Hindukush Passes Pastures Lakes Trek

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24 days, 24 nights

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About this tour

Hindukush Passes Pastures Lakes Trek

This Hindukush Passes Pastures Lakes trek in a small group is the opportunity to go on an adventure on an unbeaten path in a small corner of paradise, very little known to rest of the world.
Our gathering in Swat gives us time to discover the town and the surroundings, to get introduced to each other and to the local culture.
An exploratory day in the village of Arampur, in the Swat valley will give us time to appreciate the pace of life in the countryside and to exchange with our hosts.

Starting from Matiltan, we will slowly climb upto Kachikhani Pass and then down to Laspur village, then starting again to climb from Yarkhun valley, passing the remote villages and valleys, to culminate on high altitude passes scattered with multiple lakes. following shepherd summer trail and joins a village close to Zhudkhun in Chapurson valley Gojal Hunza.

We will minimize our impact on the way and maximize our immersion in the wilderness.

Hindukush Passes Pastures Lakes Trek Departure Dates 

2024 Departures

April:    20th,  

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

 

2025 Departures

April:    20th,  

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

 

2026 Departures

April:    20th,  

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

 

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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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Highlights

  • Walk on a brand new itinerary in the Hindukush, Staring from Kalam Swat to Mastuj Chitral and Pamirs – no other traveler on this !
  • learn about the pastoral life, along livestock’s paths and shepherds’ camps
  • discover high altitude pass, lakes and very mineral area where small lakes are scattered all across
  • Stay in a small group to explore this wilderness area and live an adventure
  • progressive acclimatization to reach 4500 meters and more
  • meet with locals in Swat and stay for the night in a traditional Wakhi house
  • you may want to combine this trek with another trek in the area
  • Visit the multicultural Karakoram Highway (KKH)
  • Enjoy traditional Pakistani cuisine
  • Explore the valleys and glaciers, waterfall andlakes
  • Experience local life at Villages
  • Fall in love with the sights, sounds and tastes of Pakistan
  • 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.

Included/Excluded

  • ACCOMMODATION:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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-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.
  • 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.
  • • MEALS:
  • Daily breakfast at coffee shop or restaurant at the hotel.
  • This tour offers vegetarian and special food options on request. Simply let our Customer Support team know the food option that you prefer.
  • TRANSPORT:
  • 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.
  • 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;
  • Passenger Vehicle type
  • • 1-2 persons Air-conditioned medium car such as Toyota Corolla or similar
  • • 3-4 persons Air-conditioned large car such as Toyota MPV or similar
  • • 5-10 persons Air-conditioned mini-van such as Toyota Hiace/Commuter or similar
  • • 10-15 persons Air-conditioned mini-van such as Toyota Coaster or similar
  • GUIDE:
  • 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.
  • ADDITIONAL SERVICES:
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary (However you have the flexibility to explore more )
  • Experienced professional English-speaking driver and guide throughout tour
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Charging facilities
  • Personal assistance by our representative & offices during arrival and departure
  • All interstate taxes, permits, parking, road tax, toll taxes and fuel charges etc are included
  • All government applicable taxes and service charges
  • All the departures are guaranteed. Even if you are a single person, the tour will still depart.
  • 24 x 7 Assistance.
  • First Aid Kit
  • Letter of Invitation (LOI) and supporting documents for visa processing
  • PASSPORTS AND VISAS :
  • 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.
  • INSURANCE
  • Travel insurance is not covered in the tour price. You can organize travel insurance with your preferred insurance company. We recommend World Nomads, RoamRight.
  • FLIGHTS
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • OPTIONAL
  • If you want to upgrade Hotels or Vehicle, we can definitely do that. Please contact us for more information.
  • Additional Services
  • Monument Entrance & Camera Fee
  • Airport and departure taxes
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip
  • Travel Insurance of member
  • Any airfare (International or Domestic)
  • Any mandatory Gala Dinner of any occasion
  • Any item of personal nature viz. Laundry
  • Charges, telephone bills, drinks, shopping, etc
  • Any items that is not mentioned under Inclusions Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Single supplement (Optional)
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner. We make stop at clean and quality restaurant. You may dine as you wish.
  • Satellite phone with solar charger (can hire)
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation/hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities
  • • 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)

