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TOUR ITINERARY:

Day 01: Tashkurgan (China)-Khunjerab Pass-Sust-Gulmit

Upon arrival meet & assist after custom’s immigration formalities transfer to Gulmit.

Khunjerab Pass (at an elevation of 15397 ft / 4693 m) is a high mountain pass in the Karakuram Mountains in a strategic position on the northern border of Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan region on the southwest border of the Xinjiang province of China. The Khunjerab Pass is the highest cemented international border crossing in the world and the highest point on the Karakuram Highway. The road across the pass was completed in 1982, and has old-fashioned the unpaved Mintaka and Kilik Passes as the primary passage across the Karakorum Range. On the Pakistani side, the pass is 42 kms from the National Park station and checkpoint in Dih, 75 km from the customs and immigration post in Sost, 270 km from Gilgit, and 870 km from Islamabad. On the Chinese side, the pass is 130 kms from Tashkurgan, 420 kms from Kashgar and some 1890 kms from Urumqi city. The Chinese port of entry is located 3.5 km along the road from the pass in Tashkurgan region.

Sust is the first town within Pakistan on the Karakoram Highway after Chinese border. It is elevated 2800 meters above sea level. The town is an important place on the highway for all passenger and cargo transport because all traffic crossing the Pakistan-China border passes through this town, Pakistani immigration and customs department offices are based here. Pakistan and China have opened border for trade and tourism at Khunjerab. The Main languages spoken here is Wakhi and Brushaski. The Silk Route Dry Port started its business operations at the port Sost (Upper Hunza) near Khunjarab pass Gilgit-Baltistan.

After lunch in Sust, drive to Gulmit Village

Gulmit is the head quarter of Tehsil Gojal, in the upper Hunza region of District Hunza/Nagar of Gilgit/Baltistan. Territory is located in the deep in the Karakuram Mountain Range. Gulmit is a centuries-old historic town, with mountains, peaks and glaciers. It is a tourist spot and has many hotels, shops and a museum. Its altitude is (7900 ft / 2408m) above the Arabian Sea level. Gulmit is also a Turkish or Iranian word which means the valley of flowers. Before 1974, when Hunza was a state, Gulmit used to be the Summer Capital of the formerly Hunza state. After the abolition of the state it became the Tehsil’s set up of government. The oldest undamaged house in Gulmit is more than six centuries old.

Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.

Dinner & overnight at the hotel in Gulmit. (Lunch & Dinner).

Day 02: Gulmit-Karimabad via Attabad Lake

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning drive to Karimabad via Attabad Lake.

Continue drive to Karimabad through friendship tunnels. Arrive and transfer to the hotel.

Karimabad is the delightful old capital of the Hunza Kingdom. From Karimabad, with its souvenir shop, post office and tea shop, you can obtain a superb view of the valley laid out below you and of the peaks at the back. Karimabad area is scattered with natural flowers and blossoming fruit orchards. We will spend half our day in this town enjoying the greenery and enchantment in the sound of waterfall.

Lunch at the hotel. PM. Visit Baltit Fort & Bazaar.

Baltit fort (Museum) was the old palace of the Mirs of Hunza and was settled until 1960. It is more then 700 years old.  Baltit is a questioning long-winded old place and has four stories, strongly built of stones, sun-dried mud and wood.  Baltit is built on a cliff edging at the back side; it is a gorge and then the Ultar glacier shining in the sunshine. The structural design here, as at Altit Fort, reflects a Tibetan influence.  The local people says that a Princess of Baltistan get married a time in power Mir and brought with her Balti masons, carpenters and craftsmen to build Baltit and Altit as part of her gift/dowry. In the ‘museum room’ are coats of mail, weapons and the warning drums that sounded the alarm in an attack. The view from the top of the fort is well worth the climb.

Dinner & overnight in Karimabad. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Day 03: Karimabad-Duiker Sunrise & Nagar Valley Excursion

Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning proceed to Duiker to view Sunrise by 4WD Willy Jeep.

Duiker is a small village which is 4-5 kms away from Karimabad, situated above Altit Village at a height of (9,327 ft / 2,850 m) approximately, from where one can get  gorgeous  view  of  whole  Hunza valley  and all  adjoining peaks  as well  as Hoper Glacier from this view point.

Lunch at the hotel. Afternoon visit Nagar Valley.

A short 4WD Jeep traveling will take you to Nagar Valley. The beauties of the village are fruit orchards, longevity of local people and enjoy the many mountain flowers that point the landscape. We have excellent views of Ultar Peak, and the Hunza Valley as seen from Nagar.

Dinner & overnight in Karimabad. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Day 04: Karimabad-Skardu

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning drive to Skardu.

En-route lunch in a local restaurant.

It will be a full day travel on the Karakorum Highway & Skardu road will take about 8-9 hours to reach Skardu also visit Shangrila before entering to Skardu city.

The drive to Skardu leads one through a varied landscape, River Gorge, Desert and views of mountains such as Nanga Parbat and Haramosh. Perched at a height of 7,500 feet, is located amidst an impressive landscape, high mountains, deep gorges, cascading waterfalls, creeping glaciers and quiet lakes constitute this rugged beauty. Skardu is in the heart of a dangerous frontier land. To its north lies the Xinjiang province of China; to the south Kashmir, to the West Gilgit, and to the east the district of Ladakh in India. Skardu is the trekker and mountain climbers’ paradise. Arrive in Skardu transfer to the hotel.

Dinner & overnight in Skardu. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Day 05: Skardu-Khaplu Excursion-Shigar

After breakfast proceed for excursion to Khaplu Valley via Manthokha waterfall.

