Day-01: Arrive at Islamabad airport transfer to hotel, afternoon sightseeing of Islamabad & Rawalpindi.
Islamabad is new capital and well-planned city of Pakistan is lush green at the footsteps of Potwar hills. 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.
Day-02: Islamabad- Chitral: Fly to Chitral 1hr, transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing.
Chitral: It is the largest district in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa covering an area of 14,850 km² and a population of 318,689 at the 1998 Census, which had subsequently risen to about 400,000 people. It has one of the highest mountains of the world, Tirich Mir. The general population is mainly of the Kho people, who speak the Khowar language (or Chitrali), which is also spoken in parts of Yasin, Gilgit and Swat. Chitral is also home to the Kalash tribe, who live in Bumburet and two other remote valleys southwest of Chitral town.
Day-03/04: Kalash valleys: Visit Kalash valleys, Birir, Bumburet and Rumbur.
Chitral prime attraction is the Kalash valleys, home of 3000 non-Muslim Kafir Kalash (or black infidels) who live in 20 small villages in the valleys of Birir, Bumburet and Rumbur. The Kafir Kalash still follow their own religion, a mixture of animism and ancestor-and fire-worship, and have retained some of their original culture. They make offerings to several gods: sajigor, the highest deity, is in charge of everything: Surisan protects the cattle, Goshedoi milk products, and praba fruit. Most of the Kalash are pale skinned, and some of them even have fair hair and blue eyes, all of which give rise to the usual legend that they are descended from the followers of Alexander the great.
Day-05: Chitral- Phander: Drive to Phandar via Shandur Pass, 3700m 3-4hrs.
The perilous jeep road connects to a wide plateau with a lake and a Polo field. At the famous Shandur Pass at 12,250 feet. Annual polo matches are played between the Chitral and the Gilgities. We will be staying near Phandar lake, this trout laden serene lake allows one forget the bumpy and trying jeep journey.
Day-06: Phander- Gilgit: Drive to Gilgit 170km, afternoon visit Gilgit town.
Gilgit is the capital of Gilgit-Baltistan province 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 from 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 in1931 and written in Sanskrit.
Day-07: Drive to Karimabad along with Hunza 2-3hrs 100km. afternoon visit Baltit Fort and bazaar.
The Hunza Valley is a mountainous valley, situated north/west of the Hunza River, at an elevation of around 2,500 metres. The territory of Hunza is about 7,900 square kilometres (3,100 sq mi). Aliabad is the main town, while Baltit and Altit are popular tourist destination because of the spectacular scenery of the surrounding mountains.
Day-08/09: Karimabad: Morning visit Altit Fort and Hopper valley, afternoon drive to Duiker valley.
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: Drive to Gulmit 35km, visit Gulmit ville, Gulkin village, Borith Lake and 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: Khunjerab Pass: Excursion to Khunjerab Pass 4733m, back to Gulmit 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. 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 Tashgurgan, 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 Tashgurgan River valley.
Day-12: Karimabad- Besham: Drive to Besham on Karakorum highway 475km
Karakorum high way is 8th wonder of the world (KKH). KKH 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 4,733 m/15,397 ft. 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.
Day-13: Besham- Taxila- Islamabad: Drive to Islamabad 6-7hrs en-route visit Taxila museum and sites.
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: Fly back: Transfer to Islamabad airport for international flight