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Uncover Kashgar Northern Pakistan Scenic Nature Culture

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35 days, 35 nights

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16 people

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Overview

Experience the best of Western China and Northern Pakistan’s scenic nature and culture on this 35-day package. Discover the cities of Tashkurgan and Kahsgar, the charming town of Sur and an authentic Yurt house, and the stunning nature of Altai Mountains of Northern Xinjiang, a desert oasis, and one of the largest best lakes deserts in the world.Our guide and local experts will share an intriguing combination of the region’s attractions and hidden secrets. Meet the oldest civilization of Indus and get into the spirit of bygone times when travelling to there.

Departure Dates 

2020 Departures

May :  1st,  5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th

June:  1st,  5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th

July :  1st,  5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th

August : 1st,  5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th

September : 1st,  5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th

October : 1st,  5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th

November : 1st,  5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th

2021 Departures

May :  1st,  5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th

June:  1st,  5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th

July :  1st,  5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th

August : 1st,  5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th

September : 1st,  5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th

October : 1st,  5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th

November : 1st,  5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th

 

Difficulty Level: Easy

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Our legendary Travel Experts carefully watch over the smallest details to ensure that you have a wonderful time. They also draw upon years of established V E relationships to ensure that your journey is seamlessly enjoyable and memorable.
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We believe travel is made better by experiencing culture you can taste. Our Dine-Around program provides you with the freedom to choose renowned restaurant, an inviting neighborhood eatery, or room service at your hotel its all included.(Subject to Package)
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Limited to just 10 guests averaging around 7-8 our small group size sets the highest standard in personal service. Our journeys remain intimate and create camaraderie, yet allow for independence, flexibility and discovery. Along the way, we re granted access to exclusive events and stay in one-of-a-kind accommodations not available to larger groups.
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Expert local guides to share their experiences and insights about the cultures and places you explore.
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We visit nook and corner of the country. We travel on aircraft, jeep, horse and legendary trains, Whatever your choice, we likely have something to fit your sense of adventure.
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Vertical Explorers is committed to adopting a responsible attitude to the areas we visit. We are guests of the communities visited and with some thought and care we can ensure that everyone benefits from the experience. We have developed a Responsible Tourism policy which aims to ensure that V E and its clients act in a way that is socially, environmentally and culturally sound. All areas of our operations are planned with responsible tourism in mind, and we require our business partners to support this vision.
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Our prices are competitive and good value, and we offer quality, service, security and an ethical stance on tourism. We don’t want to be so expensive to run fewer trips and have our staff idle, but on the other hand we believe that running  cheap trips that promote the practice of skimming budgets would result in the porters getting next to nothing, which is something we cannot consider. Additionally we plan treks with sufficient rest days and with achievable daily altitude increases which gives good time to acclimatise. Reducing the number of days may make the price cheaper but the chances of successfully completing the trek also greatly reduce.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • See the best of Pakistani, Huns, Tajik and Ughur culture & nature
  • In depth local and authentic experiences
  • Enjoy varied traditional Pakistani, Kashgari cuisines
  • Experience local life at Villages, deserts and mountains
  • Pass through indigenous villages & see the local life
  • Visit the “Junction point of highest congregation of Mountains of the World”
  • Cross World highest land border at Khunjerab (at above 4000 m)
  • Explore colonial architecture in Pakistan
  • Discover Lahore and Kashgar Pakistan and China’s engaging and vibrant cities
  • Fall in love with the sights, sounds and tastes of Pakistan
  • Barter for rare items (precious stones & handicrafts etc) at shops
  • Lowest Price and best value of money --Save 40-50 % vs. comparable tours of this same quality.
  • Dream trip can be.......Itinerary can be customized.
  • Guided by highly experienced professionals with the help of the best supporting staff available in Baltistan, having undergone on the job training over many seasons with us. They are highly experienced at catering to the needs of our members, and do a tremendous amount to contribute to the overall success and satisfaction of our groups.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kashgar China
Day 01: Arrival in Kashgar China

Welcome to Kashgar! You will be greeted by an English-speaking assistant at the airport after immigration and custom. The assistant will escort you to bus for your hotel. We will have ample time for sightseeing and shopping in colorful old bazaars of Kashgar. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing, Interaction with locals
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 02: Kashgar City

After breakfast our first visit will be the Mausoleum of Apak Hoja, an ancient Islamic building complex and a cemetery of five generations of famous Sufi masters were buried. This Mausoleum is known as fragrant concubine tomb whom was the wife of Emperor Qianlong of Qin Dynasty.
Explore the rich, endless culture of the Uighurs in Kashgar. First enjoy the famous livestock market which happens only on every Sunday and people bring their horses, sheep, goats, camels,cows, bulls and other livestocks to the market from all the directions for sale. It provides a great opportunity to take photos of the faces of local people, enjoy the traditional local market culture, test-drive a donkey or a horse or even make its shoes. Like opening a window, today is a real glimpse into a time lost in the annals of the Silk Road’s past and an opportunity not to be missed.
Later move on to Sunday market main Bazaar which is considered one of the largest market in Central Asia. From fluffy sheepskin hats to rugged camel-hide boots, not to mention beads, buttons and buckets of locals. Everything – including plenty of kitchen sinks – is for sale at this fairytale bazaar. It is the best chance to practice your bargaining skills.
After lunch visit the Grand Id Kah mosque, the largest mosque in China and marvel at the intricate architecture of Kashgar’s historic Apak Hoja Tomb which is also known as Fragrant concubine tomb).
We’ll enjoy the Old Town of Kashgar by walk. walking is the best way to see and understand the ancient historical parts,streets,handicraft workshops and many more;enjoy a century-old Kashgar tea house’s atmoshpere for a short break. sitting by the locals and try various medicinal teas such as those containing rose, saffron, honey and many other ingredients.
Finally wrap up our city tour with a dinner at a local family which offers a great opportunity to deeply understand real local life of uighurs.

Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing, Interaction with locals
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 03: Drive to Karakul Lake - Tashkurgan
Day 03:  Drive to Karakul Lake - Tashkurgan

Today we drive to Karakul Lake along the famous Karakorum highway. The scenery along the way is breathtaking. We will be stopping at the Lake where you can enjoy the view of Muztagh-ata Mountains. Optional camel ride or walk around the Lake. Later we continue to Tashkurgan the last Tajik Chinese town between China and Pakistan.

Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing, Interaction with locals
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 04: Drive Scenic Pamir to Khunjerab Pass - Cross China/Pakistan Border- Passu Gojal Valley Pakistan
Day 04: Drive Scenic Pamir to Khunjerab Pass - Cross China/Pakistan Border- Passu Gojal Valley Pakistan

After border formalities at China side, we drive to the world’s highest paved border crossing, the Khunjerab pass (4750 m height) between Pakistan and China.

Today’s major drive will take us to Khunjerab Pass, Khunjerab Pass, the gateway between China & Pakistan via the Karakoram Highway, is at 4,934m.which half of the park is above 4,000m. Khunjerab National Park is Pakistan’s third largest national park. It is adjacent to Tashkurgan Natural Reserve (1,400,000ha) in China.

It gives some of spectacular sceneries for photographers of wild life. where you may have a sighting of endangered Marco Polo sheep, which is only found in this area in Pakistan. The park is also famous for its snow leopards. Some reports say that it might contain the highest density of these beautiful cats in the total Himalayan ecosystem, which is the natural habitat of these cats. Over 2,000 Siberian ibex, widely distributed and abundant in the park but absent from neighbouring China, are also present here.

Other animals of this park are in the park include:

Snow leopard (T), Himalayan ibex (C), Brown bear (T), Tibetan red fox (C), Tibetan wolf (T), Blue sheep, Marco Polo sheep, Tibetan wild ass or kiang , Ermine (C), Alpine weasel, Stone martin (C), Golden marmot (C), Lynx (unconfirmed reports), Large-eared pika (C), Dhole (unconfirmed reports), Cape hare (C), Common field mouse (C), Royle’s mountain vole (C), Lesser shrew (C), ,Migratory hamster (C)

Birds

Common birds in the park are:

Lammegier vulture, Golden eagle, Himalayan griffon vulture, Eurasian black vulture, Marsh harrier, Eurasian sparrow hawk, Eurasian kestrel, Lesser kestrel, Saker falcon, Peregrine falcon, Himalayan snow cock, Snow partridge, Chukar, Grey heron, Common sandpiper, Hill pigeon, Snow pigeon, Northern eagle owl, Eurasian cuckoo, Common swallow, Magpie, Alpine chough, Raven

The drive is compensated by the beautiful scenery along the Karakoram highway. 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 metaled 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.On the way, you will view the awesome mountain ranges of the Karakorum and Kunlun mountains.

After immigration formalities at Sost (border town Pakistan side) you will we proceed to Passu Glacier, Husaini and Attabad lake. The glaciers are really eerie, almost alive, as they creak and melt in the sun. Rocks continually fall down as the ice melts.Experience the passu glacier cracking and spikes from the view point.

Drive: 5-6 hrs

Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing,

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 05: Drive to Attabad Lake - Borit Lake - Gulkin Glacier - Passu Glacier- Gulmit - Hunza
Day 05:  Drive to Attabad Lake - Borit Lake - Gulkin Glacier - Passu Glacier- Gulmit - Hunza

After breakfast From here well go to visit the Gulmit Village, which will offer a nice experience while walking through the streets and between its traditional homes, a real image representing the old and traditional culture of this area. it gives some of spectacular sceneries for photographers. We will also visit Borit lake, Husaini bridge, Passu Glcaier and Gulkin glacier.
The valleys of Hunza and Nagar are some of the most beautiful valleys in the northern parts of Pakistan. The people of this area are known for their legendary good health, longevity and hospitality.

In Hunza valley, Baltit Fort is an ancient fort in the Hunza valley in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. Founded in the 1st CE, it has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative list since 2004.

In the past, the survival of the feudal regime of Hunza was ensured by the impressive fort, which overlooks Karimabad. The foundations of the fort date back to 700 years ago, with rebuilds and alterations over the centuries. In the 16th century the local prince married a princess from Baltistan who brought master Balti craftsmen to renovate the building as part of her dowry. Visit around the area, you would feel as if you’d stepped back in time in past period.


Drive: 2-3 hrs

Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing, Interaction with locals
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 06: Hunza valley Sightseeing

Early morning after breakfast start journey towards Hunza valley.Morning visit to Baltit Fort. Baltit Fort is an ancient fort in the Hunza valley in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. Founded in the 1st CE, it has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative list since 2004.In the past, the survival of the feudal regime of Hunza was ensured by the impressive fort, which overlooks Karimabad. The foundations of the fort date back to 700 years ago, with rebuilds and alterations over the centuries. In the 16th century the local prince married a princess from Baltistan who brought master Balti craftsmen to renovate the building as part of her dowry. Visit around the area, you would feel as if you’d stepped back in time in past period.

After Baltit Fort you go to Ganish village. Ganish is the oldest and first settlement on the ancient Silk Road in Hunza, and is the site of various ancient watch towers, traditional mosques, religious centers, and a reservoir.The Ali Gohar House in Ganish, is located next to one of the iconic shikaris (watchtowers) of the town. The 400-year-old house was awarded the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2009

Then we proceed to Altit Fort. Altit Fort is an ancient fort at Altit town in the Hunza valley,It was originally home to the hereditary rulers of the Hunza state who carried the title Mir.Altit Fort and in particular the Shikari tower is around 1100 years old, which makes it the oldest monument in the Gilgit–Baltistan.

Then go up to the highest observation place at Duikar to enjoy 360-degree panoramic view and sunset reflections on peaks of lady finger, Haramosh peak, Rakaposhi and many others. This is one of the best elevated way to fully enjoy a sunset. Spiritually and physically, we would like you to feel the air as well. It will be unforgettable experience.

Drive: 2-3 hrs

Activities: Cultural exploration , Sightseeing, Interaction with locals
Meals provided: Breakfast

Day 07: Hunza - Nagar Excursion
Day 07:  Hunza - Nagar Excursion

Today well have a full day sightseeing tour of Hunza and its surroundings. Our morning session will include a jeep excursion to the Nagar Valley to see the glacial formations at Hoper. Hoper also offers a fantastic view of the mountain peaks of the Hunza valley. After we return to Hunza we will take a walk through the Karimabad Bazaar, the down town of Hunza.

