Pakistan - The Kingdom of Hunza

Discover The Kingdom of Hunza on this 15 day exploration in Pakistan.

Pakistan – The Kingdom of Hunza

Pakistan - The Kingdom of Hunza

Embarking on a 15 day journey to discover northern Pakistan. Retrace the footsteps of ancient traders and explorers as you venture through this historic route.

You will encounter stunning mountain landscapes and be able to immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Pakistan. The first leg of your adventure will take you to Hunza and Fairy Meadows.  Surrounded by towering peaks and lush green meadows, this is a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Enjoy the Khaplu Valley, a hidden valley tucked away in the heart of the Karakoram Mountains. This idyllic valley is known for its ancient forts, traditional architecture, and warm hospitality. Take in the local culture, savour the flavours of traditional cuisine, and discover the fascinating history that echoes through the streets.

This fully escorted private tour is perfect for anyone wanting to experience the remote and beautiful north of Pakistan.

Day 1 - Arrival in Pakistan
On arrival in Islamabad, our representative will meet you outside the customs and immigration area at the airport. They will be able to answer questions, brief you on the immediate arrangements, and escort you to the hotel in Islamabad. Depending on the time of your arrival there should be time for some sightseeing in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Rawalpindi and Islamabad are two cities located in the upper Punjab region of Pakistan. Rawalpindi is an old British-era settlement, while Islamabad is the capital city and administrative centre. Both cities are situated at about 1,500 feet in elevation in the hot and steamy plains. In Rawalpindi, you can wander among the many and varied bazaars or visit the imposing Shah Faisal Mosque. This mosque is one of the largest in the world, with room for 15,000 worshippers inside and 85,000 in the courtyard.

We will attend a trek briefing at the Alpine Club of Pakistan. This briefing will provide us with information about the upcoming trek, including the route, difficulty level, and safety precautions.
Overnight in Hotel Hill View or similar

Day 2 - Drive to Chilas
Today we set off to Chilas along the famous Karakoram Highway. It is certainly one of the world's most spectacular roads, tracing one of the many pathways of the ancient Silk Road.It is often called the 'Eighth Wonder of the World' due to its high elevation and the difficult conditions in which it was constructed. The Karakoram Highway is also known as the Friendship Highway in China, and was built by the governments of Pakistan and China, starting in 1959 and was completed in 1979 (opening to the public in 1986). It is thought that 810 Pakistanis and over 200 Chinese workers lost their lives, mostly in landslides and falls while building the highway.
Overnight at the Shangrila Midway House or similar (B)

Day 3 - Chilas - Fairy Meadows
This morning after breakfast we will visit the local rock carvings before starting the two hour drive to Raikot Bridge. From here, we transfer into 4WD jeeps for another hour’s drive through a narrow gorge to Tato village. We will enjoy a 2 hour trek on the pony trails through the thick covered pine forest leads to reach fairy meadows.
Overnight at Raikot Sarai Camp Resort Fairy Meadows or similar (B)

Day 4 - Fairy Meadows
We will take an excursion towards the Nanga Parbat base camp. This ia an easy and gentle walk through the green meadows covered with thick pine and birch forests. We cross Ganalo glacier and then continue to walk through the lush green grassy meadows. Visit Alfred Drexel monument and explore the area. After lunch we will trek back to Fairy meadows. (total of 7 hours walking /trek).
Overnight at Raikot Sarai Camp Resort Fairy Meadows or similar (B)

Day 5 - Tarashing
We leave behind the Fairy Meadows and drive to Tarashing. Tarishing is a village with around 200 inhabitants and a sub-division of Astore District. It is considered the gateway to Nanga Parbat. It has almost 25 shops, 1 high school for boys, 1 middle school for girls, 1 private English-medium school, two hotels and a small medical centre. A large glacier beside the Rupal river is also a part of this village, that is situated on an altitude of about 2900 metres.
Overnight at Nanga Parbat Tourist Cottage or similar (B)

