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Pakistan Trekking Rules

Procedure for Applying for Permission for Trekking in Pakistan

  1. Trekking means the act of traveling on foot to a maximum height of six thousand meters (6000 m) with the purpose of sight-seeing and recreation at various natural and cultural sites in places where means of modern transport are either not available or are purposely not used.

     

  2. Issue of permits to trekking parties shall be regulated as follows:-
    • Treks situated in the Open Areas: Foreigners are allowed to trek in the Open Zone without permit and guide etc. List of Treks in Open Zone is at Annex. G .
    • Specified treks in the Restricted Areas:
      1. Specified trekking routes in Restricted Areas (comprising of districts of Chitral, Gilgit and Skardu) are at Annex G .

      2. A trekking party desirous of walking on the restricted routes would be required to submit application on prescribed form (Annex A ) in duplicate, along-with two photographs each.

      3. List of leading tour operators who could also conduct trekking parties is at Annex. H .

      4. The trekking party will be required to hire an approved guide. Such guides are also available with the tour operators approved by the Ministry of Tourism.

      5. The travel-cum-trekking agency is required to make sure that the guide and the porters accompanying a party have properly been insured for the sum specified by the Government of Pakistan and that other instructions issued by the Government in this regard from time to time are strictly adhered to.

      6. All trekkers shall be required to register their particulars at the check posts to be set up at important junctions.

      7. Permits for these treks would be issued by the Tourism Division within 24 hours of receipt of complete applications.

    • Unspecified treks in Restricted Areas

      1. Applications for treks other than specified shall be submitted to the Tourism Division on prescribed form (Annexure A ) in duplicate.

      2. Permission or rejection for undertaking these treks would be communicated within 15 days of receipt of complete application in the Tourism Division.

      3. Parties so permitted shall be accompanied by a Registered trekking guide/Liaison Officer to be detailed by the Government of Pakistan.

      4. The trekking permit issued by Tourism Wing will be valid for 30-days.

Briefing-De-Briefing

  1. The expedition upon arrival in Rawalpindi/Islamabad should see the officer concerned in Tourism Division for arranging meeting with the Liaison Officer and assistance on matters like insurance, purchase of rations and allied matters. After completing these formalities leaders of the expedition shall ask for a date of formal briefing. For this purpose he shall give a minimum notice of 24 hours excluding Friday and Holidays. The preparatory work would entail a stay of about four-five days in Islamabad/Rawalpindi.

  2. On return form the mountains the leader of the party shall inform the concerned officer in the Tourism Division and obtain a date for debriefing by giving him a minimum notice of 24 hours excluding Friday and holidays.

    Note: No party will leave for the mountains without formal briefing or leave the country without formal de-briefing.

Functions and Duties of Liaison Officer Mountain Guide

  1. A party shall include in the expedition, as its member at least one L.O. to be detailed by the Government of Pakistan.
  2. A party shall pay for his food, accommodation and transport for mountains and back form the reporting date of the expedition in Islamabad till the date the party is debriefed.

  3. During the stay of a party at Rawalpindi/Islamabad the L.O. will be given daily allowance at the rate of US$ 30/- per day. The L.O. in a city of Northern Areas (such as Skardu, Gilgit etc.) is to be paid US$ 15/- per day and accommodation.

  4. A L.O. shall carry his personal equipment like any other member of the party.

  5. A L.O. shall be consulted on routes and local customs and if desired on matters such as transport, accommodation and rations. If however, a leader disagrees with L.O. he shall give him in writing the reasons for such disagreement.

  6. A L.O. shall extend maximum assistance to a party in making purchases etc. He shall, however, not handle any cash nor undertake any financial transactions on behalf of a leader/party.

Insurance

  1. A Liaison Officer shall be covered by an insurance of Rs. 300,000/- (Rupees three hundred thousand) only. In case of partial disablement the amount of compensation shall be proportionate to the percentage of disablement as declared by a competent authority.

     

  2. A high altitude porter shall be insured for a sum of Rs. 200,000 (Rupees two hundred thousand) only. In case of partial disablement, the amount, of compensation shall be proportionate to the percentage of disablement as declared by a Civil Surgeon.

