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Spantik Expedition

Climb a 7000 meter peak in Pakistan


MAX ALTITUDE: 7,027 meters / 23,054 Feet 


LODGING: Mix of hotels + camping

GROUP SIZE: 5-10 people

A Brand New 2024 Adventure: Spantik Peak Climbing Expedition

Locally known as both “Golden Peak” and “Spantik Peak”, this beautiful mountain deep in the Karakoram Range in Pakistan is an accessible challenge for climbers looking to bag a 7000-meter peak. 

Come with Epic to attain new heights, challenge yourself in a pristine alpine environment, and become part of an international team of like minded adventure travelers. 

The Epic team has the skills and local knowledge to help you achieve your Spantik Peak climbing objectives. 

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If you have done some 5000 and 6000 meter trekking and climbing before, then Spantik Peak is a great place to take it a level up. 

Our team of skilled guides, high altitude porters, and cooks ensure professional support throughout the expedition, while also giving you the freedom to truly get to know the Karakoram Mountains without the big crowds or busyness of ultra-popular trekking routes. 

Become part of a team with a shared objective, experience legendary Pakistani hospitality, sharpen your climbing skills on one of the most beautiful 7000-meter peaks in the world, and gain experience from industry professionals in a challenging, but jaw dropping setting.

Upcoming Dates





July 31st - August 27th, 2024Available$1000Price on Request

Experience is Required to Join This Spantik Peak Expedition

Epic will accept new team members onto the 2024 expedition on an application/interview basis.

A minimum criteria of experience is necessary. 

Spantik is suitable for climbers with some snow and alpine climbing experience to Scottish Grade II and Alpine PD+. You also should have previous experience on glaciated mountains above 5,500m. Each team member is expected to carry some personal gear on the mountain and should expect the backpack to weigh up to 10-15 kg – depending on the day. Extra high-altitude porters can be hired in advance. 

We will interview all team members and make sure you are up for the challenge. 

*If you have traveled with us before, you do not need to fill out an application. Simply email us to schedule a check in call. 

We need a minimum of 5 people to run this trip – because there is safety in numbers and because of the complex logistics involved. 

Send us an email to arrange a call with our adventure staff to apply to join and to learn more about how we prepare and execute such adventures. 

Have a question about this Spantik Expedition?

Spantik Peak Expedition Itinerary

Arrive at Islamabad airport where you will be met by one of our staff.

Head to the hotel where you can chill out and freshen up. We recommend arriving in Islamabad at least one day early so that you can settle in and be ready to go on the morning of day one of the trip.

Note: accommodation pre-tour is not included.

The plan is for our whole group to catch an early morning flight to Skardu (50 minutes), the largest city in Baltistan. If the weather is clear, we can catch some truly epic views of Nanga Parbat and other massive peaks in the area.

Once in Skardu guests will have free time throughout the day to rest and to explore the city and the bazaar. Today, we will finalize our trekking permits at the local government office and have dinner together as a group. 

Today, the team is busy food shopping and packing all of the group supplies. Team members have free time in the city during the morning and early afternoon. In the late afternoon (time permitting), we will visit the Kharpocho Fort as a group for those who want to come. We will have dinner again as a group before setting off in the morning.

*If the group is arriving overland from Islamabad, the entire schedule is bumped back a day, to allow for a day of rest in Skardu (that is why we schedule in buffer days!)

Today, it is time to head to the mountains! Our team will assemble early at the hotel and after breakfast, we will load up the 4×4 jeeps and begin the drive to Arandu Village – the last town before we start our trek to Spantik Base Camp. The journey from Skardu to Arandu takes around 7-8 hours depending on road conditions. We will eat lunch en route.

We will arrive at Arandu in the late afternoon and camp out near the village.

It is also possible that we will need to spend an extra day in Skardu finalizing our permits if they are not ready the day before (again, this is why we schedule buffer days!).

Today we start trekking! We follow the North side of the Chogolungma Glacier to Choco Brangsa camp at 3,300m.