Day 6 - Deosai to Skardu
Our adventure continues as we drive to the Deosai Plains, a high plateau in the Himalayas that is also the habitat of the snow leopard. We never loose sight of Nanga Parbat as we ride through the extensive meadows that are buried in snow for nine months and only reveal their velvet green cover and hundreds of flowers in the summer. Along the journey, our jeep drivers must skilfully navigate through streams that rush with glacial water.
Overnight at Concordia Motel Skardu or similar (B)

Day 7 – Explore Skardu
Situated on a hilltop overlooking Skardu, we will visiti Kharpocho Fort with panoramic views of the town, the Indus River, and the surrounding mountains. This ancient fort dates back to the 16th century and provides a glimpse into the region's history and architecture. We will then stroll through the bustling Skardu Old Bazaar to experience the local culture and indulge in some shopping. The market is filled with shops selling traditional handicrafts, gemstones, local produce, and dried fruits. It's an excellent place to interact with locals, sample regional delicacies, and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere. Located about 9 kilometres from Skardu, our next destination is Satpara Lake, a serene and crystal-clear lake surrounded by mountains. There are options to take a boat ride on the lake, enjoy a picnic on its banks, or simply soak in the tranquillity of the surroundings. We then take a short drive to the enchanting Shigar Valley. Known for its terraced fields, fruit orchards, and traditional wooden houses, this valley offers a glimpse into the local way of life. You can explore the historic Shigar Fort, which has been converted into a heritage hotel and museum, showcasing artifacts and exhibits related to the area's history.
Overnight at Concordia Motel Skardu or similar (B)

Day 8 - Khaplu
This handsome village of timber-and-stone houses and precision-made dry walls climbs up a wide alluvial fan beneath an arc of sheer granite walls. Painstaking irrigation has made it a shady, fertile oasis. As you climb its twisting track, the icy peaks of the Masherbrum Range rise on the other side of the valley. It’s hard to imagine a more majestic setting near a public road anywhere in Pakistan. The main attractions are the 2600m-high village itself, the old Royal Palace and the even older Mosque above it at Changchun. Oh and of course, the heart-stopping views!
Overnight at Concordia Motel Skardu or similar (B)

Day 9 - Drive to Hunza
The Hunza Valley is a mountainous valley, situated north/west of the Hunza River, at an elevation of around 2,500 metres. Aliabad is the main town, while Baltit and Altit are popular tourist destinations due to the spectacular scenery of the surrounding mountains. The people here are cheerful and friendly and almost all speak Burushaski. The Hunzakuts are famed for their longevity, supposedly resulting from their mostly vegetarian diet of cereals and fruits.
Overnight at the Karakorum View Hotel or similar (B)

Day 10 - Hunza Sightseeing
Today we will explore Karimabad, also known as Baltit. It is named after Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual head of Shia Ismaili Nizari community. In the morning we visit the old Baltit Fort. This Tibetan style fort was originally built by the Balti Artisans, when a princess of Baltistan married a Prince of Hunza. The father of the princess sent artisans from Baltistan to build this fort in her dowery. After the Mir (king) moved to another residence, the fort has been restored by the  ‘Agha Khan Trust for Culture’ as a historical asset. You will also be able to get stunning views of the Hunza and Nagar valleys from the Fort.
Overnight at the Karakorum View Hotel or similar (B)

Day 11 - Sightseeing Nagar and Upper Hunza
The Nagar and Upper Hunza are two breathtaking regions located in the Gilgit-Baltistan province of Pakistan. Nestled amidst the majestic peaks of the Karakoram and Himalayan ranges, these areas offer a mesmerizing blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and warm hospitality.

Some key attractions in Nagar Valley include the Hopper Glacier, a stunning glacier known for its icy landscapes and crystal-clear streams and Attabad Lake, a mesmerizing turquoise-coloured lake that was formed as a result of a massive landslide in 2010. The lake offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and is a popular spot for boating and photography.

