ItineraryDay 1: Arrive Islamabad airport and transfer to hotelPass By: Islamabad International AirportArrive at Islamabad airport transfer to hotel. In the afternoon we enjoy a city tour of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Fly to Skardu in case of flight cancellation drive to Chilas 12-14hrsPass By: Kharpocho FortToday we take the short but spectacular flight to Skardu one hour. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Free day to explore Skardu. Altitude 2,228m.Note: If our flight is canceled due to bad weather, we will start the drive to Skardu traveling for 11/12 hrs via Babusar Pass 4173m.Babusar Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4173 m.(13,691 ft) above the sea level. The pass is the highest point in the Kaghan Valley, Pakistan. The pass connects the Kaghan Valley via the Thak Nala with Chilas on the Karakoram Highway. It’s one of the famous hair pinned roads in the world. Karakorum high way is the 8th wonder of the world. The Karakorum Highway was constructed jointly by the Chinese and Pakistanis, begun in the 1960s and finally constructed in 1976,s as a link road between Pakistan and China. It is an engineering wonder, but at the cost of many lives.No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: Skardu CityPass By: Kharphocho Fort, Skardu, Gilgit-BaltistanFree/preparation day in Skardu in case of flight cancellation on day 2 drive from Chilas to Skardu along with Indus River 8-9hrs 290km.The rising of Indus stretches down to Baltistan valley from Tibet to Gilgit and down to the Arabian Sea, which cuts the Indian sub-continent from Asia; Baltistan valley is called a little Tibet in the North of Pakistan. Baltistan is situated at the last end of Himalaya, beside Deosai Plain and Satpara Lake. Baltistan the tourist destination of Mountains paradise where the world 2nd highest peak is K-2 (8611-m) and the other 8000m are Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I & II Likely 8068 to 8047m and there are many peaks 7750- 7800m. Its snow capped peaks and long glaciers give you the spectacular view for climbers, trekkers and travelers.No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 4: Deosai National ParkPass By: Deosai National Park, Skardu, Gilgit-BaltistanDrive to Deosai Plateau 40km, overnight in tentsThe Deosai National Park is a high-altitude alpine plain and national park in northern Pakistan. It is located largely within Skardu District in Gilgit Baltistan. Deosai Plains are situated at an average elevation of 4,114 meters (13,497 ft) above sea level.The Deosai National Park was established in 1993 to protect the survival of the Himalayan brown bear and its habitat. Having long been a prize kill for poachers and hunters, the bear now has a hope for survival in Deosai where its number has increased from only 19 in 1993 to 40 in 2005. During the last decade, a few but effective measures have been taken by the Government of Pakistan for the survival of brown bear in the region. In 1993, Himalayan Wildlife Project was founded with substantial financial support from international environmental concerns. But the brown bear is still under threat. The Deosai Plains are also home to the Himalayan ibex, red fox, golden marmot (locally called Phia), gray wolf, the Ladakh urial, the snow leopard, and over 124 resident and migratory birds. Birds in the park include the golden eagle, lammergeier, griffon vulture, laggar falcon, peregrine falcon, kestrel, sparrow hawk and snowcock.No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 5: Machulo KhapluPass By: Felix Guest HouseDrive to Machulo by jeeps 6-7 hrs, 153 km. Altitude 2700m. Overnight in Hotel.The Hushe Valley is a valley in Ghanche district Gilgit Baltistan Pakistan. Hushe valley is famous for its highest mountains. There are many sub-valleys which are Gondogoro, Charkusa, Nagma, Nanbroq, and Masherbrum. This valley surrounds several peaks above six thousand meters including Laila peak, K6, K7. Murtaza peak is 5100m just behind K6 Basecamp and is considered the epicenter of trackers and beginners. The Hushe Valley runs from Masherbrum Mountain (at 7,821 meters, 24th highest in the world) south to the Shyok River, opposite Khaplu. Hushe valley is one of the beautiful valleys of Ghangche districts. The staying place Machulo is a village of this this valley falls at 2nd after Saling while going from Skardu. Historic Mosque, Chnnel and street walk, river view side, Mashabrum View point are