Trek time: 5-6 hrs

Day 2 of our trek to Spantik base camp features a long walk along the North side of the Chogolungma Glacier. Pass through patches of alpine wildflowers on a mix of trail and walking on the glacier itself. 

We make camp near a grassy knoll, which serves as local sheep grazing lands.

Trekking time:  7-8 hours

Today we arrive at our home for the next few weeks: Spantik Peak Base Camp. 

Today our team settles in and builds the camp which can take the majority of the afternoon. 

After the local poeters drop our gear, they will return to Arandu Village and leave us to the task at hand over the coming weeks: climbing Spantik Peak. 

The block of time is our climbing window.

As a team, we will do at least one rotation up the mountain for acclimatization (to camp ii or iii and back to base camp) and one  summit push rotation. 

The exact climbing schedule depends mostly on the weather – the key to high altitude climbing always involves a fair bit of patience!

Today we leave our mountain home at base camp and follow the same route back down the Chogolungma Glacier. 

Trek time: 7-8 hours

After an early start, the goal is to arrive at Arandu Village for lunch. 

After lunch, we will depart for Skardu – maybe even stopping off at a local hot springs spot along the way! 

Early Morning Flight to Islamabad from Skardu (weather pending). 

We will have a chill day in Islamabad and an epic feast all together OR we will be driving the KKH en route to Islamabad if we have flight delays. 

We booked in an extra day in Islamabad in case of travel complications getting back from Skardu.

Since you have just completed the most epic climb of your life, we do not want to add any group stress by making the departure window tight.

Today will be a free day in the city with group breakfast included.

After a final meal together, our epic journey of a lifetime has come to an end and the time has come to say goodbye.

We arrange for transfers to the airport for those who are flying out over the next 12 hours.

Check-out of the hotel is around 11 am on Day 21. You can choose to stay on at the same hotel if you are not flying home right away, though any additional nights at the hotel are not covered.

Spantik Peak CLimb FAQ

Trip participants need to be in great physical shape and capable of trekking and climbing over mixed terrain for long periods of time.

Participants should feel comfortable carrying their own personal gear to high camps on the mountain. 

The biggest day will be summit day; when the climb will take between 12-16 hours depending on conditions and your fitness level from camp iii to summit and back to camp iii. So you will need to be saving some energy for this day for sure!

The highest point on the trip is the summit of Spantik at 7,029 meters / 23,058 feet.

You will a Pakistani tourist visa to enter Pakistan to join this trip. 

Epic provides you with all of the paperwork you need to apply for visa – which is usually done 3 months in advance of the start of the trip. 


Yes. You should have some basic expereince using a jumar, rappeling, wearing crampons, snow travel, and climbing at or above 5500 meters. 

Islamabad: 4-star accommodation in a central part of Islamabad 

Skardu: 3-star accommodation located near the main market street of the city. 

Trip prices are based on the sharing of rooms/tents and single (same sex) members of the group will typically be put together.

In Skardu will be using nice guesthouses/hotels that offer very comfortable, but simple, facilities without air-conditioning (although the rooms in Islamabad will definitely have AC). In Skardu the rooms have fans, but no AC.

If you wish to bring your own tent for base camp, make sure it is sturdy enough for rocky glacier terrain, potentially high winds, and snowfall.
NOTE: Any item(s) that you do not want to bring on the trek can be safely stored with our team in Skardu before leaving for the trek.

Single Room Supplement Costs: If a client would like to reserve a single hotel room for the trip, the cost is $600.

You will need to book your round trip flights into/out of Islamabad International.


We advise that you arrive in Pakistan one day before the expedition starts. This is so that clients can shake off any jet lag they may be experiencing, and also to give all clients more of a time window in case of schedule changes or flight delays.

We will organize our driver to pick you up at the airport and shuttle you to to hotel if you are arriving within 24 hours of the start of the tour. If you are arriving earlier, we can still arrange the airport pickup for you at cost (around $20 USD). 

Breakfast: Typically includes an omelet/fried eggs, fried Pakistani bread (paratha), pancakes, jam, nutella, honey, etc + green tea/French press coffee. 