Itinerary

One of our staff will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel. Today either you can relax or (depending upon your arrival time) you can enjoy an exploratory walk in he old part of Islamabad; wander past the vegetable and spice markets in Rawalpindi, beautifully carved old houses and trucks, cows pestering the vegetable vendors, catch traditional craftsmen at work in silver and gold bazaars .You will then continue on to Islamabad – visit Faisal Mosque and Islamabad view point. Drive: 5-6 hrs Activities: Cultural exploration, Sightseeing, Interaction with locals Meals provided: None Accommodation: Hotel

After breakfast, we will start our journey towards Taxila,” The World Oldest Existing City”, 32 kilometers from Islamabad spanning a rich history from 516 B.C to 600 A.D. In the 6th century B.C, the Achaemenians of Persia made it the Gandharan capital. Alexander the Great paused here en route from Swat. Situated strategically on a branch of the Silk Road, Taxila linked China to the West, Taxila reached its apogee between the 1st and 5th centuries. It is now one of the most important archaeological sites in Asia. The ruins of the four settlement sites at Taxila reveal the pattern of urban evolution on the Indian subcontinent through more than five centuries. The Mauryan emperor Ashoka, a patron of Buddhism, built a university here in 2nd century B.C biggest of its time in the world, to which pilgrims and scholars came from all over Asia. It requires two days to explore this richest archaeological sites of Asia but we will spent one day to view its excellent museum houses one of the best collections of Gandharan Buddhist in the world. Most of the archaeological sites of Taxila (600 BC to 500 AD) are located around Taxila Museum. For over the thousand years, Taxila remained famous as a center of learning Gandhara art of Sculpture, architecture, education, and Buddhism in the days of Buddhist glory. There are over 50 archaeological sites scattered in a radius of 30 kms around Taxila. Some of the most important sites are: Dhamarajika Stupa and Monastery (300 BC 200 AD), Bhir Mound (600-200 BC), Sirkap (200 BC 600 AD), Jandial Temple (c.250 BC) and Julian Monastery (200- 600 AD). One of these sites, the Bihr mound, is associated with the historic event of the triumphant entry of Alexander the Great into Taxila. The archaeological sites of Saraikala, Bhir, Sirkap, and Sirsukh are collectively of unique importance in illustrating the evolution of urban settlement on the Indian subcontinent. The prehistoric mound of Saraikala represents the earliest settlement of Taxila, with evidence of Neolithic, Bronze Age, and Iron Age occupation. The Bhir mound is the earliest historic city of Taxila, and was probably founded in the 6th century BC by the Achaemenians. Its stone walls, house foundations, and winding streets represent the earliest forms of urbanization on the subcontinent. Bihr is also associated with Alexander the Great’s triumphant entry into Taxila in 326 BC. Sirkap was a fortified city founded during the mid-2nd century BC. The many private houses, stupas, and temples were laid out on the Hellenistic grid system and show the strong Western classical influence on local architecture. The city was destroyed in the 1st century by the Kushans, a Central Asian tribe. To the north, excavations of the ruins of the Kushan city of Sirsukh have brought to light an irregular rectangle of walls in ashlar masonry, with rounded bastions. These walls attest to the early influence of Central Asian architectural forms on those of the subcontinent. The Taxila serial site also includes Khanpur cave, which has produced stratified microlithic tools of the Mesolithic period, and a number of Buddhist monasteries and stupas of various periods. Buddhist monuments erected throughout the Taxila valley transformed it into a religious heartland and a destination for pilgrims from as far afield as Central Asia and China. Other Buddhist archaeological sites at Taxila include the Khader Mohra grouping, the Kalawan grouping, the Giri monasteries, the Kunala stupa and monastery, the Jandial complex, the Lalchack and the Badalpur stupa remains and monasteries, the Pipplian and the Bahalar stupa and remains. After Taxila we will leave for Swat, a picturesque northern Pakistan valley towards north east. It has a rich historical past, too. The “Udayana” (Golden) of the ancient Hindu epics; the land of enthralling beauty, where Alexander of Macedonia fought and won some of his major battles before crossing over the plans of Pakistan. This is the “valley of hanging chains” described by the famous Chinese pilgrim chronices, Huain Tsang and Fa-Hian in the fifth and sixth centuries. Swat was also the historical land where the Muslim conquerors, Mahmud Ghaznavi, Babar and Akbar fought their battles preparatory to conquest of South Asia. En route we visit the Bala Hisar mound at a distance of 28 kilometers dating back to 2500 years old and the capital of Gandhara from sixth century B.C to second century A.D. According to Herodotus , the Greek historian writing in about 460 B.C Darius sent the explorer Scylax of Caryanda to sail down from here and find the sea. Gandhara remained with Achaemenid Empire for next 200 years until its overthrow by Alexander the Great in the fourth century B.C. Our next stop will be at Takht e Bahi Buddhist monastery of first century A.D. It has 38 votive stupas and the largest statues must have been 33 feet high donated by rich pilgrims, supposed to enshrine the ashes of Lord Buddha and surrounded by the chapels. Then we will see the cells of Monks in the Monastery Court. These cells are believed to be originally plastered and painted in different colours. The next part of our journey is to Chakdara passing through the Malakand Pass. Photo stop at the top of this pass will allow admire superb panoramic views over the valley. There is also a Fort built by the British. There are also a few Churchill Piquets all along the Pass. These security check posts were used by the British army to watch the movements of local Pathan tribes who fought against them. Despite the heavy fights that lasted years, the British army never succeeded in defeating local tribes who posed them fierce resistance. In fact, British controlled the whole sub­continent except this zone which is now known as Khyber Pakhtoonkhaw. Next is Chakdara Fort, which was built by Emperor Akbar in 16th century and now in use of Army. Next is Chakdara Fort, which was built by Emperor Akbar in 16th century and now in use of Army. We will be in Kalam valley by evening for overnight stay. Drive: 6-7 hrs Activities: Cultural exploration, Sightseeing, Interaction with locals Meals provided: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel

We will ride jeep for Matiltan (2300m) and then onward trekking through the summer settlements and a spectacular waterfall to Dishay, an ideal place for camping. Time: 03-04 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3260 M Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Today after breakfast start trek to Kachikhani which will follow the Ushu River northwest through birch woods to Jungri, a summer settlement with stone huts overlooking a flat green pasture. Time: 03-04 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3210 M Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Today we will trek through Loi Pangal settlement to Itichir. Time: 03-04 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3500 M Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Mobile Camp

We will climb two more steps with views all the way back to Diwangar and up to the snow field below Dardili Pass. Time: 03-04 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3710 M Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Mobile Camp

We will walk through a wide pasture with the river flowing round the north side. Trek: 2 hours, climb 200m, altitude 3900m (Tent) Time: 03-04 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3900 M Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Today we will start earlier to cross the Kachikhani Pass which will be the top adventure of this tour. Time: 09-10 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 4766 M Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Mobile Camp

After breakfast resume trek to Bashkar Super Camp. Time: 06-07 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3360 M Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Mobile Camp

After breakfast we will walk down to Sor Laspur and from there we will ride jeep to Mastuj Chitral. Time: 03-04 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3260 M Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Hotel

Drive Through Yarkhun valley to Lasht village. Time: 03-04 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3048 M Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Trek through a narrow valley with good side views of glaciers to Wakhi settlement Kishmanja. Time: 04-05 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3300 M Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Trek to Ishkarwarz on the Boroghil pass. Camp beyond the pass, which lies on the border between Pakistan & Afghanistan. The Oxus river beyond which lies the Pamirs of Tajikistan is only 30 miles from here. Time: 03-04 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3600 M Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Trek to the Wakhi summer settlement of Qui Quildi. Time: 03-04 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3900 M Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Trek to Kurambar lake (4300m) one of the most beautiful high altitude lakes in the area camp. Time: 05-06 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 4300 M Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Trek through Shuinj summer pastures & Chatoboi Glacier to Sukhtarabad. Time: 03-04 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3420 M Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Trek to Chillinji Jungle 3450m. it is gentle climbing through the alpine forest and nature spring’s night at Jungle. Time: 05-06 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3450 M Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Mobile Camp

