Classic Karakorum & Hunza Valley Tour

Overview

Tour operates: March until November
No of days: 10 nights 11 days
Tour cost from: 820 US Dollar
Route: Islamabad-Besham-Gilgit-Hunza Karimabad-Gulmit-Borith Lake-Passu-Sost-Khunjerab pass
Transport: All private Transfers by 4×4 Jeeps, Car, Van depending on the group size
Accommodations: All comfortable accommodations with private facilities
Guide: Fully Escorted English speaking guide
Tour starting and ending point: Islamabad
Guaranteed departure: Daily- Minimum 2 people required (For confirmed group departures please write to us)

Itinerary

Day by day itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Islamabad
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 (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 Islamabad at Ambassador Hotel (BD)

Day 2: Islamabad-Taxila- Besham
In the morning we drive to Naran en-route we will stop at Taxila, 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 continue driving to Besham.
Overnight in Besham at PTDC Motel (BD)

** During the summer month this trip can be done via Naran Kaghan valley.

Day 3: Besham-Gilgit
Drive along the Karakorum highway to Gilgit, En-route we will have few stops, our first stop will be at Chilas, rock carving which is dated back between 5000 and 1000 BC, showing single animals, triangular men and hunting scenes in which the animals sometimes are larger than the hunters. These carvings were packed into the rocks with stone tools and are covered with a thick patina that proves their age. Our next stop is the The Junction Point of 3 Greatest Mountain Ranges of the World, Pakistan.
This place of interest is the unique venue where three great mountain ranges of world make a knot. HimalayasKarakoram and HinduKush, with their famous highest peaks [in Pakistan, and top 2, 3, & 4th in the entire world], Nanga Parbat, K-2 and Tirich Mir, meet here and at almost on same place River Indus, flowing down from lofty mountains of Skardu, joins with river Gilgit, one its main tributaries.
Continue driving to capital city of Gilgit Baltistan.
Gilgit the administrative capital of Gilgit Baltistan and, perhaps, the most spectacular region of Pakistan in terms of its geography and scenic beauty. 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.
Overnight in Gilgit at PTDC or Riveria Hotel (BLD)

Day 4: Gilgit-Karimabad-Duiker
In the morning 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 lunch.
Later proceed to Duiker village which is just above Karimabad village with stunning view over Karimabad and surrounding peaks
Overnight in Duiker at Hard Rock or Eagles Nest hotel (BD)

Day 5: Duiker-Karimabad
In the morning and enjoy the stunning sunrise over the snow-capped mountains of Ultar (7388m), Rakaposhi (7788m) and Diran (7266m).. Later in the afternoon drive down to Karimabad en-route visit Altit village.
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.
The rest of the day is free time at leisure for shopping.
Overnight in Karimabad at Hill Top or Hunza Embassy Hotel (BD)

Day 6: Karimabad – Gojal – Borith Lake
In the morning we drive to upper Hunza Gojal, en-route we do a side trip to 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. Our next stop will be Atta-Abad Lake after photography continue driving to Borith Lake.  Afternoon walk toward passu glacier view point. Overnight at Borith Lake hotel and Resort. (BD)

Day 7: Ghulkin village – Borith Lake – Passu and Ghulkin glacier
In the morning visit Gulmit old house where you visit to see the local women’s handicraft centre, drive to Ghulkin village where you will visit some local houses, have some light snack, those who are energetic optional hike via Ghulkin glacier to borith Lake, those who do not wish to hike they can drive to the Lake. Overnight at Borith Lake hotel and Resort. (BD)

Day 8: Day trip to Pak China border Khunjerab (4700 m) 
Today you will be driving 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. Return back to Passu village, walk around the village, later visit Hussaini village, where we try to cross the hanging bridge, here you have chance to test our fear of heights and wobbly wooden plank walks while be mesmerized by the fast flowing waters below. Overnight Borith Lake hotel and Resort. (BD)

Day 9: Borith Lake – Naran 
In the morning we drive along the Karakorum highway toward Chilas, from here we take a scenic route via Babu Sar pass to Naran Kaghan valley.
Overnight at Fire Crest hotel in Naran. (BD)

Day 10: Naran – Islamabad
Drive to Islamabad. Afternoon city tour of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Farewell dinner at one of the local restaurant.
Overnight at Redison hotel in Islamabad. (BD)

Day 11: Onward flight
Our service will end with airport transfer.

*** This tour is customizable based on your intrest and budget***
** For guaranteed group departures please write to us for more information**

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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 $POA $POA $POA $POA $POA

TOUR COST INCLUDES
All private transfers by Jeep, Car, Van, Busses depend on the group size
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

** This tour is customizable based on your interest and budget**
** For guaranteed group departures please write to us for more information**

About Tour operators Silk Road and Himalayas

We are a small, highly experienced “boutique” travel company operating unique tours thoughout Central Asia, Far East, and Indian Subcontinent.