Pak China Silk Route Tour

Highlights

  • Visit Historical Lahore City of Lahore 
  • The Karakorum highway 8th wonder of the world 
  • Drive over Khunjerab Pass 4733m 
  • View of Muztagh Ata 7545m from KKH 
  • Views of peaks between 5,000m to 7,000m Peaks
  • Visit of Hunza- Kashgar- Urumqi- Turfan- Liuyuan- Dunhuang- Xian- Beijing

The Silk route/Karakoram Highway connects China and Pakistan with what must be the most harrowing trail of asphalt on earth. From Kashgar to Islamabad, the road stretches 1260 kilometers and pierces the territory of at least five ethnic groups. (Uighur, Kirgiz, Tajik/Wakhi, Hunza/Nagar, Shin, and Pathan). At least nine languages (Chinese, Uighur, Kirgiz, Tajik/Wakhi, Burushaski, Shina, Pushto, Urdu, and English) are commonly heard along its length. The highway was begun in the late 1960s after the warming of relations between the two countries. China provided most of the engineering know-how, building bridges to span Pakistan’s treacherous rivers and blasting a two-lane highway out of sheer rock. The muscle was provided by thousands of Pakistani and Chinese laborers, who wielded picks and shovels under a blinding mountain sun. On the Pakistan side of the border alone, more than 400 lost their lives.

Nowadays most traffic on the Karakoram Highway consists of tourists and hajjis-Muslims making a pilgrimage to Mecca–but small-scale trade has revived as well. Pakistani businessmen come to Kashgar to load up on thermoses, enamel wash-basins, and other items sold cheaply in Chinese shops. They are also attracted by Kashgar’s reputation as a place of pleasure, for liquor and whores are not easily found in their straight-laced homeland. Apart from the hajjis, few Chinese find their way west.

The sheer difficulty of this road makes it a magnet for adventure-seeking bicyclists, of whom this author was one. If steep ascents, thin air, long distances, interfering officials, shabby hostels and unfamiliar food aren’t challenge enough, the cyclist must also contend with children for whom grabbing the luggage rack of a passing foreigner’s bike has become a favorite sport. Yet the rewards are worth it: standing alone at the summit of a pass, master of all you see; cheers from villagers as you pedal by; visiting Kirgiz nomads on a great plain beneath Mustaghata; and, from the Khunjerab pass, the long, long joy-ride down. It is an unforgettable experience.

Overview Pak- China Silk Route Tour

Day-01 Arrive at Lahore airport transfer to hotel 

Day-02 Sightseeing of Lahore city 

Day-03 Drive to Islamabad 380km 4-5hrs 

Day-04 Drive to Chilas on Karakorum highway 461km 

Day-05 Drive to Karimabad (Hunza) 240km 5-6hrs 

Day-06 Local visits in Karimabad (Hunza) 

Day-07 Drive to Passu 50km, local visits 

Day-08 Drive to Tashgurgan over Khunjreab Pass 4733m.

Day-09 Drive to Kashgar 298km 

Day-10 Local visit in Kashgar 

Day-11 Fly to Urumqi, sightseeing of Urumqi 

Day-12  Drive to Turfan, sightseeing of Turfan 

Day-13 Drive to Liuyuan, sightseeing of Liuyuan 

Day-14 Drive to Dunhuang, sightseeing of Dunhuang 

Day-15 Full days sightseeing of Dunhuang

Day-16 Fly to Xian, transfer to hotel, afternoon visit Xian

Day-17 Xian: Sightseeing of Xian

Day-18 Morning fly to Beijing, afternoon sightseeing of Beijing

Day-19: Transfer to Beijing airport for international flight

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Map and Itinerary for Pak- China Silk Route Tour

Day-01: Lahore: Arrive at Lahore airport transfer to hotel, afternoon sightseeing.

Day-02: Lahore
Full day city tour of Historical city Lahore)
City of Gardens and Historical Monuments, it is the second largest historical city of Pakistan with population of more than 6,563,000 people, Being the cultural, historical and artistic centre of Pakistan, this beautiful city features marvelous sights for the visitors who love sightseeing.
Lahore: is the city of saints and is studded with shrines. It stands on the bank of the Ravi River at an elevation of 902 feet above sea level and covers an area of 115 square miles. Lahore merely means Loh-Awar, a fort as strong as iron. The Lahore Fort has 13 gates. Lahore rose to its importance during Ghaznavid period. It was developed and enlarged under Ayaz, the favorite of Mahmud. Ayaz was for several years the Governor of Lahore and lies buried there.

