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Gilgit Baltistan Tour Pakistan 2020

Gilgit Baltistan Tour is an impressive holiday in Pakistan which combines the thrills of touring in the glacial mountains of the Himalaya and Karakoram region with the pleasure of exploring the ancient cultures, traditions and colourful valley of Naran, Gilgit, Hunza, Skardu and Astore.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spectacular Mountains Vistas of the Karakoram Range, Pakistan.
  • Sneaky view of Nanga Parbat (8,126 m) from KKH.
  • See medieval Altit, Baltit, Shigar and Khaplu Forts
  • Experience the Khunjerab Pass (4,693 m)
  • Discover the ancient culture of Gilgit Baltistan Region
  • Drive on the famous Karakoram Highway, Pakistan

OVERVIEW

Gilgit Baltistan is situated in the northern part of Pakistan, bordering with Xinjiang province of China and the Kargil Ladakh part of India. It is home to some of the world’s highest Peaks and longest mountain ranges. The main mountain ranges found here are, Karakoram, Himalaya and the Hindukush. Gilgit Baltistan Tour offers a magnificent opportunity to explore the hidden away mountain valleys, people and their cultures, ancient traditions and old Himalayan kingdoms. Travel on the ancient Silk Route, modern Karakoram Highway which was travelled by merchants, warriors, religious monks and explores for many centuries.
Since many years Trango Adventure have been offering Gilgit Baltistan tours as a group, couple and family holidays. Trango Adventure organise a 12-14 days Gilgit Baltistan tour, duration may be longer or shorter depending on your need and avalaible time. All our Pakistan holidays can be made tailor made for you. This is an example travel itinerary to give you an idea of what we can offer.
Our Gilgit Baltistan Tour starts from Islamabad, the green and purpose built capital of Pakistan. Islamabad is the nearest Internationale airport to arrive for Gilgit Baltistan Tours. Our representative will meet and greet you at Islamabad international Airport then transfer you to the hotel, rest of the day in Islamabad is to recover from the journey. We will meet again in the evening over dinner to give you a detailed briefing about the Gilgit Baltistan Tour. Next day you will head towards Naran, passing through culturally rich and historical Towns, Taxila, Hasan Abdal, Haripur and Abbottabbad. Night stay in Naran Town in the lush green Nara & Kaghan Valley. From Naran, you will travel along the Naran river before cutting through the heart of the rugged Kaghan Valley to Babussar Pass (4,067m). Babussar is a high altitude Pass which only remains open in the summer. The colourful array of mountain flowers in Kaghan valley provide a scenic backdrop on this alternate route to Chilas. Chilas appears to be an ‘oasis in a desert’ with a unique charm. Here you will have a magnificent view of the three World highest Mountain ranges: Karakoram in the north, Himalayas in east and Hindu Kush in west. Chilas is the getaway to Nanga Parbat 8,126 meter. We rejoin Karakoram Highway with the view of Nanga Parbat in the background to Gilgit. Gilgit is the administrative capital of Gilgit Baltistan region and getaway to China. You will spend one night in Gilgit then rejoin Karakoram highway to Karimabad. Karimabad is the capital of modern Hunza valleyHunza Valley’s natural splendour and position on the Central Asian Silk Route has attracted travellers, merchants, and mountaineers for centuries. Beyond its iconic glaciers, fertile apricot farms, and turquoise lakes, this region is also rich in cultural heritage. In Karimabad, you will visit the local bazar, explore the town and UNESCO listed over 700 years old Altit and Baltit forts. After exploring the Hunza valley, you will head towards Skardu to continue your Gilgit Balitistan Tour in Baltistan. Skardu is the administrative capital of Baltistan region. It is located at the elevation of 2,500 metres, along the bank of Indus which separates the Karakoram Range from the Himalayas. Skardu is the getaway to some of the world famous mountains, K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum i, Gasherbrum ii, Masherbrum, Spantik, Hispar Glacier, Trango Towers, Baltoro Glacier and many other peaks. In Skardu, explore the long Bazar, walk to Kharpocho Fort and experience a wild ancient style Polo match. After Spending Two nights in Skardu, you will follow the Indus then Shyok river to Khaplu valley. Khaplu is one of the biggest and beautiful towns of Baltistan which lies along the Shyok river. You will be staying at the ex residency of local Royal family. The ex royal palace is now a hotel and museum operated by Serena. Khaplu is an old Balti town, visit the local bazar, explore the narrow streets and historical Chaqchan mosque dating 1370. After visiting Khaplu, you will head back to Skardu via Shigar valley. You will have lunch in Shigar Fort (Serena Hotel) then drive to Skardu for the night stay. From Skardu you will continue your Gilgit Baltistan Tour on the to Astore via Deosai Plain. Deosai is the world second highest Plateau and home to Himalayan brown bear. Night stay in Astore then to the Islamabad. Next day you will be transfer to Islamabad international’s Airport for your flight back home. Please make sure to book your return flight on the last day of the itinerary from Islamabad.
We strongly believe that “Gilgit Baltistan Tour” is a once in a life time experience.

