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-04/05: local visits in Hunza- Baltit Fort, Altit Fort, Duiker valley, Hopper valley, Gulmit.
Day-06: Gulmit- Sost- Khunjerab Pass- Tashkorgan: Drive to Sost, 69kmkm after custom formalities continue drive to Tashkorgan. Arrive and transfer to hotel
This is a fantastic trip through a long, shallow high pass, which at 4,733-M is the highest international border crossing in the world. On the other side of the pass we will reach the Chinese town of Tashkorgan, where we complete our immigration formalities and spend the night in Tashkurgan, Where you can visit the 14th century Chinese fortress that sits on the only rise of the otherwise flat-bottomed Tashkorgan River valley.
Day-07: Karakul Lake/Kashgar: Today you will have time to take a walk along the lake and take photos to the lake and the massive Muztagata Mountain, the “Father of the Ice Moountains”. Here the glaciers and snowfields are overwhelming. The high wind swept the plateaus between the parallel ranges that constitute the Pamirs, the “Roof of the World”(called the Onion Mountains in early Chinese records), are the home of a branch of the nomadic Kirghiz people known as the KaraKirghiz. Pack-camels amble between their encampments of round ak-oi(yurts covered in thick felts of goat or camel hair.) After lunch beside the lake,we will drive along the Karakoram Highway winding for several hours through the narrow gorge of the Gez River. Then you head for the Silk Road centre of Kashgar.
Day-08: Kashgar: Our city tour includes the tombs of Abakh Hoja Tomb, well-known Kashgar Bazzar, the famous Id Kah Mosque and the most unique old town with typical Uyghur styled homes. We visit the various shopping alleys full of noodle shops, bakeries, teashops, blacksmiths and carpenters.
If today is Sunday, you will be very lucky to visit one of the great markets of central Asia, the traditional Sunday Bazzar(local people call it BAZAAR) where various Moslem nationalities in colorful costumes arrive by donkey cart, on horseback or on foot, to bargain for animals, fruit, clothing, electronic goods and household wares.We’ll spend most of the day there immersing ourselves in the activities. It’s a photographers paradise as food, animals, cloth goods, and metalwork are bought and sold in this vast open-air market. Through our interpreters, we’ll learn about the Uyghur people and bargain with them for their handiwork.
Day-09: Kashgar/Yarkant/Hotan: Toady we will traveled from Kashgar to Hotan(Kothan) bout 500km over the Gobi Desert.by foot the trails of great exploer,Mark Polo along the South Route of SilkRoad , The capital of the ancient Yutian Kingdom. A pearl on the Silk Road famous for its unique ruins of ancient city and specialities as hetian jade, silk, carpet…On the way,we will visit Yarkantˇs Aketun mosque, King Sayidiaˇs tomb, imperial concubine Amannisahan (1526-1560)ˇs tomb and a Uighur graveyard, and can have a view of some landscape of Kunlun Mountains and Taklamakan Desert.
Day-10: Hotan / Niya（Minfeng): Today, weˇll pedal out to the carpet factory to watch how beautiful works of art are crafted by hand from mere patterns and intricate combinations of fine wool yarn.then visit to the ruins of the important city of the ancient Yutian Kingdom-Malikwat;Hotian Museum,Jade Purchasing Station,then visit to Yuetkhan Ruin that has been thought to be the capital city of ancient Yutian Kigdom; see the special old tree: a wualnut tree of 5 hundred years,which the natives call as ‘‘ The King of Walnut’’, and a fig tree 4 hundrd years old, named by the natives ‘‘The king of fig trees’’.In the late afternoon We make our way to the next oasis, Keriya or Yutian. Beyond Keriya the desert becomes hotter and more barren, and we begin to appreciate the subtle variations in the desert scenery as we drive on to Menfeng, the modern town which has supplanted the ancient city in the desert 120km to the north.
Day-11: Niya/Taklamakan Desert/Kuqa: This is the day for our remarkable journey through the world’s second largest desert, the Taklamakan, which in the local Uygur language means “desert of no return”. These days it’s easier to come out, as we drive through the middle on a superbly built highway that takes us to the oasis of Kuqa at the center of the Western Regions, it held a strategic place on the Central Route of the Silk Road. It thus was there different cultures came into contact with each other and has always been a place of songs and dances.
Day-12: Kuqa: Today we will visit the Beautiful Murals at the Kizir Thousand Buddha Caves,the largest Buddhist grottoes in western China–Kizir Thousand Buddha Caves–lie some 70 kilometers from Dunhuang. One of the four major grottoes in China, it has a longer history than those at Dunhuang.
we will also visit the ruins of the ancient town of Subashi, cover an area of some 200,000 square meters, though there are no city walls, ubiquitous to other ancient towns. Monk Xuan Zang did, however, record in his travel records that “there is a river with two temples, both called Zhaohuli Temple, on the two sides opposite each other.” The ruins on both sides of the river actually were grounds for the temples.
Day-13: Kuqa/Korla: In the morning we will visit Kuqa Grand Mosqueand have some free time to stroll through the streets of Kuqa’s old town. We will then set off for Korla making a few visits on route. Firstly we will visit the Beacon Tower, the highest tower on the silk road, at 13m high and made of mud and wood.
The Beacon Tower was previously used for sending out fire signals to warn of the arrival of enemies. then we will carry on our journey to Korla and have a picnic lunch on the way. We will arrive in Korla in the afternoon. Explore Korla downtown. Korla is regarded as the cleanest city in the whole of Xinjiang. We will visit the Iron Gate (Tiemenguan) the point where Silk Road travelers used to have to be registered along their route.
Day-14: Korla/Turpan: Depart Korla for an 6 hour journey to Turpan, located in a depression some 80 metres below sea level. During the journey you will pass through spectacular desert where small oasis towns are irrigated by an impressive series of underground channels carrying water from the distant Tianshan Mountaiins. On the way, we will have ashort excursion to Bosten Hu Lake,the largest fresh-water lake in Xinjiang.
Day-15: Turpan: After breakfast we drive to Gaochang Ancient City, 47 km east of Turpan. The city was built in the first century B.C; it was a key point on the ancient Silk Road. Then we head to Astana Ancient tombs, the capital tombs and underground museum of Xinjiang where many important writings, paintings and mummies have been discovered. Next we will have a traditional Uygher lunch in Tuyuk Valley.We will visit the Tuyuk Village where we can see traditional Uyghur life. Villagers live in traditional homes made of mud.
Then tour to Kariz underground water system which is the China’s third most important ancient engineering feat with a total length of 3100 miles and dating back more than 2000 years.
Day-16: Turpan- Urumqi: In the morning drive to Urumqi , the capital of Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, a multi-national province with many languages, customs and colorful ethnic traditions. The city is China’s gateway to central Asia, with air links to all the former Soviet states, and is widely regarded as ‘the city farthest from the ocean’. In the afternoon visit the Museum of National Minorities and History housing the bodies from Turpan’s Astana tombs, the Ardaoqiao Market, a covered street of food & textile stalls.
Then visit the lively market at Erdaoqiao, where anything from Uygur handicrafts, silk carpets to fruits and kebabs are sold. We will also visit the Old Town area, where we will see how Uygurs live in today’s modern capital (the New Town is the Han Chinese area of town).
Day-17: Urumqi- Islamabad: After breakfast , transferred to airport fly to Islamabad.
Day-18: Fly back: Transfer to Islamabad airport for return fly to home.