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Explore Little Tibet of Pakistan – Baltistan. Welcome to the mesmerizing paradise of Baltistan, cradled within the embrace of the Karakoram Mountains, eagerly awaiting your exploration. Each facet of this majestic region is a unique treasure, from its towering peaks to its vibrant bazaars, from ancient rock carvings to modern cities. A journey through its picturesque landscapes, encompassing Taxila, Skardu, Khaplu, and various other breathtaking destinations, promises an extraordinary and enriching experience. Allow this mountainous wonderland to etch an indelible mark on your soul, and may its awe-inspiring beauty resonate in your heart for eternity.
Baltistan, an awe-inspiring region nestled in the northern part of Pakistan, forms an integral part of the enchanting Gilgit-Baltistan. This Himalayan wonderland is surrounded by the majestic Karakoram Mountains and serves as the threshold to the world-famous peaks, including the mighty K2 (the second-highest peak on the planet), Broad Peak, Gashabrum Peaks, and the longest glaciers such as Baltoro and Biaf, showcases an unparalleled array of breathtaking landscapes and cultural riches. The region boasts an average altitude of over 3,350 meters (11,000 feet), making it an immensely mountainous paradise predominantly inhabited by the Balti people, whose ancestry can be traced back to Tibet.
Explore Little Tibet’s fascinating history woven with the threads of small independent states namely Shigar, Khaplu, Kharmang, and Skardu before they united with Pakistan in 1974. The interconnection between these states was founded on familial ties among their rulers (rajas), flourishing trade routes, shared beliefs, and strong cultural and linguistic bonds. Nevertheless, in the 19th century, the Dogra rulers of Kashmir forcefully subjugated these independent states. After India and Pakistan gained independence in 1947, Baltistan remained under the jurisdiction of Kashmir. However, the predominantly Muslim population of Baltistan, driven by a fervent desire for independence, revolted against the Dogra rulers and eventually secured their freedom after a year-long struggle. Presently, Baltistan is jointly administered by Pakistan as the region of Gilgit-Baltistan. Despite its autonomy, the people of Baltistan still face challenges in obtaining full Pakistani citizenship due to their historical ties with Kashmir.
Upon arrival at Islamabad International Airport, you’ll be transferred to the hotel. After a brief rest, we’ll journey to Taxila, located 35 km from Islamabad, which has historical significance dating back from the ancient Neolithic period to the 2nd century B.C. (Sirkap) and 1st century A.D. (City of Sirsukh). Taxila showcases the influence of Persia, Greece, and Central Asia, and served as an essential Buddhist center of learning. Afternoon, explore the colorful bazaars of Rawalpindi and proceed to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
After breakfast at the hotel, embark on a scenic drive to Besham, the largest town and commercial hub of Shangla District in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. The journey covers 267 km and takes about 6-7 hours. Along the way, stop for lunch in Abbottabad. Upon arrival in Besham, check-in at the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
Enjoy breakfast before heading to Gilgit via the spectacular Karakoram Highway. This 332 km journey will take approximately 7-8 hours. En route, make a stop at Shatiyal to visit the impressive Shatiyal rock carvings and capture some memorable photos. Continue to Chilas for lunch and then proceed to Gilgit. After checking into the hotel, explore Gilgit Bazaar, a city with historical significance on the ancient Silk Route. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Following breakfast at the hotel in Gilgit, we’ll drive to Kargha, known for its stunning figure of Lord Buddha, dating back to the 7th-8th century AD. Nearby, you’ll find the remains of an excavated monastery and stupas with several texts in Sanskrit. After this enriching visit, proceed to Skardu, covering a distance of 171 km from Gilgit. Lunch will be served at Stak Nala. Upon arrival in Skardu, transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel. Explore the enchanting surroundings of Skardu, also known as Baltistan, which covers a vast area of 27,400 km2. The region’s history is rich, with Tibetan Khampa and Dardic tribes settling in Baltistan before the advent of civilization. The region came under Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo’s control in the 7th century, and Islam was introduced in the 16th century with the conversion of Balti Prince Gyalbu Rinchen. Visit the local bazaars and lakes around Skardu, soaking in the captivating beauty of the area. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before driving to Khaplu, a journey that takes approximately 3-4 hours. Once in Khaplu, visit the vibrant bazaar, take a leisurely stroll around the village, explore some traditional local houses, and immerse yourself in the Balti Culture. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast, head towards Hushe, one of the highest villages in the remote and once impoverished valley, situated at an elevation of 3,050 meters. The Hushe Valley boasts impressive views of Masherbrum Mountain, the 24th highest mountain in the world, standing tall at 7,821 meters. Explore the village, experience the local culture, and enjoy lunch in Hushe. You can either return to Khaplu or opt for an overnight stay in Hushe at a well-run hotel managed by Spanish locals. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Following breakfast at the hotel, drive to Borit Lake, a picturesque lake located in the heart of Borit village. Enjoy a scenic walk and hike before having lunch with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. In the afternoon, return to Gulmit for dinner and an overnight stay.
After breakfast, drive to Hoper Valley and embark on a hike to Hoper Glacier. Enjoy lunch in Hoper and continue to Karimabad, where you’ll check-in at the hotel. In the afternoon, explore the local bazaar and indulge in dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, drive straight to Gilgit. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for check-in. After lunch proceed to visit the Chinese Graveyard in Danyore, Danyore Suspension Bridge, Rock inscriptions and explore the local market in Gilgit. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Morning, drive from Gilgit to Naran, a summer retreat and a bustling tourist destination. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for check in. Afternoon either drive up to the Lake Saif ul Mulook or explore Naran market and enjoy some walk along the Kunhar River. There is option for rafting and try Zip Line. Enjoy dinner in a local restaurant and return to hotel for overnight stay.
Begin the day with breakfast at the hotel and drive to Islamabad via the scenic Kaghan Valley. Upon arrival in Islamabad, transfer to the hotel for check-in. Explore the market in Islamabad and return to the hotel for an overnight stay after dinner.
Today’s adventure takes us to Khewra Salt Mine, where salt was first discovered around 326 BC during the time of Alexander the Great’s war with King Porus on the banks of the Jehlum River. Legend has it that Alexander’s horses were found licking the stones, hinting at the presence of salt in Khewra. Explore the fascinating underground world of the salt mine, a mesmerizing sight to behold.
Afterward, we’ll return to Islamabad, where you’ll be transferred to the hotel. Take some time to rest and rejuvenate. In the evening, enjoy an early dinner before we make our way to the Islamabad International Airport for your return flight home.
Your unforgettable journey to Baltistan comes to an end today. After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to the Islamabad International Airport for your departure flight. We bid you farewell, hoping that you leave with cherished memories of the beautiful landscapes, rich culture, and warm hospitality of Baltistan.