Day-03: Islamabad
Sightseeing of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

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-04: Chilas
Drive to Chilas on Karakoram highway 11-12hrs 461km.
The Karakoram Highway, also known as the Friendship Highway in China, was built by the governments of Pakistan and China, it was started in 1959 and was completed in 1979 (open to the public since 1986) about 810 Pakistanis and about 200 Chinese workers lost their lives, mostly in landslides and falls, while building the highway. The route of the KKH traces one of the many paths of the ancient Silk Road.

Day-05: Karimabad
Drive to Karimabad along with Hunza River 6-7 hrs 240km.

The Hunza Valley is a mountainous valley, situated north/west of the Hunza River, at an elevation of around 2,500 meters. The territory of Hunza is about 7,900 square kilometers (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 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 7388m Lady Finger 6000m.

Day-06: Karimabad
Morning visit Baltit Fort and Altit Fort, afternoon drive to Duiker valley, arrive and transfer to hotel, after refreshment walk through the village to Holy shrines.

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-07: Karimabad- Passu- Sost
Drive to Sost 84 km, en-route visit Gulmit village, Hussani village, Hussani suspension bridge, Borith Lake, Passu village, Passu glacier Batura glacier

Day-08: Tashkurgan
After custom formalities drive to Tashkurgan over Khunjerab Pass 4733m.

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-09: Tashkurgan– Kashgar (Bus 298Kms)
Drive to Lake Karakul takes 2-3 hours through the breathtaking scenery of high mountain pastures and snow-capped peaks. At the base of Muztagh Ata (7,545 m/24,754 ft), sits Lake Karakuri (3,770 m/12,369 ft), a majestic blue glacial lake that is fed by the mammoth, century-old glaciers above it. After excursion around the Lake, We set out to Kashgar the ancient trading center along the Silk Road.

Day-10: Kashgar
Begin your discovery today with visits to the Id Kah Mosque fronted by the busy square. The largest in west China that built in 1442, the Abakh Hoja Tomb, built in 1640, it is reminiscent of the Central Asian artistic style of Samarkand of Isfahan. The site is also known as the Xiang Fei (Fragrant Concubine) Tomb in memory of Abakh Khoja’s granddaughter, Iparhan, who was the Fragrant Concubine of Emperor Qianlong of Qing Dynasty room through the colorful national street that assembled rich and verity workshop of making uyghur’s handcrafts.. Then enjoy the wonderful Uyghur dance show performed by lovely uyghur’s children.

Day-11: Kashgar- Urumqi
Morning sightseeing of Kashgar visit Abkhoja Tomb, Eddgha Mosque and other historical sights plus also Sunday market, afternoon fly to Urumqi, Urumqi is the capital of Xingjian Region, is the land of song and dance. This region is home of 14 separate ethnic cultures.

Day-12: Urumqi- Turfan
Morning sightseeing of Urumqi, afternoon drive to Turfan.
Urumqi is the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Spend three hours rolling through grasslands surrounded by snowcapped mountains. Mount Bogda rises 17,900 feet above the pasture lands and is the tallest in the Eastern Tianshan Mountain Range. Urumqi is now a large industrialized city with over one million inhabitants. Visit the high forested region north of Urumqi. The cool mountain area is in sharp contrast to the dry, hot city desert. Nomadic sheep and goat herds set up camp along the roadside near the streams bringing cool fresh mountain water to the lush green fields. Proceed on touring around the museum and the markets of Urumqi.

Day-13: Turfan- Liuyuan
Morning sightseeing of Turfan, evening by train to Liuyaun.
Torfan is an exciting oasis city. The majority of the residents of Turfan are of the Uygue national minority give the city its rich flavor. The Uygur people, in their traditional embroidered costumes, sit atop their horse-drawn cart singing folk songs. The Imam Minaret (1700s), located slightly east of the city, is a classic example of Uygur geometric design. Visit the underground irrigation system of Kerez Wells that keeps Turfan an oasis city. Finish the tour with a visit to the underground tombs of the ancient Turkic civilization and view the mummified remains of the royal family.

Day-14:  Liuyuan- Dunhuang
Drive to Dunhuang, transfer to hotel, afternoon visit Museum, white horse Pagoda and Moon Lake. epart Liuyuan in the morning and drive to Dunhuang until we arrive in the hotel. After a quick break then enjoy your lunch hour. Afterward, we have the chance to check out Dunhuang. Visit Dunhuang County Museum which contains a number of Chinese and Tibetan items such as manuscripts from Cave 17 of Mogao Caves, and domestic items. Then we go to the White Horse Pagoda that is located 2 km south of the center city. Now here we go! Let us go to today’s last destination- Moon Lake which is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in Dunhuang. Its beauty is entrancing. We end our day in Dunhuang city.

