Historical Lahore Majestic Northern Pakistan Autumn Journey

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Duration

16 Days, 15 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

1 person

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About this tour

Incredible Scenery

From the Karakoram, Hindukush & Himalayas to the lush waters of the South

Rich History

One of the world's oldest civilisations

Architecture

Marvel at the Royal Forts and grand palaces

Wildlife

Home to snow leopards, brown bears and more

Delicious Food

Enjoy the rich flavours and spices

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  • Explore Lahore’s rich cultural heritage in perfect weather
  • Discover Islamabad’s modern architecture and serene landscapes
  • Marvel at the pristine beauty of Upper and Lower Kachura Lakes
  • Experience the unique Cold Desert and Katpana Desert
  • Visit the stunning Manthokha Waterfall and historic Khaplu
  • Journey to the enchanting Shigar Fort and Satpara Lake
  • Witness the mystical Buddha Rock and Kharpocho Fort
  • Traverse the incredible Deosai National Park and Sheosar Lake
  • Explore the scenic Rupal Valley and Nanga Parbat’s south face
  • Admire the tranquil Rama Lake and vibrant Gilgit
  • Stand in awe of Rakaposhi, Attabad Lake, and Hussaini Bridge
  • Trek to the majestic Passu Cones and Borith Lake
  • Discover the cultural gems of Karimabad, including Baltit Fort and Duikar
  • Cross the Khunjerab Pass into the Khunjerab National Park
  • Revel in the beauty of Naltar Valley
  • Step back in time at the ancient ruins of Taxila

Historical Lahore Majestic Northern Pakistan Autumn Journey

Embark on an unforgettable Historical Lahore Majestic Northern Pakistan Autumn Journey through the cultural and natural wonders of Northern Pakistan. This meticulously crafted tour takes you from the historic streets of Lahore to the bustling capital of Islamabad, and then to the breathtaking landscapes of Skardu and beyond. October is the perfect time to visit, with pleasant weather and vibrant autumn colors enhancing the beauty of each destination. Explore serene lakes, majestic mountains, ancient forts, and vibrant valleys on this adventure of a lifetime.

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Trip Information

Trip Information

Arrival and Departure Information
  • When you arrive in, a VE representative will be waiting for you outside the arrivals hall with either a VE sign or one bearing your name. If you don’t see them immediately, please be patient and stay in the arrivals area. They may be assisting another traveler and will be back shortly.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included. Travelers who purchase their own flights, and who’ll arrive and depart from the same airports on the same travel days as their fellow group members, may request transfers with VE Tours for an additional cost.
Tour Pacing

Tour pacing considers how often you’ll switch hotels, what you’ll do each day, and how you’ll get from place to place. You can expect:

  • Most days and evenings to be full of included activities.
  • Most transportation to be by private car, SUV or motor coach.
  • Daily bus time to vary and occasionally be lengthy.

 

Walking, Terrain & Physical Considerations
  • Travelers should be prepared to walk 1–2 kilometers each day on city streets, cobblestone roads, and uneven stone and dirt paths.
  • Stone pathways and archaeological sites can become slick when wet.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance.
Climate Considerations

Weather conditions can vary significantly throughout your journey. In the Northern mountains, where elevations exceed 3,000 meters, even during mid-summer, the weather can become harsh with occasional snow flurries. Islamabad and the plains generally experience higher temperatures compared to the mountains. During autumn, the weather is usually pleasant, featuring warm days and cooler nights as you ascend higher. However, early snowfall in autumn can bring chilly temperatures, particularly during the night, so it’s important to be prepared.

Meals  and Cuisine

  • This tour includes all lunches and  dinners for Gold and Diamond package. They may be set menus, buffets, or family-style meals, depending on the location. Meals also include  water, coffee, and tea.
  • A hotel breakfast is included each morning in all pacakges.
  • While meat-free options abound in the country, Pakistan’s known for flavorful meat dishes like Karahi, kebab (a mixture of meats and seasonings, skewered and grilled) and biryani (a hearty serving of rice, meat, and spices). 
  • Meals are usually served with rice or a variety of breads, such as unleavened roti and famous, flat naan.

Accommodations

  • We handpick every hotel you’ll stay at, striking a balance between comfort, location, and local charm.
  • Specific properties will vary based on your chosen package, departure date, but are typically guesthouses and two to five-star hotels, always include private bathrooms, and usually have in-room safes for valuables. Additionally, your hotels will have Wi-Fi, but access may be limited to common areas. Also, there may not be elevators.
  • Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that your accommodations will have laundry services or facilities. 

Power cuts and internet outages are common in Gilgit Baltistan and you should be prepared for the possibility of this.

Solo Travel and Single Supplements

At our company, a significant portion, approximately 80%, of our clients are solo travelers, so the likelihood of you being alone on your journey is minimal.

Our pricing structure is typically based on twin-share accommodations. However, it’s important to note that single supplements are not mandatory for any of our tours. If you prefer not to pay for a single supplement, we will arrange for you to share accommodations with another solo traveler of the same gender throughout the duration of the trip.

If you choose to pay for a single supplement on this particular trip, please be aware that it will cover you for all nights of the tour except for accommodations at the local guest houses.

It’s worth mentioning that paying for a single supplement ensures you have sole occupancy of a single room. While these rooms are generally of similar size to double/twin rooms, there may be instances where they are slightly smaller.

We strive to accommodate all our travelers’ preferences and ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone, whether traveling solo or with companions.

Transport

This tour utilizes various modes of transportation, including, planes, cars, rickshaws, and 4×4, jeeps or land cruisers.

All our group transfers between locations will be taken in a privatized well  maintained vehicle.

Key Considerations

Vertical Explorers emphasizes that this tour is suitable for individuals in good health, with an adventurous spirit and an open mindset, as many activities are optional. Please be aware of steep walks in valleys. Additionally, note that some driving days are extended due to road conditions rather than distance.

Please be informed that administrative and security requirements in Pakistan can change suddenly, impacting the itinerary. Visitors must remain flexible, understanding that overnight stops and itinerary details may change. Some journeys may be lengthy due to road conditions and security arrangements.

Guide & Supporting Team

For the full duration of your trip you will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking guide.

  • Your tour guide will lead your group. Their role is not only to provide information and context on the destinations you visit, but also to confirm services, coordinate inclusions, prepare each day’s activities, and support travelers while on tour. As such, they must focus on the success of the group, and can’t provide individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • During the trek, your guide will be assisted by our local support team which will include an assistant guide, driver, cook and porters.

On-Tour Support

During your Tour in Pakistan, one of the invaluable benefits we offer is access to our 24/7 Emergency Support Team. With our extensive network of regional offices and comprehensive risk management guidelines, this dedicated team is equipped to anticipate and address on-tour challenges in a flexible and proactive manner.

