Join this 13 day Pakistan adventure to visit the best of the awe-inspiring Karakorum mountain range of Northern Pakistan.
Access to these areas has been made easier since the building of the remarkable Karakorum Highway 20 years ago, but this is still an unexplored and overlooked destination, perfect for anyone looking for some real adventure, incredible scenery, and some of the most hospitable and generous people in the world. Walking glaciers in the Karakorum, crossing rope bridges in the Pamirs and meeting isolated animist tribes in the Hindu Kush are just some of the things you’ll pack into this 2 week Pakistan adventure.
First stop is the Hunza valley, exploring the rope bridges of Husseini, Passu glacier and learning about life in the high mountains of Pakistan. Then you’ll take one of life’s great road trips, the Karakorum Highway, back to Islamabad and on to Lahore, one of the sub-continents great cities and Pakistan’s cultural capital, with its spectacular Mughal architecture and teeming street life.
• Explore the wonderful Hunza valley
• Cross Husseini rope bridge
• Drive the legendary Karakorum Highway
• Explore the Mughal city of Lahore
Why We Love This Adventure
- Incredible scenery and hospitable people
- Catch a scenic flight over the heart of the Karakorum to Gilgit
- Road trip the spectacular Karakorum highway
From the burning plains of Balochistan to the top of K2, the world’s second highest mountain, Pakistan is the link between the steamy subcontinent and the wild mountains of Central Asia. Four of the great mountain ranges of the world collide in the North and the scenery is matched by an eclectic collection of people and cultures. Remains of the ancient Buddhist civilization of Gandhara sit side by side with the sights and smells of the chaotic Pashtun capital of Peshawar.
13 days visiting the best of the awe-inspiring Karakorum mountain range of Northern Pakistan as well as exploring Lahore, one of the sub-continents great cities. First stop is the Hunza valley, exploring the rope bridges of Husseini, Passu glacier and learning about life in the high mountains of Pakistan. Then you'll take one of life's great road trips, the Karakorum Highway, back to Islamabad and on to Lahore, Pakistan's cultural capital with its spectacular Mughal architecture and teeming street life.
Day 1 - Islamabad
Friday 21st September 2018
After meeting you from the airport and checking in to your Guesthouse, you will take a short tour of Islamabad.
Overnight in Islamabad.
Day 2 - Fly from Islamabad to Gilgit. Transfer to Hunza
Saturday 22nd September 2018
You will catch a scenic flight over the heart of the Karakorum to Gilgit. From there you will join the famous Karakorum highway and head to the fabled Hunza valley. You then use Hunza as a base for exploring the surrounding area.
Overnight in Hunza.
Day 3 - Hunza
Sunday 23rd September 2018
A day in and around Karimabad, the capital of the Hunza valley.
You will visit the ancient forts of Baltit and Altit, the traditional residences of the Mirs of Hunza. (If the flight on day 2 is cancelled then one of these days will be spent driving from Islamabad to Hunza)
Overnight in Hunza.
Day 4 - Hunza - Sost
Monday 24th September 2018
Drive from Hunza to Sost. The route passes the newly formed Attabad Lake. The 30 km long lake was only formed in 2010 after a massive landslide dammed the mighty Hunza river. You will also be able to cross the nerve jangling rope bridge at Husseini and view the Passu glacier.
Overnight in Sost.
Day 5 - Sost – Khunjerab – Hunza
Tuesday 25th September 2018
You will drive to the top of the Khunjerab Pass and the border to China. The pass, at 4693 metres is the highest paved land border in the world.
Return to Hunza.
Overnight in Hunza.
Day 6 & 7 - Hunza
Wednesday 26th – Thursday 27th September 2018
You have two more days of trips planned in Hunza. However, you may want to do nothing more than sit under an apricot tree, watch the mountains and read a book.
This includes taking a walk on the high irrigation channels cut into the rock, giving tremendous views and an insight into how the people of Hunza created their Shangri-La.
Overnight in Hunza
Day 8 - Hunza & Naran
Friday 28th September 2018
A long days drive from Hunza to Naran.
