10 Days Overland Silk Route Pakistan to China
Khunjerab Pass (4,733m): Border between Pakistan and China. The tour starts from Islamabad/ Lahore the center of Moghul empire and presently the capital of Punjab province. The federal capital of Pakistan. Visit Gandhara Buddhist Civilization, Taxila. Overland to Fairy Meadows Nanga Parbat Base Camp KKH spend few days on Karakoram Highway, Overland transfer to China via Khunjerab Pass.
- Journey through Khunjerab Pass Pak China Border
- Visit Woman Carpenter center and handy craft center
- Visit Hunza Altit & Baltit forts
- Trekking Fairy Meadows Nanga Parbat Base Camp
- Journey through Karakoram highway
- Visit Taxila Historical site
- Scheduling: Shared Tour
- Languages offered on the Activity / Tour: English, German, French, Chinese
- Duration: 10 days
- Skip the Line
- Printed Voucher Accepted
- Pick-up servicePickup from Islamabad/ Lahore airport
- Easy CancellationThere is no cancellation fee once Customers Cancel at least 7 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
There is 50% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 3 and 6 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
There is 100% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 2 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
- On Request
- Cut-off TimeAvailable to be booked until 14 days before the tour starts. We reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis at standard category hotels in towns, tent / Huts during the trek.
- Meals: Full board at hotels.
- Transport: Air conditioned transport on Karakoram Highway.
- 4*4 Jeeps from Raikot to Tattu and back to Raikot, Hunza, and Porter from Tattu to Fairy Meadows and back.
- Official Non AC bus over Khunjerab Pass to China, Tips & Porter age at airport & hotels.
- entrance fee at sites & museums. English Speaking Guide in Pakistan portion.
- Domestic/International airfare and airport taxes.
- Food, drinks and any other service not specified
- Any expense due to forced measures, cancellation of flight, landslides, natural calamities, acts of God, forced majors
Arrive Islamabad the federal capital of Pakistan, transfer to hotel for rest. Afternoon city tour of the twin cities Pindi & Islamabad. An evening strolls down the narrow streets of Raja Bazaar. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning flight to Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital city. At the airport, you will be met by your guide and begin the 28km drive to Taxila, the ancient capital of Buddhist Gandhara civilization which is regarded as one of the most important archaeological sites on the sub-continent. Here we will visit the ruins of a former city (Sirkup), a hill-top former monastery (Julian) and the splendid site museum that contains artifacts excavated from the sites. Among these are gold and silver coins from the time of Alexander the Great (326 BC). After lunch, we head towards the Karakoram Highway (KKH) via the beautiful lush green valleys of Mansehra/Balkot District. The highway was a joint project between Pakistan and China and took 20 years to complete. During its construction 300 Chinese and 600 Pakistani workers lost their lives. Overnight at the motel. (4-5 hour drive, 200 km)
Driving back on the Karakoram Highway we shall reach Raikot Bridge over Indus River. Here we leave our transport to shift in soft-top 4x4 jeeps for short but exciting jeeps safari on the narrow jeep track to small Tatto village. Here we leave our jeeps to start the trek for Fairy Meadows at the foot of Nanga Parbat (8125 m), the ninth highest peak in the world, also known as "The Killer Mountain" as many climbers have died while attempting to reach the top. It is a beautiful wide trek and after an hour’s walk on this fairly easy path, we will have the first view of Nanga Parbat. A few turns the trek is washed away due to landslides. After three hours walk, we shall reach the lush green Meadows of Fairies. Camp overnight. (9/10 hours – 3200 meters)
A day at Fairy Meadow with the option to trek to the Base Camp of Nanga Parbat after crossing the glaciers. We shall carry pack lunch from our camp at Fairy Meadow and have it at the Base Camp and then return to our camp. The view of the Mountain, the glacier flowing from it and the pine forests at foothills is just superb.
In the morning we will walk for about 2/3 hours to reach Tatto to catch the jeeps. From Tatto we will drive down to Raikot bridge to on Karakoram Highway and continue our drive north from Hunza on Karakoram Highway along the bank of Hunza river, the museum of landscape starts unfolding its secrets. The Karakoram, meaning black-rock, gets very little rainfall and is dry. Small patches of sharp green fields irrigated by water from glaciers provide a very sharp contrast to the mountains. Rakaposhi, 7,788 meters greets us as we enter this Shangri-La on earth. Arrive Karimabad, the capital of Hunza, transfer to hotel for lunch. Afternoon visit of Altit & Baltit fort. Overnight hotel. (100 km, 3 hours drive)
While in Hunza we are never short of views of soaring peaks. We drive to upper Hunza, stop at the charming village of Passu in the backdrop of Karakoram Cones. Enjoy thrilling views of challenging peaks rising to 7,000 meters and above. Here we can take the 45-minute walk to Passu glacier, visit the local houses, or experience the thrills of walking on suspension bridges on Hunza River. Overnight at Passu Tourist Lodge. (50 km, 1-hour drive)
Today we take a short drive into the heart of Karakorams. We will stop at the village of Gulmit, in the shadow of the unclimbed Gulmit Tower and walk through the village fields to visit the polo ground and historic houses and later take a short trek to the Gulkin glaciers and Borit Lake. Our transport will meet us near Borit Lake to take us the 15km to Passu. Passu is a charming village set against a backdrop of the soaring Passu Cones, and the Passu and Batura glaciers within short walking distance. About 70 years ago Passu was the second largest settlement in Hunza after Karimabad. However, the glacier upstream on the Hunza River began to advance, creating a dam which later broke, washing away houses and fertile fields. Now the river occupies the major share of the valley. From the snout of the glacier, there are spectacular views of Shispar ( 7611m) and Passu Peak (7478m). Walk back to Lodge for lunch and afterward visit the famous suspension bridges of Passu. These 800 feet long bridges over the Hunza River are still used by the local people. Overnight at lodge.
An hour’s drive from Passu to Sost, the Pakistani customs & immigration post on Khunjerab border. Here you will complete the border formalities and say good-bye to your Pakistani Guide and driver. Transfer to official Pakistani transport for a memorable journey over the highest metal road border crossing in the world. You travel through the Khunjerab National Park, with a chance of sighting the Karakoram Ibex (Markhor) and Marcopolo sheep. At 4,733 meters Khunjerab Pass, you are not only on Pak China border but also between the Pamir and Karakoram mountain ranges. Descend down to Tashkorgan, the custom & immigration post of China. Overnight hotel. (180 km, 7/8 hours drive)
Board on Chinese transport for the overland journey to Kashgar. You pass through the open, gentle slopes of Pamir. Exciting views of Muztagh Ata (7,546 m) and Kongur (7,719 m) mountains welcome you in Sinkiang province of China. From here onwards you descend gradually to arrive at the fabled oasis of Kashgar on the edges of Taklamakan desert in the south and the pastures of Pamirs in the northeast. Overnight hotel. (290 km, 7/8 hours drive)
Kashgar, the most important staging post along the Silk Route for more than twenty centuries, has managed to keep its history and traditions intact to some extent despite the rapid invasions from centuries. Here we visit the Eid Gah Mosque, the tomb of Sufi Saint Abakh Hoja. But now every traveler has many things to tell you about the famous Sunday market of Kashgar. Here you could barter trade with the Kazak, Kirgiz, Wakhi and Uygur farmers and nomads. Try your luck! Departure for fly Home
- You need a valid passport to travel
- We will provide you with an invitation letter for the Visa for Pakistan
- Before arriving in Pakistan you need a Visa for both countries