Please have a look at our TWO videos about this tour on YourTube, Booth Videos are taken in July-August 2019 in Gilgit Baltistan.

2019: Gilgit Baltistan tour,on Trango Adventure’s Channel on YouTube.

2019: Gilgit Baltistan tour, on YouTube.

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BRIEF ITINERARY
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ARRIVAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN

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ISLAMABAD TO NARAN/CHILAS (461 km) 8 HOURS

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NARAN TO GILGIT, (134 km) 6 HOURS

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GILGIT TO KARIMABAD (102 km) 3 HOURS

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KARIMABAD (2,440 m):

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KARIMABAD TO KHUNJERAB PASS (4,880m) 3-4 HOURS

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HUNZA TO SKARDU, (286 km) 7 HOURS

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SKARDU (2,230 m)

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SKARDU TO KHAPLU, (103 km) 2-3 HOURS

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KHAPLU (2,600 m)

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KHAPLU TO SKARDU VIA SHIGAR 2-3 HOURS

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SKARDU TO ASTOR (265 km) 7 HOURS

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ASTOR TO ISLAMABAD (461 km) 9 HOURS

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DEPARTURE DAY-FLY BACK HOME

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INTRODUCTION

Trango Adventure has a long track record of organising Gilgit Baltistan tour in Pakistan. We have been offering Gilgit Baltistan tours since many years. We designed our itinerary based on Over 40 Years of experience, which is the best in terms of acclimatization, safety and enjoyment.

It is our intention to keep to the day by day itinerary detailed below, although there might be some flexibility due to local conditions, weather or other factors beyond our control. If this is the case then your Tour Guide will do everything possible to work out the changes to the itinerary in order to minimise your inconvenience.

Adventure travel & Tours requires an open and flexible attitude. You may experience extreme conditions, unpredictable weather and last-minute changes to the itinerary beyond our control. The ability to work in a team is an important aspect of all of our trips.

DETAILED ITINERARY

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ARRIVAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD-PAKISTAN

Welcome to Pakistan. Most of the international flights arrive at Islamabad International Airport in the morning. Your Guide will meet and greet you at the airport, then transfer you to the hotel. Rest of the days is free to recover from your journey. Later in the day, when everyone has arrived, we will have a group briefing about the Gilgit Baltistan tour. Depending on the time available to us, there may be an option to do some sightseeing in Islamabad, a purpose-built City in 1961 as the new capital of Pakistan.
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ISLAMABAD TO CHILLAS/NARAN (4,61km) 8-9 HOURS

 After breakfast you will leave the purpose-built capital city Islamabad behind and start your Gilgit Baltistan tour towards the North on the Karakoram Highway. You will pass through many historical towns and lush green valley of Naran and Kaghan to a luxury hotel in Naran/Chillas town. Chilas is a small town along the Indus River and it is the getaway to Nanga Parbat 8,126 meter.
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NARAN TO GILGIT, (134 km) 6 HOURS

 In the morning you will start your journey Towards Gilgit on the Karakoram Highway along the mighty Indus and Hunza River. The real attractions of Pakistan are in the Gilgit Baltistan and to get there you need to travel along the world’s highest paved road, The Karakoram Highway. Driving along The Karakoram Highway is an unforgettable experience; you will see magnificient peaks and valleys, rivers and glaciers. Twenty-one of the world’s one hundred highest peaks are visible from the KKH and the journey is a great introduction to the mountains as civilisation slips away behind us.
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GILGIT TO KARIMABAD (102 km) 3 HOURS

We rejoin Karakoram Highway to Travel towards Hunza Valley. We pass through beautiful small villages with many happy faces. We will have quick stops and tea breaks along the way. Rakaposhi view point on the side of the kkh will be the highlight of day. We will arrive in Karimabad around lunch time, rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore the beautiful Karimabad town.
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KARIMABAD (2,440m)

Rise and shine early to experience a spectacular sunrise view above Rakaposhi peak. Karimabad is the ancient capital of Hunza valley, it is the gateway to mountain valleys and a great place to unwind for a day. Wander the cobblestone streets, bargain for rubies and handicrafts, feast on Hunza cuisine, get to grips with the dark history of 700 year old UNESCO listed Baltit Fort, take a peek at the Silk Road from Altit Fort and watch the sun set over the river below.
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KARIMABAD TO KHUNJERAB PASS (4,880m) 3 HOURS