Through rigorous training, incident response planning, and decades of experience, our On-Tour Support team is prepared to assist travelers and Tour Guides in various scenarios, ranging from personal health concerns and injuries to unforeseen events. Their expertise extends to coordinating with outside specialists and collaborating with local and international authorities as necessary, ensuring a comprehensive approach to handling emergencies.

Moreover, our team is committed to facilitating communication between travelers and their families in case of emergencies, whether they occur on the road or back home. You can rest assured that our On-Tour Support will be there to provide additional support and assistance throughout your Vertical Explorers Tour, prioritizing your safety and peace of mind at all times.

Time Zones

Pakistan is 5 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and 10 hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET). The country does not observe daylight saving time.

Getting There

You will need to arrive at Islamabad International Airport, Airport code (code ISB) on day 1 of your itinerary. If you would prefer to arrive a few days earlier, we would be happy to book additional hotel accommodation for you on request.

In order to reach Gilgit/Skardu, it is necessary to fly first to Islamabad and then take a domestic flight up to Gilgit/Skardu or travel on KKH /or Naran( only in summer months) to reach there.

 There are multiple routes for travelers from Europe, East Asia, Austraila and the USA to reach Pakistan.

The primary gateway is Islamabad International Airport. Numerous airlines operate flights to Islamabad via the Middle East, with Qatar Airways, Gulf Air, Turkish Airline, Batik, Thai and Emirates being prominent options. These carriers offer daily flights with layovers at their respective hubs. However, it’s essential to scrutinize layover durations, as some can be considerably lengthy. Qatar Airways typically offers the shortest layovers, particularly at Doha.

Those coming from China can fly to Kashgar and enter Pakistan by road via Khunjerab pass to Pakistan and from India via only Wagha border between Lahore and Amritsar.

In summary, travelers have several flight options to reach Islamabad from Europe and the USA, with layovers in the Middle East or via Bankok. Careful consideration of layover duration and airline reputations can contribute to a smoother travel experience, particularly for those embarking on this trip in Pakistan.

Domestic flights from Islamabad to Skardu/Gilgit depart in the mornings and take roughly 1 hour. Remember that if you book your international and domestic flight separately, you will need to collect your luggage and check in again for your domestic flight. Be sure to allow enough time for this in between flights!

There are only two domestic airlines providing flights to Skardu /Gilgit PIA and Air blue from Islamabad to Skardu.

Most flights depart between 6am and 11am daily.

On arrival at the airport, once you have collected your luggage, please look out for a member of our local team in the arrivals area. They will then travel with you via a car to our hotel. 

There are only two airports in Gilgit Baltistan.

But there is a daily flight from Islamabad whole year but subject to weather.

Almost all routes to Gilgit and Skardu require a layover in Islamabad, and often due to flight times, an overnight. Also flying in and out of this airport can be hair-raising, due to its geographical location high in the mountains.

Flights can only  depart  during the day when visibility is clear and the weather is favorable, so flight delays and cancellations are common.

Fly to Islamabad

Flights to Islamabad International Airport in Islamabad operate regularly from many around the world and it is easy to find direct flights. If you are coming from outside of Pakistan, you are definitely stopping in Islamabad before heading to Skardu/ Gilgit. You  will need to go through Immigration and Customs and will need to retrieve your luggage even if your flight to Skardu/Gilgit is  immediately afterwards.

If your flight lands in Islamabad after 9 AM , you will need to spend the evening in Islamabad. We recommend heading to the Islamabad city which takes about 35 minutes by taxi as there is no hotel close to airport.

From Islamabad to Skardu/Gilgit

From Islamabad, nonstop flights from Islamabad to Skardu or Gilgit Airport cost anywhere from $100 to $200 and run every day of the week. The flight is only 50 minutes long. We do recommend booking few weeks before departure as there is a high demand  and low supply. They seem to cancel flights less often and have more options if you need to move your flight.

Another way to get there from Islamabad is by the road.

Hop on a bus from Rawalpindi Pirwadah Bus station to Skardu or Gilgit. There are many buses leaving to Skardu and Gilgit each day on KKH.

Cross Border (Khunjerab Pass) From China

Crossing Khunjerab Pass from Tashkurgan, China to Pakistan (From April to November –

Monday -Friday  except Holidays)

To do this crossing from China, you have to have your visa for Pakistan  in advance by online or through the embassy consulate in your country. https://vepakistan.com/pakistan-visa-information/ you cannot get a Visa in Tashkurgan or Kashgar for Pakistan.

Also, there is no stop to purchase food/snacks/drinks along the way (Tashkurgan to Sost); so ensure that you take enough snacks /food/drink with you to last you this 4+hr drive You can to take a local bus to make this crossing. You can take a private car, higher in prices to bus but smoother  and quicker. The bus that goes from China to Pakistan is run by the Xinjiang Province Govt; whereas the bus from Pakistan to China is run by NATCO, a Pakistani govt service. The bus tickets cannot be bought in advance. You can only purchase them on the day of travel. The purchase of the  bus ticket and the start of the bus route for this border crossing bus is NOT at the bus stop in Tashkurgan town. Instead, go to the  Customs/ Immigration building on the outskirts of Tashkurgan (towards Pakistan, about 2km outside Tashkurgan downtown); and buy the tickets (RMB 225 each, cash) at the small building at the far end of the parking lot of the Customs/Immigration building. The Bus is supposed to leave at 11:30AM Beijing time (9:30AM Uyghur time). However, the departure time can be late as all travelers have to clear through Chinese Customs and Immigration.. you need to keep your luggage with you, as the bus is not allowed to be loaded until it is cleared by Chinese Customs.

Note, There is a bathroom on the edge of the parking lot of the Customs building. Once you are through Customs/Immigration formalities, you cannot go anywhere unescorted (since you have officially left China). So bathroom visit here once you have cleared Customs/Immigration has to be escorted to the bathroom at edge of the parking lot. No other restrooms are provided.

Once you board the bus and leave, there is one Chinese soldier will join the bus and escort it all the way to the Khunjerab Pass Police border post. Along the way, there are multiple Chinese police posts where your passport /visa will be checked. There are NO bathroom facilities on the way; jungle bathrooms are your only choice.

At the border, the bus simply crosses over into Pakistan without stopping on the Chinese side, crosses over from right hand drive to left hand drive, and stops on the Pakistani side for a jungle bathroom break, and to take pictures.

In Pakistan, the Pakistan Customs/Immigration is in Sost, which is another 60+kms away. Along the way, you have  to cross a Khunjerab National Park; for which foreigners are required to pay US$ 40 each (cash only, US$’s only). Pakistani and Chinese nationals don’t pay anything. So make sure you have the cash on hand.