     

  3. A low altitude porter shall be insured for a sum of Rs. 100,000/- (Rupees one hundred thousands) only. In case a partial disablement, the amount, of compensation shall be proportionate to the percentage of disablement as declared by a Civil Surgeon.

     

  4. Insurance cover shall be provided through a Pakistani company and Government shall help a party in getting this facility in Pakistan if so requested.

Kit and Equipment

(v) General:(i) For Liaison Officer

  1. A L.O. shall accompany a party to a maximum height with the consent of the leader or atleast stay at the base camp till the party descends and return with the party for debriefing at Islamabad. For this purpose a party shall provide him, free of cost necessary kit and equipment as detailed at Annexure-C in order to enable him to perform his duties without any risk to his person.

     

  2. Kit/equipment for L.O. should be brought to his measurements sent to a party in advance. If a party does not receive measurements before its departure for Pakistan it may bring standard size kit and equipment. Shirts and Jean trousers may be purchased in Pakistan to avoid size problems.

    (v) General:(ii) For Low Altitude Porters

     

  3. A low altitude porter shall accompany a party upto the base camp (Maximum height 5,500 metres). For this purpose a party shall provide him with standard kit/equipment as detailed at Annexure-D free of cost.

     

  4. In case a low altitude porter is desired by the party to go above 5,500 metres (except passes enroute) he shall be entitled to kit/equipment and ration as prescribed for high altitude porters at Annexure-E..

     

  5. The cook will be provided the kit/equipment (except climbing tools) of a high altitude porter.

    (v) General:(iii) For High Altitude Porters:

     

  6. A party shall arrange to provide, free of cost, standard kit and equipment to a high altitude porter as detailed at Annexure-E. in order to enable him to perform his duties.

    (v) General:(iv) For Communication:

     

  7. A party shall be equipped with reasonable communication means such as Walkie talkie, Radio/Transistor set, and a high powered transmitter for communication from mountains with district headquarters (optional frequencies allotted are 5201 KHZ, 6996 KHZ, 10282 KHZ, 15951 KHZ and 16411 KHZ).

    (v) General:

     

  8. Kit/equipment for porters shall be handed over to them in the presence of L.O. prior to the start of carvan.

     

  9. No party shall be allowed to proceed to its destination if the kit/equipment provided by it to L.O./Porters is found incomplete or sub-standard in quality. Before leaving Rawalpindi/Islamabad a L.O. shall satisfy himself that the kit/equipment is complete and of required standard. Kit and equipment given to L.O. is returnable but, the items of personal use and clothing such as Jackets, Trousers, Shirts, Gloves, Socks, Caps, Approach march boots, Pull overs, ruck sack and sleeping bag are to be retained by the Liaison Officer.

     

  10. Use of communication system: It will be advisable to carry proper communication System by a party. The L.O. will also be provided appropriate communicational equipment. The obtaining clearance of communication system to be used by the party is indispensable which should be intimated well in time on prescribed form (Annexure-K).

Medical Treatment

  1. If in the opinion of a doctor/first aid specialist evacuation of a sick/injured porter from the mountain to a hospital in a district headquarters like Gilgit, Skardu or Chitral is necessary then the said party shall pay for his evacuation by a helicopter or other means. In case a L.O. feels that the porter is very sick and is not being evacuated, he shall ask the leader to arrange for his evacuation. If the leader disagrees with the advice of L.O. he shall give him in writing the reasons for such disagreement. The said statement would also need to be countersigned by the expedition s doctor/first-aid specialist.

     

  2. A party is not responsible to pay for the evacuation and medical treatment of a sick/injured L.O. as the same shall be borne by his detailing/recommending authority.

     

  3. During sickness/injury in the mountains or hospitalization, a party shall pay half of the daily wages to a porter till the date it leaves the district headquarters for Rawalpindi/Islamabad.

     

  4. Medical facilities including surgical operations etc. are generally provided free of cost in Pakistani hospitals. Should some sickness/injuries to porters entail some expenditure, a party shall pay for the same. In case of death of a porter/cook or other hired person, the expedition would be responsible for the transportation of the dead body from the place of the casualty to the place of hiring.

