Pakistan: Colors of Hunza Blossom Tour 2020

The most exiting season in the Hunza Pakistan is the autumn, at the end of the summer season in September the orchards start changing color like a bride Groom with colorful dress of her wading day, these fantastic changes brings a glorious Trans fusion into human body, which gives happiness and pleasure. In October it offers a picture seek view among the high mountain peaks of 7000 to 7800m, and above from the snow line to the water channel lies the colorful rocks which has a sharp ridges Nallahs Maize millet vegetables sunflower, waterfalls, lakes, Duck shooting possibility, enjoy the landscape with the Natural beauty the God Given Gift to human creatures. The areas are abounding in colorful flowers along with gushing streams, roaring waterfalls, particularly in Hunza. One can find pink, white, red, yellow, blue flowers, dancing, everywhere in the northern areas during autumn season. Autumn in Northern Areas of Pakistan is something to behold. This is the time of year when the trees of poplar, apricot, mulberry, peach, apple and plum burst forth into a riot of color with hues of orange, rust and red. The clear and bracing weather offers the best view of the surrounding mountains.

EVENT DURATION: 10D09N

EVENT DATE:

  • 03April-12April2020
  • 02Oct-11Oct2020

EVENT COSTING:

  • 09Pax and Above: SGD1400/Pax
  • 04-08Pax: SGD1600/Pax

*Single Supplement: SGD250/Pax additional

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Day-01 Islamabad-Rawalpindi
  • Day-02 Islamabad-Chilas 461km
  • Day-03 Chilas to Karimabad 240km, 5-6 hours
  • Day-04 Altit/Baltit Forts
  • Day-05 Hopper & Duiker Valley
  • Day-06 Duiker-Gulmit-Passu
  • Day-07 Khunjerab Pass-Karimabad
  • Day-08 Karimabad-Besham
  • Day-09 Besham-Islamabad
  • Day-10 Fly Home

DETAILED ITINERARY:

Day-01 Islamabad-Rawalpindi

Welcome at Islamabad airport, and transfer to hotel, after refreshment proceed for city tour of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, which includes famous Faisal Mosque, Shakar Parian, Pakistan monument, Damen Koh, Lok Versa, Museum, Rawalpindi old bazaar, Raja Bazaar.

Islamabad is a modern city located in the Pothohar Plateau in the northeastern part of the country, within the Islamabad Capital Territory. The region has historically been a part of the crossroads of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with Margalla pass acting as the gateway between the two regions. The city was built during the 1960s to replace Karachi as Pakistan’s capital. Islamabad is a well-organized international city divided into several different sectors and zones. It is regarded as the most developed city in Pakistan and is ranked as a Gamma- world city. The city is home to Faisal Mosque, the largest mosque in South Asia and the fourth largest mosque in the world

Rawalpindi is a lively, bustling city with the crowded streets and colorful bazaars, thorough it lacks the grand monuments; nonetheless, the bazaar should appeal to anyone with the desire to see the real Pakistan.

The buzzing Rajah Bazaar is a kaleidoscope of people and merchandise spreading in every direction from chaotic Fowara Chowk. You could spend hours exploring the colorful, crowded streets and buy anything from batteries to a new set of teeth. Dotted around are crumbling stone towers marking old Hindu temples.

Day-02 Islamabad-Chilas 461km

Drive to Besham 261km, 6-7hrs, after lunch continue drive to Chilas on Karakorum highway 200 km, 4-5hrs. Overnight at hotel

The Karakoram highway, extending for approximately 800 miles, is one of the world’s most well-known roads. The construction of the road was undertaken by the Chinese and Pakistani governments to link the two nations. The road is also referred to as the Friendship Highway. The road earned international fame, with some even referring to it as the eighth wonder of the world, because of the difficulties the workers faced in constructing it as well as the fact that it is one of the highest highways in the world. A section of the road goes through the Karakoram Mountains at a height of 15,466 feet.

The Road’s History

Construction of the Karakoram Highway began in 1959 and lasted for about 20 years. During its development, the two governments argued over some issues such as where to place the road. The government of Pakistan preferred having the road pass through Mintaka Pass while the Chinese government preferred the Khunjerab Pass. They finally agreed on the Khunjerab Pass after the Chinese proved that Mintaka could easily be affected by air strikes. A large number of workers, roughly 810 from Pakistan and 200 from China, died during the construction because of landslides. Many of the dead Chinese workers were buried in a cemetery at Gilgit. The government of Pakistan relied heavily on the Pakistan Army Corps of Engineers during the road’s construction.

The Karakoram Highway

The Karakoram Highway follows a route that in the past was part of the world-renowned Silk Road. It passes through towns such as Abbottabad, Dassu, and Upal. The section of the road in Pakistan is approximately 501 miles long and begins in the city of Abbottabad. In Pakistan, some famous physical features are visible from the Karakoram Highway such as the Indus River and Nanga Parbat. The governments have set aside vast sums of money to conduct upgrades of the road, particularly in the Pakistani section.

