The Karakoram Explorer Islamabad, Pakistan

The Karakoram Explorer

Islamabad, Pakistan

Hiking
16 days
Medium
Accomodation, Transfer, Private Guide, Local Partner, Popular
Couple, Individuals, Friends, For groups, Small Group
2019

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Overview

  • From thriving cities to ancient kingdoms, from majestic mountains to dramatic valleys, there are untold adventures to be had on our tours.
  • Our expert local knowledge is the perfect partner to your wanderlust.
  • Together we’ll form the ideal travelling team, because your once-in-a-lifetime experience is our passion.

What is Karakoram?

  • The Karakoram is an extensive mountain range spanning the borders of India, Pakistan, and China, with the northwest extremity of the range extending to Afghanistan and Tajikistan. 
  • It is the second highest mountain range in the world and part of the complex of ranges including the Pamir Mountains, the Hindu Kush and the Himalayan Mountains.
  • The Karakoram has eight summits over 7,500 m (24,600 ft) height, with four of them exceeding 8,000 m (26,000 ft): K2, the second highest peak in the world at 8,611 m (28,251 ft), Gasherbrum I, Broad Peak and Gasherbrum II.
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Summary

  • On this amazing journey along the Northwest Frontier, we will drive from the capital Islamabad, through stunningly spectacular scenery, to the ancient kingdom of Chitral.
  • Here we will spend two days with the Kalash before heading on over the Gilgit to one of the most beautiful places on earth, Hunza.
  • We will complete our circuit by returning to Islamabad after exploring the stunning valley of Skardu.
  • Please note that there is a festival departure each year and overnight stops may vary slightly on the individual departures so please see the itineraries for further details.

Dates & Prices

  • This trek available daily. Pick your preferred date, and make the booking today.
  • Date: every day
  • Duration: 16 days
  • Price: ?

Selection: Karakoram

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Why Pakistan?

  • Filled with innumerable treasures, Pakistan is as diverse as it is magnificent.
  • Whether it’s the “lost world” of the Hunza Valley or the sheer majesty of K2, the serenity of Skardu or the heavenly beauty of Fairy Meadows, there are infinite opportunities to be awe-struck by the most breathtaking scenes.
  • Feel exhilarated at the foot of the Himalayas, the highest mountain range in the world.
  • Be captivated by the people of the Kalash Valley, some of the most mysterious and unique people in the whole world.
  • There are barely enough words to capture the essence of this fascinating region, it needs to be seen to be believed. 

Itinerary

Day 1ISLAMABAD
  • On arrival in Islamabad we will be transferred to our guesthouse to check in and have a rest.
  • Ee will then head off on some local sightseeing which might include the Loc Versa cultural museum, the Faizal Mosque, a possible trip to Rawalpindi, and dinner in the Margalla Hills.
Day 2 - 3ISLAMABAD - CHITRAL - AYUN
  • This morning we will take an early flight* from the capital to arrive in the sleepy mountain town of Chitral.
  • After a cup of local chai relaxing in the garden of our accommodation, we will wander through the streets and markets of Chitral, absorbing the friendly local atmosphere, meeting the shopkeepers and sampling their wares and most probably catch a game of polo.
  • After that we will travel on to beautiful valley of Ayun.
  • DAY 3: Today we will have all day to relax enjoy and take one of the many wonderful village walks nearby or just stay put in this heavenly spot.


*Should the flight be cancelled due to bad weather we will drive this route stopping for lunch in Dir.

