Gilgit Baltistan Tour 2020

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spectacular Mountains Vista of the Karakoram Range, Pakistan.
  • Discover the ancient culture of Gilgit Baltistan Region
  • See medieval Altit, Baltit, Shigar and Khaplu Forts
  • Experience the Khunjerab Pass (4,693 m)
  • Drive on the famous Karakoram Highway, Pakistan
  • Sneaky view of Nanga Parbat (8,126 m) from KKH.

OVERVIEW

Gilgit Baltistan Tour combines the thrills of touring in the Glacial mountains of the Karakoram and Himalayan region with the pleasure of exploring the ancient cultures, traditions and colourful Gilgit, Hunza, Skardu and the neighbouring valleys. Gilgit Baltistan tour is one of the best tours in the world, where you will experience the world best climbing and trekking routes, explore the Ancient Silk Route (kkh) and the Himalayan kingdom of  Hunza and BaltistanGilgit Baltistan is situated in the extreme northern part of Pakistan bordering with the Xinjiang region of China and Kargil Ladakh region of India. Gilgit Baltistan is the home of world famous mountain  k2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum i, Gasherbrum ii, Masherbrum, Spantik, Hispar Glacier, Trango Towers, Baltoro Glacier and many other peaks. Gilgit Baltistan” Tour is very popular with people who wants to explore the ancient cultures, traditions and historical places which is still hidden away.
Since many years Trango Adventure have been offering services to Gilgit Baltistan Tour enthusiasts from around the World. Trango Adventure operates a 12-14 days Gilgit Baltistan Tour, duration may be longer or shorter depending on the clients experience, ability and time.
Gilgit Baltistan Tour starts from Islamabad. Our Representative will Meet and Greet you at Islamabad international Airport then transfer you to the hotel, rest of the day in Islamabad is to recover from the journey. We will meet again in the afternoon for a briefing about the Gilgit Baltistan Tour and some sightseeing in Islamabad. Next day you will start your Epic journey towards Chilas. You will pass through some culturally rich and historical Towns, Taxila, Hasan Abdal, Haripur and Abbottabbad to reach Chilas. You will travel along the famous Karakoram Highway before cutting through the heart of the rugged Kaghan Valley to Babusar Pass (4,067m). The colourful array of mountain flowers in these valleys provide a scenic backdrop on this alternate route to Chilas. Chilas appears to be an ‘oasis in a desert’ with a unique charm. Here you will have a magnificent view of the three World highest Mountain ranges: Karakoram in the north, Himalayas in east and Hindu Kush in west. Chilas is the getaway to Nanga Parbat 8,126 meter. After spending one night in Chilas, you will follow the Karakoram Highway with the view of Nanga Parbat in the background to GilgitGilgit is the capital of Gilgit Baltistan Region and getaway to China and many famous Peaks. You will spend one night in Gilgit then drive on Karakoram Highway to Karimabad, Hunza. Karimabad is the capital of Hunza Valley. Hunza Valley’s natural splendour and position on the Central Asian Silk Route has attracted travellers, merchants, and mountaineers for centuries. Beyond its iconic glaciers, fertile apricot farms, and turquoise lakes, the region is also rich in cultural heritage. In Karimabad, you will visit the famous Altit and Baltit forts. After exploring the Hunza Valley, you will head towards Skardu in Baltistan region. Skardu is the Capital of Baltistan region in Pakistan. It is located at the elevation of nearly 2,500 metres, along the bank of Indus which separates the Karakoram Range from the Himalayas. You will spend some time in Skardu to explore the town, visit the local Bazar, walk to Kharpocho Fort and experience the wild ancient Polo match. After Spending Two nights in Skardu, you will follow the Indus then Shyok river to Khaplu valley. Khaplu is one of the biggest and beautiful towns of Baltistan. in Khaplu, you will be staying at the Khaplu fort (now Serena Hotel), which is the former residence of Royal Family of Khaplu. You will spend one days in Khaplu valley, exploring the local bazar, historical Chaqchan mosque and neighbouring villages. After visiting Khaplu, you will head back to Skardu via Shigar Valley. You will have lunch in Shigar Fort (Serena Hotel) then drive to Skardu for the night stay. From Skardu you will continue your tour on the Ancient Silk Route (KKH) towards Chilas. Night stay in Chilas then Drive to the Capital Islamabad. Next day you will be transfer to the Airport To fly back home. We believe that Our “Gilgit Baltistan Tour” will create an amazing life long memory for you.