Drive: 3-4 hrs

Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing, Interaction with locals
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 08: Drive to Naltar Valley - Upper and Lower Naltar Lakes (Satrangi Lakes)
Day 08:  Drive to Naltar Valley - Upper and Lower Naltar Lakes (Satrangi Lakes)

After breakfast, we will start our journey towards Naltar on KKH with en route stop at Rakaposhi View point, which offers a superb view of Rakaposhi Peak.Rakaposhi accessible only by 4 to 5 hrs, walk from the road, dominates the whole valley. This area is full of apricots, apples, grapes and peaches. we will go to scenic Naltar valley, home to flowery meadows, lakes and spectacular greenery. The peaks surrounding Naltar Valley have dozens of 5000m summits. Naltar was a British hill station and has some Pakistan military facilities, including a Pakistan Air Force winter survival school with ski lift
Naltar receives more rainfall than other mountains/valleys in the range , and its alpine forests are refreshing compared to the mainly arid Karakoram.
We will visit Naltar view point.



Drive 3- 4 hrs

Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing, Interaction with locals
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 09: Drive to - Gilgit -Rondu Valley - Skardu

After Breakfast, we will start our journey towards Skardu through Giglit.

After a brief stop in gilgit we will continue our journey towards Skardu via scenic Rondu valley.

SKARDU is the administrative capital of Baltistan and gateway to the high peaks of Northern Pakistan. We have some time to explore the town and enjoy the hustle and bustle in peak season of tourists here. Sightseeing in Skardu and surrounding areas during the day. For those seeking a good overview of Skardu, or a place from which to photograph the sunset, Kharfocho Fort is an ideal spot. If the flight is unable to operate because of bad weather, we will resort to travel by road on Karakoram Highway (KKH) to Chilas. 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. 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.

Drive 9 -10 hrs

Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing,

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 10: Drive to Kachura Lakes (upper and Lower Kachura)

Today we will visit Lower kachura (shangrila) and upper kachura lakes. Lower Kachura lakes is known as Shangrila 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. Enjoy Boating and angling here. Enroute visit Skardu Cold desert to watch the highest altitude dune deserts in the world.

Drive: 5-6 hrs
Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing,
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 11: Drive to Shigar Valley
Day 11: Drive to Shigar Valley

Today we rise early and view the beautiful sunrise against the backdrop of the Karakorm. After breakfast drive to Shigar, a history-soaked medieval town. Enroute we will visit Shigar sand dunes. These are on other side of the Indus, impressive sand dunes are visible. It is on the way to Shigar valley, but around 2 km away from the road.

After sand dunes visit, we will continue our drive toward Shigar passing through historic Buddhist Stupa ruins, which is no more in preservation. At Shigar view point, we will stop to take photos of Shigar valley and Blind lakes and sand duens on other side of Shigar River.

Shigar Valley is the gateway to the great mountain peaks of the Karakorams, Gasherbrum & K-2, Broad Peak, Biafo and Baltoro Glaciers, Snow lake, Mashabrum, Trango Tower and other hunderds of 7000m peaks. Shigar valley, formerly known as “Rome of Baltistan” has 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.

There is also a heritage Palace cum Fort (Fong khar ). Completely renovated by the AKCSP a few years back, the Palace and its suburbs reflects a medieval look. Here we will pay a brief visit to the Garden House, Royal room, museum handicraft shop and The Khanqah Moalla, famous for its uniquely carved wooden windows and meditation cells. Shigar retains a mystical, medieval aura that may leave you feeling like you have stepped through the looking glass.

Evening drive back to Skardu.

Drive: 5-6 hrs
Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing,
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 12: Drive to Khaplu Valley
Day 12: Drive to Khaplu Valley

Today after breakfast we will drive to Khaplu valley. This beautiful valley of the Shyok River is 103 km east of Skardu. Khaplu is the starting point for most trekking and climbing expeditions. Many famous mountains such as Masherbrum, Saltoro, Sia Kangri, K-6, K-7 are located here. There is a Palace of Raja of Khaplu and remains of Thors.

Khaplu is the administrative capital of the Ghanche District of Gilgit-Baltistan. visit Khaplu Palace and Khaplu view point. We will make a trip to Chaqchan Mosque.

The Masjid Chqchan means the Miraculous mosque in Khaplu, Baltistan built by Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani or by Shah Syed Muhammad Nurbakhsh Qahistani Sufi in 1370(A.D) is one of the oldest mosque in Baltistan and Pakistan. It is one of Baltistan’s most famous landmarks and a major tourist attraction. The Government of Pakistan also listed the inclusion of the Chqchan Mosque as a Pakistan Heritage Site. After this we will visit Saling Fish Point. Here we can enjoy angling.

Drive: 5-6 hrs
Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing,
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 13: Drive to Deosai National Park, Sheocer Lake - Rupal valley, Nanga Parbat Rupal Face
Day 13: Drive to Deosai National Park, Sheocer Lake - Rupal valley, Nanga Parbat Rupal Face

Today early morning departure for Deosai, Located in the Great Himalayan Range, conveniently placed between the western massif of the Himalayas and the central Karakoram. It’s stunning scenic views of the snow-clad mountains and streams, natural beauty and impressive grandeur have made it world famous. Spread over an area of 3,000 square kilometres, at an altitude of 13,500 feet above sea level, the plains are home to unique species of plant and animal life, of which the Himalayan Brown Bears are the most famous. In the words of Aleister Crowley, “In front of us lay the Deosai, an absolutely treeless wilderness of comparatively level country framed by minor peaks. It gives a unique impression of desolation. I have never seen its equal in this respect elsewhere.” To the south of and visible from both the Burji and Satpara approaching areas is a 700-foot hill, on top of which is a 500 foot-high-rock cairn. This unnamed hilltop in the northern deosai region produces a clear panorama of the Himalayan Kangri Range and sections of the Karakoram. As you ascend its gentle, grass covered slopes, Nanga Parbat will come into view far to the west of you. In ‘Gypsy Davy’s’ words, “It was such an expanse of immensity as I have hardly imagined…It seems you cannot talk in a matter-of-fact way in a place like that…I thought the Sierras were large, but here, where we could see three or four score miles north, south, east and west, and see only mountains, and most of them above twenty thousand feet, the Sierras seem like sand dunes”. Shaucer lake (3-4 hours from Skardu), Shatong nala (2 hours) , Bara Pani (two and half hours) and Kala Pani (3 to 3-30 hours) are the most visited spots in Deosai. Deosai is one of the best trout fishing spot in the North.

