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Pakistan Discovery

Pakistan is an extraordinary country to visit and is not what most travellers expect. This journey is designed to show the many faces of the country, from its great chaotic and churning cities to its spectacular mountains. The heart of this trip is about exploring the Karakoram region, including settlements such as Gilgit and Hunza, but also the mountains themselves. It is not a journey for the faint hearted, with switchback roads climbing and tumbling through mountain passes and gorges, past vast fast flowing mountain torrents.

Hiking in the magnificent Karakoram is intrinsic to the journey and there will be plenty of opportunity to explore below the towering peaks of the Himalayas as well as some of the ancient bazaars, forts and palaces.

Perhaps one of the most historic cities in Pakistan is Lahore and we will allow enough time to get under the skin or this great city and to find out about its Mogul past, as well as taking an afternoon to witness the most bizarre event in all of India and Pakistan, the flag lowering ceremony at the Wagah border.

  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Demanding
  • Supplier Tour ID: ZLI1/259382
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Lahore, Pakistan
  • Finishes: Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Lahore
  • Islamabad
  • Besham
  • Astore Valley
  • Nanga Parbat
  • Deosai National Park
  • Skardu
  • Shigar
  • Gilgit
  • Duikar
  • Hunza Valley
  • Karimabad
  • Chilas



Day 1: Lahore

Border Information: If joining in Lahore, you will most likely enter Pakistan at Allama Iqbal International Airport (IATA code: LHE).

There will be a pre-departure meeting at 10.00am - please look out for a note from your leader at the reception of the joining hotel upon arrival with more details about this important meeting.

After the meeting we will visit the Old Walled City with its narrow, dimly lit alleys. Here you should be able look at all the local handicrafts and jewellery through the Bazaars.

In the late afternoon we will drive to Wagah border to watch the flag lowering ceremony. The lowering of the flags is a daily military practice that the security forces of India and Pakistan have jointly followed since 1959.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Lahore before the start of your trip with us - please contact the the Dragoman Sales team or your sales agent if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Lahore.

In Lahore we will stay in a decent quality local hotel.


Day 2: Lahore

After breakfast we will have a full day city tour of Lahore.

Some of the highlights will include a visit to Lahore Fort the Badshahi Mosque, Jahangirs Tomb and the Lahore Museum.

We will stay a second night in a good local hotel in Lahore.


Day 3: Islamabad

Today we will have a full drive day to Islamabad.

En route we will stop at the Rohtas Fort where we will have time to explore this historic, imposing monument.

In the late afternoon we will visit the old city of Rawalpindi and the Raja (king) Bazaar. A stop in the silver and gold bazaars will give us an insight into watching the traditional craftsmen at work.

Tonight we will stay in a local hotel.


Day 4: Besham

Today we have a full drive day along the Karakorum Highway to the village of Besham. En route we visit Taxila, an archaeologist's paradise.

Estimated Driving time: 6 -7 hours

Overnight in a local hotel.


Day 5: Astore Valley

Today we will leave the truck behind and continue on in jeeps making our way to Tarashing in the Astore Valley. The scenery is absolutely stunning as we follow the Karakorum Highway and along the Indus river. We will travel through beautiful gorges, beneath high rock walls and over the rushing river!

Estimated Drive Time: 8 -10 hours ( Overland Truck and Private Jeep )

Tonight we will stay in a local guesthouse.


Day 6: Nanga Parbat

Over the next two days we will have a chance to stretch our legs as we will start our hike to Nanga Parbat - Herrlikoffer Base Camp. The village of Tarashing is watered by the Tarashing Glacier which allows the route to the base camp where you have unsurpassed views of Nanga Parbat. The fields around the village offer picturesque scenery and the flower blossom in summer is superb!

Our walk today will take us 3 - 4 hours depending on fitness and we will reach an altitude of 3,600 metres.

Tonight we will be camping.


Day 7: Deosai National Park

After a leisurely breakfast we walk back down to Tarashing Village to meet our jeeps again and then drive on to Skardu. We will travel through Deosai National Park which is the second highest plateau in the world after Chang Thang Plateau in Tibet.