After breakfast We start gentle climbing towards the high camp. Time: 05-06 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 4600 M Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Trek from High camp to Beyatot via Chillinji pass 5160 meters. we start in the early morning to climb the pass zig zag to the top. It is has excellent views of heigh mountains of Hindukush, Karakoram ranges. From here we start descending from the pass towards Beyatot. Time: 07-08 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 5160 M Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Trek down to Baba Ghundi Chupursen village. While descending you can see Sheep’s Goats and summer house. Baba Ghundi is the place where sporadically from June to September, Kyrgyz traders from Afghanistan who traditionally cross the Irshad Pass with horses, yaks and sheep to trade with the Chapursan villagers. Beyond Zood Khun is the mystical and holy Baba Ghundi Ziarat, a shrine to a Sufi saint said to have miraculous powers, and a popular pilgrimage site. The shrine is surrounded by meadows which host herds of sheep in summer. By the evening we will reach to Zoohkhun village in Chapurson vilage. Time: 08-09 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3500 M Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Mobile Camp/Guest House

Drive to Hunza through scenic Chapurson valley to Sost town. From there drive on KKH to Hunza, enroute visting Passue glacier, Borith lake, Hussinain Suspension Bridge, Attabad lake, Gulmit villages. Drive: 05-06 hrs Activities: Cultural exploration , Sightseeing, Interaction with locals Meals provided: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel

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: 1-2 hrs Activities: Cultural exploration , Sightseeing, Interaction with locals Meals provided: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel

After breakfast drive on Karakoram Highway to Gilgit. Visit Gilgit suspension bridge and old town. then drive onKKH to Juglot where three greatest mountain ranges of the world meets. After a brief stop here, drive to Chilas and onward to Behsam or Naran. Drive: 8-9 hrs Activities: Cultural exploration, Sightseeing, Interaction with locals Meals provided: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel

After breakfast, we will start our journey towards Taxila,” The World Oldest Existing City”, 32 kilometers from Islamabad spanning a rich history from 516 B.C to 600 A.D. In the 6th century B.C, the Achaemenians of Persia made it the Gandharan capital. Alexander the Great paused here en route from Swat. Situated strategically on a branch of the Silk Road, Taxila linked China to the West, Taxila reached its apogee between the 1st and 5th centuries. It is now one of the most important archaeological sites in Asia. The ruins of the four settlement sites at Taxila reveal the pattern of urban evolution on the Indian subcontinent through more than five centuries. The Mauryan emperor Ashoka, a patron of Buddhism, built a university here in 2nd century B.C biggest of its time in the world, to which pilgrims and scholars came from all over Asia. It requires two days to explore this richest archaeological sites of Asia but we will spent one day to view its excellent museum houses one of the best collections of Gandharan Buddhist in the world. Most of the archaeological sites of Taxila (600 BC to 500 AD) are located around Taxila Museum. For over the thousand years, Taxila remained famous as a center of learning Gandhara art of Sculpture, architecture, education, and Buddhism in the days of Buddhist glory. There are over 50 archaeological sites scattered in a radius of 30 kms around Taxila. Some of the most important sites are: Dhamarajika Stupa and Monastery (300 BC 200 AD), Bhir Mound (600-200 BC), Sirkap (200 BC 600 AD), Jandial Temple (c.250 BC) and Julian Monastery (200- 600 AD). One of these sites, the Bihr mound, is associated with the historic event of the triumphant entry of Alexander the Great into Taxila. The archaeological sites of Saraikala, Bhir, Sirkap, and Sirsukh are collectively of unique importance in illustrating the evolution of urban settlement on the Indian subcontinent. The prehistoric mound of Saraikala represents the earliest settlement of Taxila, with evidence of Neolithic, Bronze Age, and Iron Age occupation. The Bhir mound is the earliest historic city of Taxila, and was probably founded in the 6th century BC by the Achaemenians. Its stone walls, house foundations, and winding streets represent the earliest forms of urbanization on the subcontinent. Bihr is also associated with Alexander the Great’s triumphant entry into Taxila in 326 BC. Sirkap was a fortified city founded during the mid-2nd century BC. The many private houses, stupas, and temples were laid out on the Hellenistic grid system and show the strong Western classical influence on local architecture. The city was destroyed in the 1st century by the Kushans, a Central Asian tribe. To the north, excavations of the ruins of the Kushan city of Sirsukh have brought to light an irregular rectangle of walls in ashlar masonry, with rounded bastions. These walls attest to the early influence of Central Asian architectural forms on those of the subcontinent. The Taxila serial site also includes Khanpur cave, which has produced stratified microlithic tools of the Mesolithic period, and a number of Buddhist monasteries and stupas of various periods. Buddhist monuments erected throughout the Taxila valley transformed it into a religious heartland and a destination for pilgrims from as far afield as Central Asia and China. Other Buddhist archaeological sites at Taxila include the Khader Mohra grouping, the Kalawan grouping, the Giri monasteries, the Kunala stupa and monastery, the Jandial complex, the Lalchack and the Badalpur stupa remains and monasteries, the Pipplian and the Bahalar stupa and remains. After Taxila transfer to Airport for onward flight out of country.";}} Edit Edit Copy Copy Delete Delete 101088 15197 tours_program a:24:{i:29;a:3:{s:5:"title";s:45:"Day 01: Arrival in Islamabad, Meet and Greet ";s:5:"image";s:73:"https://vepakistan.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Islamabad-view-1-3-7.jpg";s:4:"desc";s:630:"One of our staff will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel. Today either you can relax or (depending upon your arrival time) you can enjoy an exploratory walk in he old part of Islamabad; wander past the vegetable and spice markets in Rawalpindi, beautifully carved old houses and trucks, cows pestering the vegetable vendors, catch traditional craftsmen at work in silver and gold bazaars .You will then continue on to Islamabad – visit Faisal Mosque and Islamabad view point. Drive: 5-6 hrs Activities: Cultural exploration, Sightseeing, Interaction with locals Meals provided: None Accommodation: Hotel