some places to enjoy the stay at very nearest distances. No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 6: Camp I (Khadi Broq)Pass By: Felix Inurrategi Foundation Baltistan MachuloCamp I (Khadi Broq) starts from Felix Guest House at morning after relaxed breakfast. The 3-4 hours walk by the main stream of teh town Machulo. Little bit steep but very easy to hike. Stay at 3200m above sea level and in camping. No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 7: Camp II (Qouli Brangsa)Pass By: Felix Inurrategi Foundation Baltistan MachuloThe 2nd camp track is also very easy to hike but little bit more steep than first day. It carries you step by step towards higher altitute. The camping area is quiet near to the place where local people of Machulo stays with their cattles. They produce butter and cheez on daily basis. A unique Experience to meet with them and see cows, sheeps, and local cows (Zomo). 4150m altitude over there at Camp IINo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 8: Machulo La K2 View PointPass By: K2 Mountain, Gilgit-BaltistanYou will have the stay over 5200m altitude at Camp III K2 view point. The hike is steep, easy and over the green pastures. In the way we will see some wild animals (if we are lucky), local animal (Yak, Zomo), sheeps, goats, cows and birds. Each and every step towards the view point gives you glimpses and exposing peaks of Karakorum. The view point is a fantastic place to camp over there. There you can see K2, G-I, G-II, G-Iv, Broad Peak, Mashabru, Nanagma Valley, Amin Braq, Khaney valley peaks, Siachen Glacier & Valley view, Chorbat Valley (Ladakh Region), Khaplu district. Hanjour Pasture, Barah Valley, Nanga Parbat, Kargil Region (Kharman Skardu Side), Machulo Town, River Indus and Shyiok, Saling Valley. Panoramic view at your four side 360 view. Photography, video making, camping, night view of Stars on clear sky and Spring waters are amazing to view and expereience over there. No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 9: Machulo transfer to HotelPass By: Felix Guest HouseBack to Machulo hotel from View point in 6 hours easy decend. There we can have a hot shower and relax the wifi to connect friends and family. No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 10: Machulo to Khaplu, Shigar, SkarduPass By: Kharphocho Fort, Skardu, Gilgit-BaltistanDrive back to Skardu from Machulo. In the way visit Khaplu Fort, Shigar Fort and there Upper Kachura Lake in Skardu. Stays in Skardu over night in Hotel.No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 11: Frly back to IslamabadPass By: Islamabad International AirportFly to Islamabad [flight is subject to weather] in case of flight cancellation drive to Chilas 8-9hrs 290kmNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 12: Free day at Islamabad or Drive from Chilas to IslamabadPass By: Islamabad International AirportFree day in Islamabad of a drive from Chilas to Islamabad 11-12hrs 461km No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 13: Return Back to HomePass By: Islamabad International AirportTransfer to Islamabad airport for return flightNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.
ItineraryDay 1: ARRIVAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD, PAKISTANPass By: Islamabad International AirportMost of the international flights arrives at Islamabad International Airport in the mornings. Your Guide will meet and greet you at the airport, then you will be transfer 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 K2 and Gandogoro Trek. 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.Meals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Tourist Standard Hotel Day 2: SPECTACULAR FLIGHT TO SKARDU (2,230m):Stop At: Skardu TourToday you will travel to Islamabad International Airport to take a spectacular flight (weather permitting) across the mountains to Skardu, the Capital of Baltistan. It’s a 45 minute flight which offers Spectacular Mountains views of Himalaya & Karakoram mountain range, you can also enjoy the breathtaking views of world’s 9th highest peak, Nanga Parbat (8126m), if weather is clear then we might be able to see K2 and Gandogoro Pass as well. Check in to the Hotel, rest of the day will be spent visiting the local Bazar, historical forts, scenic lakes or visiting ancient rock inscriptions, one of which is of 8th century Manthal Lord Buddha Rock that shows traces of Buddhist monks and pilgrims who had influence in the area before Islam.