Ali Saltoro and his team at Alpine Adventure Guides Pakistan are second to none. I was part of an expedition team living and working on a remote glacier in North East Pakistan for two months; a remote and hostile place. The expedition simply could not have happened without Ali and his team at the helm. From logistical organization, to safety, to best tasting food I have ever eaten at a base camp. Every aspect is covered, nothing is too much trouble and Ali has an incredible network of people, both within and outside the country, to make things happen fast. I will be returning to Pakistan in the near future to attempt my second 8000m peak and I look forward to working with Ali and AAG again.
In 2013 I took part in the expedition to Gasherbrum II. The expedition was organized by Ali Muhammad, the owner of Alpine Adventure Guides Pakistan. Our offer included all services Islamabad-BC-Islamabad with full board in the BC.
I can recommend Ali as a responsible, reliable, helpful and trustworthy partner. He is always ready to solve all problems which might occur on the way. Ali provided us a very good cook and his assistant who prepared meals in the BC.
He can give you most of the up to date information about climbing routes, route conditions, statistics and any other special details since he is a climber by himself and knows the region very well. All necessary papers before and after the expedition were prepared in time. So Ali would be happy to help you with your expedition in all possible ways, don´t hesitate to ask him.
Dear Ali Muhammad Saltoro,
I would like to thanks you for your engagement to organize my expedition in Karakorum. I have appreciated your love for adventure and for the alpinist whom want to climb the highest mountains. Your support and your professional allow us to be focused on climbing and mountains and lift your organization the logistics. Every unexpected situation you had managed quickly and whit your max power.
Thanks for your great job.
with best regards
I have known Ali Muhammed Saltoro and his tour company, Alpine Adventure Guides Pakistan for two years in both a personal and professional capacity. As leader and founder of the Karakoram Anomaly project (www.karakoram.co) – a multidisciplinary endeavour to investigate why, while mountain glaciers in other parts of the world are receding and shrinking due climate change, many Karakoram glaciers are advancing. The effect, known as the Karakoram Anomaly, has drawn the attention of scientists around the world. My team and I had worked with Alpine Adventure Guides to add to the understanding of the glaciers’ behaviour and the risk they present to people living in the region,
particularly in respect to the risk of glacial lake outburst floods. The Karakoram Anomaly project comprised a complex two-month expedition into the heart of the remote Central Karakoram Range to carry out scientific research, community development, filming and mountaineering activities.
Mr Muhammed has been our tour guide and in country organizer for the expedition to Shimshal valley. His resourcefulness and capacity to manage challenging logistics have been invaluable to our project and I would recommend his services for any mountaineering or scientific endeavour in the Karakoram Mountains. Being able to adapt to differing individual and expedition needs as well as fluctuating budgets, Alpine Adventure Guides has enabled us to carry out a successful expedition.
I can confidently vouch for Ali’s personal and professional qualities. I know him to be an approachable and knowledgeable person with good communication skills in English and excellent knowledge of expedition and mountain logistics. From my contact with him, I know him as an honest, reliable and friendly person, having the skills, resources and contacts to organize successful expeditions to the top of K2 as well as the farthest regions of the Karakoram.
In my eight-year experience as expedition leader and mountaineer, I have collaborated with many expeditions and tour guides. Ali would compare favorably with the best of them. I therefore, wholeheartedly recommend Ali Muhammad Satoro and his company, Alpine Adventure Guides Pakistan to organize your expedition to the Karakoram.
Je suis allée au Pakistan une première fois en 2008. Quand on découvre ce pays, ce peuple, ces sourires, ces hauts et beaux sommets de la planète, on ne peut que y retourner…
J’ai rencontré Ali et son agence Alpine Adventure Guides en 2013. Il nous a organisé toute le logistique pour atteindre le camp de base du Nanga Parbat en hiver, et y rester durant toute la durée de l’expédition. Tout était simplement parfait : l’ambiance, l’équipement, le timing, la nourriture… tout était mis en place pour que l’expédition soit fluide et se déroule sans accroc. Nous n’avions qu’à nous concentrer sur notre objectif, sans stress puisque la logistique était gérée de main de maître.
