Karakoram Highway Tour

  • September 10th - 23rd
  • 1895
  • 12 Days

  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Exclusions
  • Map
  • Tour highlights

Tuesday 10th September – Lahore

  • Arrival at your own convenience in the city of Lahore; Pakistan’s second biggest city and the provincial capital of the Punjab.
  • Meet the group and your guide at 8pm at our centrally located hotel.

Wednesday 11th September – Lahore

  • Visit the Lahore Fort and the stunning Badshahi Mosque.
  • See the famous Pakistani truck painting in action.
  • Witness the daily flag ceremony at the Indian border. You’ve been to the DMZ separating North and South Korea? Well, we think it hasn’t got anything on this!
  • Dinner at the famous Coco Den’s.
  • Overnight in Lahore.

Thursday 12th September – Lahore

  • Visit the street doctors/dentists/pharmacy/bone setters, and book an appointment if you dare!
  • Walking tour of the old city
  • In the afternoon, we’ll drive out of Lahore to experience the Pakistani countryside at a local farm.
  • Dinner at the Giwal Mandi Food Street.
  • Overnight in Lahore

Friday 13th September – Islamabad

  • Today we’ll start our highway road trip! After an early breakfast, we’ll drive along the Grand Trunk Road from Lahore to the capital Islamabad.
  • Stop at the 16th Century Rhotas Fort.
  • Arrive in Islamabad and check into our hotel.
  • Overnight in Islamabad.

Saturday 14th September – Abbottabad, Naran.

  • Early start for our drive along the Karakoram Highway.
  • We’ll be having a tea break in Abbottabad, the city where Osama Bin Laden was killed.
  • We’ll take a detour from the Karakoram Highway, to see an even better part of this specific area. Driving past incredible peaks, right next to Indian Kashmir, we’ll make our way to Naran.
  • Overnight in Naran

Sunday 15th September – Naran, Nango Parbat, Hunza.

  • After breakfast, we set off for another day of winding roads along the Karakoram highway.
  • En route we’ll see the stunning Nanga Parbat, the 9th highest mountain in the world. This is where three of the world’s greatest mountain ranges (Hindu Kush, Karakorum and the Himalayas) meet.
  • We take a route towards Fairy Meadows, according to most people the most beautiful part in Pakistan, and maybe even in the world!
  • After arrival we spend the night in a camp (tent or a hut).

Monday 16th September – Fairy Meadows

  • We have a full day around Fairy Meadows to explore the magnificent mountains. We’ll visit a view point and if everybody feels like it, we can hike to the base camp.
  • Overnight Fairy Meadows at our camp.

Tuesday 17th September – Fairy Meadows – Hunza.

  • We continue our road trip along the Karakoram Highway with several stops along the way.
  • Finally, we arrive in the Hunza valley.
  • Overnight in the Hunza Valley.

Wednesday 18th September – Around Hunza.

  • We will have a full day in Hunza to explore life in the valley.
  • Visit the ancient forts of Baltit and Altit.
  • We will walk on the high irrigation channels cut into the rock, giving tremendous views and an insight into how the people of Hunza created their Shangri-La.
  • Overnight in Hunza Valley.

Thursday 19th September – Hunza, Passu, Sost.

  • Continue along the Karakorum Highway crossing the newly formed Attabad Lake to Passu. The 30 km long lake was only formed in 2010 after a massive landslide dammed the mighty Indus river.
  • We will make a stop at Passu where you can cross the famous rope bridges near the village of Husseini.
  • Arrival in the border town of Sost.
  • Overnight in Sost.

Friday 20th September – Sost, Tashkurgan (China)

  • Again we wake up nice and early for a long day of driving and border formalities.
  • Early morning border crossing into China via the famous Khunjerab Pass. We’re entering the Chinese Uyghur autonomous region of Xinjiang.
  • Arrival in the Chinese border town of Tashkurgan. Night stroll through the city and some well-deserved barbecue and cold beer.
  • Overnight in Tashkurgan

Saturday 21st September – Karakul Lake, Kashgar.

  • Short sightseeing around Tashkurgan.
  • Set off on the scenic drive towards Karakul Lake. As always we’ll stop for photos and rest breaks along the way!
  • Stroll around the lake and take in the incredible surroundings.
  • Then it’s time for the final stretch of our amazing Karakoram Highway Tour. We’re ending in Kashgar, China’s most western city.
  • Overnight in Kashgar.

Sunday 22nd September – Kashgar

  • We head out to the famous livestock moment where the local Uygurs are trading goats, camels, horses and anything else with four legs they can get their hands on!
  • Head out of town to the beautiful tomb of Afaq Khoja: a 17th-century mausoleum.
  • Check out Kashgar’s old town, or what’s left of it, to get a glimpse into what life in the area used to be like.
  • Streetfood, including the option of the Uyghur staple, fried rice and mutton.
  • Overnight in Kashgar

Monday 23rd of September – Kashgar

  • Stop by People’s Square and the largest statue of Chairman Mao in China!
  • Browse the bustling Grand Bazaar, which is the biggest in Asia.
  • Delicious lunch of Xinjiang noodles.
  • End of Tour
  • Hotels

    Hostel accommodation in twin share.

  • Entrance fees

    All entrance fees (unless otherwise stated)

  • Guides

    Both an expert local guide and english speaking tour leader.

  • Transport

    All transport in country to complete the itinerary.

  • Airport Pickup

    Airport pickup in Lahore

  • Breakfast

    Breakfast is included at the hotels.

  • International Fights

    Flights to and from Pakistan.

  • Lunch & Dinner

    Most meals are not included.

  • Visa Fee

    Visa & visa fees.

  • Tips

    Tip are encouraged for your local guides.

  • Lahore

    Tour Pakistan's most colourful city.

  • Faisal Mosque

    See one of the world's largest mosque's in Islamabad.

  • Karakoram Highway

    From Islamabad to the Chinese border - We see it in full!

  • Fairy Meadows

    See the iconic location for yourself.

  • Hunza Valley

    Trek and stay overnight in the majestic Hunza Valley.

Karakoram Highway Tour

  • Sept 10th - 23rd
  • Start in Lahore
  • 12 Days
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