Hunza Cultural Tour 9 days

  • Covid-19 Safe
  • Shared tour
  • Small group
  • Eco Aware
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The spectacular mountain scenery includes Rakaposhi, Diran, Golden peak, Passu Peaks, Ultar Sar, and Ladyfinger. • Beautiful lakes, including Attabad and Borith; stunning sunset views. • Glaciers viewpoints, including Hoper, Passu and Batura (Optional Glacier hikes) • Karakoram Highway and ancient silk route • Multiple short/day hikes • Famous forts like Altit fort and Baltit fort, witness majestic Passu cones • The traditional food of Hunza valley and Yak dishes • Experiencing village life in pristine areas

Day 1:

Arrive at Islamabad International Airport and transfer to the hotel. Participants will enjoy leisure time to relax and recover from the journey on this day. In the afternoon, you can enjoy a city tour (visit the Faisal Mosque, Pakistan Monument, Lok Virsa Museum, etc.)

Accommodation: Hotel
Altitude: 540m
Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner
Driving Duration: 40 minutes

Day 2:

Fly from Islamabad airport to Gilgit (a 1-hour scenic flight) to enjoy the scenic beauty of valleys and high mountain peaks. On our way to Hunza, we will have a short stop to visit the Berano suspension bridge (one of the oldest suspension bridges in the region) and the Danyor tunnel. We will also have quick stops for photography at the collision point of two tectonic plates, the ancient Silk Route viewpoint, and the Rakaposhi viewpoint. We will witness village life while passing through the small villages in the Nagar and Hunza valleys. Check into the hotel in Karimabad and have some free time. We will do an evening walk (40 minutes) at Samarqand Kohl (water channel) through the apricot orchids in the village and explore the local culture. We will drive to Dongo Das (a 20-minute drive) for stargazing at night. Enjoy your precious time under the dark sky. Drive back to our hotel for the night.ORIn case of a flight cancellation due to weather, drive from Islamabad via the Karakoram Highway with short stops at various touristic spots.

Accommodation: Hotel
Altitude:2400m
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Driving Duration: 2 Hours

Day 3:

Enjoying a full day in Hunza, we will visit the 800-year-old Baltit Fort (30-minute walk), Karimabad Bazar (for shopping for handicrafts, gemstones, dry fruits, etc.), Altit Fort (900 years old), and enjoy traditional Lunch at Kha Basi Café (a café owned by Serena hotels and run by local women). After lunch, we will visit the music school in Altit, where local children learn and play traditional music (guests can also practice playing regional musical instruments). Later in the afternoon, we will visit Ganish village (the oldest settlement in Hunza) and visit a local family home. We will drive to Duikar (2800 m) to enjoy the best sunset view. After a 15-minute beautiful hike, we will arguably reach one of the best sunset viewpoints in the world, with a birds-eye view of the whole of the Hunza and Nagar valleys and the splendid views of seven mountain peaks above 7000m. Drive back to our hotel in Karimabad for the night's stay.

Accommodation: Hotel
Altitude: 2400m
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Driving Duration: 2 Hours

Day 4:

Today, we will drive to Passu through numerous small villages in upper Hunza. After stopping at the Atabad Lake and enjoying boating, we will reach Gulmit village, where we will walk through the orchids and then visit the old house and music school. Enjoy a short hike, Pakistan's highest and longest stairs, to Ondra Fort (01 hours), a community-based tourism initiative in Gulmit village of Gojal Valley. Free time to enjoy the beautiful view of Passu cones and upper Hunza. Later in the afternoon, drive to Borith Lake (a beautiful lake in upper Hunza famous for migrating birds). After witnessing the magnificent migrating birds, we will proceed to Passu to enjoy leisure time in the afternoon; we can do an evening trek to Passu glacier beside the stream (2-hour trek both ways)—optional. Enjoy the sunset at Glacier Breeze Restaurant with a cup of tea or coffee and the famous apricot cake. We may participate in a cultural event or spring festival in upper Hunza (if time matches). Drive back to our hotel in Karimabad for the night's stay.

Accommodation: Hotel
Altitude: 2400m
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Driving Duration: 5 Hours

Day 5:

After breakfast, we will drive to Hoper Valley for 1 hour (2800 m). En route, we will visit Nagar Khas (a village in Nagar Valley) and meet locals to witness a different culture and Nagar fort. Then continue to travel to Hoper village, where we can do a beautiful short hike to Hoper glacier (2 hours) and experience walking on the glacier. Then drive to Minapin village to enjoy leisure time and a famous traditional lunch (Gurkun karahi) while a local historian briefly explains the region's history. After lunch, drive to KHO (a beautiful viewpoint) in local jeeps. Drive back to Karimabad in the evening.

Accommodation: Hotel Altitude: 2400m
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Driving Duration: 6-7 Hours

Day 6:

Drive to Khanabad village in Lower Hunza and spend most of the day here. We will witness village life with a host family and experience practical participation in village people's routine activities. We will visit fruit orchids, walk through the streets, meet locals, including artisans and historians, and enjoy traditional lunch with a host family. We can also enjoy meditation or yoga in the village. Drive back to Gilgit in the afternoon and visit Kargah Budha (7th-century Budha).

Accommodation: Hotel
Altitude: 1500m
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Driving Duration: 2-3 Hours

Day 7:

Fly from Gilgit to Islamabad (1-hour scenic flight). Transfer to the hotel, and after lunch, go sightseeing. OR Drive from Gilgit via Karakoram Highway with short stops (in case of flight cancellation).

Accommodation: Hotel
Altitude: 540m
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Driving Duration: 1 Hour

Day 8:

Contingency Day: If we cannot fly due to the weather, we will travel down to Islamabad by road. If we pass from Gilgit to Islamabad, we will enjoy sightseeing in the capital, or your leader will advise you on the options available for today. (A day excursion to the Taxila museum and archaeological sites will be one of the options.)

Accommodation: HotelAltitude: 540mMeals included: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerDay 9:

After breakfast, transfer from the hotel to the airport for international flights.

Altitude: 540m
Meals Included: Breakfast
Driving Duration: 40 Minutes

What's included

* Please check prices for full list of inclusions and exclusions


Inclusions

  • Meals
  • Accomodations
  • All the sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary
  • Internal flights
  • Transport
  • Professional licenced guide
  • All fees of parks, forts, etc
  • Host family partcipation

Exclusions

  • Travel Insurance
  • International Flight
  • Gifts, Souviniers
  • Tips for guiding staff
  • Pakistan Visa (support documents will be provided)

Details

Available in

English


Available for

Adults



Departure & Return

Start city: Islamabad , Pakistan

Pick up times available: 8:00

Pick up location: Your hotel

Ends at: Your hotel

Nearest airport: Benazir Bhutto International Airport (ISB)



Covid-19 measures

  • Contactless payments for add-ons
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Social distancing enforced
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

We are Eco Aware:

  • Contributing to nature conservation or indigenous project(s)
    Contributing to nature conservation or indigenous project(s)
    A percentage of product income is contributing to local nature conservation or indigenous project(s)
  • Interaction with locals or nature
    Interaction with locals or nature
    The major part of the tour is spent on interacting with local communities, their representative(s) (other than guides) or observing the nature or animals without disturbing their natural habitat and environment
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Local or indigenous tour guide(s)

Cancellation policy

0% cancellation fee - 61 days or more before the travel date
50% cancellation fee - between 31-60 days before the travel date
100% cancellation fee - between 0-30 days before the travel date

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from $1880 per person