Day-15: Dunhuang
Full days sightseeing of Dunhuang: It’s a religious day! After breakfast, we go to Mogao Caves which also known as the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas to view a number of Buddhist cave sites. We eat a delicious local lunch here and then drive to the Yumen Pass which built in 111 BC, located 90 km (56 mi) northwest of Dunhuang in the Gobi desert. Then we pop across the Yu Men Pass, Great Wall of The Han Dynasty and Hecang Military Depot. Soak in the historical rudiment at those places and the rest of your time is free for you to explore the city.

Day-16: Dunhuang- Xian
Fly to Xian, Transfer to hotel, afternoon visit Xian Museum, Wild Goose Pagoda and City wall of Ming Dynasty. Morning flight from Dunhuang to Xi’an. After arriving in Xi’an, transfer you to the hotel which you will spend 2 days stay. After a local lunch we are prepared to explore Xi’an city this afternoon. Walk on the well-preserved City Wall and then visit the Forest of Stone Steles Museum, which is the earliest museum in Shaanxi Province with its famous stone carving art. Have a look around at Wild Goose Pagoda which is located in the south of the city. Eat dinner on the most well-known food street.

Day-17: Xian
Full day city tour of Xian, overnight at hotel Turn up the music and enjoy a scenic drive from Xi’an to Lin Tong. Here we arrive at the world-famous Terracotta Army Museum. One thing’s for sure though, this place is fantastic. After fascinating sightseeing, we have a chance to overlook the tomb of emperor Qinshihuang who is the King of the State of Qin. If time permits, we look around the 5A scenic area Huaqing Pool which is now an important tourist spot. After we have visited all of the attractions we head back to Xi’an where our tour began. This is a great opportunity to see Xi’an at night. After dinner in Xi’an, the rest of your time is free for you to explore the city.

Day-18: Xian- Beijing
Morning fly to Beijing transfer to hotel, afternoon sightseeing of Beijing, Morning flight from Xi’an to Beijing. After arriving in Beijing, transfer you to the hotel which you will spend your last night in China. After a local features lunch, we go the Tiananmen Square which is the heart and symbol of Beijing and is the biggest square in the world. Finally, we arrive at today’s main attraction– Forbidden City (also known officially as the Imperial Palace Museum) which is the world’s largest palace complex and covers 74 hectares.

Day-19: Fly back: Transfer to Beijing airport for international flight.

Service details for Pak- China Silk Route Tour

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.
    Chilas– Midway Shangri-La or similar category – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Hunza- Hill Top or Hunza Embassy hotel – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    China-
     Tourist class hotel in China- 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 transport for sightseeing 

    Air-condition transport for 20 days tour
    Air-condition transport for airport pick and drop
  3. Taxes and Fees
    Road taxes.
    All entry fees to forts and sites

    Khunjerab National park entry fee
    Staff
  4. Professional English Speaking Guide
    Assistant Guide as per group size

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
    • Any other service that is not mentioned in the list above.
    • Any extra cost due to road blockade or any other unforeseen reason will be charged in addition to a normal package offer.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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. Rest in all hotels accommodation is based on breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  

Accomodation

  • The accommodation arrangement in Islamabad is of standard hotels. Rooms at our provided hotels will be on twin sharing basis. If any participant is coming alone on this tour he/she will be accommodated with one of the other members for room sharing. Nevertheless, a participant can opt for the separate room 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-MAY-2019 - 28-MAY-2019 AVAILABLE
20-JUN-2019 - JUL-08-2019 AVAILABLE
15-JUL-2019 - 02-AUG-2019 AVAILALE
25-AUG-2019 - 12-SEP-2019 AVAILABLE
10-SEP-2019 - 28-SEP-2019 AVAILABLE

The best time for Pak- China Silk Route Tour is from May to end of September.
The start and end dates in the table above are your dates of arrival and departure from Pakistan We have at least five guaranteed departures every year. Our dates for the tour to Silk Route tour 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 Babusar Pass (4,173m) or Karakorum highway to Chilas. After overnight we drive to Karimabad Hunza valley. From Karimabad we visit Altit Fort, Baltit Fort, Hopper valley, Hopper glacier, Duiker valley, Attaabad Lake, Borith Lake, Ghulkin Glacier, Passu village, Passu Glacier, Batura Glacier, Hussani village, Hussani suspension bridge. Then we drive over Khunjerab Pass to China, where we visit Karakul take, Kashgar city, Abkhoja Tomb, Eddgha Mosque and other historical, Turfan, Liuyaun, Dunhuang, Dunhuang, Xian and Beijing.

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 $100 – $150 (in local currency equivalent) will cover this aspect of your trip expenditure.

Towards 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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