13 Days Hunza-Phander Autumn Tour
Islamabad- Chilas- Skardu-Khaplu
Drive to Gulmit
Drive to Duiker valley Autumn
Breathtaking views of the magnificent high mountains in Autumn
Baltit fort Autumn
13 Days Hunza-Phander Autumn Tour
Date: 20 Oct – 1 Nov 2023, 3-15 Nov 2023
Tour Code: PAK-HPAT_13
The most exciting season in the Hunza Pakistan is autumn. At the end of the summer season in September, the orchards start changing colours to form a picturesque landscape with the many 7000m-over mountain peaks as its backdrop. Above from the snow line to the water channel, the route winds between large colourful boulders, dramatic valleys, roaring waterfalls, tranquil lakes, and fields of maize, millet, vegetables, and sunflower. Enjoy the beautiful flower fields from Gilgit to Baltistan with pink, white, red, yellow, and blue flowers sprouting everywhere. Autumn in the Northern Areas of Pakistan is also something to behold. This is the time of year when the trees of poplar, apricot, mulberry, peach, apple and plum burst forth into a riot of colour with hues of orange, rust and red. The clear and bracing weather offers the best view of the surrounding mountains.
Day 1 Arrival Islamabad. Transfer to hotel. (Drive 37km, 40min, 540m) Overnight Hotel
Day 2 Islamabad- Chilas (Drive 394km, 10-12hrs, 1265m) Overnight Hotel
Day 3 Chilas- Karimabad (Drive 235km, 4-5hrs, 2400m) Overnight Hotel
Day 4 Karimabad – Hopper Valley (1hr) – Baltit & Altit Forts – Duiker Valley (30mins) (Full day, 2500m) Overnight Hotel
Day 5 Duiker Valley Sightseeing (Full day, 2500m-3000m) Overnight Hotel
Day 6 Duiker Valley – Passu (1hr) – Sost (Drive 92km, Full Day, 2747m) Overnight Hotel
Day 7 Sost – Khunjerab Pass – Karimabad (Drive Full Day, 4733m; 2400m) Overnight Hotel
Day 8 Karimabad – Gahkuch (Drive 185km; 5-6 hrs, 2185m) Overnight Hotel
Day 9 Exursion to Phandar Valley (Drive 206km; Full Day, 2185m) Overnight Hotel
Day 10 Gahkuch – Gillgit (Drive 94km, 2-3 hrs, 1500m) Overnight Hotel
Day 11 Flight to Islamabad. If flight cancel drive to Naran (235km, 1 hr flight/ 4-5 hrs drive, 540m) Overnight Hotel
Day 12 Islamabad Sightseeing. If flight cancel drive from Naran to Islamabad (Drive 253km, 6-7 hrs, 540m) Overnight Hotel
Day 13 Islambad Tour before evening transfer to airport for return flight at night
Day 01: Singapore – Islamabad (540m | O/N Hill View Hotel )
Depart by Thai Airways from Singapore Changi Airport 1555hr with stopover at Bangkok Airport.
Arrive at Islamabad airport 2220hr and transfer to hotel (37km, 40mins).
Islamabad is a new capital and well-planned city of Pakistan and is lush green at the footsteps of Potwar hills.
Day 02: Islamabad – Naran & Chilas (Drive 394km, 10-12hrs, 4173m, 1265m | O/N Midway Shangri-La Hotel BLD)
Drive to Naran via lush green valleys of Kaghan, Naran valleys, through the beautiful Babusar Pass 4173m. En route we will stop for photography and refreshment at Lulusar Lake and at Babusar Pass.
The beauty of Naran Kaghan is unmatchable, you can visit this amazing region in all season with unexpected heavenly views every time. Naran is a beautiful tourist spot and has evolved into a supreme destination for nature lovers. Naran offers you sublime beauty, flowing river of Kunhar, snow- capped mountain and crystal water lakes such as Lake Saiful Muluk, Lake Dutipatsar, Saral lake, Lulusar Lake and Payala Lake.
Babusar Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.173 m (13,691 ft) above the sea level. The pass is the highest point in the Kaghan Valley, Pakistan. The pass connects the Kaghan Valley via the Thak Nala with Chilas on the Karakoram Highway. It’s one of the famous hair pinned roads in the world.