Lunch: Every day, each member is issued a packed lunch. This keeps it easy while hiking as you can stop whenever you want to eat your lunch. A typical packed lunch includes a boiled egg + potato, a few chapatis (local flat bread), cheese, dried nuts/chocolate, and a few sweets. 

Dinner: The main event! We pride ourselves on hiring the same cooks every year because they know how to deliver our custom, top notch food menu!

After our nightly soup course, dinner will be a mix of curry vegetables, rice, noodle dishes (like chow mein or pasta with red sauce, daal (lentils), meat (mutton or chicken), French fries, and, salad.

Dessert is something different every night, but for the first week of the trek, expect to have fresh mangoes and melon!

Note: Vegetarians/vegans/gluten/lactose free can be accommodated as well! 

On the mountain, we will be eating a mix of instant noodle soups, dehydrated meals, tea, and energy filled snacks. 

Each team member has a 25 kilo (55 pounds) porter allowance to get to base camp.

Members are only required to carry their daypack while trekking to case camp – which just has what you need for the day in it, IE water, snacks, layers, suncream, etc. 

If your duffle bag weighs more than 25 kilos, you will need to pay for the additional weight. Cost for additional weight will be determined on the ground as prices for porters vary by the season. 

There is no Wifi available once we leave Skardu.  

We carry a petrol generator and or solar panels, so that the team can charge batteries, power banks, phones, etc while at base camp. Each night, we run the generator for 3-4 hours.


Adventure Guide

Hailing from the Toronto region of Eastern Canada, with a background as a former standout athlete (hockey of course) and a  love of mountain adventure, Clark is a welcomed addition to the Epic team.

In addition to being a keen photographer and adventurer, Clark brings his brilliant sense of humor, leadership skills, and positive attitude to everything he puts his mind to. 

When he is not leading trips, he is working on taking over the hard apple cider game in Canada as a skilled craft brewer. 

Adventure Guide

Noemi grew up in the mountains of German-Speaking Switzerland where she naturally developed a deep love and respect for mountain environments.

She is a talented photographer, aspiring climber, and speaks at least 5 languages fluently including Arabic (and probably a few more that we don’t know about), which she taught herself in a matter of months by watching YouTube videos. 

Noemi has spent the last several years traveling, hiking, and photographing her way around many different countries in the Middle East, South and Central Asia, and Europe, and we could not be more stoked to welcome her to the Epic team! 

Adventure Guide

As our man on the ground in Mongolia, there is not much this legend can’t do. As a native the Bayan-Ölgii province of the Western Mongolia Altai, Syerik has been working as a guide and tourism entrepreneur…

for the past several years and is one of the rising stars in Mongolia adventure travel industry. 

He is currently building a beautiful Ger (Yurt) camp near his hometown where he will host Epic Mongolia team members on our trip as well as other travelers from around the world! 

He is the perfect guide for your trip to Mongolia. Serik did an amazing job giving us a well rounded experience in the Altai NP region and down in the Gobi…
The food was fantastic and Serik gave us many opportunities to learn about the Kazakh culture in that region including traditional meals. (I can’t recommend enjoying the milk tea enough!)

– Coastal

Head of canine operations

Choriza started off life as a care-free vagabond on the streets of Madeira Island without any place to call home. From the moment we met her, we knew this dog was just different, and it was pretty much love at first sight. 

She gave up the dog street life in favor of joining her new dad Chris to become a full-time member of the Epic family towards the end of 2022.

These days she can be found listening in on the fringes of important Epic business meetings while half-asleep on the couch. She is a keen hiker, lover of mud, rare steak, and might just be the sweetest little dog we have ever seen. 

Adventure Guide

An experienced trek leader and
IFMGA aspirant ski guide, avid alpine climber, devoted adventure photographer.

Organized and guided trekking expeditions, climbs and ski tours in Tajikistan’s Pamirs, Patagonia, Peru, Morocco, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Georgian and Russian Caucasus and Kamchatka.

