Karakoram Highway Tour, China to Pakistan, 8 Days

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 )

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.


Day 2 Sost – Karimabad (Central Hunza)

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 3 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 4 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 5 Gilgit - Besham

Morning drive to Besham via Karakuram highway along Indus River through Dassu, Pattan, 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 6 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. Overnight at hotel.


Day 7 Islamabad - Lahore

Early morning depart for the 6 hour drive to Lahore on the Motorway.

Arrive and check-in at Hotel Ambassador Lahore. After some rest, a half day excursion around Lahore city which includes Badshahi Mosque, The Mosque made up entirely of red stone, was built by Emperor Aurangzeb in 1674 AD. It is said to be the largest mosque courtyard in the world for outdoor prayers. Within the mosque, almost all the colors have been used to paint the floral designs but the overall effect remains one of sobriety, elegance and simplicity. Lahore Fort. The Mughal Emperor Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar built the massive Lahore Fort in 1566 AD. It is rectangular in shape. Two main gates are located alongside the center of the western and eastern walls. The entrance is through Alamgiri Gate built by Aurangzeb. The Pictured Wall is a spectacular display of Mughal court life and is a remarkable mural, the only one of its kind in the world. Most of the northern wall was rendered in tile mosaic during Jahangir’s reign. Lahore Museum,

Was originally established in 1865-66 on the site of the hall or building of the 1864, The Museum contains some fine specimens of Mughal, Sikh and British times. There are also relics from Gandhara and Indus Valley Civilizations as well as Tibetan and Nepalese exhibits. Overnight at hotel.


Day 8 Lahore – India Or Lahore International Airport

If you travel to India, you shall be able to watch the flag ceremony from Indian side. Or you shall watch the ceremony from Pakistan side. Note the ceremony is held in the evening at sunset time. After watching the ceremony we shall take you to the airport.

End of Services.

* This itinerary can also be done in vice-versa.

* Modifications can be made to the itinerary.

* Tour can be arranged for any number of pax.

* Please note that services start at Sost Pakistan side and end at Wagha Pakistan side .price mentioned is for Pakistan section only.

Number of days: 8
Included services:
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: Anything not mentioned above
Transport: Bus/Minibus
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