Pakistan food tour in Baltistan with Sumayya Usmani

“Two week small group (max 12) food tour of the mountainous Baltistan region of Pakistan; accompanied by native cookery expert, Sumayya Usmani. Long drives and remote regions whisk up exciting gastronomic adventures. ”

Highlights

Islamabad | Skardu | Khaplu | Karakorum Mountains | Palatial accommodation in Shigar | Outdoor cookery class | Gilgit | Karimabad, Hunza Valley | UNESCO Baltit Fort | Hoper Glacier | Karakoram Highway | Naran | Taxila |

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged in any way. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to each one of our trips, and as a responsible tour operator, it is something we are careful and steadfast about promoting. Each one of our guides are trained to uphold, promote and put into practice such responsible behaviour, especially in wilderness areas or whilst traveling to UNESCO heritage sites, which many of our trips undoubtedly do. We attempt to reduce plastic bottle use wherever possible by promoting use of reusable bottles. We understand this is not always possible in countries where tap water is not safe to drink.

We are promoting the ancient heritage and natural landscape of Pakistan by visiting Baltit Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sites are chosen by the UNESCO committee and must "bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to civilisation", "an important interchange of human values" or be outstanding examples of major stages of Earth's history or ecological and biological processes in evolution.

By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12 on this Pakistan tour, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites and ecosystems we visit.

We attempt to reduce plastic bottle use wherever possible by promoting use of reusable and filtered water bottles. Our partnership with Water-To-Go provides a discount on filtered water bottles to our clients. We do not provide water from plastic bottles to our clients in country but always ensure there is regular access to drinking water on our tours.
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The Impacts of this Trip

Responsible travel and sustainable tourism are fundamental ideas that we have been committed to since our conception. It is part of our core sets of beliefs that these words are not simply scattered nonchalantly into our literature and on our website but moreover that they are central to each and every trip. Our adventures are therefore carefully curated celebrating all that is local from the people, to the culture. We believe that a successful trip delivers a unique and authentic journey for our clients, but furthermore benefits the people whose land we have the privilege of encountering.

On this culinary tour we will be traveling further north than most tour operators, so the tour will be contributing to local economies and hotels of the region, delving into the culinary culture of Pakistan. The best way to share stories and meet new people is over a plate of great food with a glass in hand. A fusion of tastes and elements that range from the rivers of the Punjab, to the rugged mountains of the North West Frontier, Pakistani cuisine blends some of the finer elements of Middle Eastern, Far Eastern and Indian techniques to create a taste and flavour all of its own.

Sumayya Usmani will be our guide and she will take us through the country, visiting her local friends who will help her cook amazing food for you to share. Sumayya Usmani has reconnected with her Pakistani Heritage through her personal culinary journeys and she will be sharing this on the tour, building the bridges once lost between Pakistan and other countries. On this particular tour we will be visiting a farm in the Karakorum Mountains to discover how the people have farmed in these mountainous conditions for centuries. Supporting the local food industry in Pakistan not only maintains the cultural identity of Pakistan but connects cultures through the most ancient of pastimes, eating!

On each Group tour we use local ground handlers. This means that all operational costs go directly into the local economy and help improve employment opportunities in remote regions. Such support can also be seen in our incorporation of homestays, locally owned hotels, family run restaurants and the services of local guides and drivers into our itineraries, which ensures that the money you spend with us goes directly into the local economy and local community.

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