 Today, we are off on an epic adventure. Travelling by minibus/Jeep, we will head up towards Khunjerab Pass. The scenery from the road is truly incredible and we will make frequent stops for photos and chai. We will make our way up towards the Pakistan-China trade border, which is the highest trade border in the world. Set in a craggy bowl of mountains and surrounded by glaciers, this is a truly breathtaking landscape steeped in history. We will spend the night in a comfortable hotel in Passu.
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HUNZA TO SKARDU (286 km) 7 HOURS

After breakfast you will continue your Gilgit Baltistan tour by following Karakoram Highway with the view of Rakaposhi in the background. The road gradually gains height but one does not feel it until you reaches Alam Bridge. After 3 hours drive, at Alam Bridge you will leave Karakoram Highway behind and follow the Indus River to reach Skardu. Along the Indus river there are many small villages which are laden with fruits like apricot, cherries and apple trees. You will be doing few stops along the way for tea breaks and purchase some fresh fruits from the locals. Night stay in Skardu.
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SKARDU (2,230 m)

 Skardu is the administrative capital of Baltistan Valley. Baltistan was one of the oldest Himalayan kingdoms before being incorporated into Pakistan. After breakfast your Skardu tour will begin by a half an hour drive to Sadpara Lake to enjoy the breath-taking scenery. After Sadpara Lake, you will visit the Manthal Buddha Rock, it is a large granite rock on which picture of Buddha has engraved which probably dates back to 8 century. On the way back you will head towards Kachura Lakes. The Kachura lakes are two lakes, Upper Kachura lake and lower Kachura lake. The latter is also known as Shangrila lake and is within a tourist resort named Shangrila resort. You will have lunch at one of the chosen lakes then drive back to Skardu town. In the town you will have some free time to explore the local markets before dinner at your hotel.
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SKARDU TO KHAPLU, (103km) 2-3 HOURS

 Today you will continue your Gilgit Baltistan tour towards Khaplu along the Indus then Shyok river. You will pass through some lush green balti villages to arrive in Khaplu. Khapulu was the second-largest kingdom in old Baltistan of the Yabgo dynasty. It guarded the trade route to Ladakh along the Shyok River. In Khaplu you will be staying at the ex royal palace (now Serena Hotel). The ex Royal Palace, Khaplu fort has now turned into a Luxury Hotel.
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KHAPLU (2,600m)

After spending the night in the ex royal palace, Khaplu fort, you will head out to visit the local bazar, explore the town and see the 700 years old Chaqchan Mosque. Chaqchan Mosque, Dating from 1,370, is one of the oldest in the region, it dates from the time when the area’s populace converted en mass from Buddhism to Islam. Chaqchan Mosque remains open (except friday prayer time) 24 hours and seven days a week.
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KHAPLU TO SKARDU VIA SHIGAR 2-3 HOURS

Follow the Shyok, Indus than Shigar River to reach Shigar. Shigar is a lush green Valley and it is the getaway to K2 and many famous treks and peaks. In Shigar, you will visit the historical Shigar fort, which is now turn into a museum and Luxury hotel (Serena Hotel). It is belong to the same brand of Khaplu Palace hotel. You will have a nice lunch here before driving to Skardu. You will have the option to spend the night in Shigar for or in the same hotel in Skardu.
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SKARDU TO ASTORE (265 km) 7 HOURS

We will be exploring Deosai plains on the way to Astore. Deosai is the world second highest Plateau which is home to Himalayan brown bear and snow loepards. Spot a brown bear and other species along the way.
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ASTORE TO ISLAMABAD (461km) 9 HOURS

We will rejoin Karakoram highway then turn left to take Naran Road towards Naran and Kaghan Valley. Pass via some culturally rich and historical towns, Mansehra, Abbottabbad, Hasan Abdal and Taxila. Taxila is an important archaeological site of ancient India, situated about 32 km north-west of Islamabad. The origin of Taxila as a city goes back to c.1000 BCE. Some ruins at Taxila date to the time of the Achaemenid Empire in the 6th century BCE.
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DEPARTURE DAY-FLY BACK HOME

We will transfer you to Islamabad International Airport for your flight back home – End of “Gilgit Baltistan Tour”

Gilgit Baltistan Tour dates & prices

Private Groups – Chose your own Dates

Tour start and finish in Islamabad

BEST SEASON TYPE PRICE (USD) DEPOSIT
Mar-Apr-May Full Borad USD $2,100 USD $ 420
Jun-Jul-Aug-Sep Full Board USD $2,100 USD $ 420

Introduction

Above Gilgit Baltistan Tour prices are for (individuals) per person and based on two person sharing a twin or double room. Single supplements are available upon request at a small addition cost. We have great range of Couple, Family and  Group discounts are available, contact us before booking. Gilgit Baltistan tour prices are for the itinerary starting from Islamabad to Hunza – Skardu and back to Islamabad. International flights from most cities of the world arrives in Islamabad in the morning, Return flights will depart from Islamabad International airport on the last day of the itinerary.

