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Northern Pakistan Tour – 23 Days




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Itinerary Code: RP-105                 Duration: 23 Days                          Tour Cost from US$5,600/-
Mode of Transport: Land Travel      Tour Type: Cultural/Sightseeing    Group & Customized Tours


Pakistan has a diverse array of natural beauty, ancient civilizations, religions, and cultures. The British Backpacker Society (BBS) declared Pakistan as the 3 rd best potential adventure destination in 2020. Pakistan has become a popular destination for global travelers. With its stunning mountain ranges in the North and diverse landscapes such as plains, deserts, and picturesque coastal areas in the South, Pakistan offers a unique experience for all types of visitors.

This tour takes you on a journey through the breathtaking landscapes of Northern Pakistan, allowing you to experience the diverse culture and natural beauty of the region. Starting in the capital, the tour takes you through the Swat Valley, up to Ayun, and then to stay with the Kalash tribe. You will continue your journey to Mastuj, crossing over the Shandur Pass, and heading to Gilgit before reaching the captivating Hunza Valley. Next, you will retrace your steps down the Karakoram Highway, stopping in Gilgit, and then venturing out east to explore Shigar, Khaplu, and Skardu. The final leg of your journey takes you to the Deosai Plateau, Fairy Meadows, and back down through Naran before ending in


  • Explore Swat Valley, the ancient Buddhist history & culture.
  • Exploring the Kalash Valley and their unique culture
  • Enjoying the stunning beauty of Shandur Pass and Shandur Polo Ground 
  • Explore the cultural and natural wonders of Pakistan
  • Experience the lifestyle of the people of Hunza, famous for their longevity
  • Explore the beautiful landscape of Gilgit-Baltistan & Chitral
  • Travel through the Karakoram Highway and experience the old Silk Route
  • Explore the capital city of Islamabad.

Tour Code: RP-105         Duration: 23 days      Group Tour/Fixed Departure       

Start Dates  End Dates  Price From Deposit 
22-Jun-2024 14-Jul-2024 US$ 5,600/- US$ 250/-
07-Sep-2024 29-Sep-2024 US$ 5,600/- US$ 250/-
22-Jun-2025 14-Jul-2025 US$ 5,600/- US$ 250/-
07-Sep-2025 29-Sep-2025 US$ 5,600/- US$ 250/-

We will be pleased to facilitate for a customized tour. Please contact for details.


  • On this trip, the aim is to provide characterful accommodation that enhances the overall travel experience, rather than just offering a bed for the night. This can vary greatly depending on the destination and the specific trip. In this case, the accommodations include a mix of small hotels, and local guesthouses. Please note that the exact accommodations mentioned in the itinerary are subject to availability and may change.




  • Accommodation: on two sharing basis 
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
  • Road Transport: 
  • All ground transportation 
  • Tour Leader and Local Tour Guides as appropriate
  • Toll Taxes and Parking Fee
  • Jeep expenses where required
  • Entry fee at places mentioned above 
  • Driver’s expenses 
  • Doctor on Call (Charges apply)
  • Airfares 
  • Travel Insurance 
  • Extra expenses due to landslidesroadblocksSnow Fall
  • Personal Expenses of any nature
  • Any item not mentioned in services will be considered as not included

Tour Plan

Upon your arrival at Islamabad Airport, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives who will accompany you to your hotel. This afternoon, begin your tour with a visit to the Institute of Folk Heritage, also known as Lok Virsa, a small ethnological museum showcasing a variety of customs and artifacts from across Pakistan. Afterward, head to the Faysal Mosque, a remarkable architectural feat constructed in the 1970s and formerly holding the title of the world's largest mosque. Then, take a trip to Margalla Hills to admire the breathtaking views overlooking the city before concluding the day with dinner at one of Islamabad's numerous restaurants.

Today, your journey begins by heading north through the Northwest Frontier and into the picturesque Swat Valley. Follow the GT Road and Malakand Pass, Butkhela, Chakdara, and Saidu Sharif. In this area, you'll have a fantastic chance to delve into its rich ancient Buddhist heritage. Once you've settled into your hotel, you'll have the chance to visit the local museum, which boasts a vast collection of stunning Gandharan artifacts and other significant Buddhist sites. Following that, you can explore the renowned archaeological site of Butkhara, home to one of the oldest Buddhist stupas in Gandhara.

Once you've had breakfast, you'll kick off your scenic drive through the stunning landscape. Along the way, as you pass through Chakdara, take a moment to ponder the historical importance of this region. Your journey will then lead you through a tunnel before arriving at the ancient kingdom of Chitral. Situated at the entrance to the Kalash Valley, Ayun estate offers stunning views of the surrounding area. This lovely, laid-back place is the perfect spot to end your day, surrounded by natural beauty and rich history.

