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Gilgit Baltistan Heritage Tour

A Brief Overview of the Trip

This Tour is specially designed for foreigners who wish to see the beauty of culture and breathtaking locations. The tour plan consists of 10 days, which covers the most significant areas of Gilgit Baltistan. We shall explore all the adjacent areas of Gilgit and the Hunza and, most importantly, Skardu and other beautiful locations of the great region of northern Pakistan.
We will start our journey from the Capital City of Islamabad. We will explore the Capital city and then take a flight to Skardu. The exceptional region of Skardu offers panoramic landscapes and a pleasant climate. Whatsoever corner you visit, it cast a spell on its visitor through its immense beauty. In Skardu, we shall see the Khaplu Fort, Chnaqchan Mosque and Shigar Valley. We will then explore Gilgit City. Hunza is our prime spot for this tour plan; we will visit the fantastic and colorful places of Hunza. Notably Eagles’ Nest, Altit- Baltit Fort, Karimabad, Nagar Valley, Attabad Lake, Gojal Valley and other nearby areas enriched in culture and history.

How would you be Entertained on this Trip?
  • Get an exposure visit to Shigar Fort which is a heritage site that truly reflects the diversity of Nature. A 17th century Palace / Fort of Baltistan was then converted to a Museum and hotel by the Serena Hotel.
  • Have you got the artistic taste? Explore the beautiful architecture of the ancient Khlingrong Mosque restored by the Aga Khan Culture Services and UNESCO Award winner, Amburique Mosque and both the Khanqahs in Shigar village, similarly visit Kharpucho Fort which dates to the 16th Century built by the ruler of that time Ali Sher Khan.

  • Village walk at Khaplu village which is a sprawling village perched on the slopes of the steep mountains that hem in the river. Khaplu fort was awarded the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards 2013 for cultural heritage conservation.
  • Guided tour of Altit Fort. located above a high vertical cliff, with its front side dominating the Hunza River. The Fort was built by the Mirs (ruling family) of Hunza as a display of power to the Mir’s of Nagar (twin state) and has stood tall in front of Karakoram since the 11th century. This fort has received the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2011.
  • Guided tour of Baltit Fort Located on a large rocky outcrop at the base of the Ultar Glacier. The view of Hunza and Nagar Valleys from the roof is superb. Founded in the 8th CE, it has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative list since 2004.
  • Take a boating tour of the Attabad lake. The lake was created in January 2010 as a result of the Attabad Disaster which blocked the Hunza and the Karakoram highway which resulted in the formation of this lake. Due to this disaster, the people of Gojal were cut off from the rest of the world resulting in food crises, health and economic issues
Is it the Desired Trip for You?
  • The security of the region under consideration is good, but self-care is needed.
  • You might face climatic repercussions during the tour.
  • Domestic flights during the trip are subject to weather, in case of flight cancelation there can be changes in the hotel accommodation as they are subject to availability.
  • The accommodation is on twin sharing basis
  • Parts of your trip go above 2800 meters where it is common for travelers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude.
A Brief Upshot:
  • Starting Point
  • Ending point
  • Primary Destinations.

  • Theme
  • Group Age
  • Group Size.

  • Islamabad
  • Islamabad
  • Islamabad, Skardu, Gilgit, Hunza, Gojal

  • Walking & Culture experience

  • 20 to 60

  • 5 to 15
Services included in the package 
  • Invitation letter and other supporting documents
  • Airport transfers

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast 
  • Entrance tickets

  • Transportation and fuel
  • Service of experienced English-speaking guide ((accommodation, food, wages)

  • Expenses of driver (accommodation, food, wages)
  • All toll taxes 
  • All parking charges
Services not included in the package
  • International flights
  • Meals

  • Extra at hotels like drinks, laundry, phone calls, and room services,
  • Insurance liability
  • Tips, items not mentioned above
Trip Highlights:
  • Get a chance to see the spectacular passu cones at Passu village.

  • Short walk to 750-year old renovated Chaqchan Mosque.

  • Visit Shangrilla lake at Sakrdu, one of its kind in the entire region.

