Shangrila Tour visit Hunza- Skardu valleys.
Day-01: Arrive at Islamabad airport transfer to hotel, afternoon sightseeing of Islamabad & Rawalpindi
Islamabad is 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- Chilas: Drive to Chilas on Karakorum highway 11-12hrs 461km.
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-03: Chilas- Hunza: Drive to Karimabad along with Hunza- Nagar River 6-7hrs 240km.
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.
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-04: Karimabad- Altit village
Morning visit Baltit Fort 700 Year old, and Baltit Bazaar, afternoon visit Alit Fort 900 Year old.
Day-05: Drive to 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 72066m, Gooden Peak 7027m, and Dastagil SAR.
Day-06: Drive to Gulmit 35km, visit Gulmit village, Bortih 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-07: 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 Karakorum 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 Karakorum 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-08: Drive to Gilgit3-4hrs, afternoon visit Gilgit Town and Kargha Buddha.
Gilgit is the capital of Gigit-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-09: Drive to Skardu along with Indus River 6-7hrs 240km. evening visit Skardu town.
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 sub continent from Asia; Baltistan valley is called a 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 is K-2 (8611-m) and the other 8000m are Broad Peak, Gasherbrum-I & II Likely 8068 to 8047m and there are many peaks 7750- 7800m. Its snow capped peaks, and long glaciers give you the spectacular view for climbers, trekkers and travelers.
Day-10: Drive to Khaplu village 90km, visit Khaplu Fort and Khaplu village.
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-11: Drive to Shigar, visit Shigar Fort and Shigar- evening visit Satpara Lake and Skardu town
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 re-use 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.
Day-12 Drive to Chilas along with Indus River 290km 8-9hrs
Chilas is a small town: It is part of the Silk Road connected by the Karakoram Highway which links it to Islamabad in the south via Dassu, Besham, Mansehra, Abbottabad and Haripur. In the north, Chilas is connected to the Chinese cities of Kashgar and Tashkurgan via Gilgit, Sost and the Khunjerab pass.
Day-13: Chilas- Islamabad: Drive back to Islamabad 11-12hrs 461km.
Day-14: Fly back: Transfer to Islamabad airport for international flight