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20 Days Budget Tour Pakistan



20 days, 4 days easy & moderate treks with walks to Diran (7266m), Rakaposhi (7788m) & Nanga Parbat (8125m) base camps 6 nights camp, 15 nights hotel.

As it is clear from the title of the tour it is basically a low-budget tour to attract young tourists. On this tour, we will stay in tourist-class hotels and travel by public transport. Experience the beauty of Karakoram, Himalayas & Hindukush in an economical manner. You get to know the lifestyle of the people of the North. Driving on legendary KKH you visit the meeting place of Fairies (Fairy Meadows) Nanga Parbat base camp. Then drive to Gilgit onto Hunza valley. Take a short trek to Diran and Rakaposhi peaks. Take a jeep road to the remote Chitral valley and then descend to Peshawar.


(June – October)


Day           To                    Mode                        Stay

00        Depart for Pakistan                            Flight

01        Arrive Lahore/Islamabad                  Bus                hotel

02        Drive to Besham/ Narran                 Bus                hotel

03        – Gilgit                                                   Bus                hotel
04        – Karimabad                                         Bus               hotel

05        Karimabad                                            Bus               hotel

06        – Passu                                                   Bus               hotel

07        Passu                                                       Bus               hotel

08        -Trek  Minapin – Tagafuri                Bus/walk          GH

09        – Minapin                                              Walk               GH

10        – Fairy Meadows                                 Walk               Hut/Camp

11        Fairy Meadows                                   Walk/jeep         Hut/Camp

12        – Gilgit                                                   Walk               hotel

13        – Phander                                              Walk/jeep         GH/hotel

14        – Mastuj                                                  Jeep               GH/hotel

15        – Chitral                                                 jeep               hotel

16        Chitral (Kalash)                                  Jeep               hotel

17        – Swat                                                    jeep               hotel

18        Swat                                                       jeep/bus           hotel

19        – Peshawar                                           Bus                hotel

20        – Islamabad                                        Bus                hotel

21        Departure Flight


Day 1Day 1 Arrive Islamabad

Arrive in Islamabad the federal capital of Pakistan, and transfer to a hotel for rest. Afternoon city tour of the twin cities Pindi & Islamabad. An evening stroll down the narrow streets of Raja bazaar. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2Day 2 Islamabad to Besham/ Narran

Drive to Taxila, the capital of the Gandhara Buddhist civilization. We visit the ruins of a former city (Sirkup), a former monastery (Julian)built on top of a hill, and the splendid site museum that contains the artifacts recovered from the excavation sites. Here one could also see the gold and silver coins of Alexander The Great (326 BC)and local kings. After Taxila, we will drive towards Karakoram High passing through the lush green valleys of Mansehra, enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the valley. KKH is the joint effort of Pakistan and China. Its completion took 20 years. 300 Chinese and 600 Pakistanis sacrificed their lives for the completion of this road. Overnight at Motel. (4/5 hours, 200 km)

Day 3Day 3 Sharkul - Gilgit (Meet The Indus)

Early morning drive to Gilgit the capital city of the Northern areas of Pakistan. At Thakot, we cross Chinese-made bridge to enter the gorge of the Indus river. For centuries this branch of the Silk Route was used by traders and Buddhist missionaries. There are many rock carving sites of that time: Shatial rock carving is one of them. Lunch in Chilas, we stop at Thalichi for the best viewpoint of Nanga Parbat (8,125m) the 9th highest peak of the world and the second-highest after K 2 in Pakistan, also known as the killer mountain. Rakaposhi (7,788m) and the Haramosh range can also be viewed from here. As we drive north we arrive at the meeting point of the mountain ranges. The three highest mountain ranges of the world Karakoram, Himalayas and Hindukush meet where the Indus River is joined by the Gilgit River. We continue along the Gilgit river, overnight at Hotel. (9/10 hours, 320 km)

