|Activity level:||Easy/ Moderate|
|Duration:||15 Day(s) / Tour with flexible start dates|
We use soft-top 4x4 jeeps to explore the remote valleys of the two highest mountain ranges of the world: Karakoram & Himalayas. As our jeeps take us deep into valleys, we even leave the jeeps to walk through the mountains to feel their grandeur. We start from the Naran valley the most beautiful valley of Lower Himalayas. Visit green plateaus of Shogran and lake Saiful Maluk in Naran, famous as the lake of fairies. Cross over the historic Babusar Pass and enter in the Karakoram at Chilas. Continue towards Skardu to feel the real Karakoram. Spend some days around Skardu and visit its lakes Shangri-La and Satpara and old villages with Tibetan living style. Drive to Hunza, an important and historic place from the ancient times. Excursion to upper Hunza, visit Khunjerab Pass - border between Pakistan & China and the highest metal road border crossing in the world. Drive back to Islamabad to finish our wonderful trip.
Rock Valley Tours is a tour management company based in Lahore, Pakistan. We specialize in organizing tours, treks, hikes, hunting and climbing expeditions, team building and leadership trails all over Pakistan. Although we are experts in the Northern Areas of Pakistan, our footprint is spread over every nook and corner in Pakistan.
Pakistan has been nominated as the best adventure tourism destination in the world for the year 2020. We feel that the team we have assembled is best equipped to arrange and facilitate trips across the length and breadth of Pakistan.
Born and raised in the Karakorum region of Pakistan, our team has spent their childhoods crisscrossing the endless trails of these parts of the country. They have all been trained and certified to ensure that your experience is supreme and that safety remains paramount no matter what.
We respect the natural environment in which we work and live and we have an intimate and unrivaled knowledge of the terrain, the people and the cultures that you will encounter on your trek, trail, hike and/or expedition. With years of experience and knowledge, it is our goal to provide a memorable experience to you. This, while keeping the environment worry supreme.
From the time you arrive in Pakistan, to the time you leave our country, consider yourself to be our responsibility. We are a one-stop solution to all your needs during your stay in Pakistan.
Be it, the bustling metropolis of Karachi, or the lush green plains around Lahore, or even the foothills of the Himalayas starting from Islamabad, let us present our country to you in a way no one can.
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Pakistan, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Islamabad
Difficulty: Moderate/ Challenging
Difficulty: Moderate/ Challenging
Difficulty: Moderate/ Challenging
Difficulty: Easy/ Moderate
Difficulty: Easy/ Moderate
Day 01 Fly to Pakistan
Day 02 Arrive Islamabad
Welcome reception on arrival at federal capital of Pakistan and transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of the twin cities of Islamabad & Pindi. Enter Faisal Mosque - the landmark of Islamabad. Visit Daman-e-Koh on top of hill for panoramic view of Islamabad, drive on Constitution Avenue for looking at President House, Parliament, Supreme Court & other state buildings. Also visit Pindi’s colorful Raja Bazaar for bargain shopping. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 Islamabad - Shogran - Sari
Drive to Kaghan Valley. 34 km from Islamabad is Taxila, the archaeological site of former capital of Gandhara Buddhist civilization dating from 500 BC to 500 AD. We visit the splendid site museum, a former monastery and the city of Sirkup. Later we head north into the Himalayan foothills and pass through Abbotabad, a garrison town, and at Balakot enter the Kaghan Valley. The 92 mile long Kaghan valley is one of the loveliest Green-Himalayan areas in Pakistan. (180 km, 7/8 hours)
Day 04 Shogran - Saiful-Maluk Lake, Naran (3200 m)
As we travel through Kaghan, we pass hamlets with stone and wood homes surrounded by rice fields. We follow the Kunhar River and may encounter the caravan of handsome Gujjar nomads with their loaded horses until we reach the village of Naran (2,427 m), backed by the river. We visit Saiful-Maluk Lake, where the peak of Malka Parbat (5390 m) is mirrored in the deep blue waters. This lake was named after Prince Saiful-Maluk who fell in love with a fairy whom he saw bathing in the lake! Camp overnight. (70 km, 5/6 hours)
Day 05 Drive Lalazar – Basel, Across Babusar Pass to Chilas/ Astor Rama Alke
We follow the Kunhar River and head north, like the Gujjars, and see their temporary summer settlements as we proceed to Basel (3,266 m), a highland pasture with a cluster of stone houses that blend into the rocky hillside. At lake Lulusar, just beyond Basel, jeep tracks lead to the Babusar Pass (4150 m) with the source of the Kunhar River and also the boundary of Kaghan valley with northern areas. The ride across the pass offers extensive views of flowers like pink bistro, blue delphiniums, edelweiss and other flowers reaching white summits. We descend to the town of Chilas /Rama Lake on the bank of mighty Indus River, meals and overnight at hotel. (6/7 hours)
Day 06 Chilas - Astor Rama Lake/ Skardu
From Chilas we follow Karakoram Highway reputed as the eight wonder of the world. We follow Indus River towards north and arrive at the place where the three highest mountain ranges of the world meet - Karakoram, Himalayas & Hindukush. Indus and Gilgit River also meet here at this unique place. We turn east from here for Skardu. This exciting mountain road that cuts through the deep & narrow gorge of Indus River, offers many challenging views. The landscape is mostly very dry and wild, villages and settlements along the way are fewer and perched high on the steep mountain slopes. Just before Skardu, the valley suddenly opens up and becomes wide. The roaring & charging river becomes peaceful and clam. Arrive and explore the capital of Baltistan, Skardu town. Formerly Buddhist, Skardu, was called’ Tibet Khurd (little Tibet) and was an important stop on the old route to Tibet and the district of Ladakh. Here the Indus River joins the Shigar River to become an enormous oval basin at 2,300 meters enclosed in purple, red, gray, and ochre mountains. Stroll down the narrow bazaar, climb up the cliff to visit the historic "Kharpocho" fort. Overnight camp at Satpara Lake, a deep blue shimmer just fifteen minutes drive from Skardu.
