14 Days Karakoram 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
14 Days Karakoram Autumn Tour
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. Overnight Hotel
Day 2 Islamabad- Chilas (Drive 11-12hrs, 461km) Overnight Hotel
Day 3 Chilas- Skardu (Drive 8-9hrs, 290km) Overnight Hotel
Day 4 Skardu Overnight Hotel
Day 5 Skardu – Khaplu – Skardu Overnight Hotel
Day 6 Skardu – Gilgit (Drive 6-7 hrs, 240km) Overnight Hotel
Day 7 Gilgit – Karimabad (Hunza, Drive 2-3 hrs, 110km) Overnight Hotel
Day 8 Karimabad Overnight Hotel
Day 9 Karimabad : Duiker Overnight Hotel
Day 10 Duiker – Gulmit (Drive 1 hr) Overnight Hotel
Day 11 Gulmit – Khunjerab Pass (4733m) – Karimabad Overnight Hotel
Day 12 Karimabad – Besham on Karakorum highway (Drive 9-10hrs 475km) Overnight Hotel
Day 13 Besham- Taxila – Islamabad (6-7hrs, 261 km) Overnight Hotel
Day 14 Islambad Tour & Fly Back at night
Arrive at Islamabad airport 2210hr by Thai Airways and transfer to hotel.
Islamabad is a new capital and well-planned city of Pakistan and is lush green at the footsteps of Potwar hills.
Day-02: Islamabad – Chilas on Karakorum highway (Drive 11- 12hrs 461km | O/N Hotel BLD)
Karakorum high way is 8th wonder of the world (KKH) and is the highest paved international road in the world. It connects China and Pakistan across the Karakoram Mountain range, through the Khunjerab Pass, at an elevation of 4733m. It connects China’s Xinjiang region with Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa regions and also serves as a popular tourist attraction. Due to its high elevation and the difficult conditions in which it was constructed, it is also referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”.
The Karakoram Highway, also known as the Friendship Highway in China, was built by the governments of Pakistan and China. It was started in 1959 and was completed in 1979 (open to the public since 1986) with about 810 Pakistanis and about 200 Chinese workers lost their lives, mostly in landslides and falls, while building the highway. The route of the KKH traces one of the many paths of the ancient Silk Road.
Day-03: Chilas – Skardu along with Indus River (Drive 8-9hrs 290km |O/N hotel BLD)
Skardu/Baltistan valley: The rising of Indus stretches down to Baltistan valley from Tibet to Gilgit and down to the Arabian Sea, which cuts the Indian subcontinent from Asia; Baltistan valley is called little Tibet in the North of Pakistan. Baltistan is situated at the last end of Himalaya, beside Deosai Plain and Satpara Lake. Baltistan the tourist destination of Mountains paradise where the world 2nd highest peak K-2 (8611m) and the other 8000m Broad Peak, Gasherbrum-I & II (8068 to 8047m) and other many peaks (7750- 7800m) lie. Its snow capped peaks, and long glaciers give you the spectacular view for climbers, trekkers and travellers
Day-04: Skardu (O/N hotel BLD)
Visit Skardu town, Satpara Lake and Shigar Fort. Shigar Fort Residence has been open since June 1, 2005, following an intensive six-year restoration undertaken by Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan. Originally known as Fong-Khar, which in the local Balti language means “Palace on the Rock”, this 400-year old Raja fort-palace has been brought back to life following a careful strategy of adaptive reuse and restoration. The result is a combination of authentic original 17th century architecture together with the modern amenities and services of a luxury guest house. Shigar Fort Residence has emerged as a new form of cultural tourism in Pakistan that combines guest rooms, facilities, and services of an international standard with an intimate first-hand experience of the unique architectural, cultural, and natural heritage of the Shigar valley.
Satpara Lake is famous for swimming, boating and trout fishing. The Satpara Lake feeds the Skardu town by irrigation and drinking water. It has an Ice land, which is in the middle of the Lake. This small ice land is well planted by popular and willow trees offers a picture seek view of the Lake, can be reached to ice land with engine boats and without engine or sailing boats.
