Tour To Hunza and Kashgar

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Duration

19 Days

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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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Detailed Itinerary

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Day-01: 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-02: 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-03: 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-04: 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 enjoy water channel walk from Karimabad to towards Hyderabad village.

Day-05: Hopper and Duiker Valley

Morning excursion to Hopper valley, visit Hopper glacier and Hopper valley, afternoon drive to Duiker valley thirty minutes, arrive and transfer to hotel.
Evening 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-06: 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-07: 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-08: 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-09: 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-10: Drive from Kashgar to Tashkurgan

Drive from Kashgar to Tashkurgan 300 km, on the way visit Karakul lake, Muztagh ata, stone City.

Day-11: Drive from Tashkurgan to Karimabad

The Chinese Guide will see off the group in Tashkorgan Immigration (China) and Pakistan Guide will welcome at Sost Immigration (Pakistan) and after refreshment drive to Karimabad, through on Karakoram highway along-with Hunza River. Stop at several places for photography. Arrive and transfer to hotel

Day-12: Drive from Karimabad to Naran

Drive to Naran 355 km via Babusar Pass 4173 m. En-route stop at various viewpoints for photography and refreshment. 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. Karakoram highway is the 8th wonder of the world.

Day-13: Drive from Naran to Islamabad

Drive to Islamabad 6-7 hours 239 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 centre 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 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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