Pak China Silk Route Tour

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Duration

19 Days

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No Cancellation

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Group Size

15 peoples

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Languages

English

Overview

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.

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Highlights

  • Visit Historical Lahore City of Lahore
  • The Karakorum highway 8th wonder of the world
  • Experience the culture of ethnic minority communities of Hunza
  • Opportunity to interact with Hunza's community members including men, women and children
  • Participate and dance to the tunes of Hunza drums
  • Glaciers including Passu, Batura and Hussaini etc
  • Sightseeing of forts (Altit and Baltit)
  • Karakoram Highway and Ancient Silk Route
  • 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

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15-JUL-202003-AUG-2020 GUARANTEED
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05-JUL-2020 26-JUL-2020 CLOSED
07-JUL-2020 26-JUL-2020 AVAILABLE
15-JUL-202003-AUG-2020 GUARANTEED
06-AUG-202027-AUG-2020 CLOSED
10-AUG-202029-AUG-2020 AVAILABLE

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03-AUG-201925-AUG-2019 AVAILABLE
06-AUG-201927-AUG-2019 CLOSED
07-AUG-201928-AUG-2019 AVAILABLE
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Detailed Itinerary

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Day-01: Welcome at Lahore Airport

Welcome at Lahore airport, and transfer to hotel. After refreshment proceed for city tour of Lahore, which includes Badshahi Mosque, Lahore Fort, Sheesh Mahal, Shalimar Bagh, Minar Pakistan and Lahore Museum.

Day-02: Drive from Lahore to Islamabad

Drive to Islamabad 380 km. En-route visit Rohtas Fort, Katas Raj temple and Khewra salt mines. Arrive Islamabad and transfer to hotel.

Day-03: Islamabad- Rawalpindi & Taxila

After breakfast Excursion to Taxila 35 km, visit Taxila, Jaulian, Mohra, Moradu and Sirkap. After lunch 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: Drive from Islamabad to Naran & Chilas

Drive to Naran 6-7 hours, 239 km, after lunch continue drive to Chilas 3-4 hours 113.3 km via Babusar Pass 4,173m. 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-05: Drive from Chilas to Karimabad

Drive to Karimabad (Hunza) 6-7 hours, 240km. En-route stop at junction point of three great mountain ranges meet, the Karakorum, Himalaya and Hindukush, at Thalichi for photography from Nanga Parbat 8,126m and at Rakaposhi view point for photography and refreshment.

Day-06: Local Visits in Karimabad & Altit

Morning visit Baltit Fort 700 Years old and Baltit village, afternoon visit Altit Fort 900 Years old, Altit village and visit the women carpenters of Hunza. Evening drive to Duiker valley, enjoy the sunset from Duiker view Point.
(Duiker valley is viewpoint to see the sunset and Sunrise over the beautiful mountains in the surroundings of Hunza). Duiker valley (Roof of 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: Drive from Karimabad to Passu & Sost

Drive to Sost 93 km, en-route visit Attabad Lake, Borith Lake, Gulkin village, Gulmit village, Passu white Glacier, Passu village, Hussani village and Hussani suspension bridge.

Day-08: Drive from Sost to Tashkurgan

After breakfast 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: Drive from Tashkurgan to Kashgar

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: Local Visits in 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: Fly from Kashgar to 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: Drive from Urumqi to 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: Drive from Turfan to 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: Drive from Liuyuan to 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: Local Visits in 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: Fly from Dunhuang to 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: Local Visits in 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: Fly from Xian to 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 Home

Transfer to Beijing airport for international flight.

  • Licensed professional guide (government requirement)
  • Airport transfer on first and last day in Islamabad
  • All domestic road transfers
  • All hotel accommodation
  • All hotel meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Support staff (assistant(s) etc)
  • Travel Insurance (recommendations only)
  • Visa to Pakistan (supporting documents will be offered)
  • International airfare
  • Personal equipments (clothes, boots etc)
  • Tips for guides, porters, staff etc
  • Miscellaneous (drinks, phone calls, laundry, souvenir etc)

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