 

BRIEF ITINERARY

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ARRIVAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN:

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DRIVE TO CHILAS (461 km) 8 HOURS DRIVE:

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DRIVE TO GILGIT, (134 km) 6 HOURS DRIVE:

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DRIVE TO KARIMABAD (102 km) 3 HOURS DRIVE:

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SIGHTSEEING IN KARIMABAD (2,440 m):

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DRIVE TO KHUNJERAB PASS (4,880m) 3-4 HOURS DRIVE:

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DRIVE TO SKARDU, (286 km) 7 HOURS DRIVE:

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SKARDU TOUR (2,230 m):

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DRIVE TO KHAPLU, (103 km) 2-3 HOURS DRIVE:

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SIGHTSEEING IN KHAPLU (2,600 m):

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DRIVE TO SKARDU VIA SHIGAR 2-3 HOURS DRIVE:

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DRIVE TO CHILLAS (265 km) 7 HOURS DRIVE:

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DRIVE TO ISLAMABAD (461 km) 9 HOURS DRIVE:

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DEPARTURE DAY-FLY BACK HOME:

Additional information

AccommodationHOTEL
LocationKarakoram, Pakistan
BoardingFull Board
Best SeasonSummer
GradeEASY
AgeFamily Friendly

Map of Gilgit Baltistan Tour

INTRODUCTION

Trango Adventure has a long track record of organising Gilgit Baltistan Tour in Pakistan. We have had groups successfully completed Gilgit Baltistan Tour on many previous occasions. We designed our itinerary based on Over 40 Years of experience, which is the best in terms of acclimatization, safety and enjoyment.

It is our intention to keep to the day by day itinerary detailed below, although there might be some flexibility due to local conditions, weather or other factors beyond our control. If this is the case then your Tour Guide will do everything possible to work out the changes to the itinerary in order to minimise your inconvenience.

Adventure travel & Tour requires an open and flexible attitude. You may experience extreme conditions, unpredictable weather and last-minute changes to the itinerary beyond our control. The ability to work in a team is an important aspect of all of our trips.

DETAILED ITINERARY

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ARRIVAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD-PAKISTAN:

 Most of the international flights arrive at Islamabad International Airport in the morning. Your Guide will meet and greet you at the airport, then transfer you to the hotel. Rest of the days is free to recover from your journey. Later in the day, when everyone has arrived, we will have a group briefing about the Skardu Tour. Depending on the time available to us, there may be an option to do some sightseeing in Islamabad, A purpose-built City in 1961 as the new capital of Pakistan.
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DRIVE TO CHILLAS (461km) 8-9 HOURS DRIVE:

 After Breakfast you will leave the purpose-built Capital City Islamabad behind and start your Skardu Tour towards the North on the Karakoram Highway in a mini coach. You will pass through many lush green valleys and small towns to a luxury hotel in Chillas Town. Chilas is a small town along the Indus River and it is the getaway to Nanga Parbat8,126 m. Spend the night in Chillas.
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DRIVE TO GILGIT, (134 km) 6 HOURS DRIVE:

In the morning you will start your journey Towards Gilgit on the Karakoram Highway along the mighty Indus and Hunza River. The real attractions of Pakistan are in the Gilgit Baltistan and to get there you need to travel along the world’s highest paved road, The Karakoram Highway. Driving along The Karakoram Highway is an unforgettable experience; you will see peaks and valleys, rivers and glaciers. Twenty-one of the world’s one hundred highest peaks are visible from the KKH and the journey is a great introduction to the mountains as civilisation slips away behind us.

