Karakorum 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 Shigar Fort, Khaplu Fort, Altit Fort, and Baltit Fort 
  • Drive up to Khunjerab Pass (Pak- China Border) 4733m)
  • The crossing of two highest mountain passes (Deosai 4114m and Babusar Pass 4173m)

This safari covers the three great ranges of mountains, Karakorum and western Himalaya. The valleys of Shangri-La, Hunza Skardu- Baltistan. Which is more panoramic and more spectacular with high mountains at the range of 7500m to 8600mm, Indus river-Shayok River- Hunza River – Nagar River etc. Stop at a place, where three empires meet. Drive through the George valleys and high passes meetings with people, the Buddhists and ancient remains from the 11th century to 19th centuries.

Skardu-Baltistan Valley: The rising of Indus stretches down to Baltistan valley from Tibet to Gilgit and down to the Arabian Sea, which cuts the Indian subcontinent from Asia; Baltistan valley is called a little Tibet in the North of Pakistan. Baltistan is situated at the last end of Himalaya, beside Deosai Plain and Satpara Lake. Baltistan the tourist destination of Mountains paradise where the world 2nd highest peak is K-2 (8611-m) and the other 8000m are Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I & II Likely 8068 to 8047m and there are many peaks 7750- 7800m. Its snow-capped peaks and long glaciers give you the spectacular view for climbers, trekkers, and travelers.

Overview Karakorum Jeep Safari 

Day-01 Arrive Islamabad airport and transfer to hotel  

Day-02 Drive to Chilas via Babusar Pass 4173m, overnight at hotel 

Day-03 Drive to Astore 112km, overnight at hotel  

Day-04 Drive to Shoucer Lake, overnight in tents 

Day-05 Shoucher Lake to Deosai Plateau, overnight in tents 

Day-06 Drive to Skardu 40km, visit Skardu town, overnight at hotel  

Day-07  Visit Shigar Fort and Shigar valley, overnight at hotel 

Day-08  Drive to Karimabad (Hunza) 340km overnight at hotel 

Day-09 Local visits in Karimabad (Hunza) overnight at hotel 

Day-10 Drive to Passu km, afternoon local visits overnight at hotel 

Day-11 Excursion to Khujnerab Pass and back to Karimabad 

Day-12 Drive to Naran via Babusar Pass (4173m) 9-10hrs

Day-13 Drive to Islamabad 6/7 hrs (239.2 km)

Day-14 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. The Karakorum 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 Karakorum 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- Chilas 
Drive to Naran 239.2 km, after lunch continue drive to Chilas 3-4 hrs 113 km via Babusar Pass 4173m

Babusar Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.173 m (13,691 ft) above the sea level. The pass is the highest point in the Kaghan Valley, Pakistan. The pass connects the Kaghan Valley via the ThakNala with Chilas on the Karakoram Highway. It’s one of the famous hair pinned roads in the world.

Day-03 Chilas- Tarishing
Drive to Tarishing 120km, overnight at hotel 

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-04 Tarishing- Shoucher Lake
Drive 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-05 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-06 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-07 Skardu- Khaplu
Drive to Khaplu village 90km, visit Khaplu Fort and Khaplu village. Evening drive back to Skardu for overnight

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-08 Skardu- Gilgit- Karimabad
Drive to Gilgit 240km, after lunch continue drive to Karimabad 100km. 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-09 Karimabad local visits
Morning visit Baltit Fort and Altit Fort, afternoon drive to duiker valley 30 minutes. Overnight at hotel 
Evening walk through the village to Holy shrines, today you will have opportunity 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-10 Karimabad- Passu
Drive to Passu 1hr 50 km. Overnight at hotel 
En-route visit Attaabad Lake, afternoon visit Borith Lake, Gulkin village, Gulmit village, Passu Glacier, Passu village, Hussani village and Hussani suspension bridge.

Day-11 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-12: Karimabad- Naran
Drive to Naran (355km) 9-10 hrs, via Babusar Pass 4173m. Overnight at hotel 

Day-13: Karimabad- Naran
Drive to Islamabad 239 km, 6-7 hrs 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-14 Fly back: Transfer to Islamabad airport for international flight

Service details for Karakorum 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.
    Chilas– Midway Shangri-La or similar category – 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 transportation for airport pick and drop

    Air-condition transportation from Islamabad to Chilas- and Skardu to Hunza Islamabad 
  3. 4×4 Jeeps
    4×4 Jeeps from Astore to Deosai- Skardu 
  4. Taxes and Fees
    Bridge crossing fees.
    Road taxes.
    Camping fees 

    All Forts and museum entrance fees
  5. Camping Food & Equipment & Accessories
    Camp food during camping 
    Mattresses.

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

    Kitchen tent.
    Lamps for light.
    Cooking Stoves.
  7. Staff
    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, 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 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 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, omelettes and a range of hot drinks. Normally a hot lunch is served during the trek, 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 trip 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
20-JUN-2019 - 03-JUL-2019 AVAILABLE
15-JUL-2019 - 28-JUL-2019 AVAILABLE
10-AUG-2019 - 23-AUG-2019 AVAILABLE
01-SEP-2019 - 19-SEP-2019 AVAILABLE

The best time for Karakorum Jeep 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 Safari to Karakorum 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 4173m to Chilas. After overnight we drive to Tarishing village on 3rd day. Where we visit Tarishing and Rama valleys, here you have a nice view of Nanga Parbat 8126m (Rupal Face), 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.

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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