The dramatic and enchanting panorama of the Northern Areas of Pakistan is simply splendid. Lush green fertile valleys with high quality delicious fruit are fed by springs and glacial streams flowing from the lofty snow capped mountains. Karakurum Highway and River Indus is a constant feature of the region. The tourists capture the eye-catching beauty of grand Nanga Parbat – 8125m and Rakaposhi – 7788m while comfortably sitting in their vehicles.
This region has been given the names of Shangri-La and the paradise, which really seems correct while visiting the area. Equally interesting for adventure enthusiasts or common travelers, makes the region unique and interesting. A facilitated itinerary has been designed for the highlighted tour by Panoramic Pakistan to enable the tourists to enjoy the beauty at ease and comfort.
Day 01: Arrival in Pakistan
Welcome in Pakistan at Islamabad and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon we will make a city sightseeing tour Rawalpindi and Islamabad, which offers a great contrast of culture, archaeology and planning. Rawalpindi is an old city with narrow lanes and bustling bazaars while Islamabad is a modern and the only planned city of Pakistan serving as the capital of the state. Raja Bazaar, Murree Road, Lok Virsa Museum and Shah Faisal Mosque are the places of tourist interest included in the tour.
Day 02: Islamabad – Day Free
We offer a unique option, as you are free to select any place to make a day trip. The places include Murree, a hill resort, Taxila, an excavated Buddhist site, Rohtas Fort, built by Sher Shah Suri and Khewra, the famous Salt Mines known through ages.
Day 03: Islamabad / Skardu
A scenic and breathtaking flight takes us to Skardu, the capital town of Baltistan Region. On arrival, we will visit Katchura, a picturesque lake of Baltistan and later drive to Skardu town, where rest of the day is free to make a walk through old bazaars.
Day 04: Day free at Skardu
In case of non-operation of flight, we will utilise this day for road travelling, with an overnight stay en route.
Day 05: Skardu – Excursion Shigar Valley
We cross the River Indus and driving through a sandy land, arrive in green and fertile Shigar Valley. At Shigar, we will visit the old mosque and fruit farms and in the evening return to Skardu.
Day 06: Skardu – Excursion Satpara Lake
Satpara is another large lake of Baltistan at the foot of Deo-Sai plains. We visit a figure of rock carved Buddha, en route. Evening is free at Skardu to hike to Khorpocho Fort perched on a hill along River Indus.
Day 07: Skardu – Karimabad (Hunza Valley)
Following the furious River Indus, we arrive at KKH and make a spectacular stop at Rakaposhi viewpoint. Crossing several villages of Nagar and Hunza states, we arrive at Karimabad, the capital town of Hunza Valley.
Day 08: Karimabad – Excursion Khunjerab Pass
Today we will make an excursion to the Sino-Pak border at Khunjerab, crossing the villages of Gulmit, Passu and Sost en route. Khunjerab is the highest point on KKH at 4734 meters and considered as the highest trade route in the world. In the evening we will return to Karimabad.
Day 09: Karimabad – Gilgit
Ultar, Hunza Dome, Bublimating, Spantik and Diran are famous peaks surrounds us at Karimabad, while Rakaposhi at 7788m dominates the whole panorama. At Karimabad, we visit Baltit Fort Museum and Altit Fort. In the afternoon drive to Gilgit and make brief trip to the bazaar on arrival.
Day 10: Gilgit – Besham
Return journey on KKH to Chilas, the place at the foot of Nanga Parbat, where hundreds of rocks are found with inscriptions, writings and drawings of old times. We will make a photo stop at Chilas and Shatial Rocks and continue driving to Besham for overnight stay.
Day 11: Besham – Islamabad
Making an early departure for Islamabad, we arrive at Taxila, the famous capital of Buddhists. At Taxila, we will visit Jaulian Monastery and Archaeological Museum and resume drive to Islamabad for overnight. At Islamabad, evening is free for packing and individual’s activities.
Day 12: Departure
Our staff will provide transfer and assistance at departure and say bon voyage for your onwards journey.