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DRIVE TO KARIMABAD (102 km) 3 HOURS DRIVE:

In the morning we continue our Hunza Valley tour towards Karimabad on the Karakoram Highway along the mighty Indus and Hunza River.

The real attractions of Pakistan are in the north and to get there we need to travel along the world’s highest paved road, The Karakoram Highway. Traveling along The KarakoramHighway is an unforgettable experience; you will see peaks and valleys, rivers and glaciers. Twenty-one of the world’s one hundred highest peaks are visible from the KKH and the journey is a great introduction to the mountains as civilization slips away behind us.

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  • HOTEL
  • MEALS
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REST DAY & SIGHTSEEING IN KARIMABAD (2440m):

Karimabadis the ancient Capital of Hunza Valley, it is the gateway to the mountains and a great place to unwind for a day. Wander the cobblestone streets, bargain for rubies and handicrafts, feast on Hunza cuisine, get to grips with the dark history of Baltit Fort, take a peek at the Silk Road from Altit Fort and watch the sun set over the river below.
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DRIVE TO KHUNJERAB PASS (4,880m) 3 HOURS DRIVE:

 Today, we are off on an epic adventure.. Travelling by minibus, we will head up towards Khunjerab Pass. The scenery from the road is truly incredible and we will make frequent stops for photos and chai. We will make our way up towards the Pakistan-China border crossing, the highest in the world. Set in a craggy bowl of mountains and surrounded by glaciers, this is a truly breathtaking landscape steeped in history. We will spend the night in a comfortable hotel in Passu.
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DRIVE TO SKARDU (286 km) 7 HOURS DRIVE:

After breakfast you will continue your Gilgit Baltistan Tour by following the Karakoram Highway with the view of Rakaposhi in the background. The road gradually gains height but one does not feel it until you reaches Alam Bridge. After 3 hours drive, at Alam Bridge you will leave KKH behind and follow the Indus River to reach Skardu. Along the Indus river there are many small villages which are laden with fruits like apricot, cherries and apple trees. You will be doing few stops along the way for tea breaks and purchase some fresh fruits from the locals. Night stay in Skardu.
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SKARDU TOUR(2,230 m):

 Skardu is the Capital of Baltistan Valley. Baltistan was one of the oldest Himalayan kingdoms before being incorporated into Pakistan. After breakfast your Skardu tour will begin by a half an hour drive to Sadpara Lake to enjoy the breath-taking scenery. After Sadpara Lake, you will visit the Manthal Buddha Rock, it is a large granite rock on which picture of Buddha has engraved which probably dates back to 8 century. On the way back you will head towards Kachura Lakes. The Kachura Lakes are Two lakes, Upper Kachura Lake and Lower Kachura Lake. The latter is also known as Shangrila Lake and is within a tourist resort named Shangrila Resort. You will have lunch at one of the chosen lakes then drive back to Skardu Town. In the town you will have some free time to explore the local markets before dinner at your hotel.
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DRIVE TO KHAPLU, (103km) 2-3 HOURS DRIVE:

 Today you will continue your Tour towards Khaplu along the Indus then Shyok River. You will pass through some lush green Balti Villages to arrive in Khapulu. Khapulu was the second-largest kingdom in old Baltistan of the Yabgo dynasty. It guarded the trade route to Ladakh along the Shyok River. In Khaplu you will be staying at the ex royal palace (now Serena Hotel). The ex Royal Palace has now turned into a Luxury Hotel.
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SIGHTSEEING IN KHAPLU (2600m):

