Upper Kachura Lake on guided Overland Tour in Skardu Valley Pakistan
Skardu Valley Overland Tour

Skardu Valley Overland

9 nights

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Surround yourself with the awe-inspiring beauty of the Skardu Valley on this unique overland tour.

Explore the splendors of the Skardu Valley in Pakistan on this 10-day guided overland tour. Each day brings new experiences and unforgettable views of some of the most majestic mountains in the world. You’ll marvel at the wonders of the Karakorum Highway, including the Babusar Pass and clear views of Nanga Parbat and Rakaposhi Peaks.

Experience the diversity of the landscape as you follow rivers through lush valleys, fish and camp beside sparkling lakes, then enjoy a barbeque and bonfire after the sun sets in the Katpana Cold Desert. Your senses will be overwhelmed by the sights, sounds, smells, and flavors of this unique region. You can get a taste of it all in just 10 days.

Experienced guides will help you get the most out of every moment and you’ll relax knowing all the details are well taken care of. You are free to simply enjoy the experience to the fullest!

Highlights of the Skardu Valley Overland

Discover why the Karakorum Highway is called the 8th Wonder of the World as you drive through one of the world’s mightiest mountain ranges and over the Babusar Pass.
Watch the sunset over the dunes in the Katpana Cold Desert, then enjoy a bonfire with local songs and dances.
Take a 4x4 Jeep safari across the Deosai Plateau, the second highest plateau in the world, also known as “Summer’s Palace.”
See the Milky Way from your fully-serviced wilderness campsite on the shores of Sheosar Lake.

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Skardu Valley Overland Tour

Skardu Valley Overland Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Islamabad

Welcome to Islamabad, Pakistan! Meet your guide and/or group leader at the airport and head to your hotel for an introduction and tour briefing. Spend the evening sightseeing in the capital city of Islamabad and enjoy a fantastic dinner with an even better view at the Monal Restaurant in Margalla Hills. Spend a comfortable night in the hotel resting up for the start of your tour!
Overnight Location: Roomy Isb Atlas, Islamabad
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Islamabad – Chilas

Get an early start today for the long ride to Chilas. Ride comfortably in an air-conditioned van or coach along the amazing Karakorum Highway. Take in the spectacular scenery as you follow the Indus River through steep gorges all the way to Chilas. Don’t miss the views as you cross the Babusar Pass (4,173 m / 13,691 ft), which is quite an experience. If the Babusar Pass is not safe to cross, you will get to Chilas via the Naran Valley which follows the Kunhar River through lush green valleys and offers majestic mountain scenery. When you arrive in Chilas, you’ll notice that though it is on the banks of the Indus River, it is a dry, barren place. Spend the night in a comfortable hotel and enjoy the amazing panoramic vistas from Chilas.
Overnight Location: Shangri La Hotel in Chilas
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Chilas – Skardu

Another early morning gets you back on the Karakorum Highway bound for Skardu. This highway is often referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World – and with a good reason. You’ll be awe-struck by some of the most incredible mountain scenery on Earth. In particular, you’ll see the majestic Nanga Parbat (8,126 m / 26,660 ft) and Rakaposhi (7,788 m / 25,551 ft) peaks, and the confluence point where three of the world’s mightiest mountain ranges – Karakorum, Hindu Kush, and Himalaya – meet. Leave the Karakorum Highway at Jaglot and take the Skardu Road along the Indus River to Skardu. The breathtaking scenery continues throughout the journey to the impressive Skardu Valley. Arrive in Skardu and spend the night in a comfortable hotel with more wonderful views.
Overnight Location: PTDC Hotel or Hargisa Huts in Skardu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Skardu – Khaplu Valley

Hit the road early and follow the Indus River to the place where it meets the Shyok River. Just beyond this point lies Khaplu, which was the second largest kingdom in Baltistan, strategically located along the trade route to Ladakh that follows the Shyok River.

Explore Khaplu landmarks such as the Manthoka waterfalls, the Khaplu Palace, and the Chaqchun Mosque. The latter two buildings are unique examples of architecture and reveal a lot about the culture of the region. You will also have the opportunity to experience the hospitality of the local people as they invite you to sample the fresh cherries and apricots that this area is famous for. Spend the night in a Khaplu hotel after an experience-rich day.
Overnight Location: PTDC Hotel in Khaplu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Khaplu Valley – Shigar – Skardu

Return to Skardu today by way of the incredible Shigar Valley. Visit the Shigar Fort, which dates back to the 17th Century. This historic landmark offers you a glimpse back in history as well as stunning views of the area. From there, your tour takes you to the Katpana Cold Desert where you can watch the sun go down against a backdrop of sand dunes and rugged, snow-capped mountains. It is absolutely unforgettable!

Today offers many opportunities for hospitality and culture. You will probably be offered cherries and apricots again from the local farmers. You will end the day with a bonfire in the desert, including traditional songs and dances of the local people and a barbeque dinner. Return to Skardu for some much-needed rest after an exciting day.
Overnight Location: PTDC Hotel or Hargisa Huts in Skardu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Skardu – Deosai

Take a Jeep safari today out to the Deosai Plans, also known as the Land of Giants. The locals call this area “Summer’s Palace” because of its colorful wildflowers, rare butterflies, and lush, green grass. The average elevation of the plateau is 4,114 m (13,497 ft), making it the second highest plateau in the world. Visit Sadpara Lake along the way and witness its shimmering waters surrounded by rugged peaks. Enjoy an opportunity for fishing here if time permits. Spend the night camped in a fully serviced campsite at the incredible Sheosar Lake. This unforgettable experience offers you unparalleled views of Nanga Parbat (8,126 m / 26,660 ft) by day and the Milky Way by night.
Overnight Location: Camping at Sheosar Lake
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Deosai – Skardu