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast: All meals included Accommodation included: HotelDay 3: SIGHTSEEING & PREPARATION DAY,SKARDUStop At: Upper Kachura Lake, Skardu, Gilgit-BaltistanSkardu is the Capital of ancient Baltistan Kingdom so there is so much to see and explore. It is the getaway of many famous treks and Climbing expeditions, including K2 and Gandogoro Trek. In the morning you we will walk up to the remains of Kharpocho Fort (builded early 1700), which overlooks the town and has a great view of the Indus River. If you are into photography then this is a perfect location to take photos of Skaradu Town at sunrise or sunset. (we can arrange this for you). We will then walk to a small village, called Organic village, which grows all its crops organically. The afternoon is free to explore, perhaps you would like to take an optional jeep tour to Satpara Lake or explore the bazaar.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: All meals Included Accommodation included: Hotel Day 4: DRIVE TO ASKOLIStop At: Shigar Valley, Shigar, Gilgit-BaltistanFollowing day we will drive along the Mighty Indus, Shigar and Braldu River to the lush green Shigar Valley towards Askoli. Askoli is the last village before entering into the heart of Karakoram. We will spend our first night under the Stars in Askoli, which is high above the thundering Braldu River. Askole is a single street of wooden houses, backed by irrigated fields of corn, potatoes and groves of apricot trees.Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: HotelDay 5: TREK TO KORFONG Stop At: K2 Mountain, Gilgit-BaltistanToday will be our first walking day of K2 and Gandogoro Trek. After organising all the equipment and supplies our porters load up for the journey ahead towards Korgong. From your campsite you will wend your way through the lanes and fields of Askole which will be the last settlement that you will encounter on our trek to Concordia. Watching the local people go about their daily business is a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the hardy Balti people. The valley opens out to reveal the Biafo Glaciers, you have your first taste of moraine walking, we cross the snout of the glacier and descend to the green spot beside the river at Korofon. We will be in camp by lunchtime we can spend the afternoon relaxing by the river, and also do a short acclimatization walk if we wish. If the weather is clear then it can be a hot day so keep your Sun creams and lots of water with you.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • LunchAccommodation included: CampingDay 6: TREK TO BARDUMALStop At: K2 Mountain, Gilgit-Baltistan From Korofong you continue your Day by following the path up a side valley to do a detour to cross the fast flowing river by a foot bridge. you then walk for another half an hour or so to reach the Jhola Camp. The views are impressive with Bakhor Das (5,809m) and Paiju Peak’s needles in the distance. From Jhola you will continue your k2 and Gandogoro Trek towards Bardumal campsite.Duration: 6 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: CampingDay 7: TEAK TO PAJUStop At: K2 Mountain, Gilgit-BaltistanToday you will have an early start from Bardumla. The path runs for a while at the very edge of the river, before climbing to higher ground and allowing us excellent views of the impressive Paiju Peak. You have to negotiate a couple of streams today and depending on the melting of the glaciers above, you may have to ford these (sports sandals or old trainers useful). Paiju is a green oasis under the shadows of Paiju Peak (6,611m). From this camp you have the first views of the immense Baltoro Glacier, granite peaks of the Trango and Cathedral groups, and if the weather is clear then might see a glimpse of K2.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: CampingDay 8: TREK TO KHOBURTSEStop At: K2 Mountain, Gilgit-BaltistanAnother early start today. From your camp at Paiju, a walk of approximately one hour brings you to the snout of the Baltoro Glacier. After viewing the outpouring of melt water from the ice we now climb up onto the back of this great beast. At this point the ice of the glacier is completely covered by rubble and rocks and although we are following a trail used by many expeditions, the going here can be quite tough. The trail undulated as we climb over the swells of the flowing glacier and it is fascinating to think that the stones underfoot could