The first section will be on the Karakorum highway where we pass the point where the 3 great mountain ranges meet. After passing between the Himalayas, the Karakorum and the Hindu Kush we leave the Karakorum Highway and cross the 4000 metre high Babasur Pass before breaking our journey in Naran in the Kaghan valley.
Overnight in Naran.
Day 9 - Naran - Islamabad
Saturday 29th September 2018
Another day spent enjoying the scenery of the Kaghan valley and the final section of the Karakorum highway.
Overnight in Islamabad.
Day 10 - Islamabad - Lahore
Sunday 30th September 2018
A days drive from Islamabad to Lahore. Stopping en route at the UNESCO world heritage site of Rohtas fort. Once in Lahore you can eat at one of the famous barbeque restaurants.
Overnight in Lahore.
Days 11-12 - Lahore
Monday 1st – Tuesday 2nd October 2018
You will have two full days in and around Lahore. You will be able to spend time in the narrow alleyways of the old city including the largest medieval mosque in the world, the awesome Badshahi mosque. You will also have the option to visit the Shalimar Gardens, the Lahore museum, Wazir Khan mosque, Shahi Hamam, Lahore Fort and Jahangir tomb.
Another day might be spent outside of Lahore getting a taste of Punjabi rural life.
You will also head out of Lahore in the afternoon to the Indian border at Wagah to witness the daily flag ceremony. Huge crowds gather to watch the Indian and Pakistani border guards lower their flags.
Accommodation in Lahore
Day 13 - Lahore - Home
Wednesday 3rd October 2018
Transfer to airport and fly home.
PriceUS $2,850 - Reserve a place on this trip with a deposit of US $400
• All accommodation
• One internal flight between Islamabad and Gilgit
What's Not included
• Any necessary visas
• Flights to Pakistan
• Entrance fees
• Lunch & Dinner
Trip Duration13 days
Start LocationIslamabad, Pakistan
End LocationLahore, Pakistan
Average Group SizeMaximum 10 people
We do not and cannot offer a uniform accommodation standard on our itineraries. Even if we wanted to, the reality is that standards in Islamabad cannot be compared to a guesthouse in an isolated valley in the Hindu Kush. We consider comfort, location, design, character, historical interest and whether the money we spend will go into the pockets of the local community when we make our choices of where to stay.
The accommodation will be based on 2 people sharing. Single Supplement costs an additional US $450.
Breakfast is included every day. Some other meals in remote areas are included where stated on the itinerary. People sometimes want to eat different things in different places at different times and when there is an option you will be able to choose. You will be shown some great places and some favourite restaurants and tea houses. Some are luxurious, some are more earthy but all have character. However, equally you can explore and find your own favourites.
When vehicles and drivers are chosen, elements such as the road conditions, the length of journey and the competence of the man behind the wheel are taken into consideration. Most of the roads on this trip are paved although the state of the surface can vary. In the Hunza valley the roads are sometimes very bad and we will be in jeeps for this section. Your comfort and enjoyment of the journey is the first priority.
The far North of Pakistan in Gilgit and Hunza are currently stable areas. However, the situation is monitored closely and advice is listened to closely from the foreign office and from friends in the areas this trip visits. The client’s safety is the primary concern. The tour leader has the final word with regards to changes in the itinerary for safety reasons. Whilst the route chosen passes through areas which are considered to be stable, things can change and the route may have to alter or sections of the trip cancelled at short notice.
Dates & Availability
- 21 Sep 2018 – 03 Oct 2018
Specialists in trips to Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, former Soviet Central Asia and the Caucasus, this operator aims to add positive benefit to the areas visited by ensuring that whenever possible, the money goose directly to the people of the region. In their words “”small scale tourism might not change the world but every path starts with a single step’.
The founders met as travel guides in the mountains of Afghanistan and bonded over a shared passion to enable other people to experience the beauty of Pakistan and Afghanistan, lands that are often described as dangerous and inhospitable.
Working with small groups of a maximum of 12 people and using specialist local guides throughout, their aim is to provide authentic and original experiences for all guests. This small number allows for greater security, flexibility and access to local people and places. Each set itinerary trip is individually designed to coincide with local events or to visit the area at the best time of year.
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