After spending the night in the ex royal palace, you will head out to visit the local bazar, explore the town and see the Chaqchan Mosque. Chaqchan Mosque, Dating from 1,370, is one of the oldest in the region, it dates from the time when the area’s populace converted en mass from Buddhism to Islam. Chaqchan Mosque remains open (except friday prayer time) 24 hours and seven days a week.
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DRIVE TO SKARDU VIA SHIGAR 2-3 HOURS DRIVE:

Today you will head back to Skardu via Shigar Valley. You will follow the Shyok, Indus than Shigar River to reach Shigar. Shigar is a lush green Valley and it is the getaway to K2 and many famous treks and peaks. In Shigar, you will visit the historical Shigar fort, which is now turn into a museum and Luxury hotel (Serena Hotel). It is belong to the same brand of Khapulu Palace hotel. You will have a nice lunch here before driving to Skardu. You will have the option to spend the night in Shigar for or in the same hotel in Skardu.
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DRIVE TO CHILAS (265 km) 7 HOURS DRIVE:

After Breakfast you will head towards Chillas. You will continue Your Tour along the Indus River until the junction of Gilgit River, then follow Gilgit river on the Karakoram Highway to reach Chilas town. You will stay in the same hotel for the night.
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DRIVE TO ISLAMABAD (461km) 9 HOURS DRIVE:

Today you will continue your journey on Karakoram highway for a while. You will leave the Indus River at Thakot and continue through some culturally rich and historical towns, Mansehra, Abbottabbad, Hasan Abdal and Taxila. Taxila is an important archaeological site of ancient India, situated about 32 km north-west of Islamabad. The origin of Taxila as a city goes back to c.1000 BCE. Some ruins at Taxila date to the time of the Achaemenid Empire in the 6th century BCE.

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DEPARTURE DAY-FLY BACK HOME:

After breakfast you will be transfer to Islamabad International Airport for your flight back home – End of Gilgit Baltistan Tour.

Gilgit Baltistan Tour Dates & Prices

Private Groups – Chose your own Dates

Tour Starts From Islamabad-Domestic Flight Inc

BEST SEASON TYPE PRICE (USD) DEPOSIT
MAR-APR-MAY FULL BOARD USD $2,200 USD $ 440
JUN-JUL-AUG FULL BOARD USD $2,200 USD $ 440

 

Introduction

Gilgit Baltistan Tour dates and prices are including Domestic flights and on Full Board basis. Gilgit Baltistan Tour dates and prices are for the itinerary based from Islamabad to Hunza – Skardu and back to Islamabad. International flights from most cities of the world arrives in Islamabad in the morning, Return flights will depart from Islamabad International airport on the last day of the itinerary. Our Experience Guide will Meet and Greet you at the Islamabad International Airport, will stay with you through out the Journey and see you off at Islamabad Airport.

Please be aware that there are often only a limited number of seats available at the advertised price, particularly for regional departures. To avoid paying flight supplements, we recommend that you book as early as possible, especially during peak times. If we are unable to secure seats at the price shown, we will contact you with an alternative quote. Please note that you may be asked to pay for your flights in advance of your final holiday balance.

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE – NO SURCHARGE GUARANTEE:

The price of our holidays can change depending on a variety of factors but unlike some other tour operators, Trango adventure have undertaken to guarantee the price of your holiday will not change after you have booked. The price when you book is the price you will pay, whether you are booking for this year or the next. Book early to avoid any tour price increases, get the best flight prices and take advantage of our ‘No Surcharge Guarantee’. Trango Adventure is a Government licensed and bonded tour operator to follow the strict Regulation set by the Tourism Department of Pakistan.

We accept Bank Transfers, PayPal and all major Credit & debit Cards.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Professional Culture Guide. (Government requirement)
  • Airport transfers for Domestic & international flights.
  • Internal flights and associated airport transfers
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as described
  • All meals
  • All permit fees.

