Asia’s northern Silk Road has seen thousands of years of cultural interchange between China, Europe and the Caucasus region of Central Asia. Deserts and mountains are barren, but snowmelt streams that flow through the foothills support agricultural settlements that enable long distance travel and trade. As oases shift, towns are buried in sand, but people move on and cultures endure.
On this journey along the Silk Road, you will visit several important outposts including Kashgar in Xinjiang Province of northwest China, where you'll see the famous livestock market. You'll then follow the spectacular Karakoram Highway across Khunjerab Pass and the high valleys of the Pamir for 4 memorable days in the Hunza Valley, surrounded by lofty peaks of the Karakoram range.
The Hunza region appeared on the world’s stage when Hilton’s Lost Horizon was published, followed by exaggerated tales of the people’s longevity. The Hunza Valley, with its knife edged mountains, brilliantglaciers edging the road and protectedvalleys with multi-tiered crops, is breathtakingly beautiful. Another legend is thatsoldiers of Alexander the Great settled in the area and today you can see descendants with blond hair and blue eyes.
*My friends who made this trip to Xinjiang & Hunza are thrilled by what they see. I hope you are interested and join for this fascinating adventure!
Day 1: Arrival Kashgar, China (-): Stay in Kashgar.
Day 2: Kashgar (Sunday) (B): Visit Kashgar Animal market with city tour. Stay in Kashgar.
Day 3: Kashgar to Tashkorgan (B) (6hrs drive):
Morning drive out Kashgar Karakarom Highway, Karakul lake, Mt. Muztagata, late afternoon arrive in Tashkorgan. Stay in Tashkorgan.
Day 4: Tashkorgan via Sost to Karimabad, Pakistan (B) (8hrs drive): (Via Khunjirap pass) In the morning you will board a minibus and proceed towards Pakistani border it will take about 5 hours to get to Sost (2800m). Clear customs and immigration formalities and drive to Karimabad, Upper-Hunza. Overnight in Karimabad (2400m).
Day 5: Sightseeing Karimabad (B) incl.visit Baltit Fort and Bazar, Altit village, and Duikar. Return to hotel for overnight.
Day 6: Karimabad via Hoper to Sost (B): Drive to Nagar Valley, up to Hoper (1hr-altitude 2790m) see Hoper glacier. Enjoy the lunch at scenic valley and later return to KKH and continue to Sost. Overnight in Sost.
Day 7: Sost to Tashkorghan (B) (6hrs drive): Another good day of driving with spectacular peaks of the Karakoram Highway to keep you company as we make our way back to China. We stop for a packed-lunch along the way and reach Tashkorgan late this afternoon. Overnight in Tashkorgan.
Day 8: Tashkorgan to Kashgar, Depart (B) (6hrs drive): Head back to Kashgar train station or airport. On the other hand, if you prefer to stay longer in China, you can extend your trip to other parts of the country, or stay longer in Pakistan and depart from there is also possible. Please feel free to contact me.