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Complete Northern Pakistan Tour 2022-23

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24 Days
Availability : Every month
Islamabad
Northern Pakistan
Min Age : 15

Start and end in Islamabad! With the Active Adventure tour Complete Northern Pakistan Tour 2022-23, you have a 24 days tour package taking you through Islamabad, Pakistan, and 10 other destinations in Pakistan. Complete Northern Pakistan Tour 2022-23 includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport, and more.

Tour Details

About The Tour

This is our most comprehensive tour of Northern Pakistan where you really will see it all! Starting in the capital you will head up through the Swat Valley to the haven on Ayun and on to stay with the Kalash tribe. Crossing over to the Northeast of the country you will continue to Mastuj then up over the Shandur Pass and across to Gilgit before heading north to the wonderful Hunza for a few days. Next, you will head back down the Karakoram Highway to Gilgit then out east to Shigar, Khaplu, and Skardu. The final stretch of your journey takes you up to Deosai Plateau then Fairy Meadows to enjoy more spectacular mountain scenery then down through Naran back to Islamabad.

Departure & Return Location

Islamabad International Airport (https://goo.gl/maps/a2sUaKrZ85QLsqFr5)

Departure Time

Morning 

Price Includes

  • Domestic Air fares
  • Hotel Accommodation
  • Experienced Guide
  • Driver and Guide Accommodation
  • Fuel, Toll Taxes and driver service charges
  • Breakfast and Dinner

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Driver Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Travel Gear

  • Raincoat, Warm Cloths, Hiking Shoes
  • Sunscreen, Facewash, Umbrella, Hat
  • Power Bank
  • Sanitizer, Basic Medicines
What to Expect

Major Highlights

  • Explore the Swat Valley, with its multiple stupas and Gandharan Buddhist history.
  • Cross the vast Shandur Pass – known as ‘the roof of the world.
  • Stay in family-run guesthouses and historic forts and palaces, experiencing Pakistan’s warm hospitality.
  • Stay with our friends the Kalash – a pagan tribe with animist beliefs and fascinating culture.
  • Admire the stunning azure Lake Attabad in Hunza – created by a landslide in 2010.
  • Hike in the valley of Nanga Parbat to the magical and remote Fairy Meadows
  • Visit and immerse in the beautiful valleys in the mountain ranges of Karakoram, Hindu Kush, and the Himalayas.
  • Road adventure through the beautiful Karakoram Highway and witness the surreal natural beauty during the journey.
  • Meet and greet with some of the friendliest people in the mountain communities.
  • First-hand experience of the immense natural beauty in the mountain ranges in Northern Pakistan.
  • Visit some of the largest glaciers, mountain ranges, lakes, waterfalls, and meadows in Hunza and Skardu
Itinerary

Day 1Islamabad

When you arrive at the airport in Islamabad, a member of our staff will be there to greet you and drive you to your hotel.

Start your journey this afternoon by going to the Institute of Folk Heritage, also known as Lok Versa, a small ethnological museum that features a variety of costumes and artefacts from all throughout Pakistan.

Then, move on to the Faisal Mosque. The largest place of worship in the world when it was constructed in the 1970s, this spectacular structure now houses an Islamic university with a focus on philosophy and law.
Before having dinner at one of the many restaurants in old Islamabad, where Saidpur Village still exists despite modern design, you can visit the Marghalla Hills to take in stunning views of the city.

Day 2Swat Tour

Taking a drive through the Northwest Frontier and into the picturesque Swat Valley, you will begin your journey north today. To get to Saidu Sharif, Butkhela, Chakdara, and Malakand Pass, take the GT Road. This area was formerly closed to foreign visitors, but it has just become accessible once more, giving you a fantastic opportunity to learn about the area’s early Buddhist history. You will visit the neighbourhood museum, which is filled with exquisite Gandharan artefacts, as well as other Buddhist sites after you have checked into your accommodation. Then go to Butkara, one of Ghandhara’s earliest Buddhist stupas, a significant archaeological site.

Day 3Chitral Trip

After breakfast, you will set off on a breathtaking journey that will take you past Chakdara, where a young Winston Churchill witnessed battle in the 1890s, before crossing the Lowari Pass and into the old kingdom of Chitral. This is a wonderfully peaceful place to conclude your day because it is situated at the entrance to the Kalash Valleys and is surrounded by beautiful vistas.

Day 4Kalash Valley

After breakfast, you’ll travel to the village of Balanguru in the Valley of Rumbor, where you’ll stay with our good friend, the foremost representative of the vibrant Kalash people. You might also choose to walk the final several miles through this stunning valley. The smallest religious group in Pakistan is the Kalash, who number around 3,000. In contrast to other minorities in the nation, they are geographically restricted to the three valleys of Birir, Bumburet, and Rumbur. The Muslim community of Kalash is referred to as Kafirs (non-believers) and their region is referred to as Kafirstan. Both are located in the Hindu Kush between the Afghan Border and Chitral Valley.

Day 5Kalash Valley

After breakfast drive to the Bumburet Valley, the most picturesque of the three, scattered with villages and long, fertile stretches of cultivation. Upon arrival do spend as much time with the Kalash families as possible, learning about their culture, lifestyle and how they are slowly transitioning into the modern world.

Day 6 Chitral

Today you will leave the beautiful Kalash Valley region. After hiking through the mountains, you will reach the small town of Chitral. It is a quiet and conservative town that is known for its traditional culture. Hopefully, you will be able to witness a game of mountain polo, if a match is played, before checking into your hotel for the night.

