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Pakistan's Baltoro Glacier Visitation

A route along the Baltoro Glacier leads to the Godwin-Austen, upper Baltoro and Vigne Glaciers, and to the base camps of many major peaks such as K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I-IV, and the Trango Towers. This remote corner of Baltistan is the destination for the majority of all regulated trekking parties and mountaineering expeditions in Pakistan. These parties and expeditions are supported by local Balti porters (see the discussion of Baltistan and Ghanche District Tourism in the report entitled Survey of Ecotourism Potential in the Biodiversity Project Area). This concentration of activity and impact (see Appendix J - Observation of the 1995 K2 Concordia Baltoro Glacier Clean-up of the above report) makes the Baltoro Glacier a key indicator of future trends throughout northern Pakistan and of efforts to accommodate more highly-concentrated mountain tourism.

Restricted-Zone Visitation along Baltoro Glacier
Trekking Mountaineering Total Trekking & Mountaineering
Year Number of Trekkers Number of Staff Total Trekkers & Staff % Number of Climbers Number of Staff Total Climbers & Staff % Total Average %
1994 488 1184 1672 70% 278 2918 3196 71% 4868 70%
1995 485 1025 1510 59% 218 2656 2874 57% 4384 58%
1996 592 1793 2385 65% 186 2132 2318 46% 4703 59%
1997 845 2426 3271 77% 312 2097 2409 62% 5680 72%
1998 n/a n/a n/a n/a% 200 n/a n/a n/a% n/a n/a%
1999 n/a n/a n/a n/a% 327 n/a n/a n/a% n/a n/a%
2000 n/a n/a n/a n/a% 197 n/a n/a n/a% n/a n/a%
2001 n/a n/a n/a n/a% 293 n/a n/a n/a% n/a n/a%
2002 n/a n/a n/a n/a% n/a n/a n/a n/a% n/a n/a%
2003 n/a n/a n/a n/a% 322 n/a n/a n/a% n/a n/a%
2004 n/a n/a n/a n/a% 415 n/a n/a n/a% n/a n/a%
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