Mr & Mrs. P.S. Kohli - Guruduwara Tours - Octorber 2011
I am little late in sending you the compliments for sending us on one of the best tour of life. It was not only the attraction of the religious places and our pilgrimage but the fact that the entire tour was smooth, seamless and without any bottlenecks. Altaf, the guide and his companion driver (Basheer, I think) were excellent, friendly and knowledgeable. We not only enjoyed the religious places but also went to see my family home in Rawalpindi. The people in Pakistan were very courteous, friendly and hospitable. We enjoyed the entire tour despite the dirt and dander of the countryside, we had to traverse to reach far lying gurudwaras.
Alexander Donnelly (Ireland) - Northern Areas, May 2008
I am a 27 year old Irish man and had the privilege of spending one month in Pakistan in mid 2008. Pamir Tours accompanied me throughout the Northern Areas of the country for the entire duration of my trip. They provided an excellent guide, a skilled driver, and arranged comfortable and conveniently located accommodation throughout my trip. I had not visited Pakistan before and the month I spent with Pamir Tours was an extremely enjoyable and fascinating introduction to the country. Pamir Tours have friends and contacts in all the areas I visited who contributed to a trip in which I felt I was really getting to know the country I had visited. Some of the areas we traveled to in the North Western Frontier province and the Hunza valley were very remote but Pamir Tours were still able to coordinate a smooth and enjoyable stay despite the difficulties of the remote locations and the poor road quality. I particularly enjoyed walking through the beautiful Hunza valley, an area of which my guides had a very personal knowledge having lived there all their lives and also found the Kalash valley one of the most extraordinary places I have ever visited. My guide and driver were willing to bend over backwards to cater for any extra trips or extra needs I required and I would definitely recommend Pamir Tours to anyone wishing to visit Pakistan and particularly to anyone who wishes to gain a slightly deeper insight into the country than most tourist companies would offer. I should also say that I am severely visually impaired and yet this provided no obstacle whatsoever to Pamir Tours who were able to adapt with great sensitivity in any way that I needed. Pakistan possesses a magical beauty, a fantastical history and a charming people. The security situation in the wider region is an understandable obstacle to many people who would want to visit Pakistan, however, I NEVER felt in any danger whatsoever and felt entirely confident in the abilities of my guide. I would suggest that there is no better time to visit this incredible country than now, and I would also suggest that you will find no better people with whom to do it than Pamir Tours
John Edwards (Australia) - Fairy Meadows 2007
Pamir tours organised my itinery when I visited Pakistan in June 07 On my arrival I found them to be both friendly and professional in their approach to my requirments, My trip was made pleasant by their attention to detail and the fact that everything they had organised was on time. I had an enjoyable experience mainly in the Daimir area and would without hesitation reccomend them to anyone considering a tour in Pakistan.
Wouter & Tim (Belgium)
Batura Trek, Upper Hunza May 2007
We enjoyed our stay in the Northern areas a lot! It was pleasently warm (which was especially nice after some very hot weeks in the rest of Pakistan) and we were especially touched by the hospitality and the overall relaxed atmosphere. In addition, our guide did his utmost best to make our trip as good as possible. Thanks Sultan! Although we first only planned to do the Batura glacier trek and to visit some towns, whenever we wanted our itinerary was changed on-the-spot without any problem. Our 5 day trek around part of the Batura glacier was very nice. Ok, maybe the water at our first resting point (yuzbin) looked more like milk, we have no regrets of doin' this trek whatsoever. Besides the quality of the water increases with the altitude ;) ... in Yashpirt (our second camp) we even had fresh spring water. Yashpirt is a very cosy and pleasant place to stay. Little cottages on green grass with beautiful mountains surrounding the place ... no camping place at home can beat this one. We even had chicken with fries and some tasty mixed vegetables on the menu (although you can also always eat porridge on demand instead ;)). The walk to Gushesem is very pleasant, although you have to cross a long and tiring, hot valley that looked a bit