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Discovering the North - Gilgit

Discovering the North - Gilgit

For travelers around the world, for lovers of diversity

If you decide to explore Pakistan...

If you want to admire its naturalness and diversity...

If you like intensive travel - this proposition is for you

10 days

Islamabad → Naran  → Babusar Top (4,175 m above sea level) → Fairy Meadows  → Karimabad  → Khunjerab Pass (4,693 m above sea level) → Shimshal Valley → Naltar Valley  → Gilgit  → Islamabad

Many people are not sure whether they will cope in a country like Pakistan, a place with a completely different culture, a different way of life, and which does not have a good reputation in the media.

We want to show you how beautiful and hospitable Pakistan is. We want to break the stereotypes that exist in thinking about this country. We want you to be able to spend good time here admiring the charms of the places we will take you to. We want to tell you about customs, traditions and places that are probably little known to you. We want to show you Our Pakistan...

After arriving in Islamabad, you have some time to rest after the journey. This is important because in just a few hours we will start intensively discovering Pakistan. First, right after lunch, you will have a short trip to see the Railway Museum and Marghala Hills and a visit to Faisal Mosque. Then we move north to the Gilgit-Baltistan province. We will travel largely through the famous Karakoram Highway, a 1,300-kilometer-long, highest highway in the world, which is called by many the "eighth wonder of the world" because of the extremely difficult conditions in which it was built from 1966 to 1986... Due to numerous landslides it is also considered one of the most dangerous highways in the world. But we will also see other world-famous roads. One of them is the road we will take to Naran. In this mountain town, we will see a traditional market full of local crafts: wooden furniture, dishes, trinkets, traditional costumes, dried fruits, dried fruits and local dishes. We will go higher along this road, through the Naran Valley along the Kunhar River up to the Babusar Pass (4,173 m above sea level), which has served as a route for armies traversing these lands and for travelers since the 16th century. We will stop at the picturesque Lulusar Lake, where the Kunhar River originates. Surrounded by mountains that change their colors depending on the season and flowering plants, it is an unforgettable sight.

After reaching Chilas, we return to the Karakoram Highway and drive to the unique point where the Gilgit River flows into the Indus and where the Himalayas, Karakoram and Hindu Kush meet. From there we go to Raikot Bridge where, high above us, we can see the multi-meter-long settlements of the Indus Valley, carved by the rains into incredible ribs, with huge boulders and stones embedded in them like delicacies in dough, often giving the impression that they will fall down at any moment... Here we leave the Karakoram Highway again and go to the Rakhiot Valley, initially by jeep, along a road where we will experience many emotions and get a large dose of adrenaline. Some tourists consider it the most dangerous road in the world... Later - with only small equipment we go on a short trek to Fairy Meadows. It is the destination of many trips, attractive to both foreign tourists and Pakistanis. The wonderful Fairy Meadows are one of the great viewpoints of the Nanga Parbat massif (8,126 m above sea level), which is still often called the "killer of climbers". We return to the Karakoram highway again and go to Karimabad in the Hunza Valley, which is very attractive due to the wonderful mountain panoramas overlooking the famous peaks: Ultar, Hunza Dome, Bublimating, Spantik (7,027 m above sea level), Diran and Rakaposhi (7,788 m above sea level) dominating the panorama. Our plan includes a visit to the old, traditional forts in the Valley, whose construction protects them against the effects of earthquakes that occur in northern Pakistan. Both forts: Altit and Baltit have a centuries-old history, and their architecture mixes Ladakhi, Buddhist, Kashmiri and Balti influences to create a beautiful whole. Near the forts and in the traditional bazaar, you can also admire the skills of Karakoram semi-precious stone cutters or weavers, or buy local organic dried fruits, various types of local oils and traditional handicrafts typical of the Hunza Valley, or taste traditional dishes.