have come from the summit of Broad Peak, Gasherbrum or K2. Gradually we work our way across the glacier to its south side where we can use a path along lateral moraine. Heading roughly east we continue, sometimes on the moraine and sometimes down beside the glacier until we reach a side valley. At this point it may be possible to continue more or less directly by climbing up onto the glacier. Or, if the glacier is not easily accessible, we will turn off into the valley for approximately half an hour to reach a point where we can cross the meltwater stream (sandals or old trainers required). Finally reaching the camping place at Khorburtse (3,760m) we have sensational views of the Cathedral Towers, the Trango Group and the striking rock tower of Uli Biaho. A great day of trekking over difficult and mixed terrain.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: CampingDay 9: TREAK TO URDUKASStop At: K2 Mountain, Gilgit-BaltistanToday is a short day but quite hard work as we walk up the undulating moraine and gaining height all the way. We continue east beside the Baltoro Glacier either along the lateral moraine or sometimes on the glacier itself, passing the ship-like prow of Great Trango and the isolated pillar of the ‘Nameless Tower’ to our next camp at Urdukas. It has truly sensational views of the Trango Towers to the west and directly opposite and almost a mile away across the valley, the vast rock walls of Cathedral Peak and Lobsang rise like ramparts above the glacier. This is a truly awesome place. We should reach here in time for a late lunch and the rest of the afternoon is free to camp, relax and soak up our fabulous Mountain vistas.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: CAMPINGDay 10: ACCLIMATISING DAY AT URDUKAS Pass By: K2 Mountain, Gilgit-Baltistan From many years of k2 and Gandogoro Trek experience we have learnt that taking a rest day at Urdukas has worked well, the advantages of spending an extra night here are very Helpful. It helps the acclimatization process and has proved to be more effective than a rest day at Paiju.This is the last campsite on grassy slopes off the main glacier, it also has facilities for washing and cleaning. There is a pleasant walk behind the campsite through grassy slopes full of alpine flowers. Climbing high & sleeping low is the best way to help the acclimatization process.Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: CAMPINGDay 11: TREAK TO GORO II Stop At: K2 Mountain, Gilgit-Baltistan Leaving Urdukas behind, you will follow the moraine edge eastwards until it is possible to climb up onto the broad back of the glacier. The trail on the Baltoro goes past the Yermanandu glacier, which flows from Masherbrum, and there are views of Muztagh (7,270m), Masherbrum (7,800m) and Gasherbrum IV at the head of the Baltoro and Concordia. We are quite high now and camping on one of the largest pieces of ice outside the polar regions, so we will make sure to wrap up warmly for the cooler nights ahead. The campsite is on the glacier where ledges have been levelled out for the tents.Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: CAMPINGDay 12: TREAK TO CONCORDIAStop At: K2 Mountain, Gilgit-BaltistanToday you will Trek to Concordia, it will take you through what must arguably be the most spectacular mountain scenery anywhere in the world! Our approach to Concordia continues along the heaving swells of the Baltoro Glacier as we pass Mustagh Tower (7284m). Ahead of us Gasherbrum IV (7925m) acts like a beacon drawing us on, whilst at some points on today’s walk we can also see Gasherbrum ll (8035m) which peeks out to the right of Gasherbrum lV. As we make our way up the Baltoro, the aptly named Broad Peak (8051m) comes into view above the ridge connecting Marble Peak and Crystal Peak on our left. K2 keeps itself hidden until the very moment we reach Concordia when suddenly its full height is revealed in sweeping lines that climb almost 4000 metres from the valley floor to the summit – a sight that will never be forgotten. Concordia is a wide area where glaciers coming down from K2 meet those from the Gasherbrums and Chogolisa. It is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular places on the planet and here you can stand within 24 kilometres of no fewer than four eight-thousanders and ten of the world’s thirty highest peaks! We make our camp at approximately 4500 metres on a moraine ridge surrounded on all side by jagged peaks including Gasherbrum IV, Mitre Peak, Chogolisa, Crystal Peak, Marble Peak, Baltoro Kangri, Broad Peak and K2.