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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-Gilgit Kargah Buddha Visit

After breakfast drive to Gilgit along Karakorum Highway. On the way lunch in a suitable restaurant.

Gilgit is administratively capital city of Gilgit/Baltistan and business hub in the region. Its ancient name was Sargin, later it is locally known as Gilit. Gilgit was an important city on the Silk Road, along which Buddhism was spread from south Asia to rest of the Asian countries.

Visit to Kargah Buddha. Kargah is an archaeological site located about 9.5 km outside of Gilgit city, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. It is a carved image of a large standing Buddha in the cliff-face in Karghah Nala. The carving, which is in a style also found in Baltistan, probably dates to the 7th century. Probably this carving was supposed to invent in 1931 and completed in the 7th century and discovered in 1938-39.

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

Day 05: Gilgit-Phander Valley-Gupis

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and drive to Phander Valley.

En-route lunch at local restaurant in Gupis. Continue traveling to Phander Valley.

Gahkuch is the capital of Ghizer District in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. The town lies on the way to Ishkoman Valley. It is covered by mountains and is situated 72 kilometers northwest of Gilgit city, the capital of Pakistan’s autonomous Gilgit-Baltistan. Gupis Valley is located about 112 kilometers in west of Gilgit on the bank of River Gilgit, Yaseen Valley, District Ghizer, Gilgit-Baltistan and is 2176 meters above sea level.

Phander is located in Ghizer district of Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan. Phandar is pathway leading towards Shandur Pass which is often narrated as most beautiful Valley of Pakistan and has links with Chitral Pakistan.

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

Day 06: Gupis-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 07: 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 08: 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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