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Trip Name: KKH Easy Treks
     

The rhythm of Northern Pakistan swells in your heart beat. Delight in glorious white glaciers, thundering waterfalls, small cities, glimpse of gorgeous colonial architecture, and the interspersed rugged landscape of natural beauty—all on one spectacular highway. Marvel as the sun rises over majestic mountains, and sets in the peaks, infusing Karakorum’s snow-capped peaks with a crimson glow. In between, you’ll experience the glorious cascading water falls, the serene alpine lakes, and the vibran

Price: US$
 Days: 14
Destinations: Islamabad, Karakoram Highway, Fairy Meadows, Nanga Parbat, Hunza, Rakaposhi, Diran, Taghaphari, Minapin, Nanga Parbat, Gilgit
 Activities: Trekking, Heritage, Cultural Exploration
 Difficulty: Easy
 Departures: 15th April, 10 May, 10 June, 10th July, 10th Augsut, 10 September, 10 October

 

 

 

Day: 1
ARRIVAL ISLAMABAD
Arrival Islamabad today. A member of the Vertical Explorers staff will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel. Today either you can relax or you can enjoy an exploratory walk in the old part of Rawalpindi; wander past the vegetable and spice markets, beautifully carved old houses and trucks, cows pestering the vegetable vendors, catch traditional craftsmen at work in silver and gold bazaars .You can then continue on the main street linking the Twin cities - Murree Road - before arriving at the gleaming new capital, Islamabad. You pass shining new buildings and thousands of park areas - a full 50 percent of the 350 square mile site is set aside for parks. You can stop at Shakar Parian to catch a bird's eye view of Islamabad. Our next stop will be Shah Faisal Mosque which is the landmark of Islamabad. This evening you will enjoy a welcome dinner with other trekkers.
Activities: Sightseeing, Cultural Exploration
Meals provided: Welcome Dinner

Accommodation:

Marriott Hotel, Pearl Continental Hotel, Sunrise Hotel, Civic Hotel, Regency Hotel

Day: 2
ISLAMABAD - CHILAS
After breakfast drive on KKH to Chilas. The drive is compensated by the beautiful scenery along the Karakoram highway and Indus gorges. The journey on the Karakoram Highway is most exciting and thrilling. It is a monument to the engineering feast and one of the most spectacular roads and the world’s highest metalled border crossing. It connects Pakistan and China stretching over a distance of 1300km between Islamabad and Kashgar, winding through three mountain ranges and following the ancient Silk route along the Indus Valley to the Chinese border at Khunjerab Pass. We pass through the historical town of Taxila, beautiful hill station of Abbottabad, quake affected lush green towns of Mansehra, Shinkiari and finally meet the great Indus on Thakot Bridge. From there onward the road snails along the bank of the Indus with contrasting landscape after every two kilometers. We pass through Besham, Dassu, Komila and Shatial to arrive at Chilas with many rocks carving and inscriptions along the way left by Chinese pilgrims and ancient travelers of 5th century A.D. Chilas was on the ancient caravan trail over the Babusar Pass into India and on the Indus trail of Besham. The drive through the Indus Gorge is guaranteed to knock your socks off! The view after crossing the Rai kot Bridge of Nanga Parbat is without any parallel. Standing at around 1,000 m. you see a mountain which rises to above 8,000 m! This is the largest land escarpment in the world. This is also where the three greatest mountain ranges meet; Himalaya, Hindukush and Karakoram.
Activities: Cultural Exploration, Sightseeing
Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Chilas In Hotel, Shangrilla Resort

Day: 3
CHILAS – FAIRY MEADOWS
fter breakfast drive by jeep to Tato & hike to Fairy Meadows. 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.
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

Mobile Camp

Day: 4
FAIRY MEADOWS - NANGA PARBAT B.CAMP
After breakfast trek to Nanga Parbat Base Camp. This huge mountain is not a single peak but a series of ridges culminating in an ice crest 8,125 meters high - ranked ninth highest in the world and second in Pakistan after K-2. Early disasters on Nanga Parbat gave it the nick name Killer Mountain. Twelve climbers and 18 porters had died there by 1937. The monster was finally conquered in 1953 by the German Expedition.
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

