Ancient Silk Route Tour
The Karakoram Highway, often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world, spans a staggering 1200 kilometers, traversing rugged terrain and crossing into China's Xinjiang province. This incredible feat stands as a testament to the hard work and skill of approximately 15,000 Pakistani and Chinese workers who dedicated nearly two decades to conquer the formidable challenges posed by the harsh landscape. The highway serves as a monument to their determination and sacrifices, with some even losing their lives in the process. The reconstruction of this historical Silk Road, once traveled by the likes of Marco Polo, Fa Hien, and Huen, reconnects us to the rich history of trade and cultural exchange.
The Karakoram Highway reaches its pinnacle at the Khunjerab Pass, situated at an astonishing height of 4,770 meters, making it the highest metalled road in the world. This marvel of engineering and human perseverance is a gateway to unparalleled natural beauty and a testament to the unyielding spirit of mankind.
|Age: 05- 90 Years
|Best Time: June - October
|Cost: 1550 Euro /person
- Accommodation in 3-4 star hotels with breakfast
- Air-conditioned transportation
- English-speaking guide
- Sightseeing tickets
- Local lunch
- Pick-up and drop-off services
- Tips for driver and guide
- Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
Cost (More than one person)
- for 2 persons: 850 Euro per person
- for 3 persons: 800 Euro per person
- for 4 persons: 750 Euro per person
- for 5 persons: 700 Euro per person
- for 6 persons: 650 Euro per person
- for 8 persons: 600 Euro per person
- for 10 persons: 550 Euro per person
Prices for more than 10 persons are available on request.
Arrival - Islamabad sightseeing
Today, our day begins by picking up our guests from Islamabad Airport and escorting them to their hotel, allowing them to freshen up and relax after their journey. Later, we embark on a sightseeing tour of Islamabad, starting with the iconic Faisal Mosque, a symbol of Islamic architecture and one of the largest mosques in the world. We'll then proceed to the Pakistan Monument, a national symbol representing the unity and diversity of the country. Next, we'll visit the Daman-e-Koh viewpoint, offering breathtaking panoramic views of Islamabad's skyline and the lush Margalla Hills. Our guests will have the opportunity to capture stunning photographs and appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds the city. This sightseeing tour promises to be a blend of architectural splendor, cultural significance, and scenic landscapes, leaving our guests with a memorable introduction to Islamabad. Overnight Islamabad.
Islamabad - Besham
Today, we embark on a scenic journey from Islamabad to Besham, with a captivating stopover in Taxila. Our first destination is Taxila, an ancient archaeological site that dates back to the Gandhara civilization. We'll explore the ruins, visit the Taxila Museum, and witness the remnants of a rich cultural heritage. As we delve into the history and significance of this UNESCO World Heritage site, we'll gain insights into the ancient Buddhist and Hindu civilizations that once thrived here. Continuing our drive, we'll traverse the picturesque landscapes as we make our way to Besham. The journey promises breathtaking views of mountains, valleys, and the meandering Indus River, immersing us in the natural beauty of northern Pakistan. Our adventure awaits, blending history, culture, and scenic delights. Overnight Besham.
Besham - Chilas
On this day, we embark on an exhilarating journey from Besham to Chilas, traversing the legendary Karakoram Highway. As we leave the capital behind, we enter a world of awe-inspiring landscapes and breathtaking vistas. The Karakoram Highway, often dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World, offers us a thrilling experience as we navigate through winding roads, towering peaks, and deep valleys. Along the way, we'll be treated to panoramic views of the majestic Himalayas and the mighty Indus River. We'll make stops at picturesque spots, capturing the beauty of the surrounding mountains and immersing ourselves in the serenity of the Karakoram Range. Our drive to Chilas promises an unforgettable adventure through one of the world's most spectacular highways, leaving us in awe of nature's grandeur. Overnight Chilas.
Chilas - Gilgit
Today, we embark on another thrilling journey from Chilas to Gilgit, exploring the mesmerizing landscapes of the region. Along the way, we'll make several exhilarating stops to soak in the breathtaking views. Our first stop is the viewpoint of Nanga Parbat, the world's ninth highest mountain, standing tall and majestic. We'll witness its snow-capped peaks and marvel at its awe-inspiring beauty. Next, we'll visit the junction of three mountain ranges, where the Karakoram, Himalayas, and Hindu Kush meet, creating a stunning panorama of towering peaks. Finally, we'll reach the meeting point of the Indus and Gilgit rivers, a mesmerizing confluence that showcases the power and beauty of nature. This journey promises an unforgettable experience, immersing us in the wonders of the mountainous terrain and leaving us in awe of the natural splendor that surrounds us. Overnight Gilgit.
