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25 Days
Availability : March - August
Islamabad
Gilgit, skardu, Hunza and khunjerab pass
Tour Details

We use soft top 4×4 jeeps to explore the remote valleys of the three highest mountain ranges of the world: Hindukush, Karakorum & Himalayas. As our jeeps take us deep into valleys, we even leave the jeeps to walk through the mountains to feel their grandeur. The highlight is short walk to 8,125 meters Nanga Parbat’s pristine valley: The meeting place of fairies.

Departure & Return Location

Islamabad International Airport (Google Map)https://goo.gl/maps/J7yGR5AijgHGQBDc7

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Full Board meals
  • Hotel accommodation at tourist class
  • Experience Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location & Road Tolls

Price Excludes

  • International/ Domestic flight airfare
  • Main meals and extras at hotels like drinks, laundry, phone calls. Insurance liability and other
  • Staff Tips

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect
  • Unique culture of Kailash
  • Shandur, highest polo ground in the world.
  • Fairy Meadows
  • Deosai Plains
  • Skardu, Little Tibet
  • Hunza, the Shangri la
Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Islamabad

Welcome reception on arrival at federal capital of Pakistan and transfer to hotel. Afternoon tour of twin cities of Islamabad and Pindi. Enter Faisal Mosque – the landmark of Islamabad. Visit Daman-e-Koh on top of hill for panoramic view of Islamabad, drive on Constitution Avenue for looking at President House, Parliament, Supreme Court & other state buildings. Also visit Pindi colorful Raja Bazaar for bargain shopping.
Drive back to Mingora

Day 2Drive to Mingora

In the morning we drive from Islamabad to Swat valley, enroute we visit Takht-I-Bhai Monastery and drive uphill through Malakand Pass. Near Bukhara, we will visit Churchill picket.
Overnight at hotel in Mingora.

Day 3Swat (Excursion to upper swat valley)

After breakfast proceed for Kaalam, en route visit of Bahrain. The town Bahrain borders the Swat river and trout fishing is a favorite pastime. Kalam is 30km from Bahrain and about 2000m above sea level.Drive back to Mingorat.
Overnight at Hotel

Day 4Mingora-Chitral

Drive to Chitral, passing through the fertile green plains of the valley of Swat Valley, At Chakdara you turn right and crossing Chakdara bridge to lead to Dir. Lunch at Al-Manzar hotel, Dir. Proceed towards Lowari Pass (3,200 Meters). The descent is more interesting as it encounters around 96 Hair-pin turns to bring you to the valley floor. Arrive Chitral town, transfer to Motel for Meals and overnight. (330 km, 10 – 11 Hours)
Overnight at Hotel

Day 5Visit Kalash Morning city tour of Chitral town,

the capital of the valley. While Guide arranges for the permit to enter the Kalash valley, we have time to visit the colorful bazaar where one comes across people from different parts of Afghanistan and North Pakistan. Enjoy fascinating views of Tirich Mir (7,708 M) the highest mountain of Hindukush range, and visit the central Mosque of the town. Lunch at hotel , drive to Kalash Valley. Kafir Kalash is an infidel tribe believing in the old Gods, known to the outside world for their merrymaking attitude towards life. Legend says that they are descendants of four Greek soldiers of Alexander’s army. The women wear black robes and a skull-cap decorated with sea shells and coins.
Overnight in the hotel. (40 km, 1- 2 hours)

Day 6visit the other villages of the kalash tribe

Today we visit the other villages of the Kalash tribe. Birir Village: This village is located just another side of the Bomburat and in a jeep, we will visit this very old village. On the way back from Birir we also visit the 3rd village of Kalash tribe which is called Rambure, where we can see the wooden Idols of Kalash heroes.
Overnight at the same hotel. 7/8 Hours)

Day 7 Bumburet - Mastuj

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Morning drive from Bumburet to Mastuj village, along the Chitral river is flowing in the main valley bed. The landscape of Hindukush range appear 4s much arid and dry, as this area is outside the reach of monsoon and receives very little rain. We stop at a small village for lunch and then continue North, now enjoying fascinating views of snow clad peaks reaching 4,500 meters. Meals & overnight at Rest House.(163 km, 7/8 hours)
Overnight at Hotel

Day 08 Through Shandur Drive up the Phander

Jeep -track over the Shandur Pass to Phander Lake. After Laspur village the zigzag jeep track climbs up the Shandur Pass (11,500 ft.), so we leave the jeeps and walk over the pass to the highest Polo ground in the world. This is where every year a grand festival of Polo takes place where teams from all of North Pakistan meet together to decide the Champion of the year. The festival is attended by many enthusiasts from every village, who camp here for days to see their team progress towards the glory. We Continue drive to Phander lake. (80 km, 6/7 hours)
Overnight at Hotel

