Tagham Festival is a Unique Festival in Shimshal on 1st April 2023 To Witness Its Vibrant Culture and rich Traditions!
A nature lover, a traditional touch, a culture enthusiast, or a foodie – whatever kind of traveler you may be, Shimshal promises to be the perfect travel destination that will allure you with its magic. While Shimshal is also known as the home of mountaineers. Tagham festivals reflect its vibrant cultural diversity and religious tolerance and assure you a glimpse into its rich traditions. During your visit to Shimshal, you can drive through this beautiful Karakorum high way explore its many wonders, do try to witness three mountain ranges Himalayas, Karakoram, and Hindukush Mountains, and the people who live in the villages with rich culture, festivals, and celebrations.
Shimshal Valley is Situated in the heart of the Karakoram range, the remotest valley in the whole range. The mountains are some of the toughest, with some of the high virgin peaks lying here. You start the trip in Islamabad and drive on the legendary Karakoram Highway to Hunza/ Passu in upper Hunza, from where we take soft top 4×4 jeeps to enter the valley. It takes 4/5 hours to reach the main Shimshal village in the valley.
Arrive Islamabad, after short stay for fresh up and breakfast drive on the Karakoram Highway to Besham/ Chilas in air conditioned transport. Overnight stay in hotel. (260 km, 6/7 hours)
Exciting drive through the gorge of Indus & Hunza rivers. En route visit the meeting point of the world’s three highest mountain ranges; Himalayas, Hindukush and Karakoram. Enjoy views of Nanga Parbat (8,125 m) & Rakaposhi (7,788 m). Overnight in hotel. ( 515 km, 8/9 hours)
After two hours Jeep drive we will be in Kuk, opposite to Mulungudi glacier, with hot springs. We have beautiful view of Dastagil Sar (7885m. From here it is easy drive to the main valley and an hour to main village. Shimshal is one of the remotest areas of Karakoram. 900 -1000 years ago Shimshal Valley was discovered by a Sufi Saint he settled here and all Shimshal people are from his family. Camp overnight. (4/5 hours, 3300m)
Day free at Karimabad to explore the valley and possible excursion to Passu & Batura glaciers & visit the forts. Altit & Baltit forts are the landmarks of the times when Hunza was a well sought after staging post on the Karakoram Branch of the Silk Route. The frost was erected by the locals of safeguard themselves against the invaders coming mostly from Central Asia, over the high passes. Overnight at hotel. Meals and overnight at hotel. Hunza cultural dance in evening.
Early morning drive Air Conditioned transport on the Karakoram High way towards Besham. Lunch in Dassu. Proceed towards Besham. Overnight at Motel. (11/12 hours )
After breakfast, we will drive on Karakoram Highway to Islamabad. We could stop at Taxila to visit the archaeological site of the Gandhara Buddhist civilization, dating from 500 BC to 500 AD. Half-day SS in Islamabad after lunch. Evening free. Overnight at Hotel. (5/6 hours)
Morning transfer to Islamabad airport for international departure flight.