In the afternoon we will drive via Chilim to Rupal valley and stay overnight at Traishing, south face of Nanga Parbat. The Rupal Valley is located in the Astore District. It lies just south of 8,126 meter Nanga Parbat and is popular for treks to the mountain’s Rupal Face, one of highest mountain faces in the world. The Rupal is home to Shina speaking herdsmen, who have grazed and harvested wood in the valley for hundreds of years. Overgrazing has caused some loss of vegetation, leading to wind-blown dust. Towering peaks on either side of the valley make it a breathtaking, albeit remote destination for adventurers.

Activities Sightseeing, Wild life watching, Angling
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 14: Nanga Parbat South Face - Rupal Glacier - Rama Astore
Day 14: Nanga Parbat South Face - Rupal Glacier - Rama Astore

After breakfast, we traverse to Rupal glacier and then drive to Astore valley and Rama lake .
Astore valley, adjoining the eastern side of mountain Nanga Parbat, is about 120 km (75 mi) long, having area of 5,092 km2 (1,966 sq mi).
Rama lake and pastures are the most famous tourist attraction in the region. Due to its diverse landscape and climatic conditions the valley provides excellent habitat for a variety of commercially important medicinal plants. Rama Lake is a lake near Astore in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. It is on the top of the beautiful Astore Valley, with a light cover of oak trees and other greenery. The region has low average rainfall and low vegetation cover hence the loss of forest cover is of a very serious concern.

Drive: 5-6 hrs
Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing,
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 15: Drive to Tato and Hike to Fairy Meadows
Day 15: Drive to Tato and Hike to Fairy Meadows

Early in the morning drive through the narrow gorge of the Indus River and KKH to Raikot Bridge.
From here jeep on narrow Road to Tato. Hike for 3-4 hours to Fairy Meadows.

Walk: Distance: 10 Km, Ascent: 10 m, Descent: 310 m
Time: 06-07 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3050 M

Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 16: Trek to Nanga Parbat Base Camp and back to Fairy Meadows
Day 16: Trek to Nanga Parbat Base Camp and back to Fairy Meadows

Hike up to Nanga Parbat base camp and back to Fairy Meadows.


Walk: Distance: 10 Km, Ascent: 500 m, Descent: 500 m
Time: 06-07 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3050 M
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 17: Hike down to Tato, Jeep to Raikot and Drive to Gilgit and Punial Valley

After breafast hike town to Tato, and then jeep to Riakot Briddge and drive to Gilgit, neroute stopping at the Meeting point of three mountain ranges(Karakoram, Hindukush and Himalaya) of world. In Gilgit Visit Kargah Nala, Old Gilgit town home visit for cultural insight.

Drive: 5-6 hrs
Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing,
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 18: Excursion to Ishkoman valley

Today after breakfast, we will drive to Chatokhand.Fom Chatorkhand, which is the headquarters of Ishkoman valley, a road leads to Immit, which is about 25 km from Chatorkhand. Before getting to Immit, one passes by the scenic and picturesque villages of Dain, Pakora, Ishkoman and so on. Immit is gateway to Afghanistan and the Pamir Wakhan Corridor.
Ishkoman is endowed with lurking glaciers, calm and serene lakes and the Karambar river on whose left bank is situated impressive Immit which rises in Afghanistan and joins the Ishkoman river below Immit village. The Ishkoman River joins the Gilgit River at Gahkuch. One has to cross the town of Gakuch to enter into the valley of Ishkoman.There are many peculiarities of Immit, one being a hot spring and the other being the identity of the village as a melting pot of different cultures.

The hot spring of Immit is invariably filled with locals and people from nearby villages who come to take a bath in the hope of receiving healing from the waters. People of Pakora, Dain and Ishkoman villages frequently come to the spring along with their family and sometimes stay a night there. Separate rooms have been built for men and women. In their leisure time, the people of Immit come to the hot spring – not always to bathe, though. Sometimes, they go there to sit by the side and gossip.

Drive: 5-6 hrs
Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing,
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 19: Yasin Valley Excursion

After breakfast drive to Yasin valley passing through Sandi village and Yasin village. Visit Darkot village and Darkot glacier. Today we will also visit a Darkot village home for cultural exploration.Darkut is a historical place as it has been a passage way for important persons. It was this pass that George Hayward crossed in 1870 when he was murdered. The Chinese army lead by a Korean General crossed Darkut in 747AD and conquered Gilgit. Sandi is the largest village in Yasin valley and it is famous for a Fort from the time of Gohar Aman.It’s attractive villages, carefully cultivated fields and orchards offer a blend of life time experience in remote valleys of Hindukush.

Drive: 5-6 hrs
Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing,
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 20: Drive to Phander Lake valley

After breakfast we will drive through Ghizer valley to phander lake.Visit Phander lake and optional trout fishing activity there. Visit Phander village and a home there for cultural insight of Wakhi culture.Phander valley which is commonly called “Little Kashmir”. Phander Lake is one of the most famous tourist spots in the entire region. Phander valley was the bread basket for the whole Northern Areas. The name of Ghizer comes from the name of a village ‘Ghizer’ that is situated in the vicinity of Phander The deep blue lake in Phander offers a magnificent view and is basically the home of trout fish.

Drive: 5-6 hrs
Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing,
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 21: Drive over Shandur Pass 3700m and Lake to Mastuj valley

After a morning sightseeing around Phander, we will start to drive towards Shandur pass and Lakes.