**During Ramadan please note it is unlikely we will be able to see a game of polo.

Day 4 - 5AYUN - KALASH
  • DAY 4: After breakfast we will drive in to the Kalash Valley of Rumbor and the village of Balanguru where we will stay in local guest house.
  • After lunch we can go for walks around the village, or further afield to visit some of our friends in Grum or Kalashagrum.
  • DAY 5: Spending all day in the valley, we can take a special walk up towards the Afghan frontier to visit the Nuristani community in Shakanande, the last village in the valley.
  • Returning for a late lunch, will leave plenty of time for more short walks or simply relaxing in the village and chatting to the Kalash.
Day 6KALASH - CHITRAL TOWN
  • Having returned from the mountain hideaway, we will drive back to Ayun and from here to Chitral Town, where we will check into our accommodation in the gorgeous setting.
  • After lunch we will have time to wander the sleepy bazaar, visit the local fort, witness another game of frontier polo, or go to see the Markhor - wild goats - in Chitral Gul.
Day 7CHITRAL - MASTUJ
  • After breakfast drive to Mastuj.
  • This is one of the most beautiful and dramatic drives we are ever likely to take as we wind our way up the Mastuj Valley, passing Tirich Mir and Boni Zong, before finally entering the Yarkund Valley at the top of which lies Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor.
  • Here we can have a walk before settling into our accommodation.
Day 8MASTUJ - GILGIT
  • After breakfast drive on over the spectacular 3,800 metre Shandur Pass.
  • Here we can stop, have a cup of tea, and go for a walk before driving on to Gilgit.
  • On our way into town we might like to stop to see the town's famous clifftop carving of Buddha or if time allows catch a game of frontier polo.
Day 9 - 11GILGIT - HUNZA
  • DAY 9: After breakfast stop off in town to visit the Christian cemetery before yet another amazing drive, past the titanic form of Mount Rakaposhi, takes we on to Hunza.
  • We will take lunch on the way - at the Rakaposhi View Restaurant - before continuing on to Karimabad.
  • DAY 10: Today we can take the water channel walk down into Karimabad where we can have lunch on one of the rooftop restaurants.
  • After this we will have time to relax, shop and wander, before taking a sightseeing trip to the famous Baltit fort, recently restored by UNESCO to a fantastic standard.
  • In the late afternoon we'll return to our accommodation.
  • DAY 11: All day at leisure in one of the most beautiful places on earth, before returning to Gilgit in the late afternoon.
Day 12 - 13GILGIT - SKARDU
  • DAY 12: After breakfast drive back down the Karakoram Highway before branching off to follow the Indus river east to the valley of Skardu.
  • Although a long drive this is a spectacular route, along one of Asia's most magnificent and important rivers and through the heart of the Karakorums.
  • DAY 13: Today we will have the chance to explore the fertile Shigar valley that was one of the 5 major kingdoms of Baltistan.
  • Majestic views of Haramosh range surround we, and we shall see the gigantic sand dunes on the other side of the Indus.
  • If we like we can also come back to Skardu to take a walk (one hour each way) to the “organic village” via an old trail at the foot of Kharpocho Fort and visit the Buddha of Skardu.
Day 14 - 15SKARDU - ISLAMABAD
  • DAY 14: This morning we will take the spectacular flight back to Islamabad.
  • In the afternoon we will take a wander around the city, sightseeing and shopping, before having dinner in the Margella hills overlooking the city and returning to our hotel.
  • *Should the internal flight unexpectedly be postponed due to bad weather we will take the next couple of days to drive the Karakoram Highway back to Islamabad.
  • DAY 15: After a relaxing morning and any last minute shopping, we will travel out to Taxila, taking a look at the museum and some of the amazing sites from the Gandhara period.
  • Return to hotel to freshen up before taking our final trip dinner.
Day 16ISLAMABAD
  • Transfer to the airport where our tour will end.  

Note

  • The itinerary should be taken as a guide only.
  • Inclement weather may cause delays in our journey, whether we are on foot or travelling by vehicle.
  • Our schedule has been planned to allow for variations and where necessary, spare days will be used to compensate for these changes.
  • Our guide reserves the right to make modifications or alterations to the trip schedule in the best interests and safety of all involved.
  • A flexible approach will allow us to efficiently and effectively achieve trip objectives.

Weather & Time Zone

Time Zone: PST (UTC/GMT +5 hrs)

Avg. Temperatures:

Summer: 34℃

Winter: 15℃

Safe Booking

Do I have to book in advance?

  • Yes, we encourage you to book this trek in advance.
  • For day activities, we recommend you to book 48 hours before the tour.
  • For multi-day packages, the earlier you book, the more significant is the chance that you can participate in the journey.


When do I have to pay?

  • We have a "book now, pay later" policy. Due to this process, we don't ask for any bank card details.
  • We created our booking system to be convenient and secure for you.
  • The provider will contact you and discuss the payment with you later.


What other fees do I have to pay?

  • There are no hidden fees on Trekhunt (like booking fee, cancellation fee, etc.).
  • We don't charge you any additional fees.
  • We offer this tour precisely with the same price and conditions as the provider.


Is booking secure?

  • We created our booking system to be convenient and safe for you.
  • We don't ask any of your bank card details!
  • We only ask you to provide us your name, email and mobile number.
  • We forward this information to the provider, who can send you the tour details.