WHATS’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel insurance
  • Pakistan Visa
  • Tips for local guides and support staff
  • Guided Islamabad sightseeing
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • souvenirs etc
  • PLEASE NOTE: an airport departure tax of Rs1500 is sometimes payable

MEAL PLAN

Fully inclusive of all meals throughout, from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 10.

ACCOMMODATION 

During the Gilgit Baltistan Tour the group will spend all nights in good standard hotel. Accommodation at each of these hotels is twin-sharing with en-suite facilities. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired with another single client of the same-sex. It is possible to hire a single room for an additional cost. Additional hotel nights in Islamabad are also available. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

INTERNAL FLIGHTS

SKARDU FLIGHTS

Skardu is a weather-dependent airport. Since the valley is completely surrounded by high mountains, planes can only land here in good visibility and this means flights to and from Skardu are never guaranteed. The planes do fly more often than not, but cancellations can and do occur and in these circumstances we will travel by road.

HEALTH & VACCINATION

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you specific require any vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella), along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is discretionary for this trip. Malaria exists in the area around Islamabad. However, incidences of urban transmission of malaria are extremely low. In Skardu and in the mountains there is no malaria risk. A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required if travelling from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transmitted for more than 12 hrs through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. Travellers who intend to visit Pakistan for 4 weeks or more that proof of Polio vaccination will be required on exit of the country. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take precautions to avoid mosquito bites

INSURANCE

We highly recommend that you have adequate travel insurance for your Gilgit Baltistan Tour with Trango Adventure Pakistan. We recognise the complexity and variety of choice in the insurance market and know that many of you either have your own preferred insurer or have annual multi trip cover in place already. If this is the case, please ensure that your insurer is aware of your Trango Adventure itinerary and can agree to cover the activities being undertaken.

Trango Adventure do not provide any advice on travel insurance, although it is Highly recommended  that you have travel insurance which covers the activities which you are likely to be undertaking on your holiday.

It is strongly recommended that suitable cancellation insurance is purchased at the time of booking as all deposits (Royalty Fees) for Expedition are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Suggested insurance companies include:

Expeditions or Treks

Treks only:

GROUP LEADER & SUPPORTING STAFF

Skardu Tour trip will be led by an experienced Mountain/Culture Guide. During the Tour the group will be accompanied by a full support crew.

ALTITUDE

Gilgit Baltistan Tour involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be above 2,000 metres for 1-2 days. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatize successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should get some basic advice on Tours at high altitude.

CLIMATE

From mid June to August, we can expect to encounter temperatures as high as 40°C at Karachi, Multan and Lahore, and 25°C in The Gilgit & Baltistan Region. Weather is generally good throughout the summer season,with clear skies and little rain or snow. However, weather in mountainous areas is difficult to predict, and short-lived storms can occur at any time.

BOOKS

  • Trekking in Pakistan. Isobel Shaw.
  • Karakoram Highway. King.
  • Top Treks of the World. Steve Razzetti.
  • In the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods. Galen Rowell.
  • K2 Triumph and Tragedy. Jim Curran.

PASSPORT & VISAS

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to countries outside the EU. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

PAKISTAN VISA

All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is approximately GBP £134 and you must apply for it prior to departure. To obtain a visa for Pakistan you will require a letter of introduction from an approved agency which will be provided by Trango Adventure. Visa applications can only be made in person at one of 5 application centres located in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bradford.

Note: if you are continuing your tour to china then you have to get the visa for china from you home country.

EQUIPMENT  LIST

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking including your sleeping bag and mattress should be no more than 12.5 kgs. This limit which is set by the porters is strictly enforced and bags will be weighed prior to setting off on trek. Anything not required on the trek can be left at the group hotel in Islamabad. Please note that your mountaineering equipment will be packed into additional, communal kitbags at the start of the trekking and this equipment will not be part of your personal 16.5 kgs weight limit.

We will send you a list of detail items closer to your Holiday departure.

Please do drop us an email at info@trangoadventure.com if you need more information regarding Gilgit Baltistan Tour.

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