Day 09Drive to Hunza ,

We drive out from Phander to Hunza Danyore the town from the historic route, crossing a suspension bridge over river. The tour will continue to the beautiful, breathtaking Hunza Valley through a scenic route On our way we see the old Silk Route used by the Buddhist monks and traders. En route short stay at Rakaposhi (7,788m) viewpoint. Enter the Hunza valley and arrive at the capital Karimabad.
Overnight at Hotel. (255 km, 6/7 hours)

Day 10 Day Trip to Hoper glacier

In the morning we drive to hoper glacier and walk for 3 hours on ualter glacier, Lunch at Hoper Hilton and drive back to Karimabad. In the afternoon visit the newly restored Palace of the King of Hunza Kingdom that also served at many wars as a fort.
Overnight at Hotel

Day 11Passu (Full day excursion to Khunjerab pass)

Drive overland to the highest border crossing in the world at 4,733 meters. We stop first at Sust, the last check post of Pakistan for customs and immigration formalities. We drive on Karakorum Highway along the Khunjerab river, passing through a museum of landscape. The Khunjerab National park where sometimes one can see Ibex, Marcopolo sheep, snow leopards and big brown rats (Mermaids) starts from Dhee. Khunjerab Pass(4733 m) is the border between Pakistan and China and it is the point where Karakorum mountain range ends and Pamir range starts. After a short stay at Khunjerab Pass we’ll drive back to Passu..
Overnight at Hotel

Day 12 Hunza, Rest da

Day free in Karimabad for short walks to Altit and Baltit Forts, and for other explorations in Hunza Valley The people of Hunza are famous for their long lives. You can also see some beautiful peaks of Karakorum range from Karimabad ; Rakaposhi 7788 m, Diran 7266 m, Ultar 7400m, Golden peak 7027 m and the Nagar valley on the left bank of Hunza river. In Hunza each family grows enough wheat, maize, apricots and walnuts for its own use. The people are mostly self sufficient, making their own clothes, shoes, wooden and stone bowls and growing all their own food. The people are very friendly and cheerful. In the afternoon you could walk to Ultar glacier, follow the irrigation channel through the village or stroll through the single lane bazaar for better views of soaring peaks around you.
Overnight at Hotel

Day 13Hunza - Skardu

From Karimabad we follow Karakorum Highway reputed as the eighth wonder of the world. We leave the KKH at Alam Bridge near Jenglot turning left towards east, crossing the bridge. Then along Indus river towards north and arrive at the place where the three highest mountain ranges of the world.This exciting mountain road that cuts through the deep & narrow gorge of Indus river, offers many challenging views. The landscape of mostly very dry and wild, villages and settlements along the way are fewer and perched high on the steep mountain slopes. Just before Skardu, the valley suddenly opens up and becomes wide. The roaring & charging river becomes peaceful and calm. Arrive and explore the capital of Baltistan, Skardu town. Formerly Buddhist, Skardu, was called’ Tibet Khurd (little Tibet) and was an important stop on the old route to Tibet and the district of Ladakh. Here the Indus River joins the Shigar River to become an enormous oval basin at 2,300 meters enclosed in purple, red, gray, and ochre mountains. Stroll down the narrow bazaar, climb up the cliff to visit the historic “Kharpocho” fort.
Overnight at Hotel

Day 14Skardu - Shighar.

The gentle, irrigated slopes with terraces of wheat, maize and barley, and the orchards of apricot, mulberry, peach, plum, pear, apples and nuts – all add to the charm of Shigar valley surrounded by snow-topped mountains. The town displays impressive carved wooden houses and mosques..
Overnight at Hotel

Day 15Khaplu (Excursion to Hushe valley)

Board soft top 4×4 jeeps for an exciting ride to the trek head for Gondogoro La & Concordia. En route short stay in Machlu for view of Mashabrum Peak (7821 meters) Arrive Hushe village 3,200 meters a small green village with many beautiful camping sites. It is the starting and ending point of many trekking and mountaineering parties coming or going to Concordia.
Overnight at Hotel

Day 16 Drive to Upper Kachura Lake

Drive back to Skardu. Short stay in Skardu town and continue drive for another 30km for heart shape lower Kachura lake. Visit Shangrila resorts around lower Kachura lake one of the most beautiful resorts in northern Pakistan. Proceed further four kilometers to upper Kachura lake.
Overnight at Hotel

Day 17: Skardu to Rama

After breakfast we start driving for Rama visiting Satpara Lake en route. Satpara is an another picturesque lake of Baltistan, with an island in the centre of lake. crossing Satpara Village en route.we will drive through the rolling grasslands of Deosai. This is a treeless wilderness, a unique feature of nature which remains snow covered for 7 to 8 months of the year. When snow melts, there emerge a matchless variety of colourful flowers. We will pass by the Deosai Lake and descend to Chilam Chowki and proceed to Astore. We will stay at the PTDC Motel at Rama Village above Astore,.
Overnight at Hotel