In Sost you need get clear through Pakistani Customs and Immigration. Foreigners have a separate line, and takes much longer than Pakistanis and Chinese nationals. Make sure your Passport+ Visa are totally in order as they check everything very carefully. We can arranged your pick up from here for the rest of trip in Pakistan.

If you want to travel your own,  you can take a mini bus/van during the day time to Hunza Aliabad, (approximately takes 2 hours travel time) and from there another bus onward to Gilgit ((approximately takes 3 hours travel time)).

From Gilgit you can catch a van to reach Skardu during day time only which takes 5+ hours.

Cross Border From India
Cross Wahga Border to Lahore and travel Islamabad by Bus:-

Take a taxi, rickshaw from Amritsar to Wahga Border. The ride takes 45 minutes to 1 hour to reach Wahga Indian side. Cross the border by foot. (open from 10 am to 5 pm daily) Walk across the Border, After immigration at Pakistan side Take a bus or Rickshaw on to Lahore city which takes around 1 hour. From Lahore there are many buses leave for Islamabad after every 30 minutes. There is also train service from Lahore to Islamabad.

Pre-Trip Briefing

It is a requirement of joining any of our trips that you attend a pre-trip briefing the evening before the trip begins. This gives our guides the opportunity to speak to you about your adventure, and sort out any last-minute queries or concerns.

Luggage Allowance

  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you exceed baggage size and weight restrictions, and you’ll be responsible for any fees incurred.
  • Your on-tour flights may have tighter capacity limits than the ones you’ll take to get to and from Pakistan, with weight restrictions as low as 33lbs for checked bags and 15lbs for carry-ons. Be sure to contact your airline(s) for the baggage size and weight restrictions on your specific flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
  • Travelers must be able to manage their luggage; porters aren’t guaranteed at airports.

During the trekking part (if any) your luggage along with all the group equipment will be carried by porters. You should bring two bags with you, a large 80-100 litre duffel bag and a smaller 30-50 litre daypack. Your duffel bag will be carried by the porters each day and made available for you at camp each afternoon. Your daypack will stay with you at all times and should be used to carry spare clothing, water etc.  At all other times your luggage will be transported by vehicle.

Please do not bring a rigid suitcase which is not suitable for carrying by the porters. A flexible duffel bag or backpack is best. Your main luggage must not exceed the luggage limit.

Wifi – Internet Connection!

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels.
  • There is Wi-Fi on our vehicles but it may not work in few areas.
  • You can also get a local sim. The sim card and data costs about $10-20 and works intermittently, could be used for messaging and searching.

In order to pick up a signal in Gilgit Baltistan though, you will need SCOM SIM card, (a local cellular company) which you can easily buy in Skardu/Gilgit – by purchasing from their office.

Responsible Travel

Vertical Explorers is committed to responsible travel practices that benefit the places, people, and animals encountered during our tours in Pakistan. Our core commitments include environmental protection, supporting local communities, and promoting animal welfare.

To maximize your positive impact, we encourage travelers to dine at locally owned restaurants, support small businesses, and engage with the local culture by learning basic phrases in the local language and understanding local etiquette.

Responsible travel also involves minimizing waste, especially single-use plastics. We recommend packing reusable toiletries, using electronic documents, and carrying a reusable water bottle and shopping bag to reduce plastic consumption.

When encountering wildlife, we adhere to World Animal Protection guidelines, respecting their natural behavior and avoiding exploitative practices. Additionally, we discourage purchasing products derived from endangered species or engaging in activities harmful to wildlife.

Visit the Responsible Travel area of our website to read more, including our community empowerment and education projects.

If you have any concerns about our responsible travel commitments during your trip, please don’t hesitate to inform us. We value your feedback and strive to continuously improve our practices.

Budget & Change

In Pakistan, the currency used is the Pakistani Rupee (PKR). It’s important to note that the Pakistani Rupee is a closed currency, so you won’t be able to obtain it before your arrival. Therefore, it’s advisable to travel with US Dollars,Euro, Yuan, Pound Sterlingare any other major currency as they are widely accepted. Ensure that any US bills you carry are new (less than 10 years old), crisp,(no stamped, no writing on it) and untorn, as damaged bills may not be accepted.

If you require local currency, ATMs and banks are available, or you can exchange money at hotels in Islamabad. However, for the trip itself, it’s recommended to carry local currency and you may get a more favorable exchange rate in Islamabad.

For emergency funds, inform your credit or debit card issuer about your travel plans to avoid any issues with card usage abroad.

Souvenirs in Islamabad are generally affordable.

Tips

We understand that tipping customs vary across different countries, but in the context of Pakistan, tipping is prevalent. If you’re embarking on a trip in Pakistan with us, we adhere to the standard practice of tipping as recommended by the travel Agencies Association.

The decision on how much to tip should reflect the level of service provided by our team throughout your trip. Tipping is discretionary, and if you feel dissatisfied with the service, you are not obligated to tip. Tipping can be done in either US dollars or Pakistani Rupees. Please note that US bills should be new (less than 10 years old), crisp, and untorn.

As a guideline, we suggest budgeting $125-$175 per traveler for your tip contribution to guides and porters. It’s essential to remember that any tips for our porters should be carried with you during the trip.

Please note that the figures provided below are approximate and are intended solely as a guideline.

  • Guide: Approximately $5 per person per day
  • Drivers, Chef and assistants: Around $3 per person per day
  • Porters/Mule drivers: Roughly $2 per person per day

Formalities & Health

Embarking on the remarkable journey to this trip in Pakistan requires meticulous attention to formalities and health considerations to ensure a safe and fulfilling adventure. From passport and visa requirements to essential health precautions, thorough preparation is imperative.

Here we will explore the vital aspects of formalities and health that every traveler must address before venturing into the rugged terrain of the Hindukush, Karakoram and Himalayan Mountains of Pakistan. Covering essential topics such as obtaining visa, securing comprehensive insurance, and understanding altitude sickness, our guide aims to provide travelers with the necessary knowledge for a successful trip. Join us as we navigate the critical preparations needed for an unforgettable and safe trip to the scenic regions.

PASSPORT

Ensure that your passport remains valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned arrival date in Pakistan. We advise making a photocopy of your passport and storing it separately from the original; this precaution can be invaluable in case of loss during your travels. It’s imperative to carry your passport with you during the trip, as it is essential for internal flights and may be required for identification purposes.

VISA

you will need to apply for to obtain a Pakistani visa before you embark on your trip. Now online e-visa system makes the application process easier.

Letter of Invitation (LOI)

Foreigners will need to obtain a Letter of Invitation (LOI) before they can apply for a visa. You will be able to get the LOI from us (being a licensed tour operator), along with, company registration documents and any other documents you may need.