Day03: Chilas – Karimabad (Drive 235km, 4-5hrs, 2400m |O/N Darbar Hotel BLD)
Drive to Karimabad, en-route stop at junction point where the three great mountain ranges meet: the Karakorum, Himalaya and Hindukush. We will make photography stops at Thalichi (for Nanga Parbat 8,126m) and at Rakaposhi view point. On arrival Karmabad, we will take an evening walk around the Karimabad bazaar.
The Hunza Valley is a mountainous valley, situated northwest of the Hunza River, at an elevation of around 2,500 m. The territory of Hunza is about 7,900 square km (3,100sq mi). Aliabad is the main town, while Baltit and Altit are popular tourist destination because of the spectacular scenery of the surrounding mountains.
The people are cheerful and friendly, almost all speak Burushaski and in upper Hunza they speak Wakhi. The miracle of the Hunzakuts longevity is supposedly resulting from their mostly vegetarian diet of cereals and fruits from Hunza valley, You can get panoramic views of Rakaposhi 7788m, Diran Peak 7266m, Spantik Peak 7027m, Ultar 7388 Lady Finger 6000m.
Day 04: Karmabad – Hopper/ Altit/ Baltit Forts – Duiker Valley (Full Day, 2500m | O/N Eagles Nest Hotel BLD)
Morning drive to Hopper valley, visit Barpu and Bualtar glaciers and view of Miar and Sumayar glaciers. After visit Altit and Baltit forts we drive to Duiker valley 30 minutes.
Hopper Valley is a cluster of villages around a natural bowl at a bend of Bualtar Glacier. Opposite Hopper the white Bualtar is joined by the Barpu Glacier. This is the base camp for treks into the high, glacier-draped peaks called the Hisper Muztagh. Whole population of this valley is Burushaski speaking. Burushaski has always been a mystery for linguists. This valley has many natural resources and natural beauty but ignorance by the government and local politicians contributes to it not being realised for its potential.
Baltit Fort is a fort in the Hunza valley, near the town of Karimabad, in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of northern Pakistan. Founded in the 8th century CE, it has been on the UNESCO World Heritage tentative list since 2004. In the past, the survival of the feudal regime of Hunza was ensured by the impressive fort, which overlooks Karimabad. The foundations of the fort date back to 700 years ago, with rebuilds and alterations over the centuries. In the 16th century the local prince married a princess from Baltistan who brought master Balti craftsmen to renovate the building as part of her dowry.
Located on the rocky upper level of the Hunza hill and surrounded by Ultar Bar to the east, the Hyderabad Har to the west, Mount Ultar and its subsidiary range to the north, the Fort offers breathtaking views of the magnificent high mountains as well as a bird’s eye view of the villages in the valley. Baltit Fort has great historical, cultural and symbolic value to the local community. Historically, it was the seat of the Mirs of Hunza, a family that ruled the region for centuries. Culturally, with some buildings dating back to 12th century, it is a record of the architectural evolution of the area. The main building is an impressive stone structure with intricately detailed timber features. Its architecture is a significant example of Pakistan’s diverse heritage, reflecting distinct Tibetan influence as seen by the presence of a Tibetan ‘sky-light’ in the roof.
Altit Fort: It has been built on a sheer rock-cliff that falls 300 meters (1000 feet) into the Hunza River and is much older than the Baltit Fort. View of Altit fort, with the central town to the right and below the fort. The extreme gullies, sharp drop-off, and location high above the river made this settlement highly defensible and an older settlement than many in the central valley. The majestic historical Altit fort is center of attraction due to its architectural design and strategic location. Altit is the birth place of the Hunza Kingdom and Altit fort is the first fort of the region. The fort has been constructed in six different stages by using various natural levels of the rock. The construction has been made right-on the edge of a sheer rock cliff that drops 1000 feet straight down to the Hunza River. In the beginning it was built as a palace, soon after the addition of the watch tower a defensive architectural element it transformed to a fort. There is great possibility that different stages of the fort have been constructed during different times because the actual age of the fort is said to be more than 800 years. This fort is said to be around 50-100 years older than Baltit Fort. The majestic historical Altit fort is center of attraction due to its architectural design and strategic location. Altit is the birth place of the Hunza Kingdom and Altit fort is the first fort of the region. The fort has been constructed in six different stages by using various natural levels of the rock. The construction has been made right-on the edge of a sheer rock cliff that drops 1000 feet straight down to the Hunza River.