La nourriture au camp de base est très varié, bien préparé, avec beaucoup de spécialité de tous pays. Ce peut être épicé ou non en fonction de notre demande. La logistique est bien huilé, sans temps mort entre transport, trek, camp de base…
Ali connaît de plus tout l’historique des ascensions au Pakistan. C’est une mine d’informations, d’anecdotes, d’histoires…. Nous pouvons passer des soirées très agréables à l’écouter quand il neige dehors et que nous ne pouvons pas aller en montagne. C’est aussi un alpiniste qui connaît la montagne, ses dangers puisqu’il est déjà monté au C4 de certains 8000 du Pakistan.
En plus de l’organisation Ali a le bras long, notamment avec l’armée puisque lui seul peut avoir des permis d’ascensions sur des montagnes encore vierges du Pakistan à la frontière avec l’Inde, la Chine, ou il peut encore prolonger un visa quand celui ci n’est plus valide. Il peut aussi nous dégoter des solutions de dernières minutes ou encore nous arranger au mieux notre séjour.
Bref, je ne me pose plus la question de savoir avec quelle agence je vais partir. Je donne mes idées à Ali et il m’organise toute la logistique de l’expédition. Et je sais qu’il n’y aura pas d’imprévu de dernière minute ! Je n’ai plus de stress concernant la logistique.
Alors oui, je recommande Alpine Adventure Guides à tous!
Я рекомендую Али Мухамад и его компанию после моего треккинга к К2 в Августе 2016 г. Хорошая организация логистики благодаря Али. Палатка и питание входит в стоимость треккинга, приготовлением пищи занимается команда Али. Мулы используются для переноса тяжелых вещей. С собой несете только легкий рюкзак, бутылку воды и фотокамеру. Внимательное отношение к клиенту, готовность изменить маршрут, сделать его индивидуальным в зависимости от того, что хотите увидеть. 2-3 дня треккинга могут сопровождаться днем отдыха. Необходимо взять аптечку, солнцезащитный крем, треккинговые кросовки, пуховой спальник. Так как в Пакистане распространена острая пища, то нужно заранее согласовать кухню с Али. Спокойные и доброжелательные люди, к русским и иностранцам хорошее отношение.
In August 2004, I did an independent trek with my wife. Starting from Skardu we took a 4-wheel drive up to Askole where the trek started. We walked up the Baltoro glacier to Concordia, K2 base camp and back over the Gondogoro pass. After a short rest, we went up to visit K6 and K7 base camp and then returned to Hushe where we were transported back to Skardu. Ali Mohammad was our guide for the trip. You will find that he is helpful, considerate, speaks good English and is great company. Above all he is very knowledgeable and has excellent mountain craft. He organized our porters, their gear and food, transport and the briefing/debriefing at the Ministry of Tourism in Islamabad. We left Pakistan knowing we have a friend to contact for future treks. I have no hesitation in recommending him as a guide to others.
My husband and I have been 2001 in Pakistan. When we came to Islamabad, we were searching for a guide. There have been some, who really wanted to charge us a lot of money. But in Ali we found a guide, who really tried to plan the tour, like we wanted to. We could express our wishes concerning equipment, food and porters. Mi always was honest and told us, what was possible or not. We made with Ali a trekking tour to Concordia, then to the K2-basecamp (my husband). Our way back was over the Gondogorola-pass. Ali was in a very good physical condition, he was never tired exhausted, but really somebody, whom we could follow. He hired reliable porters, we had never a dispute with the porters, and they also went with us the not easy Gondogorola-pass without discussion. In the end the whole tour was planned and carried out for us in a perfect way and the price was really fair. There have been no bad surprises afterwards. We can recommend Ali as a very good guide; we really had fantastic time on our tour with him. He helped as afterwards to go on the Karakorum highway, and also, when we came back to Islamabad, Ali was of good help.