Day-03 Chilas to Karimabad 240km, 5-6 hours

Drive to Karimabad 240 km, 5-6hrs, en-route stop at junction point of three great mountain ranges meet, the Karakorum, Himalaya and Hindukush, at Thalichi for photography from Nanga Parbat 8,126m and at Rakaposhi view point for photography and refreshment.

The Hunza Valley is a mountainous valley, situated north/west of the Hunza River, at an elevation of around 2,500 m. The territory of Hunza is about 7,900 square km (3,100sq mi). Aliabad is the main town, while Baltit and Altit are popular tourist destination because of the spectacular scenery of the surrounding mountains.

The people are cheerful and friendly, almost all speak Burushaski and in upper Hunza they speak Wakhi. The miracle of the Hunzakuts longevity, supposedly resulting from their mostly vegetarian diet of cereals and fruits from Hunza valley, Panoramic views of Rakaposhi 7788m, Diran Peak 7266m, Spantik Peak 7027m, Ultar 7388 Lady Finger 6000m.

Day-04 Altit/Baltit Forts  

Morning visit Baltit Fort and Baltit village, afternoon visit Altit Fort and Altit village,

Baltit fort: One of the high valleys between China and Indian subcontinent. Facing Rakaposhi Peak, one of the highest mountain peaks in the world, Baltit Fort is poised majestically above Karimabad, the present-day capital of Hunza (Baltit was the capital of the old state of Hunza and is now included in the Karimabad settlement area).

Located on the rocky upper level of the Hunza hill and surrounded by Ultar Bar to the east, the Hyderabad Har to the west, Mount Ultar and its subsidiary range to the north, the Fort offers breathtaking views of the magnificent high mountains as well as a bird’s eye view of the villages in the valley. Baltit Fort has great historical, cultural and symbolic value to the local community. Historically, it was the seat of the Mirs of Hunza, a family that ruled the region for centuries. Culturally, with some buildings dating back to 12th century, it is a record of the architectural evolution of the area. The main building is an impressive stone structure with intricately detailed timber features. Its architecture is a significant example of Pakistan’s diverse heritage, reflecting distinct Tibetan influence as seen by the presence of a Tibetan ‘sky-light’ in the roof.

Altit Fort: It has been built on a sheer rock-cliff that falls 300 meters (1000 feet) into the Hunza River and is much older than the Baltit Fort. View of Altit fort, with the central town to the right and below the fort. The extreme gullies, sharp drop-off, and location high above the river made this settlement highly defensible and an older settlement than many in the central valley.

The majestic historical Altit fort is center of attraction due to its architectural design and strategic location. Altit is the birth place of the Hunza Kingdom and Altit fort is the first fort of the region. The fort has been constructed in six different stages by using various natural levels of the rock. The construction has been made right-on the edge of a sheer rock cliff that drops 1000 feet straight down to the Hunza River.

In the beginning it was built as a palace, soon after the addition of the watch tower a defensive architectural element it transformed to a fort. There is great possibility that different stages of the fort have been constructed during different times because the actual age of the fort is said to be more than 800 years. This fort is said to be around 50-100 years older than Baltit Fort.

Day-05 Hopper & Duiker Valley   

Morning visit Hopper (Nagar valley) and Hopper glacier (around 3hrs), and drive to Duiker valley to see sunset, arrive and transfer to hotel. After refreshment walk through the village to Holy shrines, today you will have opportunely to visit many local women and men working in the fields.

Duiker valley (Called Roof of the world; from the Duiker viewpoint have a spectacular view down to Karakoram Highway and awesome views of Golden peak 7027m, Rakaposhi7788m, Ultar Sar 7388m, Diran Peak 7266m, Lady Finger 6000m and Disteghil Sar 7885m.

Day-06 Duiker-Gulmit-Passu 

Drive to Passu 1hr, en-route visit Attaabad Lake, arrive and transfer to hotel, after refreshment visit Borith Lake, Gulkin village, Gulmit village, Passu Glacier, Passu village, Hussani village and Hussani suspension bridge.

Gulmit used to be the second capital of Hunza kingdom in 960 years. It is one of the most important and center places of the Wakhi inhabitants, which is called Gojal or Upper Hunza. High mountains of 5500m to 7785m, with a unique color of surround Gulmit Brown, green and white, this unique cultural place lies on the Right Bank of Hunza River.

Borith Lake, a large brackish lake that attracts a number of migratory birds in February, June, September and November, from Ghulkin a footpath crosses the grey Ghulkin glacier to Borith Lake, two hours away. It’s a tricky 1.25km across the glacier. Over the years the lake has grown swampy and brackish. Ghulkin villagers have organized themselves to keep hunters from threatening migratory waterfowl, mainly tufted.

