While the Northern Areas is considered home of tourists, Hunza is commonly famous as the paradise of tourists. The Sky scraping Mountains, spectacular valleys, gushing torrents, rushing rivers are all awesome. If you happen to visit these areas first time, you will definitely plan to come again and again. En route you will enter the Gilgit-Baltistan via Karakoram High Way and your first destination will be Fairy Meadows in the lap of Nanga Parbat- the Killer Mountain. The odyssey will be fabulous with so much of calm and tranquility and you may see the famous mountain from very close distance. The next destination is Gilgit and then Hunza. This will be a lifetime experience for you to be in these beautiful mountain areas and you will be able to see a great variety of nature, culture, music, dance, food and very nice people.
Altitude: 610 m to 5098 m
Duration: 21 Days / 20 Nights
Best Season: June to End of September
Route: Islamabad-Chilas- Fairy meadows-Gilgit-
Day 01: Arrival at Islamabad airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel. (L,D)
Local tour of Islamabad. (King Shah Faisal Mosque, Damane Koh and Old
Day 02: Drive Islamabad to Chilas (493 kms) (14 to 15 hrs) Overnight at Hotel. (B,L,D)
Chilas was on the crossroad of ancient caravan trail over the Babusar Pass into India and the Indus trail of Besham. A large number of rock engravings witness the historical importance of Chilas. Chilas lies under the shadow of the famous Nanga Parbat normally known as the killer mountain.
Day 03: Chilas to Raikot Bridge. (62 kms) (2 hrs) and Raikot to Tatu by local jeeps. (2 to 3 hrs). Overnight in Huts. (B,L,D)
The local jeeps drop us at Tatu village. From there the trek starts up to Fairy
Meadows. It is steep but easy walk of 3 to 4 hrs to Fairy Meadows.
Fairy Meadow is a meadow on the north side of Nanga Parbat on an elevation
of 3300 m. It is known as the best place to view the majestic beauty of Nanga
Day 04: Day excursion to Beyal Camp. (4 to 5 hrs) Overnight in Huts. (B,L,D)
An easy hike to Beyal Camp through beautiful thick Pine forest with
spectacular views of Raikot Glacier on the left. From these places one can
enjoy very close view of the mighty Nanga Parbat.
Day 05: Trek back to Tatu village. (2 to 3 hrs) Jeep drive to Raikot. (2 to 3 hrs)
Transfer to air conditioned coach and drive to Gilgit. (75 kms) (2 hours)
Overnight at hotel. (B,L,D)
En-route photo stop at Junction point of three highest mountain ranges of the world i.e. Karakoram, Himalaya, and Hindukush.
Day 06: Gilgit to Karimabad. (101 kms) (2 to 3 hrs) Overnight at hotel. (B,L,D)
In the morning visit of 7 th century Kargah Buddha- a Buddhist survivor is the
large standing Buddha carved on a cliff face in Kargah Nullah in the west of
Gilgit. After visiting Kargah Buddha the journey will start on a recently
reconstructed Karakoram Highway. On the way, we will stop beneath the
breathtaking Rakaposhi peak. The aroma of fresh breezes coming from this
mighty peak will refresh you. The journey then leads us to Karimabad, the
capital of the former state of Hunza. After lunch at Karimabad visit to Baltit Fort
and Karimabad Bazaar. Baltit Fort was the old palace of the Mirs of Hunza. It is
700 years old, built in 13 th century while adding more rooms and towers latter
on. Baltit Fort is built on a cliff edge; behind is a ravine and then the Ultar
glacier glinting in the sunshine. In 1945 the Mir of Hunza moved down to newly
constructed house. In 1990 the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) started
restoration of Baltit Fort using advanced preservation principles and ended at 1996. Now it is open to all for visit. After Visiting Baltit Fort we have a short
walk through Karimabad Bazaar. Here you see the Hunza famous antiques
and local hand made handicrafts and carpets.
Day 07: Karimabad to Hoper and Back to Karimabad. (3 to 4 hrs) (44 Kms both way) Overnight at hotel (B,L,D)
Hoper is situated at 2800 m and 22 kms from Karimabad. It is a cluster of
villages around a natural bowl at a bend of Bualtar Glacier. On the way you
have magnificent views of the Golden Peak (7027 m) and Ultar Peak.
After lunch at Karimabad, 30 minutes jeep drives to Duiker (3000 m) (Roof of
the world) for overnight.
Day 08: Duiker to Hosht trek. And same way back to Karimabad. Overnight at hotel (B,L,D)
In the very early morning wake up for sunrise. When there is sun rise, the sun light touches all the 7000 peaks and it looks golden. From here you have breath taking views of all 7000ers peak of Hunza region. After breakfast we will start a half day trek up to Hon Pass. (3 to 4 hrs) both way.
Day 09: Drive Karimabad to Minapin. (2250 m) (45 mins). And trek to Hapakun. (2900 m) (3 to 4 hrs). Overnight in tents. (B,L,D)
Minapin Village is the starting point for Rakaposhi and Diran Base Camp trek. The first hour is ascending steep, with out water and shade. But the Hapakun is green and summer pasture of local people.
Day 10: Hapakun to Tagafari. (3300 m) (3 to 4 hrs) Overnight in tents.
Tagafai “Mud Pool” is local language, is the base camp of Rakaposhi. From here you have excellent views of Diran, Batura, Ultar Shispar and Ultar peaks.
Day 11: Tagafari to Minapin. (4 to 5 hrs) Overnight at hotel.
We start descending on same route to Minapin. Minapin is another breathtaking place from where you can view the beauty of Hunza valley.
Day 12: Drive to Gulmit. (2408 m) (2 hours) Overnight at Hotel
En-Route Photo stop at Sacred Rocks Ganesh, Visit to Gulmit Museum and Borith lake. In the late afternoon visit of Cultural house in Gulmit.
Day 13: Gulmit to Khunjarab Pass (4700 m) and Back to Karimabad. (6 to 7 hrs) Overnight at hotel.
This will be your visit to highest pass of the world between China and Pakistan border. This has been persevered as conservation park, for protecting wild animals. The long flat pass is often snow-covered during the winter season. You will be able to see, with naked eyes a variety of wild animals moving around.
Day 14: Karimabad to Besham. (9 to 10 hrs) (458 kms) Overnight at hotel.
En-route photo stop at Shatial Sacred Rocks
Day 15: Drive to Islamabad. (272 kms) (8 to 9 hrs) overnight at hotel. (B,L,D)
En-route visit of Taxila Museum, situated 58 kms before Islamabad, was once the seat of Oriental culture. It was first mentioned as a satrapy of the Archenemies Empire in 6th century B.C. It was invaded by Alexander the Great and passed along to other rulers until finally reaching the hands of Ashoka the Great, who molded the city into a center of learning. The creative Gandhara period followed shortly thereafter and Taxila remained the center of learning, philosophy and art. It came to a disastrous and pathetic end when sacked by the White Huns. Today, Taxila is an archaeologist’s paradise: there is a well – maintained museum here and eight sites scattered around a very short radius. Amongst the best preserved are Sirkap, Jaulian (the University).
Day 16: In the morning, transfer to Islamabad Airport. Fly Home. End of services.