Fast facts

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A single supplement is not always possible on this trip. In many instances campsite size is limited and it will be necessary to share with another team member. This also applies to mountaineering expeditions. Single supplement in hotels is available. Please contact Shams Alpine Mountaineering & Trekking Pvt Ltd for specific detail, relevant to your trip.


Entry points  

Shimshal can be reached from Islamabad by plane to Gilgit city or else by road along the Karakoram Highway to Hunza. Another way is by road from Tashkurgan, China on the Karakoram Highway through Khunjerab National Park and the Old Silk Route to Passu valley.



Discover the spectacular hidden Karakoram with English speaking, world renowned Shimshali mountain guides

Adventure travel

By its very nature adventure travel involves an element of the unexpected. In remote and developing countries do not expect standards you are used to at home. Remote areas are sometimes unpredictable and itineraries may be altered. To get the most out of your adventure it is important that you are flexible, positive and eager to take on all the challenges that arise. If you are uncertain about your suitability for this trip we recommend that you contact us with any concerns. We are happy to answer any questions.

Responsible travel

The environments we travel through are fragile. It is our responsibility as visitors to minimize the impact of our presence.

Gilgit – Phandar – Hunza  &  Nagar Valley – Cherry Blossom Tour   

 Trip Duration:                            12 days

Season:                                       April

Grade:                                         Entry level normal tour

Activities:                                   Tour  & exploring the  traditional valleys

Accommodation:                         12 days trip, 10 days tour, 11 or 12 night hotel, 00 nights camping


Tour from Gilgit Airport to Shimshal Village

On your drive/tour from Gilgit to Phandar Valley, Karimabad Hunza and onto Passu (along the KKH and a section of the ancient Silk Road) and then to Shimshal village, you will enjoy some of the most outstanding scenery in Northern Pakistan. The Gilgit River and terraces of farmland and its bloom will be beside you as you drive north. You will stop and enjoy the views of the junction of the Western edge of the Himalayas with the Karakorum and the Hindu Kush mountain ranges. You will stop at the base of Rakaposhi (7,788m) and gaze up the Ghulmet Glacier at the highest unbroken slope on earth 5,838m above you. You will explore beautiful Karimabad with its delicious apricots (in the right season) and the famous Baltit Fort. The ancient roadside sacred rocks at Haldeikish and the drive north through picturesque and colorful villages and farmland and along the Khunjerab river; then to Passu  with the amazing granite cathedral mountain tops surrounding you before you turn off the KKH up the narrow breath taking gorge road to Shimshal. 


Short itinerary

Day 01    Arrival in Islamabad (600m) – Hotel

Day 02    Fly to Gilgit or drive to Chilas – Hotel

Day 03    Drive to Phandar valley – Hotel

Day 04    Drive to Hunza, Karimabad (2,400m) – Hotel

Day 05    Free day for photography in Hunza Valley – Hotel 

Day 06    Drive to Shimshal village (3,100m) – Hotel

Day 07    Drive back to Hunza – Hotel

Day 08    Excursion Hopper Valley of Nagar and Back Hunza – hotel

Day 09    Drive to Gilgit – Hotel

Day 10    Fly to Islamabad or drive to Bisham – Hotel

Day 11    Make visit or second day of drive to Islamabad – Hotel

Day 12    Departure from Islamabad to home  


Our Services Include

An experienced English speaking high altitude Guide.

Wages for crew members

Good quality accommodation in cities and towns in twin bed shared rooms. Single room supplement is available.

Internal Jeep transport by private vehicle.

Invitation letter for travel to Pakistan to assist your visa application and assistance on your arrival and departure.


Service does not include

Bottled water, aerated drinks, alcohol, laundry and other items of personal nature

Meals except where indicated in the itinerary

Personal snacks, energy bars, energy gels, sweets, Personal phone calls and laundry

Tips for crew members

International airfares,Travel Insurance, Airport and departure taxes.

Single supplement


Guides and porters

Our local guides and porters are all experienced, handpicked and trained by Shaheen Baig and Qudrat Ali (directors of Shams Alpine) to ensure that our clients have the best opportunity for success with comfort. A porter will carry your kit bag and you will be expected to carry your own day pack which should be large enough to carry all you will need throughout the day e.g. sunscreen, raincoat, water bottle, camera, spare long sleeved clothing, snow protection glasses, sun protection gloves, hat and scarves, snack food, etc.