Duration: 10 Days
Best Time: April – October
Baltistan, called Balti-yul by its inhabitants, is the eastern centre of the longest glaciers, highest peaks and towers of the Karakoram range where villages are oasis in a vertical wilderness of rock and ice. The mighty Indus River sweeps through the land, augmented by the glacial Shigar and Shyok rivers. Baltistan’s western border with Gilgit is at Shengus village, downstream from the Indus River’s Rondu gorge, to the east and the south is the line of control with India, and to the north, along the Karakoram’s crest, is the border with China. Baltistan is also known as “Little Tibet” and culturally contrasts sharply with areas to its west. The folklore of the Balti-pa is not that of shamans and fairies, but rather of the Tibetan king Kesar. Nagar and Hunza are much influenced by Baltistan, with certain music, apricots and polo both probably coming from Baltistan.
Day 01 Arrive Islamabad. Transfer to hotel. Official briefing.
Day 02 Fly to Skardu or drive to Chilas in case of flight cancellation. Hotel.
Day 03 Free day at Skardu or drive from Chilas to Skardu. Hotel.
Day 04 Excursion Shigar. Hotel.
Day 05 Excursion Satpara Lake and Deosai Plateau. Hotel.
Day 06 Drive to Khaplu. Hotel.
Day 07 Drive back to Skardu. Hotel.
Day 08 Fly to Islamabad or drive to Chilas in case of flight cancellation. Hotel.
Day 09 Day free or complete road journey from Chilas to Islamabad.
Day 10 Fly Out.