Day 1: Rawalpindi /Islamabad: You will be greeted at Islamabad International airport and transferred to comfortable centrally located hotel. Reminder of the day is free for you to relax and recovered from long flight to Pakistan. In the after noon, for those who desire there will be a tour of Pakistan’s capital Islamabad and bustling bazaar of Rawalpindi. In the evening we have a welcome dinner where you will have the opportunity to meet your guide and other team staff. O/N stay at hotel.
Day 2: Islamabad
We will start our journey with the visit of Saidpur, an authentic 500 year old village located against the Margalla hills, the foothills of the Himalayas. The village is characterized by a Hindu temple, a domed Sikh gurdhwara, or place of worship, converted into a government schools since the Partition of Pakistan from India in 1947. We will continue in taking a serious climb into the Margalla hills and be rewarded with incredible views of the valley below with the dominating Faisal Mosque. It is the largest mosque in Pakistan and South Asia and the sixth largest mosque in the world. From this stand point, the mosque give its most dramatic presence. O/N stay at hotel.
Day 3: Islamabad - Taxila - Besham
This morning, we will start our journey (5-6 hrs drive) toward the mountain kingdom of North Pakistan on the famous Karakorum Highway/ ancient silk route. En route visit Taxila Museum (1 hour drive). The modern town of Taxila is 35 km from Islamabad. Most of the Archaeological Sites at Taxila (600 BC-500 AD) are located around Taxila Museum. For over 100 years, Taxila remained famous of as a center of learning in respect of Gandhara Art of Sculpture, education and Buddhism in the days of Buddhist glory. There are over 50 archaeological sites scattered in a radius of 30 km around Taxila. Some of the most important sites include Dharmarajika, Stupa and Monastery (300 BC-200 AD), Bhir Mound (600-200 BC) Sirkap (200 BC-600 AD, Jundial Temple (250 BC), and Julian Monastery (200-600 AD). After our visit we continue our drive, en route we will stop for a cup of Pakistani tea and toilet break. O/N stay at hotel.
Day 4: Besham - Gilgit
It is long day 10 hrs drive but the scenery en route more then makes up for it. Before reached to Gilgit en route we will face some interesting photogenic stops at the pre-historic rock carving inscription at Shatial, rocks with ancient graffiti's at Chilas, view point of Nanga Parbat (9th highest peak of the world) offers breathtaking panorama on behind, the unique point where three mountain rages, Karakorum, Himalayas and Hindukush meet and our next stop will be at confluence of River Indus & Gilgit.
Gilgit: Following the silk route along side the Indus river, we reach the famous town of Gilgit at the spectacular entry point to the Karakorum mountains. For the centuries, Gilgit has being the stopping point on the Silk Route as caravans journeyed south from Kashgar. Chinese monks returning from Pilgrimages in India in the 5th century found Buddhism widely practiced in Gilgit. Hinduism came to the area around the 10th century, followed by Islam 200 years ago. O/N stay at hotel.
Day 5: Tour of Typical Mountain Bazaar Gilgit. Full day sightseeing of Gilgit town. Tour include, visit of famous Gilgit mountain bazaar, suspension bridges, Kargha Buddha and walk along the Gilgit River. After lunch we will take some rest and in the evening, we will watch the “The Wild Polo” at Shahi Polo Ground Gilgit. O/N stay in hotel.
Day 6: Gilgit - Karimabad (Hunza)
For half a day, we will drive along the beautiful Hunza river, one of the most special parts of Pakistan, en route visit Chinise graveyard, monuments, Rakaposhi view points. As we approach Karimabad the peak Rakaposhi (7788m) dominates the sky line to the east. Above Hunza stands the prominent rock spire Bublimating 6000m and the Impressive Ultar peaks. The former Mir of Hunza now lives in Modern Palace in Karimabad. We will have time to Explore the shops and city of Karimabad. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 7: Full day Tour of Central Hunza
Very few places in the world compare with this small mountainous region, which was a semi-autonomous state until very recently but is now fully unified with Pakistan, the ruling dynasty of Hunza having lasted for over 600 years. The scenic beauty of this area, with its greenery and snow-capped mountains, makes it a true paradise. During the summer there is an abundance of apricots, peaches, pears and grapes. Hunza lies on the ancient trade route to Kashgar in the Chinese province of Sinkiang. Today the Karakoram Highway runs along this route with Karimabad being the main town of Hunza. Hunza is probably most famous for the longevity of its people, due to their simplicity and natural diet, along with the unpolluted mountain air. Tibetan traders referred to the beauty of this humble paradise as "Shangri-La". The tour will include meeting with local folks, understanding the secrets of their longevity and also visit some of the important historical sites including the recently renovated, simple yet overpowering, Baltit Fort and the Altit Fort.
