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Pakistan Autumn

Autumn Tour North Pakistan

Key Destinations

Islamabad- Karakoram Highway- Besham-Gilgit- Hunza
Sost-Skardu- Shigar-Khaplu- Kachura
Karakoram Highway
Tour Summary

Daily Travelling: 4-6 hours

Max Altitude: 4733M / 15,528 fT

Duration: 14 Days/13 Nights

Sightseeing: 14 Days

Tour Highlights

Karakoram Highway –Old Silk Route

Eye-Catching Beauty of Nanga Parbat-8125m

Famous Indus River & visit Junction of Karakoram, Himalaya, Hindukush

Hunza Valley and views of snowcapped  Rakaposhi 7788m.

Tour Overview 

The North Pakistan, especially Gilgit-Baltistan is blessed naturally with luxuriantly green orchards (mostly of cherry, apricot, apple, pears, peaches), streams full of dancing waters, roaring rivers, and meadows stretching in the quietude like that of heavens at a height which, is a unique feature of Pakistan’s northern areas. The juniper, pine and Deodar are the trees that, in their trunk rings, have recorded the cycles of rainy and snowy seasons of centuries.

The most exiting season in the North Pakistan is the autumn, at the end of the summer season in September the orchards start changing color like a bride Groom with colorful dress of her wading day, this fantastic changes brings a glorious Trans fusion into human body, which gives happiness and pleasure. In October it offers a picture seek view among the high mountain peaks of 7000 to 7800m, and above from the snow line to the water channel lies the colorful rocks which has a sharp ridges Nallahs Maize millet vegetables sunflower, water falls, lakes, Duck shooting possibility, enjoy the landscape with the Natural beauty the God Given Gift to human creatures.

The areas are abounding in colorful flowers along with gushing streams, roaring water falls, particularly in Hunza.
One can find pink, white, red, yellow, blue flowers, dancing, everywhere in the northern areas during Autumn season.
Autumn in Northern Areas of Pakistan is something to be hold. This is the time of year when the trees of poplar, apricot, mulberry, peach, apple and plum burst forth into a riot of color with hues of orange, rust and red. The clear and bracing weather offers the best view of the surrounding mountains

The blue of sky, the emerald of flora and the turquoise of water add to the palette, nature has used to paint this landscape full of mountains, trees and flowers with a divine composition of colors and the brightness of the rising sun, worshiped by the whiteness of the snow which, on some peaks, have never melted for millions of years. Spring in Hunza has a myriad of colous, shapes and hues.

 

Holiday Itinerary

Day

1

Islamabad/Rawalpindi
Islamabad is new capital 47 years old well-planned city of Pakistan is lush green at the footsteps of Potwar hills. Visit one of the biggest Shah Faisal mosques in the world; also an interesting round trip combines a tour of Shakespearian Park with a visit to Lok versa, the institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage. Rawalpindi is a lively, bustling city with the crowded streets and colorful bazaars, thorough it lacks the grand monuments; nonetheless, the bazaar should appeal to anyone with the desire to see the real Pakistan. Meals: Breakfast O/N Guest House

Day

2

Sightseeing of Khewra Salt Mines from Islamabad- 2 hours 200 km
Khewra city famous for having world’s second largest salt mines (Khewra Salt Mines) is located in District Jhelum of province punjab, Pakistan. The city is situated about 200 kilometres (124 miles) from Islamabad and 245 kilometres (152 miles) from the city of Lahore. Khewra Salt Mines are located 945 feet (288 meters) above sea level. The mountains containing Khewra Salt Mines are part of mineral-rich mountain range called Salt Range. Total length of Salt Range is 300 kilometres (186 miles), extending from Beganwala near River Jhelum to Kalabagh near River Sindh. Width of Salt Range varies between 8 kilometres to 30 kilometres. It is a major tourist attraction, drawing up to 250,000 visitors a year. Its history dates back to its discovery by Alexander's troops in 320 BC, but it started trading in the Mughal era. The main tunnel at ground level was developed by Dr. H. Warth, a mining engineer, in 1872 during British rule. After independence, the Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation took over the mine, which still remains the largest source of salt in the country, producing more than 350,000 tons per annum of about 99% pure halite. Estimates of the reserves of salt in the mine vary from 82 million tons to 600 million tons Meals: Breakfast O/N Guest House