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: CAMPINGDay 13: TREAK TO BROAD PEAK BASE CAMPStop At: K2 Mountain, Gilgit-BaltistanMost of the trekkers Camp at Concordia which gives them a very long walk to k2 Base Camp. Our Experience has taught us that camping at the base camp of Broad Peak will give us a better and an amazing view of K2. From Concordia the route passes through some jumbled ice fins and moraine ridges before gaining the medial moraine of the Godwin Austen glacier. Broad Peak Base Camp is located on this moraine near the base of climbing route on Broad Peak. One of the best views of K2 is from Broad Peak Base Camp. Enjoy the marvellous situation of Karakoram.Duration: 4 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: CAMPINGDay 14: TREAK TO K2 BASE CAMP & BACK TO CONCORDIAStop At: K2 Mountain, Gilgit-BaltistanToday you will make an early start for the amazing walk up to the Mighty K2 Base Camp. For many people a visit to the actual base camp used by climbers on K2 will certainly be a highlight of their Trek. We can stop and admire the sensational view of K2 in one direction and in the other look back to Concordia framed by Mitre Peak and the bulk of Chogolisa, also known as ‘Broad Peak‘. On the return you pass through Broad Peak Base Camp and then continue down to Concordia. From Concordia we will descend Baltoro.Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: CAMPINGDay 15: TREAK TO ALI CAMPStop At: K2 Mountain, Gilgit-BaltistanToday you will leave the main trekking trail behind you, striking out on a far less travelled route which will take you along the Upper Baltoro, one of the glaciers coming down from Chogolisa that feed the huge glacial junction of Concordia. From Concordia there are several moraine ridges to scramble over to reach the Vigne Glacier which is flatter with fewer crevasses. After 5 – 7 hours of trekking along the Upper Baltoro towards the enormous bulk of Chogolisa at the head of the valley, you eventually reach the confluence of this glacier with the West Vigne Glacier which sweeps down from the base of the Gondogoro La. Here on the moraine beside the junction we make our home for the night at the place known locally as ‘Ali Camp’ (4800m).We would normally reach Ali Camp around mid-day or the early afternoon and after settling in, your trip leader will organise a skills session to practice the simple techniques of using a jumar to safeguard moving on fixed lines.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: CAMPINGDay 16: CROSS GANDOGORO LA TO KHUSPANG Stop At: K2 Mountain, Gilgit-BaltistanToday you will have an early start before the lights breaks in the morning. Probably around 2am, this is to minimise the risk of rockfall on the descent down the Hushe side of the pass.After fuelling up in the dining tent with breakfast, you will do crampons and harnesses and set off roped together onto the West Vigne Glacier. In the black, star-studded crisp night air you will make your way slowly over the sparkling glacier illuminated in pools of light from your head torches.This is a tough day but the views from the top of the pass really make it worthwhile. All four 8000’ers are visible in one direction and the other way looks down the Hushe Valley with the beautiful Leila Peak.Depending on the snow conditions it may be necessary to rope up for the crossing of the glacier before getting to the base of the pass. There are several sections with fixed ropes in place which can be used as a handrail. It is also best practice to clip a carabiner and sling onto the rope for safety.If the snow conditions are good and the trail has already been broken the pass can be ascended quite quickly (in about 4-5 hours). After approximately 4 hours of climbing from the West Vigne Glacier, with views opening up behind us, we reach the summit of the pass, an incredible and exhilarating feeling. The view from the top is breathtaking with 4 eight thousand metre peaks on view and close at hand, namely K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II. The top of the pass is a broad shoulder and on the far side the ground drops precipitously away and we find ourselves looking down into the Gondogoro Valley. Directly opposite are the faces of the Trinity peaks but all eyes will be drawn to the beautiful spire of Laila Peak (6096) and then further down, following the curve of the glacier, we