Don't miss out. We recommend you to book this tour today.

Why Choose us?

  • Pakistan’s thrilling landscape is the perfect backdrop for the experiences of a lifetime.
  • Whether trekking, hunting or mountaineering, we have the local knowledge and expertise to ensure that your trip is unique and unforgettable.
  • If you’ve got a taste for adventure, we’ve got all the ingredients to satisfy your appetite! 

Map

Kalash Valley

  • Kalash Valley in Chitral, also known as the valley of beauty is one of the most mysterious places in Pakistan and not without good reason.
  • The village is quite unique, the culture and religion dates back thousands of years, and the locals even have their own language- the Kalasha language.
  • Tourists visit Kalash Valley each year not only to admire the spectacular views of the Hindu Kush mountain range which surrounds the village but also to learn more about the tradition and culture of the people of Kalash.
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About us

We are a leading adventure travel company with one philosophy in mind - to share the culture and natural beauty of Pakistan. Whether you're hiking up one of the world's tallest mountains, cycling through the Old Silk Route, or driving through remote authentic villages, our expert local knowledge and ground-breaking itineraries will provide you with an extraordinary adventure that only Pakistan can offer.


Since the beginning, we've always offered big adventures with a small impact on the local communities our unique experiences encounter.  As a result, we enable the true awe-inspiring nature and culture of Pakistan to be seen by all who travel with us. With us, the beaten path has never looked so beautiful.


We're constantly striving to offer new and unique experiences that you can't get anywhere else, far away from the well-walked tourist paths. Each one of our adventures grants true exploration, authentic experiences, and genuine cultural exchange that showcases the excellence of Pakistan's landscape and it's people.


Our knowledge of Pakistan is unrivalled, whereby with each coming year we continue to innovate and provide new adventures so that even our most experienced loyal traveller will find a desirable experience.

What is Karakoram?

  • The Karakoram is an extensive mountain range spanning the borders of India, Pakistan, and China, with the northwest extremity of the range extending to Afghanistan and Tajikistan. 
  • It is the second highest mountain range in the world and part of the complex of ranges including the Pamir Mountains, the Hindu Kush and the Himalayan Mountains.
  • The Karakoram has eight summits over 7,500 m (24,600 ft) height, with four of them exceeding 8,000 m (26,000 ft): K2, the second highest peak in the world at 8,611 m (28,251 ft), Gasherbrum I, Broad Peak and Gasherbrum II.
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Summary

  • On this amazing journey along the Northwest Frontier, we will drive from the capital Islamabad, through stunningly spectacular scenery, to the ancient kingdom of Chitral.
  • Here we will spend two days with the Kalash before heading on over the Gilgit to one of the most beautiful places on earth, Hunza.
  • We will complete our circuit by returning to Islamabad after exploring the stunning valley of Skardu.
  • Please note that there is a festival departure each year and overnight stops may vary slightly on the individual departures so please see the itineraries for further details.

Dates & Prices

  • This trek available daily. Pick your preferred date, and make the booking today.
  • Date: every day
  • Duration: 16 days
  • Price: ?

Selection: Karakoram

The Karakoram Explorer Islamabad, Pakistan #9616f4b2-02ec-415f-9b96-82e5190be32b
The Karakoram Explorer Islamabad, Pakistan #9616f4b2-02ec-415f-9b96-82e5190be32b
The Karakoram Explorer Islamabad, Pakistan #9616f4b2-02ec-415f-9b96-82e5190be32b
The Karakoram Explorer Islamabad, Pakistan #9616f4b2-02ec-415f-9b96-82e5190be32b
The Karakoram Explorer Islamabad, Pakistan #9616f4b2-02ec-415f-9b96-82e5190be32b
The Karakoram Explorer Islamabad, Pakistan #9616f4b2-02ec-415f-9b96-82e5190be32b
The Karakoram Explorer Islamabad, Pakistan #9616f4b2-02ec-415f-9b96-82e5190be32b

Price Includes

Guiding Fee
Organization Fee

Why Pakistan?

  • Filled with innumerable treasures, Pakistan is as diverse as it is magnificent.
  • Whether it’s the “lost world” of the Hunza Valley or the sheer majesty of K2, the serenity of Skardu or the heavenly beauty of Fairy Meadows, there are infinite opportunities to be awe-struck by the most breathtaking scenes.
  • Feel exhilarated at the foot of the Himalayas, the highest mountain range in the world.
  • Be captivated by the people of the Kalash Valley, some of the most mysterious and unique people in the whole world.
  • There are barely enough words to capture the essence of this fascinating region, it needs to be seen to be believed. 

