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HUNZA APRICOT BLOSSOM TOUR

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October 19, 2018

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HUNZA APRICOT BLOSSOM TOUR

HUNZA VALLEY is located in the Northern part of Pakistan near the borders of China and Afghanistan. Hunza is well known for its picturesque beauty and as well as the culture and tradition of the mountain people. For the hundreds of years it was an isolated state, ruled by the king or Mir locally called “THAM”. At the nineteenth centuries the kingdom had become a princely state that was protected by the government of British India, after the partition from India, Pakistan gained control of these areas in 1947 but Tham/ Mir was allowed to rules over local matters until 1974 and then Pakistan took over completely control.

Apricot blossom or spring season is one of the best and interesting periods to visit to the mountain valley of Karakorum, “HUNZA”. During the spring season the fruit trees erupt in white blossom and down the valley looks like white carpet. The blossom starts first by the almond trees then apricot trees, cherries, applies, peaches and pears, give wonderful contrast of blossom among the high snowcapped mountains. These fruits are an integral part of Hunzakutz’s diet. Apricot trees are more common in Hunza and Nagar valleys, which is famous legend fruit of the valley and in ancient time was main source of the food.

Normally blossom starts from end of March to end of April in the valley and best to start the trip in the first week of April. Hunza is long valley starting from Gilgit to Khunjerab Pass 190 km border with China.So, blossom starts from Gilgit to north wards in the valley, first almond flowers then apricot after cheery, apple and peach, it remains till end of May in the Valley. Hunza is connected from the capital, Islamabad by road through the Karakorum Highway (KKH) and by air to Gilgit then by road to Hunza Valley 2hrs drive on KKH. All the flights to Gilgit from Islamabad are subjected to weather condition.

ITINERARY:
Day-01: Arrive at Islamabad airport, sightseeing of Islamabad/Rawalpindi/ hotel
Day-02: Fly to Gilgit and local visits or drive to Chilas/hotel
Day-03: Continue to Karimabad-Hunza/hotel
Day-04: Drive to Hopar and back to Karimabad then to Duikar/hotel
Day-05: Drive to Passu/hotel
Day-06: Back to Karimabad/hotel
Day-07: Drive to Gilgit /hotel
Day-08: Fly to Islamabad or drive to Besham /hotel
Day-09: Day free in Islamabad/visit to Taxila or drive from Besham to Islamabad/hotel
Day-10: Departure from Islamabad (drop to the airport)