can see the perfect cone of Masherbrum IIThe Hushe side of the pass can be a tricky descent although there are fixed ropes in place at the top. The slope starts at a sustained 50 degrees on snow and finishes on loose scree towards the bottom. On reaching the green oasis of Khuspang, you can put your feet up and relax remembering the excitement of the day.Important note: the crossing of the Gondogoro La is dependent on good weather and conditions on the approach to the pass. If it is not possible to safely ascend the pass the group will walk back down the Baltoro glacier to Askole.We believe our itinerary maximise our chances of crossing the pass because:Everyone should be well acclimatised due to the gradual ascent on the trek and also from the careful monitoring of everyone’s acclimatisation by using the pulse odometer. We have two nights at Concordia and one night at Broad Peak Base Camp.We have two buffer days in case of delays or bad weather on Day 17 & 18 of the itinerary.Duration: 11 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: CAMPINGDay 17: SPARE TREK DAY IN CASE OF DELAYSPass By: K2 Mountain, Gilgit-BaltistanIt is in the nature of journey such as this that there can be delays and it is important to build in some time to allow for thisIn case of bad weather on Day 16, these days will give us another chance to cross the pass. If we successfully got over the pass on Day 16, you may enjoy rest or exploration days or the other option is to continue down to Hushe to spend a night.Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerNo accommodation included on this day.Day 18: CONTINGENCY DAY FOR POSSIBLE DELAYS:Pass By: K2 Mountain, Gilgit-Baltistan It is in the nature of journey such as this that there can be delays and it is important to build in some time to allow for this.In case of bad weather on Day 16, these days will give us another chance to cross the pass. If we successfully got over the pass on Day 16, you may enjoy rest or exploration days or the other option is to continue down to Hushe to spend a night.Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: CAMPINGDay 19: KHUSPANG TO SAICHO Stop At: K2 Mountain, Gilgit-BaltistanAfter a couple of minutes of easy walking we get onto the glacier where we pick our way across the moraine and ice, finally crossing the glacier up to the camping site to reach Dalsangpa which means ‘field of flowers’. There is a spectacular view of Masherbrum and the glacier cascading down from Masherbrum Pass.It is a beautiful walk to Shaicho as we pass yak pastures and see the first trees since Paiju. Shaicho is a small village. At this point we have returned to more benign altitudes where things grow and the trees actually become bigger than us as we continue the descent of the moraine to the valley bottom. We make our camp at Saitcho (3350m), a sandy area of sparse grasses beside the river at the junction of the Gondogoro and Charakusa valleys. This will be the first night in almost a week where we can breathe the oxygen-rich air below 4000 metres and sleep to the sounds of running water!Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: CAMPINGDay 20: TREK TO HUSHE 2 HOURS, DRIVE TO SKARDUStop At: K2 Mountain, Gilgit-Baltistan Today will be our last walking day of K2 and Gandogoro trek, it will be an easy walk to Hushe village. Hushe is quite large with a warren of alleys and buildings. Most traditional houses are built from rounded river stones and are 2 storeys high, with space for the animal downstairs and people upstairs. Hushe also has some more modern houses, a shop, a school, a hotel and a trekkers’ campsite.Our vehicles will already be waiting for us, so we make an early start for the return drive to through the lush green Khapulu Vally. We have a faster, smoother journey on a paved road following the great Indus River into Skardu. Arriving in the town we will check in to our hotel and there will be time for a welcome shower and clean up before sitting down to dinner. Tonight we will enjoy the comfort of a real bed.Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Hotel
