Himalayan Lakes Jeep Safari

Highlights

  • A scenic view of Nanga Parbat 8126m from Astore valley 
  • Views of peaks between 5,000m to 8,000m Peaks
  • Visit of Kalash Valleys Birir, Bomborat and Rambour
  • Drive up to Khunjerab Pass [Pak- China Border) 4733m]
  • The crossing of Three highest mountain passes (Shandur 3700m, Deosai 4114m and Babusar Pass 4173m

Discover Gilgit- Baltistan, which covers Gandhara Taxila, Dir, and Chitral. Where no eagle can fly the main town of Hindu Kush on the foot of Tirich Mir peak 7708m, the highest of Hindu Kush range. The infidels with full of culture and oriented linked with Afghanistan of Nooristan, converted to Islam. Being Kafir, or they were called red Kafirs who migrated to the Kalash Valleys in 3rd centuries BC. Are known the Greece descendants. Drive to Mastuj along the Mastuj River is the spectacular view of Mountains River, streams cultivated fields fruit orchard, arrive the Mastuj fort sleep in tent under the high walnut trees with hot water and toilet faculties. This Garden, which is a part of the fort, belongs to Mather of Chitral. En route loweri Pass 3118-m. Further, drive to Phander Lake crossing Shandur pass the highest polo field of the world 3712m along with two lakes.

The polo festival held each year from 7th July to 9th July where the Prize distribution comes with the state head of Pakistan. Camp in Phander. Drive through the fabulous Punyal valley to Gilgit. From Gilgit to Hunza on the KKH to the last kingdom of the Karakorum surrounded by high peaks of 7500m to 7800m. we drive to Skardu the Capital of Baltistan the last kingdom of Karakorum & Himalaya surrounded by high peaks of 7500 to 8600m. En route stop in the point where the three Mountains ranges meet. (Further, drive to Astor valley to Deosai Lake at Altitude of 4176m. This huge plateau having full of wildlife. Which is protected by WWF Pakistan, Drive to Rama Lake on the foot of life, which is protected by WWF Pakistan the drive to Rama Lake on the foot. Nanga Parbat gives a tremendous view of Nanga Parbat (8126m). Drive to the Karakorum highway to Chilas visit the rock engraving.

Deosai National Park is at an average elevation of 4,114 meters (13,497 ft) above the sea level, making the Deosai Plains the second highest plateau in the world, after the adjacent Tibetan Plateau. The park protects an area of 3,000 square kilometers (1,200 sq mi). It is well known for its rich flora and fauna of the Karakorum West Tibetan alpine steppe ecoregion. In the spring season it is covered by sweeps wildflowers and a wide variety of butterflies.
Deosai plateau offers the beautiful view of Karakoram Mountains, are having a magnificent view of high Plateau, after a few hours walk get on jeeps to Kala Pani. The 2nd overnight at world’s highest Deosai Plateau are unique, because it lies among the two great mountain Ranges, the west end of Himalayas and center of the Karakorum. Overnight with beautiful surrounding hills and snow capped mountains.

Overview Himalayan Lakes Jeep Safari 

Day-01 Arrive Islamabad airport and transfer to hotel

Day-02 Drive to Swat 245 km. Overnight at hotel 

Day-03 Drive to Chitral 254 km. Overnight at hotel 

Day-04 Visit Birir, Bomborat and Rambour. O/n at hotel 

Day-05 Drive to Mastuj. Overnight at hotel 

Day-06 Drive to Phandar. Overnight at hotel 

Day-07 Drive to Astore 296 km. Overnight at hotel 

Day-08 Local visits in Rama. Overnight at hotel 

Day-09 Drive to Shoucer Lake. Overnight at hotel 

Day-10 Shoucher Lake to Deosai Plateau, overnight in tents 

Day-11 Drive to Skardu 40km, visit Skardu town, overnight at hotel  

Day-12  Visit Shigar Fort and Shigar valley, overnight at hotel 

Day-13  Drive to Karimabad (Hunza) 340km overnight at hotel 

Day-14 Local visits in Karimabad (Hunza) overnight at hotel 

Day-15 Excursion to Khunjerab Pass and back to Karimabad 

Day-16 Drive to Naran via Babusar Pass (4173m) 9-10hrs

Day-17 Drive to Islamabad 6/7 hrs (239.2 km)

Day-18 Transfer to Islamabad airport for return flight 

In this venture, we assure you a quality time. Hunza Guides is one of the parent tour and trekking companies in Pakistan. Himalayan Lakes Jeep Safari is one of the finest Safari you can find on planet earth. Please do not hesitate to Contact Us or click on the next tab for further details.