Day 4Day 4 Gilgit - Hunza {Karimabad

We drive out from Gilgit to re-enter the town from the historic route, crossing a suspension bridge over the river. At Kargah to visit the rock-carved Buddha from the 7th century AD. In ancient times the Kargah valley used to be the traveling route of the Buddhist monks, to go to Taxila. Stroll down the colorful bazaars of Gilgit. Later drive to the beautiful, breathtaking Hunza Valley through a scenic route On our way we see the old Silk Route used by the Buddhist monks and traders. En route short stay at Rakaposhi (7,788m) viewpoint. Enter the Hunza valley and arrive at the capital Karimabad. Overnight at Hotel. (2/3 hours, 110 km)

Day 5Day 5 Excursion Hunza Karimabad

Day free in Karimabad for short walks to Altit and Baltit Forts, and for other explorations in Hunza Valley The people of Hunza are famous for their long lives. You can also see some beautiful peaks of Karakoram range from Karimabad; Rakaposhi 7788m, Diran 7266m, Ultar 7400m, Golden peak 7027m and the Nagar valley on the left bank of Hunza River. In Hunza, each family grows enough wheat, maize, apricots, and walnuts for its own use. The people are mostly self-sufficient, making their own clothes, shoes, wooden and stone bowls, and growing all their own food. The people are very friendly and cheerful. In the afternoon you could walk to Ultra glacier, follow the irrigation channel through the village or stroll through the single lane bazaar for better views of soaring peaks around you. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 6 Day 6 Karimabad - Passu (Upper Hunza Valley

A short drive through the heart of Karakoram. We stop at the village of Gulmit, in the shadow of virgin Gulmit tower. Walkthrough the village fields to visit the Polo ground and old houses. Later take a short trek to Gulkin glaciers and Borit Lake. As you end your trek near Borit Lake, the transport will pick for 15 km drive to Passu. Passu is a small charming village in the backdrop of soaring Passu Cones, with Passu and Batura glaciers at short walking distance. Walkthrough the village to see the village life. Overnight at Lodge. (1 hour, 50 km)

Day 7Day 7 Gulmit, Hussani, Passu,

Day Excursion Some 70 years ago Passu used to be the second-largest settlement in Hunza after Karimabad. The glacier upstream on the Hunza River moved down to create a large dam, that later broke and destroyed the fertile fields and houses. Now the river occupies the major share of the valley with the village on its right bank. Morning walk to the Passu glacier and Passu Lake. From the snout of the glacier, you have fascinating views of Shispar ( 7,611 m) and Passu Peak (7,478 m). Walk back for lunch. Afternoon visit to the famous suspension bridges of Passu. These 800 feet long bridges over the Hunza river are still in use.

Day 8Day 8 Drive and trek to Minapin

In the morning drive on KK H along the Hunza river with soaring rocks of the Karakoram on both sides of the gorge, we arrive at the small village of Minapin in the shadow of Rakaposhi (7,788m)and Diran (7,265m) mountains. After some rest at Minpin trek to Tagafuri Interesting moderate trek, passing through hills covered by juniper, throne, and rose bushes, with occasional fields of barley and potatoes. Lunch at a summer settlement. Later follow a path through steep pastures to arrive at the campsite between the lateral moraine and the foot of Rakaposhi. Our campsite is ideally located in the green patch between the Diran glacier and the ridge of Rakaposhi, offering fascinating views. Overnight at Camp. (Long day, 05/06 hours).

Day 9Day 9 Back to Minapin

Walk down from Tagafuri to Minapin village. Camp overnight.

Day 10Day 10 Minapin to Fairy Meadows

Back on the Karakoram Highway we drive to Raikot Bridge over the Indus river and enter a narrow gorge in our jeeps. Continue on the narrow jeep track to small Tatto village where we leave our jeeps to start the trek. Fairy Meadow at the foot of Nanga Parbat (8125 m), the ninth highest peak in the world, also known as “The Killer Mountain” as many climbers have died while attempting to reach the top. The view of the Mountain, the glacier flowing from it and the pine forests at foothills is just superb. Camp overnight.

Day 11Day 11 Fairy Meadow / Bayal BC

Day at Fairy Meadow with the option to trek to the base camp of Nanga Parbat after crossing the glacier. We shall carry pack lunch from our camp at Fairy Meadow and have it at the Base Camp and then return to our camp.