Day 17: Free day Rama

An optional walk to Rama Lake 3 km above Rama village or enjoy peaceful natural environment and relaxing.
Overnight at Hotel

Day 19 Drive & Trek Fairy Meadows

After an early breakfast, depart for Raikot Bridge at Karakoram Highway. On arrival switch over to local jeeps and arrive at Tato. After packed lunch at Tato. We leave the jeeps and start walking. We ascend gradually, walking through the dry lunar landscape. Soon we enter the narrow, barren gorge of Tato river, the track clings high on its left bank. Crossing through the green juniper and pine trees arrive at Fairy Meadows for overnight camping. transfer to Raikot Sarai camping for dinner & overnight. (8/9 hours)
Overnight at Hotel

Day 20 Short Walks around Fairy Meadows

Morning light brings the surprise view of Nanga Parbat massif from the campsite. After breakfast at dining tents at camp,
we commence short walks around Fairy Meadows. The route followed by the locals, climbs rather steeply, from the campsite, through the jungle of pine trees to emerge at Fairy Meadows. We take the slightly longer, wide trek that ascends gradually through the jungle. The view of Nanga Parbat (8,125meters) soon fills the horizon in the south east. we would be walking fairly close to the crystal clear streams flowing through the pine trees. Fairy Meadows at 3,200 meters, is an idyllic campsite – perched above the Raikot glacier flowing from the massif of Nanga Parbat. Nature lovers call it one of the most magical and scenic of all of Pakistan’s beauty spots. Meals and overnight at Camp.
Overnight at Hotel

Day 21Fairy Meadows-Chilas

On Karakorum Highway We start walking down from Fairy Meadows in early morning, in three hours we arrive at the point where jeeps are waiting for us to take us through short jeep track to Raikot bridge on Karakorum Highway. We drive on Karakorum highway along the mighty Indus river to Sharkool, passing through the dry gorge of Indus that offers fascinating landscape of Karakorum. Arrive at Sharkool a small village on top of a green hill. Dinner and overnight at Hotel. (Trek 3 hours, Drive Tatto – Raikot – Chilas 55 Km, 2 Hours)
Overnight at Hotel

Day 22 Across Babusar Pass to Naran

Early in the morning drive to Naran (2,427 m), crossing Babusar Pass, 10 hours
We start our drive ascending the Chilas town and we leave the Karakorum Highway. The ride across the pass offers extensive views of pink bistro, blue delphiniums, edelweiss and counsels other flowers reaching white summits, jeep track lead to the Babusar Pass 4150M, after the pass we will enter to Kaghan valley. Enroute we will visit Lulusar lake, Besel (3,266 m ), a highland pasture with a cluster of stone houses that blend into the rocky hillside. After Lulusar we follow the Kunhar river to Naran.,
Overnight at Hotel

Day 23Saif-ul-Maluk Lake, Naran (3200 m )

We visit Saif-ul-Maluk Lake, where the peak of Malka Parbat (5390 m) is mirrored in the deep blue waters. This lake was named after Prince Saif-ul-Maluk Maluk who fell in love with a fairy whom he saw bathing in the lake
Overnight at Hotel

Day 24Naran-Shogran

Today we drive through hamlets with stone and wood homes surrounded by rice fields. We follow the Kunhar River and accompany the handsome Gujjar nomads with their buffaloes until we reach the Shogran.
Overnight at Hotel

Day 25Shogran-Islamabad

After Breakfast we leave for Islamabad it’s about 202 km and 5-6 hours drive
Overnight at Hotel

Day-25 ISB - departure

Transfer to airport for departure flight.

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Helen Walm

Solo Traveller

The itinerary was excellent. same adjustments were made to take into account the weather,ramadan timing and security issues, but overall the itinerary was diverse, covered all major sites and had a good day to day balance.A sucessful tour is dependent not only places one is seeing,but also by the guide and the driver. in my case Mr.liqa as the guide and Mr.khan as the driver were both excellent. Mr.liqa was very well organized made sure all key data was presented, considered me to client above all else on a daily basis. he is to be commended for his role in the success of this tour. Mr.khan was an excellent driver who never exhibited anything other than a quiet manner in his dealings with me.
the accommodation overall was very good. all had wifi, all had english speaking staff and all were clean.
food was generally eaten in the hotel due to ramadan and security concerns. food was nicely presented, plentiful and tasty.
the method of transport was very good. Mr.khan kept the car in positive condition.
overall i would certainly say this tour gave me a huge insight in to the history and culture of pakisan. i thoroughly engaged my time here.

June 12, 2019