Itinerary

Day 1ISLAMABAD
  • On arrival in Islamabad we will be transferred to our guesthouse to check in and have a rest.
  • Ee will then head off on some local sightseeing which might include the Loc Versa cultural museum, the Faizal Mosque, a possible trip to Rawalpindi, and dinner in the Margalla Hills.
Day 2 - 3ISLAMABAD - CHITRAL - AYUN
  • This morning we will take an early flight* from the capital to arrive in the sleepy mountain town of Chitral.
  • After a cup of local chai relaxing in the garden of our accommodation, we will wander through the streets and markets of Chitral, absorbing the friendly local atmosphere, meeting the shopkeepers and sampling their wares and most probably catch a game of polo.
  • After that we will travel on to beautiful valley of Ayun.
  • DAY 3: Today we will have all day to relax enjoy and take one of the many wonderful village walks nearby or just stay put in this heavenly spot.


*Should the flight be cancelled due to bad weather we will drive this route stopping for lunch in Dir.

**During Ramadan please note it is unlikely we will be able to see a game of polo.

Day 4 - 5AYUN - KALASH
  • DAY 4: After breakfast we will drive in to the Kalash Valley of Rumbor and the village of Balanguru where we will stay in local guest house.
  • After lunch we can go for walks around the village, or further afield to visit some of our friends in Grum or Kalashagrum.
  • DAY 5: Spending all day in the valley, we can take a special walk up towards the Afghan frontier to visit the Nuristani community in Shakanande, the last village in the valley.
  • Returning for a late lunch, will leave plenty of time for more short walks or simply relaxing in the village and chatting to the Kalash.
Day 6KALASH - CHITRAL TOWN
  • Having returned from the mountain hideaway, we will drive back to Ayun and from here to Chitral Town, where we will check into our accommodation in the gorgeous setting.
  • After lunch we will have time to wander the sleepy bazaar, visit the local fort, witness another game of frontier polo, or go to see the Markhor - wild goats - in Chitral Gul.
Day 7CHITRAL - MASTUJ
  • After breakfast drive to Mastuj.
  • This is one of the most beautiful and dramatic drives we are ever likely to take as we wind our way up the Mastuj Valley, passing Tirich Mir and Boni Zong, before finally entering the Yarkund Valley at the top of which lies Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor.
  • Here we can have a walk before settling into our accommodation.
Day 8MASTUJ - GILGIT
  • After breakfast drive on over the spectacular 3,800 metre Shandur Pass.
  • Here we can stop, have a cup of tea, and go for a walk before driving on to Gilgit.
  • On our way into town we might like to stop to see the town's famous clifftop carving of Buddha or if time allows catch a game of frontier polo.
Day 9 - 11GILGIT - HUNZA
  • DAY 9: After breakfast stop off in town to visit the Christian cemetery before yet another amazing drive, past the titanic form of Mount Rakaposhi, takes we on to Hunza.
  • We will take lunch on the way - at the Rakaposhi View Restaurant - before continuing on to Karimabad.
  • DAY 10: Today we can take the water channel walk down into Karimabad where we can have lunch on one of the rooftop restaurants.
  • After this we will have time to relax, shop and wander, before taking a sightseeing trip to the famous Baltit fort, recently restored by UNESCO to a fantastic standard.
  • In the late afternoon we'll return to our accommodation.
  • DAY 11: All day at leisure in one of the most beautiful places on earth, before returning to Gilgit in the late afternoon.
Day 12 - 13GILGIT - SKARDU
  • DAY 12: After breakfast drive back down the Karakoram Highway before branching off to follow the Indus river east to the valley of Skardu.
  • Although a long drive this is a spectacular route, along one of Asia's most magnificent and important rivers and through the heart of the Karakorums.
  • DAY 13: Today we will have the chance to explore the fertile Shigar valley that was one of the 5 major kingdoms of Baltistan.
  • Majestic views of Haramosh range surround we, and we shall see the gigantic sand dunes on the other side of the Indus.
  • If we like we can also come back to Skardu to take a walk (one hour each way) to the “organic village” via an old trail at the foot of Kharpocho Fort and visit the Buddha of Skardu.
Day 14 - 15SKARDU - ISLAMABAD
  • DAY 14: This morning we will take the spectacular flight back to Islamabad.
  • In the afternoon we will take a wander around the city, sightseeing and shopping, before having dinner in the Margella hills overlooking the city and returning to our hotel.
  • *Should the internal flight unexpectedly be postponed due to bad weather we will take the next couple of days to drive the Karakoram Highway back to Islamabad.
  • DAY 15: After a relaxing morning and any last minute shopping, we will travel out to Taxila, taking a look at the museum and some of the amazing sites from the Gandhara period.
  • Return to hotel to freshen up before taking our final trip dinner.
Day 16ISLAMABAD
  • Transfer to the airport where our tour will end.  

