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HUNZA AUTUMN TOUR

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June 21, 2018

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HUNZA AUTUMN TOUR

Hunza is located in the extreme north of Pakistan in Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), fortified by the giant mountain ranges of Karakorum, Himalayas, Hindu-kush and Pamirs through the Wakhan Corridor and further north neighbored by the heavenly mountains of Tianshan and Kunlunsun and historic city of Kashgar. The legendary land of Hunza is most majestically placed on the roof of the world. It falls on a junction of old silk route, now replaced by the KKH, Karakoram Highway, « 8th wonder of the world », snaking into the people’s Republic of China through the Khunjerab Pass 4733M, between Oxus and Indus. It is no doubt the SHANGRI LA, Heaven on earth.
Hunza had been an independent state till 1974, ruled by the king,” tham”. Known for its far crag mountains, glaciers, men made oasis and fairy lands and re-known for bravery, handwork, longevity, hospitality and distinct cultural heritage, the people of Hunza have kept their autonomy for centuries and championed the ideals of freedom, equality and peace in the region.
Sightseeing tour of Hunza commences with visit of famous Baltit Fort, 800 years old that has been restored by the Aga Khan Cultural Services, AKCS Altit Fort 900, years old that is located on the top of ruby marble rock cliff. The architecture is clear indication of the Tibetan influence. This fort was built by the craftsmen from Baltistan when the ruler of Hunza was married with princess of Baltistan who bought with her many Balti craftsmen as part of her dowry to construct this fort. Ganish Fort is also worth to see that has been also restored recently. In Gulmit Village there is local museum in local traditional house with unique collection of Hunza histroy, maps, utensils, musical instruments, a stuffed snow leopard, gems etc on display. You may visit to Rock carving at Donaydas that is called “Hunza Scared Rocks “and ruby mine. You can have boat safari at newly formed lake (Attaabad Lake) due to huge landslide that blocked the Karakorum Highway and Hunza River and formed a huge lake in the middle of the mountains. The Borith Lake, nice place to have the view of the mountains, walking over the Gulkin Glacier and from Borit Lake to Passu is unforgettable experience. The Shimshal, Chupursan and Misgar are the remotest valleys of the Hunza and have link roads from Karakoram Highway. From Karimabad you may visit to the Hopar and Summyar in Nagar Valley, across the karimabad (Hunza is commonly used for the entire valley, in fact there are two former princely states, Hunza and Nagar). Nagar occupies the entire south side of the Valley and north side around Chalt and famous peak Rakaposhi 77880M is located in Nagar Valley. Nagar and central Hunza shared the language and ancestry, face one another across the river and during the kingdom also migrated to each other valleys, so have some same tribes in these valleys. Nagar is home to some of the best treks in the Karakorum. There is famous mine (Chhumar Bakor) in the Summyar, just in-fornt of the Diran Peak.
There are two very famous seasons to visit to this valley, the spring season, and the fruit trees erupt in white blossom and in autumn the leaves of the trees become yellow and reddish, looks very beautiful with fall colours. The suitable period to visit to this mountain valley is April to end of October. Hunza is connected from Islamabad (capital of the country) by road and by air to Gilgit (55 minutes flight) then by road to Hunza Valley 3-4hrs drive. But all the flights to Gilgit from Islamabad are subjected to weather condition. You may also approach from China Tashkurgan-Kashgar via Khunjerab Pass 4733M.

ITINERARY:
Day-01: Arrive at Islamabad airport, meet with our staff and transfer to hotel, in the rest of time sightseeing of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, overnight at hotel
Day-02: Fly to Gilgit, sightseeing of Bazaar, visit to Kargha Buddha (rock carving) and excursion to Bahgrot valley, overnight at hotel in Gilgit.
Early morning departure for Chilas on Karakoram Highway, joining Indus at Thakot, can make several stops at viewpoints. Arrival to Chilas and transfer to hotel for overnight
Day-03: Continue to Hunza, visit of the Bazaar, Baltit Fort, Altit Fort, walk on the water channel in Karimabad, overnight in Karimabad
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Drive to Gilgit 3-4 hrs, visit Kargha Budddha and Gilgit Bazaar. Afternoon continue drive to Hunza-Karimabad 3-5 hrs on KKH, arrival and transfer to hotel for overnight
Day-04: In the morning excursion by jeep to Hopar in Nagar Valley and back to Karimabad then evening drive to Duikar, highest point of the valley can have sunset view and overnight at Duikar
Day-05: In the morning can have the sunrise view and walk down to Altit village then drive to Passu, in the way visit to rock carving and ruby mine at Donydas, , overnight at hotel
Day-05: Walk on Passu Glacier and visit of suspension Bridge, overnight at Passu or Sost
Day-06: Drive to Lake and on boat to cross the lake then drive to Karimabad, overnight at hotel
Day-07: Drive to Gilgit via Minapin, overnight at hotel
Day-08: Fly from Gilgit to Islamabad OR drive to Naran via Babusar Pass or drive to Besham, overnight at hotel
Day-09: Visit of Rothas Fort or full day visit of Taxila or Continue drive to Islamabad, overnight at Islamabad
Day-10: Departure from Islamabad (drop to the airport)