Estimated Driving Time - 6 - 8 hours ( Private Jeep )

In Skardu we will overnight in a local hotel.


Day 8: Skardu

After breakfast, we head to the fertile Shigar Valley. Here we will visit the Amborik Mosque and the Shigar Fort. We will then head back to Skardu where we will go to the Bazaar in the afternoon and hike to the Khorpocho Fort where we can get an impressive view over the town.

Tonight we will have a second night in the same hotel.


Day 9: Gilgit

Today we have a big drive on the Karakorum Range to Gilgit. Located in the heart of the Karakorum, Gilgit is surrounded by lofty peaks, the most majestic being the Rakaposhi which stands at 7788 metres.

Estimated Drive Time: 5-7 hours ( Private Jeep )

Tonight we will stay in a local hotel.


Day 10: Duikar

We will rejoin our Dragoman truck today and continue our journey north stopping at the Rakaposhi view point for lunch.

In the afternoon we will take jeeps to the small village of Duikar, here we will have a panoramic view of the Hunza Valley at sunset.

Estimated Drive Time: 3-4 hours

Tonight we will camp in Duikar


Day 11: Hunza Valley

This morning we will visit Baltit Fort which was the old palace of Mirs of Hunza.

In the afternoon we will walk along the main water channels which will give us the chance to see Hunza at its best.

Tonight we will stay in a homestay in Hunza.


Day 12: Karimabad

We will have an early start today as we make our way to Borit Lake where we will have the chance to hike to Passu Glacier viewpoint. The walk takes about 3 - 4 hours. On the way we will visit the picturesque Gulmit Village. Here we will take some time to look around the local museum and the Pamiri Music School. .

Estimated Driving Time: 3 to 4 hours

After our hike we will make our way to Karimabad where we will stay in a local hotel.


Day 13: Chilas

Today we will have a full day's drive along the Karakoram Highway back down to Besham or somewhere close by.

Estimated Drive Time: 9-10 hours

We will stay in a local hotel tonight.


Day 14: Islamabad

This morning we will complete our drive back to Islamabad.

In the afternoon we will have free time to relax or explore the local area.

Estimated Drive Time: 6-7 hours

Tonight we will stay in a local hotel.


Day 15: Islamabad

Border Information: If finishing in Islamabad, you will most likely exit Pakistan at Islamabad Gandhara International Airport. (IATA code: ISB)

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trips in Islamabad. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore the city.

    • Witness the flag lowering ceremony at Wagah Border
    • Explore the Old Walled City with its narrow and dimly lit alleyways
    • Wander through the Sarafa and Kashmirir Bazaars and admire the local handicrafts
    • Visit Lahore Fort, a marvel of Moghul architecture
    • Visit Lahore Museum
    • Visit the impressive Rohtas Fort
    • Visit Taxila and the museum - an archaeologists paradise
    • Overnight hike to Nanga Parbat - Herlikoffer Base Camp
    • Wander around the Satpara Lake and visit the rock carved Satpara Buddha
    • Explore the Shigar Fort built back in the 17th century
    • Hike up to the Khorpocho Fort and take in the impressive views overlooking Skardu and the surrounding areas
    • Explore the lively and eclectic bazaar and the old British cemetery
    • Take jeeps to the Duikar viewpoint for a panoramic view of the Hunza Valley at sunset
    • Visit the 900 year old Altit Fort and Village overlooking the Hunza Valley
    • Visit Baltit Fort the old palace of the Mirs of Hunza which is built on a cliff edge
    • Drive to Hussaini Suspension Bridge and walk across it if you dare!! 
    • Hike to Passu Glacier Viewpoint from Borit Lake
    • Visit Gulmit Village and Pamiri Music School
    • Explore Attabad Lake which was formed in January 2010 by a massive landslide
    • Stop en-route at the junction of the 3 highest mountains in the world: ( Karakoram, Himalaya and Hindu-Kush )
    • Explore the Petroglyphs near Chilas. More than 700 petroglyphs can be found at the Shatial bridge on the Indus River
    • 15% Camping - 85% Hotels
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