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 cultural capital of Pakistan: Lahore. From there, the tour takes us past deep valleys, deserted plains and snowy peaks. After crossing the border, we arrive in a less known region of China: the autonomous region of Xinjiang. We end the tour in the city of Kashgar: one of the old stopping places along the Silk Road. In this city you are closer to Damascus than to Beijing!

General info

Start dateTuesday 6 September 2022
End dateMonday 19 September 2022
Days12 days / 11 nights
Price€ 2,095 / € 3.495 (Pamir combo)
IncludingAccommodation (shared)
Transportation on the ground
Airport pick-up
Western & local guide
Entry fees
ExcludingInternational flights
Own room (€ 30 per night)
Lunch & dinner
Tips for the guide
Personal expenses

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Tuesday 6 September – Lahore

  • Pick-up from the airport.
  • At 8:00 p.m. meeting with the guide and the group.
  • Overnight stay in Lahore.

Wednesday 7 September – Lahore

  • Highlight: Lahore Fort, the city’s most famous citadel.
  • Badshahi Mosque, the most famous mosque in the city.
  • Truck painting, see how they paint the beautiful trucks.
  • Highlight: Wagah Border ceremony, every day you can see the lowering of the flag here. This happens with a lot of fanfare from the Pakistani and Indian side.
  • Dinner at Coco’s Den, Lahore’s most famous restaurant.
  • Overnight stay in Lahore.

Thursday 8 September – Lahore – Burj Attari

  • See how street doctors, street dentists, street pharmacists and bone setters work.
  • Walk through the old town.
  • Gardens of Shalimar, these gardens come from the time of the Mogul Empire.
  • Highlight: Visit to the village Burj Attari (just outside Lahore). Here you’ll experience real countryside life.
  • Giwal Mandi Food Street, the best street to eat.
  • If there are Sufi-related events, we will go there.
  • Overnight stay in Lahore.

Friday 9 September – Lahore – Islamabad

  • Drive to Islamabad via the famous Grand Trunk Road.
  • Rhotas Fort, a well-known UNESCO fortress.
  • Faisal Mosque.
  • Overnight stay in Islamabad.

Saturday 10 September – Islamabad – Abottabad – Naran

  • Early 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, close to the border with India.
  • Several times we will stop for pictures and to enjoy the view.
  • Overnight stay in Naran.

Sunday 11 SeptemberNaran – 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).

Monday 12 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).

Tuesday 13 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.

Wednesday 14 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.

Thursday 15 September – Hunza – Passu – Sost

  • 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 at the border village of Sost.
  • Overnight stay in Sost.

Friday 16 September – Sost – Tashkurgan (China)

  • Drive to the border with China.
  • Highlight: Border crossing via the famous Khunjerab Pass.
  • Arrival in Tashkurgan.
  • Evening walk through the city, possibly with a barbecue, cold beer and (if you dare) a Chinese baijiu.
  • Overnight stay in Tashkurgan.

Saturday 17 September – Tashkurgan – Lake Karakul – Kashgar

  • In the morning we look briefly at the highlights of Tashkurgan.
  • We continue on the Karakoram Highway, with, like every day, several stops for photos and breaks.
  • Highlight: Arrival at Lake Karakul.
  • Walk, relax and enjoy the spectacular landscape around the lake.
  • We continue in the direction of the last stop: Kashgar.
  • Overnight stay in Kashgar.

Sunday 18 September – Karakul Lake – Kashgar

  • Local cattle market where anything with four legs is traded.
  • Afaq Khoja Mausoleum, the most important local Muslim site.
  • Old centre of Kashgar.
  • Highlight: People’s Square, with the largest statue of Mao in China
  • Grand Bazar, the big market of Kashgar.
  • Id Kah Mosque, the largest mosque in China.
  • Evening market.
  • Overnight stay in Kashgar.

Monday 19 September – Kashgar

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