VACCINATIONS

Below we have set out what is the general guidance for travel to Pakistan. We strongly advise you to consult with your own GP or travel clinic near you before traveling. They will have the most up to date and medically accurate information relevant to you, and should be relied upon over these recommendations.

Strongly Advised Vaccinations

– Hepatitis A: This can be spread via contaminated food and water.
– Tetanus: Tetanus is often present in the soil, and can contaminate open wounds easily. Tetanus vaccine should be used every ten years if traveling.
– Typhoid: Typhoid can also be spread via contaminated food and water, and poor hygiene.
– Diphtheria: This potentially fatal disease is spread mainly via spit, but occasionally through contact with cuts on the skin.
– Yellow Fever: This can be contracted by being bitten by a contaminated mosquito. This vaccination is not essential if you are arriving directly in Pakistan. You do need it though if you plan to arrive through any country that is subject to yellow fever. Simply stopping over at an airport in an affected country should not require vaccination, but leaving the airport even briefly would make it necessary.

Malaria

In Pakistan, the risk of malaria is not prevalent in higher altitude regions like Skardu or most Himalaya Karkoram trips we organize. However, travelers should be aware of the risk of malaria in areas below 1,500m, particularly in regions like Islamabad, Naran, Chilas, Rawalpindi, it’s essential to take anti-malarial medication and follow preventive measures such as wearing long-sleeved clothing and using DEET-based mosquito repellent to avoid mosquito bites, especially during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are active.

INSURANCE

Trekking at high altitude does have dangers. You should ensure that you have good insurance to cover these risks.

How to Choose Travel Insurance for this Trip

We suggest to go with a plan that will cover you for damage to your personal effects and offers compensation for emergency helicopter rescues (just in case). Read the fine print and confirm that you are covered for adventure sports like trekking at altitude.

Some companies won’t cover you if an accident occurs over a certain altitude. Since the maximum altitude gained on the trip is around 4,800 m, you’ll need to be covered up to that elevation.

We recommend the global supplier of travel insurance,  World Nomads who specialise in covering digital nomads and backpackers.

Few others are;

  1. AXA Worldwide Travel Ins

  2. HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC

  3. Ingle International

  4. Travelex Ins. Services

  5. True Traveller Ins

During the pre-trip briefing, please provide a copy of your insurance policy to your guide, who will collect your insurance details. We also advise keeping a copy of your policy summary, including the policy number and emergency contact information for your insurer, in your daypack at all times. This ensures accessibility should we need to contact your insurer on your behalf during your trip.

HEALTH

Covid Testing: No mandatory testing is currently required for vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers.

  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of your tour, as well as for any possible delays.
  • It’s important to take precautions against the strong sun exposure in various parts of Pakistan that you’ll be visiting.

  • Stick to bottled water and avoid consuming tap water, even when performing routine tasks like brushing your teeth.

  • Exercise caution when eating fresh fruits and vegetables, ensuring they have been thoroughly washed, peeled, or cooked in clean water before consumption.

  • Public restrooms in Pakistan may not always be well-equipped. It’s advisable to carry essentials like bathroom tissue and hand sanitizer with you.

  • Don’t forget to pack a small first aid kit in your carry-on bag, including items like antacids, antidiarrheals, motion sickness medication, and any prescribed medicines you regularly take.

PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP

In anticipation of your adventure in Pakistan, it is essential to undertake adequate preparation to ensure a fulfilling and enjoyable experience. While the routes in Pakistan offer scenic beauty and relatively accessible paths, it is imperative to engage in physical training beforehand.

 

Equipment & Clothing

Preparing for your trip in Pakistan requires careful consideration of the clothing you’ll need to ensure a comfortable and safe journey.  Planning ahead and packing wisely are crucial steps to maximizing your traveling experience.

In this section, we provide detailed guidance on clothing essentials you’ll need to bring along. Additionally, we offer recommendations on other accessories and gear you may require for your trip. Whether you opt for personal gear or choose to rent, our goal is to support you in making the most of your adventure while prioritizing your comfort and enjoyment.

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It’s preferable not to visit Mosques or other holy places with bare  head, legs or shoulders; entrance may be denied on this basis. And remember: You must remove your shoes at all Muslim, Sikh and other religious sites.
  • Waterproof shoes or sandals, a swimsuit, sunscreen, and insect repellent are recommended for outdoor activities. Binoculars are also handy for taking a closer look at local wildlife, peaks  and scenery.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • In case of emergencies, we also recommend packing your medical insurance card in your carry-on.

CLOTHING TO BRING

  • Warm beanie style hat – knitted or fleece
  • Neck gaiter or scarf. It can get dusty in Gilgit Baltistan and the air very cold. A scarf or balaclava comes in useful for keeping dust out and can double as a warm layer for your neck / face!
  • Sun hat – preferably wide-brimmed for protection
  • Sunglasses – high UV protection
UPPER BODY
  • Thermal or fleece base layer 
  • Long sleeve shirt/tshirt – light or medium weight, 
  • Lightweight water/windproof hard shell outer jacke
LEGS
  • Trekking trousers – light or medium weight (x2) – convertible trousers work well
  • Waterproof hard shell trousers
FEET
  • Training shoe or similar 
  • Mid-weight trekking socks 
  • Breathable, high-wicking liner socks 

OTHER ACCESSORIES  

  •           Sunscreen and lip balm – high SPF

·        Toiletries, including toilet paper, wet wipes and hand sanitiser

·        Camera and spare batteries

·        Plug adapter, for charging devices in hotels

·        Personal medication and first aid kit

EQUIPMENT TO BRING

·        Small Rucksack or Daypack (30-40 litres) to carry water and personal items

   

Departure Dates and Pricing

Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. VE also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private tour, guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves !

Or dream up a brand-new one with a Customized Tour—we’ll work with you to make it happen.

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Below are the tiered pricing and services tailored to three different types of travel experiences (budget, standard, luxury), catering to the diverse needs of travelers with varying budgets.

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2795
4099
4-5
1935
2339
3455
6-7
1895
2289
3405
8-9
1835
2239
3355
10-11
1729
2135
3199
12-13
1689
2085
3049
14-16
1575
1999
2799

Note: above listed price is based on Islamabad to Islamabad basis.

For

  • Skardu to Skardu/Gilgit basis
  •  Islamabad – Skardu/Gilgit basis
  • Skardu/Gilgit – Islamabad  basis

prices, please contact us directly.

Additional Fees:

Silver Single supplement: US $ 300
Gold Single supplement: US $  400

Diamond Single supplement: US $ 850

Services Excluded
  • International airfare.
  • The domestic 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 and care reserve for you.
  • Lunch & Dinner.
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels and during travel like bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Satellite phone with solar charger (can hire).
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of members etc.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.
  • Monuments entry fees
  • National Parks Entry Fee
  •  Any mandatory Gala Dinner on Christmas and New Year Eve
  • Tips
  • Optional activities/Excursions

Silver

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh breakfasts
Transport
  • Airport/road transfer in a private chartered Car
  • All road transfers by chartered private vehicles.
Accommodation
  • Best tourist class hotels /guest house accommodation with en suite bath (on twin sharing basis)
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip(where it is available)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
  • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
Services Excluded
  • International airfare
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of member.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.

