Shangrila Tour Visit Hunza and Skardu Valleys

Highlights

  • Visit of 900 Years old Forts 
  • View of Indus River 
  • View of Hindukush- Karakoram and Himalaya Mountain Ranges. 
  • Views of peaks between 6,000m to 8,000m Peaks 
  • View of 8000m Peak (Nanga Parbat 8126m) 
  • Drive up to Khunjerab Pass 4733m (Pak- China Border) The Khunjerab Pass is the highest paved international border crossing in the world and the highest point on the Karakoram Highway

Baltistan or Little Tibet is a mountainous region on the border of Pakistan controlled Kashmir and Indian Controlled Kashmir in the Karakorum mountains just south of K2 (the world’s second-highest mountain). Baltistan borders Gilgit to the west, Xinjiang (China) in the north, Ladakh on the southeast and the Kashmir valley on the southwest. Its average altitude is over 3,350 metres (10,990 ft).

The rising of Indus stretches down to Baltistan valley from Tibet to Gilgit and down to the Arabian Sea, which cuts the Indian sub-continent 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 is 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 a spectacular view for climbers, trekkers and travelers.

The Hunza Valley is a mountainous valleysituated 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.

Overview Shangrila Tour Visit Hunza and Skardu Valleys 

Day-01 Arrive Islamabad airport and transfer to hotel 

Day-02 Drive to Chilas on Karakorum highway 11-12hrs 

Day-03 Drive to Skardu along with Indus River 8-9hrs 290km   

Day-04 Visit Skardu twon- Kharpocho Fort and Satpara Lake 

Day-05 Drive to Shigar valley, visit Shigar Fort and Shigar village 

Day-06 Drive to Khaplu 100km, visit Khaplu Fort and Khaplu village 

Day-07 Drive to Karimabad (Hunza) 340km 9-10hrs 

Day-08 Visit Baltit Fort, Baltit Twon, Altit Fort and Altit village

Day-09 Morning visit Hopper valley, afternoon drive to Duiker valley 

Day-10 Drive to Passu 1hr, afternoon local visits 

Day-11 Drive to Khunjerab Pass (Pak- China Border 4733-m) 

Day-12 Drive to Besham on Karakorum highway 9-10 hrs 

Day-13 Drive to Islamabad en-route visit Taxila museum 

Day-14 Transfer to Islamabad airport for return flight 

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Map and Itinerary for Shangrila Tour Visit Hunza and Skardu Valleys

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 Chilas on Karakoram highway or 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 Thak Nala with Chilas on the Karakoram Highway. It’s one of the famous hair pinned roads in the world. Karakorum high way is 8th wonder of the world. The Karakorum Highway was constructed jointly by the Chinese and Pakistanis, begun in 1960s and finally constructed in 1976,s as a link road between Pakistan and China. It is an engineering wonder, but at the cost of many lives

Day-03 Chilas- Skardu
Drive to Skardu along with Indus River 8-9hrs 290km.
The rising of Indus stretches down to Baltistan valley from Tibet to Gilgit and down to the Arabian Sea, which cuts the Indian sub-continent 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.

Day-04 Skardu 
Visit Skardu town, Satpara Lake and Kharpucho fort
The Kharpucho fort was built by the king Ali Sher in the end of the sixteenth century. General Zorawar Singh of the Dogra Rajput clan working under Maharaja Gulab Singh realized the importance of the fort’s location in the town and so he occupied the fort. It was part of his many military campaigns to annex the areas of Baltistan to the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir. The fort was razed to the ground in 1857 under the guidance of Ranbir Singh. Mughal emperor Aurangzeb also tried to occupy the fort, which went in vain.

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 offers a picture seek view of the Lake, can be reached to ice land with engine boats and without engine or sailing boats can be used.

Day-05 Skardu
Morning visit Kachura Lake, afternoon visit Shigar Fort and Shingar valley

Shigar Fort Residence has been open since June 1, 2005, following an intensive six-year restoration undertaken by Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan. Originally known as Fong-Khar, which in the local Balti language means “Palace on the Rock”, this 400-year old Raja fort-palace has been brought back to life following a careful strategy of adaptive re-use and restoration. The result is a combination of authentic original 17th century architecture together with the modern amenities and services of a luxury guest house.
Shigar Fort Residence has emerged as a new form of cultural tourism in Pakistan that combines guest rooms, facilities, and services of an international standard with an intimate first-hand experience of the unique architectural, cultural, and natural heritage of the Shigar valley.

Day-06 Khaplu 
Drive to Khaplu village 90km, visit Khaplu Fort and Khaplu village, evening 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-07 Skardu- Gilgit
Drive to Gilgit 6-7 hrs 240km, arrive and transfer to hotel, after refreshment visit Gilgit town and Kargah Buddha.
Gilgit is the capital of Gilgit-Baltistan province 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 Kashgar, was an important staging post on the silk Route from China. The Kargah Buddha was carved in the 7th century. A monastery and three Stupas about 400m near Buddha were excavated in 1931 and written in Sanskrit.

Day-08 Gilgit- Karimabad (Hunza
Drive to Karimabad along with Hunza-Nagar River 2-3hrs 100km. after lunch visit Baltit Fort and Baltit town.

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 (3,100 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 7388 Lady Finger 6000m.

Day-09 Duiker /Holy Shrine
Morning visit Altit Fort, afternoon drive to Duiker valley 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-10 Duiker- Gulmit /Passu
Drive to Passu 1hr en-route visit Attabad Lake, arrive and transfer to hotel, after refreshment visit Borith Lake, Gulking village, Gulmit village, Passu Glacier, Passu village, Hussani village and Hussani suspension bridge.

Day-11 Khunjerab Pass
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- Chilas- Naran
Drive to Chilas (221 KM), After lunch continue drive to Naran 3-4 hrs (113.3 km) via Babusar Pass 4173m)

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-13  Naran- Taxila- Islamabad 
Drive to Islamabad 6/7 hrs (239.2 km) 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 Shangrila Tour Visit Hunza and Skardu Valleys

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 transport for airport pick and drop

    Air-condition transport for sightseeing 
    Air-condition transportation from Islamabad- Skardu- Hunza, and Islamabad 
  3. Taxes and Fees
    Road taxes.
    Fort entrance fee
    Museum entrance fee
  4. Staff
    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
    • 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. 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 member for room sharing. Nevertheless, a participant can opt for the separate hotel 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
Hunza Valley Shangri La 08-ARP-2019 - 21-APR-2019 AVAILABLE
Hunza Valley Shangri La 15-MAY-2019 - 28-MAY-2019 AVAILABLE
Hunza Valley Shangri La 10-JUN-2019 - 23-JUN-2019 AVAILABLE
Hunza Valley Shangri La 20-JUL-2019 - 02-AUG-2019 AVAILABLE
Hunza Valley Shangri La 15-AUG-2019 - 28-AUG-2019 AVAILABLE
20-SEP-2019 - 03-SEP-2019 AVAILABLE
Hunza Valley Shangri La 08-OCT-2019 - 21-OCT2019 GUARANTEED
Hunza Valley Shangri La 15-OCT-2019 - 28-OCT-2019 AVAILABLE

The best time for Shangrila Tour is from March to October 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 Shangrila 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 Skardu valley. From Skardu, we visit Karpucho fort, Shigar fort Satpara Lake, Khaplu fort and Khaplu village and Skardu town. next we drive to Gilgit along with Indus River. 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, Khunjerab Pass 4733m (Pak/China Border)

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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