In the Upper Hunza we will see the Passu Cones,  a unique geological formation. These towering, jagged peaks offer a dramatic backdrop against the clear blue skies and are a popular attraction for photographers and hikers. The Hussaini Suspension Bridge is an iconic landmark in the region. It is a pedestrian bridge that spans across the Hunza River. Maybe not for the faint-hearted however, walking across the bridge provides panoramic views of the river and surrounding mountains.
Overnight at the Silk Route Lodge or similar (B)

Day 12 – Khunjerab Pass
The Khunjerab Pass (elevation 4,733m) is a high mountain pass in the Karakoram Mountains in a strategic position on the northern border of Pakistan's Gilgit-Baltistan region and on the southwest border of the Xinjiang region of China. Its name is derived from Wakhi, 'Khun' meaning Home and 'Jerav' means spring water/water falling. The Khunjerab Pass is the highest paved international border crossing in the world and the highest point on the Karakoram Highway. The roadway across the pass was completed in 1982, and has superseded the unpaved Mintaka and Kilik Passes as the primary passage across the Karakoram.
Overnight at the Silk Route Lodge or similar (B)

Day 13 Drive to Chilas
Today, we will take a U-turn and start our journey back south. Along the way we will stop over at Rakaposhi View point for a tea break and to get some more photos. We will also top at Gilgit for lunch before we reach Chilas once again and our destination for the night.
Overnight at the Shangrila Midway House or similar (B)

Day 14 – Return to Islamabad
A busy day on the road as we return to Islamabad. We take plenty of comfort breaks and enjoy watching life go by. On arrival in Islamabad, we return to our original hotel.
Overnight in Hotel Hill View or similar (B)

Day 15 – Depart Pakistan
At a suitable time, you will be transferred to the airport for your international departure. Our representative will say Khuda Hafiz “May God be your protector” here.

*Please note: The itinerary is subject to change due to weather and operational requirements.

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Departure Dates

This is a private tour. We can run it between May and September.

Price - from £1995 per person based on two people travelling


Pakistan Information

Government Travel Safety Advice
We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK citizens, check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice. Please refer to the COVID-19 entry requirements page for any country-specific conditions of entry.

Visa and Passport Information
Passport validity - If you are visiting Pakistan, your passport should be valid for 6 months from the date of your visa application.

Visas - If you’re travelling to Pakistan on a British passport, you will need to get a visa before you travel. Visa violations can be treated as a criminal offence and could result in a fine or detention. Journalists’ visas often have additional travel restrictions, which you should observe. For further information consult the High Commission for Pakistan in London, including for information on any changes in visa process during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Local Laws and Custom
Local laws reflect the fact that Pakistan is a Muslim country. You should respect local traditions, customs and laws at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure that they do not offend. Standards of public behaviour differ greatly between the UK and Pakistan; Pakistan is culturally conservative. What might be acceptable in the UK can cause offence in Pakistan. Consideration of others is important in Pakistani culture, with loud boisterous behaviour in public frowned upon and likely to draw comment or response.

Ramadan, also called Ramazan or Ramzan in Pakistan, is a holy month for Muslims. The dates vary by year and country. Ramadan in 2024 in Pakistan begins in early March and lasts for approximately 30 days. During this time, the following actions may cause offence:
• Eating, drinking, smoking or chewing gum in public in the daytime, including in your car
• Playing loud music or dancing in public areas
• Swearing in public

You should also:
• Check opening hours of shops and restaurants
• Be aware that if hotels and restaurants are providing food or drink during fasting hours, they may separate you from Islamic guests, for example with screens
• Dress modestly - clothing that doesn’t meet local dress codes may cause more offence at this time
• Be aware that traffic may be unpredictable, and show extra consideration of other drivers
• Be patient and show tolerance

There may also be a higher risk of terrorist incidents during Ramadan. Avoid large gatherings and exercise caution and remain vigilant at hotels, airports, markets, shopping malls and restaurants.

You should carry some form of photo ID at all times.

You should dress modestly at all times. Men and women should cover their shoulders and legs when in public. Women should cover their heads when entering mosques or other holy places, and when travelling in rural areas.