Gold

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh breakfasts, lunches, dinners (of varied menu)
Transport
  • All Airport/road transfers in private well maintained chartered Air-conditioned coach and four-wheel sightseeing jeep /car drive.
  • All road transfers by chartered private vehicles.
Flights
  • Domestic flights
Accommodation
  • Best 3-4 star hotels accommodation with ensuite bath where is available
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip(where it is available)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • National Parks entry fee
  • Monuments entry fee
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
    • One mineral water bottle per person per day
    • Porterage at airport and hotels
    • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
    • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
Services Excluded
  • International airfare.
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels like alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of member.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.

Diamond

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh (breakfasts, lunches, dinners) in the best restaurants of  choice with ample options to choose.
Transport
  • All Airport/road transfers in private well maintained chartered Air-conditioned coach and four-wheel sightseeing jeep /cars.
  • All road transfers by chartered Luxury private vehicles.
Flights
  • Domestic flights
Accommodation
  • Best 5 star hotels or Resorts of best kind ( where is available)
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip with unlimited data plan(where service is available)
  • Satellite Phone with Solar charger (50 units included)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • National Parks entry fee
  • Monuments entry fee
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
    • One mineral water bottle per person per day
    • Porterage at airport and hotels
    • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
    • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
    • Seasonal surprises

Package and Pricing

Below Price is in US$, depends on group size and Price is evenly
proportionate to all members in a departure.

Members Silver (Price in US$) Gold (Price in US$) Diamond (Price in US$)
2-3
2319
2795
4099
4-5
1935
2339
3455
6-7
1895
2289
3405
8-9
1835
2239
3355
10-11
1729
2135
3199
12-13
1689
2085
3049
14-16
1575
1999
2799

Note: above listed price is based on Islamabad to Islamabad basis.

For

  • Skardu to Skardu/Gilgit basis
  •  Islamabad – Skardu/Gilgit basis
  • Skardu/Gilgit – Islamabad  basis

prices, please contact us directly.

Additional Fees:

 

Silver Single supplement: US $
Gold Single supplement: US $

Diamond Single supplement: US $

Services Excluded
  • International airfare.
  • The domestic 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 and care reserve for you.
  • Lunch & Dinner.
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels and during travel like bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Satellite phone with solar charger (can hire).
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of members etc.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.
  • Monuments entry fees
  • National Parks Entry Fee
  •  Any mandatory Gala Dinner on Christmas and New Year Eve
  • Tips
  • Optional activities/Excursions

Silver

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh breakfasts
Transport
  • Airport/road transfer in a private chartered Car
  • All road transfers by chartered private vehicles.
Accommodation
  • Best tourist class hotels /guest house accommodation with en suite bath (on twin sharing basis)
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip(where it is available)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
  • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
Services Excluded
  • International airfare
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of member.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.

Gold

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh breakfasts, lunches, dinners (of varied menu)
Transport
  • All Airport/road transfers in private well maintained chartered Air-conditioned coach and four-wheel sightseeing jeep /car drive.
  • All road transfers by chartered private vehicles.
Flights
  • Domestic flights
Accommodation
  • Best 3-4 star hotels accommodation with ensuite bath where is available
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip(where it is available)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • National Parks entry fee
  • Monuments entry fee
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
    • One mineral water bottle per person per day
    • Porterage at airport and hotels
    • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
    • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
Services Excluded
  • International airfare.
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels like alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of member.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.

Diamond

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh (breakfasts, lunches, dinners) in the best restaurants of  choice with ample options to choose.
Transport
  • All Airport/road transfers in private well maintained chartered Air-conditioned coach and four-wheel sightseeing jeep /cars.
  • All road transfers by chartered Luxury private vehicles.
Flights
  • Domestic flights
Accommodation
  • Best 5 star hotels or Resorts of best kind ( where is available)
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip with unlimited data plan(where service is available)
  • Satellite Phone with Solar charger (50 units included)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • National Parks entry fee
  • Monuments entry fee
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
    • One mineral water bottle per person per day
    • Porterage at airport and hotels
    • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
    • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
    • Seasonal surprises

Package and Pricing

Below Price is in US$, depends on group size and Price is evenly
proportionate to all members in a departure.

Members Silver (Price in US$) Gold (Price in US$) Diamond (Price in US$)
2-3
2319
2795
4099
4-5
1935
2339
3455
6-7
1895
2289
3405
8-9
1835
2239
3355
10-11
1729
2135
3199
12-13
1689
2085
3049
14-16
1575
1999
2799

Note: above listed price is based on Islamabad to Islamabad basis.

For

  • Skardu to Skardu/Gilgit basis
  •  Islamabad – Skardu/Gilgit basis
  • Skardu/Gilgit – Islamabad  basis

prices, please contact us directly.

Additional Fees:

 

Silver Single supplement: US $
Gold Single supplement: US $

Diamond Single supplement: US $

Services Excluded
  • International airfare.
  • The domestic 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 and care reserve for you.
  • Lunch & Dinner.
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels and during travel like bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Satellite phone with solar charger (can hire).
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of members etc.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.
  • Monuments entry fees
  • National Parks Entry Fee
  •  Any mandatory Gala Dinner on Christmas and New Year Eve
  • Tips
  • Optional activities/Excursions

Silver

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh breakfasts
Transport
  • Airport/road transfer in a private chartered Car
  • All road transfers by chartered private vehicles.
Accommodation
  • Best tourist class hotels /guest house accommodation with en suite bath (on twin sharing basis)
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip(where it is available)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
  • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
Services Excluded
  • International airfare
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of member.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.

Gold

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh breakfasts, lunches, dinners (of varied menu)
Transport
  • All Airport/road transfers in private well maintained chartered Air-conditioned coach and four-wheel sightseeing jeep /car drive.
  • All road transfers by chartered private vehicles.
Flights
  • Domestic flights
Accommodation
  • Best 3-4 star hotels accommodation with ensuite bath where is available
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip(where it is available)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • National Parks entry fee
  • Monuments entry fee
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
    • One mineral water bottle per person per day
    • Porterage at airport and hotels
    • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
    • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
Services Excluded
  • International airfare.
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels like alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of member.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond the control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.

