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Availability : May - August
Islamabad
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Min Age : 12+
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Pakistan-China Silk Route Tour Overview: A Journey of Cultural Riches and Natural Splendor

The Pakistan-China Silk Route Tour is a captivating and immersive journey that unveils the cultural marvels and natural splendor of the region. This enchanting tour takes you through the scenic Himalayas and the splendid Karakoram range, offering breathtaking vistas and historical treasures along the way. Starting from the modern capital, Islamabad, the expedition leads you to the fascinating city of Kashgar in China, crossing borders and transcending boundaries.

Are you ready for an exhilarating Pakistan-China Silk Route Tour that will take you on a mesmerizing journey to the heart of Kashgar in China, all while traversing the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Himalayas and the splendid Karakoram Range? Let’s embark on The Pakistan-China Silk Route Tour, starting from the vibrant capital city, Islamabad, and venturing through the enchanting Gandhara Buddhist remnants in Taxila, right into the heart of the Himalayas.

Discovering Diverse Cultures Along the Way

As you venture further into Pakistan-China Silk Route Tour, you’ll find yourself immersed in a kaleidoscope of cultures. Each day of travel brings you face-to-face with a unique cultural experience that will leave you in awe. Brace yourself for a profound transformation as you journey through the captivating valleys nestled amidst the Himalayan terrain, all along the Karakoram Highway (KKH), until you finally arrive in the enchanting city of Kashgar.

Historic Swat Valley: A Cultural Gem

Your Pakistan-China Silk Route Tout continues with a visit to the historic Swat Valley, where you’ll be captivated by the artistry that surrounds you. Be sure to explore the local Museum and vibrant markets to truly immerse yourself in the rich heritage of this region. The next leg of your adventure takes you to Chilas, renowned for its exquisite stone collections, followed by a visit to Gilgit, a mere three-hour drive away.

Exploring Gilgit: An Artistic Haven

Upon your arrival in Gilgit, take a moment to savor the local market’s bustling atmosphere and pay a visit to the renowned Karga Buddha. You’ll be enchanted by the history and craftsmanship that abound in this charming town. A three-hour drive further leads you to the fairytale-like Hunza Valley. However, this journey may take longer than expected, as the majestic vistas and countless viewpoints along the Karakoram Highway will tempt you to pause and soak in the breathtaking scenery.

Hunza Valley: A Paradise on Earth

In Hunza Valley, dedicate an entire day to exploring its wonders. Begin your day by witnessing the sunrise over Rakaposhi from the enchanting Duikar Valley, located above Karimabad. As you explore Altit Fort and Baltit Fort, you’ll find yourself transported to a magical realm surrounded by magnificent mountains. The landscape around Karimabad is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

Traversing the Karakoram to Kashgar

Your Pakistan-China Silk Route Tour continues as the Karakoram Highway leads you to Kashgar in China, crossing the Khunjarab border between China and Pakistan. Enjoy your visit to Kashgar, and when the time comes, prepare to return to Pakistan.

A Warm Welcome Back to Pakistan

Upon your return, Pakistan welcomes you with open arms. Depart from Sust and head towards Gulmit, where you’ll spend an enchanting day exploring the Gulkin Glacier and Borit Lake. This day’s adventure includes a thrilling hike that takes you across a glacier, connecting two picturesque valleys.

Final Stages of the Journey

Your journey nears its conclusion as you proceed to Karimabad for lunch the following day, with the option to visit the local market. Even if you choose to start your journey to Gilgit in the late afternoon, reaching it will be a breeze. Once in Gilgit, wrap up your expedition and prepare for a breathtaking aerial view if you choose to fly back to Islamabad. Alternatively, gear up for a road trip along the Karakoram Highway to Besham, and from there, head to Islamabad, the vibrant capital city.

The Pakistan-China Silk Route Tour is an extraordinary journey that promises not only to take you to the heart of Kashgar in China but also to immerse you in the diverse cultures, historical treasures, and breathtaking landscapes of Pakistan’s Himalayas and Karakorams. Pack your bags, and get ready to embark on an adventure of a lifetime.

Departure & Return Location

Pakistan-China

Price Includes

  • Accommodation as per the list provided
  • Private air-Conditioned transport for all ground transfers
  • Meals, breakfast, lunch, Dinner in hotels
  • Entrance fees to museum and sites during tour
  • Tips at hotel and airport

Price Excludes

  • International airfares
  • Personal Insurance
  • Extras at hotels, like drinks, laundry, personal phone calls, etc
  • Anything which is not mentioned at above given programme
Itinerary

Day 1Islamabad - The Modern Gateway

Your extraordinary journey kicks off in Islamabad, Pakistan’s modern gateway to the Silk Route Tour. Embark on a picturesque drive through the ancient Gandahara Buddhist remains in Taxila, which provide fascinating glimpses into a storied past. As you traverse the Himalayas, you’ll be introduced to the first tantalizing hints of the diverse cultures that await you on this epic adventure.