Shandur Top (3,700 m)) located in Ghizer District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. Shandur is often called the ‘Roof of the World’. The top is flat, a plateau. The grade is very gradual, and the area is crossed by plentiful small streams during summer. The boundary line between Ghizer District and Chitral District is also situated in Shandur Top.

Drive: 5-6 hrs

Activities: Cultural exploration , Sightseeing, Interaction with locals
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 22: Drive to Chitral Valley

Today morning from Mastuj valley we will drive to Chitral passing through the scenic Booni villages, stopping enroute for rest and visiting local village house to upper Chitral Mastuj.

The main villages include Buni, Mastuj, Chuinj, Parkusap, Reshun, Parwak, Kuragh and Aveer. Mastuj is one of the most beautiful towns in Chitral. It is with an altitude of 2359 metres (7742 feet), starts right after the end of Baranis, Reshun, Kuragh, Buni, Aveer, Parwak, Mastuj, Chinar, Chuinj, Chapali, Kargin are the main areas of Mastuj valley.

Drive: 5-6 hrs

Activities: Cultural exploration , Sightseeing, Interaction with locals
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 23: Drive to Garam Chashma ( Hot Spring ) Valley

Leave for Garam Chashama (hot spring). On the way visit beautiful villages, with beautiful terraced fields, wild flowers, studded slopes and fruit laden trees. The last destination of Latoh valley in Chitral, which is ideal for hiking, trekking and trout fishing as well as for swimming and bathing.

Drive: 5-6 hrs

Activities: Cultural exploration , Sightseeing, Interaction with locals
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 24: Garam Chashma and Side valley Excursions

After breakfast visit further up the valley in Garam Chasham or day at leisure.

Activities: Culture, Sightseeing,
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 25: Drive to Kalash valley

Today we leave to the most exciting part of our tour is visit to Kalash Valley, the home of the Kafir-Kalash or “Wearers of the Black Robes”, a primitive pagan tribe. Their ancestry is enveloped in mystery and is the subject of controversy. A legend says that five soldiers of the legions of Alexander of Macedonia settled in Chitral and are the progenitors of the Kafir-Kalash.

The Kalash women wear black gowns of coarse cloth in summer and hand-spun wool dyed in black in winter. Their picturesque headgear is made of woolen black material decked out with cowry shells, buttons and crowned with a large colored feather.You can also visit a typical Kalash house to observe their life style and Kalasha Museum in Bumboret.

Drive: 5-6 hrs

Activities: Cultural exploration , Sightseeing, Interaction with locals
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 26: Kalash valley

Today is reserved for a local cultural exploration day. Or optionally day hike over to the other village of Kalash Valley, for our lunch we will be having packed light lunch with us with some juices and biscuits. It’s a magnificent short trek into the beautiful Birrer.

Drive: 5-6 hrs

Activities: Cultural exploration , Sightseeing, Interaction with locals
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 27: Drive to Kumrat Valley - Thal

We leave today after breakfast for Kumrat valley, one of the scenic valleys of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and a picturesque spot for travelers.

Kumrat is covered with green pastures, snow clad mountains, the river Panjkora, foggy mounds and forests are attractions of the region, which serve as habitats for variety of flora and fauna.

Our next stop will be at Sharingal, and drive onward to Thal town. Kumrat and swat vallyes are connected via a high pass between Thal & Utror.

visit the historic Tall mosque and enjoy the beauty there.

Drive: 5-6 hrs
Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing,
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 28: Kumrat Valley Excursion

Visit hike upper Kumrat valley by jeep and optional hike to katora lake and back.

Drive: 5-6 hrs
Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing,
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 29: Badawi Pass Utror - Kandol Lake -Kalam

Drive over Badawai Pass to Gabral valley, visit Kandol lake and Utror. Evening drive to Kalam.

Drive: 5-6 hrs
Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing,
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 30: Mahodand Lake Excursion

Excursion to Ushu valley and Mahodand Lake, enroute stopping at Matiltan and shifa water fall. Evening drive back to Kalam.

Drive: 5-6 hrs
Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing,
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 31: Drive to Bahrain Miandam

Drive to Miandam enroute visiting Bahrain and Chail valley scenic areas.In the afternoon enjoy hill walking in upper Miandam Valley or just relax in the lawn of your hotel and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery.

Drive: 5-6 hrs
Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing,
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 32: Drive to Malam Jabba - Murghzar - Mingora

Drive to Malam Jabba, enroute visite Jahan abad Buddha. Afternoon drive back to Mingora and visit Murghzar and Swat Museum. Visit AramPura village for local shawal etc.

Drive: 5-6 hrs
Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing,
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 33: Shangla Pass - Besham - Shogran
Day 33:  Shangla Pass - Besham - Shogran

Today after breakfast drive to scenic Shangla Pass for a scenic view and down to Alpuri valley, a picturesque northern Pakistan valley towards north east. Drive further down to Behsam and onward to Mansehra.
From Mansehra we will drive towards beautiful Balakot and Kewai. From Kewai, we will ascend on side road to beautifual hill station Shogran. Shogran is a village situated on a green plateau in the Kaghan Valley, northern Pakistan at a height of 7,749 feet or 2,362 metres above sea level.

Drive: 5-6 hrs

Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing, Interaction with locals
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 34: Sari Paya Excursion and Drive to Naran

After breakfast leave for Sari Payi by jeep or by walk/horse.Siri and paye is 6 Kilimeters away from Shogran. Siri, Paye Lake is situated near Shogran in the Kaghan Valley in Pakistan. It is situated at the height of almost 3,000 m (10,000 feet). It is surrounded by Makra Peak, Malka Parbat, Moosa da Musalla and the mountains of Kashmir.After noon back to Shogran and drive down to Kewai and onward Naran Road passing through Jareed to Shino Trout hatchery. After visiting Trout hatchery we will continue our drive to Khanian and Kaghan. After a brief visit of Kaghan village we resume our journey to Naran, summer capital of Naran Kaghan valley.