Khaplu Fort with its cultural roots of as deep as 600 years old is located in Ghanche District of Baltistan division in Gilgit-Baltistan. Khaplu is lying 103 km away in the east of Skardu town, it was the second-largest kingdom in old Baltistan. It guarded the trade route to Ladakh along the Shyok River. The town is a base for trekking into the Hushe valley which leads to Masherbrum and K2 mountains, the Khaplu Fort lies near an earlier mud fort constructed on a hill. The palace is one of the most magnificent 19th century buildings in Gilgit-Baltistan. A rectangular Baltistan palace plan type, it is constructed of stone masonry, reinforced with timber members and rendered in lime plaster.

Lunch at a local restaurant in Khaplu. After visiting the area return to Shigar Valley.

Shigar Fort is located on the legendry route to the world’s second highest mountain K-2. Original Shigar Fort Palace (known as Fong-Khar, which in the local Balti language means, Palace on the Rock), was built by Hasan Khan, the 20th ruler of the Amacha Dynasty, in the early 17th century. The Amacha family claims to have ruled Shigar for thirty-three generations, with origins in the “Hamacha” tribe of Ganish, Hunza. When the Hamacha tribe was put to death in Hunza, a few of its members managed to flee to Shigar across the Hispar glacial pass, where they gained power and were recognized as the Amacha Dynasty in the 13th century. Shigar Fort was restored by Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan (AKCSP-P) an institution of the Aga Khan Development Network.

The complex at Shigar comprises of the 400-year-old Fort / Palace and two more recent buildings, the “Old House” and the “Garden House”. The former Palace of the Raja of Shigar has been transformed into a 20 room heritage guest house, with the grand audience hall serving as a museum of Balti culture and featuring select examples of fine wood-carvings, as well as other heritage objects.

Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Dinner & overnight in Shigar. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Day 06: Shigar-Fort Visit-Deosai Plains Excursion-Skardu

Breakfast at the hotel. Short visit of Shigar Fort and drive to Skardu city.

Continue your traveling onward to Deosai Plains by 4WD Jeeps. On the way visit Satpara Lake.

Take your pack lunch from your hotel.

Deosai Plans. This day is rather longer day as we shall be crossing the Deosai Plateau, a treeless wilderness at 4,000m. We will have our pack lunch at Bara Pani, where we shall cross a bridge with our jeeps. Deosai Plateau is now a National Park where we have more then 40 Brown Bear, which were disappearing some years back but with the help of WWF and Government of Pakistan now the number is increasing year by year. This is the highest plateau in the world which is on 4000m and about 300 square meters long. After descending we will be crossing and over viewing the beautiful Lake Satpara.

Arrive and transfer to your hotel.

Dinner & overnight at the hotel in Skardu. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 07: Skardu-Karimabad

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Karimabad on the way lunch in a local restaurant in Gilgit.

Continue traveling to Karimabad. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel and visit Altit Fort & Garden.

Altit Fort is an very old fort at Altit town in the Hunza valley in Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan. It was initially home to the rulers family of the Hunza state who accepted the title Mir, although they moved to the somewhat younger Baltit fort nearby three centuries later. Altit Fort and in particular the Shikari tower is around 1100 years old, which makes it the oldest monument in the Gilgit–Baltistan.

Dinner & overnight at the hotel in Karimabad. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 08: Karimabad-Sust

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning drive to Sust, on your way visit Attabad Lake via friendship tunnels.

Lunch in a local restaurant in Gulmit. After lunch visit Hussaini suspension bridge.

Continue your traveling to Sust by visiting Hussaini Suspension bridge Known as the most dangerous bridge in the world, the Hussaini Hanging Bridge is only one of many precarious rope bridges in Gilgit-Baltistan Pakistan.

Arrival in Sust and transfer to your hotel in Sust Village.

It is the last town within Pakistan on the Karakoram Highway before the Chinese border. It is elevated 2800 meters above sea level. The town is an important place on the highway for all passenger and cargo transport because all traffic crossing the Pakistan-China border passes through this town, Pakistani immigration and customs department offices are based here. Pakistan and China have opened border for trade and tourism at Khunjerab. The Main languages spoken here is Wakhi and Brushaski. The Silk Route Dry Port started its business operations at the port Sost (Upper Hunza) near Khunjarab pass Gilgit-Baltistan.

Dinner & overnight at the hotel in Sust. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Day 09: Sust-Khunjerab Pass-Tashkurgan (China)

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out from your hotel and transfer to Customs office for immigration formalities to enter in China via Khunjerab Pass.

Khunjerab Pass (at an elevation of 15397 ft / 4693 m) is a high mountain pass in the Karakuram Mountains in a strategic position on the northern border of Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan region on the southwest border of the Xinjiang province of China. The Khunjerab Pass is the highest cemented international border crossing in the world and the highest point on the Karakuram Highway. The road across the pass was completed in 1982, and has old-fashioned the unpaved Mintaka and Kilik Passes as the primary passage across the Karakorum Range.

On the Pakistani side, the pass is 42 kms from the National Park station and checkpoint in Dih, 75 km from the customs and immigration post in Sost, 270 km from Gilgit, and 870 km from Islamabad. On the Chinese side, the pass is 130 kms from Tashkurgan, 420 kms from Kashgar and some 1890 kms from Urumqi city. The Chinese port of entry is located 3.5 km along the road from the pass in Tashkurgan region.

After formalities transfer to Government transportation for your further traveling with pack lunch.

(Breakfast, Lunch).

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