Gilgit- Hunza Karimabad
Today, we embark on a captivating exploration of Gilgit city, immersing ourselves in its vibrant culture and rich heritage. Our first stop is Gilgit Bazaar, a bustling marketplace where we'll wander through the colorful stalls, engage with local vendors, and experience the lively atmosphere. Here, you can find a variety of goods, local crafts, and interact with the friendly locals. Next, we'll visit the iconic Suspension Bridge, a marvel of engineering that spans the Gilgit River. We'll cross the bridge, taking in the scenic views of the surrounding landscapes and the crystal-clear waters below. Continuing our journey, we'll drive to Karimabad, stopping along the way to explore the Old Silk Road, an ancient trade route that connected civilizations and played a pivotal role in cultural exchange. We'll also visit the Rakaposhi Viewpoint, where we'll be treated to a breathtaking panorama of the majestic Rakaposhi Peak, one of the most iconic mountains in the region. This day promises a blend of history, natural beauty, and cultural immersion as we continue our adventure through the enchanting valleys of Northern Pakistan. Overnight Hunza Karimabad.
Hunza Valley Sightseeing
Today, we embark on a full-day exploration of the enchanting Hunza and Nagar valleys, immersing ourselves in their rich history and natural beauty. Our first stops are the majestic Baltit Fort and Altit Fort, ancient strongholds that offer insights into the region's royal past. We'll wander through their intricate architecture and admire the panoramic views they offer, allowing us to connect with the history and heritage of the area. Continuing our journey, we'll visit Ganesh, a picturesque village known for its apricot orchards and traditional houses. Here, we'll indulge in the warm local hospitality and soak in the serene ambiance that defines this charming village. Next, we'll head to Hoper Glacier, a mesmerizing natural wonder where we'll witness the grandeur of ice formations, serving as a reminder of the incredible forces of nature.Finally, we'll make our way to Eagle Nest, a renowned viewpoint, to witness a breathtaking sunset over the Karakoram mountain range, a moment that promises to leave a lasting impression. This day promises an unforgettable blend of history, nature, and awe-inspiring vistas as we explore the gems of Hunza and Nagar valleys. Overnight Hunza Karimabad.
Karimabad - Hunza - Passu
Today, our journey takes us from Karimabad to Passu, with a series of captivating stops that immerse us in the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the region. Our first stop is the stunning Attabad Lake, a turquoise gem created by a natural landslide. We'll be in awe of the vibrant waters and the rugged mountains that surround this picturesque lake. Continuing our adventure, we'll explore ancient rock carvings in Hunza, providing us with a glimpse of the artistic expressions of past civilizations that once thrived in the area. Next, we'll visit Gulmit village, where we'll have the opportunity to engage with the local culture and experience the warm hospitality of the community. Our journey becomes even more exciting as we cross the famous Hussaini Bridge, a suspension bridge that offers thrilling views of the swirling waters below, making it a highlight of our day. In the evening, we'll be treated to a majestic sightâ€”the iconic Passu Cones, pyramid-shaped peaks that dominate the landscape and leave us in awe of nature's grandeur. This day promises a mesmerizing blend of natural wonders, cultural encounters, and breathtaking vistas as we make our way to Passu. Overnight Passu.
Passu - Khunjerab Pass - Tashgurgan
Today, our journey takes us on an unforgettable adventure to Tashgurgan via the scenic Khunjerab Pass. As we traverse this route, we are greeted by awe-inspiring vistas of the mighty Karakoram and distant Pamir Mountain Ranges. The towering mountains create a breathtaking backdrop that instills a profound sense of wonder and adventure. Our destination, Khunjerab Pass, is now designated as a national park and offers a unique opportunity to witness the magnificent Marco Polo Sheep in their natural habitat. We'll have the privilege of spending an hour at this remarkable location, allowing us to fully appreciate the natural beauty of the surroundings and, if we're lucky, capture some incredible photographs. This leg of our journey promises a harmonious blend of natural splendor and wildlife encounters, leaving us in awe of the grandeur of the Karakoram Range and the beauty of the wild animals that call it home. Overnight Tashgurgan.
Tashgurgan - Karakole Lake - Kashgar
Today, our journey unfolds as we set forth on a scenic expedition to Kashgar, reveling in the breathtaking landscapes that grace our path. Along the way, the majestic peaks of the Pamir range, including Muztag Ata and Kongpur, stand as enduring sentinels, adorned with pristine snow-caps that captivate our senses. These historic peaks unveil their grandeur, providing a backdrop of natural wonders that leave us in awe of the surrounding mountains. As we continue our journey, we make a delightful stop at Karakole Lake for lunch. Here, we have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the tranquility of the lake and savor a delicious meal in the midst of serene surroundings. This leg of our adventure promises a harmonious blend of natural marvels, panoramic vistas, and the chance to relish a memorable reprieve in the heart of stunning scenery. Overnight Kashgar.