Gilgit – Hunza - Skardu 5 Days Tour

 Hunza – Karimabad

Sadpara Lake Skardu Pakistan
Islamabad Monument Baltit Fort      Sadpara Lake

                                                                       

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Schedule

01

Islamabad – Gilgit –Karimabad

Morning transfer to airport for flight to Gilgit. Upon arrival transfer to Serena Hotel for lunch.

After lunch, approximately 4 hrs drive with A/C transport on the famous Karakorum Highway to Karimabad.

Karimabad, the capital of Hunza Valley. We move on with majestic sceneries and cultural experiences till we reach the ancient silk route town of Karimabad.

En-route photo stop at Rakaposhi view point Nagar and enjoy the fresh breeze to Rakaposhi Glacier. From here we can have a close and wonderful view of Rakaposhi Peak (7788m).

Upon arrival transfer to hotel for dinner & overnight.

 

02

Karimabad - Gilgit

 

 

In the morning, visit 774 years old Baltit Fort. 

Baltit Fort. Tibetan style Fort was originally built by the Balti Artisans, when a princess of Baltistan married to a Prince of Hunza, the father of princess sent artisans from Baltistan to build this fort in her dowry. The Fort has been restored by ‘Agha Khan Trust for Culture’ as a historical asset a decade ago. This castle was rebuilt a number of times during the 800 years regime of the Mirs of Hunza. The present structure was constructed some 774 years around; the architecture reflects a marked Tibetan influence. We can also have breath taking view of Hunza and Nagar valleys from the Fort. While we visit the Forts, we have the opportunity to meet and speak with the local ‘Hunzakuts’ and explore the charm and mystery of the people of Hunza. 

After lunch drive back to Gilgit.

Arrival in Gilgit, a fertile orchard valley region and fabled kingdom once reined by Maharajahs and Mirs.  As capital of the Gilgit-Baltistan, Gilgit is strategically located at about the halfway point on the Karakorum Highway to Kashghar.  The market town of Gilgit has been populated for thousands of years and has seen Buddhist, Hindu and Islam influences.  

Dinner & overnight at the Hotel.

 

03

Gilgit - Skardu

In the morning drive to Kargha Nala with jeeps to see the Buddha rock carving.  

After proceed to Skardu driving along the Indus River. After an hour drive from Gilgit, we leave the Karakorum Highway and turn eastwards and follow the Indus to Skardu. The Gilgit-Skardu road condition in comparison to KKH is narrower, bumpy and has several bends and twist gaining the altitude gradually but unevenly at some stretches of the road. However, it is paved for its entire length.

Lunch will be served at PTDC Astak Nala. After lunch continue drive to Skardu. Upon arrival transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Skardu is the capital of Baltistan and is the gateway to the world’s famous mountains and glacial system and hundreds of beautiful trekking routes in the Karakorum mountain range. Skardu is also known as “Little Tibet” and the local language is called Balti which is spoken in the entire Baltistan.

Dinner & overnight at the hotel.

 

04

 Skardu

 

In the morning, continue another 40 minutes drive to Shigar Valley. 

Shigar valley - the gateway to the four of the world’s highest mountains including K2 (8611 M), the second highest peak on earth and hundreds of peaks above 7000 m. This is the region where forms the world’s longest glacial system. 

In Shigar we will visit Shigar Village, see the 14th century Amburiq Mosque (One of the most ancient mosques in the Shigar Valley) built by the Amir Kabir Syed Ali Hamdani, the first Islamic preacher in Baltistan who converted the majority of mass into Islam. Stroll around in the village and visit the small local bazaar.

Lunch at Shigar Fort Residence at an altitude of 2250 meters, a fort palace standing on the bank of Shigar stream is built upon a massive rock. This 350-years old Fort has been renovated by the “Agha Khan Trust for Culture” and is the only one of its kind in Pakistan.  

Drive back to Skardu and visit to Sadpara Lake. 

Sadpara Lake is Skardu Valley's main lake. In 2002, the Government of Pakistan had decided to build a dam on the Sadpara Lake allocating $10 million to the Sadpara Dam project, two years later in 2004. Progress on the project was, however, been slow. Sadpara Lake is 6 miles (9.7 km) from Skardu. Sadpara Lake is one of the largest fresh water lakes in the countryside offering trout fishing, and row boating. This lake is also the source of Skardu's drinking water.  

Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

05

 Skardu-Islamabad

In the morning transfer to the airport for flight to Islamabad

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