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A Walk Around The Giants 11D/10N

Discover Pakistan’s northern wonders from Islamabad to Skardu and beyond.

Explore historic sites, vibrant bazaars, and picturesque valleys. Trek to high camps with stunning mountain views and immerse yourself in local culture.

Conclude with unforgettable memories, departing from Islamabad after an adventure of a lifetime.

Tour Highlights

  • Scenic flight over Karakoram peaks
  • Trekking to Thalay La pass (4800m)
  • Exploring ancient forts in Khaplu & Shigar
  • Cultural immersion in Skardu bazaar
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$6,550.00

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Tour Information

Inclusions:

  • - 10 nights in twin sharing accommodation
  • - 10 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • - Transport included
  • - Licensed professional English-speaking local guide
  • - Handy extras and accessories

Departures:

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Itinerary

Day 1: Islamabad, Pakistan

On Day 1, upon your arrival at Islamabad International Airport, you’ll be warmly welcomed and escorted to your hotel.

This day is all about you—take the time to unwind and recharge after your journey, preparing yourself for the exciting adventures awaiting you.

Day 2: Islabamad - Skardu, Pakistan

Embark on a scenic 1-hour flight from Islamabad to Skardu, offering breath-taking views of the landscape below.

Upon arrival, enjoy a leisurely day for sightseeing and exploring Skardu Bazaar, where you can shop for essentials and immerse yourself in the local culture.

Visit iconic landmarks such as Manthal Rock Buddha and Kharpocho Fort, as well as the charming Organic Village.

Alternatively, in the event of flight cancellation due to weather conditions, embark on a picturesque drive via the Karakoram Highway, making short stops at various tourist spots along the way.

Day 3: Skardu - Khaplu, Pakistan

Embark on a picturesque journey as we drive to Khaplu, winding through the charming villages of Ghanche district. Along the way, we’ll pause to marvel at the meeting point of the Shayok and Indus Rivers, soaking in the breath-taking natural beauty.

Our adventure continues with a stop at Thorgo Pari, where the landscape captivates with its rugged allure.

Arriving at Yugo, we’ll be treated to a traditional lunch, savouring the flavours of the region amidst the tranquil surroundings.

Afterward, immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of village life with a cultural walk through the streets of Yugo. Engage with locals, learn about their customs, and perhaps even pick up a few words of the local dialect.

In the late afternoon, we’ll resume our journey to Khaplu, where we’ll settle into our accommodations for the night. With some leisure time on hand, take the opportunity to explore the historical treasures of Khaplu, including the impressive fort museum and the serene organic garden. It’s a day filled with both natural wonders and cultural delights, promising unforgettable memories at every turn.

Day 4: Khaplu - Thalay valley - Thalay broq, Pakistan

Start your day with a hearty breakfast before embarking on a scenic 2-hour drive from Khaplu to Thalay Valley.

Upon arrival, immerse yourself in the charm of Daltir village as you stroll through its streets, interacting with locals and experiencing their way of life.

Enjoy leisure time to explore the area at your own pace.

Later, drive to the Thalay Broq campsite where you’ll have the afternoon free to embark on a short hike amidst the breath-taking scenery.

Day 5: Thalay broq – Dubla Khan, Pakistan

Begin your day with a delicious breakfast at Thalay Broq before embarking on a trek through stunning lush green meadows.

Marvel at the majestic Karakoram peaks and engage with the cheerful Balti Shepherds along the way.

Upon reaching Dubla Khan, set up camp and enjoy ample leisure time amidst the serene surroundings.

Optionally, take a botanic walk in the afternoon to further immerse yourself in the beauty of the landscape.

Day 6: Dubla Khan - High camp, Pakistan

Today’s adventure leads you from Dubla Khan to the High Camp, nestled at an impressive elevation of 4180 meters.

As you trek towards the High Camp, immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of the surrounding landscape. Along the way, take moments to pause and appreciate the tranquillity of the journey.

Upon reaching the High Camp, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the majestic Karakoram peaks. With free time at your disposal, there are numerous opportunities to explore and indulge in the natural wonders of the area. Take a leisurely stroll to the nearby glacial stream, where the pristine waters offer a refreshing respite. For the more adventurous spirits, test your scrambling skills on the nearby rocks, or venture out to spot some of the diverse Karakoram bird and flower species that call this region home.

Whether you choose to engage in adrenaline-fueled activities or simply soak in the serenity of the surroundings, the High Camp promises an unforgettable experience amidst the grandeur of nature.

Day 7: High camp –Thalay La – Camp 3, Pakistan

Today’s trek takes you on a captivating journey from the High Camp to the summit of Thalay La, reaching an elevation of 4800 meters after approximately two hours of hiking.

At the summit, be prepared to be mesmerized by the breath-taking panoramic views that unfold before you. From this vantage point, you’ll witness the majestic Masherbrum range, Mango Gusor, and a multitude of other towering peaks, with valleys stretching out below in all their splendour.

After savouring the beauty of Thalay La, continue your trek downwards towards Camp 3, situated at an altitude of 3750 meters on the Shigar side. As you descend, soak in the ever-changing landscapes and embrace the sense of adventure that accompanies each step of the journey.

Arriving at Camp 3, settle in and unwind, relishing in the memories of the day’s exhilarating trekking experience amidst the awe-inspiring beauty of the Karakoram mountains.

Day 8: Camp-3 – Shigar Valley, Pakistan

Embark on a picturesque descent from Camp 3 to the enchanting Shigar Valley, traversing through verdant pastures that paint the landscape with vibrant hues.

Upon reaching Shigar Valley, settle into your hotel and indulge in some well-deserved leisure time during the afternoon.

Later in the day, immerse yourself in history with a visit to the magnificent Shigar Fort and its captivating museum, where the stories of bygone eras come to life against the backdrop of stunning architectural grandeur.

Day 9: Shigar - Skardu – Islamabad, Pakistan

Bid farewell to the enchanting Shigar Valley as you embark on a scenic 1-hour drive to Skardu Airport.

From there, board a short, 1-hour flight to Islamabad.

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy a delectable lunch before embarking on an afternoon of sightseeing.

Immerse yourself in the cultural richness of Islamabad, exploring its iconic landmarks and vibrant neighbourhoods as you create lasting memories in Pakistan’s capital city.

Day 10: Islamabad

In case of inclement weather preventing our flight, we’ll journey by road from Skardu to Islamabad.

However, if we do fly, Islamabad awaits with its myriad of sightseeing and cultural delights.

Our trip leader will offer suggestions, such as a visit to the Taxila Museum and archaeological sites, or exploring the vibrant Raja Bazar.

Whatever the scenario, a memorable experience awaits.

Day 11: Islamabad, Pakistan

Bid farewell to Pakistan as you enjoy a final breakfast before transferring from the hotel to the airport for your international flight.

Carry with you the memories of an unforgettable journey through the breath-taking landscapes and rich cultural tapestry of this remarkable country.