Bam-i-Jahan (Roof of the World) Pamir & Karakorum Highway Adventure


Overview


Tour operates:  Mid May until September
No of days: 21 nights 22 days
Route: Dushanbe-Kalaikum, Khorog, Ishkashim-Langar-Murghab-Karakol-Saray Tash-Kizil Art pass- Irkishtam pass-Kashgar-Tashkurgan-Khunjerab pass- Hunza valley- Passu- Borith Lake- Gulmit-Karimabad-Gilgit-Naran-Islamabad
Transport: 4×4 Jeeps, Car, Van depending on the group size
Accommodations: Hotels with private facilities, home stays with communal facilities
Guide: English speaking local Guides
Tour starting point: Dushanbe Tajikistan
Ending point: Islamabad Pakistan 
Guaranteed departure: Every Thursday- Minimum 2 people required

Itinerary


Day by day itinerary
Day 01: Dushanbe (Tajikistan)
Upon arrival at the airport you will be met by your guide transferred to the hotel. Later visit to the Hissar Fortress and the remains of the palace of the Bukhara Emirate Becks. Its thick walls once guarded a pool, garden, and palace, while the fortress itself opposed a lively market and Caravanserai. What remains today is a portion of the wall and the gate towers representative of the 18th and 19th century style. The area has been inhabited since antiquity and features an 8th century mosque, but it was the emirs who inhabited the fortress and the Silk Route traders that made Gissar a center of commerce and learning .You will also have an opportunity to visit the Old Medressa (Madrasai Kuhna) (16-17 century) and its Museum, Madrasai Nav (17-18 century) and the Caravan Saray as well. Your city tour includes a visit the Museum of National Antiquities with exhibits primarily from Tajikistan’s pre-Islamic civilizations: the Greek, Bactrian, Buddhist, Hindu, and Zoroastrian periods. The most notable piece in the museum is the largest, fifteen-hundred-year-old reclining Buddha statue. Later enjoy strolling around the big Ismoili Somoni Monument (the forefather of the Tajik nation) erected in the main square and Rudaki Park in the city centre. Try the taste of Tajik tea and hot bread in public teahouses – called Choikhona – most of which are decorated in traditional, colourful Tajik style. Overnight at Atlas hotel in Dushanbe. (D)
Day 02: Kalaikum
Today we start our journey toward the Pamir over the mountain passes to Kalaikum which is halfway to Khorog. Overnight at local guest house (BD)
Day 03: Khorog
Drive to Khorog, the capital of the Gorno- Badakhshan (GBAO) region, along the Panj River which forms the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan.
Overnight at Grand or Lal hotel in Khorog.  (BD)
Day 04: Khorog
In the morning, visit Khorog’s bazaar, museum and botanical gardens. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight at Grand or Lal hotel in Khorog.  (BD)
Day 05: Ishkashim Wakhan Valley
Today we drive to Wakhan valley. En-route we stop at Garm Chashma (Hot spring). Garam Chasma is the Pamirs’ most popular open-air hot spring pool for the locals. We visit the ruins of Kah Kahah fortress dated back from Kushan period 4th Century AD and in the afternoon, drive to Bibi Fotima hot spring for walk around the village. Overnight homestay (BD)
Day 06: Langar
In the morning we visit a small museum of local astronomer and poet Sufi Muboraki Wakhoni. Afterwards we travel to the village Vrang where on a cliff-side pitted with caves, contains a Buddhist complex dating from 4th-7th centuries, reminders of the ancient pilgrim caravans that passed through the region. Continue driving to Langer, afternoon walk around the village and a chance to meet the locals, or if you are energetic optional hike up the hill to see the petroglyph site above the village, which involves a fair physical effort to reach. These images carved into the rocks high above the village depict goats, caravans, horses. Overnight in home stay (BD)
Day 7: Murghab
Today we visit local shrine Mazor-I Shoh Qambar-I Oftob (Master of Sun). Afterward we drive along the Pamir River via the Khargoshi pass (4344m) to Murghab.
Murgab is the highest village in Tajikistan. It is located at an altitude of 3600 meters. The town lies at the junction of the Pamir highway (that connects the region with Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan) and the main road linking Tajikistan with China through the Kulma pass. Overnight in homestay (BD)
Day 8: Kyzyl Art pass – Sary-Tash (Kyrgyzstan)
We drive along the Pamir Highway to Sary-Tash, en-route we stop at Karakul Lake with beautiful view of the Lake and surrounding mountain peaks. Drive to Kyzyl-Art Pass (4,280 m) border crossing. After border formalities, meet your Kyrgyz guide and descend to Sary-Tash village. Overnight at Mirbek Guest House. (BD)
Day 09: Irkeshtam Pass to Kashgar
In the morning transfer to Irkeshtam border crossing into China. Where you will be met by our Chinese guide and transfer to Kashgar, the location of the Great Game, is an ancient and popular trading stop on the Silk Road.
Overnight at Qini Bagh hotel new building (BD)
Day 10: Kashgar Free day
Full free day at leisure after big Pamir Adventures.
Overnight at Qini Bagh hotel new building (B)
Day 11: 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 and even camels are for sale. A wonderful assortment of people come from all over the region; 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 at Qini Bagh hotel new building (BD)
Day 12: Tashkurgan
Today we drive to Karakul Lake along the famous Karakorum highway. The scenery along the way is breathtaking. We will be stopping at the Lake where you can enjoy the view of Muztagh-ata Mountains. Optional camel ride or walk around the Lake. Later we continue to Tashkurgan the last Tajik Chinese town between China and Pakistan. Overnight at Grass Land hotel in Tashkurgan. (BD)