Map and Itinerary for Himalayan Lakes Jeep Safari

Day-01 Islamabad
Welcome at Islamabad airport, and transfer to hotel, after refreshment proceed for city tour of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, which includes famous Faisal Mosque, Shakar Parian, Pakistan monument, Damen Koh, Lok Versa, Museum, Rawalpindi old bazaar, Raja Bazaar.

Day-02 Islamabad- Takht-e-Bai-Swat
Drive to Swat, 245 km, 7-8 hrs, en-route visit well-preserved monastery of Takhat-e-Bai.
Driving along the picturesque Malakand Pass you will first visit the magnificent ancient Buddhist monastery Takht-i-Bahi dating back to 1st to 7th Century AD. Takht-e-Bhai consists of numerous chapels and stupas sticking to the high, rocky spurs. Next, continue to the enchanting Swat valley visiting the famous Churchill’s Picket en route.

The valley of Swat, famous for its scenic beauty, snow-capped peaks, countless waterfalls and glaciers, water springs and pastures, streams and rivulets, thick woods, glades and glens, natural parks, lakes and dark forests. 

Day-03  Swat- Chitral
Drive to Chitral 254 km, 7-8 hrs, afternoon visit Chitral town. Overnight at hotel  
Chitral town is surprisingly large; it is population having swelled by Afghan refugees from across the border. Visit Chitral fort and 100 years old Shahi mosque surrounded by clusters of enormous chinars trees. The impressive fort is the ancestral home of the mehtars of Chitral (The ex-ruling family).

Day-04  Chitral-Kalash Valleys
Drive to Kalash valleys 60km, 2-3 hrs, arrive and transfer to hotel, afternoon local visits
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 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 cultures. 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.

Day-05 Chitral- Mastuj
Drive to Mastuj 120km arrive and transfer to hotel, afternoon sightseeing. 

Day-06 Shandur Pass to Phander
Drive to Phander valley, arrive and transfer to hotel, afternoon visit Phander valley and Phander Lake
Phander Valley in Ghizer District is one of the most scenic valleys with easy access both from Gilgit and Chitral. It takes 5 to 6 hours from Gilgit to reach Phander valley which is commonly called “Little Kashmir”. Phander Lake is one of the most famous tourist spots in the entire region. Phander valley was the breadbasket for the whole Northern Areas. The name of Ghizer comes from the name of a village ‘Ghizer’ that is situated in the vicinity of Phander. The deep blue lake in Phander offers a magnificent view and is basically the home of trout fish.

Day-07 Phaner- Astore- Tarishing
Drive to Gilgit 188 km, after lunch drive to Astore 120km, overnight in tents
A beautiful drive from Rama Lake to Tarishing village offers a picture sack view of the Rupal valley along the majestic Nanga Parbat base camps of expeditions climbing route. The inhabitants of Gujjars and Shin used to welcome tourist who has been traveling from 19th centuries till now have had a good experience. (47 km 4-5hrs & 2215m)

Day-08 Free day in Tarishing  village or local visits, overnight in tents 

Day-09 Tarishing- Shoucher LakeDrive to Shoucer Lake through the panoramic view of Astore valley, which is called little Kashmir, cross Astore River near Chilim Chowki.  Where it used to be a Dhak bungalow for the ancient Silk traders in the past, the drive will be totally on the rough jeep road. Upon arrival transfer to the campsite, (70 km- 3-4 hrs) walk around the Lake; see the panoramic view of Deosai Plateau and Nanga Parbat as well. overnight in tents.

Day-10 Shoucher Lake- Deosai
Walk and drive through one of the highest Deosai plateau of the world at the West End of Himalayas, which lies among Himalayas and Karakorum. Deosai plateau offers the beautiful view of Karakoram Mountains, are having a magnificent view of high Plateau, after a few hours walk gets on jeeps to Kala Pani. The 2nd overnight at world’s highest Deosai Plateau is unique because it lies among the two great mountain Ranges, the west end of Himalayas and center of the Karakorum. Overnight in tents with beautiful surrounding hills and snow-capped mountains. at 1400ft, enjoy and explore the area of Kala Pani the black water.