Miscellaneous

  1. A party shall engage porters through local administration.

     

  2. A low altitude porter shall carry a maximum weight of 25 kilos. He shall cover a minimum distance of 10 kilometers and a maximum distance of 13 kilometers per day with suitable stoppages of 5-10 minutes after every hour. If there are some traditional right halts on the way, which are short of the said 10-13 kilometers, then a porter may stay there for the night. He shall have to make up for the loss of mileage the next day.

     

  3. A high altitude porter shall carry maximum weight according to the following scale:-

    1. Height between 5001 to 6000 metres. 20 k.gs.
    2. Height between 6001 to 7000 metres. 17 k.gs.
    3. Height between 7001 to 8000 metres. 14 k.gs.
    4. Beyond 8000 metes. 12 k.gs.

     

  4. While carrying this load beyond base camp a porter shall make only one trip from one camp to another. This trip would be inclusive of going up and coming down. Leader of a party shall use his discretion in setting up of camps beyond the said base camp by taking into consideration the location of mountains, terrain and areas of avalanches.

     

  5. A porter shall sign an undertaking of good behavior as per Annexure J . One copy of the said undertaking shall be deposited with a representative of local administration. Another copy shall be handed over to the leader. The third copy shall be provided to the porter.

     

  6. A party shall try to follow the date of arrival as fixed by the Government in order to avoid pressure on transport and accommodation.

     

  7. As soon as a party gets the permission letter, it shall immediately get in touch with the nearest PIA Office or an office of any other airline for reservation of seats and booking of equipment from Rawalpindi to Northern Area/Chitral by giving the following information:-

    1. Number of persons.
    2. Total weight of equipment to be flown.
    3. Probable dates of flights form Rawalpindi Northern Areas/Chitral.

     

  8. Flights to N.As, and Chitral are subject to weather conditions and as such PIA or any other airline may not be able to give firm dates of bookings. In such cases, a party would need to request the PIA/any other airline to pass on the above information to Officer Incharge, Northern Areas, PIA Office, The Mall, Rawalpindi.

     

  9. A party shall come prepared to stay for a period of 2-3 weeks in Rawalpindi and N.As/Chitral, respectively, in case the weather suddenly turns bad.

     

  10. A party shall have to register itself with Foreigners Registration Officer in the Office of Senior Superintendent of Police at Rawalpindi before leaving for mountains. Similarly a party shall inform the said Foreign Registration Officer before leaving Rawalpindi/Islamabad on departure from Pakistan.

     

  11. To obviate language difficulty, a party coming from Non-English speaking country, shall invariably include in an expedition an English speaking member.

     

  12. A party shall not serve forbidden items like pork etc. to L.O./porters.

Observance of Security

  1. A party shall confine its activities to its objectives as declared in the application form.

     

  2. A party shall not indulge in any activity that might offend the religious sentiments and social or moral usages and customs of the local people.

     

  3. A party shall not at any stage operate in more than one area and scale more than one peak.

     

  4. Also a party shall not scale a peak by a route which goes through another peak.

     

  5. A party shall not split into small groups while in the mountains. In cases of emergency a L.O. has the authority to allow splitting of a party.

     

  6. A party shall not deviate form the specified route except in an emergency and with the permission of a L.O.

     

  7. Maps etc if applied for and issued to a party shall be returned to the Government of Pakistan through L.O. before an expedition s departure from Pakistan. A nominal amount of non-refundable money may also need to be deposited with the Government for use of these maps.

     

  8. Duplicate copies of photographical data collected during mountain climbing etc. shall be handed over to L.O.

     

  9. Should a party be of mountaineering-cum-scientific or exclusively scientific nature, the leader shall submit to the Pakistan authorities concerned for inspection of all the data/specimens/collections etc.

     

  10. Export of all such collection without the prior permission of the Government of Pakistan is prohibited.

     

  11. A leader shall also provide a set of all such specimens to the Government of Pakistan.

     

  12. Copies of research papers/documents prepared shall also be supplied, in duplicate, to the Government of Pakistan

Observance of Security

  1. A party shall confine its activities to its objectives as declared in the application form.

     

  2. A party shall not indulge in any activity that might offend the religious sentiments and social or moral usages and customs of the local people.