Note

  • The itinerary should be taken as a guide only.
  • Inclement weather may cause delays in our journey, whether we are on foot or travelling by vehicle.
  • Our schedule has been planned to allow for variations and where necessary, spare days will be used to compensate for these changes.
  • Our guide reserves the right to make modifications or alterations to the trip schedule in the best interests and safety of all involved.
  • A flexible approach will allow us to efficiently and effectively achieve trip objectives.

Weather & Time Zone

Time Zone: PST (UTC/GMT +5 hrs)

Avg. Temperatures:

Summer: 34℃

Winter: 15℃

Safe Booking

Do I have to book in advance?

  • Yes, we encourage you to book this trek in advance.
  • For day activities, we recommend you to book 48 hours before the tour.
  • For multi-day packages, the earlier you book, the more significant is the chance that you can participate in the journey.


When do I have to pay?

  • We have a "book now, pay later" policy. Due to this process, we don't ask for any bank card details.
  • We created our booking system to be convenient and secure for you.
  • The provider will contact you and discuss the payment with you later.


What other fees do I have to pay?

  • There are no hidden fees on Trekhunt (like booking fee, cancellation fee, etc.).
  • We don't charge you any additional fees.
  • We offer this tour precisely with the same price and conditions as the provider.


Is booking secure?

  • We created our booking system to be convenient and safe for you.
  • We don't ask any of your bank card details!
  • We only ask you to provide us your name, email and mobile number.
  • We forward this information to the provider, who can send you the tour details.


Don't miss out. We recommend you to book this tour today.

Why Choose us?

  • Pakistan’s thrilling landscape is the perfect backdrop for the experiences of a lifetime.
  • Whether trekking, hunting or mountaineering, we have the local knowledge and expertise to ensure that your trip is unique and unforgettable.
  • If you’ve got a taste for adventure, we’ve got all the ingredients to satisfy your appetite! 

Map

Kalash Valley

  • Kalash Valley in Chitral, also known as the valley of beauty is one of the most mysterious places in Pakistan and not without good reason.
  • The village is quite unique, the culture and religion dates back thousands of years, and the locals even have their own language- the Kalasha language.
  • Tourists visit Kalash Valley each year not only to admire the spectacular views of the Hindu Kush mountain range which surrounds the village but also to learn more about the tradition and culture of the people of Kalash.
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The Karakoram Explorer Islamabad, Pakistan #798b8e92-bc8a-4b3f-83d7-14a98155ad87
The Karakoram Explorer Islamabad, Pakistan #798b8e92-bc8a-4b3f-83d7-14a98155ad87

Route

The Karakoram Explorer Islamabad, Pakistan #mapImageWidget

Islamabad

Chitral

+7 more

Islamabad

About us

We are a leading adventure travel company with one philosophy in mind - to share the culture and natural beauty of Pakistan. Whether you're hiking up one of the world's tallest mountains, cycling through the Old Silk Route, or driving through remote authentic villages, our expert local knowledge and ground-breaking itineraries will provide you with an extraordinary adventure that only Pakistan can offer.


Since the beginning, we've always offered big adventures with a small impact on the local communities our unique experiences encounter.  As a result, we enable the true awe-inspiring nature and culture of Pakistan to be seen by all who travel with us. With us, the beaten path has never looked so beautiful.


We're constantly striving to offer new and unique experiences that you can't get anywhere else, far away from the well-walked tourist paths. Each one of our adventures grants true exploration, authentic experiences, and genuine cultural exchange that showcases the excellence of Pakistan's landscape and it's people.


Our knowledge of Pakistan is unrivalled, whereby with each coming year we continue to innovate and provide new adventures so that even our most experienced loyal traveller will find a desirable experience.

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Why Choose us?
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