Day 2Swat Valley - Where Artistry Thrives

Today, we set our course for the historic Swat Valley, renowned for its rich artistic heritage. Dive into the local Museum and soak in the vibrant ambiance of bustling markets. Be prepared to transition to the legendary Karakoram Highway (KKH) the following day, as it promises unforgettable encounters.

Day 3Uncovering Swat's Hidden Treasures

A day dedicated to uncovering the hidden gems of Swat, including the Gandhara heritage, white palace, and a visit to the Swat Museum. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the bustling markets. Prepare to switch to the Karakoram Highway (KKH) the following day for a journey that promises remarkable encounters.

Day 4Journey to Chilas - Nature's Majesty Beckons

Embark on a captivating drive to Chilas, passing through the breathtaking Shangla Pass and traversing through the 200km section of the magnificent Karakoram Highway.

Day 5Enroute to Gilgit - Where Mountains Converge

Today, we journey to Gilgit from Chilas on the Karakoram Highway with key stopovers at Thalpan rock inscriptions, Nanga Parbat viewpoint at Thalichi, and at the junction point of three mighty mountain ranges of the world. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for check-in. In the afternoon, you’ll have the chance to explore the local bazaar.

Day 6Kargha Buddha's Tranquility - A Morning Serenade

Visit the serene Kargha Buddha in the morning and continue the drive to Karimabad Hunza, a place of enchantment. En route, stopover at the Chinese Graveyard in Danyore, the collision point of continental plates, Rakaposhi viewpoint for lunch before arriving at Hunza.

Day 7Adventure to Hoper Glacier - Nature's Playground

Experience the thrill of a day excursion to Hoper Glacier across the Hunza Valley. Begin the day with visits to Altit Fort and Baltit Fort in Hunza and proceed to Ganish, a 1000-year-old settlement. Continue driving to the majesticHoper Valley known for its serene beauty. Hoper is the launching pad for the magnificent Rush Lake trek and Golden Peak Basecamp. Visit the viewpoint before returning to your hotel in Hunza.

Day 8Drive to Sust - Crossing Borders

Our journey takes us to Sust, where we’ll transfer to Tashkurgan, China, via the towering Khunjerab Pass (4734 M).

Day 9Onward to Kashgar - A Glimpse of China

Leave for Kashgar en route and enjoy the sceneries of two historic mountains of the Pamir Range: Muztag Ata, and Kongpur. Lunch will be served at Karakole Lake. Arrive at Kashgar after a 5-hour drive.

Day 10Discovering Kashgar's Treasures - Market Marvels

This day overlaps with the celebrated Sunday market in Kashgar where everything is for sale from carpets, blankets, food, horses, donkeys, sheep, and even camels. The population of the town swells by 100,000, making it truly one of the most remarkable bazaars in Asia; a photographer’s paradise! After the market, we visit the Eidgah Mosque, Abakh Hoja Tomb, and the old town. Overnight stay in Kashgar.

Day 11A Leisurely Day in Town - Explore and Relax

Enjoy a leisurely day in town, exploring the local market and enjoying the rich food.

Day 12The Road to Tashkurgan - Mountains and Lakes

Today we drive on the famous Karakoram highway to Karakul Lake for a stunning view of Mustaghata Mountain. Arrival at Karakul Lake gives you time for photography before an evening drive to Tashkurgan. Overnight stay in Tashkurgan.

Day 13Homeward Bound to Gulmit - Crossing Borders Again

After customs and Immigration formalities, we will be driving to Sost over the highest border crossing pass in the world, the Khunjerab Pass (4750 m). On arrival at Sost, meet our Pakistani guide and later drive to Gulmit. Upon arrival in Gulmit, check-in at the hotel.

Day 14Hiking to Ghulkin Glacier - A Day of Exploration

This day is very interesting, as in the first nearly half an hour, we will drive to Hussaini Village and visit Hussaini suspension bridges. Then we will drive up to Borith to crossover Gulkin Glacier and drive back to Gulmit. Overnight Stay in Gulmit Upper Hunza Valley.

Day 15Returning to Gilgit - Captivating Views

Morning hike up to Ondra Poygah through the flight of more than 1500 steps built by the local community. Enjoy the magnificent view of the valleys and Attabad Lake and return to the hotel for freshening up and lunch. In the afternoon, proceed to Gilgit along the Karakoram Highway. Transfer to the hotel upon arrival, dinner, and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 16Fly to Islamabad or Drive to Besham - The Journey's End

Bid farewell to the enchanting landscapes as you either take a flight to Islamabad or embark on a scenic drive to Besham for an overnight stay.

Day 17A Free Day in Islamabad - Last Moments in Pakistan

Enjoy a leisurely day in Islamabad or, if you’ve driven from Besham, explore the city.

Day 18Farewell to Pakistan - Cherished Memories

As your remarkable journey through Pakistan concludes, it’s time to bid farewell and fly back to your homeland, carrying with you the memories of a lifetime. Goodbye.

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