     

  3. A party shall not at any stage operate in more than one area and scale more than one peak.

     

  4. Also a party shall not scale a peak by a route which goes through another peak.

     

  5. A party shall not split into small groups while in the mountains. In cases of emergency a L.O. has the authority to allow splitting of a party.

     

  6. A party shall not deviate form the specified route except in an emergency and with the permission of a L.O.

     

  7. Maps etc if applied for and issued to a party shall be returned to the Government of Pakistan through L.O. before an expedition s departure from Pakistan. A nominal amount of non-refundable money may also need to be deposited with the Government for use of these maps.

     

  8. Duplicate copies of photographical data collected during mountain climbing etc. shall be handed over to L.O.

     

  9. Should a party be of mountaineering-cum-scientific or exclusively scientific nature, the leader shall submit to the Pakistan authorities concerned for inspection of all the data/specimens/collections etc.

     

  10. Export of all such collection without the prior permission of the Government of Pakistan is prohibited.

     

  11. A leader shall also provide a set of all such specimens to the Government of Pakistan.

     

  12. Copies of research papers/documents prepared shall also be supplied, in duplicate, to the Government of Pakistan

Procedure for Applying for Permission

  1. A foreign mountaineering expedition desirous of climbing of peak in Pakistan shall apply on the application form (Annexure-A) with one extra copy in the nearest Embassy/Consulate of Pakistan. A copy with a photo copy of royalty receipt should be sent directly to the Tourism Division, F-7/2, Islamabad, Pakistan.

     

  2. Application forms for allotment of peaks should be accepted by a Pakistani Embassy/consulate during the period of 1st January to 31st December of a year preceding the year in which an expedition is planned.

     

  3. Such application would then be sent by the said Embassy/Consulate immediately to the Tourism Division where they would be processed on First-com-First served basis .

     

  4. Incomplete application forms or such forms as are received either before of after the stipulated dates may not be entertained.

     

  5. If a party is not sure of the composition of the team, it shall apply stating the fact and without attaching particulars of members with the application form. In such cases peaks will be provisionally booked. A formal permission letter shall issue only after particulars at Annexure-B are received in Tourism Division at least three months in advance of arrival of the party in Pakistan. If particulars of the new members are not received within stipulated period and party arrives in Pakistan, it may delay their departure to the mountains till the clearance of new members is obtained in about a week. Under this procedure a party shall not leave for Pakistan unless it is in receipt of the formal permission letter. No mountaineer would be a member of more than one expedition during a season.

     

  6. A party shall indicate in order of preference, at least 3-4 peaks so that available peaks could be allotted. A party shall be given permission for more than one 8000 metre peaks with the special permission by the Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

     

  7. Tourism Division shall endeavour to send the mountaineering permit to a party within 60 days of receipt of application form in Tourism Division. Depending on the availability of the peak for the choice period, Tourism Division will send provisional booking of the peak upon receipt of the completed.

     

  8. Government reserves the right to allot a particular peak through any route to more than one party in the same season.

Wages of Porters and Transport Charges

  1. A rough idea on wages and charges for animal and mechanical transport will be communicated to the party alongwith the formal permission letter.

     

  2. Payment of wages to porters shall be made when they are discharged. However, if a porter requires an advance payment, this may be given in the presence of L.O./Guide and receipt obtained.

     

  3. In addition to daily wages, a party shall provide to a low altitude porter free rations as per Annexure-G or money in lieu of rations, as fixed by the Government from the day he is engaged till the day he is discharged.

     

  4. Similarly, free rations shall be provided to high altitude porter as per Annexure-H form the day he goes above 5,500 metres.

     

  5. Except in the case of sickness/injury no wages shall be paid to a porter for a day on which he does not work. If however, a party wants to have a rest day then porters(s) shall be paid full wages etc.

     

  6. For forced halts on bad weather days a party shall pay to porter full daily wages and rations. Decision of a leader about movement on such days shall be final. If, however, L.O. feels that the weather too bad to march, he may ask the leader to half the party. In case of disagreement with the advice of L.O. the leader should give in writing the reasons for such disagreement.

     

  7. A porter marching with a party for more than seven days shall be allowed every seventh day as holiday with full daily wages etc.


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