Drive: 3-4 hrs

Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing, Interaction with locals
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 35: Saiful Maluk Excrusion and Drive to Islamabad

Today we will take an hour jeep drive to famous lake Saiful muluk.Saiful Muluk is an alpine lake located at the northern end of the Kaghan Valley, at an altitude of 3,224 m (10,578 feet) above sea level it is amongst one of the highest lakes in Pakistan. There is also a similar named fictional story associated with the lake. Weather here is moderate during day time while the temperature drops to negative temperatures at night Here we may take boating, horse riding and trout fishing activity.
Afternoon drive down to Balakot. Aftter a brief stop at Balakot, drive onward to mansehra stopping at scenic points for photo ops and also in Manserha to visit Ashoka Rock Eddicts.

Mansehra Rock Edicts are fourteen edicts of the Mauryan emperor Ashoka, inscribed on rocks in Mansehra. The edicts are cut into three boulders and date back to 3rd century BC and they are written in the ancient Indic script of Gandhara culture, Kharosthi. The edicts mention aspects of Ashoka’s dharma. This site is World Heritage Sites tentative list. After Manserha rock edicts visit, we will drive to Islamabad.

Drive: 7-8 hrs

Activities: History & Culture, Sightseeing, Interaction with locals
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

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  • check-1 ACCOMMODATION:
  • check-1 Accommodation in 2-3 Star Hotel. The style of accommodation is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
  • check-1 TWIN SHARE / MULTI SHARE BASIS: Accommodation on this trip is on a twin share basis with ensuite bath (on request multi share basis). Please note there may be times in remote and far flung areas where facilities will be shared rather than ensuite and rare occasions when you share a room with passengers travelling on our different trips than your own. Some of the accommodation along the way is basic or simple, staying in local guesthouses and home stays. Some areas of Pakistan experience daily load shedding. This is where the power may be turned off at certain times of the day and usually occurs for a few hours. Most hotel properties have a restaurant or cafe serving local meals. All restaurants and hotels (except a few) do not serve alcohol for religious reasons or due to local laws.
  • check-1 SHOWERS: Showers at some hotels only have hot water at peak times (usually morning and evening). Outside of these times you may need to speak to reception to obtain hot water.
  • check-1 ROOM ISSUES: If you have any issues with your room, please speak to the hotel and your tour leader right away rather than your travel agent so that the problem can be addressed without delay.
  • check-1 CHECK-IN TIME: Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. (In Pakistan, normal check-in is at 14:00 hrs, check-out is at 12:00 hrs). This may not be always possible to manage early check-in for you; in that case you won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.
  • check-1 PRE/POST TRIP ACCOMMODATION: If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.
  • check-1 SHOWERS: Showers at some hotels only have hot water at peak times (usually morning and evening). Outside of these times you may need to speak to reception to obtain hot water.
  • check-1 ROOM ISSUES: If you have any issues with your room, please speak to the hotel and your tour leader right away rather than your travel agent so that the problem can be addressed without delay.
  • check-1 • MEALS:
  • check-1 Daily breakfast at coffee shop or restaurant at the hotel.
  • check-1 This tour offers vegetarian and special food options on request. Simply let our Customer Support team know the food option that you prefer.
  • check-1 TRANSPORT:
  • check-1 All transfers and sightseeing by an air-conditioned vehicle with a courteous experienced professional driver so you can easily sit back, relax and enjoy the tour in complete privacy. Drivers of our private vehicles are experienced with good knowledge of the road conditions and well trained. Main roads in Pakistan are usually very busy with an assortment of vehicles from the biggest trucks (who always have right of way) down to bikes (and animals!). Overtaking on blind corners at speed is common as is the total use of the horn as a form of communication. If you are uncomfortable with your driver, please always let your tour guide know immediately.
  • check-1 TRAVEL TIMES: Distances in Pakistan do not reflect the driving time and to cover hundred km may take much longer than you would expect at home, even if much of the route is on a highway. The type of vehicles provided are as follows;
  • check-1 Passenger Vehicle type
  • check-1 • 1-2 persons Air-conditioned medium car such as Toyota Corolla or similar
  • check-1 • 3-4 persons Air-conditioned large car such as Toyota MPV or similar
  • check-1 • 5-10 persons Air-conditioned mini-van such as Toyota Hiace/Commuter or similar
  • check-1 • 10-15 persons Air-conditioned mini-van such as Toyota Coaster or similar
  • check-1 GUIDE:
  • check-1 The aim of the guide is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. We provide English speaking local guides at each destination of your trip, the chosen local guide will strike a great balance between knowledgeable storytelling, humor, and giving you sufficient space and personal time to enjoy the awe-inspiring sites. Your guide will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. If you were interested in diving deeper into the local culture at a specific site, you can count on your assigned local speaking guide.
  • check-1 ADDITIONAL SERVICES:
  • check-1 Sightseeing as per the itinerary (However you have the flexibility to explore more )
  • check-1 Experienced professional English-speaking driver and guide throughout tour
  • check-1 Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • check-1 Charging facilities
  • check-1 Personal assistance by our representative & offices during arrival and departure
  • check-1 All interstate taxes, permits, parking, road tax, toll taxes and fuel charges etc are included
  • check-1 All government applicable taxes and service charges
  • check-1 All the departures are guaranteed. Even if you are a single person, the tour will still depart.
  • check-1 24 x 7 Assistance.
  • check-1 First Aid Kit
  • check-1 Letter of Invitation (LOI) and supporting documents for visa processing
  • remove PASSPORTS AND VISAS :
  • remove All travelers listed on the Participant Information form must be in possession of a valid passport and all relevant visas. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have valid travel documentation, including but not limited to passports and visas, which meet the requirements of immigration and other Government authorities at every destination. If your itinerary includes travel to any other country besides Pakistan, please check on visa requirements for each country that you will visit. Any fines, penalties, payments or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not meeting the requirements of those authorities will be your sole responsibility.
  • remove INSURANCE
  • remove Travel insurance is not covered in the tour price. You can organize travel insurance with your preferred insurance company. We recommend World Nomads, RoamRight.
  • remove FLIGHTS
  • remove The flight tickets are not included in the package cost. Once you tell us the dates of your travel, we will advise you the exact flight fare.
  • remove International flight tickets have to be booked on your own, once you book your flight tickets, please share with us your schedule so that we can arrange your smooth pick-up and drop off from airport to hotel on your arrival day and hotel to the airport on the departure day.
  • remove To enter the airport, you must have a copy of your flight ticket and passport. Schedule changes and delays do occur, especially when weather conditions make visibility poor.
  • remove OPTIONAL
  • remove If you want to upgrade Hotels or Vehicle, we can definitely do that. Please contact us for more information.
  • remove Additional Services
  • remove Monument Entrance & Camera Fee
  • remove Airport and departure taxes
  • remove Hotels- early check-in and late check-out
  • remove Cost incurred from early leaving the trip
  • remove Travel Insurance of member
  • remove Any airfare (International or Domestic)
  • remove Any mandatory Gala Dinner of any occasion
  • remove Any item of personal nature viz. Laundry
  • remove Charges, telephone bills, drinks, shopping, etc
  • remove Any items that is not mentioned under Inclusions Pre and post tour accommodation
  • remove Single supplement (Optional)
  • remove Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • remove Lunch and dinner. We make stop at clean and quality restaurant. You may dine as you wish.
  • remove Satellite phone with solar charger (can hire)
  • remove Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation/hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities
  • remove • Tips : Tipping is a common custom and we always suggest our travelers to comply. No tip is compulsory, however in case of good services rendered, it is advisable to pay by a few rupees (driver / guide)