A full member and meets the organiser of the British Alpine Club. Visited over 40 countries, lived in the UK for four years. Certified first-aider.

We joined Andrew on a fantastic trip to the Fann Mountains in Tajikistan, pure nature and magnificent scenery! Andrey was super prepared and led us safely up and down numerous passes and through some rough and icy cold rivers. Thank you for a very memorable trip, your planning and prep was excellent!

– Monika Steinlechner

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Adventure Guide

Our man in Nepal, Sandip is what we like to call a “Swiss Army Knife”. There is not much Sandip can’t do when it comes to helping Epic to run our expeditions smoothly in Nepal.

His tireless work ethic, passion for all things trekking in the Himalayas, and smart decision-making mean that Sandip is a truly invaluable member of our team.

Sandip is passionate about showing visitors to his country an amazing time, and he goes above and beyond to make sure that happens. 

His company Himalayan Masters is Epic’s trusted partner in Nepal and one of the country’s top new tour agencies.

We really enjoyed the entire journey, and I would like to say that Sandip is truly professional. He guided us and he is a hardworking person, providing us with the best service and taking care of each one of us. Plus, he is super funny! The kind of professionnal you always want to find on your path for your explorations! 

– Alexandra Ruth

Fairy Meadows

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Our Favorite Experiences

#1 Sunrise from Reflection Lake

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#2 Hiking to Nanga Parbat Base Camp

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#3 Playing cricket with the locals

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Trips Where We Visit Fairy Meadows

Our flagship Pakistani adventure tour.  Road trip with some  hiking and cultural immersion.

A trekking-style tour that features some very remote locations, inlcuding a K2 viewpoint.

Adventure Guide

João has born in the mountains of Madeira Islands in Portugal. Nature lover, writer, musician, guide, for him, a day without contact with outdoor vibes is a nightmare. 

With a degree in Cultural Studies in Portugal and a Master of Arts in Global Cultures and Creativity in the U.K.

João found out what really matters in life can be found on the trails, and in the contact with people from different backgrounds and cultures.

Guiding, crazy trekking missions, and sharing observations about the natural world, – these are some of João’s passions. 

After trekking to K2 Base Camp and exploring all over Northern Pakistan, he fell in love with the country and the local people. His experiences resulted in his desire to share these feelings with the world.

João is one of the most experienced guides at Epic and his skillset and positive mindset in the mountains is second to none

When not in Pakistan, João is  guiding and exploring in the Madeira Islands trails –  discovering some of the hidden treasures on his Portuguese Island.

João I can not thank you enough for the off the beaten paths and views you keep giving. Definitely one of the most challenging and amazing hikes we did 1200m meters all the way up to Fanal forest and circling back to the hidden village. Wow!

– Jeffery 

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Adventure Guide

Sohail is the newest addition to the Epic team and we are beyond stoked to have him on board. As a veteran of the Karakoram and a native of Karimabad in Hunza, there is not much Sohail can’t do in the mountains. 

Besides having the ability to speak more languages than we can count, Sohail has explored every corner of Gilgit Baltistan and logs more trekking miles 

in a year than most people will do in a lifetime. As of the summer of 2022, Sohail has summited Gasherbrum 1, Gasherbrum 2, and K2 – three of Pakistan’s five 8000-meter peaks. Sohail guides several trips including our annual bespoke expeditions but specializes in Hunza Valley tours.

Chris and Sohail, and the team at Epic are FANTASTIC! Highly recommend anyone to do a tour with ‘Epic’. They have the perfect balance of fun, excitement and wild adventures, tied in with being super professional and ensuring your safety/health in a foreign environment. Don’t waste a moment and book a tour with these guys as the value for money is UNREAL!

– Borgan

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Adventure Guide

Pedro’s been traveling all around the globe since 2009. His keen interests in documentary photography, rural life, and local people from different ethnic groups have been the focus of many of his professional projects.

Since 2012, he has developed his passion for travel and awesome shared experiences into a full-time adventure photography tour leader position.

