This 8 day best of Pakistan overlanding tour uses soft-top 4x4 Jeeps to explore the remote valleys of the Karakoram and Himalayas - the world highest mountains.
This 8 day best of Pakistan overlanding tour begins from the Naran valley the most beautiful valley of Lower Himalayas. Visit green plateaus of Shogran and lake Saiful Maluk in Naran, famous as the lake of fairies. Cross over the historic Babusar Pass and enter in the Karakoram at Chilas. Continue towards Skardu to feel the real Karakoram.
Spend some days around Skardu and visit its lakes Shangri-La and Satpara and old villages with Tibetan living style. Drive to Hunza, an important and historic place from the ancient times. Excursion to upper Hunza, visit Khunjerab Pass – border between Pakistan & China and the highest metal road border crossing in the world. Drive back to Islamabad to finish our wonderful Karakoram and Himalayas tour.
Itinerary for 8 day best of Pakistan overlanding tour
DAY -01: Islamabad – Chilas
On arrival at Islamabad, we begin drive toward Chilas via Karakorum highway cross Mahnsarh, Besham, Takot bridge. Reach Chilas, Overnight at Hotel. (10-12-hour drive, 400 km)
DAY-02: Chilas – Gilgit – Hunza
After breakfast we drive to Gilgit. At Chilas we enter the Indus River gorge. There are many rock carving sites dating back to that time, including the carvings at Shatial. we stop at Thalichi, the best view point of Nanga Parbat (8125m) the 9th highest peak in the world and the second highest in Pakistan after K2. There are also spectacular views of Rakaposhi (7788m) and the Haramosh Range from the same spot. As we drive north we reach the meeting point of the world’s three highest mountain ranges – the Karakoram, Himalayas and the Hindukush. After crossing a suspension bridge of the river we reach Kargah and visit the 7th century Buddha carved into the rock. Our tour continues along the breathtaking Hunza Valley where we will be able to see the original Silk Route used by both traders and monks. En route we will make a short stop at the Rakaposhi (7788m) viewpoint before arriving at Karimabad, the capital of the Hunza Valley. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY-03: Excursion Hunza Karimabad.
Relaxed and laid back day. In the morning visit the 800-year-old Altit Fort that overlooks the ancient old silk route and the new Karakoram Highway. Later visit the newly restored palace of the Mir of Hunza Kingdom that also served as a fort during many wars. Afternoon walk to Ultar Glacier. Meals and overnight at hotel. Optional excursion to Nagar Valley.
DAY – 04 -05: Karimabad - Passu (Upper Hunza Valley).
Today we take a short drive into the heart of Karakorum. We will stop at the village of Gulmit, in the shadow of the unclimbed Gulmit Tower and walk through the village fields to visit the polo ground and historic houses and later take a short trek to the Gulkin glaciers and Borit Lake. Our transport will meet us near Borit Lake to take us the 15km to Passu. Passu is a charming village set against a backdrop of the soaring Passu Cones, and the Passu and Batura glaciers within short walking distance. There will be time for a walk through the village before overnight at Hotel.
DAY-06: Passu – Besham.
Drive back along the Karakoram Highway following the Hunza River enjoying more amazing views of the Karakoram. We spend the night at Besham / Naran on the banks of the Indus River.
DAY-07: Besham/ Islamabad.
We start early for the 8-hour drive along the KKH to Islamabad, with a short stop at Abbotabad for lunch. Drive to Taxila, the ancient capital of Buddhist Gandhara civilization which is regarded as one of the most important archaeological sites on the sub-continent. Here we will visit the ruins of a former city (Sirkup), a hill-top former monastery (Julian) and the splendid site museum that contains artifacts excavated from the sites. After visiting the site, we drive to Islamabad. Visit Pakistan monument, Faisal Mosque followed by dinner at Monal Restaurants. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY-08: Departure Islamabad.
End of the Karakoram and Himalayas tour tour. Early Morning drop airport for Departure for your home destination