Frequently asked questions

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.

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.

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.

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 international guides and staff surpass the needs of our clientele and make the trip enjoyable beyond expectations.

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.

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.

This must be obtained before arrival and we recommend that you contact your local Pakistani embassy or consulate when planning your trip.

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.

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 or Skardu for the duration of the trip.

What do i need to bring? A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your trip will be sent to you in a dossier. Every year, after assessing feedback from our clients and guides, we review and update our lists so they are as complete and up-to-date as possible. Every list has a description of each item, however feel free to call us if you have questions or need help locating any of the items on the list. It is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

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.

Pakistani people 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.

Tipping is always a personal choice, but is greatly appreciated by your guides. Check your departure packet for details.

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.

US$300 for scheduled trips. An application alone won’t reserve a space.

If we cancels a trip due to any reason, you will receive a full refund.

The incidence of personal violent crime is certainly almost none despite sensational headlines and occasional saber rattling. The Karakorum region is known for centuries of peaceful coexistence. The incidence of personal violent crime is certainly almost none than in anywhere in the world despite sensational headlines and occasional saber rattling. The Karakorum region is known for centuries of peaceful coexistence. we have continued to operate trips in the region each year and we are confident that these regions remains one of the most beautiful, compelling and welcoming places on earth. The major concentrations of troubles are in the western parts of Pakistan and 100s of miles to the Islamabad. Their major concentrations are in areas which have had little or no tourism (investment, hard currency, etc) which is one of the reasons that their message has played well in these very poor districts. By comparison, the K2 Region is a very well and worldly part of Pakistan. That said, whenever you travel in Pakistan (or anywhere in the world for that matter), you should definitely use personal caution. We avoid any known dangerous situations. We monitor political situations posted by the government Office and ground reports from our staff and network of contacts. As when traveling in any region, make sure to keep an eye on your possessions and take certain common-sense measures to prevent theft or dangerous situations. The first rule of trekking K2 Base Camp is to step to the wall side when you meet a mule, since otherwise you can be knocked off the edge. The main danger for most people doing the straight-in, straight-out route is altitude sickness(AKA Acute Mountain Sickness or AMS). For most people, this can be avoided by sleeping no more than 300 metres higher than you did the night before and taking an acclimatisation day every 1000 metres. Serious AMS is more common in folk doing group tours than in independent trekkers. Other common injuries are twisted ankles and sprains. Rock falls, moraine and glacier crossings add significant risk to longer treks involving crossing high passes such as the Gondogoro-La. As always, it’s unwise to trek solo in case you fall and can’t extricate yourself: Do note, that it is illegal to trek solo.

Pakistani tap water is not safe to drink. Bring water purifying tablets or a water purifying stickto save money and the environment. Note that at higher elevations during the coldest times of year the water will freeze, so you’ll need to use boiled water.Buy a decent thermos flask or plastic water container, so that you can top up with hot, boiled water at the beginning of the day – starting with hot water will stop it freezing.

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.

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.

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.

istann 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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2 Group 5-8 Adult 5 8 15%
3 Group 9-12 Adult 9 12 20%
4 Group 13-16 Adult 16 25%

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