Day-11 Deosai- Satpara Lake– Skardu
Drive to Skardu via Satpara Lake 50km, Visit Shigar Fort, and Skardu Town, overnight at hotel
Satpara Lake is famous for swimming, boating and trout fishing. The Satpara Lake feeds the Skardu town by irrigation and drinking water. It has an Iceland, which is in the middle of the Lake. This small ice land is well planted by popular and willow trees offer a picture seek the view of the Lake, can be reached to iceland with engine boats and without engine or sailing boats can be used.

Day-12 Skardu- Khaplu
Drive to Khaplu village 90km, visit Khaplu Fort and Khaplu village. Evening drive back to Skardu.
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-13 Skardu- Gilgit- Karimabad
Drive to Gilgit 240 km, after lunch continue drive to Karimabad  [Hunza] overnight at hotel
The Hunza Valley is a mountainous valley, situated north/west of the Hunza River, at an elevation of around 2,500 m. The territory of Hunza is about 7,900 square km (3,100sq 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 and friendly, almost all speak Burushaski 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-14 Karimabad local visits
Morning visit Baltit Fort 900 Years and Altit Fort 900 Years old, afternoon drive to Duiker valley 30 minutes, arrive and transfer to hotel, after refreshment walk through the village to Holy shrines, today you will have opportunely to see many local women and men working in the fields.
Duiker valley (Roof the world), have a spectacular view down to Karakoram Highway and awesome views of Golden peak 7027m, Rakaposhi 7788m, Ultar Sar 7388m, Diran Peak 7266m, Lady Finger 6000m and Disteghil Sar 7885m.

Day-15 Khunjerab Pass- Karimabad
Full day excursion to Khunjerab Pass 4733m, (Pak- China Border) evening drive back to Karimabad.
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 road way across the pass was completed in 1982, and has superseded the unpaved Mintaka and Kilik Passes as the primary passage across the Karakoram.

Day-16 Karimabad- Naran
Drive to Naran (355km) 9-10 hrs, via Babusar Pass 4173-m), after lunch visit Naran Valley.

Babusar Pass (el. 4173 m. /13,691 ft.) is a mountain pass at the north of the 150 km. (93 miles) long Kaghan Valley connecting it via the Thak Nala with Chilas on the Karakoram Highway (KKH). Babusar Pass connects Gilgit Baltistan with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.

Day-17 Naran- Islamabad
Drive to Islamabad 239km, 6-7hrs en-route visit Taxila Museum and historical sites.

Taxila: Most of the archaeological sites of Taxila (600 BC to 500 AD) are located around Taxila museum. For over one thousand-year Taxila remained famous as a center 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-18 Fly back: Transfer to Islamabad airport for international flight

Service details for Himalayan Lakes Jeep Safari

What's Included

  1. Accommodation and Meals
    Accommodation will be provided based on following hotels sharing twin/double occupancy.
    Islamabad– Hill View hotel or similar category – Bed & Breakfast only.
    Swat: PTDC Motel or guesthouse – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Chitral: PTDC Motel or guesthouse – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Skardu– PTDC Motel or Masherbrum hotel – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Hunza- Hill Top or Hunza Embassy hotel – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Naran
    – PTDC Motel or Guesthouse Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Note:
    Alternate accommodation will be provided if rooms in above-mentioned hotels are not available. Check in before 12:00 pm is subject to previous night charges
  2. Transportation
    Air-condition transportation for sightseeing 
    Air-condition transport from Islamabad Chitral
    Air-condition transport from Hunza to Islamabad
    Air-condition transportation for airport pick and drop
  3. 4×4 Jeeps
    4×4 Jeeps Chitral to Hunza  

    Taxes and Fees
    Camping fees
    Road taxes.
    Bridge crossing fees.
    All Forts and Museum entrance fees 
  4. Camping Equipment & Accessories
    Mattresses.

    D3V sleeping tent.
    Toilet Tent.
    Shower Tent.
    Mess Tent- Kitchen Tent- Tables- Chairs.
  5. Kitchen Equipment
    All necessary kitchen utensils.

