Gilgit-Baltistan Discovery Tour

Gilgit-Baltistan Discovery Tour

Gilgit-Baltistan Discovery Tour

Prices

From $2,050USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels

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Highlights

Ride to the natural and historical landmarks of Gilgit-Baltistan

Travel overland in one of the most naturally beautiful regions of Pakistan, the autonomous Gilgit-Baltistan.

Explore well preserved forts over 900 years old at Shigar, Khaplu, and Karpocho.

Ride the gorgeous Karakorum Highway, one of the most impressive high-mountain roads in the world.

Earn views of some of the tallest mountains in the world, including massive Nanga Parbat.

The Gilgit-Baltistan Discover Tour explores an autonomous region administered by Pakistan, one of the most spectacular regions of the country. Here the world's three mightiest mountain ranges-- the Karakorum, the Hindukush and the Himalayas– meet. The entire Gilgit-Baltistan is like a paradise for mountaineers, climbers, trekkers, hikers and anglers. The region has a rich cultural heritage and a variety of rare plants and flowers. Five out of fourteen mountain peaks over 8000 meters including and some of the largest glaciers outside polar regions are located in Gilgit-Baltistan. With such spectacular scenery, this region is the perfect place to embark on an overland adventure.

With forts hundreds of years old, ancient Silk Road history, unique towns and villages, and bustling bazaars, there is just as much to discover culturally as there is naturally. Hop on and enjoy the ride–there’s more to see in Gilgit-Baltistan than you know!

Gilgit-Baltistan Discovery Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Islamabad and Rawalpindi

Welcome to Islamabad! Today you will visit some of the famous sights of Islamabad, including the Faisal Mosque, the largest in this region of Asia and the 5th largest mosque in the world. You will also take time to visit the Lok Virsa Museum and Pakistan Monument.

After lunch you will proceed to visit Rawalpindi. Rawalpindi is a lively, bustling city with the crowded streets and colorful bazaars that should appeal to anyone with the desire to see the real Pakistan. The buzzing Rajah Bazaar is a kaleidoscope of people and merchandise spreading in every direction from chaotic Fowara Chowk. You could spend hours exploring the colorful, crowded streets and buy anything from batteries to a new set of teeth. Dotted around are crumbling stone towers marking old Hindu temples.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Islamabad
Distance
None
Meals
Lunch, dinner

Day 2 Drive to Chilas

Drive to Chilas via Babusar Pass or by the Karakorum Highway to Chilas. Babusar Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4173m above the sea level. The pass is the highest point in the Kaghan Valley. The pass connects the Kaghan Valley via the Thak Nala with Chilas on the Karakoram Highway. It’s one of the most famous hairpinned roads in the world.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Chilas
Distance
394km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 Drive to Skardu

Drive to Skardu and en-route, stop at the junction point of three great mountain ranges, the Karakorum, Himalaya, and Hindukush mountains, for photography. Snap photos of Nanga Parbat (8,126m) then enjoy some refreshments.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Skardu (2,228m / 7,310’)
Distance
290km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Visit Shigar Fort and Katpana Desert

In the morning, visit Shigar fort, Shigar valley,and the Cold Desert/Katpana Desert, then in the evening visit Skardu bazaar and walk to Karpocho Fort.

Shigar Fort is an old fort of Baltistan and Pakistan located in the town of Shigar. It was built in the 17th century by the Raja of Amacha Dynasty of Shigar. The fort has been restored by Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan (AKCSP-P), the Pakistan arm of the Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme. After restoration, the Fort was converted to a museum and luxury hotel managed by Serena Hotels. The restoration process took place from 1999 to 2004 and cost approximately US$1.4 million.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Skardu (2,228m / 7,310’)
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 Drive to Khaplu

Drive to Khaplu village, stopping at various viewpoints for photography. Arrive in Khaplu and visit Khaplu village. Evening enjoy walking and photography in Khaplu village. Khaplu Palace, locally known as Yabgo Khar (meaning "the fort on the roof"), is an old fort and palace located in Khaplu. The palace, considered an architectural heritage and a tourist attraction, was built in the mid-19th century, replacing an earlier fort located nearby. It served as a royal residence for the Raja of Khaplu.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Khaplu (2,601m / 8,534’)
Distance
100km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 Chaqchan Mosque Visit and Back to Skardu

In the morning, visit Chaqchan Mosque and in the afternoon drive back to Skardu.