Day

3

Drive to Chilas on Karakoram Highway-10-12 hours 480 Km
Karakorum high way is 8th wonder of the world (KKH). KKH is the highest paved international road in the world. It connects China and Pakistan across the Karakoram mountain range, through the Khunjerab Pass, at an elevation of 4,733 m/15,397 ft. It connects China's Xinjiang region with Pakistan's Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa regions and also serves as a popular tourist attraction. Due to its high elevation and the difficult conditions in which it was constructed, it is also referred to as the "Eighth Wonder of the World. The Karakoram Highway, also known as the Friendship Highway in China, was built by the governments of Pakistan and China, it was started in 1959 and was completed in 1979 (open to the public since 1986) about 810 Pakistanis and about 200 Chinese workers lost their lives, mostly in landslides and falls, while building the highway. The route of the KKH traces one of the many paths of the ancient Silk Road. Meals: Breakfast O/N Hotel

Day

4

Drive to Raikot Bridge and further to Fairy Meadow 4-6 hours
Nanga Parbat (8125m), the world's ninth- highest peak and the second-highest of Pakistan's five 8000m peaks, is the west¬ernmost peak of the Great Himalayan range. With a 20km long series of peaks and ridges, Nanga Parbat forms a huge mas¬sif. Its solitary white appearance, visible from the south for at least 100km, prompted its name, which means `naked mountain' in Urdu. It's also known as the 'Killer Moun¬tain' because of the difficulties moun¬taineers have in reaching its summit. Beside the glacier are pine and fir forests, sparkling streams and open grass¬lands that have enchanted visitors and prompted the name Fairy Meadow. The gla¬cier's outwash stream carves a dramatic gorge that drops 2000m to the Indus River. The 7000m descent from the summit to the Indus forms one of the world's deepest gorges. A trip to Fairy Meadow with side trips to its suburbs has a bit of everything Himalayan trekking can offer from glacier walking, climbs of easy peaks like Jilliper, Buldar peak, challenging jeep ride to dusty trails and hiking on lush meadows. It's the area's best short trek After breakfast drive to Raikot Bridge approx 2 hours and Raikot Bridge (1280m) to Jhel (2600m) one and half hours, by jeep to Tato & hike to Fairy Meadows(2 hours). Tato: The steep and difficult ascent on a rocky trail will lead the group to a small hamlet of Tato which is comprised of few clay lofts scattered around. This village is inhabited by the upright and fierce yet very hospitable Chilasi whose origin is Kohistan. Fairy Meadows: The traditional base camp of Nanga Parbat, known as Fairy Meadows. The local people believe that this beautiful place is an abode of fairies and ghosts. The lush green plateau presents some of the most spectacular sights one can ever witness. One forgets the tiring walk up to this magnificent site when one beholds a landscape of rushing torrents with a panoramic back - drop of the mighty Nanga Parbat Meals: Breakfast O/N Hotel

Day

5

Drive to Gilgit 4-5 hours
Gilgit is the capital of Gigit-Baltistan province, is a thriving frontier town that has expanded rapidly to include about 35,000 inhabitants since the KKH was opened in 1878. The various waves of invaders that passed through lower Pakistan also reached Gilgit. The animism of the early inhabitants gave way to fire worship brought in from Iran. Later the Aryan invaders introduced an incipient from of Hinduism from the first century BC Gilgit, like Kashgar, was an important staging post on the silk Route from China. The Kargha Buddha was carved in the 7th century. A monastery and three Stupas about 400m near Buddha were excavated in1931 and written in Sanskrit. We follow right beside the Indus from Skardu and view the incredible force of the river by the deep gorges it has carved out. We then join the Karakoram Highway (KKH) which was built by the Chinese over twenty years and runs from Kashgar to 'Pindi. As we wind our way southwards down to the plains, we cross several passes thickly forested in pine and birch. The hills open out to the vast plains and deltas of Punjab province. The traffic becomes more chaotic as we approach Rawalpindi and one feels the temperatures of the plains once again. Should we be able to fly, the additional time will be well spent in 'Pindi; shopping and sightseeing. The Bazaars have endless numbers of streets to explore and traders to bargain with. Meals: Breakfast O/N Hotel

