Thursday, November 22, 2018

Trek Itinerary:
Day 01: Islamabad
Arrive at Benazir Bhutto International airport Islamabad. Meet, assist & transfer to the hotel. AM at leisure. PM Islamabad city tour.
Our sightseeing tour will start from, Faisal Mosque, Shakar Parian & National monument with a trip to Damn-e-Koh, to catch an eye bird view of the twin cities. Overnight at the hotel. (No meals).
Day 02: Islamabad – Chilas
After breakfast drive to Chilas.
It will be a full day travel on the Karakuram Highway; will take about 9 -10 hours to reach Chilas.
Chilas was on the ancient caravan track over the Babusar Pass into India and on the Indus trail of Besham, and many rock engravings/impressions were left by travelers in this area. Chilas is standing under the shadow of world famous Killer Mountain Nanga Parbat. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast only).
Day 03: Chilas – Skardu
After breakfast drive to Skardu.
It will be a full day travel on the Karakuram Highway & Skardu road will take about 8-9 hours to reach Skardu.
The drive to Skardu leads one through a varied landscape, River Gorge, Desert and views of mountains such as Nanga Parbat and Haramosh. Perched at a height of 7,500 feet, is located amidst an impressive landscape, high mountains, deep gorges, cascading waterfalls, creeping glaciers and quiet lakes constitute this rugged beauty. Skardu is in the heart of a dangerous frontier land. To its north lies the Xinjiang province of China; to the south Kashmir, to the West Gilgit, and to the east the district of Ladakh in India. Skardu is the trekker and mountain climbers’ paradise. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast only).
Day 04: Skardu – Askoli (10,800 ft / 3,300 m)

After breakfast proceed to Askoli in jeeps.
It takes about six hours to drive from Skardu to Askoli. Askoli is the last village of Shiger valley before going to Baltoro trek. The drive through the Braldu Gorge is guaranteed to knock your socks off! Pack Lunch on the way, Dinner will be in the camp, overnight in tents. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 05: Askoli – Julla (10,636 ft / 3,250 m)
After breakfast trek to Julla.
After crossing Biafo Bridge we shall proceed towards Korofong, where we shall have lunch and continue to Julla. We shall reach Julla in 6~7 hours from Askoli on a nice made trail. Julla is a newly built camp site by MGPO (Mountain Glaciers Protection organization), where we have such nice camping facilities, Toilets, Bathrooms, Sinks and nice camping facility. Overnight and meals in tents. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 06: Julla – Bardumal (10,800 ft / 3,300 m)
After breakfast trek to Bardumal.
We will proceed to Bardumal in nice early morning. Julla to Bardumal 5-6 hrs trek. Here the trail is comparatively easy, with irregular bare mess up across the rock. The altitude is about 3,300 meters. Overnight in tents. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 07: Bardumal – Paiju (11,782 ft / 3,600 m)
After breakfast trek to Paiju.
Bardumal to Paiju 4-5 hrs trek. Paiju means salt in Balti language. This is a rolling walk, difficult at times, which the first views of dramatic mountains ahead. There is a rest stop by some tamarisk trees besides the stream flowing down from Paiyu Peak. Camp site is very well managed by MGPO (Mountain Glacier Protection Organization), with really nice facilities. This is the last camp site before Concordia where we see trees and green surface. We usually have rest day here, we rearrange all our items for next week, meanwhile porters make breads and other necessary food items, as it is very difficult to cook there items on the Glaciers. The site is always crowded. Overnight in tents. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 08: Paiju (11,782 ft / 3,600 m)
A full rest day in Paiju for porters where they cook (Khurba) Bread for the coming days on the Glacier. An optional familiarization trip can be arranged for the interested clients up to 4000 meters on Paiju peak. Overnight in tents. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 09: Paiju – Khuburse (13,000ft / 3,970 m)
After breakfast trek to Khuburse.
A short walk from camp we climb up on to the snout of the glacier easily. The porters are very experienced and they pick the way by themselves, it’s always difficult to have established trail on the glacier. Our experienced guide insures that we find our way to camp at suitable place. Overnight in tents. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 10: Khuburse – Urdukas (13,100 ft / 4,000 m)
After breakfast trek to Urdukas.