Khanqah-i-Chaqchan, the Noorbakhsi mosque, was built in 1381 by Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani (783 Hijri), in 1438 by Shah Syed Muhammad Nurbakhsh Qahistani Sufi (842) and in 1505 by Mir Syed Shamsuddin Iraqi (911), a preacher who came from Iraq and help spread Islam. The religious history of Khaplu highlights how Islam came to the region in successive decades and that the mosque was at the centre of the spread of Islam.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Skardu (2,228m / 7,310’)
Distance
100km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 Drive to Karimabad

Drive to Gilgit, and after lunch in Gilgit visit the Gilgit Bazaar and Kargah Buddha and drive to the Hunza Valley. The Hunza Valley is a mountainous valley situated northwest of the Hunza River at an elevation of around 2,500m. The people are cheerful and friendly, and there are panoramic views of Rakaposhi, Diran Peak, Spantik Peak, and more.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Karimabad (2,500m / 8,202’)
Distance
340km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8 Altit and Baltit Forts Tour

This morning you visit the famous Baltit Fort, recently restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture to a fantastic standard. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Baltit Fort was founded in the 8th century CE, it has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative list since 2004.

In the past, the survival of the feudal regime of Hunza was ensured by the impressive fort, which overlooks Karimabad. The foundations of the fort date back to 700 years ago, with rebuilds and alterations over the centuries. In the 16th century the local prince married a princess from Baltistan who brought master Balti craftsmen to renovate the building as part of her dowry.

Later you will visit Royal Garden and go for a walk along the water channels around town to absorb the local atmosphere and have a glimpse of the lifestyles of the local people.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Karimabad (2,500m / 8,202’)
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9 Drive to Hopper & Duiker Valley

This morning, visit Hopper and Hopper Glacier, then drive to the Duiker valley to see the sunset. This spot is known as the “Roof of the World” and has a stunning view of the mountains around you. You’ll walk through the village to the Holy shrines, then visit local women and men working in the fields.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Duiker (2,850m / 9,350’)
Distance
85km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10 Drive to Gulmit, Passu & Sost

Drive to Passu, visit Attabad Lake, Borith Lake, Gulkin village, Gulmit village, Passu Glacier, Passu village, Hussani village and the Hussani suspension bridge. After lunch, drive to Sost for the night. The Hussaini Suspension Bridge, over the Hunza River, connects Zarabad hamlet to Hussaini village. This bridge is known as a dangerous bridge due to the massive gaps between the planks and the wild swing. In 1960, the President of Pakistan Ayub Khan visited Zarabad for hunting purposes and directed the authorities to construct a suspension bridge which was finally completed in 1967-68. In the winter season the locals of Hussaini construct temporary bridges to gain access to Zarabad.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Sost (2,800m / 9,186’)
Distance
100km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 11 Excursion to Khunjerab Pass & Back to Karimabad

Enjoy a full day excursion to Khunjerab Pass (Pakistan- China Border). Khunjerab Pass is a high mountain pass in the Karakoram Mountains in a strategic position on the northern border of Pakistan's Gilgit-Baltistan region and on the southwest border of the Xinjiang region of China. Its name is derived from Wakhi 'Khun' means Home and 'Jerav' means spring water/water falling. The Khunjerab Pass is the highest paved international border crossing in the world and the highest point on the Karakoram Highway. The roadway across the pass was completed in 1982, and has superseded the unpaved Mintaka and Kilik Passes as the primary passage across the Karakoram.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Karimabad (2,500m / 8,202’)
Distance
187km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 12 Drive to Naran

Drive to Naran via Babusar Pass or by Karakorum Highway to Besham. En route, stop at various viewpoints for photography and refreshment.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Naran (2,409m / 7,904’)
Distance
355km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 13 Drive to Islamabad

Drive to Islamabad, stopping on the way to visit the Taxila museum and historical sites. Most of the archaeological sites of Taxila (600 BC to 500 AD) are located around the Taxila museum. For over one thousand years Taxila remained famous as a centre of learning Gandhara art of sculpture, architecture, education and Buddhism in the days of Buddhist glory. There are over 50 archaeological sites scattered in a radius of 30km around Taxila.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Islamabad
Distance
279km
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 14 Departure

The tour ends with a drop off at the airport for your flight home.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Gilgit-Baltistan Discovery Tour Price and Dates

This guided tour in Pakistan is always run as a private tour for your group only and the price per person depends on the size of your group.