Day-05: Skardu – Khaplu (Drive 90km) – Skardu (O/N Hotel BLD)
Khaplu village: This handsome village of timber-and-stone houses and precision-made dry walls climbs up a wide alluvial fan beneath an arc of sheer granite walls. Painstaking irrigation has made it a shady, fertile oasis. As you climb its twisting track, the icy peaks of the Masherbrum Range rise on the other side of the valley. It’s hard to imagine a more majestic setting near a public road anywhere in Pakistan. The main attractions are the 2600m high village itself, the old Royal Place and even older Mosque above it at Chakchun, and the heart-stopping views.
￼Day-06: Skardu – Gilgit (Drive 6-7hrs 240km |O/N hotel BLD)
Gilgit is the capital of Gilgit-Baltistan province and is a thriving frontier town that has expanded rapidly to include about 35,000 inhabitants since the KKH was opened in 1878. The various waves of invaders that passed through lower Pakistan also reached Gilgit. The animism of the early inhabitants gave way to fire worship brought in from Iran. Later the Aryan invaders introduced an incipient form of Hinduism from the first century BC. Gilgit, like Kashgar, was an important staging post on the silk Route from China. The Kargha Buddha was carved in the 7th century. A monastery and three Stupas about 400m near Buddha were excavated in 1931 and written in Sanskrit.
Day-07: Gilgit – Karimabad (Hunza) (Drive 2-3hrs 110km |O/N Hotel BLD)
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. 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, friendly, fair-skinned and blue or green eyes. Almost all speak Brushaski and in upper Hunza they speak Wakhi. The miracle of the Hunzakuts longevity, supposedly resulting from their mostly vegetarian diet of cereals and fruits. From Hunza Valley, Panoramic views of Rakaposhi 7788m, Diran Peak 7266m, Spantik Peak 7027m, Ultar 7388 Lady Finger 6000m.
Day-08: Karimabad (O/N hotel BLD)
Full day sightseeing of Altit and Baltit village and visit Forts.
Baltit fort: One of the high valleys between China and Indian subcontinent. Facing Rakaposhi Peak, one of the highest mountain peaks in the world, Baltit Fort is poised majestically above Karimabad, the present day capital of Hunza (Baltit was the capital of the old state of Hunza, and is now included in the Karimabad settlement area). 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. Socially, the fort and the surrounding settlements are valuable symbols and reminders of man’s creativity and persistence in overcoming an unfavorable and hostile natural environment for the purpose of survival.
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.
Day-09: Karimabad – Duiker (Drive 30 minutes |O/N hotel BLD)
Afternoon visit Hazrat Abbas Holy Shrine in Shahabad.
Duiker valley called Roof of the world; from the top you have very close scenic view of Lady Finger (6000m) Ultar SAR 7300m, and very nice view of Rakaposhi 7788m, Diran Peak 7200m, Gooden Peak 7027m, and Dastagil SAR.
Day-10: Duiker – Gulmit (Drive 1 hrs |O/N hotel BLD)
Afternoon visit Borith Lake and Passu Suspension bridge. Gulmit used to be the second capital of Hunza kingdom in 960 years. It is one of the most important and center place of the Wakhi inhabitants, which is called Gojal or Upper Hunza. High mountains of 5500m to 7785m, with a unique color of surround Gulmit Brown, green and white. This unique cultural place lies on the Right Bank of Hunza River.
Borith Lake, a large brackish lake that attracts a number of migratory birds in February, June, September and November, from Ghulkin a footpath crosses the grey Ghulkin glacier to Borith Lake, two hours away. It’s a tricky 1.25km across the glacier. Over the years the lake has grown swampy and brackish. Ghulkin villagers have organized themselves to keep hunters from threatening migratory waterfowl, mainly tufted.
