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Tour De North
Pakistan is a country close to our heart and for good reason. Home to some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world, thriving cities, colourful markets and warm hospitality, a trip to this part of the world is bound to excite even the Tour de North. Having run trips here for fifteen years, we understand the political complexities of travelling to this fascinating country and our paramount consideration has always been the safety of our clients. Despite the negative images painted by the press, we believe that areas in Pakistan – particularly around the mountains of the north - pose little or no danger within the current climate.
Witness a game of free style Polo in Chitral which is providing an opportunity for joy and entertainment
Visit the fort at Hunza in karimabad it has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative list since 2004
Drive through the impressive Karakoram Highway
See the sights of Skardu including the organic village Nansoq is the first organic village in Pakistan.
Arrive at Islamabad and transfer to your hotel. Time permitting, you will head into Islamabad to see some of the Pakistani capital and take a visit to the Heritage Museum and the Faisal Mosque.
This morning you will take an early flight (should the flight be cancelled the journey will be taken by car) from the capital to arrive in the sleepy mountain town of Chitral. After a cup of local chia relaxing in the garden of your accommodation, you will wander through the streets and markets of Chitral, absorbing the friendly local atmosphere, meeting the shopkeepers and sampling their wares. After lunch and a game of frontier polo, should there be one (during Ramadan it is unlikely to see a game of polo), you will travel on to Ayun and check into the wonderful home of one of the princes of Chitral.
Today you will have all day to relax and enjoy the Prince's beautiful garden and take one of the many wonderful village walks nearby or just stay put in this heavenly spot
After breakfast you will drive in to the Kalash Valley of Rumbor and the village of Balanguru where you will stay with our good friend Saifullah Jan, the chief spokesperson for the colourful Kalash people. After lunch you can go for walks around the village, or further afield to visit some of our friends in Grum or Kalashagrum.
Spending all day in the valley, you can take a special walk up towards the Afghan frontier to visit the Nuristani community in Shakanande, the last village in the valley. Returning for a late lunch, will leave plenty of time for more short walks or simply relaxing in the village and chatting to the Kalash.
Having returned from the mountain hideaway, you will drive back to Ayun and from here to Chitral Town, where you will check into your accommodation in the gorgeous setting. After lunch you will have time to wander the sleepy bazaar, visit the local fort, witness another game of frontier polo, or go to see the Makhor - wild goats - in Chitral Gul
After breakfast drive to Mastuj. This is one of the most beautiful and dramatic drives you are ever likely to take as you wind our way up the Mastuj Valley, passing Tirich Mir and Boni Zong, before finally entering the Yarkund Valley at the top of which lies Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor. Here you can have a walk before settling into your accommodation.
After breakfast drive on over the spectacular 3,800 metre Shandur Pass. Here you can stop, have a cup of tea, and go for a walk before driving on to Gilgit. On your way into town you might like to stop to see the town's famous clifftop carving of Buddha or if time allows catch a game of frontier polo.
After breakfast stop off in town to visit the Christian cemetery before yet another amazing drive, past the titanic form of Mount Rakaposhi, takes you on to Hunza. You will take lunch on the way at the Rakaposhi View Restaurant, providing views (weather dependent) of the longest uninterrupted mountain flank on earth (6000m). Arrive into Karimabad and check into Hunza Serena Inn. Later this afternoon, you will visit the 800-year-old Baltit Fort, once the stronghold of the Ayasho Dynasty and now renovated to a very high standard by UNESCO. Finally, explore the local tourist market, including 'Café De Hunza' - famous for delicious walnut cake and a variety of coffees.
Today you can take the water channel walk down into Karimabad where you can have lunch on one of the rooftop restaurants. After this you will have time to relax, shop and wander, before taking a sightseeing trip to the famous Baltit fort, recently restored by UNESCO to a fantastic standard. In the late afternoon you'll return to your accommodation.
All day at leisure in one of the most beautiful places on earth, before returning to Gilgit in the late afternoon.
After breakfast drive back down the Karakoram Highway before branching off to follow the Indus river east to the valley of Skardu. Although a long drive this is a spectacular route, along one of Asia's most magnificent and important rivers and through the heart of the Karakorums
Today you will have the chance to explore the fertile Shigar valley that was one of the 5 major kingdoms of Baltistan. Majestic views of Haramosh range surround you, and you shall see the gigantic sand dunes on the other side of the Indus. If you like you can also come back to Skardu to take a walk (one hour each way) to the “organic village” via an old trail at the foot of Kharpocho Fort and visit the Buddha of Skardu.
This morning you will take the spectacular flight back to Islamabad. Should the internal flight unexpectedly be postponed due to bad weather you will take the next couple of days to drive the Karakoram Highway back to Islamabad. In the afternoon you will take a wander around the city, sightseeing and shopping, before having dinner in the Margella hills overlooking the city and returning to our hotel
After a relaxing morning and any last minute shopping, you will travel out to Taxila, taking a look at the museum and some of the amazing sites from the Gandhara period. Return to hotel to freshen up before taking your final trip dinner
Transfer to the airport where your tour will end.