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Skardu Tour Pakistan 2020

Skardu Tour is a true authentic holiday in Pakistan which gives you the opportunity to explore Skardu and the neighbouring valleys of Baltistan region in Pakistan. Skardu is the capital of Baltistan which is an epitome of beauty, serenity and wilderness.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the beauty of  Islamabad, Naran and Deosai
  • Discover the ancient Baltistan Valley in Skardu Tour
  • See medieval Kharpocho, Shigar and Khaplu Forts
  • Spectacular views of Karakoram and Himalayan Mountains
  • Drive on the famous Karakoram Highway, Pakistan
  • True authentic Travel experience
  • Sneaky view of Nanga Parbat (8,126 m) from KKH.

OVERVIEW

Skardu Tour combines the thrill of touring in the Glacial mountains of Karakoram and the Himalayas with the pleasure of exploring the ancient culture, history and the traditions of Skardu, Pakistan. Our Skardu Tour is a true authentic Holiday, where you will experience world famous climbing and Trekking routes, the Ancient Silk Route which is also known as The Karakoram Highway and the Himalayan kingdom of Baltistan. Skardu is located at the elevation of nearly 2,500 metres, along the bank of Indus which separates the Karakoram Mountain range from the Himalayas. Skardu is the getaway to K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum i, Gasherbrum ii, Masherbrum, Spantik, Hispar Glacier, Trango Towers, Baltoro Glacier and many other world famous peaks.
Since many years Trango Adventure have been offering Skardu Tour for families, couples, groups and university students from around the worlds. Trango Adventure operates a 10-13 days Skardu Tour, we can also customise Skardu Tour itinerary according to your needs and available time.
Skardu Tour starts from Islamabad, our representative will Meet and Greet you at Islamabad international Airport then transfer you to the hotel for a rest. We will meet again in the afternoon over dinner to give you a briefing about the Tour. Following day your will head towards Naran town by passing through some culturally rich and historical cities, Taxila, Hasan Abdal, Haripur, Abbott Abbad and Mansehra. From Mansehra you will leave Karakoram Highway and turn right to join Naran Road. Naran Road runs along the Naran river in the Panoramic green Naran & Kaghan Valley. Night stay in Naran then next day you will continue your journey on Naran Road, cutting through the heart of the rugged Kaghan valley to Babusar Pass (4,067m). The colourful array of mountain flowers in these valleys 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. From Chilas you will rejoin Karakoram Highway with the view of Nanga Parbat in the background. Just before Gilgit, you will turn right to follow Skardu road along the Indus River to reach Skardu. Skardu is the capital of Baltistan valley and getaway of many famous Peaks including K2. Baltistan was one of the oldest Himalayan kingdoms before being incorporated into Pakistan. It lies in the very heart of the mountains, comprising the northern edge of the Himalayas and nearly the entire Karakoram range. You will spend some time in Skardu to explore the town, visit the local Bazar, walk to Kharpocho fort and experience the wild ancient Polo match. After spending two nights in Skardu, you will continue your Skardu Tour towards Khapulu by following the Indus then Shyok river to Khaplu valley. Khaplu is one of the biggest and beautiful towns of Baltistan. in Khaplu, you will be staying at the Khaplu fort (now Serena Hotel), which is the former residence of royal family of Khaplu. You will spend two days in Khaplu, exploring the local bazar, historical Chaqchan mosque and neighbouring villages. 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 tour to Astore via Deosai Plateau. Deosai is the world second highest Plateau which is home to Himalayan brown bear and many other wild species. Night stay in Astore and next morning drive along Astore river to join Karakoram Highway. You will stay on The Karakoram Highway for a short period then turn left to join Naran Road to reach Naran Town. After spending the night in Naran, today will continue to Islamabad via the panoramic Kaghan Valley, Mansehra, Abbot Abad, Hassan Abdal and Taxila. One night in Islamabad then we will transfer you to Islamabad Internationale airport for your return flight back home. Please make sure to book your return flight on the last day of our Skardu Tour travel Itinerary.
Now is the perfect time to explore Skardu and Pakistan when its is still raw and hidden away from the mass tourist. We strongly believe that our local knowledge, experience and carefully crafted “Skardu Tour” will create an amazing life long memory for you.
BRIEF ITINERARY
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ARRIVAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD-PAKISTAN:

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DRIVE TO NARAN (2,8km) 8-9 HOURS DRIVE:

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DRIVE TO SKARDU (2,65km) 7 HOURS DRIVE:

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SKARDU TOUR (2,230 m):