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FAQs

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Is it possible for me to store extra clothing that i will not need?
Yes, if you have a small bag of extra clothing for when you return from the trek, you will be able to store it safely in Islamabad for the duration of the trip.
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Is there anything I need to know on visiting religious sites?
Is there anything I need to know on visiting religious sites?
Remember to dress on a little more conservatively while planning to visit religious sites. Also, you may need to take off your shoes or remove all the leather items while entering any temples and monasteries. But you need not to worry as our guide will alert you when such situation arises. Moreover, confirm that photography is allowed or not before taking any snaps. Keep in mind that some sites might not admit women or might be reserved for followers of that faith.
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Who will my guide be?
All of our guides are highly skilled experienced professionals who have been selected based on their careful judgment, local knowledge, understanding of our client's needs, patience and supportive guiding styles, and great personalities. In addition to their impressive personal achievements in the field, our guides bring a wealth of natural history, cultural anthropology and linguistic knowledge for their group's enlightenment. Our guides and staff surpass the needs of our clientele and make the trip enjoyable beyond expectations.
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Can we customize trips?
We loves to customize personal trips -- for you, your friends, or organization. Our published land costs are typically based on number of individuals, so the number in your party may affect your land costs. Just give us a call/contact us and let us know what you're interested in, and we'll do our best to Make It Happen.
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Who will be picking me up and where?
Our guide or representative will pick you up at the airport on the scheduled arrival date. We can help you arrange accommodations if you arrive earlier, and we are happy to make suggestions for transportation, restaurants and sightseeing.
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Can i request single accommodations?
All accommodations are based on double or triple occupancy. If you are traveling solo and wish to share accommodations, we will pair you with another traveler of same gender. If you request single accommodations or a roommate cannot be assigned, you will be responsible for paying the single supplement fee.
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What if i want to arrive earlier or depart later than the trip dates?
We are happy to help you arrange accommodations before and after your trip. Our area directors can recommend side excursions and restaurants for the extra time.

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Should I tip my guide?
Tipping is always a personal choice, but is greatly appreciated by your guides. Check your departure packet for details.
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Are there any restrictions for the Photography in Pakistan ?
Pakistani love to take pictures and photograph themselves !
Do not forget your camera !
Photography is a great fun in Pakistan as you will have enough sunlight most of the time. In some of the monuments one has to pay fee for the photography. Our guide will suggest you where it is worth to photograph and where not. At some of the locations photography is not allowed. It is prohibited to photograph military installations, which can include some the train stations, bridges and airports also.Do not photograph these objects otherwise your film can be confiscated.
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Reserving a trip: how quickly do the trips fill up?
There is no way to know how quickly our trips are going to fill up. Many of our trips fill up months in advance. So send in your application and a deposit as soon as you have decided which trip date you want.

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How do i sign up for a trip?
You can sign up for the trip directly on our website. To secure your place on this trip, please click on the BOOK NOW button at the side of the page, or the dates tab to the right. You will also need to have the below information to hand:
• Name as per Passport
• Home Address
• Email Address
• Telephone Number
• Date of Birth

