Karakorum Explorers Islamabad to Kashgar

Overview

Tour operates:  April until November

No of days: 13 nights 14 days

Tour cost from:  1200 US Dollar

Route: Islamabad-Taxila-Naran-Gilgit-Hunza Karimabad-Gulmit-Borith Lake-Passu-Sost-Tashkurgan-Kashgar

Transport: All private Transfer if starting the tour in Islamabad, If in Kashgar from Tashkurgan to Sost Public bus

Accommodations: All comfortable accommodations with private facilities

Guide: Fully Escorted English speaking guides in each country

Tour starting and ending point:  Kashgar China or Islamabad

Guaranteed departure: Every Saturday from Kashgar or Every Tuesday from Islamabad- Minimum 2 people required

Itinerary

Day by day itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Islamabad

On arrival at Islamabad International airport, you will be greeted by our guide and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, city tour of Islamabad followed by the Damn-E-Koh (view point), which gives us 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 in Green Oak Guest House. (BD)

Day 02: Islamabad-Taxila-Naran

In the morning we drive to Naran and stop at Taxila en-route. Taxila has a well-planned museum and many historic sites of the Gandharan Buddhist civilization. The area flourished from the Sixth Century B.C until the Fifth Century A.D. Later drive to Naran.

Overnight in PTDC Motel (BD)

Day 03: Naran-Fairy Meadow

Today we drive through the scenic route over Babusar pass to Chilas joining the Karakorum highway. We continue driving to Raikot bridge where we change into 4×4 wheel drives to Tato. From Tato we will start a short trek to the lush green area of Fairy Meadows. Overnight in Huts at Fairy Meadow (BD)

Day 04: Fairy Meadow

Today we have an opportunity to hike through the pine forest toward Bayal base camp or you can just relax at Fair Meadow and enjoy the beautiful view of Nanga Parbat mountain range. Overnight in Huts at Fairy Meadow (BD)

Day 05: Gilgit- Karimabad Hunza

In the morning, trek down to Tato where for our jeeps to Gilgit City.

Gilgit the administrative capital of Gilgit Baltistan. Here 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. The region has a rich cultural heritage and variety of rare fauna and flora. Historically, the area have remained a flash point of political and military rivalries amongst the Russian, British and Chinese empires. Immediately after the end of British rule in the sub-continent in 1947, the people of this region decided to join Pakistan through a popular local revolt against the government of Maharaja of Kashmir.

After lunch visit the Kargah Buddha carved on the rock dated from 7th century AD.

Later continue along the Karakorum highway toward Hunza, en-route we will stop at Raka Poshi Peak (7788m) view point, with stunning view of the Mountain while enjoying your tea stop. Overnight at Hunza Embassy or Hilltop hotel. (BD)

Day 06: Karimabad visit

In the morning, visit Altit village and Altilt fort. Afterwards we visit Baltit Fort which is approximately 700 years. 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. The rest of the day is free time at leisure for shopping.

Overnight in Hill Top Hotel or Hunza Embassy (BD)

Day 07: Karimabad (Duiker)

Early morning wake up and drive to Duiker village, above Karimabad village. Enjoy the stunning sunrise over the snow-capped mountains of Ultar (7388m), Rakaposhi (7788m) and Diran (7266m) and other peaks.  Afternoon free at leisure or if you are energetic hike up toward Ular glacier. Overnight in Hill Top Hotel or Hunza Embassy (BD)

Day 08: Karimabad – Ghulkin – Upper Hunza Gojal

In the morning we drive to Gulmit, en-route we visit Hoper Nagar 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 Gulmit, we will stop by Atta Abad Lake for photography, next stop will be Gulmit village. Visit Gulmit old house to the local women’s handicraft centre, drive to Ghulkin village where you will spend the night with local family home. (BD)

Day 09: Ghulkin village Borith Lake

In the morning we cross the Ghulkin glacier to Borith Lake, after lunch we walk toward the Passu glacier view point. Overnight at Borith Lake hotel & Resort. (BD)

Day 10: Passu village – Hussaini hanging bridge

In the morning we drive down to Hussaini village, to attempt to cross the hanging bridge, here you have chance to test our fear of heights and wobbly wooden planks whilst be mesmerized by the fast flowing waters below. We walk through Zarabad summer pasture and back from another bridge to Passu village, after lunch drive back to Borith Lake.

Overnight in Borith Lake hotel & Resort. (BD)

Day 11: Sost-Khunjerab pass-Tashkurgan (China)

In the morning drive to Sost, after border formalities, we will drive by private transport to Tashkurgan via Khunjerab border (4750 m) crossing which is to the highest paved international border crossing in the world and the highest point on the Karakoram Highway. Along the way you will be able to see some wildlife at Khunjerab NationalPark where you will meet our Chinese guide and transferred to you hotel. Overnight in Crown hotel. (BD)

Day 12: Kashgar

In the morning, we visit Tashkurgan Fort, dating back from the 14th century. You can enjoy an impressive view of the surrounding fields, mountains, and military complexes from the old walls. Afterwards we continue driving to Kashgar. The scenery along the way is breathtaking. We will be stopping at the Karakul Lake where you can enjoy the view of Muztagh-ata Mountains. Optional camel ride or walk around the Lake. Later continue to Kashgar. Overnight Qinibagh Hotel (New Building) (BD)

Day 13: Kashgar Sunday Market

This day is planned to coincide with the famous Sunday market in Kashgar where everything from carpets, blankets, foods, horses, donkeys, sheep’s and even camels are for sale! Wonderful assortments of people come from all over the region, and the population of the town swells by 100,000! This is truly one of the most incredible bazaars in Asia, and a photographer’s paradise! After the market visit Eidgah Mosque, Abakh Hoja Tomb and the old town.

Overnight Qinibagh Hotel (New Building) (BD)

Day 14: Onward Flight

Our service will end with airport transfer.

*** Onward arrangements can be arranged upon request you may wish to join our main land China tours and Central Asia***

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Dates/Prices

Tour costs and Dates

We guarantee all tour departures for a minimum of 2 passengers. In order to confirm your booking we will need a non-refundable deposit of 400 USD per person. The final invoice will be sent to you 4 weeks before the tour departure, the final cost dependent on the final group size. If the following dates or the described itinerary does not meet your travel needs, please write to us, we can arrange a customized tour for you.

 Tour cost 

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10-14 Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $1960 $1650 $1435 $1200 $360

TOUR COST INCLUDES

All private transfers by Cars, Van, Busses depend on the group size except one way public bus from Tashkurgan to Sost if tour starts in Kashgar, if the tour start in Islamabad in that case all private transfers

Twin sharing accommodation at hotels mentioned above with private facilities

Meals half board: Key (B) Breakfast (D) Dinner

All the sightseeing tours as described in the itinerary and entrance fees

Fully escorted by an experienced local English speaking guides in each country

Visa support letters if required

TOUR COST EXCLUDES

Visa Fees.

Expenses in hotels such as laundry, telephone and room service, etc.

Optional activities

Meals, not mentioned above

Personal expanses

Single supplements

Tips for Guides and drivers

Early check in hotels and late checkout

Khunjerab national Park entrance fees

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