Day 8: Karimabad - Hoppar - Duikar
This morning we will drive by 4x4 jeeps to Hopar village (Nagar Valley) on opposite site of River Hunza for a glacier walk on the Hopar Glacier. After lunch at at Hopar, we will drive back to Duikar (The top village of Central Hunza) for sun set and sunrise photography. The valleys of Hunza and Nagar some of the most beautiful valleys in the Northern parts of Pakistan The people of this area are known for their legendary good health, longevity and hospitality. From Hunza valley, Panoramic views of Rakaposhi (7788m) Diran Peak 7266m, Spantik peak 7027m Ultar-II 7388m and lady finger peak 6000m). O/N stay in hotel.
Day 9: Karimabad - Passu (Upper Hunza)
Short an hour of driving on KKH along the river with the high peaks all around will bring us to Passu. But before reach to Passu we will stop en-route at Ganesh, (old village). The general belief however, is that the original inhabitants are descendant of soldiers of Alexander the Great, further drive to Gulkin village and walk on glacier from Gulkin to Borit Lake and trek down to KKH, cross Hussani & Passu suspension bridges. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 10: Passu - Khunjerab Pass - Sost
Full day excursion to Khunjerab Pass (The border between Pakistan & China) In the olden days there were few highs passes leading from China those were suitable for travel. Today the Khunjerab Pass, which at an altitude of 4733 m is the highest point in the world on the Karakoram Highway, provides an easy all-weather entry from Pakistan to the famous Sinkiang Province of the Peoples Republic of China. This route is a beautiful drive, with views of the high mountains of the Karakorams and the distant Pamir Mountain Ranges. At Khunjerab, now declared a national park, one can see Marco Polo Sheep (ovis ammon poli). In the evening we will drive or descend down to Sost for overnight
Day 11: Sost - Gilgit. We will drive back to Gilgit. Reminder the evening is frees you to witness once again the polo match and visit of Bazaar. O/N stay at hotel.
Day 12: Gilgit - Tato - Fairy Meadows. This morning we will drive back to Raikot Bridge, replace the vehicle and drive by 4x4 jeeps to Tato. we will start an easy 3 hrs gentle walk up the Raikot Gah to Fairy Meadows (3306m), overlooking the Raikot Glacier to the south. Enjoy the scenario of a fairy tale walk and bone fire in the evening. O/N stay at cottage/ tents.
Day 13: Fairy Meadows - BeYal - Nanga Parbat Base Camp. Full day exploration of the base camp of 9th highest peak of the world. From Fairy Meadows, we will continue south along the west margin of the forested valley, crossing the snout of the Ganalo Glacier. Follow the trial to flower -filled meadows, beyond which is the monument to German climbers killed on Nanga Parbat and the base camp at (3967m).
Days 14: Fairy Meadows - Chilas. Morning trek down to Tato and drive through our 4x4 jeeps to Karakorum Highway, further continue drive by saloon coaster to Chilas for overnight stay.
Day 15: Chilas - Islamabad. Drive back to Islamabad. Rest of the day reserved for shopping.
Day 16: Fly Back. From peace and serenity of Hunza to the hustle and bustles of "modern" trends, you say Khuda Hafiz, the typical farewell, as you depart after a tour into Shangri-La.
End of the tour.
Note: The above mentioned details are just summarized of all tours available in North Pakistan. We can work out subject to your interest, total number of days and places to visit. Therefore, feel free to write us any time convenient you and we shall be glad to furnish your requirements accordingly.
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