More unforgettable views await us at Attabad Lake. It was created as a result of an earthquake and a massive landslide in the Hunza Valley in 2010. Today, it is a tourist attraction for both Pakistanis and visiting foreigners. The amazing turquoise color of the water makes Lake Attabad stay in your memory for a long time. Many people consider it one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. The Hussaini Village Suspension Bridge, which is our next destination, is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Pakistan. The bridge suspended over the Hunza River is 164 m long and has a structure typical of pedestrian footbridges in Pakistan. The boards from which it is built do not touch each other, but are placed with gaps of about 30 cm so that when we cross the bridge below we see a flowing river. The steel cables that make up the bridge structure are set in motion by people passing by and cause the entire structure to wave. In windy weather, crossing the bridge may pose a real danger of falling into the river. After the accident in 2022, you can only overcome it if you wear a life jacket. Despite this, every season many tourists take up the challenge of crossing the bridge, although many give up after crossing a small part of it... In this part of the Valley called Upper Hunza (Gojal Hunza), we are still accompanied by one of the most spectacular views on the Karakoram highway - the jagged Passu Ridge . Rising to a height of 6,106 m, the steep slopes are also called Tupopdan, Cathedral Passu or Hot Mountains because the snow does not stay for long on their steep peaks. In the same place, we can also admire the 18-kilometer Passu Glacier located south of the town of Passu. The view of the glacier and the majestic, fairy-tale Passu Ridge is incredibly impressive. Both the sunlit and cloud-covered peaks constitute one of the most magnificent mountain panoramas. Our route now leads through the Central Karakoram National Park to the Khunjerab Pass (4,693 m above sea level), where the border with China runs. It is the highest border crossing with a paved surface. It is closed from the end of October to May due to very difficult conditions and huge masses of snow blocking the passage of cars. The Pakistani section of the Karakoram Highway also ends here...

However, there is no end to the attractions we want to show you. The next place we will take you to is the Shimshal Valley. It has the greatest adventure potential in Hunza and is a huge attraction for tourists who are attracted, among others, by the view of the Shimshal Pamir Lake and the close proximity of glaciers... Such peaks as Distaghil Sar (7,885 m), Kunjut Sar (7,790 m, Trivor (7,577 m), Pumari Chhish (W) (7,492 m), giant glaciers including Yazghail, Khurdopin (5,800 m), Braldu, and passes such as Khurdopin, which is the most popular trekking destination in the valley, are well known among mountain lovers. Shimshal comes from several famous Pakistani climbers, including Samina Baig, and Rajab Shah. Some call it Shimshal, the Valley of the Mountaineers. From here we go to Gilgit, an old garrison town that has been of great importance on the Silk Road for centuries. This route was traversed by merchants with goods but also by Buddhist monks carrying ideas of Buddhism to the north and west of Asia. Currently, the city is the capital of the Gilgit Baltistan province. From here we go to the Naltar Valley where we will show you, among other things, the local Ski Station. The center also serves as the main facility for the Pakistan Ski Federation and the Pakistan National Ski Championships. It also hosted the Karakoram Alpine Ski Cup in 2016. Naltar is the oldest ski resort in Pakistan. Much of the Naltar Valley is a forested region known for its incredible mountain scenery and three lakes - Satrangi, Blue and Bodlok. Naltar Wildlife Sanctuary known as "Halim's Garden" is a protected area in the valley that was established on November 22, 1975. The reserve is home to several species of Astor's marquise and an endangered species of wild goats. Other large mammals include the alpine ibex, snow leopard, brown bear, gray wolf, red fox, marten and leopard. Nearly 35 species of birds have been recorded in the valley. Now we can slowly return towards Islamabad. When we get there, we will have a day to prepare for the trip, then we just need to go to the airport before departure and the end of the trip...

This expedition, like our other events in Pakistan, has another huge advantage - it allows you to experience the natural beauty of nature and adventure. It differs from events organized in commercial places, where only the known name of the place is important, but the number of tourists staying there at the same time makes it impossible to truly "experience" these places...

Therefore, if you want to taste ADVENTURE, if you want to get to know the REAL culture and tradition, if you want to commune with NATURE minimally changed by people - come with us to Pakistan

Price per person (10 days) from: USD 1 200

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