Pedro has found himself continuously going back to the Middle East, with his likely favorite destination being Iran. Pedro lead his 11th tour in Iran with Epic in spring 2020

When Pedro’s not traveling the world with Epic Expeditions, you’ll find him based in the western south of Portugal planning he’s next adventure missions, logistics and working out his photos in local exhibitions.

 I loved the combination of hiking, camping around breathtaking scenery mixed with the cultural aspects. The guide (Pedro) is knowledgeable and work very hard to make the trip as memorable as possible. All in all an epic adventure with some extremely epic individuals! Go for it, you won’t regret it!

– Coastal

Diane Bouvet

Adventure Admin / Marketing

After fleeing from the corporate fashion world in Paris towards the start of 2020, Diane has been working as a web developer and graphic designer remotely from various bases across the globe

She brings all of her incredible design and organizational power to Epic Expeditions and is responsible for many of the beautiful behind-the-scenes design elements. 

Diane has been to Iran and to Pakistan twice including all over Gilgit Baltistan and KPK.

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Head of Operations | Guide

A veteran of Pakistan travel, Ralph is an experienced guide, photographer and writer who specializes in documenting remote locations. 

Not one to simply go where everyone else does, he insists on exploring new and lesser-known areas.

Together with Epic Expeditions, he shows people parts of Pakistan that most other operators don’t even know about. He is particularly fond of the village of Barah, which he believes will become just as famous as Hunza one day.

Just got back from EBT’s Trekking Amongst Giants 15 day tour. The experience was first class. Ralph, our head guide, ensured that the entire trip ran smoothly and relatively on time (a bonus for anyone travelling in Pakistan). We had so many unforgettable days on the tour and the trekking was well-planned, safe but also a rewarding challenge. 

– Calvin

Traveling to a non-tourist destination can be a little intimidating but EBT takes all of the worry and trepidation away. From the pre-trip call to meeting the wonderful staff in person you can tell that you are dealing with a company that has a passion for what they do each and every day. Ralph, Zahid, and Khan were supportive, kind, and always willing to go the extra mile to make sure that everyone on the trip was getting what they wanted out of the experience.

– Katrina 

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Founder | Adventure Guide | Director

Since he started exploring the world, Chris has been seeking out every shade of adventure in various parts of the globe and had visited more than 70 countries along the way. 

Over the last 10 years, Chris has logged more than 7000 trail miles across five continents and climbed multiple 6000 + 7000 meter peaks in Pakistan and Nepal.

A few years back, a distant dream and a deep passion for the mountains and the people of Pakistan led Chris to co-found Epic Expeditions at a time when foreign adventure tourism in Pakistan was almost nonexistent. Since then, Chris has guided more than 20 expeditions to various parts of Northern Pakistan.

Chris believes in using photography and powerful adventure experiences to dismantle negative stereotypes regarding what mainstream media considers “dangerous” countries while facilitating unique and meaningful memories in the mountains for countless people from around the globe. 

For him, an ideal start to the day begins with a steaming cup of good coffee, the beam of a headlamp, alpine boots, and a camera in hand.

He lives in Madeira Island when not leading expeditions in far-flung lands. 

Chris also works as a writer and photographer on his blog Off the Atlas – an adventure travel blog all about Pakistan.  

Read this interview our staff did with Chris to learn more about him!

Chris believes in Pakistan and its people, and he believes in the value of journeys shared with others and family cultivated on the road. Honesty and integrity are at the heart of what he does, and this really shines through in his work as a guide. He also makes great coffee – whether at 5am in an empty guesthouse or half way up a Himalayan peak.”

– Will De Villers

Pakistan is a magical country! Had 3 of the best weeks of my life thanks to Epic Backpacking Tours with owner, and one of our awesome guides, Chris. From detailed itinerary, preparation with an equipment list, and visa assistance. To amazing food, great porters, helpful guides, and great accommodations. Epic really hit home run after home run. […]

Their desire for adventure and amazing trip is just as high as yours. Bring a good pound of coffee for the trip. French press coffee every morning and no average tin coffee, plus you’ll be in your guides good books.

– Clark Tyler

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