(Khuburse to Urdukas is 4-5 hrs trek. Along the side of Baltoro glacier we climb up towards Urdukas which is itself a lush Green Area with lot of flowers and huge bloders. Urdukas is one of the best caming sites in the Baltoro Valley with all modern Camp facilities. This is the most favorite camp site of many trekkers, from Urdukas you have the best View of Paiju Peak, the Trango towers, Uli Biaho towers lubsang Sphere rise above the glacier, dominating the horizon. Here we have the best opportunity of getting acclimatize ourselves by walking and getting trained and used to of rope, as we are going to be roped by climing up to the Ghondogro La Pass. Overnight in tents. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 11: Urdukas – Goro (13,745 ft / 4,200 m)
After breakfast trek to Goro.
Urdukas to Goro is 6-8 hrs trek. Crossing the Baltoro we pass under Mashabrum Peak. Throughout the day there are incomparable views of Mustagh towers and of the peaks surrounding Concordia. Overnight in tents. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 12: Goro – Concordia (14,730 ft / 4,500 m)
After breakfast trek to Concordia.
Goro to Concordia is 6-7 hrs trek. Concordia is the closest door to see the Nature. A long glacial walk to Concordia. The 360 degree view is incredible, K-2, Broad Peak, and Gasherbrum IV. Sia Kangri, Miter Peak, the Golden Throne and a number of other peaks. Overnight in tents. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 13: Concordia (14,730 ft / 4,500 m)

After breakfast day excursion to K2 Base Camp. Overnight in tents. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 14: Concordia – Ali Camp (15,050 ft / 4,600 m)
After breakfast, trek from Concordia towards Vigne Glacier.
Enroute one will have good views of the Chogolisa Group (7150 to 7665 m) As well as Baltoro Kangri (7321 m) Conway’s Saddle (5974 m) and Sia Kangri (7433 m).The day’s walk will mostly be on white glacier, approximately 5-6 hrs. Overnight at Ali Camp. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 15: Ali Camp-Hispang via Ghondogro La
In the midnight we have to get up and have an very early breakfast.
Start ascending Gondogoro La 5,860 m and descend to Hispang. We have to be on the Top before sunrise as its very dangerous to descend late or after sunrise. We will be using rope for ascending and descending, as there is a fixed rope by rescue Team. After early reach at the camp site we will have a great rest as we met our target of crossing La. Overnight in tents. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 16: Hispang – Dalzampa
After breakfast trek to Dalzampa.
On the other side of La we see totally different scenario as we have lush green pastures and we see many Yaks, Cows, and many cattle on this side. Dalzampa is a beautiful summer pasture, where one can see YAK grazing. Overnight in tents. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 17: Dalzampa – Sciacho
After breakfast continue descent to Sciacho.
Sciacho is the first place where one can camp in juniper tree with clean worm water. From here we can go to K6 and K7. One can enjoy the musical evening arranged by the camp organizers. Overnight in tents. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 18: Sciacho – Hushe
After breakfast trek to Hushe.
This is last walking day rather the last day of the memorable trek. Hushe Village is the Last village of the Valley, which is very beautiful place but was very poor before the initiation of trekking groups. As it is too high for fruit trees double cropping, the villagers survive on sparse crops of wheat, barley, potatoes, peas and turnips -as well as their herds of animals. It is strange to see habitation as the villagers gather around us. We shall have quite enough time to clean up and washing the really dirty cloths as its really nice water in Hushe. And you can have Soft drink in Hushe village shops, it gives you real taste I dare. Overnight in tents. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Day 19: Hushe – Skardu
After breakfast drive to Skardu.
Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast only).
Day 20: Skardu – Islamabad
After breakfast transfer to Skardu airport for flight to Islamabad by PK-452 (Subject to weather flight). OR PM at leisure in Islamabad/Rawalpindi. Overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast only).
(Incase of flight cancellation drive to Besham via Karakuram Highway, upon arrival transfer to the hotel). (Breakfast only).
NOTE:- Confirmation of flight to/from Skardu is subject to weather on provisional bookings and confirmation of seat is expected one day before. Confirmation depends on previous backlog.
