7 Day Domes & Deserts Of The Indus - South & Northbound Pakistan
The Cholistan Desert is a continuation of the Thar Desert in Sindh province and the Rajasthan Desert in India.
It is the easiest and safest desert to visit in Pakistan. About 1000 years ago the Cholistan was a fertile plain watered by the Hakra River.
Over time the river changed its path and the area slowly transformed into starkly beautiful desert.
- Desert Experience in Cholistan
- Start in Islamabad and end in Karachi! With the overland truck tour Pakistan
- Domes & Deserts Of The Indus -
- Scheduling: Semi-Private Tour
- Languages offered on the Activity / Tour: English, German, French, Chinese
- Duration: 7 days
- Printed Voucher Accepted
- A minimum of 7 adults is required to book this tour
- Pick-up serviceIslamabad airport and Drop 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.
- Instant Confirmation
- Cut-off TimeAvailable to be booked until 7 days before the tour starts. We reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
- Accommodation on a twin-share basis at standard category hotels in towns.
- Meals: half board at hotels, full board during camping.
- Transport: one camel for each member, air-conditioned bus in Lahore and for other land transfers.
- camping facilities: spacious desert Moghul tent with mattress, pillow & sheets, dining tent with folding table & chairs, kitchen tent and staff, toilet tent.
- Portages of 15kg during trek; tips & portage at airport & hotels; entrance fee at sites & museums.
- English-speaking guide.
- Domestic/International airfares and airport taxes.
- Personal expenses
- Any expenses due to cancellation of flights
- Landslides, natural calamities or other acts of God beyond the control of the supplier
- Food, drinks and any other service not specified
Lahore is the cultural, lively heart of Pakistan, the capital of Punjab and the premier Moghul city. Dinner in a typical restaurant, overnight at hotel.
To see Lahore is to be born again, so the saying goes.
Today we visit some of the great Moghul monuments of the sub-continent: the 17th-century Badshahi Mosque, with its marble domes and red sandstone arches and the fort of Lahore, which is aptly called a mosaic of Moghul architecture as it displays the varying tastes of all the Moghul Emperors.
Walk though the old walled city and visit an artistic masterpiece of art, the mosaic of glazed tiles that is the Wazir Khan Mosque. In the evening we visit another Moghul treasure, the Shalimar Gardens, then to our hotel for the night.
After breakfast, we fly to Bahawalpur. This flight is subject to good weather conditions so if it is cancelled we will drive the eight hours to Bahawalpur.
From Bahawalpur there is a further one-hour drive to Chanan Pir for our first night’s camping in the Cholistan desert. Chanan Pir is a shrine to a Muslim saint that lies between Derawar and Din Gargh Forts.
In the morning we practice camel riding with our camel drivers teaching us how to mount and dismount this elegant and friendly animal known as the ship of the desert. Each person will have their own camel, led by the camel driver.
You can also choose to walk through the desert which will give you a better opportunity to take photographs of the camel caravan. By late afternoon we will arrive at our overnight camp, a small isolated shrine.
Camel Caravan through Cholistan, the ninth largest desert in the world. This is no ordinary desert, it is called the land of the lost river, a reference to the river that flowed through it thousands of years ago.
Today we will meet the desert nomads at oases along our way. Finally we reach Derawar, the largest fort of the desert and part of a chain of forts built to protect the central Asian trade route to the rest of the Indian sub-continent. Camp overnight.
In the morning we take a walking tour of the Derawar; the fort with its 40 buttresses, the elegant and charming 19th century Abbasi Mosque and the exquisitely decorated tombs of the members of the royal family.
Later we drive through the desert in soft-top 4x4 jeeps to Bahawalpur, the capital city of the former princely state. Afternoon flight to Lahore. Overnight at hotel.
Morning transfer from hotel to airport for your international departure flight
- CLOTHING With your knowledge of Pakistani culture you are well aware of precautions to be taken while traveling through remote areas. Cloths for the trek should be durable, comfortable and easy to wash and dry. In good weather you will spend much of your time in a T-shirt or medium shirt and outdoor trousers. You will need warmer clothes for evening in the camps. Temperature falls rapidly as soon the sun goes down. Men could wear shorts once we are through the populated areas, that means from the third day of trek. Women are advise to use cotton shalwar kameez (loose long shirts and baggy trousers) the traditional Pakistani dress, as these are comfortable during warm conditions, and also appreciated & respected by the locals. Check List Head gear Parka Wool shirt & trousers Sweater Cotton shirt & pants Gloves & Mittens Rain/wind suit Cotton & Wool undergarments Socks (Cotton & Wool/synthetic) Boots (Trek & Camp) Belt ! Down Jacket Shalwar Kameez (Cotton) Spare laces for boots Miscellaneous Items Sunglasses Towel Washcloth Bandanna/Scarf, for covering your mouth while riding in a jeep. Water bottle, with durable screw top. Sunscreen Headlamp with flash light + extra batteries and bulb Insect repellent Swiss Army knife, or a similar one Nylon cord for a clothes line Personal Medical kit Pocket size sewing kit Lighter or matches for general use Wrist Watch Optional Items Thermarest. We provide close-cell matrices but you may want to supplement for additional comfort. Stuff sacks of various sizes for storing of your used clothes. Toilet paper or travel pack of tissues. An interesting book. Note book and pen for journal. Snacks: personal choice of dried fruit, candy, energy bars. Binoculars. Camera, film, extra batteries, cleaning supplies and extra lenses. Sports gear (playing cards/Frisbee) Water purification tablets
- GEAR AND CLOTHING LIST For Trekking GEAR & Clothing While on an organized trek, it is best to pack all items for your trip in one large piece and one carry on. The large piece must be a duffel bag (weighing not more than 12.5 Kg.) because duffels are easier for porters to carry. A small day pack is suggested as carry-on to keep items that you will use during while on the trek, bus or jeep. Luggage Large duffel bag with lock. It is not recommended to put your stuff in backpack as the straps might get damaged while being transferred from bus to jeeps, jeeps to campsites and during loading and unloading by porters each day. A small padlock that fits through the zipper of your duffel bag is recommended. Day Pack. Large enough for camera gear, cap, sun glasses, water bottle, jacket and other items you may like to use while on the trek. Extra carry-on. For storing city clothes in Skardu. Money Belt. A small fanny pack, money belt or around the neck passport bag is suggested for keeping safe your passport, travel documents and money.