  • Visit Taxila a fascinating city with a 2000-year-old history of Buddhism. Taxila was an important Buddhist and Hindu center of learning from the 5th century BC to the 2nd century. It is an important archaeological site and in 1980. was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Visit Taxila Museum-The museum is home to a significant and comprehensive collection of the Gandharan civilization.

  • A scenic journey through beautiful valleys of Gilgit-Baltistan.

  • Interaction with locals of Baltistan and Hunza valley.
  • Visit the land of mountains, Gilgit-Baltistan

  • Opportunity to see the conjunction point of all three greatest mountain ranges Hindukush, Himalaya and Karakoram.

  • Journey on the Karakoram highway (considered to be the 8th wonders of the world)

  • Traveling with experienced local staff members.

  • Meal with a local family at Hunza valley.

  • Drive on adventurous mountainous roads where nature is still at its fullest.

  • Visit Karimabad Bazar to see the handicrafts by the Hunza people.

  • Eagles nest to view the snow-capped mountains and the whole of Hunza valley, the best spot for sunrise and sunset and Hunza.

  • Get a taste of local living by spending time among the mountain communities in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan.

  • An opportunity for you to experience and refresh your perspective about these areas and about Pakistan.


Explore the capital city of Pakistan which is one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world. Visit the following places

  • Faisal Mosque: It is the sixth-largest mosque in the world and the largest within South Asia. It is located on the foothills of Margalla Hills. The mosque features a contemporary design consisting of eight sides of the concrete shell. It is inspired by the design of a typical Bedouin tent.
  • Pakistan Monument: The Pakistan Monument is a National Monument and Heritage Museum located on the Western Shakarparian Hills. The monument was constructed to symbolize the unity of the Pakistani People. Its elevation makes the monument visible from across the Islamabad-Rawalpindi metropolitan area and is a popular tourist destination. Covering a total area of 2.8 hectares, the monument is shaped like a blooming flower petal-shaped structure built of granite, with the inner walls of the petals inscribed with the outlines of Lahore Fort, Badshahi (Emperor’s) Mosque, Khyber Pass and Minar-e-Pakistan. The Monument opens onto a marble terrace providing a bird’s-eye view of Islamabad City. The four main petals of the monument represent the four provinces of Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Sindh, while the three smaller petals represent the three territories of Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu & Kashmir and the Tribal Areas.
  • Lok Virsa Museum: It was established in 1982. The fascinating thing about this Heritage Museum is that it presents the history and living traditions of the people of Pakistan both from the mainstream and the remotest regions of the country. The primary purpose of the museum is to educate and edify present and future generations of Pakistan and to create a treasure house for the nation more valuable than the vault of any bank in the world.
  • Local Markets:
    Overnight stay at a hotel in Islamabad.

We take a scenic flight to Skardu

  • Scenic Views: Enjoy the scenic views throughout your flight. During the flight view the majestic Nanagaparbat Mountain which is the 2nd highest mountain in Pakistan and 9th in the world.
  • City Exploration: Upon arrival explore Skardu City.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Skardu.

Drive to Shigar valley and visit the following along the route

  • Katpana Desert: It is also known as The Cold Desert or Biama Nakpo. It is the world’s highest desert and contains large sand dunes that are sometimes covered in snow during winter.
  • Shigar Viewpoint:
  • Shigar Fort: Located on the route to the world’s second-highest mountain, K-2 is Shigar Fort. It is also known as Fong-Khar. It was built in the 17th century by the Raja of Amacha Dynasty of Shigar. The fort was restored by Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan from 1999 to 2004. The Fort is now used as a luxury hotel managed by Serena Hotels.

Depart for Khaplu which is another magnificent valley in Baltistan. Upon arrival visit

  • Khaplu Fort: It was built in the mid 19th Century. It served as the Royal Residence for the Raja of Khaplu
  • Chaqchan Mosque: The Mosque was built in 1370. It is a perfect blend of Tibetan, Mughal and Persian styles of architecture.

Later in the evening afternoon drive back to Skardu for an overnight stay.

Drive on the adventurous road of Sakardu to Gilgit. It is an approximately 5 hours drive from Skardu to Gilgit.

  • City Exploration: Upon arrival explore Gilgit City.

