Day-01: Beijing: Arrive at Beijing transfer to hotel.
Day-02: Beijing: After breakfast, leave Beijing by deluxe motor coach. Today you will climb the Great Wall, one of the world’s fantastic architectural achievements. The tour continues to the renowned Scared way leading to the famous Ming Tombs. In the evening return to Beijing.
Day-03: Beijing: This morning, explore the best of Beijing with a visit to Tian’anmen Square, the world’s largest square, and the incomparable Forbidden city. After lunch, visit the spectacular and vast summer place with an optional boat ride on Lake Kunming. Evening enjoy a memorable Peking opera performance.
Day-04: Kashgar: After breakfast fly to Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province. Evening fly Kashgar.
Day-05: Opal: We will start our cycling trip by going down a fairly easy route to Opal (50km). Along the way, we will pass Kyrgyz, Tajik herdsmen that tend sheep and yaks and make this harsh terrain their home.
Day-06: Opal to Bulungkol Lake (120 km). This 120 km journey may not be long, but it will be tougher that you think, it involves many uphill cycles at altitudes exceeding 3000-m.
Day-07: Besikul Lake to Karakul Lake (35 km). Climbing through river gorges and dry sand dunes, you will arrice at Karakul Lake, which lies on the foothills of the Pamir Mountains and the colossal peak of Mount Muztagh Ata (7545-m). The scenery here is stunning; with the dark blue water of the Karakul reflecting the snow-capped peaks.
Day-08: Karakul Lake to Muztagh Ata base camp; standing at 7545m Muztagh Ata is a round-topped mountain wrapped in snow all year round with more than ten glaciers lying in its canyons. Today, we will hike instead of bike. The hike at times may be ardous, but as we move across the mountain face, we will appreciate new views of Muztagh Ata with Lake Karakul and glacial mountains in the distance. After four hours of walking, we will arrive at the base map 4500m.
Day-09: Muztagh Ata base camp to Karakul Lake: Today, we will hike back to Karakul Lake.
Day-10: Karakul Lake to Tashkurgan (105km) leaving the Snow Mountains and the glacial lake behind, we will head to Tashkurgan, a predominantly Tajik town that sits on the Chinese end of the Karakorum highway.
Day-11: Tashkurgan to Sost: Today we will load the bikes and leave early to drive to Sost, after custom formalities drive to Gulmit.
Day-12: Gulmit- Karimabad: Morning visit Gulmit village, suspension bridge afternoon drive to Kariambad 35km.
Day-13: Local visits in Karimabad, Altit and Duiker valley
Day-14: Hunza- Gilgit: By bike to Gilgit 110km, visit Kargha Buddha and old handicraft shops at Jamaat Khan Bazaar.
The capital of Pakistan’s Northern Areas, is a thriving frontier town that has expanded rapidly to include about
188000 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 Kasghar, 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-15: Gilgit- Chilas 140km: Drive to Chilas on Karakorum highway 140km, overnight at hotel
Karakorum high way is 8th wonder of the world. The Karakorum Highway was constructed jointly by the Chinese and Pakistanis, begun in 1960s and finally constructed in 1976,s as a link road between Pakistan and China. It is an engineering wonder, but at the cost of many lives.
Day-16: Chilas- Besham 200km: Drive and bike to Besham, overnight hotel
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 into Khawzakhela; Kaghan valley via Manshera and Gilgit.
Day-17: Besham- Islamabad 261km: Drive to Islamabad 6-7hrs en-route visit Taxila museum and sites.
Day-18: Fly back: Transfer to Islamabad airport for international flight.