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DRIVE TO KHAPLU, (1,03 km) 2-3 HOURS DRIVE:

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SIGHTSEEING IN KHAPLU (2,600 m):

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DRIVE TO SKARDU 2-3 HOURS DRIVE:

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DRIVE TO ASTORE (152 km) 7 HOURS DRIVE:

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DRIVE TO ISLAMABAD (500 km) 10 HOURS DRIVE:

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DEPARTURE DAY-FLY BACK HOME:

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Map of Skardu Tour Pakistan

INTRODUCTION

Trango Adventure has a long track record of organising Skardu Tour in Pakistan. We offer Skardu Tour through out the year for families, groups, couples and for solo travellers. 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 Skardu Tour Guide will do everything possible to work out the changes to the itinerary in order to minimise your inconvenience.

Adventure travel & Tour 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:

Wellcome 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 Skardu 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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DRIVE TO NARAN (461km) 8-9 HOURS:

 After Breakfast you will leave the purpose-built Capital City Islamabad behind and start your Skardu Tour towards the North on the Karakoram Highway in a mini coach. You will pass through many lush green valleys and small towns to a luxury hotel in Naran Town. Spend the night in Naran.
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DRIVE TO SKARDU (265km) 7 HOURS:

After breakfast you will continue your Skardu Tour by following the Karakoram Highway with the view of Nanga Parbat (8,126 m) in the background. The road gradually gains height but one does not feel it until you reaches Alam Bridge. After 2 hours drive, at Alam Bridge you will leave KKH 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 TOUR(2,230 m):

 Skardu is the Capital of Baltistan Valley of Pakistan. 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 of this crystal clear blue water lake. Sadpara lake is the main drinking water source of Skardu city. After visiting Sadpara Lake, on the way back to Skardu, you will visit the 8th century Manthal Buddha Rock, it is a large granite rock on which picture of Buddha has engraved. Manthal Budha Rock is the reminder of Buhisim religion existence in the region.

Lunch in Skardu town then you will head towards Kachura village to visit Kachura Lakes. In Kachura Village, there are two incredibly beautiful lakes, Upper Kachura and Lower Kachura Lake. Uppe Kachura lake is a still water lake surrounded by the giant pillars of the Karakoram mountains. The lower Kachura lake is also known as Shangrila lake, it is within a tourist resort and hotel 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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DRIVE TO KHAPLU, (103km) 2-3 HOURS:

 Today you will continue your Tour towards Khaplu along the Indus then Shyok River. You will pass through some lush green Balti Villages to arrive in Khapulu. 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 has now turned into a Luxury Hotel.
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SIGHTSEEING IN KHAPLU (2600m):

After spending the night in the ex royal palace, you will head out to visit the local bazar, explore the town and see the 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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DRIVE TO SKARDU VIA SHIGAR 2-3 HOURS:

Today you will head back to Skardu via Shigar Valley. You will 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 other 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 Khapulu Palace hotel. You will have a nice lunch in the beautifully decorated ex royal garden before heading back 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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DRIVE TO ASTORE (152 km) 7 HOURS:

After Breakfast you will head towards Astore via Deosai Plateau. Deosai is 1 hour drive from Skardu and its the second world highest altitude plateau in the world. Deosai (4,111m) is home to snow leopards, Himalayan brown bear and many other wild species. Road to Astore will be uneven which can be bumpy. We will stop in Deosai for lunch and tea breaks.
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DRIVE TO ISLAMABAD (501 km) 9-10 HOURS:

Today you will follow Astore river to the junction point of Karakoram Highway then continue your epic journey on Karakoram highway for a while then turn left and drive on Naran Road to Naran Town for lunch break. After lunch we will continue towards Mansehra city to re join The Karakoram Highway. Karakoram Highway passes through some culturally rich and historical towns, Abbott Abbad, 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.1,000 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:

After breakfast you will be transfer to Islamabad International Airport for your flight back home – End of “Skardu Tour”.

Skardu Tour Pakistan Dates & Cost 2020

Private Groups – Chose your own Dates

Skardu Tour Starts and finish in Islamabad

BEST SEASON TYPE TRIP STATUS PRICE (USD) DEPOSIT
MAR-APR-MAY FULL BOARD Guaranteed USD $1,500 USD $ 300
JUN-JUL-AUG FULL BOARD Guaranteed USD $5,500 USD $ 300

INTRODUCTION:

Skardu Tour dates and prices are on Full Board basis, which starts and finish in Islamabad. Islamabad, Pakistan has good International flight connection from most major world cities. Most flights arrives in Islamabad in the morning, return flights will depart from Islamabad International airport on the last day of the itinerary. Our Guide will Meet and Greet you at the Islamabad International Airport, will stay with you through out the Journey and see you off at Islamabad Airport on the last day of you Tour.