Day 05: Duiker Valley & Holy Shrines (Full Day; 3000m, 2500m | O/N Eagles Nest Hotel BLD)
Morning enjoys Sunrise from Duiker view point.
Afternoon walk through the village to Holy shrines, with opportunely to visit many local women and men working in the fields. Also, enjoy short hike up to Sat Valley view point, from where you will have bird eye view of Hunza Valley and panoramic views of Lady Finger 6000m, Ultar Sar 7388m, Rakaposhi 7788m, Spantik 7027m, Diran Peak 7266m, Dastaghil Sar 7885m and many more snow caped peaks around. After dinner enjoy Musical program.
Duiker valley is famous for its viewpoint to see the sunset and Sunrise over the beautiful mountains in the surroundings of Hunza. Duiker valley also known as Roof of the world, have a spectacular view down to Karakoram Highway and awesome views of Golden peak 7027m, Rakaposhi 7788m, Ultar Sar 7388m, Diran Peak 7266m, Lady Finger 6000m and Disteghil Sar 7885m.
Day 06: Duiker Valley – Sost (Drive 92km, Full Day, 2747m |O/N Gems Stone Palace Hotel BLD)
Drive to Passu, en-route visit Attaabad Lake. After refreshment visit Borith Lake, Gulking village, Gulmit village, Passu Glacier, Passu village, Hussani village and Hussani suspension bridge. Evening drive to Sost for overnight.
Attabad Lake is a lake which is located in the Gojal district of Hunza Valley in Gilgit- Baltistan, Pakistan. This lake was formed in the year 2010 after the major landslide in Attabad. Attabad Lake has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Gilgit- Baltistan and it offers many fun-loving activities like jet- skiing, fishing, boating, and some other entertaining activities. It offers pure water, fresh air, lush alpine flora, snow-capped mountains, green meadows, and mesmerising views.
Gulmit used to be the second capital of Hunza kingdom in 960 years. It is one of the most important and center places of the Wakhi inhabitants, which is called Gojal or Upper Hunza. High mountains of 5500m to 7785m, with unique colours of brown, green and white surrounds Gulmit. This unique cultural place lies on the Right Bank of Hunza River.
The Hussaini Suspension Bridge, over the Hunza River, connects Zarabad hamlet to Hussaini village. Hussaini is located at about 45 kms from Aliabad Hunza and 132 kms from Gilgit. This bridge is known as a dangerous bridge due to the massive gaps between the planks and the wild swing. In 1960, the President of Pakistan Ayub Khan visited Zarabad for hunting purpose and directed the authorities to construct a suspension bridge which was finally completed in 1967-68. In the winter season the locals of Hussaini construct temporary bridges to make access to Zarabad.
Day 07: Khunjerab Pass (4733m) – Karimabad (Hunza) (Drive Full Day, 2400m |O/N Darbar Hotel BLD)
Full day excursion to Khunjerab Pass 4,733m, en route cross serval small villages, evening drive back to Karimabad for overnight.
Khunjerab Pass elevation 4,733m is a high mountain pass in the Karakoram Mountains in a strategic position on the northern border of Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan region and on the southwest border of the Xinjiang region of China. It’s name is derived from Wakhi ‘Khun’ means Home and ‘Jerav’ means spring water/water falling. The Khunjerab Pass is the highest paved international border crossing in the world and the highest point on the Karakoram Highway. The road way across the pass was completed in 1982, and has superseded the unpaved Mintaka and Kilik Passes as the primary passage across the Karakoram.
Day 08: Karimabad – Gahkuch (Drive 185km, 5-6 hrs, 2185m |O/N Green Palace Hotel BLD)
Drive from Karimabad to Gahkuch, en route stop at various viewpoints far photography. Overnight at hotel.