Day

6

Gilgit to Hunza (Along Hunza-Nagar river) 2-3 Hours 110km
The Hunza Valley is a mountainous valley, situated north/west of the Hunza River, at an elevation of around 2,500 metres. The territory of Hunza is about 7,900 square kilometres (3,100 sq mi). Aliabad is the main town, while Baltit and Altit are popular tourist destination because of the spectacular scenery of the surrounding mountains. The people are cheerful, friendly, fair-skinned and blue or green eyes. Almost all speak Brushaski and in upper Hunza they speak Wakhi. The miracle of the Hunzakuts longevity, supposedly resulting from their mostly vegetarian diet of cereals and fruits From Hunza Valley. Panoramic views of Rakaposhi 7788m, Diran Peak 7266m, Spantik Peak 7027m,Ultar 7388 Lady Finger 6000m. Baltit fort, one of the high valleys between China and Indian subcontinent. Facing Rakaposhi Peak, one of the highest mountain peaks in the world, Baltit Fort is poised majestically above Karimabad, the present day capital of Hunza (Baltit was the capital of the old state of Hunza, and is now included in the Karimabad settlement area). Located on the rocky upper level of the Hunza hill and surrounded by Ultar Bar to the east, the Hyderabad Har to the west, Mount Ultar and its subsidiary range to the north, the Fort offers breathtaking views of the magnificent high mountains as well as a bird’s eye view of the villages in the valley. Baltit Fort has great historical, cultural and symbolic value to the local community. Historically, it was the seat of the Mirs of Hunza, a family that ruled the region for centuries. Culturally, with some buildings dating back to 12th century, it is a record of the architectural evolution of the area. The main building is an impressive stone structure with intricately detailed timber features. Its architecture is a significant example of Pakistan’s diverse heritage, reflecting distinct Tibetan influence as seen by the presence of a Tibetan ‘sky-light’ in the roof. Socially, the fort and the surrounding settlements are valuable symbols and reminders of man’s creativity and persistence in overcoming an unfavorable and hostile natural environment for the purpose of survival. Altit Fort: It has been built on a sheer rock-cliff that falls 300 meters (1000 feet) into the Hunza River, and is much older than the Baltit Fort. View of Altit fort, with the central town to the right and below the fort. The extreme gullies, sharp drop-off, and location high above the river made this settlement highly defensible and an older settlement than many in the central valley. The majestic historical Altit fort is center of attraction due to its architectural design and strategic location. Altit is the birth place of the Hunza Kingdom and Altit fort is the first fort of the region. The fort has been constructed in six different stages by using various natural levels of the rock. The construction has been made right on the edge of a sheer rock cliff that drops 1000 feet straight down to the Hunza River. In the beginning it was built as a palace, soon after the addition of the watch tower a defensive architectural element it transformed to a fort. There is great possibility that different stages of the fort have been constructed during different times because the actual age of the fort is said to be more than 800 years. This fort is said to be around 50-100 years older than Baltit Fort. Duiker valley called Roof of the world; from the top you have very close scenic view of Lady Finger (6000m) Ultar SAR 7300m, and very nice view of Rakaposhi 7788m, Diran Peak 7200m, Gooden Peak 7027m, and Dastagil SAR. Meals: Breakfast O/N Hotel

Day

7

Hunza to Gulmit via Attabad Tunnel and Excursion to Khunjarab Pass
Attaabad Lake: January 2010 there was huge landslide in Hunza just 35 km before Passu village and it blocked KKH and Hunza River and became 35 km long artificial Lake towards upper Hunza. May/June 2010 Local government and private sector brought boats for passengers, goods and to transport vehicles. We have safe boat facilities therefore Trade and tourist traffic didn’t stop between Pakistan and China. Foreign tourists enjoy lot to cross the long blue Lake in the mighty mountains of Hunza Valley. Gulmit used to be the second capital of Hunza kingdom in 960 years. It is one of the most important and center place of the Wakhi inhabitants, which is called Gojal or Upper Hunza. High mountains of 5500m to 7785m, with a unique color of surround Gulmit Brown, green and white, this unique cultural place lies on the Right Bank of Hunza River. Khunjerab Pass elevation 4,733m is a high mountain pass in the Karakoram Mountains in a strategic position on the northern border of Pakistan's Gilgit-Baltistan region and on the southwest border of the Xinjiang region of China. Its name is derived from Wakhi 'Khun' means Home and 'Jerav' means spring water/water falling. The Khunjerab Pass is the highest paved international border crossing in the world and the highest point on the Karakoram Highway. The roadway across the pass was completed in 1982, and has superseded the unpaved Mintaka and Kilik Passes as the primary passage across the Karakoram We will reach the Chinese town of Tashgurgan, where we complete our immigration formalities and spend the night. The town itself has a Tajik and Chinese population and a 14th century Chinese fortress that sits on a rise above the flat-bottomed Tashgurgan River valley. Meals: Breakfast O/N Hotel