After breakfast, you will drive into the Kalash Valley of Rumbur village. The journey typically takes around two hours, although for those who prefer, walking the final few miles through the stunning valley is also possible. After lunch, we will have the opportunity to interact with the Kalash people and take leisurely walks around the village. The Kalash, numbering around 3,000 people, is the smallest religious minority in Pakistan. What sets them apart from other minorities is that they live solely in a particular geographical area - the three valleys of Birir, Bumburet, and Rumbur. Positioned in the Hindu Kush between the Afghan Border and Chitral Valley. 

Following breakfast, embark on a drive to the Bumburet Valley, known as the most picturesque among the three valleys. It's characterized by charming villages and expansive, fertile lands utilized for cultivation. Once you arrive, be sure to dedicate plenty of time to interact with the Kalash families, immersing yourself in their culture and way of life, and gaining insight into their gradual adaptation to the modern world.

Today, you'll bid farewell to the stunning Kalash Valley and set off on a journey through the awe-inspiring Hindu Kush Mountains. As you navigate the winding, rocky paths, you'll be mesmerized by the towering peaks and rugged landscapes that define this majestic area. Your destination is the tranquil and traditional mountain town of Chitral, nestled amidst the imposing peaks. Upon arrival, you might have the chance to witness an exhilarating game of mountain polo, a unique and indigenous sport that adds an exciting touch to your visit. After a day filled with adventure and discovery, you'll check into your hotel for a well-deserved night of rest.

Following breakfast, you'll set out on a scenic trip to Mastuj, situated 110 km northeast of Chitral town. The journey is renowned for its stunning landscapes as you navigate through the Mastuj Valley, catching sight of landmarks like Tirich Mir and BoniZong. Upon arrival in Mastuj, you'll have the opportunity to leisurely explore the village before settling into your lodging. Before crossing into Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor at the Yarkhun Valley summit, you'll be treated to the breathtaking beauty and drama of the landscape in this region.

Today, after you've enjoyed your breakfast, you'll set off on an exciting adventure to the Shandur Pass. As you make your way towards this picturesque destination, take a break at the top of the pass, which sits at an elevation of 3,800 meters. It's the perfect spot to relax with a warm cup of tea while soaking in the breathtaking views. You can also take a stroll to the Langer, a vast and beautiful plain where yaks, sheep, and dozs graze. This presents an ideal opportunity to indulge in a delightful picnic lunch surrounded by the splendor of nature. Later, you'll continue your journey to Yasin Valley, renowned for its stunning natural beauty, lush greenery, rivers, and mountains. The valley is also home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, making it a favorite destination for nature enthusiasts and trekkers.

After enjoying a healthy breakfast, you will embark on a journey to Gilgit, a captivating city nestled in the heart of Northern Pakistan. The trip offers an unforgettable experience thanks to the region's renowned breathtaking landscapes. Gilgit city is the capital city of Gilgit-Baltistan and is the political, administrative, and business hub of the region. 

Following breakfast, you can embark on a brief tour to visit the Christian cemetery and the Chinese monument. These historic sites are nestled in a serene location, providing insights into the diverse culture and history of the region. As you continue your journey along the Karakoram Highway, you will be treated to breathtaking views of Mount Rakaposhi, which stands tall at 7,788 meters. For lunch, stop by the Rakaposhi View Restaurant, which offers the longest continuous vertical view anywhere on earth. From this vantage point, you can witness the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Following lunch, embark on a scenic drive to the picturesque Hunza Valley, celebrated for its breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage. You will reach Karimabad, the main town of the Hunza Valley, and transfer to the hotel. 

Today, start your day by walking along a water channel above Karimabad town to enjoy breathtaking views of the valley. Next, return to town for lunch at one of the local eateries. Following that, you'll have leisure time to unwind, shop, and wander before you visit the iconic 15th-century Baltit Fort. Once the seat of power in the Hunza state, it has been meticulously restored by the Aga Khan Culture Service, Pakistan, and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Additionally, explore Duikar, also known as Eagle’s Nest, renowned for its awe-inspiring panoramic vistas of some of the world’s highest peaks, including Rakaposhi, Ultar Sar, and Ladyfinger Peak. In the late afternoon, return to your hotel.

Today, you will start your day by exploring the beautiful Gojal Valley in the upper Hunza region. It is known for its breathtaking natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and strategic location. The valley is known for its diverse flora and fauna, pristine glaciers, and crystal-clear rivers. In January 2010, a landslide obstructed the flow of the Hunza River, creating a breathtaking azure lake that submerged approximately 25km of the Karakoram Highway. This striking natural phenomenon now serves as a captivating backdrop for visitors. You can partake in boat rides towards the northern shore and capture stunning photographs of the iconic Cathedral Peaks, also known as Passu Cones. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to visit the Hussaini Suspension Bridge and explore the nearby villages to gain deeper insights into the area and its inhabitants.

Today, embark on a remarkable journey south along the renowned Karakoram Highway towards Gilgit. This iconic route will offer breathtaking views of the majestic Rakaposhi Mountain, as you pause at the Rakaposhi viewpoint. The journey will allow you to revel in the splendor of nature and the winding road ahead. Explore Gilgit city, the local bazaar, and the nearby places. 