Diamond

Services Included
Meals
  • Locally sourced fresh (breakfasts, lunches, dinners) in the best restaurants of  choice with ample options to choose.
Transport
  • All Airport/road transfers in private well maintained chartered Air-conditioned coach and four-wheel sightseeing jeep /cars.
  • All road transfers by chartered Luxury private vehicles.
Flights
  • Domestic flights
Accommodation
  • Best 5 star hotels or Resorts of best kind ( where is available)
Tour Leader and Team
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking local guide
  • Professional experienced friendly chauffeur
Wi-fi
  • Portable wifi/hotspot throughout the trip with unlimited data plan(where service is available)
  • Satellite Phone with Solar charger (50 units included)
Visa Letter
  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
Taxes and Fees
  • National Parks entry fee
  • Monuments entry fee
  • Toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Fuel
  • Driver allowances
  • Road taxes 
Additional Services
    • One mineral water bottle per person per day
    • Porterage at airport and hotels
    • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, diver, porters/staff.
    • First Aid Kit with necessary medicine
    • Seasonal surprises

Package and Pricing

Prefer to travel with just your people on your dates?

 

Turn any of our published itineraries into a private trip on any date you want.

From one to whatever, you choose your group. Travel solo, bring one or a few special companions or invite the whole family.

Or dream up a brand-new one with a Customized Tour—we’ll work with you to make it happen.

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Payment & Cancel Schedule

US $350-450 due at time of reservation
Before Tour Finalization Date: Balance

Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

Up to tour Finalization Date: No Charge!
30 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
20-15 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
10 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Departure Options

Departure Options

You have the flexibility to embark on this trip from either Islamabad or Skardu, allowing you to choose the starting point that best suits your preferences and travel arrangements. Whether you prefer the convenience of Islamabad or the adventure of beginning directly from Skardu, the choice is yours. Join us for an unforgettable trip experience, starting from the location that aligns perfectly with your journey.

from Lahore

Lahore to Islamabad basis

16 Days, 15 Nights

Embark on an exhilarating journey that begins in Islamabad and concludes in Islamabad, or opt shorten to  end  in Skardu.

Begin your journey into the mesmerizing landscapes of Pakistan with our Islamabad trip start option. This choice allows you to kick off your adventure from the vibrant capital city, where modernity meets natural beauty in a seamless blend.

Day 1 in Islamabad sets the stage for your trip experience, offering opportunities to explore the city’s iconic landmarks, immerse yourself in local culture, and prepare for the exhilarating days ahead. From lush green parks to bustling markets and historical sites, Islamabad provides a perfect introduction to the diverse wonders of Pakistan.

Our experienced guides will ensure you have a smooth transition from the city to your travel destinations, providing insights, assistance, and safety measures every step of the way. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a first-time adventurer, the Islamabad trip start option promises a memorable and rewarding journey in one of South Asia’s most captivating destinations.

Join us as we embark on a journey filled with awe-inspiring vistas, cultural encounters, and unforgettable moments. Choose Islamabad as your starting point for your trip and let the adventure begin.

from Islamabad

Islamabad to Islamabad basis

14 Days, 13 Nights

This trip will begin and end in Skardu, offering a comprehensive exploration of the region’s wonders. Optionally, you can extend your journey to end in Islamabad, allowing for a complete experience of Pakistan’s diverse landscapes and cultural heritage.

Embark on an exhilarating journey with our Skardu tripstart option, designed for those seeking a direct entry into the heart of Pakistan’s breathtaking landscapes. Starting on the 3rd day, this option skips the initial days in Islamabad, allowing you to dive straight into the adventure in Skardu.

Upon arrival in Skardu, you’ll be greeted by stunning vistas of majestic mountains, serene lakes, and picturesque valleys. Day 3 marks the beginning of your trip, where you’ll join fellow adventurers and our experienced guides to explore the wonders of Skardu and its surrounding areas.

From thrilling routes to cultural encounters with local communities, Skardu offers a diverse range of experiences for travelers of all levels.

Add Ons

If you have more time available, why not arrive early to adjust to a new time zone or just to get a feel for the country before your tour starts? Or alternatively you might choose to allow a few extra days after the tour to relax or to undertake some further exploration.
The choice is completely yours and we can usually arrange anything from simply additional accommodation and transfers to full tailor-made itineraries.
 Please contact us for more details and to discuss your individual requirements.

Deosai Khunjerab

Extend your adventure in Pakistan and immerse yourself in the captivating beauty and wildlife of Deosai and Khunjerab National Parks. For more information, explore our Deosai and Khunjerab pages and discover the wonders awaiting you in these pristine wilderness areas.

Deosai National Park
Deosai National Park

Deosai National Park is among the prime attractions in Pakistan, offering a unique wilderness experience beyond the towering peaks of the Himalayas. Deosai National Park, known as the "Land of Giants," spans over 3,000 square kilometers and is renowned for its diverse wildlife. Visitors have the chance to spot the majestic Brown Bear, elusive Snow Leopard, and a variety of other fauna in their natural habitat.

khunjerab park
Khunjerab National Park

Khunjerab National Park, located in the breathtaking Karakoram Range, is Pakistan's highest national park and boasts a rich biodiversity. Here, you can encounter iconic species such as the Marco Polo sheep, Himalayan ibex, and the elusive Snow Leopard..

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Itinerary

Day 1:   Arrival in LAHORE and visit Historical Sites and visit Wagah Border Ceremony

Arrival in Lahore and Transfer to Hotel After a rest step into the heart of Lahore, where history whispers through the ancient streets and architectural wonders. Begin your journey at Lahore Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site dating back to the 16th century of Mughal era. Explore its intricate palaces, courtyards, and Sheesh Mahal, a palace of mirrors. Nearby, visit the Badshahi Mosque, of Mughal era (1673), a stunning display of Islamic architecture.Delve into Lahore's historic Walled City, dating back over a millennium. Stroll through its narrow, bustling lanes and discover hidden gems. Pause for a traditional Lahori lunch at a local eatery, savoring flavors passed down through generations. Explore the mesmerizing Wazir Khan Mosque, an architectural marvel from the 17th century. Admire its intricate tile work and artistic brilliance. Conclude your day with a visit to the Wagah Border, where India and Pakistan conduct a nightly flag-lowering ceremony. Feel the patriotic fervor as the sun sets and the ceremony unfolds.With each step, you'll journey through Lahore's rich history, from the Mughal Empire to modern patriotism, creating memories to treasure.

LAHORE Hiran Minar,  Rohtas Fort, islamabad   Depart from Lahore, the city of gardens, and head to Hiran Minar in Sheikhupura. Built in 1606 by Emperor Jahangir, this magnificent structure commemorates his beloved antelope, Mansiraj. Marvel at the soaring tower adorned with 214 intricately carved niches, and let history come to life in the serene surroundings.Journey towards the Mangla Dam, a symbol of modern engineering. Completed in 1967, Admire the sheer scale of this achievement as you take in panoramic views of the sprawling lake.Continue your journey to Rohtas Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by Emperor Sher Shah Suri in 1543, this imposing fortress served as a bulwark against the Mughal Empire.Explore its formidable walls, gates, and hidden passageways, all testament to Sher Shah's military genius. As the sun begins its descent, reach the capital city of Islamabad. Here, modernity meets tradition amidst lush greenery and modernist architecture. Reflect on the day's historical journey and anticipate the adventures that lie ahead.

