North Pakistan Tour

With Hunza Valley

Embark on a North Pakistan tour with Original World.

Start with arrival in Islamabad. Onward to Peshawar before heading to the mountains.

Visit several UNESCO World Heritage sites and excellent museums in Islamabad and Peshawar. Appreciate the glorious Mughal architecture.

Visit remote mountain villages in the Hindukush Mountain Range.  Travel over the Shandur Pass to Gilgit–Baltistan region and the much renowned Hunza Valley, enveloped in the grand Himalayas and the Karakoram mountain ranges.

The villages are incredibly isolated and built into the cliff side. Some villages are more than 1,000 years old.

Enjoy friendly interaction with various ethnic peoples we encounter in several villages. Soak up the spectacular scenery of surrounding mountains.

There is no trekking or extensive walking. No camping! This is an easy comfortable tour with excellent hotels. Only in Phander the hotel is clean but basic with western facilities.

The drives are relatively short. There are two long drives, 7.5 and 7 hours. These cannot be avoided. The landscapes are pure untouched beauty and we visit villages along the way.

Please note, day time temperatures will be pleasant but may require light jackets. Early mornings and evenings will be cold and require fleece jackets, and maybe gloves and hats. The air will be clean and brisk. The visibility is remarkable!

Depending on the season you select, you can add South Pakistan before (Spring) or after the tour of the North (Fall).

PAKISTAN TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hunza Valley
  • Kalash Villages
  • Islamabad UNESCO Sites
  • Peshawar UNESCO Sites
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  • 1
    Islamabad
    Day 1: Arrival Islamabad

    Most flights arrive in the early morning. We have included immediate check-in. Time to rest and start with an afternoon tour.

    Visit Pakistan Peoples Monument and Museum and Shakarpariyian Hills National Park.

    Dinner at Rawal Lake.

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    Day 2: Islamabad-Taxila-Peshawar

    Morning short drive to Taxila and visit UNESCO world heritage archeological sites.

    After lunch, continue 2 hours to Peshawar. Afternoon visit ϖ Peshawar Museum, Qissa Khowani Bazaar
    and Mohabat Ali Khan Mosque.

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    Day 3: Peshawar – Chitral

    Morning 7.5 hr drive to Chittral, located in a beautiful valley in the Hindukush Mountain Range. This is the longest drive of the tour.

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    Day 4: Excursion to Kalash Villages

    A full day to visit the villages surrounding Chitral, including Kalash the most colorful and Birir - the most traditional, untouched by tourism.

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    Day 5: Shandur Pass - Phander

    A 7 hour drive to Phander through remote mountain villages to Shandur Pass (12000 feet). Spend some time at villages along the way. (2nd longest drive).

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    Day 6: Phander - Gilgit  

    Today we enter the Hunza Valley. A delightful drive to Gilgit with visits to villages along the way.

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    Day 7: Karimabad (Hunza Valley)

    On the way to Karimabad, we stop to see the Danyoor Suspension Bridge and the Old Silk Route.

    Enjoy hot lunch at panoramic view point of Rakaposhi 7788m.

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    Day 8: Karimabad

    A full day exploring Karimabad and surroundings. Altit village with its' fort and old settlement, Duikar village, Karimabad bazaar and a walk along the water channel.

    Enjoy sunset descending on the Hunza Valley, Rakaposhi, Ladi Finger, Ultar, Golden Peak, Diran Peak, and Sumayair Peak.

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    Day 9: Karimabad-Gilgit

    Return to Gilgit. Visit the sacred rock carving at Ganesh Village, Kargha Buddha, Gilgit Bazaar and a short walk towards Kargah Nallah with magnificent views of Gilgit city and Rakaposhi.

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    Day 10 Skardu & Shigar Village

    Drive to Skardu, capital of Baltistan. The city is perched 2,438 meters above sea level with the backdrop of the great peaks of the Karakuram. Balti people are a mixture of Tibetan and Caucasian stock and speak Balti, an ancient form of Tibetan.

    Continue to Shigar village was once a kingdom of Amacha. Enjoy exploring the village.

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    Day 11: Shigar Village - Chilas

    This morning we drive to Chilas along Indus River. On the way stop at the juncture point of the three magnificent mountain ranges: Karakoram, Hindustan and Himalayas.

    Chilas is a small town located in the Gilgit-Baltistan valley, on the left side of river Indus. It is part of the Silk Road connected by the Karakoram Highway linking it to Islamabad in the south and China in the north.

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    Day 12: Chilas-Islamabad

    Short drive back to Islamabad and we complete our sightseeing here.

    Visit Lok Virsa Folk Heritage Museum. Located on the Shakarparian Hills, it was renamed Pakistan National Museum of Ethnology in 2004.

    Visit Faisal Mosque designed by famed Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay.

    Sunset at Daman-ekoh viewpoint where you can see the twin cities of Rawl Pindi/Islahabad.

  • 13
    Day 13: Depart Islamabad
  • Trip Length

    13 Days

  • Dates

    April 27-May 9 & September 20-October 2, 2022

  • Land Cost

    $3610 per person based on min 6 people; Single Room Supplement: $725

  • Group Size

    6-12

  • Included Meals

    Daily Breakfast & Lunches, 3 Dinners

  • Duration

    13 days

ISLAMABAD

Peshawar

Chitral

Shandur Pass

Gilgit

Hunza Valley

Karimabad

Skardu

Shigar Village

Chilas

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