The Hussaini Suspension Bridge, over the Hunza River, connects Zarabad hamlet to Hussaini village. Hussaini is located at about 45 kms from Aliabad Hunza and 132 kms from Gilgit.

This bridge is known as a dangerous bridge due to the massive gaps between the planks and the wild swing. In 1960, the President of Pakistan Ayub Khan visited Zarabad for hunting purpose and directed the authorities to construct a suspension bridge which was finally completed in 1967-68. In the winter season the locals of Hussaini construct temporary bridges to make access to Zarabad.

Day-07 Khunjerab Pass-Karimabad  

Full day excursion to Khunjerab Pass 4733m, (Pak- China Border) evening drive back to Karimabad for overnight

Khunjerab Pass elevation 4,733m is a high mountain pass in the Karakoram Mountains in a strategic position on the northern border of Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan region and on the southwest border of the Xinjiang region of China. Its name is derived from Wakhi ‘Khun’ means Home and ‘Jerav’ means spring water/water falling. The Khunjerab Pass is the highest paved international border crossing in the world and the highest point on the Karakoram Highway. The road way across the pass was completed in 1982, and has superseded the unpaved Mintaka and Kilik Passes as the primary passage across the Karakoram.

Day-08 Karimabad-Besham   

Drive back to Chilas 240km, after lunch continue drive to Besham via Karakorum highway 200km, arrive and transfer to hotel. 

Day-09 Besham-Islamabad

Drive to Islamabad 6-7hrs 261km, en-route visit Taxila museum and historical sites

Taxila: Most of the archaeological sites of Taxila (600 BC to 500 AD) are located around Taxila museum. For over one thousand-year Taxila remained famous as a centre of learning Gandhara art of sculpture, architecture, education and Buddhism in the days of Buddhist glory.

There are over 50 archaeological sites scattered in a radius of 30 km around Taxila. In Taxila visit archaeological sites of Jaulian, Mohra Moradu and Sirkap. Later visit.

Taxila museum: A museum comprising various sections with rich archaeological finds of Taxila. It is one of the best and well-maintained site museums of Pakistan.

There are 5 small stupas in the city. The first one being the Dharmarajika stupa, which is locate two miles from Taxila museum. Then is the Glen of Giri, which is about three-and-half miles from Dharmarajika stupa, this is atop the highest peak of the range of hills are two stupas and a fortress built in a cleft near a spring of pure, sweet water. Jaulian is another marvelous complex of chapels, stupas and a monastery with assembly hall, store rooms, refectory, kitchen and bathrooms still very well preserved. Two miles west of Jaulian is another well-preserved monastery at Mohra Moradu. In one of the monk’s cells here there was found a stupa with almost all the details intact. At Jandial, a mile-and-a-half from Sirsukh, is an image-less temple in the classic Greek style, with sandstone columns and cornices.

Day-10 Fly Home

Transfer to Islamabad airport for return flight.

SERVICES INCLUDED

1) Accommodation & Meals

Accommodation will be provided based on following hotels sharing twin/double occupancy.

Note: Alternate accommodation will be provided if rooms in above mentioned hotels are not available.

Name of city /village  Name of Hotel  Meals Plan
 Islamabad

 Chilas

 Karimabad

 Duiker

 Passu

 Besham

 Jasmine Guest House

 Shangri-La Midway

 Hunza Embassy

 Eagles Nest hotel

 Sari Silk Route

 Hill Ton hotel

 Bed and Breakfast

 Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 Breakfast, lunch, dinner

2)All land transportation airconditioned, Jeep

3) Taxes and Fees

Road taxes

All entry fees to forts and sites

Bridge crossing fees.

Khunjerab National pare entry fee

4) Tour Guide

Professional English-speaking guide

5) Visa for Pakistan

Hunza Guides issue following visa documents to our participants for obtaining visa for Pakistan.

1. Visa invitation letter

2. Attested sketch Itinerary

3. Attested passport details

4. Hotel Reservation

5. Hunza Guides license copy

6. Hunza Guides registration copy

7. Tax certificate

8. Pakistan Association of Tour Operators Certificate

9. Hunza Guides owner passport copy and NIC Card.

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED

Below mentioned services are not included in our package

 International air ticket & airport taxes.

 Visa fee for Pakistan & personal insurance of the clients.

 Meals: Lunch and Dinner in Islamabad only

 Transfers to and from airports for participants making individual air arrangements

 Optional excursions or deviations from the scheduled tour

 All personal expenses such as telephone, fax, email charges, liquor or soft drinks,

 Room service, gratuities for personal services, items of a purely

 Any other service that is not mentioned in the list above.

NOTE
 If group splits due to personal reasons, the cost will be charged additionally.

 Extra hotel nights (if any) will be charged to trekking members.

 Any extra cost due to road blockade or any other unforeseen reason will be charged in addition to normal package offer.

 If government imposes a fee or new condition resulting extra charges (after the package is submitted) the same will be charged in addition to normal package offer.

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