ItineraryDay 1: ARRIVAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD-PAKISTANPass By: Islamabad International AirportMost of the international flights arrives at Islamabad International Airport in the mornings. Your Guide will meet and greet you at the airport, then you will be transfer 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 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.Meals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: HOTELDay 2: DRIVE TO CHILLAS (461km)Stop At: Karakoram Highway, Gilgit, Gilgit-BaltistanAfter Breakfast we will leave the purpose-built Capital City Islamabad behind and start our adventure towards the North on the famous ancient Karakoram Highway in a mini bus. We will pass through lush green valleys and small towns to a luxury hotel in Chillas Town. Spend the night in Chillas.Duration: 9 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: HOTELDay 3: DRIVE TO SKARDU (265km) Stop At: Skardu TourThe road gradually gains height but one does not feel it until you reaches Alam Bridge. Along the KKH there are many attractions like a beautiful rock carving of Buddha, also dotted with villages which are on a very steep grassy slope. After 2 hours drive we will leave KKH behind and follow the Indus River to Skardu. The area is laden with fruits like apricot, cherries and apple trees. We will be doing few stops along the way for tea breaks and buy fresh fruit from the locals.Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: HOTELDay 4: SIGHTSEEING SKARDU (2230m)Pass By: Upper Kachura Lake, Skardu, Gilgit-BaltistanSkardu is the Capital of Baltistan Valley. Baltistan was one of the oldest Himalayan kingdoms before being incorporated into Pakistan. It lies along the Indus River in the very heart of the Karakoram mountains,comprising the northern edge of the Himalayas and nearly the entire Karakoram Range. The Balti people speak an ancient form of Tibetan and have a strong and fascinating culture. after breakfast we will visit the Sadpara Lake, have a tea there and enjoy the breath-taking scenery. We will head back to Skardu town for lunch. after lunch we will visit the Famous Organic Village, where everything grows organically. Dinner will be serve in the hotel.Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: HOTELDay 5: DRIVE TO KHAPLU, (103km) Stop At: Khanqah-e-MuallahToday we continue our epic journey towards Khapulu along the Indus River. We 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.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: HOTELDay 6: SIGHTSEEING IN KHAPLU (2600m)Pass By: Chaqchan Mosque, Khaplu, Gilgit-BaltistanThe Main Attraction in khaplu are the Chaqchan Mosque, local village, Bazar and the ex Khapulu Royal Palace.The Ex Royal palace considered an architectural heritage, it was built-in the mid century. The ex Royal Palace has now turned into a Luxury Hotel, we will be staying here for the night. We will have lunch in the Royal Palace then heads out to visit the local village, Bazar and Chaqchan. Chaqchan Mosque, Dating from 1370, 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.Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: HOTELDay 7: DRIVE TO SKARDU VIA SHIGAR Stop At: Shigar Valley, Shigar, Gilgit-BaltistanOur vehicles will already be waiting for us, so we make an early start for the return drive to Shigar through the lush green villages of Khapulu Valley. We have a faster, smoother journey on a paved road following the great Indus River into Shigar Valley. Shigar is the getaway to K2 and many other famous treks and peaks. In Shigar, we will visit the historical fort, which is now turn into a museum and Luxury hotel. It is belong to the same brand of Khapulu Palace hotel. We will have lunch here then drive to Skardu. Shigar fort remains open 24 hours and 7 days a week. Along the way we will make few stops to buy fresh fruits from the locals and visit agriculture fields.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: HOTELDay 8: DRIVE TO CHILLAS (265 km) Stop At: Karakoram Highway InnAfter Breakfast we will head towards Chillas. We will continue our journey along the Indus River until the junction of Gilgit River, then follow Gilgit river on the Karakoram Highway to Chillas town. There is no Tourist Attraction in Chillas. We will stay in Chillas for the night. Along the way we will do few stop for tea breaks and lunch.Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: HOTELDay 9: DRIVE TO ISLAMABAD (461km)Stop At: Karakoram Highway, Gilgit, Gilgit-BaltistanDRIVE TO ISLAMABADDuration: 9 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: HOTELDay 10: DEPARTURE DAY-FLY BACK HOMEPass By: Islamabad International AirportAfter breakfast you will be transfer to Islamabad International Airport for your flights back homeNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.