Route: Tashkurgen - Sost - Karimabad - Duicker - Gilgit - Besham - Taxila - Islamabad - Lahore
The Karakoram Highway (KKH) is one of the highest paved international roads in the world. It connects the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China and Gilgit–Baltistan of Pakistan across the Karakoram mountain range, through the Khunjerab Pass, at an elevation of 4,693 metres (15,397 ft).
Connecting China's Xinjiang region with Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan, the road is a popular tourist attraction. Due to its high elevation and the difficult conditions in which it was constructed, it is referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World.
The Karakoram Highway is known informally as the KKH; within Pakistan it is known officially as the N-35, while within China, it is known officially as China National Highway 314 (G314). It is also a part of the Asian Highway AH4.
Day 1 Tashkurgan (China) – Sost (Pakistan)(Chinese Tour operators section ) Karimabad (Central Hunza)
09:00 arrival at immigration/customs in Tashkurgan (China), after processing of documents/luggage drive to Khunjerab Pass (Pak-China border at 4700 Meters) ,this takes 2.5 hours of drive. Then you continue towards the port village of Sost (Pakistan) which is a 2 hour drive. Khunjerab is also a national park for wild life. Most prominent of wild life that can be seen there is the Himalayan ibex, Golden Marmot, Condor, Siberian migratory ducks, snow leopard (Grey Ghost). The snow leopard is not easily seen but one has been caught and we shall be able to stop by to have a close view. This leopard is in captivity of Khunjerab National Park authorities.
You arrive at Sost (OUR services start at Sost )and go through customs/immigration. Once clear, we head to hotel for overnight.
We drive toward Gulmit via Passu. Moving through Passu Cones or Passu Cathedral Mountains (6100 Meters), passing by Passu glacier. Arriving at Gulmit, we transfer to Boats and ride over Attabad Lake after 1.5 hours. At the other end of the lake, we transfer to vehicles and continue towards the famous little place Karimabad, the center of Hunza Valley. On our way we pass by sacred carving at Ganish locality. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2 Karimabad – Duicker (Eagle’s Nest)
Early morning visit Duicker to see sun rise. We travel into the higher parts of Hunza valley to watch the famous sun rise over the 7000M+ Rakaposhi peak/Ultar-1/Ultar-2/Hunza Peak/Lady Finger/Diran/Golden (Spantik)/Barpu Glacier. Here we shall be having breakfast at Eagles Nest as well. Traveling back down from Duicker, we visit the 900 year old Altit Fort. Then we head back up to Karimabad to visit the 750 year old Baltit fort. Do a water channel walk upto the source of water that is lifeline of most parts of Karimabad. After the walk we head down back to Karimabad bazaar and visit the shops. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3 Karimabad – Gilgit
Early morning departure to Gilgit. Passing through the rugged mountains, close views of Rakaposhi peak, the 2.5 hour drive is the most interesting part of your travel along the Karakoram Highway, also historically known as the Silk Route (8th Wonder of the world as considered). Check in to Riveria Hotel. From there we visit the Ancient Buddha (Blessing Buddha) engraved in the mountains at Kargah. Visit to Bazaar. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4 Gilgit - Besham
Morning drive to Besham via Karakuram highway along Indus River through Dassu, Pattan, and Mountain Ranges Junction called point. The three mountain ranges of Karakoram,Hindukush and Himalaya meet up at this point and we can see all three ranges at once. We shall also be able to have a distant view of Nanga Parbat (8126 Meters). You can stop to see the rock carvings at Shatyal. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5 Besham – Taxila - Islamabad
Morning drive to Islamabad. On our way visit to world heritage archeological sites of Taxila and the Taxila Museum, Dharmarajika (World Heritage), Jaulian (World Heritage). Arrive to Islamabad and Check in to Envoy Continental Hotel. Visit to Food Street and Bazaar of Islamabad. Drop at Islamabad International Airport for flight to destination.
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* This itinerary can also be done in vice-versa.
* Modifications can be made to the itinerary.
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* Please note that services start at Sost Pakistan side and end at Islamabad
* Price mentioned is for Pakistan section only.
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