Today offers another chance to enjoy Summer’s Palace on the Deosai Plateau as you return to Skardu by Jeep 4x4. The trip back offers so many breathtaking viewpoints that your eyes may begin to ache from trying to take it all in. Which stop will be your favorite? Will it be Kharpocho Fort, with its views of the Indus River and Skardu City against the backdrop of the imposing Karakorum mountains? Perhaps you will prefer the Shangri La Resort and Lower Kachura lake, where the grass is lush and green and surrounded by picturesque apple trees. You may decide the best was saved for last when you see the view at Upper Kachura Lake. The way the blossoming fruit trees are reflected in the lake has been described as miraculous and mesmerizing. Your head and heart will be full of these rich images as you rest peacefully tonight in your hotel in Skardu.
Overnight Location: PTDC Hotel or Hargisa Huts in Skardu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Skardu – Chilas

The long journey back to Chilas begins early this morning. Return once again via the Karakorum Highway, with a new chance to see the great sights from a different direction and perspective. Don’t miss the meeting point of the Karakorum, Hindu Kush, and Himalaya mountain ranges, and the spectacular peaks of Nanga Parbat (8,126 m / 26,660 ft) and Rakaposhi (7,788 m / 25,551 ft). Spend the night in Chilas.
Overnight Location: Shangri La Hotel in Chilas
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Chilas – Islamabad

The route for your return trip to Islamabad depends once again on the conditions at the Babusar Pass (4,173 m / 13,691 ft). If it is safe to cross the pass, you’ll continue along the Karakorum Highway for another chance to experience this incredible crossing. If the Babusar Pass is deemed unsafe to cross, then you’ll enjoy following the Kunhar River along the Naran Valley route. Either way, the views are incredible. Spend the night in Islamabad in preparation for your departure tomorrow.
Overnight Location: Roomy Isb Atlas in Islamabad
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Departure from Islamabad

Sadly, your time on the Skardu Valley overland tour has come to an end. After breakfast, your group leader and/or guide will assist you in your transfer to the Islamabad airport for your return flight.
Overnight Location: N/A
Meals: Breakfast

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Skardu Valley Overland Tour Price and Dates

Pricing for this guided overland tour in Pakistan is based on the number of guests on your trip. The season for the trekking to Fairy Meadows and Nanga Parbat Basecamp is typically from early April through late-October.

Prices for Guided Skardu Valley Overland Tour

Pricing for this guided tour to the Skardu Valley is based on the number of guests on your trip. The best time to travel to the Skardu Valley for this tour is between early April and late October.

Prices of Custom Guided Skardu Valley Overland Tour

Have a tour for your group only! Prices below are per person:

  • Guided Group of 1: $1,700 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 2-5: $1,250 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 6-10: $1,095 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 11+: $995 USD per person
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Accommodation on the Skardu Valley Overland Tour

Enjoy eight nights in hotels as listed below. On night 6, enjoy a comfortable night in a fully serviced wilderness campsite. In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $355 USD to have a private room in hotels as a solo travelers. In some cases, there may be other solo travelers, and if desired we can try to match you with participants of the same sex.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Roomy Isb Atlas Hotel

Centrally located in a popular area of F-7 Markaz in Islamabad, this hotel is known for cleanliness and friendly staff.

Shangrila Hotel in Chilas

An oasis of rest along the Karakorum Highway, this hotel offers security and comfort at an amazing location along the Indus River.

PTDC Motel in Skardu

This 3-star hotel in Skardu is very popular with trekking expeditions passing through the city. The rooms are large and comfortable and the view of the mountains from the garden is incredible.

PTDC Hotel in Khaplu

This hotel, situated Shyok River, has beautiful views of Khaplu Valley and several peaks surrounding it.

PTDC Motel in Skardu

This 3-star hotel in Skardu is very popular with trekking expeditions passing through the city. The rooms are large and comfortable and the view of the mountains from the garden is incredible.

Night 6

Camping at Sheosar Lake

Enjoy camping at Sheosar Lake, with great views and enjoy nature.

PTDC Motel in Skardu

This 3-star hotel in Skardu is very popular with trekking expeditions passing through the city. The rooms are large and comfortable and the view of the mountains from the garden is incredible.

Shangrila Hotel in Chilas

An oasis of rest along the Karakorum Highway, this hotel offers security and comfort at an amazing location along the Indus River.

Roomy Isb Atlas Hotel

Centrally located in a popular area of F-7 Markaz in Islamabad, this hotel is known for cleanliness and friendly staff.

What’s included in the Skardu Valley Overland Tour?

Meals

9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners

Accommodations

Accommodations in hotels and campsites as described in itinerary (based on double occupancy).

Transportation during the Tour

  • Airport transfers on first and last day of trip
  • Domestic transport by air-conditioned coaches (as described in itinerary)
  • All tolls on the highways
  • 4x4 Jeep ride on the way to and from the Deosai Plains

Also Included

  • Skilled and knowledgeable guides
  • Safety equipment and first aid kits
  • Emergency medical kit
  • Visa support letter

Not included

  • Clothing and other personal equipment
  • Phone calls, laundry, and other personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Visa to enter Pakistan
  • Flights to and from Islamabad, airport and departure taxes, excess baggage fees
  • Travel Insurance

Optional Extras

  • Extra hotel nights in Islamabad before or after the trip
  • Flight from Islamabad to Skardu or Skardu to Islamabad
  • Combine tour with Hunza Valley tour
  • Combine tour with Chitral Valley tour
  • Combine tour with Hunza Valley and Chitral Valley tour

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We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. It is not very physically demanding but takes you to high altitude.

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