Day 12Day 12 Fairy Meadow to Gilgit

In the morning we will walk for about three hours to reach Tatto to catch the jeeps. From Tatto, we will drive down to Raikot bridge to KKH and continue our drive to Gilgit. Arrive in Gilgit and transfer to hotel. Evening free. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 13Day 13 Gilgit to Phander

Jeep drive to Phander with occasional drop-offs from the jeep for short walks along the trek. As we drive, we bid farewell to the Karakoram range and enter the Hindukush range. Wild landscape meets us during the drive as this route is visited by fewer people and is snow-covered during the winters so only nomads move with their goats, searching the higher slopes for green pastures. Camp.

Day 14 Day 14 Phander to Mastuj

From Phander the jeep-track leads over to the Mastuj. A zigzag jeep track climbs up the Shandur Pass, so we leave the jeeps and walk over the pass to the highest Polo ground in the world. This is where every year a grand festival of Polo takes place where teams from all of Pakistan meet together to decide the Champion. The festival is attended by many enthusiasts from every village, who camp here for days to see their team progress towards glory. We Continue to drive to Mastuj.

Day 15Day 15 Mastuj to Chitral

The morning drive from to Mastuj village, along the Chitral river, is flowing in the main valley bed. The landscape of the Hindukush range appears much arid and dry, as this area is outside the reach of the monsoon and receives very little rain. We stop at a small village for lunch and then continue North, now enjoying fascinating views of snow-clad peaks reaching 4,500 meters. Meals & O/N at hotel.

Day 16Day 16 Chitral Trek in Kalash

We start, by taking a lot of water as few springs on the way have doubtful supply. This trek takes us over a steep 3,000-meter (from sea level) ridge separating the Bumburet and Birir valleys. We start with the first light of the day to cross the ridge in cool hours of the day. The trek offers a good opportunity to experience the unique landscape of Kalash valleys and to meet the local population during their daily life. We arrive at Bomburet, the largest village of Kalash. Back to Chitral. O/N in the hotel.

Day 17Day 17 Chitral to Swat

Morning drive to Swat. Proceed towards Lowari Pass (3,200 Meters). The ascend is very interesting as it encounters around 96 Hair-pin turns to bring you to the top of Lowari Pass. Descend to Dir, Chakdara and Malakand Pass. Arrive Swat, a land that shines with fruit-laden orchards, flower-filled slopes, meandering rivers, rumbling streams, and is surrounded by the mighty ranges of the Hindu Kush and Karakoram. The valley is 3,250 feet above sea level, Saidu Sharif and Mingora are the towns that form the twin capital of this area. Arrive and transfer to hotel for O/N in Mingora

Day 18Day 18 Swat (Excursion to Upper Swat)

After breakfast proceed for the full day sightseeing in the valley. Visit a museum, White Palace, some rock carvings from Buddhist period, and in Upper Swat visit Malam Jaba and Kalam. Drive back to Mingora overnight.

Day 19Day 19 Swat to Peshawar

Peshawar has always been important in the history of the sub-continent because of its location in by Khyber Pass & Gandhara civilization. The city is now known more for its special feeling of being a frontier town than for its monuments. In the morning we will visit the street of story-tellers: Kissa Khawani bazaar, the street of Gold (Kasera bazaar), Karavan Serai, and Mahabat Khan Mosque & Museum of Peshawar, known for its collection of Gandhara artifacts.

DayDay 20 Peshawar

Morning excursion to Khyber Pass: the most important land route leading to the Indian subcontinent. All historic invaders, including Alexander, had used this route to explore the wonders of fertile land that lies south of this pass. We may be allowed to visit Michni Post from where we have a panoramic view of the Pak-Afghan border. (45 km one way). Evening free. Overnight in hotel

Day 21 Day 21 Peshawar to Islamabad and Goodbye

Morning drive to Islamabad while traveling on the Grand Trunk Road laid down by the Pathan Emperor of the United Indian Empire: Sher Shah Suri., crossing Indus River at Attock. You may stop for a photo at the meeting point of the Indus & Kabul rivers just beyond Attock bridge. Bypass the important archaeological site of Taxila by evening we shall reach Islamabad. Afternoon

Departure Transfer to Air Port for departure flight to home.

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