If one needs a break from the hustle bustles of modern life and get relax in countryside, then Northern Areas of Pakistan is the best choice.
The deep valleys of Northern areas of Pakistan were the last of the great geographical mysteries of the world to be solved only at the beginning of the 20th century. The tribes living here were isolated from the rest of the world thousands of years with very little contact and hence preserved their culture from any apparent foreign influences. We have designed this program for the dual intention of taking out to the places offering spectacular scenery, wilderness and geographical variation in addition to giving a cultural insight into the related regions. Day walks will be easy to moderate with four six hours walk. Overnight stay will be arranged in hotels/motels and luxury transport.
There is a wealth of history and culture stretching back to Buddhist times and earlier, much of it still in evidence in local architecture, language and traditions of the people. Or if all you want is to indulge yourself, to relax and enjoy the views and scenery, then Northern Areas is the best place to do it. And North Tiger Pakistan tailored this program for you to discover and enjoy with mountain culture.
Not all the glacier streams can support marine life, as most of them are too muddy.North Tiger Tourism has selected a number of white water streams and lakes for their trout catch. One can also enjoy the camp life along with the angling experience.
Day 01 Islamabad
Upon arrival at Islamabad Airport meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon sight-seeing of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. We drive on the Mall by an ancient basilica in gothic architecture and other, buildings. Visit Raja Bazar the ancient city centre in the old Rawalpindi city. Raja Bazar retains the hoary fervor with its lively oriental markets in bright tinge, simmering with folks from different walks of life. Amidst the market festooned with garland shops, and stalls of fortune tellers, chewing tobacco and snuff sel1ers, money changers, we might come across the astonishing sight, of a snake charmer with his cobras (a gypsy people of Dravidian ethnic origin). Proceed to Islamabad the modern capital of Pakistan, drive past by Government buildings, the Presidency planned an American architect EwardDurrel Stone, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and secretariat blocks planned by a group Italian architects Fernorolli, Rosili and Geoponti. We arrive at Shah Faisal's Mosque the largest in the world. Proceed to Damin-a.-Koh an elevated photogenic point for a panoramic view of entire Islamabad. Islamabad has developed as arendezvous of various cultures and ultimately a cosmopolitan metropolis. We drive back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 Islamabad-Saidu Sharif
Drive to Saidu Sharif in Swat valley 165 kms 6-7 hrs drive. Enroute we will stop to visit the archeologicalsite of Takht-i-Bhai dating back to 2nd century A.D.
Swat known as Switzerland of the east. And 'it is also rich history. Although Buddha started its preaching .in the foot hills of Himalayas, but Buddhism owes all its theological development to the region of Gandhara which constitute now country around Peshawar and Swat valley. Gandhara is mentioned as the second holy land by the Chinese pilgrims visiting during 2nd to 7th century A. D. It. is mentioned that Swat valley alone used to support 1400 monasteries and 25X of the male population used to devote their life to live like monks, serving the religion. Gandhara was also the birth place for two. of the largest schools of Buddhist theologies still existing in the world to date namely Mahayana and Tantrica.
Later in the afternoon we will visit the colorful bazaars of Saidu Sharif and the museum. Meals and overnight in hotel.
Day 03 Saidu Sharif-Kalah
Horning drive to Kalam, the upper Swat, valley an alpine countryside blended with cultural riches of Swati mountain tribes. You will drive along roaring waters of swat river, thick coniferous forests, hanging houses on mountain slops, lusji green meadows, snow covered mountains and best of all we come across the tribal men and women in their typical colorful costumes.
Lunch in PTDC motel : Hi and am and later walking excursion. Over night in hotel.
Day 4 Walking Excursion
After breakfast start. walking in alpine meadows of. Picnic lunch.Over night in hotel/motel.
Day 5 Mtandah-Chilas
Drive to chilas 8/9 hrs drive. Northern Ares of Pakistan is the meeting place of four of the mightiest mountain ranges in the world namely the Himalayas, the Karakorum, the Hindukush and the little Pamirs.
Today you will see the changing flora and fauna as we will travel through Himalayas, along Hindukush. Onward we will Join the Karakorum highway (KKH) at Besham. Now we will drive on Karakorum highway, along the Indus fiver flowing through-the narrow gorge. You will see the spectacular heights of Nanga Parbat, altitude 8125 mts and the ninth highest peak in the world. Arrive Chilas and transfer to hotel for overnight.
Chilas was an important Junction on the ancient trade route. The best sights are the hundreds of rock carvings along the Indus below the town a fair sampling of the 20,000 petroglyphs (rock drawings) that are concentrated at ten', major sites between Hunza and Shatial. The carvings date back from 5th century BC to 7th century ad.