like a desert to me. But the mountains and glaciers make a great scenery. The next morning in Gushesem we climbed up the hills to look for some ibexes (locals can watch the mountains for hours to spot one... then it takes them an hour or so more to explain to us which little dots in the mountains are ibexes indeed ;)), so it only sounds logical that we wanted to see them from far closer. We did. The next 1,5 day we used to return to Passu ... the crossing of the glacier maybe tiring but is for sure fun and adventure as well. After a cold drink in Passu we immediately went to Sost. Instead of visiting Sost for one day (which would definitely be too long), we arranged to see the Khunjerab Pass. A day in the car on the Karakorum highway ... a "resting day that comes with a view" (I don't know how to describe this day exactly, but it's something we didn't want to miss for sure). At the end of the day we went again to spend the night in Hunza ... A pleasent town to relax. Not for long, because the next morning we climbed the Horn peak (at least I think). Some rock climbing involved. Doable for everyone, but strenous keeping in mind that uphill is the only place to be. Glad to arrive at our campsite and to see the sunset with a great view over Hunza valley ... Is a nice memory to take home. The next morning we went downhill ... and this go (much, much, much) faster. A couple of hours to Hunza and already back to Gilgit to eat some ice-creams (kindly prepared by our guide himself) before our flight takes us back to Islamabad and ultimately back to Europe.
In short: great trekkings, a great scenery, a great guide, a great atmosphere and a great vacation !!
Kjeld Duits (Japan) - Covered the Pakistan Earthquake in October 2005 and January 2006. His great efforts generated handsome sum of relief for the suffering children of Pakistan.
My guide Razi spoke perfect English, was very understanding and showed great initiative. The driver Ishaq spoke little English, but enough for what was needed. He was ready for any terrain. They were literally ready 24 hours a day, and 100 percent attentive to my needs. Both Razi and Ishhaq were fantastic travel partners and I have actually requested them again for my next trip to Pakistan in January. Without exaggerating, I can say they are the best guide and driver I have ever had.
I can heartily recommend Parmir Tours to you. Actually, I would say that you'd make a mistake if you select anyone else. As I wrote above, I will use Parmir tours again in January.
Kjeld Duits - Japan Correspondent
HARRY (GERMANY)...And I decided, after another conversation with Razi to make my tours with Pamirtours, Razi´s agency. He had the best prices, and good offerings as well. He was inspiring confidence. So I went with him to Karimabad and I had 5 great weeks with Pamirtours in the Hunza-Area and around. I did a few treks. One two-days-trek, one 3-days-trek to the Rakaposhi and one 8-days-trek with climbing to the Minglik Sar (6158m). All these treks were good organized and nevertheless cheap. Cheaper than with other agencies. Just to explain: I was looking for tours with not many luxury but more adventure. I don´t need an extra cook. My guide was also my cook. And I don´t need electricity during a trek, also not lots of different and special food. I wanted just simple but good organized tours and treks. And I got what I wanted with Pamir-Tours. If you don´t need any luxury during your tours so you´re right with Razi and Pamir-Tours. But I´m sure if you want more luxury than me he can organize it as well. I think that Razi is a very friendly and helpful guy with the ability to know what you want and what you don´t want. If you can trust somebody then it´s Razi and his friends. They are funny. Just cool guys! We had a lot of fun together. And all of them are very helpful. For example: I went sick someday. Not on a tour, just during I was staying in Karimabad. And Razi took me to a doctor. He and his colleagues were looking about me as long as I was sick. That was very kind of them and if there were any other problems, Razi and his friends can help. For sure! There are lots more examples but it´s not necessary to count them all. In my opinion, you can trust those guys totally and you will enjoy your abidance in Pakistan in company with them and Pamir-Tours. Have a nice time in Pakistan! Greets Harry
WOLFGANG MAXWALD (Austria) - Traveled several times to Pakistan's northern areas.
Pamir Tours always provided reliable and adequate information, excellent knowledge of local geography and customs, friendly and safe drivers for comfortable transport on difficult roads and helpful assistance in any kind of situation.