Duration: 11 Days
Best Time: Round the Year
Touched by various invading cultures, Gilgit was an important staging point on the Silk Route and remained a part of the Buddhist Kingdom from 3rd to 11th century. Today Gilgit, capital town of Northern Pakistan is thriving on the Karakoram Highway to China and along with Baltistan, Diamer and Ghizer forms one of the administrative divisions of Northern Areas.
Gilgit is the key junction for travel to Northern Area and many tourists spend some time in Gilgit whether preparing or resting after a trek, shopping or transiting for onward transportation. One can have a beautiful view of Rakaposhi Peak (7788m) and Domani Peak (6143m) from here.
Hunza is considered the despite a prolonged history of contact with outside world, Hunza’s perceived isolation remains in some way until today. Buddhism first reached China through the Hunza valley around 200 AD and after arrival of Islam in 11th century Turks, Mongols, Afghan’s, Taimuris, Dogras and Chinese passed through as soldiers, pilgrims, traders and adventurers. This scenic valley spreads along the west bank of Hunza River 110km north of Gilgit providing rare views of a very spectacular mountain panorama and is a starting point for climbers, trekkers, presenting great options for day hikers, sightseeing and diversified cultural activities. En-route stops at “Rakaposhi View point”, from where you will have magnificent views of Rakaposhi Mountain 7788m (29th highest peak in the world).
The Hopar Valley is a scenic portion of the Nagar Valley “Shangri-La” of Hilton’s “Lost Horizons” in northern Pakistan. It is about 10 km away from Nagar Khas, the principal city of the Nagar Valley. It is the site of the Spantik and Hopar (Hopper) glaciers. It is a cluster of villages around a natural bowl at a bend of Bualtar Glacier. Opposite Hopar the white Bualtar is joined by the Barpu Glacier. This is a base camp for treks into the high, glacier-draped peaks called the Hispar Muztagh.
Day 01 Islamabad. Hotel.
Day 02 Fly to Skardu or drive to Besham in case of flight cancellation. Hotel.
Day 03 Drive to Gilgit. Hotel.
Day 04 Drive to Hunza. Hotel.
Day 05-07 In Hunza for sightseeing. Hotel.
Day 08 Drive back to Gilgit. Hotel.
Day 09 Fly to Islamabad or drive to Besham. Hotel.
Day 10 Free day or complete road journey. Hotel.
Day 11 Fly out.