Day 6 Chilas-Gilgit
Drive to Gilgit. Gilgit is the capital town of Northern areas located on the Karakorum highway (the old silk road) an important junction and ancient trade caravan route on the cross roads of history, which was the venue of four major trade routes from China, Central Asia, India and Kashmir. This legendary Shangri-La on the roof of the world extended to the border lands: touching the Wakhen Corridor and Central Asia the famous border strip that separated the British India from Russia was the political arena of the Great Game. Following the footsteps of Marco Polo and Chinese king Kanishka.
Gilgit at present is thriving market for new trade links developed with China and Central Asian countries.
Day 07 Gilgit Walking
We explore the vicinity of Gilgit visiting Karga vale witness the a clausal rock carved Buddha and KargaNala along with the water channel. Picnic lunch and over night in hotel.
Day 08 Gilgit-Karimabad
Drive to Hunza Karimabad. Proceeding north you will itrive towards China border. The sight of Rakaposhi will over whelm any other experience as you watch this 7788 mis peak star ting from your feet standing at the altitude of 2000 mts. It is wedding cake white and a who1e massif of ice
.Hunza is known as Shangrila and it also famous with its longevity of peoples. Every- body here is known to live for 100 year's. No wander when they eat just fruits in summer and save serials and dried meet for the long winter and their water is rich in minerals.Afternoonvisit to 700 years old Baltit fort, the oldpalace ofthe Mirs ofHunza.Lunch at Karimabad.Over hotel
Day 09 Walking Excursion To Doiker
We will take you to some 800 mts high in the valley walking through the villages of Hunza. From higher up view point, after the ascend of 2 hours you will berewarded with a view of fiveseven thousand meterpeaks. After a picnic lunch walk back to the hotel.Over night in hotel.
Day 10 Karimabad-Gulhit Walkin
Day walking through the villages and reaching Kumar as an e levated view point and village further up we walk to the ruins of an ancient fort, here we en joy a commanding and panoramic view of the valley along with several towering peaks above 7000 mtrs. starting from Gulmit we will end our day in Gulkin. It will take 4/5 hours. Later return back to Gulmit for dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 11 Gulmit Walking Excursion
Full day walking excursion to Buret Lake a salty lake, picnic lunch in. the serene vicinity amidst this Shangri-La. The walk features splendid views of Glacier and lofty peaks including Passu Peaks. Return to your hotel for overnight.
Day 12 Gulmit-Khunjerab-Gilgit
Drive to Khunjerab Pass and after a brief sojourn and picnic lunch on the top, we drive back to Gilgit. On arrival at Gilgit transfer to hotel for the overnight.
Day 13 Gilgit-Skardu
Drive to Skardu through the Indus gorge along the Indus river. On arrival at Skardu transfer to hotel for overnight.
Day 14 Skardu Walking
After breakfast sightseeing of Skardu town, visit.Kharpocho fort, Buddhist rock carving and Satpara lake. Spent, the day till afternoon in round trekking of the lake, boating or angling if the fisheries department give permission. Lunch at local inn beside the lake.Evening drive back to your hotel.
Day 15 Skardu-Khaplu
Drive' to Khaplu through the rugged mountain grandeur with views of side valleys and vistas, enroute witness the junction of Indus and Shykok river. Overnight at hotel.
Day 16 Khaplu Walking
Morning visit the Royal palace of former Raja of Khaplu. Later visit the Grand Mosque (Chakhchan), exquisitely adorned with floral wood carvings and reflect unique ancient architecture with entablature supportingthe minaret like structure, known as Tibetan chorten. We shall follow the Ganche stream to the last settlement of Happi village (the origin of Zakhorpa). After briefsojournfor lunch we ascent to anelevated spot of Thoqsi Kar for a commanding of north and eastern sights of theGhanche district. Then we proceed to Thang plateau for a view of Mashabrum Peak (7,821 mts). Evening back tohotel.
Day 17 Khaplu-Skardu
After breakfast proceed a ferry across the river in a local raft known as Zakh and the special highlight of the tour.
Later drive back to Skardu in 3 hours, although we drive back by the same route but will experience a view of diverse mountain scape travelling in the opposite direction. Overnight in hotel.
Day 18 Skardu-Islamabad
Transfer to airport. Embark your flight to Islamabad the most spectacular air-routes in the world offering awe-inspiring views of unique mountain terrains with perennial glaciers and snowfield and green valleys. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Morning free for relaxation and afternoon is optional for shopping tour of Rawalpindi, offers a variety of handicrafts in onyx, lather and typical Afghan and local carpets.
In case the flight is canceled we will travel to Islamabad in two laps reaching on day 19 with a night stay in Chilas.
Day 19 Islamabad
Free day.Overnight in hotel.
Drive to Islamabad. Lunch at Besham.Overnight hotel.
Day 20 Islamabad-Onward
Transfer to airport in transit for your onward destination. Assistance at the airport.
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