Mountain excursion in Pakistan

From majestic mountains to serene Moghul architecture, bustling bazaars to the remains of ancient cities, and Sufi shrines to railway lines, Pakistan’s divers attraction offer a wealth of adventure and culture.

Gilgit – Baltistan formerly known as northern areas is perhaps the most spectacular region of Pakistan in terms of its geography and scenic beauty, lying under great mountain ranges, the Karakoram, the Hindukush, the Himalaya & Pamir. The whole region is like a paradise for Mountaineers, Explorers, Adventurers, Trekkers and Anglers. The Landscapes those are like the dream of poets and nature lovers, exciting mountain trails and simple hospitable people of the region have rich cultural heritage and variety of rare fauna and flora.

 

Trip itinerary

 

Duration 14 days

Arrival – Islamabad

Departure – Islamabad

 

Day 01 – Arrival at slamabad airport. The capital city of Pakistan.

Checking into your hotel. You will be able to take a short tour of Islamabad city with your guide – This will depend on your flight arrival timing.

  • Visit Faisal Mosque

  • Lok virsa Museum/ A cultural heritage of Pakistan from both streams of urban and rural.

  • Islamabad Monument

  • Islamabad Museum

  • Welcoming dinner at one of fantastic restaurant on Jinnah avenue

Overnight at 3 stars hotel in Islamabad

 

Day 02 - Karakoram Highway – Chilas (12-13 hrs)

  • Early morning drive in a private bus to join the famous Karakoram Highway, sneaking through some of the Great Mountain Ranges of the world.

Karakoram Highway (KKH)- The development found their greatest physical manifestation with the construction of KKH, built along the path of the caravan routes of the Silk Road from China to Pakistan. A remarkable engineering achievement and it is said to be the highest paved international road. Due to its elevation and difficult conditions in which it was constructed, it is also referred as the "Eighth Wonder of the World”.

  • The journey on the Karakoram Highway is long but equally fascinating to travelers.

Overnight in Shangrila Indus view Hotel.
 

Day03- Chilas – Fairy Meadows/Nanga Parbat – 8126m

  • Continue drive to Raikot bride (1 hr) and shift to 4WD and off road to Tato village (1hr) and then hike to Fairy Meadows. (3/4hrs)

  • Horse riding is available here; those are not willing to hike can ride horse to Fairy Meadows.

Fairy Meadow is lush green meadows situated in the foot of impressive Nanga Parbat, the western anchor of Himalayan mountain range. The meadow presents spectacular views around include Nanga Parbat- the 2nd highest peak in Pakistan and 9th in the world ranking.

Overnight in Alpine Huts.

Day04 – Explore Fairy Meadows

  • At Fairy Meadows you will be able to ride horses to visit Beyal camp and view point. OR

  • You can also do the easy hiking to view point in the shadow of Nanga Parbat and then continue to Base camp if the participants fit enough, otherwise you will return from the view point.

  • It offers plenty of flexibility; those who prefer a quite relaxing day can stay at meadow and get mesmerized by the unparallel views.

Overnight in Alpine Huts.

Day05 - Fairy Meadows – Skardu (8-9 hrs)

  • Trek back to Jhel village & drive with 4WD down to KKH.

  • Drive along the narrow River Indus to Skaru, which is capital of Baltistan region and surrounded by high mountains.

  • Check in Hotel & rest.

PTDC Motel OR equivalent standard.

Day 06 – Explore Skardu

Full day explore around Skardu and following places will be visited.

  • Visit to Shigar valley & Shigar Fort

  • Lower Katchura Lake

  • Upper Katchura Lake

  • Satpara Lake - If time permits.

PTDC Motel OR equivalent standard.

Day07 Skardu

Rest day after the intencities of the previous days. In the afternoon we can drive to the famous Deosai plateau. Skardu is the perfect place to stop for 2 nights. It's never hot, even in summer. It has always cool and fry fresh air waving from the mountains around.

Day08 - Skardu – Hunza

  • Continue on Karakoram Highway to Karimabad – gorgeous Hunza valley, stopping at Rakaposhi view en route.

  • Explore Karimabad town – surrounded with several high mountains of 7000m, included Ultar Sar, Hunza peak, Lady Finger, Diran, and Golden peak.

  • Visit of Baltit Fort – A 700 years old fort was once used as residence of Mir of Hunza.

Hunza Embassy Hotel or equivalent Hotel

Day09 –Around Hunza

Full day to explore around upper Hunza valley

  • Visit of Gulmit and Pasu valley, passing long Attabad lake en route.

  • Visit to famous Pasu suspension bridge.

  • Visit to Borit Lake

  • Visit to Pasu glacier & Pasu valley

Afternoon return to Karimabad and visit Altit Fort, another ancient Fort more older than Baltit Fort. After a brief visit continue upward to Duikar village – situated high above Hunza valley. It’s where one experience sweeping view of the Hunza valley and also a finest place to catch the glimpse of sunset and sun rise on snow cape peaks.

Eagle Nest Hotel

Day10- Besham (10 - 12 hours)

Join back to KKH and continue driving down to Besham for overnight stay.

  • En route stop at junction point where three great mountains ranges meet, the karakoram, the Himalaya and the Hindukush.

  • Also a short stop at ancient Buddhism rock inscriptions in Chilas
    Overnight Besham PTDC

  • Day11 - Besham – Rawalpindi ( 6-7 hours)

Resume journey to Islamabad/Rawalpindi and transfer to airport 3 hours prior to homebound flight departure.
Overnight in GC Rawalpindi or equivalent.


 

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Services Included

  1. Transportation – Private Hiace / Coster Bus for whole trip

  1. Jeeps to Fairy Meadows

  1. All accommodations – neat and clean hotels

  2. Meals - three time meals based on available menu.

  3. Mineral water / except on Fairy Meadow trip

  4. All entrance fees / Museums & Forts

  5. Services of English speaking guide.

  6. Toll & Taxe

Services not Included

  1. Horse Riding charges

  1. Mineral water on Fairy Meadows

  1. Porters for personal luggage.

  2. Personal clothing

  3. Any personal nature expenses, such as telephone call, laundry etc

  4. Any insurance

  5. Tips

  6. Anything that is not mentioned.

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