Before you embark on your trip, it is essential that we receive your passport, travel insurance, next of kin, medical details and dietary requirements (if applicable). If you have any medical conditions to declare or are over the age of 65, you will be required to complete a medical declaration form, signed and stamped by your GP. If you don’t have all this information to hand, you can still register your place today, and then re-log into the form before you depart by using your email address and the password you create upon registration.
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What is the deposit amount to hold my space?
US$300 for scheduled trips. An application alone won’t reserve a space.
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What happens if VE has to cancel my trip?
If we cancels a trip due to any reason, you will receive a full refund.
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What is the recommended age and denomination of USD bills?
There is no specific age of USD bills, however, we recommend the guests to carry new crisp bills when traveling. All denominations are acceptable, however, it is easier if you have smaller denominations of 5’s, 10’s and 20’s.
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can I extend my trip ?
Yes – why not stay on and explore more of what Pakistan has to offer! We can request with to change your return date with the airline. Places are limited and all arrangements are subject to availability.
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How is VE able to offer such competitive prices?
Our unique style of off the beaten track, face-to-face travel is the only way to really experience a destination, but it also serves to keep the costs down. We spend your money providing an authentic experience, instead of on lavish hotels and expensive western-style meals. We pass these savings on to you with our low prices. Another thing you'll notice are the inclusions. While we don't include everything, we do throw in the major highlights of a destination, the things that everyone goes to see. On every trip page we show you the 'Included Highlights' of your trip, things that many other companies charge locally for. We leave many other activities as options, to provide you the freedom and flexibility to choose what you want to do on a daily basis.
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What should I pack ?
It will depend essentially on your destination and the season of your departure.
It all depends on your destination and season of travel. Much of Pakistan has a patchy climate: warmer in the days and cooler in the evenings. A light jacket or layering is best to accommodate the varying temperatures. Also, we suggest shoes that are comfortable for walking, including sandals and tennis shoes. A head cover may be required for women and men at certain sacred sites and places of worship.
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When is the best time to travel ?
It will depend on your destination, the season and the activities you have chosen :-)The southern zones are the good destinations in the winter months (November to March), as temperatures are mild and game viewing in the national parks will be the best options. Comparatively winter temperatures in the north may become harsh, but this is an excellent time for bird watching, as the migrant species arrive in this period.
It really depends on your destination, activities and season of travel. In much of Northern, the favored time to visit is from April – November, when the weather is most mild, while October - March is the best time to visit Southern and Central Pakistan. Our destination specialists will recommend certain travel times after learning more about your preferences.
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How is Gilgit Baltistan as a destination? Which places can we see in winter?
Gilgit Gilgit Baltistan is a beautiful destination. So much so, that one should definitely plan a visit to this cold desert as a bucket list check box. With beautiful lakes and treks to offer, Gilgit Gilgit Baltistan is a must-visit place to go to. In winter, the temperature in Gilgit Gilgit Baltistan drops down severely and becomes even more picturesque. One can visit the frozen lakes, if not the Baltoro trek, one can do the trek on the Shigar, Khaplu valleys, visit Gilgit Gilgit Baltistani festivals that help you interact with the locals as well.
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How should i travel around in pakistan ?
The best way to travel within Pakistan is to travel by road as this offers you an opportunity to have a glimpse of real PAKISTAN as you can visit en-route villages and small forts at your own pace which is not possible by air or by train.
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Do you have experienced guides in different cities of pakistan ?
We have English speaking guides all over PAKISTAN. At many places , we also have french , German , Spanish ,Italian and Japenese and other language speaking guides. We can also provide accompanying foreign language speaking tourist guides for individuals and groups. The availability of foreign language speaking guides can be confirmed at the time of reservation.
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who will i meet on my arrival in pakistan ?
You will be greeted by our representative at airport on your arrival. He shall be holding a placard of your name for identification. We shall also provide you list of emergency 24 hours contact numbers for any emergency.
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Is the country safe to travel?
Pakistan is as secure as any other foreign location you visit for the first time. Pakistani people are very hospitable and helpful people. Moreover, we will be there to take care of you in every step of your way and to instruct certain basic precautions. Like it is a very good idea to lock away your spare currency, traveler’s cheques, passports and precious jewellery in the hotel safe. Moreover, be aware while walking around alone at late night, particularly in the deserted areas or small towns because everything closes early. If possible, avoid travelling late night and never leave your luggage unattended at the airport or train station.
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Do I need a visa to travel to Pakistan?
This must be obtained before arrival and we recommend that you contact your local Pakistani embassy or consulate when planning your trip.
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What is a customized itinerary?
In brief a customized itinerary is an itinerary prepared according to your personal needs. After all, you would have requested this to us as part of the process of customization. Your specific interest, preferences and needs are weighted with our knowledge of logistics and highlights of the area.
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What currency is used in Pakistan and where can I exchange money?
The Pakistann currency is the rupee, which is made of 100 paisa. Major currencies such as US dollars, British pounds and Euros are easily exchanged throughout Pakistan. Most international airports of the country have the money exchange counters, and also some selected larger hotels and resorts have this facility to their customer.
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Can I use my credit card in Pakistan?
Of course the most regularly used cards are Visa and MasterCard, but neither American Express nor Dinner’s Club are broadly accepted in Pakistan. While you are going out of the main cities to the small places, it is recommended that you carry enough Pakistann currency for purchasing and tipping purpose.
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Where can I find an ATM in Pakistan?
ATMs linked to the international networks are situated in the main cities, as well as an increasing number of the smaller towns. But, make sure that you have a four-digit PIN code for your card, as Pakistann ATMs require this.
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What is the electricity supply in Pakistan and what plugs are used?
The electricity supply is 230 – 240 volt, with three round pin plugs. Most western visitors will require an adaptor. If you plan to travel a lot in the future, it is better to get a combination voltage converter and a plug adapter.
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Will I be able to access the internet?
Internet connections are available in the most part and places of Pakistan and are reasonably fast, except in some more remote rural areas. Wi-Fi access is accessible at most good hotels and growing number of cafés in the larger cities.
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Is Pakistan a good destination for family traveler?
With its many diverse landscapes and attractions, Pakistan is an admirable destination for the family traveler. Some of the good options are beach holidays and wildlife adventures in the national parks, while many monuments have sight and light shows that will capture children’s imagination. For teenagers, the many outdoor activities, such as camel safari and trekking, are an illustrative card. Without the second thinking, the big challenge for families travelling in this country might be the distances that need to be covered between cities. Air travel and railway journeys are usually the most comfortable forms of traveling, and are strongly recommended to those with the young children.
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How clean are the hotels?
Pakistan's five and four star hotels are pretty much like any high quality western hotel and many of them are the western hotel chains. But then the quality drops dramatically to three star hotels.
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What kind of food will I be able to eat in Pakistan?
Pakistani cuisine has several variations, with each region famous for its own techniques, ingredients and spices. In northern regions, meat dishes are very popular, which are usually made with chicken, mutton or lamb whereas in southern part vegetarian cuisine is most favored. In addition, seafood is also readily available, particularly at the coast. While Pakistani cuisine tends to be spicy, most restaurants will gladly prepare a milder variation of the meals on the request of their customer.
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Is the tap water safe to drink in Pakistan?
It’s best to avoid drinking the tap water. Bottled water is easily available, but it’s a good idea to check that the seal on the bottle is undamaged or not before you purchase it. In every area for the tourists packed bottled water is recommended. Though, local brands are also available but it's recommended to use the some popular and major brands like Nestle, Aquafina and Kinley to save you from the unwelcomed problem.
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Should i wear closed in shoes to protect my feet from dirt & germs?
In the cooler months, you may want to have closed in shoes because it is cold. In the warmer weather and areas, you will probably be more comfortable in open sandals or slip-off shoes. Additionally, you will likely find that you need to take your shoes off regularly when going into mosques/shops/temples etc and slip offs are quick and easy.

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