21 DAY TOUR
There are Jeep safaris and then there is the Karakoram Hindukush Jeep Safari! Perhaps, the following is one of the finest itineraries offered anywhere on this planet for a Jeep safari.
We begin our journey in Islamabad and proceed to the beautiful alpine lush green Kaghan valley. This valley rivals any in the American Rockies and the European Alps. From here we drive over the Babusar Pass and enter another realm of the Indus gorge.
This is where the monsoons are unable to unleash their torrents as they have exhausted all of their moisture in valleys like the Kaghan. The monsoon clouds have a difficult time going over the Himalayas on their northward journey. From the hot and dusty Indus valley we drive towards the base of the ninth highest mountain in the world; Nanga Parbat. Here we visit the beautiful Rama Lake.
The next part of our journey takes us over the high Deosai plains and into the Skardu valley; the gateway to the Karakoram giants. From Skardu we drive along the Indus Highway towards Hunza. Some say that the journey on the Indus Highway is much more spectacular than even the legendary KKH.
From Hunza we make an excursion to touch China at the highest paved road border crossing in the world. This is Khunjerab Pass and is located at a height of 4833 m. From Hunza we travel westwards to the Hindukush mountains, home of the Kafir Kalash. These pagan tribes claim descent from Alexander the Great.
Chitral town is the capital of the Hindukush mountain region and is crowned by the 7708 m. Tirichmir. From Chitral we make our way back to Islamabad via Swat and Peshawar. This gives us an ample opportunity to witness tribal Pathan culture. We are also able to observe historical sites such as ChurchillÍs picket and ancient Buddhist carvings.
During this overland Jeep safari we traverse the western Himalaya, Karakoram and the Hindukush mountain ranges. We also have fantastic views of Nanga Parbat (8125 m.), Rakaposhi (7788 m.), Diran (7273 m.), Golden Peak (7027 m.) and Ultar (7388 m.).
Day 01: Rawalpindi/Islamabad
Day 02: Shogran (2,362 m. 7,750 ft)
Day 03: Naran (2,440 m. 8,000 ft)
Day 04: Naran (2,440 m. 8,000 ft)
Day 05: Chilas (1,000 m. 3280 ft)
Day 06: Astore (2,345 m. 7,690 ft)
Day 07: Deosai Plateau (4,000 m. 13,120 ft)
Day 08: Satpara Lake (3,100 m. 10,170 ft)
Day 09: Skardu (2,500 m. 8,200 ft)
Day 10: Skardu (2,500 m. 8,200 ft)
Day 11: Karimabad (2,440 m. 8,000 ft)
Day 12: Karimabad (2,440 m. 8,000 ft)
Day 13: Karimabad (2,440 m. 8,000 ft)
Day 14: Phander Lake (2,800 m. 9,200 ft)
Day 15: Mastuj (2,000 m. 6,560 ft)
Day 16: Chitral Town (1,600 m. 5,248 ft)
Day 17: Chitral Town (1,600 m. 5,248 ft)
Day 18: Saidu Sharif (1,000 m. 3,280)
Day 19: Peshawar
Day 20: Rawalpindi/Islamabad
Day 21: Rawalpindi/Islamabad