Day 7Mastuj

After breakfast, you will drive to Mastuj, 110 km north-east of Chitral town, in a 4×4 jeep. This is one of the most beautiful and dramatic drives as it winds through the Mastuj Valley, passing Tirihi Mir and Bonizon and finally entering the Yarkund Valley, home to Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor. On arrival you can take a walk around the village before returning to your hotel.

Day 8Ghizer Valley

After breakfast today, you will drive to the Sandur Pass, stopping for tea at 3,800 meters above sea level. If you’d like, you can walk to the Langer Plain, which is used for grazing yaks and dzos. There, you can have a picnic lunch before returning to your jeep and driving on to Khalti.

Day 9Gilgit

After breakfast you will travel on to Gilgit through some of Northern Pakistan’s most dramatic scenery.

Day 10Hunza

After breakfast, stop by the local Christian cemetery before continuing on the amazing drive up the Karakoram Highway beside the titanic form of Mount Rakaposhi, and into the beautiful Hunza valley. The sight of this great mountain with its 7,788 meters basking in the sun next to the road will surely leave you speechless.You can have lunch en route at Rakaposhi View Restaurant, where you will witness the longest continuous vertical view anywhere on Earth, before continuing to the region’s main town, Karimabad.

Day 11Hunza

Today, head out to the top of Karimabad town for a walk on a water channel. You’ll have amazing views out across the valley while you’re up there. After lunch, take a break and enjoy some shopping and wandering before taking a sightseeing trip to the 15th century Baltit fort, once the seat of power in the Hunza state and recently restored by UNESCO to a fantastic standard.You will return to your accommodation at the end of the afternoon.

Day 12 Explore Hunza Valley

Explore Altit fort and mighty Royal Garden. Taste some local food dishes at a local restaurant for lunch. Witness sunset at Duikar.

Day 13 Upper Hunza

Drive to Upper Hunza VAlley. Witnes the world famous Attabad Lake. Free time for activities like boating and Jetski. Visit another fascinating Lake called Borith Lake while enjoying the mesmerizing view of Passu Glacier.

Day 14 Gilgit

Visit Passu Cones and extra time for Ondra Poyga trail.
Visit Hussaini Suspension Bridge.
Drive to Khunjrab Pass. Return Back to Gilgit by the night.

Day 15Shigar Valley

Early this morning enjoy a short tour of Gilgit with your guide, stopping off at the popular polo grounds and the very typical mountain bazaar. Next leave Gilgit and drive through the narrow gorge that is known as the “Grand Canyon” of Northern Pakistan, following the course of the untamed Indus River to Shigar.

Day 16Khaplu Valley

After having breakfast take a walking tour of the 14th century Amburiq Mosque that received a UNESCO award for restoration and the restored Khanqah. Following this, continue your drive on to Khaplu to check into your hotel. In the afternoon explore Khaplu Palace, the village and the Khanqah (a place of spiritual retreat which also housed journeymen).

Day 17Khaplu Valley

Today you are free to relax and enjoy the hotel or partake in the many activities available from the hotel. Why not witness a polo game, visit the rock carvings at Saling, explore the 18th century majestic Khaplu Khanqah mosque, ride on horseback through the beauty of Baltistan, take a stroll through Khaplu or see the hotels many projects, such as the Bara wool spinning centre and the Khaplu Women’s Vocational Training Centre.

Day 18Skardu

You will be driven from the ancient kingdom of Khaplu, 105 kilometres west to Skardu, on a journey of around 2 hours. You can enjoy a walk through the town’s main bazaar to the ‘organic village’ via an old trail at the foot of Kharpocho Fort. See if you can catch a game of Polo at the town’s main field and visit the K2 museum at the K2 Motel. This is an ideal way to experience the capital of Baltistan and understand the life of the locals and the mountaineers that visit.

Day 19Deosai - Rama Astore

After an early breakfast, continue your journey to the Deosai Plateau National Park. This plateau is a stunning 4,000m high wildlife wilderness complete with an array of wild flowers at certain times of year. Enjoy a hearty picnic lunch with views of the Himalayas before continuing on to Rama. If time permits, in the afternoon take a short drive to Rama Lake to enjoy the stunning view of the Lake.

Day 20Fairy Meadows

Continue the road journey towards Chilas today. Once you leave the alpine meadows of Rama and Astore, you will enter thes Astore Gorge, one of the most dramatic and impressive landscapes in the world. Eventually reach Raikot Bridge, where you will switch to local 4×4 jeeps and continue up a narrow and steep mountain road to Fairy Meadows. The drive is quite the adventure, but well worth it!

Day 21 Fairy Meadows

Fairy Meadows, locally known as Jut, is a grassy pasture near one of the base camp sites of the mighty Nanga Parbat Mountain (8126m). Today you will hike towards Nanga Parbat base camp, passing through lush green meadows and pine forests and surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery.

Day 22Naran

Today say goodbye to this peaceful haven as you start your journey back down and on to Naran. Make a short stop at the top of the 4100-metre-high Babusar Pass to enjoy the stunning view of the Himalayas, Karakorum and Hindu Kush mountain ranges before proceeding to Naran.

Day 23Taxila - Islamabad

Today you will continue your journey stopping en route in Taxila, a fascinating Buddhist university town, dating back to the Ghandaharan era of Alexander the Great. Departing Taxila, you will continue the short distance to Islamabad for your final night.

Day 24Airport Drop off

This morning you will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your onward flight.
End of the tour 🙂

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