Pakistan: Hindu Kush Adventure
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Pakistan is a country close to our hearts…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 worldliest travellers. Having run trips here for more than 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 most areas in Pakistan - particularly around Chitral and the mountains of the north - pose little or no danger within the current climate.
On this amazing journey along the Northwest Frontier you will drive up from the capital Islamabad, through stunningly spectacular scenery, to the ancient kingdom of Chitral. Here we will spend two days with the Kalash before heading on over the Shandur Pass to one of the most beautiful places on earth, Hunza. We will complete our circuit by returning to the Islamabad via the Buddhist University town of Taxila.
DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN ISLAMABAD
DAY 2: ISLAMABAD - SWAT VALLEY
DAY 3: SWAT VALLEY - AYUN
DAY 4: AYUN - KALASH VALLEY
DAY 5: KALASH VALLEY
DAY 6: KALASH - CHITRAL
DAY 7: CHITRAL - MASTUJ
DAY 8: MASTUJ - YASIN VALLEY
Today after breakfast you will drive to the Shandur Pass, stopping for tea en route at the top of the pass at 3,800 metres. From here, if you'd like, you can walk to the Langer – a beautiful plain used for grazing the yaks and dzos – where you can enjoy some time before getting back in your jeep again and drive on to Yasin Valley. Well known during the 'Great Game' era the Yasin Valley provided a possible route through the Pamirs and Hindu Kush for the Russians to reach Chitral and Gilgit. Today it has a pleasant green and leafy outlook following the path of the Ghizer River.
DAY 9: YASIN VALLEY - GILGIT - HUNZA
DAY 10: HUNZA
DAY 11: HUNZA - ATTABAD LAKE - HUNZA
DAY 12: HUNZA - GILGIT
DAY 13: GILGIT - NARAN
DAY 14: NARAN - TAXILA - ISLAMABAD
DAY 15: SIGHTSEEING AROUND ISLAMABAD AND TOUR ENDS