Fast facts

Country Visited

Pakistan

Visas

Yes*

 

Vaccinations

Please consult a travel vaccination specialist for up to date information

           

Singles

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.

 

Leader

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.

Karakoram Highway  – Hunza Valley -Khunjerab Pass  – Tour   

 

Trip Duration:  17 days

Season:  June – September

Grade:  Entry level trek and Jeep tour – optional climbing

Activities:  Trekking & exploring the traditional valleys

Accommodation:  17 days trip, 9 days trek &Yak Safari, 9 nights hotel, 8 nights camping

 

Tour from Gilgit Airport  Along KKH  to Khunjerab Pass.

On your drive/tour from Gilgit to 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 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 headed to the highest pass, Pak-China border, Khunjerab Pass. 

 

About this Trip

Safari is the easiest, fastest and most comfortable way to explore Pakistan that can cover the most notable and exciting places in one tour and also presents an opportunity to interact with the people. Shinshal Village, Khunjerab Pass and other valleys of Gojal and Hunza are the most preferred Jeep safari destinations in Northern Pakistan, which offer the most memorable experiences  of the remote barren landscapes, beautiful rich farming valleys, culturally diverse people, ancient historical sites/buildings, spectacular snow capped mountains, road-side icy glaciers  and deep ravines are forever etched in your memory of the beautiful of Northern Pakistan.

 

Short itinerary

Day 01    Arrival in Islamabad (600m) – Hotel

Day 02    Fly to Gilgit or drive to Chilas – Hotel

Day 03    Drive to Hunza, Karimabad (2,400m) – Hotel

Day 04    Free day for photography in Hunza Valley – Hotel

Day 05    Drive to Khunjerab Pass and Back to Sost – Hotel

Day 06    Drive to Passu Village (2,500m) – Hotel

Day 07    Drive back to Hunza (2,400m) – Hotel

Day 08    Excursion Hopper Valley of Nager and Back Hunza – Hotel

Day 09    Drive to Gilgit – Hotel

Day 10    Fly to Islamabad or drive to Bisham – Hotel

Day 11    Maket 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 guides

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

Internal Jeep transport by private vehicle.

Bridge fees.

Invitation letter for travel to Pakistan to assist your visa application

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

International airfares,Travel Insurance, Airport and departure taxes.

Single supplement

 

Guides and porters

Our local guides, staff and porters are all experienced, handpicked and trained by The founder members of Shams Alpine, Mr. Qudrat Ali and Mr. Shaheen 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.