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09 Days
Availability : October - November
Islamabad
Gilgit Baltistan
Min Age : 10+
Tour Details

Karakoram Autumn Foliage Tour: Discover Pakistan’s Majestic North

Discover the most exhilarating tour in Gilgit Baltistan, where nature’s canvas comes alive with vibrant hues of autumn foliage. Traverse the Karakoram Highway, bask in the serenity of Hunza-Nagar Valley, and witness nature’s spectacle that transforms the scenery into a symphony of colors. Capture breathtaking photographs and create memories that will stay with you forever. Bordered by China in the north, the Gilgit district in the south, the Ghizer district in the west, and the Shigar district in the northeast, this tour takes you through the breathtaking beauty of the Karakoram region. Let the Karakoram autumn foliage tour enchant your senses and elevate your love for nature’s unparalleled beauty.

Hunza-Nagar Valley: Where Nature’s Serenity Unfolds

As we traverse the Karakoram Highway, which connects Pakistan and China via the mesmerizing Khunjerab Pass (4.737m), we find ourselves immersed in the enchanting Hunza-Nagar Valley. Renowned for its tranquil beauty, rich history, high literacy rate, and abundant fresh fruits and vegetables, this valley is a true gem bestowed upon Pakistan by the divine.

The Magic of Autumn in Hunza-Nagar and Baltistan

Pakistan experiences four distinct seasons, each with its own allure. However, it is the autumn season, spanning from October to November, that captivates the senses and beckons photography enthusiasts to Hunza-Nagar Valley and Baltistan. During this time, the landscape transforms into a living painting, captivating all who behold it.

Nature’s Color Palette Unleashed

As autumn sets in, the trees throughout the valley undergo a breathtaking transformation. Their leaves turn into a kaleidoscope of colors – from gold and red to vibrant orange and majestic bronze. Against the backdrop of the barren mountains, crowned with snow-capped peaks, and the emerald green waters of the meandering river, the valley is a symphony of contrasts and visual splendor.

A Photographic Dream Come True

For photography lovers, the Karakoram autumn foliage tour is nothing short of a dream come true. Every corner of the valley offers picturesque vistas, allowing photographers to capture the essence of nature’s grandeur. The play of light and shadows amidst the colorful foliage creates stunning compositions, making it a haven for both amateur and professional photographers.

Beyond Visuals: Embracing Serenity and History

Beyond the visual spectacle, the Hunza-Nagar Valley and Baltistan region hold a rich tapestry of history and culture. Immersing oneself in the local way of life and traditions adds depth to the experience. As the land of ancient civilizations and trade routes, this region has witnessed the passage of time and the convergence of diverse cultures, leaving behind fascinating stories etched into the landscape.

Departure & Return Location

Islamabad-Gilgit Baltistan

Price Includes

  • All ground transport ( Toyota Coaster Saloon 22 seater and / or Toyota Van 8 seater depending on group size) with chauffer and fuel for airport transfers and local use
  • Accommodation Twin sharing basis for 8 nights
  • Meals, breakfast, lunch, Dinner in hotels
  • Entrance fees to museum and sites during tour
  • English Speaking Guide Services
  • Tips at hotel and airport

Price Excludes

  • International airfares
  • Extras at hotels, like drinks, laundry, personal phone calls, etc
  • Personal insurance and medication, evacuation and rescue etc
  • Anything which is not mentioned at above given programme
  • Additional expense to be incurred due to any unexpected circumstances including the acts of nature and political reasons etc
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival at Islamabad - Begin Your Adventure

Arrive in Islamabad, where our friendly company representative will warmly greet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for a relaxing overnight stay. If your group arrives during the day, we’ll treat you to sightseeing in Islamabad and the captivating old city of Rawalpindi.

Day 2Day 2: Islamabad to Besham - A Scenic Drive

Today, we depart for Besham via Abbottabad and Mansehra. We’ll enjoy a delightful lunch in Abbottabad before continuing our journey to Besham. The drive along the Hazara Motorway takes approximately 5 hours, offering mesmerizing views of the countryside. Upon arrival in Besham, we’ll settle into the hotel for dinner and a comfortable overnight stay.

For summer visits until mid-September, we have a special treat. We’ll drive via Naran and Babusar Pass, showcasing unforgettable natural beauty, serene lakes, and breathtaking snow-capped mountains.

Day 3Besham to Gilgit - A Glimpse of Ancient Carvings

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll proceed to Gilgit. On our way, we’ll make a stop to admire the fascinating Chilas Rock carvings, bearing witness to ancient artistry. Our journey will also include a brief pause at the Nanga Parbat viewpoint in Thalichi. Continuing the drive, we’ll arrive in Gilgit, where you’ll be transferred to the hotel. Enjoy delicious meals throughout the day.

Day 4Gilgit to Gulmit - An Adventure on the Karakoram Highway

Today’s adventure takes us to Gulmit via the renowned Karakoram Highway. Along the way, we’ll make several stops to capture photos of the awe-inspiring landscape, including the majestic Rakaposhi Peak (7788m) and the historical Silk Route. A tea break at Rakaposhi viewpoint will invigorate us for the journey ahead. Later, we’ll embark on a boat safari on Attabad Lake before proceeding to Gulmit. After lunch at the hotel, we’ll take an afternoon stroll through the charming Gulmit village, where you’ll have the chance to meet locals and explore traditional houses. Return to the hotel for a delightful dinner and a cozy overnight stay.

Day 5Exploring Hussaini Bridge and Borit Lake - Reaching Karimabad

After breakfast, we’ll drive to the mesmerizing Hussaini Suspension Bridge before continuing to Borit Lake, a picture-perfect gem nestled in the heart of Borit village. Enjoy a leisurely walk around the lake or through the village. Lunch will be served at the hotel, after which we’ll drive to Karimabad, a journey of approximately 45 minutes. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel, followed by an evening visit to the local bazaar. If possible, we’ll head to Duiker for dinner, concluding the day with a return to the hotel.

Day 6Karimabad Exploration - Unveiling the Ancient Forts

Start the day with a lavish breakfast at the hotel before visiting the extraordinary Baltit Fort, which dates back over 700 years. Next, we’ll head to Altit Village to explore Altit Fort’s fascinating history. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, after which we’ll begin our journey back to Gilgit, a drive of 1-2 hours. Enjoy an evening stroll along River View Road before returning to the hotel for dinner and a restful overnight stay.

Day 7Gilgit to Besham - Relishing the Scenic Route

Following breakfast, we’ll proceed to Besham via the Karakoram Highway, enjoying mesmerizing views throughout the 9-10 hour drive. We’ll make photo stops along the way, and lunch will be served at Dassu. Upon reaching Besham, transfer to the hotel for dinner and a comfortable overnight stay.

Day 8Besham to Islamabad - Returning to the Capital

After breakfast, we’ll journey to Islamabad, a drive of 6-7 hours. Lunch will be served in Abbottabad, adding a culinary treat to the trip. As we arrive in Islamabad, transfer to the hotel for a well-deserved dinner and a relaxing overnight stay.

Day 9Exploring Islamabad - Farewell and Departure

On our final day, we’ll set out to explore Islamabad, visiting the iconic Faisal Mosque, Lok Virsa Museum, Pakistan Monument, and Jasmine Garden. After a delicious lunch at a renowned restaurant, you’ll have some free time for shopping in the local market. In the evening, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your departure, bidding farewell to an epic adventure through Pakistan’s majestic north. Cherish the memories, and we hope to welcome you back soon for more unforgettable experiences.

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