Day

8

Islamabad/Rawalpindi Gulmit/Hunza to Skardu 8-9 Hours approx 370km
Skardu/Baltistan valley: The rising of Indus stretches down to Baltistan valley from Tibet to Gilgit and down to the Arabian Sea, which cuts the Indian sub continent from Asia; Baltistan valley is called a little Tibet in the North of Pakistan. Baltistan is situated at the last end of Himalaya, beside Deosai Plain and Satpara Lake. Baltistan the tourist destination of Mountains paradise where the world 2nd highest peak is K-2 (8611-m) and the other 8000m are Broad Peak, Gasherbrum-I & II Likely 8068 to 8047m and there are many peaks 7750- 7800m. Its snow capped peaks, and long glaciers give you the spectacular view for climbers, trekkers and travelers. Meals: Breakfast O/N Hotel

Day

9

Skardu to Khaplu 2 Hours 100km
Khaplu village: This handsome village of timber-and-stone houses and precision-made dry walls climbs up a wide alluvial fan beneath an arc of sheer granite walls. Painstaking irrigation has made it a shady, fertile oasis. As you climb its twisting track, the icy peaks of the Masherbrum Range rise on the other side of the valley. It’s hard to imagine a more majestic setting near a public road anywhere in Pakistan. The main attractions are the 2600m-high village itself, the old Royal Place and even older Mosque above it at Chakchun, and the heart-stopping views. Meals: Breakfast O/N Hotel

Day

10

Skardu to Shigar 1 Hours and Kachura in the Afternoon
Shigar Valley: The gateway to the great mountain peaks of the Karakorams, Gasherbrum & K-2, is only 23 km away from Skardu via jeep road. Shigar valley’s gentle, irrigated slopes are filled with terraces of wheat, maize and barley. Its orchards of apricots, mulberries, peaches, plums, pears, apples and nuts are unique to Baltistan. The wooden mosque in the middle of the town was built by Kashmiri carpenters several hundred years ago. Shigar Fort Residence has been open since June 1, 2005, following an intensive six-year restoration undertaken by Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan. Originally known as Fong-Khar, which in the local Balti language means "Palace on the Rock", this 400-year old Raja fort-palace has been brought back to life following a careful strategy of adaptive re-use and restoration. The result is a combination of authentic original 17th century architecture together with the modern amenities and services of a luxury guest house. Shigar Fort Residence has emerged as a new form of cultural tourism in Pakistan that combines guest rooms, facilities, and services of an international standard with an intimate first-hand experience of the unique architectural, cultural, and natural heritage of the Shigar valley.
Shangrila Lake and Upper Kachura Lake
The Kachura Lakes are two lakes in the Skardu District of Gilgit-Baltistan, northern Pakistan. The lakes, at 2,500 metres (8,200 ft) in elevation, are Upper Kachura Lake and Lower Kachura Lake.[1] The latter is also known asShangrila Lake and is within a tourist resort named Shangrila Resort outside the town of Skardu. Shangrila Lake About 32 km (20 miles) from Skardu and 1 hours by jeep lies the shimmering peaceful deep Shangrila lake also called Kachura Lake, teeming with brown trout. During spring many exotic and colourful flowers adorn its banks, while peach, apricot and apple trees are laden with blossoms in April. Later in the summer one can taste the apples, which are a particularly delicious variety. Meals: Breakfast O/N Hotel

Day

11

Explore Skardu Town
Satpara Lake is famous for swimming, boating and trout fishing. The Satpara Lake feeds the Skardu town by irrigation and drinking water. It has an Iceland, which is in the middle of the Lake. This small ice land is well planted by popular and willow trees offers a picture seek view of the Lake, can be reached to ice land with engine boats and without engine or sailing boats can be used.
Buddha Rock Carvings:
Dating back to 8th century AD, a huge Buddha figure surrounded by small Buddhisatvas is carved on a rock, three kilometres from Skardu across Sadpara Nullah on Skardu-Sadpara Road. Pre-historic men and animal figures are carved on rocks along Kachura Lake.
Kharpocho Fort:
Kharpocho means The king of Forts is a fort in Skardu city in Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan that dates from the 16th century CE. For construction of this Engineering Miracle of that age goes to the famous ruler of Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Sher Khan Anchan (1560 – 1625 AD). An ancient mosque is also present inside the fort. The fort and its mosque are located on the eastern face of the Khardong Hill around 1400 ft above Skardu city. A view from these monuments brings into vision the entire valley, the Indus River and the scenic beauty of Skardu City. Italian Meuseum Skardu Bazaar Meals: Breakfast O/N Hotel

Day

12

Skardu to Besham 12-14 Hours
Meals: Breakfast O/N Hotel

Day

13

Besham to Islamabad 5-7 Hours
Meals: Breakfast O/N Guest House

Day

14

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