Gilgit and Baltistan are two separate divisions and you as a traveller has to take different seats to come across the golden gems. How to travel Gilgit baltistan is the most frequent question due to its territorial dispute.
How to travel Gilgit Baltistan?
There are several means to travel these areas. Details are as follows:
- By Air (Through PIA, the only flying bird have right to flying over GB).
- 2D Cars
- 5D cars/4x
- By Bus
- Catch a travel agency
PIA expanded its flight to Skardu due to heavy load of tourist flow. From 1 Sep, PIA is adding another flight directly from Karachi to Skardu. It will be very helpful for foreign tourist to reach there easily. PIA issued a public notice recently that, Skardu airport will starts welcoming the international flights from June 2021.
You can also catch up 2D or 5D/4x cars to speedup there from Rawalpindi. But it will weigh a bit high on your pocket. These cars will lift 4 persons excluding driver, usually charge 4000 to 5000 and fares are very same for both vehicles. Its going to shrink your travelling from 4 to 6 hours.
The most accepted by public and locals uses to travel are buses and coasters to come across the deadly road of KKH (Karakuram Highway). For booking, you may contact on following cell numbers of travelling agencies of GB.
How foreigners can travel GB?
Foreign travellers required NOC from the ministry of tourism Islamabad office to visit Gilgit Baltistan. Their trip details to be mention before departure and no change in plan after NOC can be done without any prior or special permission from the tourism department of Gilgit Baltistan. Their purpose of visit also must to be mentioned due to the sensitivity of the region. Their is no any safety issue for tourist and travellers in GB, but the SOP must to be followed by everyone without any exception.