Generally one can say that Baltistan is not affected by riots, bomb attacks and religious conflict. Baltistan is safe for visitors! There is hardly any violence at all: the prison in Skardu, for instance, is empty most of the time. This has cultural reasons for the Baltis place great value on peace and hospitality.
Moreover, Baltistan is linked to the outside world only by one road on which are strictly controlled. Otherwise, the area is separated from the rest of Pakistan – and with that from the regions which are not safe - by high mountains.
We can give you the best and most experienced high altitude porters of Baltistan who all are prepared to work for this agency. Some of them have climbed K 2, most of them have reached the summits of Broad Peak, G I and G II at least once.
At present, the best high altitude porters come from the Khapulu area and from the village of Satpara near Skardu. The probably strongest of them all is Little Hussain. He was among the high altitude porters who helped to carry down the body of Markus Kronthaler from the summit of Broad Peak in summer 2007.