Karakoram Highway and Hunza Shangri-La, Pakistan

Karakoram Highway and Hunza Shangri-La, Pakistan 990 , 11 Days

 The Hunza Valley is a mountainous valley in Northern Pakistan that connects Pakistan to China via the Khunjerab Pass. The snow-capped mountain tops of Himalaya, Karakoram and Huindu Kush are in constant sight when travelling along the route that was once part of the ancient silk road connecting China to Europe. The Hunza Valley is often referred to as Shangri-La (earthly paradise), and the valley is believed to be the inspiration behind the mythical valley of Shangri-La in the novel Lost Horizon by James Hilton. Between 1959 and 1979, the Karakoram Highway was built. One of the highest paved international roads in the world and also known as the 8th wonder of the world. The construction of this impressive highway, which is 1,300 km long and is elevated at 4,693 m, came at a dear price – it is said that one person died for each kilometer of the road. This region is beautiful and fascinating due to the ethnic diversity that this area is famous for and the natural scenery.


Day 1. Islamabad
Meet-and-greet upon arrival at Islamabad International Airport. Transfer to the hotel in central Islamabad. After a few hours of rest, we go on guided city tour. Overnight in Islamabad.

Day 2. Islamabad - Besham
In the morning, we head to Besham - the starting point of the Karakoram Highway.Today's ride takes 7-8 hour, and on our way we drive by various cities like Abboabad, Manshera, Balakot , Shinkiyari and Thakot. Overnight stay in Besham.

Day 3. Besham - Chilas - Gilgit
Today, we start our trip on the Karakoram Highway, The higway connects China and Pakistan across the Karakoram mountain range, through the Khunjerab Pass, at an elevation of 4,693 m. Due to its high elevation and the difficult conditions in which it was constructed, the highway is also referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World. The Karakoram Highway was built by the governments of Pakistan and China between 1959 and 1979, and its construction took the lives of over 1,000 workers. The route of the Karakoram Highway traces one of the many paths of the ancient Silk Road. On our way, we see the Indus river, which will follow us throughout our journey, and various waterfalls, until we reach our lunch stop at Chilas city. We then continue to Gilgit, where we stay for the night.

Day 4. Gilgit – Hunza Valley
After breakfast in our hotel, we visit the Buddha sculpture and we start our 3-hour city tour of Gilgit - the capital of the Gilgit Baltistan Unofficial Province of Pakistan. We then head to the Hunza valley 102 km away from Gilgit. The Hunza Valley is famous for its cultural heritage, and most significantly the Altit and Baltit forts that were restored by Agha Khan Foundation and WTO. Overnight in Hunza Valley. 

Day 5. Hunza Valley – Attabad Lake - Gojal Valley - Gulmit - Khunjerab - Hunza
After breakfast we visit the Khunjerab National Park - the highest international border between Pakistan and China, at over 4,500 m above sea level. On our way, we see the blue waters of the famous Attabad Lake, and we visit the village of Sust in the Gojal Valley and the town of Gulmit. We then drive back to Hunza Valley for overnight.

Day 6. Hunza - Skardu 
Today, we head on a 10-hour drive on the Karakoram Highway from Hunza Valley to Skardu. Skardu is famous for many things, but most notably for its proximity to the Shangrila Lake - one of the most beautifl natural sites in Pakistan. Overnight stay in Skardu.

Day 7. Skardu - Upper Kachura lake - Khaplu Valley
After breakfast, we visit the nearby Upper Kachura Lake known for its warm and sweet green waters. We then head for a 3-hour drive to Khaplu Valley, where we stay overnight. 

Day 8. Khaplu - Skardu
Today we visit Khaplu Fort - a true acrhitectural masterpiece of the region. Then we visit Chnaqchan Mosque - a religious temple which carries nearly 700 years of history, and a great cultural and religious significance. We then drive back to Skardu - we visit the city and the shopping areas, and we stay in Skardu for the night.

Day 9. Skardu - Chilas
Today, we have a long ride to Chilas City - the capital of the Diamir District.  Here we can see the mighty Nanga Parbatas - the 9th highest mountain in the world, with a summit elevation of 8,126 metres. Overnight in Chilas.

Day 10. Chilas - Islamabad
Early in the morning we head to Islamabad, and we reach the city in the evening. Overnight in Islamabad.

Day 11. Departure 
After breakfast at the hotel - transfer to Islamabad International Airport.

Visa: To obtain Pakistan visa please contact the nearest Pakistan High Commission or a consulate to your place. Visa processing takes 5 to 7 working days. For any further assistance/ invitation letter for obtaining visa please contact our office. To download visa forms and fee information refer the following web link (www.pakistanconsulateny.org).

Price Includes:
10 nights in hotels
in a double room with private facilities and breakfas
all transport according to itinerary
English-speaking guide
Airport transfers
visa invitation letter
entrance fees to Baltit,Altit and Khaplu Forts
visits to Attahabad Lake,Shangrila and upper Kachura Lake,and Sadpara Lake

Not Included:
drinks and meals,not mention in the program
flight tickets to/from Islamabad
personal expenses.

Additional Services:
Supplement per pers. at 3 sharing a vehicle: 110 EUR
Supplement per pers. at 2 pers. sharing a vehicle: 190 EUR
Single room supplement - 315 EUR


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