Following breakfast, you'll embark on a scenic drive to Skardu, which promises a breathtaking journey through the majestic landscapes of northern Pakistan. This route treats travelers to stunning vistas of the Karakoram Mountain range and the Indus River, making it a sought-after destination for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts alike. As the road winds its way upward, it offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Along the journey, you'll pass through the renowned junction point of three great mountain ranges: the Karakoram, Himalaya, and Hindu Kush. Skardu town serves as a gateway to some of the world’s highest peaks, including K2 and Gasherbrum.

Following breakfast, begin a walking expedition to the 14th-century Amburiq Mosque, renowned by UNESCO for its restoration efforts. Departing from the Amburiq Mosque, journey towards Khaplu and settle into your accommodation. Later in the day, venture out to explore the majestic Khaplu Palace, a testament to the area's cultural legacy. Take time to visit the adjacent village and the Khanqah, formerly a sanctuary for spiritual seekers and travelers alike.

Today, take the opportunity to discover the storied Khaplu Palace, also referred to as Yabgo Khar. This architectural gem, dating back to the 1840s, served as the abode of the Raja of Khaplu. Admire the palace's intricate woodwork, traditional Balti design, and its commanding position overlooking the valley, attracting history buffs and architecture enthusiasts alike. Don't miss the chance to explore the captivating Chaqchan Mosque, an ancient structure dating back 700 years, constructed entirely from wood without the use of nails. This extraordinary mosque stands as a testament to the region's cultural richness and architectural brilliance. Moreover, Khaplu Valley offers abundant opportunities for outdoor activities such as mountaineering, rock climbing, and river rafting.

You will be transported from the ancient kingdom of Khaplu, 105 kilometers west to Skardu, on a journey lasting around 2 hours. Enjoy a relaxed walk through the bustling main bazaar of the town towards the 'organic village', following an ancient path at the base of Kharpocho Fort. Additionally, you can observe a thrilling game of Polo at the town's primary field and explore the K2 Museum located at the K2 Motel. This is an excellent way to immerse yourself in the capital of Baltistan and gain insight into the lives of the locals and the mountaineers who frequent the area.

After breakfast, you will drive to Deosai National Park. This stunning plateau, located at an elevation of 4,000 meters, is a remarkable wildlife wilderness that is home to a variety of flora and fauna, particularly during certain times of the year when the area is filled with wildflowers. Take a break at Deosai National Park and enjoy a spectacular view of the Himalayas. Continue your journey to the alpine meadows of Astore and Rama Lake, where you can experience the beauty of these high-altitude ecosystems. These stunning destinations are perfect for a leisurely walk or a more adventurous hike, allowing you to immerse yourself in the natural splendor of the region. 

Today, begin your road trip towards Chilas, bidding farewell to the scenic alpine meadows of Rama and Astore. Along the way, you'll be mesmerized by the awe-inspiring scenery of the Astore Gorge, renowned as one of the world's most striking and dramatic landscapes. Upon reaching Raikot Bridge, transition to local jeeps to traverse the narrow and steep mountain road leading to Fairy Meadows. While the journey may offer its share of adventure, the destination itself is unquestionably worth every moment of the expedition. The Astore Gorge, a remarkable natural phenomenon, showcases the power and beauty of nature. This geological formation has been shaped over thousands of years by erosion, creating a stunning landscape that captivates travelers. 

Fairy Meadows, also known as jut, is a verdant, grassy pasture situated near the base camp of the colossal Nanga Parbat Mountain, with stands at an impressive 8,126 meters. Today, you're in for an unforgettable adventure as you set off on a hike towards the Nanga Parbat base camp. Picture yourself winding your way through vibrant green meadows and thick pine forests, enveloped by some of the most stunning landscapes imaginable. It's a dream come true for nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts alike. Along the way, the magnificent sight of Nanga Parbat emerges on the horizon, serving as a majestic beacon guiding your journey. It's a reminder of the incredible experiences and accomplishments awaiting you on this remarkable trek.

Today, as you bid farewell to the serene haven, you commence your descent towards Naran. The journey takes you through breathtaking landscapes and offer awe-inspiring views of the surrounding mountain ranges. As you approach the 4100-meter-high Babusar Pass, make a brief stop to soak in the majestic sights of the Himalayas, Karakoram, and Hindu Kush Mountain ranges. Continue on your journey to Naran, a picturesque town nestled in the stunning Kaghan Valley that serves as a gateway to the beautiful natural wonders of the region. You can explore the nearby mountains, lakes, and national parks, providing you with countless opportunities to connect with nature and create lasting memories. 

Today, you will continue your journey, making a stop in the captivating Buddhist university town of Taxila, which dates to the Ghandahran era of Alexander the Great. This ancient city offers a wealth of historical and cultural attractions, providing a unique insight into the region’s rich past. After spending time in Taxila, you will proceed to the modern capital of Pakistan, Islamabad, where you will spend your final night. Islamabad, founded in 1961, is a well-planned city that offers a blend of contemporary and traditional architecture, making it a fitting end to your journey.

This morning, after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your flight. The tour will end at Islamabad. 

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