t need to be an athlete by any means, and obviously, we won’t leave anyone behind. However, the more comfortable you are with trekking, the more you’ll enjoy the overall experience.

This is an adventure, things aren’t always straight-forward, and when that happens, we’re there to make sure your adventure goes as smoothly and efficiently as possible. You will get out of this trip what you put in: a positive attitude, willingness to get to know the locals, and enthusiasm are all important.

So, What Do You Say?

Up for the adventure of a lifetime?

If you’re interested, just enter your name and email below to express your interest in being a part of the Pakistan expedition. Just briefly introduce yourself in the message, and I will get back to you with the next steps for joining us on our Pakistan trip. Don’t worry, this won’t lock you in just yet, but we expect this trip to fill up pretty quickly so if this is something you’d even remotely consider going on, sign up!

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3 thoughts on “We’re Going to Pakistan, Baby. | Group Expedition to Pakistan

  1. As a Pakistani myself I would like to say you are going to LOVE LOVE LOVE every part of this country, the scenery, the mountains, the rivers, the landscapes, the culture and most of all its hospitable, generous and welcoming people! Happy traveling Eli and group! <3

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