Day 21: Islamabad
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day free at leisure in Islamabad or exploring surroundings such as Taxila or Murree hills. Overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast only).
Day 22: Islamabad
Transfer to Benazir International airport Islamabad for your home bound flight. (Breakfast only).
Services End

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Tourist Information

People, Culture & Language: 人,文化,语言
Majority of the people of Pakistan are mostly Muslims and there is cultural harmony among the people and with non Muslims include the Christians, Buddhist, Hindus, Sikhs and Parsees. Urdu is the national language, while English is spoken frequently in Pakistan. English language is extensively used in official and business circle in the cities. The provincial languages are spoken Punjabi in Punjab Province, Pushto in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Province, Sindhi in Sindh Province, Balochi in Balochistan Province, and there are also regional languages spoken Saraiki in south Punjab & KPK, Hindko in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Hazara & some parts of Kashmir, Kashmiri is spoken in Azad Kashmir & northern region of Punjab, Potohari is spoken in Potohar region of Punjab, Shina, Balti, Brushaski & Wakhi is spoken in Gilgit-Baltistan.
By Air Traveling: 飞到巴基斯坦
Many airlines operate flights to Pakistan from more than 40 countries. Most of the flights arrive at Jinnah International Terminal Karachi, but Pakistan International Airlines operate domestic flights as well as international flights to many countries. Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Thai Airways, Etihad Airways, Kuwait Air, Qatar Airways, Oman Air, Air Lanka, Saudi Airlines and China Southern Airlines fly directly to Benazir Bhutto International Airport Islamabad. PIA, Indian Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Thai Airways fly direct to Lahore. Pakistan International has direct flights from the main Mediterranean and European cities, as well as from New York, Toronto and Nairobi. It also runs a Far East Network from Tokyo, Beijing, Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. PIA has also flights to Kabul, Tashkent and Almaty from Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, and Karachi while other private Pakistani Airlines, Air blue, Shaheen Air International operate flights on weekly basis from Karachi, Dubai, Sharjah, Muscat, Oman, Abu Dhabi, Al-Ain, Doha, Kuwait & Tehran.
By Land Traveling:
From/To China 从中国到巴基斯坦
The Khunjerab Pass is the ground entry point between China & Pakistan, which is open from 1st May to 31st October for all tourist groups and to 15th November for individual tourists. Customs Immigration opens daily from 08:30am to 11:00am for outgoing travelers and up to 04:00pm (Pakistan Standard Time) for incoming tourists. Travel time from Sost to Tashkurgan (China) is 05 hours. The Chinese border post, Tashkurgan is open 12:00 noon to 14:00hrs (Beijing Time) for outgoing tourists and up to 19:00hrs for incoming travelers. Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation & Northern Areas Transport Corporation runs daily buses, vans and Land Cruisers from Sost to Tashkurgan (China).
From/To India: 从印度
Wagha is the only land border open between Pakistan and India (Lahore-Amritsar). The Wagha border post is open daily for foreigners, in summer (April to October) 08:30am to 02:30pm and in winter (October to April)09:00am to 03:00pm Pakistan Standard  Time. Lahore-Delhi Samjhota Express Train service has been started on Tuesday and Friday, but now it has been suspended. Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation and Delhi Transport Corporation have started a luxury direct bus service between Lahore and Delhi. The air conditioned bus service leaves simultaneously from Flatties Hotel, Lahore and New Delhi on every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
From/To Iran:从伊朗
Pakistan-Iran Taftan border journey is only possible through Taftan-Zahidan. A number of buses and coaches every day leave from Taftan to Quetta (634 kms and 18 hours drive). Train service is also available for the sector Quetta-Zahidan-Quetta.
From/To Afghanistan:从阿富汗
Pakistan-Afghanistan border traveling is possible through historical Khyber Pass.
By Air Traveling:飞机
PIA operates daily scheduled direct and connecting flights between major cities from Karachi, Quetta, Multan, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Sukkur, Mohenjo-Daro, D.I.Khan, D.G.Khan, Sialkot, Gwadar, Pasni and Turbat. Two private airlines, Air blue and Shaheen Air International also serve Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad as well as for Gulf Countries. PIA has daily subject to weather flights connecting the northern tourist towns of Gilgit, Skardu and Chitral with Islamabad.