Prices below are per person:

  • Guided Groups of 4: $2,050USD per person

Please note that the pricing might change depending on the size of your group

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Accommodation on the Gilgit-Baltistan Discovery Tour

This tour is based in hotels. Hotels on this trip are 2-star and offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant. Rooms may have fireplaces or access to amenities such as hot tubs, steam rooms, or private decks to lounge on.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement of €395EUR to have a private room in a hotel where possible. Solo travellers may be required to pay a supplement.

Hill View Hotel

Enjoy modern comforts for your first night in Islamabad at the Hill View Hotel, a simple hotel that offers a hot tub to relax in.

Shangri-La Midway

This rustic hotel enjoys a great location with mountain views. Traditional Pakistani design can be enjoyed throughout the property.

Concordia Motel in Skardu

This motel has simple dorm-style rooms with amazing mountain views. You’ll have WiFi and an onsite restaurant.

Khaplu Fort (Serena hotel)

There’s no place quite like this amazing hotel built into a historic fort! You’ll feel like royalty during your night here.

Concordia Motel in Skardu

This motel has simple dorm-style rooms with amazing mountain views. You’ll have WiFi and an onsite restaurant.

Darbar Hotel

Spacious rooms, updated bathrooms, and a good restaurant await at the Darbar Hotel. You’ll have internet access as well.

Eagles Nest Hotel in Duiker

The location doesn’t get much better than this! Enjoy being nestled into the mountains at this rustic, simple hotel.

Night 10

Gems Place Hotel

This hotel has stellar views, comfortable and basic rooms, and accommodating staff.

Darbar Hotel

Spacious rooms, updated bathrooms, and a good restaurant await at the Darbar Hotel. You’ll have internet access as well.

Millennium Hotel in Naran

This hotel has had updates done, so you’ll enjoy stylish rooms and lots of space. You’re also close to a nearby bazaar.

Hill View Hotel

Enjoy modern comforts for your first night in Islamabad at the Hill View Hotel, a simple hotel that offers a hot tub to relax in.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Gilgit-Baltistan Discovery Tour?

Meals

13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 13 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 13 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for you and your luggage is included in the tour. Air-conditioned transport for airport pick-up and drop off are also included.

Also Included

  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Road taxes
  • All fort entrance fees
  • Bridge crossing fees
  • Khunjerab National Park entry fee

Not included

  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Optional excursions or deviations from the scheduled tour
  • All personal expenses
  • Room service, gratuities for personal services
  • Any extra cost due to unforeseen circumstances
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not previously mentioned
  • Anything not mentioned as included

Optional Extras

  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Single occupancy upgrades where available

Frequenty Asked Questions about Gilgit-Baltistan Discovery Tour

How hard is the Gilgit-Baltistan Discovery Tour?

We rate this tour as a 1/5. This is an overland sightseeing tour with no physical demands. You should consider taking a few days before the tour to acclimatize as you will visit high-elevation sites throughout the tour.

Can I customize this tour?

Yes! Please contact us with your preferred tour specifications and we’ll adapt this itinerary to your needs.

Do I need a visa to travel to Pakistan?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Gilgit-Baltistan Discovery Tour?

13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 13 dinners are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip. Get your travel insurance.

How do I get to Islamabad to start this tour?

Fly into Islamabad International Airport (ISB) where you will be welcomed and picked up.

Is the Gilgit-Baltistan Discovery Tour in English?

Yes, the tour guide is English-speaking.

Where does the Gilgit-Baltistan Discovery Tour end?

The tour ends in Islamabad, where you will be dropped off at the airport.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Pakistan?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Pakistan?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

Hunza Guides is a leading destination management company in Pakistan.

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Prices

From $2,050USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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