The beauty of tailor-made travel is that every trip is unique. Wether you want to stay in a luxury or simple accommodation, have great guide on hand or explore under your own stream, travel for one week or five, we can create a trip for a special occasion, wether this a spectacular honeymoon or milestone anniversary. Skardu Tour Itinerary and through out the website you will find suggested Itineraries and some of our favourite places to stay, but these are just for inspiration as each trip is created uniquely for your and there are many more options available. Speaking to one of our specialist is the best way to start planing your Skardu Tour, whether you already know where you want to go or just have the seed of an Idea.

Please be aware that there are often only a limited number of Skardu Tour holiday available at the advertised price, particularly in the peak season. To avoid paying flight supplements, we recommend you to 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 our holidays 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, get the best flight prices 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 Bank Transfers, PayPal and all major Credit & debit Cards.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Professional Culture Guide. (Government requirement)
  • Airport transfers for Domestic & international flights.
  • Internal flights and associated airport transfers
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as described
  • All meals
  • All permit fees.

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 10.

ACCOMMODATION 

During the Skardu Tour, you will spend all nights in good international standard hotel (3-4 stay). Accommodation at each of these hotels is twin-sharing with en-suite facilities for groups and couples. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired with another single client of the same-sex (if you are part of a group). 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 (if applies)

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 areas near Islamabad. However, incidences of urban transmission of malaria are extremely low. In Skardu and in the mountains there is no malaria risk. To more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. 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 Skardu Tour trip with Trango Adventure. 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.

Suggested insurance companies include:

Expeditions or Treks

Treks only

GROUP LEADER & SUPPORTING STAFF

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

ALTITUDE

Skardu Tour involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be above 2000 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. When 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 to enter into Pakistan. 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 online or in person at your nearest Pakistan Embassy. For more information about Pakistan visa please visit our Blog and News or Pakistan Visa section.

For more detailed and online Pakistan Visa Application, please visit the official government of Pakistan Visa application website. www.visa.nadra.gov.pk

Note: if you are continuing your tour to china or India then you have to get the visa for china/India from you home country prior to your departure.

EQUIPMENT  LIST

As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your bag should be no more than 25.5 kgs.

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 “Skardu Tour”.

SKARDU TOUR
Islamabad internationale Airport
Spectacular mountains view flight to Skardu
Skardu Airport
Skardu Airport, Pakistan
k2 base camp trek
Night View of Skaru Town
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Kharpocho fort
zakh, Ancient Balti
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Shahid Hussain
Machulu Village, Khapulu
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Gilgit Baltistan Tour
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KHAPLU VALLEY
HUSHE MOSQUE
Cold-Desert-Jeep-Rally Skardu
SHIGAR Valley
SHIGAR FORT (SERENA HOTEL)
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Deosai, Pakistan
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Pakistan brown Bear of Deosai
Nanga Parbat
Babusar Pass and Naran Valley
Islamabad Airport

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 2 reviews
18th June 2019

Meine Schwester und ich sind mit Trango Adventures in die pakistanische Baltistan Region gereist. Die Reise von Islamabad nach Skardu und weiter nach Hunza war eine der wohl schönsten und eindruckvollsten Reisen meines Lebens. Die Erfahrung und lokale Verankerung von Trango Adventures erhoben die Reiseorganisation zu einer unendlich wertvollen und sicheren Begleitung unseres Abenteuers in den Bergen Baltistans. Während der gesamten Reise wussten die Begleiter uns immer wieder mit lokalen Spezialitäten zu verwöhnen. Sei dies eine Begegnung mit der Bevölkerung in einem Wohnzimmer, oder die wahnsinnig schönen Hänge übersäht mit Aprikosenbäumen.
Zusammenfassend kann ich Trango Adventures jedem wärmstens empfehlen, der dieses Bijou im Herzen des Karakorum Hochgebirges besuchen will.

10th August 2019

Vielen Dank, dass Sie sich für Trango Adventure entschieden haben, um Ihre Reise nach Gilgit Baltisan, Paistan, zu organisieren. Alle unsere Mitarbeiter und Reiseleiter sind vor Ort, sodass sie jeden Winkel des Landes kennen.

3rd July 2019

great tour organise by Trango Adventure.we had great time in Skardu, everything was run very smoothly, from booking the holiday, making the payments etc.

10th August 2019

Thank you for choosing Trango Adventure for your Skardu Tour.

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