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- 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- Baltit- Altit: Visit Baltit Fort (700 years old) and Altit Fort (900 year old)
Day-05: Hopper valley- Duiker: Morning visit Hopper valley, afternoon drive to Duiker valley visit Holy Shrine in Shahabad.
Hopper valley has three mighty glacier ranges i.e. Burpu glacier, Bowalter Glacier and Miar glacier. Apart from these glaciers the Golden Peak and Rush Lake are also very attractive scenery landscapes for European Tourists. The Rush lake is an alpine wetland. Have a panoramic views of surrounding mountains of Spantik, Phuparash groups, Trevor group Rakaposhi 7788m, Ultar peak and lady finger with an altitude of 6000m to 7788m.
Day-06: Duiker- Attaabad Lake- Gulmit: Drive to Gulmit, visit Gulmit village, Ghulkin village and Borith Lake and suspension Bridge
Gulmit: 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 tufte.
Day-07: Gulmit- Sost- Tashgurgan: Drive to Sost, 39km after custom formalities continue drive to Tashkurgan. 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 Tashkurgan, 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 Tashkurgan River valley.
Day-08: Tashkurgan- Karakul Lake- Kashgar: This morning we drive to Kashgar, stopping to visit Kara-Kul Lake located between China’s two Pamir Mountain giants, Muztagh Ata, 7,546m (24,524-ft.) and Kongur, 7,719 m (25,086 ft). We visit several small villages along the way and reach Kashgar in the afternoon.
Day-09: Kashgar (Sunday Market): Full day at the fabulous Sunday Bazaar in Kashgar, this bazaar is the destination for a variety of colorful Central Asian nationalities that gather to barter everything from radios to horses. Kashgar is truly a triumph of commerce over both nature and ideology. Historically, it was the nexus of at least four branches of the Silk Route despite being surrounded by awesome physical barriers of mountains and deserts.
Day-10: Kashgar- Tashkurgan: Drive to Tashkurgan, before reaching Tashkurgan we have a magnificent view of Muztagh Ata.
Day-11: Tashkurgan- Sost- Gulmit: Drive to Sost via Khunjerab Pass. After custom formalities continue drive to Gulmit.
Day-12: Gulmit- Gilgit: Drive to Gilgit 3-4hrs, afternoon visit Gilgit town and Kargha Buddha. Gilgit Capital of Northern areas: The capital of Pakistan’s Northern Areas, 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 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 400-mtrs near Buddha were excavated in1931 and written in Sanskrit.
Day-13: Gilgit- Besham: Drive to Besham 7-8 hrs
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 Shangala Pass into Khawzakhela; Kaghan valley via Manshera and Gilgit.
Day-14: Besham- Islamabad: Drive to Islamabad 6-7hrs 261km en-route visit Taxila museum.
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 Gandara 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-15: Fly back: Transfer to Islamabad airport for international flight.