UNESCO World Heritage Site
Did you know that it took almost 20 years to complete the Karakoram highway, it extends for about 800 km through some of the most rugged and inaccessible terrain in Asia; it runs through or near the Pamirs, Hindu Kush, Kunlun Mountains, and Karakoram Range.
Arrival in Islamabad
Meet your guide at the airport and transfer to your accommodation. In the afternoon enjoy a city tour of Islamabad and Rawalpindi
Islamabad - Chilas
After breakfast, we drive towards Chilas by air-conditioned bus over the famous Karakoram Highway (10 - 12 hrs – 480 km). Chilas is a small bazaar town from where we can glimpse petroglyphs dating to the 1st century BC. Overnight at a hotel in Chilas.
Chilas - Gilgit - Minapin
From Chilas we proceed to Gilgit. Sightseeing in and around Gilgit, including the bazaar as well as the Kargah Buddha outside of town. In the afternoon we continue to Minapin, stopping on the way at Rakaposhi viewpoint. Overnight at a guesthouse in Minapin.
Rakaposhi day hike
Very nice day hike to Rakaposhi base camp. Lunch break in a beautiful meadow, overlooking the valley. Stunning views over Minapin Glacier. Return and night in our guesthouse in Minapin.
Minapin - Karimabad
Drive from Minapin to the capital of Hunza, Karimabad. Lunch at our hotel/guesthouse. Sightseeing tour of Karimabad starting with a stroll through the Karimabad Bazaar and a visit to Baltit Fort.
Ultar Meadows day hike
Spectacular day hike to Ultar Meadows which is located above Karimabad and will provide you with incredible views of the Hunza Valley as well as the surrounding mountains.
Karimabad & Duikar sightseeing
Full day city tour of Karimabad including the Altit Fort & Ganish Village (UNESCO). Ganish is home to 4 mosques that are 300-to-400 years old. In the afternoon we go to Duikar to enjoy the beautiful sunset at the viewpoint above the Eagle's Nest hotel. Dinner & overnight at a hotel in Karimabad
Hopar glacier & Nagar Valley
Day trip to Hopar glacier and Nagar Valley. At Hopar glacier a nice walk can be made from the main viewpoint to the glacier itself. Return to Karimabad for the night.
Karimabad – Gulmit - Passu
Road to Passu, driving past Attabad Lake. Stop at Gulmit for sightseeing (The Gulmit Museum, Polo ground, Old House, local handmade carpet center, and the Hussaini suspension bridge). After lunch, we can hike to Kamaris village and the Andra Fort, from where you will have great views of the Pass cones and Attabad Lake. Overnight in Passu
Passu - Borith Lake hike
A very nice half-day hike crossing through local villages and terraces. A great occasion to better understand the local agriculture and way of life. Lunch and rest at Borith Lake. Return to Passu for the night.
Passu Glacier hike
Passu Glacier is white, shiny and deeply creased and looks exactly what you expect a glacier to look like. The afternoon can be spent at leisure in Passu village. Overnight in Passu.
Passu – Chilas
We slowly start our drive southwards, making various photo stops on the way until we reach Chilas where we will stay overnight.
Chilas - Islamabad
A long full-day drive to Islamabad. In the summer months, we will go over Babusar Pass through the Kaghan Valley otherwise we will drive over the Karakoram highway. Last dinner in Islamabad.
Islamabad - Home
Free time to explore Islamabad. A final goodbye and transfer to the airport.
What's included ?
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Air-conditioned private transportation
Visa letter of invitation
Entrance fees to sites and museums
English-speaking local guide.
Tips for local guides
Lunch and dinner
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I am a solo traveler and book a shared room?
That’s absolutely not a problem! You will be paired with another like-minded solo traveler and share the room with him/her.
We try our best to pair travelers of the same gender but in the odd case you might have to share a room with a traveler of the opposite sex or in rare cases share a triple room
How does the booking process work?
Your spot will be secured as soon as we receive your deposit payment. This deposit is refundable up to 10 days after your booking but after that, we can not refund you the deposit. You will receive an invoice for the balance payment 9 weeks before the trip starts.
To know more about our booking policy, please check our
What if I want to arrive a bit earlier or leave later than the set trip dates?
If your time allows, you might want to enjoy a few more days in the country. If you want some activity recommendations, feel free to drop us a message. We’ll be happy to help. We can also assist you in booking your extra hotel nights if you need.
What is the minimum/maximum number of participants?
We do have a guarantee of departure for this trip.
And we take a maximum of 12 people + crew for each tour.
What about visa?
You must apply online for a visa before entering the country. We will provide you with the supporting documents.
Is it safe to travel to Pakistan?
Yes it is absolutely safe to travel to Pakistan. The Northern part of the country is very peaceful and our local team there knows perfectly every corner of the region.
What level of fitness do I need for this trip?
You should be reasonably fit to enjoy this trip to the fullest. Most day hikes are up to 8-9h hours of hiking. But don’t worry too much as the guides will adapt the itineraries to the level of fitness of the group. The group might also be sometimes splitted to better fit everyone’s pace.
What should I bring for this trip?
The essentials for this trip are: hiking clothes and shoes, hiking sticks if you like to use some, small backpack for day hikes, warm clothes, rain/windproof jacket, sun protections (hat, sunblock, glasses, scarf), cash to pay for food and souvenirs
How much cash should I bring on this trip?
It is not easy to find reliable ATMs in Pakistan. We recommend bringing enough cash to pay for your food (lunches and dinners), to buy some souvenirs, or to give tips to the local team. The equivalent of 400 USD should be plenty enough (unless you plan to buy some more expensive souvenirs).