Day 13: Khunjerab pass- Borith Lake (Pakistan)
After border formalities, we drive to the world’s highest paved border crossing, the Khunjerab pass (4750 m height) between Pakistan and China. On the way, you will view the awesome mountain ranges of the Karakorum and Kunlun mountains. Upon arrival at Sost you will be met by our local Hunza guide and transfer to Borith Village.  Overnight at Borith Lake Hotel & Resort in Borith. (BD)
Day 14: Borith Lake- Passu Glacier hike – Hussaini Bridge – Passu village
In the morning we hike toward Passu white glacier..
Later in the afternoon 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. Evening local dinner with family. Overnight at Borith Lake hotel & Resort. (BD)
Day 15: Ghulkin glacier – Ghulkin village – Gulmit village
In the morning we hike through Ghulkin glacier to Ghulkin village, after some picnic lunch with local family, we continue our hike via Kamaris village to Gulmit. Gulmit is a peaceful and serene village that formerly served as a summer capital of the Hunza Kingdom. Here one will walk through the village, visit a 400 year-old house, and see local women weaving carpets and making several other traditional handicrafts. Visit local museum.  Overnight at Borith Lake hotel and Resort. (BD)
Day 16: Hoper Nagar valley – Karimabad
In the morning we drive to Karimabad, en-route we stop at the recently formed Attabad Lake, a significant addition to the natural beauty of Hunza. Next we will be doing a side trip to Hoper Nagar valley.
NAGARVALLEY – 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. After picnic lunch we drive back toward Karimabad our next stop will be Ganish village where we will visit Ali Gohar House, a 400-year-old architectural masterpiece, formerly used by Hunzas envoy to Kashgar, was announced as one of the winners to receive the Award for Distinction in UNESCO Asia Pacific Award 2009. Afternoon walking tour of Karimabad village. Overnight at Hunza Embassy or Hill Top hotel in Karimabad. (BD)
Day 17: Karimabad – Sunrise Duiker village
Early morning wake up and short drive to Duiker village, enjoy the stunning sunrise over the snow-capped mountains of Ultar (7388m), Rakaposhi (7788m) and Diran (7266m) and other peaks.
Later drive down to Alitit village, visit 900 years old Altit 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. The rest of the day is free time at leisure for shopping.
Overnight at Hunza Embassy or Hill Top hotel in Karimabad. (BD)
Day 18: Karimabad – Gilgit
In the morning, we drive along the Karakorum highway to Gilgit; the administrative capital of Gilgit Baltistan and where the world’s three mightiest mountain ranges, the Karakoram, Hindu Kush and the Himalayas collide. The Gilgit Baltistan region is a paradise for mountaineers, trekkers and adventure lovers. The area has a rich cultural heritage and variety of rare fauna and flora. Historically, the region was 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.
En-route to Gilgit we stop at Rakaposhi peak (7788 m) view point for photography and Chalt Nagar, the collision point of Indo Pak and Eurasian plate.
After lunch visit the Kargah Buddha carved on the rock dated from 7th century AD. Overnight in Grand continental or Riveria Hotel in Gilgit (BD)
Day 19: Gilgit – Naran
In the morning we drive along the Karakorum Highway to Naran Kaghan valley.
Our first stop will at the junction point of three great Mountain ranges, Karakorum, Himalaya and Hindukush. After we will drive along a scenic route via Babusar pass to Naran and Kaghan valley.
Overnight at PTDC Motel or Similar. (BD)
Day 20: Taxila – Islamabad
In the morning we drive to Islamabad en-route we will stop at Taxila. Taxila has many historic sites of the Gandharan Buddhist civilization. The area flourished from the 6th century B.C until the 5th century A.D.
Continue driving to Islamabad. Overnight at Redison hotel in Islamabad. (BD)
Day 21: Islamabad visit
In the morning we visit the Damn-E-Koh (view point), which gives us a panoramic view of Islamabad, our next stop will be at Folk Heritage Museum and the world’s largest mosque – Shah Faisal Mosque. In afternoon visit the colourful hustling bustling market of Raja Bazar. In the evening farewell dinner at food street in Rawalpindi. Overnight at Redison hotel in Islamabad.
Day 22: Depart Islamabad
Our service will end with airport transfer. (B)

** If you would like to extend your trip to Lahore we can customize it according to your request.**

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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 7-9 Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $000 $000 $4000 $000 $430

Tour departures 2020

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TOUR COST INCLUDES

All private transfers by 4×4 Jeeps for Pamir Highway,  Cars, Van, Busses for Kashgar and Hunza valley depend on the group size except one way public bus from Tashkurgan to Sost..
Twin sharing accommodation at hotels mentioned above with private facilities, homestays and Guest house with sharing facilities
Meals half board: Key (B) Breakfast and (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, Lunches 
Personal expanses
Single supplements
Tips for Guides and drivers
Early check in hotels and late checkout
Khunjerab national Park entrance fees
GBAO permit
***Please note that single room supplement is only available at hotels not homestays and Guest houses***

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