Start your day at the iconic Faisal Mosque, a modern architectural marvel completed in 1986. Marvel at its stunning design and serene ambiance. Admire the Pakistan Monument, inaugurated in 2007, representing the four provinces. Learn about the nation's unity in diversity. Visit the Folklore Museum, established in 1974, to delve into Pakistan's cultural Explore the historic Syedpur village, founded during British rule in the early 1900s. Engage with the locals and soak in their rich culture. Indulge in modernity at the Centaurus Mall, a contemporary shopping and entertainment complex opened in 2011. Explore Raja Bazar, an old market established during British rule, offering a glimpse into the region's mercantile history. Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of truck art at the Truck Painting Area, where this traditional art form thrives. Return to Daman Koh for a mesmerizing sunset, a lush viewpoint nestled in the Margalla Hills National Park. As the day closes, reflect on the beauty and history you've encountered. With a heart full of memories, conclude your day of exploration in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

55 minutes flight Highlights: Stunning aerial view of Nanga Parbat and distant peak of K2, Broad Peak, GI and many others Plan A:  (90 %) Experience the Aerial Beauty of  Islamabad to Skardu: A Scenic Flight and Tour   Embark on an early flight from Islamabad to Skardu, witnessing the grandeur of Karakoram, Hindu Kush, and Himalayan mountains, including K2 (2nd highest on planet) and Nanga Parbat.  Reflect on a day that blends mountain majesty and urban charm. Upon arrival transfer to hotel an afater check in Embark on a journey to Skardu's natural wonders and cultural richness. Visit Upper Kachura Lake, Buddha Rock (of 8th century). Visit Skardu Cold desert and experience desert Safari, quad biking on highest cold desert inthe world. Experience a thrilling polo match (weather permitting). Serene moments at Satpara Lake and local market explorations await. Don't miss the Cherry, Apricot , apple and peach Gardens and insights from a local house visit. A day painted with Skardu's vibrant colors. Evening stargazing experience either at Shangrila view point of at Katpanah desert in Skardu. Plan B: (10 %)  ISLAMABAD – CHILAS/Naran (Travel  by Road) 6 hr 15 min (239 km)    https://goo.gl/maps/s48YoivwcnL1t79X9 In the face of a plane cancellation, your journey transforms into an unexpected adventure. Travel by road, embracing the captivating KKH that leads you through dramatic landscapes and breathtaking vistas. Experience the raw beauty of the route as it unfolds.

Indus River Basin Manthokha waterfall, Barah village Ghuwari Fruit Farms Yogu old settlements Chaqchan Mosque, Saling Faisal Mosque, Daman Koh, After a hearty breakfast at your Skardu accommodation, embark on a memorable journey towards Khaplu, soak in the scenic beauty of the surrounding mountains and valleys of Himalaya and Karakoram in parallel along Indus and Shyok rivers. Marvel at the Indus River Basin, one of the world's great river systems. first stop is the breathtaking Mahtohka Waterfall, s approx 180 feet high waterfall. Spend some time here, taking in the sheer natural beauty and capturing photographs. Continue your journey through Ghuwari poular for fruit farms, and Barah for its local handicrafts and Yugu, and Old Settlement, a place steeped in history and tradition. Reach Khaplu, and explore the Chaqchan Mosque, an architectural masterpiece with a rich history. Visit the Saling Fish Point and enjoy the serene waterside ambiance.

From Khaplu, your journey begins as the sun's golden embrace touches the Himalayas. Explore Keris Daghoi, a realm steeped in tradition, and Balghar, known for its artisans' craftsmanship. Keris Village whispers tales of yesteryears, followed by a scenic lunch amidst Shigar Valley's splendor. Afternoon unveils Khanqah Moala's serenity and Blind Lake's hidden oasis. Ascend to Shigar Viewpoint for breathtaking vistas. With Karakoram memories etched in your heart, retire to your Shigar haven under the starry night sky.

Embark on a day of awe and exploration, setting forth from Skardu to the pristine landscapes of Deosai and Astore Valley. The rising sun bathes the plains in a golden glow. Continue your expedition to Bara Pani, an alpine gem nestled within Deosai. Here, turquoise waters cradle the reflection of mighty peaks. Explore the mystique of Kala Pani, a serene spot where dark waters mirror the surrounding mountains. Journey to Sheocer Lake, where tranquility reigns. The shimmering waters invite reflection and offer solitude amidst nature's grandeur. As the day progresses, venture toward Chilim, the gateway to Astore Valley. The mountainous vistas greet you, promising further adventures. Your day concludes in Astore Valley, where the enchantment of Deosai and the charm of Astore merge. Retire to your chosen haven in Astore Valley.

Begin your adventure in Astore, embarking on a picturesque journey towards Tarishing in the Rupal Valley.Arrive at Tarishing, the gateway to one of Earth's most breathtaking wonders—the Rupal Valley and its legendary glacier. Lace up your boots and embark on a glacier crossing unlike any other. Traverse the Rupal Glacier, with Nanga Parbat's immense south face, highest mountain face in the world which rises 4,600 m (15,090 ft) above its base, standing as your silent witness. Gaze in wonder at Nanga Parbat's South Face, home to the world's highest vertical wall. Feel the majesty and grandeur of this colossal mountain as it casts its shadow upon you. As the sun begins its descent, return to Astore.

Awaken in Astore, where the promise of a new day is painted in golden hues across the skies. Depart for Rama Lake, a gem nestled in the embrace of the Himalayas. Marvel at the serene waters reflecting the towering peaks. Continue your descent to Junction point, where the mighty Himalayas, Karakorams, and Hindu Kush converge. Stand at the very junction where these majestic ranges meet, a sight to behold. Reach Gilgit as the day draws to a close.

Highlights: Visit Naltar Pain, a serene and picturesque spot. Explore Naltar Bala, known for its lush green meadows and natural beauty. Discover the Naltar Ski Resort, a haven for adventure enthusiasts. After a relaxed morning breakfast  embark on a scenic journey from Gilgit to Hunza valley exploring Naltar valley, experiencing breathtaking views of Naltar Pain and Naltar Bala and Naltar Ski Resort, With its lush meadows, pristine lakes, and the adrenaline rush of Naltar Ski Resort, it beckons adventurers and seekers of serenity alike. Continue your scenic Journey back to Nomal and onward to Hunza,  Enroute stop to see the Continental collision, old silk route and at Rakaposhi base camp for lunch with a stunning views. The journey will end at Attabad Lake, known for its breathtaking blue-green waters.