Please be aware that there are often only a limited number of seats available at the advertised price, particularly during peak season. We recommend that you book as early as possible, especially during peak times. If we are unable to secure seats at the price shown, we will contact you with an alternative quote.

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE – NO SURCHARGE GUARANTEE:

The price of “Gilgit Baltistan tour” can change depending on a variety of factors but unlike some other tour operators, Trango adventure have undertaken to guarantee the price of your holiday will not change after you have booked. The price when you book is the price you will pay, whether you are booking for this year or the next. Book early to avoid any tour price increases and take advantage of our ‘No Surcharge Guarantee’. Trango Adventure is a Government licensed and bonded tour operator to follow the strict Regulation set by the Tourism Department of Pakistan.

We accept cash on arrival, Bank Transfers, PayPal and all major Credit & debit Cards.

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Gilgit Baltistan Tour 2020 Information

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 13 nights three and four star hotel accommodation
  • 12 breakfast,12 lunches and 12 dinners
  • Private vehicle, normally a jeep/saloon car, Land cruisers
  • Private guided transfers to and from Islamabad airport
  • Professional English Speaking Culture Guide. (Government requirement)
  • Driver/guide’s expenses
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All roa passes, parking fees etc

WHATS’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel insurance
  • Pakistan Visa Fee
  • Tips for local guides and support staff
  • Guided Islamabad sightseeing
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • souvenirs etc
  • PLEASE NOTE: an airport departure tax of Rs1500 is sometimes payable

MEAL PLAN

Fully inclusive of all meals throughout, from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 14.

ACCOMMODATION

During the Gilgit Baltistan tour the group will spend all nights in good standard hotel. Accommodation at each of these hotels is twin-sharing with en-suite facilities. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired with another single client of the same-sex. It is possible to hire a single room for an additional cost. Additional hotel nights in Islamabad are also available. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

INTERNAL FLIGHTS

SKARDU FLIGHTS

Skardu is a weather-dependent airport. Since the valley is completely surrounded by high mountains, planes can only land here in good visibility and this means flights to and from Skardu are never guaranteed. The planes do fly more often than not, but cancellations can and do occur and in these circumstances we will travel by road.

HEALTH & VACCINATION

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you specific require any vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella), along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is discretionary for this trip. Malaria exists in the area around Islamabad. However, incidences of urban transmission of malaria are extremely low. In Skardu and in the mountains there is no malaria risk. A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required if travelling from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transmitted for more than 12 hrs through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take precautions to avoid mosquito bites

INSURANCE

We highly recommend that you have adequate travel insurance for your Gilgit Baltistan tour with Trango Adventure Pakistan. We recognise the complexity and variety of choice in the insurance market and know that many of you either have your own preferred insurer or have annual multi trip cover in place already. If this is the case, please ensure that your insurer is aware of your Trango Adventure itinerary and can agree to cover the activities being undertaken.

Trango Adventure do not provide any advice on travel insurance, although it is Highly recommended  that you have travel insurance which covers the activities which you are likely to be undertaking on your holiday.

It is strongly recommended that suitable cancellation insurance is purchased at the time of booking as all deposits (Royalty Fees) for Expedition are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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GROUP LEADER & SUPPORTING STAFF

Gilgit Baltistan tour will be led by an experienced Mountain/Culture Guide. During the tour the group will be accompanied by a full support crew.

ALTITUDE

Gilgit Baltistan tour involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be above 2,000 metres for 1-2 days. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatize successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should get some basic advice on Tours at high altitude.

CLIMATE

From mid June to August, we can expect to encounter temperatures as high as 40°C at Karachi, Multan and Lahore, and 25°C in The Gilgit Baltistan region. Weather is generally good throughout the summer season,with clear skies and little rain or snow. However, weather in mountainous areas is difficult to predict, and short-lived storms can occur at any time.

BOOKS

  • Trekking in Pakistan. Isobel Shaw.
  • Karakoram Highway. King.
  • Top Treks of the World. Steve Razzetti.
  • In the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods. Galen Rowell.
  • K2 Triumph and Tragedy. Jim Curran.

PASSPORT & VISAS

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to countries outside the EU. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

PAKISTAN VISA

All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is approximately GBP £60 and you must apply for it prior to departure. To obtain a visa for Pakistan you will require a letter of introduction from an approved agency which will be provided by Trango Adventure. Visa applications can be made in person OR online.

EQUIPMENT  LIST

As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

We will send you a list of detail items closer to your Holiday departure.

Please do drop us an email at info@trangoadventure.com if you need more information regarding “Gilgit Baltistan Tour”.

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