Morning drive to Hunza valley with stopovers at

  • Rakaposhi Viewpoint:
  • The remains of the old Silk Route:

Upon arrival in Hunza City Visit

  • Karimabad Local Market:
  • Baltit Fort: It was founded in the 14th Century and it has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative list since 2004. The fort is now a museum run by the Baltit Heritage Trust.

Morning drive to visit

  • Altit Fort: It was built in the 11th Century. It is the oldest monument in Gilgit-Baltistan. It was originally home to the hereditary rulers of the Hunza who carried the title Mir.
  • Eagles’ Nest: Duikar/eagles’ nest offers the best view of Hunza valley surrounded by the snow-capped mountains.
  • Nagar Valley: After lunch drive to the hopper village in Nagar Valley. Upon arrival visit the hopper glacier viewpoint.
  • Sightseeing: Free time for sightseeing and photography.

Drive back to Karimabad/Hunza for an overnight stay at a hotel.

Morning drive to

  • Gojal Valley: It is also called Upper Hunza; a very comprise of small villages, lakes and glaciers.
  • Attabad Lake: Boating
  • Hussaini Suspension Bridge:
  • Passu:

Later drive back to Gilgit for overnight stay.

Take the morning flight to Islamabad


Drive by road to Naran/Bisham

Airport transfer and international departure


Drive from Bisham to Islamabad and airport transfer.

Short Description of Significant Areas

Lying in the laps of Margalla Hills, Islamabad is the capital territory and a beautiful city of Pakistan. Several hiking paths end at Daman– e– Koh; a picnic spot with a splendid view of the entire city and accompanied by a restaurant Monal at the top of the hills. Islamabad includes the massive modernist Faisal Mosque and even the Rawal and Khanpur Dams with a lake view.


Skardu is a city located in Gilgit−Baltistan. It serves as the capital of the Skardu District. It is situated at an elevation of nearly 2,500 meters at the confluence of the Indus and Shigar Rivers. The city is an important gateway to the eight-thousanders of the nearby Karakoram mountain range. The Indus River running through the region separates the Karakoram from the Himalayas.


Gilgit is the capital city of Gilgit–Baltistan. It is located in a broad valley near the confluence of the Gilgit River and Hunza River. It is a major tourist destination in Pakistan, serving as a hub for trekking and mountaineering expeditions in the Karakoram mountain range. It was once a major center for Buddhism. It was also an important stop on the ancient Silk Road. It serves as a major junction along the Karakoram Highway with road connections to China as well as the Pakistani cities of Skardu, Chitral, Peshawar, and Islamabad. Currently, it serves as a frontier station for the local tribal areas. The city’s economic activity is mainly focused on agriculture, with wheat, maize, and barley as the mainly-produced crops.


Ghulmet, a small at the foot of the Karakoram Mountains, attracts tourists from all over the world as it provides the closest view of the Rakaposhi top. Rakaposhi is the only mountain in the world, which rises straight from beautifully cultivated fields to the height of 25,550 feet. Many restaurants and tourist resorts serve foreign and local guests with local, national, and Chinese cuisines. Besides its charming scenes, Ghulmet Nagar is also famous for the Tomb(Shrine) of Hazrat Syed Shah Wali(RA), who came from Afghanistan in the 16th century to preach Islam.


Hunza Valley is one of the most incredible and stunning places to visit in Pakistan. Hunza Valley is known as the heaven on earth. The valley of Hunza always stuns the visitors with its awe-inspiring nature and beauty. Duiker Top in Hunza Valley offers some incredible panoramic views. Hunza Valley is also very rich in culture. Karimabad, a town in Hunza Valley, is home to 600– year– old forts of Altit and Baltit and the Old Ganesh Settlement on the ancient Silk Road. According to a commonly known legend, the people of this valley are descendants of the five lost soldiers of the army of Alexander the Great.


Moving towards upper Hunza Valley, also called Gojal shares borders with Central Hunza in the South, China in the northeast, and Afghanistan in the northwest. Gulmit is a centuries-old historic town in Gojal with mountains, peaks, and glaciers. It is a tourist spot and has many historic places, hotels, shops, and a museum including Ghulkin Glacier. This region also provides stunning views of Passu Cones. In the highest point of the Karakoram mountains of Gojal is located the village of Sost, famous for Khunjrab Pass, which is the Pakistan– China border.

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