Attabad > Boating Hussaini  > old roped suspension Bridge, Gulmit  > old house visit & Local cultural immersion, Fresh Fruit picking ( subject to season), Orgnic sourced fresh prepared local dishes lunch at a home Borith Lake Passu Glacier of 19 km long and 56 squire km Batura Glacier Stargazing at Attabad lake Today Plan takes you on a journey to explore the natural wonders of Hunza valley. Highlights include crossing the thrilling Hussaini Suspension Bridge, exploring Gulmit village visiting local homes and experiencing local embroidery making, witnessing the serene beauty of Borith Lake, and hiking to the mesmerizing Passu Glacier viewpoint. Marvel at the mighty Batura Glacier and end the day by relaxing at your hotel in Attabad Lake, soaking in the scenic views. Immerse yourself in the magic of Hunza's landscapes, savor local cuisine, and stargaze under the pristine night sky. Get ready for an extraordinary experience that will leave an indelible mark on your soul.  

Passu Cathedral, Batura Glacier Passu suspension Bridge Khunjerab Border 4733m, highest border in the world Wildlife watching of Marmots, sheep, Ibex etc Today Plan takes you on a journey to explore the natural wonders of Hunza, including Khunjerab Pass 4733m, Passu cathedral, wildlife etc. You will start your day by having a breakfast with a view of attabad lake and then depart for Khunjerab Park, one of the highest border crossings in the world. En route, you will stop at various attractions, such as Passu view point to enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding mountains, glaciers, and valleys. You will also have the opportunity to go wildlife viewing and try to spot ibex, blue sheep, Markhor, Marmots in their natural habitat in Khunjerab National Park. The itinerary includes lunch at a popular restaurant and ends with your return to Attabad lake, where either you can enjoy the water sports at the lake  or  relax and enjoy the scenic views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers.

  Highlights:  Duikar Panoramic view of Hunza and Nagar valleys & Sunset view over Golden Peak, (7028m), Diran Peak (7265m), Ultar Peak (7388m), Malubiting (7458m) and Rakaposhi(7788m) Stargazing at Duikar view point Hoper glacier, Jeep ride , Altit fort 1100 years Old, Baltit Fort 700 years Embark on a captivating Hunza voyage where nature's wonders and cultural riches intertwine  A journey to Hoper Glacier on jeep (optional choice), passing quaint villages and ancient houses that whisper history. Marvel at the striking Black Glacier, a fusion of mud, snow, and white rock mountain, a true natural wonder. Savor lunch, mingle with locals in a village, and embrace the relaxed vibe as you stroll. Explore Altit village and Altit Fort, 1100 year old. Visit Baltit fort, 700 years old and Karimabad Bazar and indulge in local delicacies. Conclude at Duikar viewpoint, where sunset paints the along with  sky and mountains above 7000 m including  Golden Peak, (7028m), Diran Peak (7265m), Ultar Peak (7388m), Malubiting (7458m) and Rakaposhi(7788m) as your guide unfolds the panorama. This journey fuses history, culture, nature, and cuisine, etching cherished memories. Let this guide unveil Hunza's allure – valleys, villages, and peaks. Night Stargaze at Duikar.

Chalt >Continental Plate Collision site Nomal > Old Silk Route Minapin > Rakaposhi viewpoint Atabad Lake After a relaxed morning breakfast, walk on old water channel in Hunza and then drive to Rakaposhi base camp view point. From there  embark on a scenic journey passing through the breathtaking viewpoints of Nomal and historical old suspension bridge of Gilgit site.  Learn about the rich history and culture of the region while taking in stunning views of the mountains and rivers, Enroute stop to see the Continental collision, old silk route. Today journey will end at Gilgit, known as the capital of Gilgit Baltistan.

SKARDU – Flight – ISLAMABAD 55 minutes flight Highlights: Stunning aerial view of Nanga Parbat and distant view of of K2, Broad Peak, GI and many others Plan A:  Experience the Aerial Beauty of Gigit to Islamabad : A Scenic Flight and Tour   Embark on an early flight from Gilgit to Islamabad, witnessing the grandeur of Karakoram, Hindu Kush, and Himalayan mountains, including K2 (2nd highest on planet) and Nanga Parbat.  Enjoy lunch, stroll local markets, and immerse in the city's cultural fabric. Reflect on a day that blends mountain majesty and urban charm. Plan B:  GILGIT – NARAN/BESHAM (Travel back by Road to NARAN/BESHAM) In the face of a plane cancellation, your journey transforms into an unexpected adventure. Travel by road, embracing the captivating  KKH that leads you through dramatic landscapes and breathtaking vistas. Experience the raw beauty of the route as it unfolds either by Babsuar pass to Naran and in case of closure of this pass, drive on KKH to Besham through dramtics Kohistan valley.

Embark on a captivating journey through the enchanting landscapes of Pakistan on Karakoram Highway, KKH to Islamabad. Begin your day with a passing scenic Battagram, where history and tradition merge seamlessly passing to Shinkiari, a place where terraced fields of tea stretch as far as the eye can see. Witness the meticulous cultivation of this beloved beverage and savor the serenity of the tea gardens. Naran - ISLAMABAD Depart from Naran, leaving behind the beauty of Kaghan Valley. Every twist and turn in the road reveals new wonders. Pause at Jareed and Paras, where time seems to stand still. Immerse yourself in the serene village life and capture the essence of tradition. Kiwai beckons with its lush landscapes. A midday break allows you to savor local flavors amidst nature's splendor and waterfalls. Continue your journey, and let the road carry you through the captivating valley. The scenery is your constant companion all the way. Visit of Taxila ( in case of prvious day flight we can visit Taxila today from Islamabad and in case of by road travel from Behsam/Naran, we will visit Taxila on way to Islamabad. Discover Taxila's UNESCO World Heritage Site of 2nd century BC to 2nd Centruy AD. exploring its historical depth at Taxila Museum. Delve into Jaulian's preserved Buddhist monasteries and Gandhara art. Roam royal palace ruins and temples like the double-headed eagle stupa, Sirkap, Dharmarajika Stupa, a profound pilgrimage site with Lord Buddhas relics. Reflect on your enriching experience as you journey through Khanpur dam for boating and onward to Mansehra. This odyssey brings history and culture to life, leaving an indelible mark on your soul. As this is the first day in Pakistan after a flight, so we will check early to hotel  and after a hearty meal take rest at hotel. Visit Ashoka Rock Edicts, dating back to Emperor Ashoka (r. c. 272-235 BC), showcasing ancient writing in South Asia.  

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