Mobile Camp

Day: 5
NANGA PARBAT B.CAMP – FREE DAY
Day at leisure to explore the area or to hike base camp 1.
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

Mobile Camp

Day: 6
NANGA PARBAT B.CAMP – FAIRY MEADOWS
Resume trek after breakfast back to Fairy Meadows.
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

Mobile Camp

Day: 7
FAIRY MEADOWS – HUNZA
After breakfast descend Tato & drive to Karimabad on Karakoram Highway as it carves a swathe through the mountains of northern Pakistan is an adventure in itself. The final gorge in an arid and rocky landscape suddenly reveals the irrigated green and fertile apricot orchards of Hunza - a true Shangri La. Towering over the green and fertile oasis of the Hunza valley are the ice ridges and peaks of one of the Himalayan giants, Rakaposhi (7788m).
Activities: Cultural Exploration, Heritage, Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Darbar, Baltit Inn, Eagle’s Nest Hotel

Day: 8
HUNZA – FREE DAY
After breakfast full day tour of Hunza including Baltit Fort & Hoper. Baltit fort was the old palace of the Mirs of Hunza and was inhabited until 1960. It is about 400 years old. Baltit is a curious rambling old place, four storeys high, sturdily built of stones, sun - dried mud and timber. Baltit is built on a cliff edge; behind it is a ravine and then the Ultar glacier glinting in the sunshine. The architecture here, reflects a Tibetan influence . The view from the top of the fort is well worth the climb.
Activities: Cultural Exploration, Heritage
Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Darbar, Baltit Inn, Eagle’s Nest Hotel

Day: 9
HUNZA – HAPAKUN
Today we begin trekking through the narrow alleyways of Minnapin village and follow the trail up the wooded valley to reach first the summer settlement of Bungidas then to Hapakun, an attractive camp site.
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

Mobile Camp

Day: 10
HAPAKUN - MINAPIN
Today we keep continue a further zigzag ascent through the woods reaches the ridge line of the lateral moraine of the Minnapin Glacier. The view is sublime, dominated by Diran Peak (7266m) and the sparkling ridge connecting to Rakaposhi. Filling the foreground a vast sea of crevassed ice fields of the Minnapin glacier.
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

Mobile Camp

Day: 11
MINAPIN - FREE DAY
We spend the day here. It is a magnificent spot and we can climb up a nearby ridge for more great views of Rakaposhi and Diran and also venture onto the Minnapin glacier itself .
Activities: Sightseeing, Cultural Exploration
Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Mobile Camp

Day: 12
MINAPIN – GILGIT
We return by the same route all the way back to Minnapin. Our vehicle is waiting and we drive away down the KKH to Gilgit. A welcome hot shower and some time to walk round the bustling market area.
Activities: Sightseeing, Cultural Exploration
Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Serena, Riveria Hotel, Gilgit Continental

Day: 13
GILGIT - ISLAMABAD
A mid morning flight back to Islamabad Or two day drive along the KKH depending on whether the plane is flying that day to Islamabad. The flights are dependent on good visibility and so are prone to cancellation at the last minute. It is worth taking the chance though and If the flight is on then we can hope to for tremendous views of the Nanga Parbat massif en route back to Islamabad.We must however leave a spare day in case the driving option is needed. Extra time in Islamabad can include a walks in the surrounding Margalla Hills, and lunch at a panoramic view point over the city.
Activities: Air Safari, Sightseeing
Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Marriott, Serena, Margalla Hotel, Regency, Rising Sun

Day: 14
ISLAMABAD - FREE DAY
Optional visits can be arranged to the historic Buddhist sites at Taxila and/or Murree which is an ex British colonial hill station or Salt mine at Kheora.
Activities: Cultural Exploration, Sightseeing
Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Marriott Hotel, Pearl Continental Hotel, Sunrise Hotel, Civic Hotel, Regency Hotel
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