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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.
Camp under the stars on a trek through Thalle La and enjoy the most stunning views along fasinating mountains
Visit Faisal Masjid in Islamabad which is the fifth largest mosque in the world and the largest in South Asia
Go on a adventures and wild hike to the Baltoro Glacier which is s one of the longest glaciers outside the polar regions.
Visit the 14th century Chaqchan Monastery in Khaplu
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.
In the morning you will drive to Islamabad airport to catch a flight to Skardu. On arrival at Skardu airport, you will then drive to Khaplu, located 105 kilometres east of Skardu, taking approximately two hours. You will initially follow Indus valley and then follow Shyok River all the way to Khaplu. It is a spectacular drive and the contrast of blossom and rugged mountain makes it even more dramatic. You will then check in to the hotel and, after some rest, visit the 14th century Chaqchan Monastery - one of the oldest Muslim Monasteries in Baltistan
Departing early this morning, you will continue through the forested Kaghan Valley and over the spectacular Babusar Pass, before driving down to the Karakoram Highway and on to Thalachi. Then divert into the 55km long, narrow Astore Gorge, one of the most dramatic and impressive landscapes in the world. Continue on for a few more hours to the alpine meadows of Astore and Rama, near your hotel
After breakfast, you will drive in a 4x4 jeep for half an hour towards Skardu. Cross Shyok River by a wooden suspension bridge at Daghoni and follow the Thalle Lungma. You will thoroughly enjoy driving through the beautiful villages surrounded by barley corn and potato fields. You will eventually reach Olmo Village, the highest summer settlement on the Thalle side. Here you will be greeted by your camp staff who will provide you with a hot cup of tea. You will then be taken on an acclimatisation hike before returning to camp for dinner. As long as the weather remains kind, there should not be any snow during your trek and you will not need crampons for your boots at any stage
After breakfast you will continue your first day through beautiful alpine meadows. You will occasionally come across herds of Yaks and cows freely grazing on lush green slopes. Thalle Valley is surrounded by dozens of snow-capped mountains that add to serenity of the area. You will stop at shepherd huts to glimpse into the very simple lifestyle of friendly shepherds who generously offer you their milk products. After a midway hot lunch, continue hiking to Azalan, at the foot of Thalle La where you will camp tonight
Today you will start a bit early and climb the pass (4572m). Beautiful alpine flowers will draw your attention frequently on your hike today. Once on the pass, you will get majestic views of the Haramosh group to the west and Siachen Mountains to the east. Now you will start a long downhill walk through more alpine scenery for another 3 hours. Descending through a section of thick juniper forest, you will pass through heavenly meadows of Raseppi, where you shall spend your night in tents. (B,L,D) Trek: 8-9 hours, 200m ascent, 900m descent
Today you continue descending through green pastures. After one hour you will cross Bangma River and follow the less steep Shepard trail. You will stop for lunch near the river and then complete the trek to Shigar, where you will walk straight into Shigar Fort Residence for a much-needed hot shower and rest. (B,L) Trek: 5 hours, 500m descent
Located in the beautiful province of Baltistan in the Northern Areas of Pakistan, Shigar Fort Residence is the result of a unique heritage conservation project, which offers guests the opportunity to experience the restored original architecture of a 17th century Raja fort-palace. Whilst staying here there is the option of exploring the captivating beauty of Shigar Valley, visiting the highest desert in the world (Katpana Desert), trout fishing on Kachura Lake, having a soak in Chutron Shigar Hot Springs, embarking on a historic village walk and walking to Concordia Glacier, to name a few
Today you will be driven to Skardu airport for your flight back to the capital of Islamabad. This morning you'll catch the flight down to Islamabad. Provided the flight, is operating you'll then spend the rest of the day pottering around the capital, visiting other sites in the city. Please note: if the flight is cancelled, then you'll drive to Chilas on day 9. The following day, you will then drive to Islamabad
Today you'll head out to Taxila and spend the day looking around this fascinating Buddhist university town, dating back to the Gandaharan era of Alexander the Great, visiting the famous archaeological site. Returning to Islamabad, you will have your final dinner in the Margalla Hills