Day 1: Fly to Skardu
In the morning we will fly to Skardu.
Skardu, capital of Baltistan is perched 2,438 metres above sea level in the backdrop of the great peaks of the Karakorams. Balti people are a mixture of Tibetan and Caucasian stock and speak Balti, an ancient form of Tibetan. Due to the similarity of its culture, lifestyle and architecture with Tibet, Baltistan is also known as the "Tibet-e-Khurd" (Little Tibet). It borders on the Chinese province of Xinjiang and Indian-occupied Kashmir. The tourist season is from April to October. The maximum temperature is 27 C and minimum (October) 8 C. Apart from its incomparable cluster of mountain peaks and glaciers Baltistan five valleys - Shigar, Skardu, Khaplu, Rondu and Kharmang are noted for their luscious peaches, apricots, apples and pears.
Day 2: Excursion to Khaplu
Khaplu village: This handsome village of timber-and-stone houses and precision-made dry walls climbs up a wide alluvial fan beneath an arc of sheer granite walls. Painstaking irrigation has made it a shady, fertile oasis. As you climb its twisting track, the icy peaks of the Masherbrum Range rise on the other side of the valley. It’s hard to imagine a more majestic setting near a public road anywhere in Pakistan. The main attractions are the 2600m-high village itself, the old Royal Palace and even older Mosque above it at Changchun, and the heart-stopping views.
Overnight at Hotel in Skardu
Day 3: Excursion to Deosai
Drive to the Deosai Plains, a high plateau in the Himalayas that is also the habitat of the snow leopard. Never once do we lose sight of Nanga Parbat as we ride through extensive meadows that are buried in snow for nine months and only reveal their velvet green cover and hundreds of flowers in summer. Along the journey, our jeep drivers must navigate streams that rush with water.
Overnight at Hotel in Skardu
Day 4: Excursion to Shigar
After breakfast we start excursion to Shigar valley.
Shigar Valley: the Shigar Valley is 32 kilometers from Skardu and one hour drive and was the first town stop up, capital of the relatively prosperous, independent kingdom of Shigar. The valley has an extremely picturesque landscape, and abounds in fruit such as grapes, peaches, pears, walnuts and apricots. Shigar is indeed a trekker's paradise in Gilgit Baltistan Pakistan. The wild and lush green hauntingly beautiful landscapes of this hidden land are often likened to Tibet - Ladakh used to be known as 'Little Tibet' - and are every bit as dramatic and enticing. Askole is the last settlement in Shigar Valley and valley is 170 km long from Skardu to Askole and is the gateway to four of the world's fourteen highest peaks known as Eight-thousands (above 8,000m). Expeditions to the following peaks are launched from Askole: K2, 2nd (8611m), Gasherbrum I, 11th, ( 8,080m), Broad Peak, 12th (8,047m), Gasherbrum II, 13th (8,035m), Gasherbrum III, (7,946m), Gasherbrum IV, 17th (7,932m), Masherbrum (K1), 22nd (7,821m), Chogolisa, 36th (7,665m), Muztagh Tower, (7,273m), Snow Dome, (7,160m), Biarchedi, (6,781m), Trango Towers, (6,363m), Mitre Peak, 6,010m highest of the world.
Overnight at Hotel
Day 5: Drive to Hunza
The Hunza Valley is a mountainous valley, situated north/west of the Hunza River, at an elevation of around 2,500 metres. The territory of Hunza is about 7,900 square kilometres (3,100 sq mi). Aliabad is the main town, while Baltit and Altit are popular tourist destination because of the spectacular scenery of the surrounding mountains. The people are cheerful, friendly, fair-skinned and blue or green eyes. Almost all speak Burushaski and in upper Hunza they speak Wakhi. The miracle of the Hunzakuts longevity, supposedly resulting from their mostly vegetarian diet of cereals and fruits From Hunza Valley. Panoramic views of Rakaposhi 7788 m, Diran Peak 7266m, Spantik Peak 7027 m,Ultar 7388 Lady Finger 6000m.
Overnight At Hotel in Hunza
Day 6: Sightseeing Hunza
Baltit fort, one of the high valleys between China and Indian subcontinent. Facing Rakaposhi Peak, one of the highest mountain peaks in the world, Baltit Fort is poised majestically above Karimabad, the present day capital of Hunza (Baltit was the capital of the old state of Hunza, and is now included in the Karimabad settlement area). Located on the rocky upper level of the Hunza hill and surrounded by Ultar Bar to the east, the Hyderabad Har to the west, Mount Ultar and its subsidiary range to the north, the Fort offers breathtaking views of the magnificent high mountains as well as a bird’s eye view of the villages in the valley. Baltit Fort has great historical, cultural and symbolic value to the local community. Historically, it was the seat of the Mirs of Hunza, a family that ruled the region for centuries. Culturally, with some buildings dating back to 12th century, it is a record of the architectural evolution of the area. The main building is an impressive stone structure with intricately detailed timber features. Its architecture is a significant example of Pakistan’s diverse heritage, reflecting distinct Tibetan influence as seen by the presence of a Tibetan ‘sky-light’ in the roof. Socially, the fort and the surrounding settlements are valuable symbols and reminders of man’s creativity and persistence in overcoming an unfavorable and hostile natural environment for the purpose of survival.
Altit Fort: It has been built on a sheer rock-cliff that falls 300 meters (1000 feet) into the Hunza River, and is much older than the Baltit Fort. View of Altit fort, with the central town to the right and below the fort. The extreme gullies, sharp drop-off, and location high above the river made this settlement highly defensible and an older settlement than many in the central valley. The majestic historical Altit fort is center of attraction due to its architectural design and strategic location. Altit is the birthplace of the Hunza Kingdom and Altit fort is the first fort of the region. The fort has been constructed in six different stages by using various natural levels of the rock. The construction has been made right on the edge of a sheer rock cliff that drops 1000 feet straight down to the Hunza River. In the beginning it was built as a palace, soon after the addition of the watch tower a defensive architectural element it transformed to a fort. There is great possibility that different stages of the fort have been constructed during different times because the actual age of the fort is said to be more than 800 years. This fort is said to be around 50-100 years older than Baltit Fort.
Day 7: Hike to Ultar Meadows
“Meadows” is a gross exaggeration for the base camp of the Ultar peaks. This trek packs a powerful punch such that it gives a true taste of what traveling in the Karakoram is all about. Panoramic views at the mouth of Ultar Gorge capture all of Hunza and Nagar’s famous peaks such as Diran, Sumayar, Spantik and Malubiting. The hiking is steep, hot and dry and in stark contrast is the cool misty breeze that rises from outwash stream of the Ultar Glacier.
Day 8: Fly to Islamabad
In the morning transfer to Airport to fly to Islamabad.
Discover the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Rawalpindi is an old British -era settlement and Islamabad is the capital city and administrative centre built sometime after the partition of India in elevation in 1947. The cities are Located at about 1,500 feet in elevation in the hot and steamy plains of Pakistan’s upper Punjab. You may wish to explore Rawalpindi by wandering among its many and varied bazaars, or visit the imposing Shah Faisal Mosque superbly situated at the foot of the Margalla Hills. This mosque is one of the largest in the world, with room for 15,000 worshippers inside and 85,000 in the courtyard.
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