    Kitchen tent.
    Lamps for light.
    Cooking Stoves.
  6. Staff
    Professional English Speaking Guide
    Professional Cook
    Assistant Guide as per group size
    Cook helper

What's not Included

  • International air ticket & airport taxes.
  • Visa fee for Pakistan & personal insurance of the clients.
  • Tips for drivers, porters and staff
  • Single supplement
  • Hotel meals in Islamabad (lunch & dinner)
  • Transfers to and from airports for participants making individual air arrangements
  • Optional excursions or deviations from the scheduled tour
  • All personal expenses such as telephone, fax, email charges, liquor or soft drinks,
  • Room service, gratuities for personal services, items of a purely
    • If the group splits due to personal reasons, the cost will be charged additionally.
    • Extra hotel nights (if any) will be charged to trekking members.
    • Any extra cost due to road blockade or any other unforeseen reason will be charged in addition to a normal package offer. Any other service that is not mentioned in the list above.
    • If the government imposes a fee or new condition resulting extra charges (after the package is submitted) the same will be charged in addition to a normal package offer.

Joining Arrangements & Transfers

  • All clients arriving on Day 1 will be met at Islamabad Airport by our representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Similarly, transfers will be provided back to Islamabad Airport on the final day of the itinerary. Full joining instructions together with hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

Meal Plan

  • While in Islamabad accommodation is on Bed and breakfast basis and our guide will guide you to different restaurants nearby for lunch and dinner, while at the camps you will get breakfast with porridge and cereal, toast or chapattis/parathas, omelets and a range of hot drinks. Normally a hot lunch is served during the safari, In the afternoon you will be given tea and biscuits and a three-course meal will follow with soup, a main meal, and dessert. We bring along fresh vegetables and meat for the main meals. We can cater for those with special dietary requirements, so long as we are informed of these at the time of booking.

Accomodation

  • The accommodation arrangement in Islamabad is of standard hotels. Rooms at our provided hotels will be on twin sharing basis. At the time of camping, the participants will be sharing a tent fit for two persons. If any participant is coming alone on this tour he/she will be accommodated with one of the other member for tent and room sharing. Nevertheless, a participant can opt for the separate tent of hotel rooms as he/she likes, however, the additional cost will be incurred for making the separate arrangement. Any participants seeking separate accommodation must inform our office in advance.

Dates Availability Status
10-JUN-2019 - 28-JUN-2019 AVAILABLE
15-JUL-2019 - 02-JUL-2019 AVAILABLE
01-AUG-2019 - 19-AUG-2019 AVAILABLE
20-AUG-2019 - 07-AUG-2019 AVAILABLE
01-SEP-2019 - 19-SEP-2019 AVAILABLE

The best time for Himalayan Lakes Jeesp Safari is from June to September. The start and end dates in the table above are your dates of arrival and departure from Pakistan We have at least two guaranteed departures every year. Our dates for the tour to Himalayan Lakes are given above. We can organize solo tour if your dates do not match our dates of fixed departures.

How the trip will operate?

Upon arrival in Islamabad, one of our representatives will pick you up from the airport and transfer to hotel. Next day we drive over Lowari Pass 3118m to Chitral. After overnight we drive to Kalash valleys on 3rd day. Where we visit Kalash valleys (Bumburate, Birir, and Rumbur), then we depart for Gilgit- Astore via Shandur pass 3700m. Nice view of Nanga Parbat 8126m (Rupal Face) from Astore valley, then we depart for Deosai Plains, where we explore Deosai Plains and spend two nights in tents. Then we depart for Skardu via Satpara Lake, from Skardu we visit Karpocho fort, Shigar fort, Khaplu fort and we depart for Hunza valley along with Indus River, where we visit Baltit fort, Altit Fort, Khunjerab Pass and we depart for Islamabad via Babusar Pass 4173m.

 

What you Carry?

In your daypack, you will need to carry extra warm clothing (depending on the altitude, location, and weather), a rain jacket, water bottle, film and camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-Eze etc. 

Guidance on tipping?

It is usual to tip the members of your tour crew, including your local guide, if you are happy with the services provided. We estimate that $150 – $200 (in local currency equivalent) will cover this aspect of your trip expenditure. 0Towards the end of the tour, the trip leader will help the group to determine an appropriate level of tipping for each crew member, and this is most usually done as a group ‘thank-you’ with a ceremony on the final day of tour.

 

Vaccinations and medical?

You should obtain professional advice from a travel clinic or your local GP from your home country about which vaccinations to have before you arrive in Pakistan.

 

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