Silk Route

Tour Details

The Karakoram Highway, built on the ancient Silk Route through the North, one of the wonders of the modern age opened a new outlet for the world. There was a day when desolate natural extremes, daunted to the most experienced travellers. For centuries, the Silk Route remained the sole trail for the caravans of merchants, savage invaders or devoted Buddhist pilgrims for their exoduses.

This dangerous route, for centuries, ever attempted by the most, determined and loin-hearted adventurers became luxurious today by availing the facility of transports and
accommodation all the way.

Travelling under the ‘roof of the world’ along the Indus River, enjoying all the way to its fantastic and historic destinations of Peshawar, Swat, Gilgit and Hunza, sighting the fascinating vales and peaks including 8125m Nanga Parbat, 7788M Rakaposhi, the tour will culminate at 4703m Khunjerab Pass, the highest paved border-crossing on earth between Pakistan and China.

Let experience a lifetime journey through bounties of nature and cultural variation of the Northern Pakistan.

Departure & Return Location

Islamabad International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Transportation Airport Pick and drop
  • Islamabad Local transport
  • Hotel accommodation with bed & breakfast in Islamabad two nights.
  • Transportation from Islamabad/Khunjerab Pass/Islamabad with all luggage.
  • One night in Besham Hotel full board (Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner)
  • Two night in Chilas Hotel full board (Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner)
  • One nights in Gulmit Hotel full board (Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner)
  • Two nights in Gilgit Hotel full board (Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner)
  • Three nights in Karimabad Hotel full board (Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner)
  • Wages, insurance, food of Guide

Price Excludes

  • Personal clothing.
  • Medication, ground evacuation
  • Room services, laundry charges, beverages and items of personal nature.
  • Phone /communication bills.
  • Insurance or liability of any members
  • Islamabad Hotel Lunch and Dinner.

Terms and Conditions

  • RESERVATIONS/PAYMENTS:A non-refundable deposit of $300 or 15% of the tour is required in order to make a reservation with the company. Total balance is due 3 weeks prior to departure. When price once fixed then any extra expenses will be charged to the client.
  • CANCELLATION & REFUNDBefore 3 weeks prior to departure, the deposit is non-refundable. Within 3 weeks, 50%, whichever is less, is non-refundable. once the tour starts 100% is non-refundable. There will be no refund for unused services.
  • CHANGES TO ITINERARY:The Karakorum Guides Treks & Tours have made attempts to make the itineraries accurate but the company has reserved the right to change itinerary under unfavourable conditions. In such circumstances the company will provide similar alternatives. We welcome any changes before final booking.
  • BAGGAGE:On treks and safaris 20 kg and on expeditions 50kg will be free.
  • LIABILITIES:The Karakorum Guides Treks & Tours will do its best to make the tours comfortable and secure. However, the company shall not responsible for any kind of injury, damage, death, loss, accident, delays, public disturbances, and all those that beyond our control.
  • INSURANCE AND TRAVEL RISKS:It is important for the clients to purchase a travel insurance package in their own country, hence no foreigner will be able to purchase an insurance in Pakistan. Trekking, expedition, tours, safari may involve risks and several other factors that cannot be foretold. Medical emergencies, natural calamities are common in high altitudes and we like to be assured that our clients are insured against helicopter evacuations, trip cancellations, and personal accidents so that they don’t have to suffer. It is to be noted that the company shall not bear any losses or provide compensation in case the guest’s insurance doesn’t cover any or all aspects of the trip.
MODE OF PAYMENT: Bank Transfer:

Name of the Bank:

National Bank Of Pakistan
Branch Skardu

Account Title:

Karakorum Guides Pakistan

Account No:

PK19 ASCM 0002 1901 0000 4810

Swift Code:

ASCMTKKA

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Islamabad, Pakistan

Arrive at Islamabad International Airport. Welcome by Blue Sky staff company guide and transfer to Hotel. First, we will have lunch and proceed for sightseeing of Islamabad. We will go to Shah Faisal Mosque, Daman-e-Koh for a panoramic view of Islamabad, and markets to see the real collection of oriental carpets and others. After a traditional Pakistani dinner we will return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2Drive to Besham

We will start our 8 hours drive early morning to Besham, the headquarter town and commercial center of the Shangla District in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. The town gives very comfortably overnight in modest hotels along the River Indus. Rest of the day at leisure

Day 3Drive to Gilgit

After breakfast, we will start 9 hours drive to Gilgit on KKH. Today the journey will take us to the stunning sceneries of Nanga Parbat, Rakaposhi, and Haramosh peaks. The day is tiring but also rewarding. We will travel via Patan, Komila, Dassu, and Chilas towns along the Indus River. We will see many rock carvings and inscriptions on KKH today. The Silk Route rock art is just like a guest book of explorers, merchants, warriors, and pilgrims from prehistoric periods.

Day 4Gilgit Sightseeing

The day will spend on exploring this historically rich city of the mountainous region. Gilgit has an important historical background as it lies at the crossroads of central and southern Asia. The city influenced by Kirghiz. Chinese, Arabs, and Tibetans. The place was also historical a marketplace where the Silk Road merchants and travelers barter goods and exchange ideas. In the 13th century, Marco polo also traveled through the town on his way to China. After breakfast, we will go to Kargah Nala to see the seventh-century rock-carved Buddha, a monastery, and stupas. We have the chance to watch the famous polo tournaments in the evening.

Day 5Khunjerab Excursion

This 5 to 6 hours excursion will start early morning and will go to the Khunjerab Pass (4733m), the highest paved road border crossing in the world. During the whole trip, we will enjoy the fascinating and spectacular landscapes and also visit Borit lake, Passu, and Gulkin glaciers snouts. The Ganesh watchtower and rock carvings are also worth places that will be visited today. We will have chances to see wildlife in the Karakoram National Park. Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6Free day for just relax or take optional walks and shops.

Day 7Drive back to Chilas

Day 8Drive to Islamabad (9–10 hours)

Day 9Transfer to Airport for onward flight.

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