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Take a tour on the mighty Karakoram Highway

This is the road trip of all road trips. Join us on the highest highway in the world. The famous Karakoram Highway has an illustrious past. Nowadays the road is mainly seen as the ‘friendship highway’ between Pakistan and China. We start this tour in the capital of Pakistan: Islamabad. From there, the tour takes us past deep valleys, deserted plains and snowy peaks. Along the way we stop at the famous Fairy Meadows and Hunza Valley. The trip will finish in Peshawar, one of the most vibrant cities in Pakistan, where you’ll experience a strong Afghani influence.

General info

Start dateMonday 12 September 2022
End dateThursday 22 September 2022
Days11 days / 10 nights
Price€ 2,095
IncludingAccommodation (shared)
Transportation on the ground
Airport pick-up
Western & local guide
Breakfast
Entry fees
ExcludingInternational flights
Own room (€ 30 per night)
Insurance
Visa
Lunch & dinner
Tips for the guide
Personal expenses

This offer is covered by the STO Garant guarantee. You can find the conditions for this guarantee scheme on STO Garant’s website.

Itinerary

Monday 12 September – Islamabad – Abottabad – Naran

  • Early arrival in Islamabad.
  • Start on the Karakoram Highway.
  • Tea stop in Abottabad, the place where Osama Bin Laden was killed.
  • Highlight: We take a side road of the Karakoram Highway for even more beautiful scenery, ose to the border with India.
  • Several times we will stop for pictures and to enjoy the view.
  • Overnight stay in Naran.

Tuesday 13 September – Naran – Fairy Meadows

  • Today we will continue along the Kunhar River in the direction of Lulusar Lake.
  • Babusar Pass (4173m).
  • We reconnect to the Karakoram Highway as far as Raikot Bridge.
  • Highlight: Change to 4×4 and drive to Jhel.
  • Hike towards Fairy Meadows, an area next to the Nanga Parbat, the 9th highest mountain in the world. If you don’t want to walk you can also come along on horseback.
  • Overnight stay in the camp (tent or hut).

Wednesday 14 September – Fairy Meadows

  • Highlight: Full day around Fairy Meadows. You can rest, walk towards the Raikot glacier or go to the Nanga Parbat base camp.
  • Overnight stay in the camp (tent or hut).

Thursday 15 September – Fairy Meadows – Hunza

  • We continue in the direction of the Hunza Valley.
  • Crossing the Hindu Kush, Karakoram and the Himalayan Mountains.
  • Arrival in the Hunza Valley.
  • Overnight stay in the Hunza Valley.

Friday 16 September – Hunza

  • Highlight: We stay all day around the Hunza Valley.
  • Visit the old forts of Baltit and Altit.
  • Walk along the high irrigation canals, from where you have an incredibly beautiful view.
  • Get to know the local Hunza culture.
  • Overnight stay in the Hunza Valley.

Saturday 17 September – Hunza – Passu – Sos / Khunjerab Pass

  • We continue on the Karakoram Highway along the newly developed Attabad Lake.
  • Highlight: Passu, here are the famous rope bridges.
  • Short walk to the Passu glacier.
  • Arrival in Sost, the border town with China. From here we continue to the border with China, the famous Khunjerab Pass.
  • Overnight stay in Passu.

Sunday 18 September – Passu – Hunza – Gilgit

  • Drive from Passu to Gilgit.
  • Stop at various viewpoints.
  • Overnight stay in Gilgit. The biggest town in the North of Pakistan.

Monday 19 September – Gilgit – Besham

  • We continue our drive on the Karakoram Highway from Gilgit to Besham.
  • Upon arrival we’ll explore the city of Besham.
  • Overnight stay in Besham.

Tuesday 20 September – Besham – Peshawar

  • We leave the mountains from the Karakoram and arrive at the plains from the Punjab.
  • Arrival in Peshawar, the border town with Afghanistan.
  • Overnight stay in Peshawar.

Wednesday 21 September – Peshawar

  • Highlight: Full day in Peshawar.
  • We’ll explore the vibrant old city of Peshawar. Here you’ll see the strong influence of Afghanistan.
  • Overnight stay in Peshawar.

Thursday 22 September – Islamabad

  • Drive to Islamabad.
  • End of the tour.