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 |

Description of Pakistan food tour in Baltistan with Sumayya Usmani

This is a foodie tour with a difference. Not only will a maximum of twelve intrepid travellers journey to Pakistan but they'll also have the privilege of being accompanied by celebrated cookery professional Sumayya Usmani.

With the expert advice and analysis of Sumayya you'll be invited to taste the flavours from the waterways of the Punjab to Pakistan's mountainous northwest frontier. Unique insight really just scratches the surface of this inspirational two week tour with shared experiences with newfound friends bound to resonate with foodies and cultural travellers, alike.

Every single ingredient, recipe and meagre morsel will be considered fair game on this brilliant Baltistan adventure with influences from as far as the Middle East, Eastern Asia and the whole of India, taking travellers to new and exciting heights and taste sensations.

Follow your group leader from the mosques and minarets of Islamabad to the apple orchards and rural villages of Khaplu by way of the unforgettable Karakoram Mountains and the classic scenes from within the Hunza Valley.

Pakistan is Sumayya’s motherland and joining her on this tour will let you into all of the traditions, tales and secrets associated with cultural cooking on the edge of the Himalayas. Learn to cook classic Baltistan regional dishes as well as discovering how generations have adapted and persevered through often emotional and conflicting times.

Pakistani gastronomy begins at home and it's with this in mind that you'll join Sumayya Usmani on the food tour of a lifetime as you stay in some of Asia's most gorgeous settings and feast everyone of your senses from morning until night - midnight snacks are, of course, always available.

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30 Sep 2019
£ 3495
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Responsible tourism: Pakistan food tour in Baltistan with Sumayya Usmani

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.

When you take one of our tours, me make a contribution to ‘Carbon Clear’ – an organisation devoted to ‘offsetting’ or ‘neutralising’ harmful greenhouse gas emissions caused by your flights. This is done by funding projects across the world that will reduce greenhouse gases on our behalf through sustainable energy or rain forestation.

Community

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 travelling 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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