Altitude: 2000m – 4700m
Duration: 16 Days
Best Time: May – October
Traveling along the Karakoram Highway is an experience that will captivate and enthrall you with the landscape and the size of the mountains en route. The landscape is extremely striking. In places, sheer, snow-capped mountains standing tall from deep valleys while elsewhere lush alpine meadows are carpeted in colorful wildflowers and dazzling pastures above the villages. Terraced villages are dotted around this monumental terrain, supported by traditional farming methods and lifestyles that have seen little change over the centuries.
Each day provides a new and exciting scene around each turning makes this experience so much popular amongst international travelers. Talk to anyone who has driven the 1284km long highway and watch their eyes light up! Connecting China with Pakistan, the famous highway twists through three Great Mountain ranges – the Himalaya, Karakoram and Pamirs along the famous Indus and the Hunza rivers. If you love awe-inspiring mountain scenery, fantastic cultural diversity and history, and the idea of little effort to experience it, this is the trip for you!
Day 01 Islamabad
Arrive Islamabad. Transfer to Hotel.
Day 02 Gilgit/Besham
Fly to Gilgit (1hr) and transfer to hotel. In case of flight cancellation drive
(6-7 hrs) by coach to Besham (275 km) on KKH. Hotel.
Day 03 Naltar Valley/Gilgit
Excursion to Naltar Valley by jeep. Hotel.
If you are driving, complete road journey (09-10 hrs) to Gilgit (345 km).
Day 04 Gilgit – Karimabad (110 km in 3 hrs)
Drive to Hunza (2400m). Hotel.
Day 05 Visit Baltit fort and trip to Duiker view point. Hotel.
Day 06 Karimabad – Gulmit (40km 1 hr)
Drive to Gulmit and hike to Gulkin glacier. Hotel.
Day 07 Gulmit – Sost – Tashkurgan
Drive to Sost and after clearance from immigration continue to Tashkoran.
Day 08 Tashkorgan – Kashgar
Drive to Kashgar. Hotel.
Day 09 Full day visit Sunday market. Hotel.
Day 10 Kashgar
City Tour of Kashgar.
Visit the Abak Hoja Mausoleum, Mosque and bazaar. Hotel.
Day 11 Tashkurgan
Drive to Tashkurgan. Hotel.
Day 12 Sost-Karimabad
Drive to Sost and continue to Hunza. Hotel.
Day 13 Karimabad-Gilgit
Drive to Gilgit. Hotel.
Day 14 Islamabad/Besham
Fly to Islamabad (1hr) and transfer to hotel.
In case of flight cancellation drive to Besham (09-10 hrs, 345 km). Hotel.
Day 15 Islamabad/Besham
Day free at Islamabad. Hotel.
If you are driving, complete road journey (06-07 hrs) to Islamabad (275 km).
Day 16 Transfer to airport for your homebound flight.