Pakistan, our land a land of living contrast- a confluence of centuries old culture and civilization where mountains meet desert expand and unspoiled natural beauty is for you to explore.
For nature lovers, its northern region offers abundance of spectacles of sheer scenic beauty with beseeching valleys that shine with fruit laden orchards, flowers filled slopes, meandering rivers. The blend of towering peaks of mountains ranges, creeping glaciers, impressive landscape, tumbling waterfalls, quiet lakes- make the region an unspoiled paradise
Start your travel early in the morning at 06:00 am from Islamabad. Drive to Chilas via Babusar pass which is Approx.375 kms. /10-11 hrs drive. On the way you can freshen up and have lunch at Naran. Arrive in Chilas and transfer to the hotel.
Chilas was on the ancient caravan trail over the Babusar Pass into India and on the Indus trail of Besham, and travelers in this area left many rock engravings. Chilas is standing under the shadow of world famous Nanga Parbat.
Overnight in Chilas.
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive from Chilas to Skardu (Approx. 274 kms. /6 hrs.). Arrive and transfer to Hotel at Skardu. Rest of the day is at leisure to explore the serenity of the area. Overnight in Skardu.
After breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to Shigar valley which is 32 kms north of Skardu, a landscape of gentle, smiling fields dominated by a dreamy wooden village. It is the launch pad for the incredible track to Concordia at the base of K-2. You can also see the Shigar Fort, which has been recently refurbished by Aga Khan Cultural Services Program.
Later drive to Satapara Lake around 8 kms North of Skardu, one must not miss a visit to Satpara, a clear water lake surrounded by sky high glacial mountains mirrored in the crystal clear lake. The lake has a fairy tale island easily accessible by boat. There are different huts serving fresh trout caught from the lake and is a must try for those who like to experience the delicacies.
In the evening visit the Shangrila Resort (Kachura Lake). Shangri-la resort is named as “Heaven on earth”. This resort has been built around the Kachura Lake; spread over 70 acres, with lush green lawns and fruit laden orchids. The cool breeze coming from Indus side gives you the feeling of truly sitting in heavens.
Overnight in Skardu.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Proceed for full day excursion to khaplu. Khaplu region is rich in cultural heritage and the Khaplu Palace is certainly the finest surviving example of a royal residence in Baltistan. It stands above the town of Khaplu amidst terraced apricot orchards, surveying the river Shyok below and the mountain peaks in the distance. Stroll around in the scenic precincts of Khaplu.
Transfer back to the hotel in Skardu for overnight stay.
After breakfast drive to Hunza (Approx.300 km/5hrs). Arrive and transfer to Hotel in Karimabad. Karimabad is the delightful old capital of the Hunza Kingdom. From Karimabad, with its souvenir shop, post office and teashop, you can obtain a magnificent view of the valley laid out below you and of the peaks behind. The Aliabad / Karimabad area is sprinkled with wild flowers and blossoming fruit orchards. From May to October the tourist from all around the world comes to when the temperature is moderate with a maximum temperature of approx. 27 degree Centigrade
Overnight at Hunza.
Your day will start a bit early as you have to explore the castle of Baltit which is apporx on 3 hours drive from Hunza. This fairy tale like castle of Baltit, above Karimabad is a landmark of Hunza built about 600 years ago. Stilted on massive legs, its wooden bay windows look out over the valley. Originally, it was used as the residence of the Mir’s (the title of the former rulers) of Hunza.
Next in line is GANESH VILLAGE – the one of the oldest and first settlement on the ancient Silk Road in the Hunza Valley, and is the site of various ancient watch towers, traditional mosques, religious centers, and a reservoir. It is located 90 km and 2.5 hours traveling time from Gilgit.
In the afternoon visit majestic historical Altit fort which is center of attraction due to its architectural design and strategic location. Altit is one of the oldest settlements of Hunza valley. Altit served as the capital and sitting place of Hunza
Overnight at Hunza
After breakfast at hotel checkout from hotel for half day Excursion to Attabad Lake where you will transfer to Gulmit via boat. Attabad Lake is an accidental lake stretched 13 miles long was formed due to a massive landslide at Attabad village in Gojal Valley. Attabad Lake is one such invigorating place where you can enjoy a boat ride and look at jaw dropping snow topped mountains and bracing landscapes turning a simple boat ride into a memorable experience. The boat ride at Attabad Lake is one thing you must do if you are visiting Hunza.
Drive to Gilgit, Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is at your own leisure to explore the most spectacular region of Pakistan in terms of its geography and scenic beauty. Here world’s three mightiest mountain ranges: the Karakoram, the Handukuch and the Himalayas – meet. Stroll around the local bazaars of Gilgit to buy some souvenirs or explore the rich culture heritage of this valley.
Overnight at Gilgit
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Naran via Babusar pass. Enroute visit Lulusar Lake. Lulusar lake is at an altitude of 3410 m, the lake is much larger than other lakes in the Kaghan Valley, and has mirror-like water reflecting the surrounding snowcapped Lulusar Mountains, creating a natural tourist attraction.
Arrive and transfer to hotel. NARAN is situated at the bank of the Kunar River and has an altitude of 2498 m above sea level. At this point the whole valley widens. The river is wider and quieter than other locations. There is a good view downstream with some tree-covered islands in the foreground. Naran serves as a base camp for Lake Saif-ul- Maluk, Battakundi, Lalazar plateau, Lake Lalusar and the Babusar Pass. From Naran, one can enter into Shardi (Neelum Valley in Azad Kashmir) by a three days trek.
LULUSAR LAKE: At an altitude of 3410 m, the lake is much larger than other lakes in the Kaghan Valley, and has mirror-like water reflecting the surrounding snowcapped Lulusar Mountains, creating a natural tourist attraction.
Overnight at Naran.
Breakfast at the hotel then proceed for a half day excursion to Lake Saif-ul-Maluk situated at a distance of 10 km from Naran at an altitude of 3200 meters above sea level, the lake and its surroundings have a touch of unreal about them and are breathtakingly lovely. The lake offers an inspiring view of Malka Parbat (Queen of Mountains), which is 17,360 feet high.You can either take packed lunch or have it at one of the Khokas serving fresh trout fish.
In afternoon, half day Excursion to Lalazar a tourist spot situated 21 km from Naran in Kaghan Valley, Pakistan. It is located at the height of 10,499 feet (3,200 meters). Lalazar is a lush green meadow with full of wild flowers and pine and fir forest. The road to Lalazar is a typical Pakistani mountain road, with hills on one side and a deep khud (valley) on the other side. The only difference was that the khud is the Kunhar River. Lalazar is a place where one would enjoy camping. It is a must-see when visiting the Kaghan Valley and attracts lots of visitors every year. Its great beauty is highly appreciated, and people go to see its beautiful wildlife. On a clear sunny day, it’s possible to view the snow-covered peak of “Falak Sonia” from Lalazar.
Overnight in Naran.
After breakfast, stroll around in the local bazaar of Naran for the last minute shopping or explore the area at your own. In noon drive back to Islamabad.