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13 Karakorum Himalya Tour from China

Security :- You will enter in Pakistan via Khunjerab pass from China, This part of Pakistan is very safe and one sees nothing against the west or western people.

Day 01: Meet on arrival at Sost after customs and immigration formalities lunch at Sost drive to Gulmit. You will drive thru one of the most spectacular sceneries of the world, in the feet of high Karakorum mountains. On arrival check in at Marco Polo hotel overnight at hotel

Day 02 Morning rise eary to see the sun as it starts to lit the snow capped Gulmit tower after breakfast Jeep trip to borit lake Afternoon walk in the village and see the life from a closer prospective. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03 Drive to Karimabad Hunza on arrival welcome at the hotel and relax till lunch time. Afternoon visit Baltit fort a guided tour of the fort and detailed lecture on history will be given later visit the Karimabad tourist bazaar overnight at hotel.

Day 04 Day free in Karimabad walks in the area possibly walk to the Ultar base an excellent day walk towards the base camp of Ultar mountains overnight at hotel

Day 05 Drive to Gilgit an other spectacular drive showing you magnificent views of Rakaposhi mountains. Gilgit is unique tour which has no other city as big in the circumference of 500 kilometers hence its culture and environment has its very own taste and look. We will visit the bazaar of Gilgit and visit Kagah Buddha which was carved in the mountain in 8th century overnight at Riveria hotel.

Day 06: Morning breakfast at hotel later drive to Skardu via Indus river overnight at PTDC K2 Motel.

Day 07: Drive to Shigar (Approx. 30 minutes). Arrive in Shigar and check-in to the Shigar Fort Residency. PM: At leisure to explore the Shigar Fort.

Shigar Fort is part of a group of heritage sites that truly reflects the diversity of Nature. A 17th century Palace / Fort of Baltistan Valley, located at a height of 2250 meters, Shigar Fort - also known as Fong Khar, meaning Fort of the rock, stands on the bank of Shigar stream built upon a massive rock. It is located in one of the world's most beautiful mountain ranges, with the layout of the Fort harmoniously blending into its surroundings.

Shigar Fort was selected for adaptive reuse and restoration as a major strategic investment, which would re-establish community pride by conserving and putting to use one of the major heritage assets of Baltistan. Thus the Fort has been converted into a museum and exclusive guesthouse. The complex at Shigar comprises the old Fort-Palace and two ancillary buildings (the "Old House" & the "Garden House"). The Fort is now an exclusive 13-room guesthouse with the grand audience hall and the anterooms serving as a museum of Balti woodcarving and local living traditions. The rooms have been tastefully decorated, keeping the original décor of the Fort, serving a comfortable accommodation. The restored woodwork is spectacular complemented by traditional craft objects and artifacts from the region placed in the rooms. Overnight at Shigar Fort Residency. (Breakfast only)

Day 08: Shigar - Kharpucho Fort - Satpara Lake - Shigar

After breakfast drive from Shigar to Skardu (Approx. 30 minutes). Arrive in Skardu and visit the Kharpucho Fort. The construction of Kharpucho fort. the King of forts, at Skardu has been attributed to the famous ruler of Skardu - Maqpon Bugha (1 490 - 1515 AD), the great grand father of Ali Sher Khan Anchan (1560 - 1625 AD) by Hishatullah. But Moghal historians are of the view that the great fort was built by Ali Sher Khan Anchan himself.

Next to Kharpucho Fort lies Mindoq Khar. This palace was built by Gul Khatoon or Mindoq Gialmo on the hill where now stands the Kharpucho fort only. The palace was named after the queen as 'Mindoq Khar' meaning the 'Flower Palace'. The Palace was destroyed by the troops of the Sikh ruler of Kashmir, Maharaja Gulab Singh, when he invaded Skardu in 1840 AD.

Mindoq Khar or Flower Palace, there was a terraced garden with fountains built in marble. This royal garden covered the areas from Mindoq Khan to the present bazaar at Skardu where the newly constructed road crosses the channel. A palace built in marble with towers also stood in the middle of the garden, above the Polo Ground, which is called Ghudi Changra. The palace was destroyed during the great floods in the area after the death of Ali Sher Khan Anchan and a marble Baradari was later constructed at this palace. This royal garden was named Hilal Bagh (Crescent Garden). Another garden was also laid which was named Chhar Bagh on the site where a Girls College stands now. The said garden was laid on the orders of the Queen while her husband was away to Gilgit and then to Chitral. As the mother tongue of the Queen was Persian, she gave Persian name to these gardens.

PM: Satpara Lake excursion. Some 8 kms. North of Skardu, about 20 minutes drive by jeep, one must not miss a visit to Satpara, a clear water lake surrounded by sky high glacial mountains mirrored in the crystal clear lake. The lake has a fairy tale island easily accessible by boat. There are different huts serving fresh trout caught from the lake and is a must try for those who like to experience the delicacies.

In the evening drive back to Shigar. Overnight at Shigar Fort Residency. (Breakfast only)

Day 10: Shigar - Khaplu
After breakfast drive to Khaplu (Approx. 100 kms & 4 hrs.). Arrive and check-in to the hotel. PM: Khaplu valley excursion. Khaplu is a sprawling village perched on the slopes of the steep mountains that hem in the river. Many famous mountains, such as Masherbrum, Sherpi Kangh, Sia Kangri, Saltoro Kangri etc. are located here Overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast only)

Day 11: Khaplu - Shangrila - Kachura - Shangrila
After breakfast drive from Khaplu to Shangrila (Approx. 135 kms. & 5 hrs.). Arrive and check-in to the Hotel. Shangri-la resort is named as "Heaven on earth". This resort has been built around the Kachura Lake; spread over 70 acres, with lush green lawns and fruit laden orchids. The cool breeze coming from Indus side give the feeling to the guests sitting in the lawns as if they are truly in heaven.

In the afternoon Kachura Lake excursion. Some 6 kms. from Shangri-la Resort, one can find the beautiful Upper Kachura Lake. It is teeming with brown trout. Angling, swimming & boating are major attractions here.

PM: Drive back to Shangrila. Overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast only)

Day 12: After breakfast drive to Drive to Karimabad Hunza on a road with steep mountains and deep valleys on either side (Approx. 190 kms & 6 hrs). Arrive in Hunza and check-in to the hotel.  Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13: Hunza - China
After breakfast take a scenic drive to Sost connect government of Pakistan Bus to Taxkorgan China

Cost : US$ 1745.00 Per person on double occupancy bed & breakfast basis.

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