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Blossom-in-Hunza

Hunza Spring Blossom Tour

Key Destinations

Islamabad – Gilgit–Karimabad – Passu/Gulmit – Khunjerab Pass – Hunza
Karakoram Highway-Rawalpindi-Taxila-Abbotabad
Tour Summary

Daily Travelling: 4-6 Hours

Max Altitude: 4800m/15748ft

Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights

Sightseeing: 8 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 beginning of Cherry blossoms (Sakura) signals the end of chilly winter weather in Hunza and Nagar valleys. The blossom season starts from the first week of April and ends by the mid of April (depends on altitude). Cherry blossom viewing began in ancient times when aristocrats wrote poetry and sang songs under the flowering trees of Cherry. The Japanese like cherry blossom because the shape and color of the petals reflect people’s ideal notion of purity and simplicity. They are also touched by the blossoms that they are so fragile short-lived scattering just a few days after the flower. Every time there is the slightest breeze, a shower of cherry-blossom petals is produced. At the same time one can also view the blossom of Apricot, Apples and Pears in the valley of Hunza

This exciting spring blossom tour will take you to the dramatic and enchanting valleys of the Hunza and Nagar (Gilgit-Baltistan) of Pakistan. Lush green fertile valleys with high quality delicious fruit are fed by springs and glacial streams flowing from the lofty snow capped mountains. Karakoram Highway and River Indus is a constant feature of the region.

In March and April the view of of Baltistan and Hunza Nagar valleys are incredible, though it remain spectacular throughout the year. The best time of year to visit Hunza is April to October. From spring to autumn the valleys are more attractive, all three fabulous seasons have their own unique charm, which cannot be described in words but can only be felt. In the spring season the field and orchards come alive with blossom of different natural colours in the villages.

Spring being the beginning of season usually from early April welcomes you to the Northern Areas. Hunza & Nagar in Blossom present an aesthetic panorama. The lush green terraced fields surrounded by blooming trees and the village itself guarded by snow bound sky kissing mountains displaying scene enough to overwhelms visitors. Moreover, besides the appealing vistas, the fragrance emanating in the villages add charm to the visual beauty. This breathtaking tour in beautiful spring in the north gives you the huge variety of natural splendors. This panorama can be seen throughout in the North along the KKH and off the road.

Start it from Gilgit, the capital of Northern Areas. When you arrive in Gilgit you will feel that you are somewhere you need to be in spring. Bagrot valley in Gilgit is at around an hour drive famous for its panoramic outlook in spring and summer. Kargah Buddah in the tiny Kargah valley is about 20 min drive from the city. It is more famous for the carved Buddha in a rock about 10 meters from the pathway.

Proceed further to Hunza. Karimabad is about 90 km from Hunza and usually takes 3 hours but with repeated cessations on the viewpoints could prolong the journey double as longer up to Hunza. You will stay in Hunza even if you never liked to do that. Drive further to upper Hunza for added beauty, hit the Khunjarab Pass (The highest border linking China and Pakistan at an elevation of 4737m) and start the journey back.

 

Holiday Itinerary

Day

1

Islamabad/Rawalpindi
Arrive Islamabad and Transfer to Hotel Meals: Breakfast O/N Guest House

Day

2

Sightseeing of Rawalpindi/Islamabad
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

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 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

5

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:
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

6

Hunza to Gulmit via Attabad Lake/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

7

Gulmit to Chilas
Meals: Breakfast O/N Hotel

Day

8

Chilas to Islambad
Meals: Breakfast O/N Hotel

Day

9

Fly back to Home
Meals: Breakfast O/N Hotel

Our holidays are generally organised to maximise the time spent on the activity you have chosen to come to Pakistan for, with downtime in Islamabad kept to a minimum. However if you have the time, it is well worth extending your stay in the capital both before and after your main holiday or further extend the trip in Karakoram and Himalayan Mountains. Not only will this give a more relaxed feel to your holiday but the cities/villages that make up the Pakistan Valleys are rich in ancient culture and architecture, while shopping for bargains in the maze-like bazaars is a memorable experience. We can arrange extra nights in Islamabad staying in any of the hotels of your choice. Please contact us for a quote or simply request your additional night’s hotel requirements or trip extensions on your booking form.

The following  tours are suggested extensions of this trip:

Fairy Meadows and Nanga Parbat Base Camp Trek

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