Gahkuch is the capital of the Ghizer District and is one of the most beautiful and historical village in Ghizer, Gilgit Baltistan. It is situated 72km from Gilgit, the capital of the autonomous province, Gilgit- Baltistan of Pakistan. It is a beautiful Town covered by glaciers and mountains and also many small hill around. There are many historical palaces in Gahkuch like Chilla Shuwarun, Kalmakoi, Shawotai Khat, Gahkuch Fort (Defense Tower Gahkuch), Zeeratai Thoko, Xaramarik and Sujo Thoko. This area is also very famous for fruits especially Grapes, Almond, Apricot, Walnut, Peach, Pomegranate, Strawberry and many other local fruits like Gunnair, Kalail, Faice, Beeyew, Showtee, Chawttor etc. Many rulers used Gahkuch as their capital as is very safe for defence and security. People of the region enjoy all four Weathers with full colors, and is very cold during winter because of heavy snowfall.
Day 09: Gahkuch Excursion to Phander Valley (Drive 206km, Full Day, 2185m |O/N Green Palace Hotel BLD)
Full day excursion to Phander valley, Phander Lake and evening drive back to Gahkuch for overnight.
Phander valley is one of the most attractive and prominent places of Ghizer District. Phander valley is famous for its picturesque valley, deep blue lake and River Ghizer that flows through the village. Phander valley is also normally called “Little Kashmir” because of the lush green wide fields, river that flows across the village
and breathtaking scenery. The Phander Lake is also well-known for its trout fishing.
Day 10: Gahkuch – Gilgit (Drive 94km, 2-3hrs, 1500m |O/N Serena Hotel BLD)
Drive back to Gilgit. After lunch visit Kargha Buddha, Suspension bridge and Gilgit Bazaar. If there is a free style polo match planed on the day, you will enjoy it.
Gilgit city is situated in the north of Pakistan and is the capital of Gilgit- Baltistan. It is the hometown of beauty, various cultures and numerous languages. Gilgit region has been given many names like Jewel of Pakistan, Asia’s wonderland and Roof of the world, and is considered to be a paradise when it comes to explaining the beauty of this region. Strategically speaking, Gilgit is one of the most important regions of Pakistan as it links Pakistan with China and Central Asia.
Day 11: Fly Gilgit – Islamabad or Drive to Naran (Flight 1hr; If Drive 235km 4-5 hrs; 540m | O/N Hill View Hotel or Millennium Hotel BLD)
Morning fly to Islamabad. Afternoon visit the colorful Rawalpindi Bazaar. Overnight at hotel.
In case of flight cancellation, we will drive to Naran, en route visit junction point of three great mountain ranges meet, the Karakorum Himalaya and Hindukush. Afternoon visit Saiful-Muluk Lake.
Rawalpindi is a lively, bustling city with the crowded streets and colorful bazaars. Though it lacks the grand monuments, the bazaar should appeal to anyone with the desire to see the real Pakistan. The buzzing Rajah Bazaar is a kaleidoscope of people and merchandise spreading in every direction from chaotic Fowara Chowk. You could spend hours exploring the colorful, crowded streets and buy anything from batteries to a new set of teeth. Dotted around are crumbling stone towers marking old Hindu temples.
Saiful Muluk is a lake which is situated in the middle of mountains and is covered with snow throughout the year. One of the renowned mountains is Malika Parbat which is placed on the left of the heel. Saiful Muluk is named after a folk tale. It is said the prince of Persia fell in love with a fairy princess at the lake. The impact of the lake beauty is of such extent that people believe that fairies come down to the lake in full moon. The color of water is blue and crystal clear. An individual cannot put his feet under it for more than 30 seconds.
Day 12: Islamabad Sightseeing or if Drive Naran – Islamabad (If Drive 253km; 6-7hrs 540m |O/N Hill View Hotel or Millennium Hotel BLD)
After breakfast drive to Taxila to visit Taxila Museum, Jaulain, Mohra Moradu. Afternoon drive back to Islamabad
In case of flight cancellation drive from Naran to Islamabad, en route visit Taxila.
Taxila: Most of the archaeological sites of Taxila (600 BC to 500 AD) are located around Taxila museum. For over one thousand-year Taxila remained famous as a center of learning Gandhara art of sculpture, architecture, education and Buddhism in the days of Buddhist glory. There are over 50 archaeological sites scattered in a radius of 30 km around Taxila. In Taxila visit archaeological sites of Jaulian, Mohra Moradu and Sirkap. Later visit. There are 5 small stupas in the city. The first one being the Dharmarajika stupa, which is locate two miles from Taxila museum. Then is the Glen of Giri, which is about three-and-half miles from Dharmarajika stupa, this is atop the highest peak of the range of hills are two stupas and a fortress built in a cleft near a spring of pure, sweet water. Jaulian is another marvelous complex of chapels, stupas and a monastery with assembly hall, store rooms, refectory, kitchen and bathrooms still very well preserved. Two miles west of Jaulian is another well-preserved monastery at Mohra Moradu. In one of the monk’s cells here there was found a stupa with almost all the details intact. At Jandial, a mile-and-a-half from Sirsukh, is an image-less temple in the classic Greek style, with sandstone columns and cornices.
