Altitude: MIN 610 m to MAX 4734 m
Duration: 18 days/17 Nights
Best Season: June to End of September
Route: Islamabad-Besham-Gilgit-Karimabad-Khunjarab Pass-Skardu-Astore-Fairy Meadows-Babusar Pass-Naran-Islamabad
If you need a real break from the hustle and bustle of life, visiting the Northern Areas of Pakistan will be the best choice for you. On this trip, we will take you to two famous places which are actually the destination of majority of tourists coming to Northern Areas. If you visit the whole area and are not able to see Baltistan and Hunza, it is better you come again! Baltistan is home to some of the highest mountains of the world including the famous Godwin Austin or K-2 which is the second highest in the world after Mount Everest. The 18-day journey begins from Islamabad to via Besham. On the way, you will see the Taxila museum which speaks volumes about the old civilization of this region. In Gilgit you will be able to see the 7th century Budha in Kargah Nullah. Your visit to Hunza and its suburbs will add a lot of taste to your journey. Hunza is considered to the paradise for tourists. Each aspect in terms of geography, culture and social life will be unique. The breathtaking views of various peaks, glaciers and valleys are awesome. Above all, the peace and tranquility of these valleys will leave mark on your memory.
|Arrival at Islamabad airport and transfer to hotel. (L,D)
After Lunch Local tour of Islamabad. (King Shah Faisal Mosque, Damane Koh and Old Raja Bazaar).
|Night in Islamabad hotel. (B,L,D)|
|Departure for Besham. (7 to 8 hrs) (272 km)
On the way Visit Taxila Museum.
|Night in Besham hotel. (B,L,D)|
|Drive to Gilgit. (8 to 9 hrs) (368 km)
Along Indus river on Karakoram high way photo stops at Shatial Sacred Rocks, Junction point of three highest ranges and Nanga Parbat (8125 m) View point.
|Night in Gilgit hotel at 1500 m|
|Drive to Karimabad. (101 km) (3 to 4 hrs)
In the morning visit of Kargha Buddha. On the way photo stop at Rakaposhi, Diran, Golden Peak and Ultar peaks view points.
|Night in Karimabad hotel at 2500 m|
|Day 05||Visit of Baltit Fort and water channel walk of Barber and Dala. After lunch visit of Karimabad Bazaar, where you can see the Local made handicrafts and antique items.||Night in Karimabad hotel|
|Day 06||Departure for Khunjarab Pass.(4734 m) (5 to 6 hrs) (180 kms)
On the way photo stop at Sacred Rocks, Gulmit Museum, Passu Glacier and Khunjarab National park.
|Night in Passu Hotel at 2200 m|
|Day 07||Drive to Duiker. (2 hrs) (55 kms)
In the morning drive to Borith Lake and start short trek of 2 hours from Borith lake to Ghulkin Village, crossing Ghulkin Glacier. Stay at Eagle’s Nest Hotel is like a dream for those who come first time because People say that Duiker is Roof of the world. From where you see above 8 peaks above 7000 meters from your hotel room’s bed. The best time here is the sunrise time.
|Night in Duiker Hotel 3000 m|
|Day 08||Drive to Hoper Valley and back to Karimabad. (2 to 3 hrs) (37 kms)
On the way to Hoper Lovely views of Golden Peak and Hoper Glacier. After Lunch drive from Karimabad to Gilgit. (3 hrs)
|Night in Gilgit hotel|
|Day 09||Departure for Skardu. (7 to 8 hrs) (220 kms)
Driving on Karakoram Highway is an adventure in it self and is a lifetimes unforgettable experience.
|Night in Skardu hotel at 2340 m|
|Day 10||Drive to Shiger Valley. (1 hour)
In the morning visit Kharpocho Fort and Skardu old Bazaar.
|Night in Shiger Guest house at 2316 m|
|Day 11||Shiger to Astore Rama. (8 to 9 hrs)
Jeep drives to Astore Rama via Deosai Plains.
|Night in Rama PTDC hotel 2650 m|
|Day 12||Departure for Fairy meadows. The jeeps drop us at Raikot Bridge (3 to 4 hrs) and we transfer to Local jeeps for Tato.(2 hrs). Start trek to Fairy meadows, after 3 to 4 hours we reach to Fairy Meadows.||Night in Huts 3370 m|
|Day 13||Free day at Fairy Meadows or Day trek to Beyal camp. A breath taking views of Nanga Parbat and Raikot peak.||Night in hotel|
|Day 14||In the morning trek back to Tato village and local jeeps take us to Raikot, transfer to jeeps and drive to Chilas.||Night in Chilas hotel|
|Day 15||Drive to Naran via Babusar Pass (4170 m) (8-10 hrs)||Night in Naran hotel|
|Day 16||Drive to Shogran. (2 hrs)
In the morning visit of Lake Saif Ul Muluk. (3210 m)
|Night in Shogran hotel|
|Day 17||Drive to Islamabad. (6 to 7 hrs)||Night in hotel|
|Day 18||In the morning transfer to Islamabad airport. End of services.|