Day 07 Skardu - Shigar & Khaplu Valleys.
The gentle, irrigated slopes with terraces of wheat, maize and barley, and the orchards of apricot, mulberry, peach, plum, pear, apples and nuts - all add to the charm of Shigar valley surrounded by snow-topped mountains. The town displays impressive carved wooden houses and mosques. After lunch at town, we drive to adjoining Khaplu valley. Khaplu, the largest kingdom in old Baltistan, stretches in a wide fan from the base of a semicircular wall of mountain, dropping some 300 meters to the river level. Paths and irrigation channels connect the scattered houses set amid terraced fields and the friendly villagers welcome visitors. We shall visit the historic wood-carved mosque, dominating the valley from the top end of alluvial fan. Camp overnight at 2,600 meters.
Day 08 Khaplu (Excursion to Hushe valley)
Board soft-top 4x4 jeeps for exciting ride to the trek head for K2 base camp. En route short stay in Machlu village for view of Mashabrum Peak (7821 meters). Arrive Hushe, a small green village with many beautiful camping sites. It is the starting and ending point of many trekking and mountaineering parties coming or going to Concordia. Overnight camp at 3200 m.
Day 09 Drive to Upper Kachura Lake
Drive back to Skardu. Short stay in Skardu town and continue drive for another 30km for heart shape lower Kachura Lake. Visit Shangri-La resorts around lower Kachura Lake one of the most beautiful resorts in northern Pakistan. Proceed further four kilometers to upper Kachura Lake. Overnight camping at upper Kachura Lake.
Day 10 Drive to Gilgit
Enjoy your last breakfast at safari camp, and say Khuda Hafiz to your camping staff who had been pitching tents for you and preparing meals for you during the safari. Drive on Skardu road through the deep gorge of Indus River to Gilgit. Visit rock-carved Kargah Buddha from 7th century AD. In the ancient times the Kargah valley used to be the traveling route of the Buddhist monks, to go to Taxila. Stroll down the colorful Bazaars of Gilgit. (180 km, 5/6 hours drive).
Day 11 Gilgit to Hunza Karimabad.
We continue to the beautiful, breathtaking Hunza Valley through a scenic route. On our way we see the old Silk Route, perched precariously above the riverbank, used by the Buddhist monks, traders and the locals. As we drive north along the Hunza River, the view is suddenly overtaken by the towering summit of Rakaposhi (7,788m). We stop a while at the view viewpoint to have a grand view of the mountain. Enter the Hunza valley and arrive at the capital Karimabad. Overnight at Hotel. (100 km, 2/3 hours drive)
Day 12 Karimabad (Hunza)
Day free in Karimabad for short walks to Altit and Baltit Forts, and for other explorations in Hunza Valley. The people of Hunza are famous for their long lives. You can also see some beautiful peaks of Karakoram range from Karimabad; Rakaposhi, Diran, Ultar, Golden peak and the Nagar valley on the left bank of Hunza river. In Hunza each family grows enough wheat, maize, apricots and walnuts for its own use. The people are mostly self sufficient, making their own clothes, shoes, wooden and stone bowls and growing all their own food. The are very friendly and cheerful. In the afternoon you could walk up to Ultar glacier, follow the irrigation channel through the village or stroll through the single lane bazaar for better views of soaring peaks around you. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 13 Hunza – Besham/ Narran
Drive along the bank of Hunza River on Karakoram Highway, enjoying fascinating views of Karakoram Peaks from a different perspective. We might stop at Gilgit town for lunch. Arrive Besham/ Narran on the bank of Indus River, overnight at hotel. (260 km, 6/7 hours drive.)
Day 14 Besham / Narran - Islamabad
Full day drive on Karakoram Highway to Islamabad. We start early in the morning, to cover the 12 hours long drive. Short stay in Besham for lunch, by evening we shall reach Islamabad. Transfer to hotel. (500km, 12/13 hours drive)
Day 15 Departure Morning transfer to airport for departure flight to homeward destination.
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