Statues of other famous people in history such as Alexander the Great and the eminent ruler Asoka are also found in the city of Taxila. All these statues show great skill and craftsmanship because of the detail and intricacy that went into the making of these statues. Taxila was taken over by Alexander the Great in 327 BC after which it was ruled by the Mauryans. Towards the end, it came under Asoka’s rule during which the time it reached the zenith of its development and culture. Eventually, Taxila was taken over and destroyed. The last significant historical period for Taxila was the Gandhara period. It was during this time that Taxila became a world known Centre for philosophy and art.
Taxila museum: A museum comprising various sections with rich archaeological finds of Taxila. It is one of the best and well-maintained site museums of Pakistan.
Day13: Islamabad – Singapore (BLD)
Morning after breakfast, sightseeing of Islamabad & Rawalpindi. Visit one of the biggest Shah Faisal mosques in the world; Shakar Parian, Pakistan monument, Damen Koh, Lok Versa, Museum. After dinner transfer to airport for return flight at 2330hrs, arriving Singapore next day 1115hrs.
Morning we will visit some of the famous sights of Islamabad including the Faisal Mosque, the largest in South East Asia, and 5th largest mosque in the world. We will also take time to visit the Lok Virsa Museum and Pakistan Monument. Islamabad replaced Karachi back in the 1967 and is now the political and commercial heart of the country. Situated against the lush backdrop of the Margalla Hills it is a city where old and new collide. Leafy green boulevards are home to modern buildings, and shopping malls, but also dotted with traditional homes and mosques.
Price per person in SGD :
Tour Code: PAK-HPAT_13
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|Price is subjected to changes without prior notice|
|Flight by Thai Airways||
By Thai Airways
Day 01 SIN-BKK-ISB 1555/ 2220
- Thai Airways + taxes (SIN – ISB – SIN) : subject to changes
- Hotels: Accommodation will be provided based on the mentioned hotels sharing twin/double occupancy.
Note: Alternate accommodation will be provided if rooms in mentioned hotels are not available. Check in before 12:00 pm is subject to previous night charges
- Meals: Full board from Day 1 Arrival til Day 13 Departure
- Domestic flight from Gilgit to Islamabad
Fight is subject to weather, in case of flight cancellation alternate transfer will be provided
The maximum baggage allowance is 20 KG + 10 kg hand baggage in flight
- Transport: AC transportation for all airport picks & drops as per itinerary. AC Transportation for entire 13 days Tour.
- Jeeps ride: Karimabad – Hopper – Karimabad. Naran – Saif-ul-Muluk Lake
- Professional English-speaking local tour guide
- Musical Program in the Evening after dinner at Eagles Nest hotel
- Taxes and Fees: Road taxes, Bridge crossing fees, All entry fees to forts and sites, Khunjerab National park entry fee
- Visa documents for Pakistan: Invitation letter, etc.
- Singapore Tour Leader
- Briefing prior departure
- All other airfares, Airport taxes and fuel surcharge not mentioned
- Expenses of personal nature
- Visa fees if applicable (Singaporean – S$ 40)
- Tips to drivers, porters, guide and staff (recommended in USD, Cash)
- Meals not mentioned
- All personal expenses such as telephone, fax, email charges, liquor or soft drinks
- Room service, gratuities for personal services, etc
- Helicopter charges in case of use for rescue
- Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
- Transfers to and from airports for participants making individual air arrangements
- Optional excursions or deviations from the scheduled tour
- Any other service that is not mentioned in the list above
• If group splits due to personal reasons, the cost will be charged additionally.
• Extra hotel nights (if any) will be charged.
• Any extra cost due to road blockade or any other unforeseen reason will be charged in addition to normal package offer.
• If government imposes a fee or new condition resulting extra charges (after the package is submitted), the same will be charged in addition to normal package offer.