Consumption of alcohol is illegal for Muslims. Public consumption and drunkenness are illegal and can lead to detention.

Blasphemy is illegal and has a broad definition in Pakistani law. It includes public and private comments in any form, including on social media. The state enforces blasphemy laws and there are significant criminal penalties up to and including the death penalty. In addition, those accused of blasphemy are at significant risk of violence from members of the public. Both Muslims and religious minorities have been victims of blasphemy accusations and violence, including killings. Visitors should therefore be sensitive to religious beliefs and behave accordingly.

Criminal proceedings
The death penalty can and has been imposed for crimes including blasphemy, murder, drug offences and rape.

Importing good
Importing alcohol and pork products is illegal. and neither are readily available in Pakistan. Penalties for illegal importation could include detention.

Homosexuality is illegal.

Cohabitation by an unmarried couple is illegal.

Possession of even small quantities of illegal drugs can lead to imprisonment. A number of British nationals have been arrested on drug trafficking charges and face long periods in detention on remand as their cases make their way through the Pakistan legal system. Drug trafficking can attract the death penalty.


At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website. Each country-specific page has information on vaccine recommendations, any current health risks or outbreaks, and factsheets with information on staying healthy abroad. Guidance is also available from NHS (Scotland) on the FitForTravel website.

The legal status and regulation of some medicines prescribed or purchased in the UK can be different in other countries. If you’re travelling with prescription or over-the-counter medicine, read this guidance from NaTHNaC on best practice when travelling with medicines.

Local medical facilities are not comparable to those in the UK, especially in remote areas. For psychiatric illness, specialised treatment may not be available outside major cities in Pakistan. Private medical care is available in all major cities, but expensive. The British High Commission Islamabad maintains a list of medical facilities in different cities of Pakistan. You’re strongly advised to have comprehensive travel insurance that covers the duration of your stay in Pakistan. If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 911 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you’re referred to a medical facility for treatment.

You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Take care when purchasing bottled water. A recent government report found a number of bottled water brands to be contaminated.

Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

What to bring on your Pakistan - Kingdom oof Hunza Tour

Lightweight clothing which can be layered is adviseable and a warmer jumper for cooler evenings.  A light rain coat is suggested.

Comfortable walking boots and shoes/trainers and/or sandals. Waterproof footware is recommended.

Please allow yourself one main piece of luggage and a day-sack. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage, so don't overload yourself, a soft wheely bag may be easier to manage than a suit case.
We recommend a sunhat, sunscreen, a torch, insect repellent and a waterbottle. A solar charger for your phone and other electronics is a good idea.

The Pakistani rupee (ISO code: PKR ) is the official currency in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Coins are issued in 1, 2, 5, and 10 rupee denominations while banknotes come in 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000, and 5000 rupee values.

ATMs do not exist in most areas and places rarely accept major credit cards.

Weather in Pakistan
Much of Pakistan experiences four seasons - a cool, dry winter from December through February; a hot, dry spring from March through May; the summer rainy season, or southwest monsoon period, from June through September; and the retreating monsoon period of October and November. Temperatures in the summer months can rise to 40 degrees Celsius and rainfall is unsurprisingly heavy during the monsoon rains. However, being north of, and in the rain shadow of, the Himalaya, the Karakoram mountains receive little monsoonal rain and generally enjoy a warm, dry climate between June and August making them an ideal summer trekking destination.

Internet Availability
Cybercafes can be found on virtually every street corner and the rates are as low as Rs 30-50 per hour. They usually don't have a normal operating system, so don't be too impatient! LCD Monitors, Windows 7 are usually installed and most of the cafes have an internet connection with a decent speed (usually 4Mbps to 20Mbps). 3G and 4G mobile services have been launched in Pakistan by four operators (Mobilink, Ufone, Zong, Telenor). The number of 3G and 4G users in Pakistan reached 56.08 million by the end of June 2018, said Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

For Pakistan there are two associated plug types, C and D. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and type D is the plug which has three round pins in a triangular pattern. Pakistan operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.

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