Day-11: Gulmit – Khunjerab Pass (4733m) – Karimabad (O/N Hotel BLD)
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. Its 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 roadway across the pass was completed in 1982, and has superseded the unpaved Mintaka and Kilik Passes as the primary passage across the Karakoram We will reach the Chinese town of Tashkurgan, where we complete our immigration formalities and spend the night. The town itself has a Tajik and Chinese population and a 14th century Chinese fortress that sits on a rise above the flat-bottomed Tashkurgan River valley.
Day-12: Karimabad- Besham on Karakorum highway (Drive 9-10hrs 475km |O/N Hotel BLD)
Besham is a little transit village now beginning to assume the features of a modern town and has the trappings of modern civilization – petrol stations, cafes, restaurants, hotels, barber shops and bazaars. It is the junction for Swat valley via the scenic Shangla Pass in Khawzakhela; Kaghan valley via Manshera and Gilgit.
￼Day-13: Besham – Taxila – Islamabad (Drive 6-7hrs, 261km |O/N Hotel BL)
Taxila: Most of the archaeological sites of Taxila (600 BC to 500 AD) are located around Taxila museum. For over one thousands year Taxila remained famous as a centre 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. 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.
Day-14: Islamabad Fly back (B)
Morning after breakfast, sightseeing of Islamabad & Rawalpindi. Visit one of the biggest Shah Faisal mosques in the world; also an interesting round trip combines a tour of Shakespearian Park with a visit to Lok versa, the institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage.
Rawalpindi is a lively, bustling city with the crowded streets and colorful bazaars, thorough it lacks the grand monuments; nonetheless, the bazaar should appeal to anyone with the desire to see the real Pakistan.
Afternoon free at leisure before own dinner and check out for transfer to Islamabad airport for international flight at 2320hrs.
LAND Price per person in SGD :
Tour Code: PAK-KAT_14
Date: 13-26 Oct 2018
|Pax||Cost per person|
|6 – 8 pax||$ 2230|
|15 pax & above (with Singapore Leader)||$ 2190|
|Single supplement||+ $ 550|
|Price is subjected to changes without prior notice|
|Airfare||By Thai Airways from S$ 650 with taxes|
Day 01 13 Oct SIN-BKK-ISB 1555/ 2210
LAND Price includes
- Hotels & Meals: Islamabad (Bed and Breakfast) – Hill view, Prestige Residence or SilkRoute Sari or similar category; Chilas (3 meals) – Midway Shangri-La or Panorama Inn or similar category; Karimabad (3 meals) – Embassy or Hill Top hotel/ Mulberry Inn or similar categroy; Duiker (3 meals) – Eagles Nest Hotel or Fairy Land Hotel or similar category; Gulmit (3 meals) – Silk Route Sari, Ambassador hotel or Passu tourist Lodge; Skardu (3 meals) – PTDC Motel, Concordia Motel/Masherbrum or Similar category; Besham (3 meals) – PTDC Motel/Besham Continental or Similar category
- Transport: Air-condition transportation by Toyota Coaster (19-25 seater depending on group size); Airport Pick and drop, sightseeing in Islamabad
- Free baggage allowance for members personal gear 15 kilograms per person
- General Services: Tips for baggage handling at airport & at hotels; Fees: (Bridge crossing, road taxes, Fort entrance fees); International flights tickets re-confirmation
- Briefing prior departure
- All airfares, Airport taxes and fuel surcharge
- Expenses of personal nature
- Visa fees if applicable
- Tips to drivers, porters, guide (recommended in USD, Cash)
- Hotel meals in Islamabad (lunch & dinner)
- Sleeping bag and all personal expenses such as telephone, fax, email charges, liquor or soft drinks
- Helicopter charges 10,000U$ in case of use for rescue
- Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
- Transfers to and from airports for participants making individual air arrangements
- Any other service that is not mentioned in the list above
- 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.
- If group splits due to personal reasons, the cost will be charged additionally.
- Extra hotel nights (if any) will be charged accordingly.
- 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.