BEST OF GILGIT BALTISTAN
This is a unique tour that takes you to the beauty of the Gilgit Baltistan and a scenic section of the Karakoram highway all the way to Sikardu, Astor, Gilgit, and Hunza valley touching the Khunjurab Pass which is bordering China.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Snow & Ice
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
On arrival at Islamabad International airport, you will be greeted by our guide later transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon city tour of Islamabad followed by the Damn-E-Koh (viewpoint), which gives you a panoramic view of Islamabad before driving past various modern streets and buildings graceful with a touch of Islamic Architecture & Folk Heritage Museum. Our tour culminates at one of the world’s largest mosque – Shah Faisal Mosque. Overnight at hotel in Islamabad
Islamabad flight to Skardu
In the morning transfer to Islamabad airport for domestic flight to Skardu. On the flight, you may enjoy stunning views over the Pakistani Himalayas. Note, flights are subject to weather; in the case of bad weather we will depart for Skardu by road with an overnight stay at Chilas. Afternoon visit Kachura Lake, Katpana Cold desert and Khapochu Fort. Overnight in Skardu at Concordia hotel or Ganchen Guest House.
In the morning we drive to another beautiful valley of Khaplu, a beautiful town on the bank of Indus River. Visit the old Fort and Mosque built by in Tibetan architectural style. Afternoon we drive to Macholu valley with beautiful Mountain views including Masherbrum Peak (7,821meters). After visit around the village return to Khaplu. Overnight at Khaplu Palace or PTDC Motel.
Khalpu - Shigar valley
In the morning we will drive to Shigar Valley. After lunch, we will take a hike up to Kari Dong the famous Shigar Rock. Then From this. Later on, return to Shigar village visit Shigar fort; the palace stands on the
bank of the Shigar stream and is built upon a massive rock. This 350 years old fort has been renovated by the Agha Khan Trust for Culture and is the only one of its kind in Pakistan. Later visit 400 years old Wooden Mosque.
Overnight at Shigar Fort Residence or Hotel
Deosai National Park – Astore Tarashing valley
In the morning we set off to Deosai National Park; one of the highest plateaus in the world, with height over 4,000 meters above the sea level, covering an area of about 3,000 square kilometers, the plateau is covered with snow from November to May. This pass is only accessible from June to September.
Overnight at Guesthouse in Trashing.
Tarashing Hike - Herrlikoffer Base Camp
Today will start early for our day hike toward Nanga Parbat – Herrlikoffer Base Camp.
After picnic lunch, while overlooking view of Majestic Nanga Parbat peak (8125 M). Later trek back to Tarashing. Overnight at Guesthouse in Trashing.
Tarashing – Gilgit
In the morning we will drive back to Gilgit city. Where there are the world’s three mightiest mountain ranges: the Karakoram, the Hindu Kush, and the Himalayas – meet. The whole of Gilgit Baltistan is like a paradise for mountaineers, trekkers, and adventure lovers.
Overnight at Gilgit Grand Continental or Riveria hotel in Gilgit.
Breakfast in the hotel later drives along the Karakorum Highway to Karimabad Hunza valley. The next stop will be at Chalt Nagar which is the main Karakorum Thrust which is the collision point of Indo Pak and the Eurasian plate. We will also make a tea stop at the Rakaposhi peak (7788 m) viewpoint for photography. Continue driving to Karimabad. Later proceed to Duiker village which is just above Karimabad village with a stunning view over Karimabad and surrounding peaks.
Overnight at Hardrock or Eagles Nest hotel in Duiker Hunza.
Duiker village Sunrise – Karimabad visit
Early morning wakeup for sunrise enjoy the stunning view of surrounding Mountains, enjoy the stunning sunrise over the snow-capped mountains of Ultar (7388m), Rakaposhi (7788m) and Diran (7266m). Optional hike up toward Ultar glacier base camp. After breakfast returns down to Altit village to visit Altit Fort, Altit Fort is a spectacularly sited defensive work overlooking the Hunza river valley in Gilgit-Baltistan. Altit Fort was the first of these strongholds to be built with Altit Khun and the Fort being renowned as the original capital and birthplace of Hunza. However later as a result of a conflict between the two sons of the Mir of Hunza, Shah Abbas and Ali Khan, they shifted the capital to Baltit Fort.
Later visit Baltit Fort which is 700 years, but there have been rebuilds and alterations over the centuries. In the 16th century, the Mir (King) married a princess from Baltistan who brought master Balti craftsmen to renovate the building as part of her dowry. The architectural style is a clear indication of Tibetan influence in Baltistan at the time.
Overnight at Hunza Embassy hotel in Karimabad
Karimabad-Ganesh village, Hopper Valley, Shimshal
In the morning we will drive to upper Hunza Gojal, our first stop will Ganish village we visit the world heritage site Ali Gohar’s old house, next we will pay a side trip to Hopper valley which can be seen from Duiker is on the opposite, eastern side of the Hunza River. This is another fertile valley and is predominantly Shia Muslim. This is one of the world’s fastest-moving glaciers at Hoper. Later drive to upper Hunza Gojal, we will stop by Atta Abad Lake for photography, afternoon drive to remote Shimshal valley.
Overnight at Guesthouse in Shimshal.
We have a Full day to explore Shimshal village. Optional hike nearby viewpoint from where you can have a nice view of the valley.
Overnight at Guesthouse in Shimshal
Shimshal – Passu – Borith Lake
In the morning we will drive back to Passu village, after picnic lunch we hike from the Passu suspension bridge to Zarabad village with a nice view of the opposite glaciers and peaks, later cross Hussaini hanging bridge to Hussai village from here short drive to Borith Lake. Enjoy the nice view of the Lake and surrounding mountain peaks.
Overnight at Borith Lake Hotel & Resort.
Day trip to Pak China border Khunjerab (4700 m)
In the morning we will drive to the highest paved international border crossing in the world and the highest point on the Karakoram Highway Khunjerab pass (4750 M). Along the way, you will be able to see some wildlife at Khunjerab national park. After picnic lunch return to Borith Lake en-route, we stop at small villages, Sost, Khyber, and Passu. After a fresh up short drive to Ghulkin village where you will be invited to a local home for family dinner. Later drive to Borith Lake.
Overnight at Borith Lake Hotel & Resort.
Passu Glacier - Hussaini Bridge – Gulmit village
In the morning we hike toward the Passu glacier viewpoint, after photography, drive down to the next stop Gulmit village where you have a chance to visit Gulmit old house, walk around the village. In the evening you will be invited to a local family for a local dinner.
Overnight at Borith Lake Hotel & Resort
Borith Lake – Naran or Besham
In the morning we will drive back along the Karakorum Highway to Naran or Besham.
Overnight at Fire Crest hotel in Naran.
Naran – Islamabad
In the morning we drive to Islamabad. Afternoon City tour of Rawalpindi.
Overnight at a hotel in Islamabad.