By Road Traveling:坐车
Pakistan has a wide network of roads, highways and motorways linking every big and small cities & municipalities. There are number of highways as listed below.
  • The Grand Trunk road (G.T. Road) between Lahore and Peshawar.
  • Super Highway and National Highway connecting Karachi with Interior Sindh and Punjab.
  • Indus Highway connecting Peshawar with the Southern Punjab.
  • RCD Highway connecting Karachi to Quetta and onward to Taftan.
  • Makran Coastal Highway (N10) connecting Karachi with Gwadar through Pasni, Ormara.
  • The Karakuram Highway connecting Islamabad with Kashgar (China) through Abbottabad, Besham, Chilas, Gilgit, Hunza and Khunjerab Pass, Tashkurgan up to Kashgar.
  • Naran-Kaghan road in the summer season connecting Islamabad to Gilgit, Skardu through Abbottabad, Mansehra, Balakot, Kaghan, Naran, Babusar Pass, connects in Chilas, Gilgit –Baltistan.
  • An attraction has been achieved with the completion of Peshawar-Islamabad (M1), Lahore-Islamabad Motorway (M2), and Faislabad-Pindi Bhatian Motorway (M3), which has been opened for some of areas of Pakistan for visitors.
By Train Traveling:火车
Pakistan has more than 12700 kms of railways network, including 8500 kms inherited after partition. Main line runs from Karachi to Peshawar connecting key tourist attractions, i.e. Mohenjo-daro, Sukkur, Bahawalpur, Multan, Lahore, Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Taxila and Peshawar. One more main Railway line linking Quetta with rest of the country. There are number of daily trains running on these lines, however, the faster trains like Shalimar Express (Lahore-Karachi) and Rail Car (Lahore-Rawalpindi) has more relaxed air-conditioned sections for travelers.
Pakistan has world class hotel accommodation with modern & well equipped chains of hotels with luxurious amenities offer their hospitality services, like Sheraton Hotel Karachi, Avari Hotel & Towers Karachi and Lahore. Pearl Continental Hotels in Pakistan (at Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Bhurban, Gwadar & Muzaffarabad), Marriott (Karachi & Islamabad), Serena Hotels (Islamabad, Faisalabad, Quetta, Gilgit, Hunza and Saidu Sharif), Hotel One Chain (Lahore, Sialkot, Faisalabad, Multan & Islamabad), Pine Park Hotels (Naran, Khannian & Shogran), Green Hotels (Nathiagali, Abbottabad, Peshawar), Shangri-La Resorts & Hotels (Chilas, Skardu, Murree & Nathiagali), Islamabad Hotel, Margalla Hotel, Shalimar Hotel, Best Western Hotel Islamabad, Hospitality Inn Lahore, Ramada Hotel Multan. Sheza Inn Multan, Fiesta Inn Multan, Sinbad Hotel Multan, Inter Pak Inn Sukkur, Forum Inn Sukkur, Indus Hotel Hyderabad, City Gate Hotel Hyderabad.
Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) also operates 2 hotels (Flatties Hotel Lahore & Flashman Hotel Rawalpindi) and 29 Motels in multiple cities and Valleys are located all over Pakistan.
Pakistan Youth Hostels Association (PYHA) was founded in 1951 which now runs a chain of Youth Hostels are available to the members of the organization. More details regarding reservation can be obtained from PYHA Head office at Garden Road, G-6/4, near Aabpara, Islamabad.
There are officially Guest Houses/Bungalows and Rest Houses at most of the stations and valleys, maintained by either Provincial Forest Department, Public Works Department (PWD) or by the local administration. All the above listed accommodation facilities are available subject to advance confirmed booking.
Pakistan is rich in exquisite handicrafts, made by people, who produce by weaving, by making designs on pots, by working on metals, wood and stone, by decorating, to build things small and large. Stoneware or pottery here is a living history in Pakistan, a traditional expertise that became an art, with its beginning going back to 3000 years B.C. Now a day, each area of Pakistan maintains its own unique jars and jugs, from sturdy terra – cotta to paper thin ceramics, in vibrant colors of mustard yellow, deep green, brick red and sky blue. For those keen on shopping on reasonable price, returning home with hand woven carpets, marble pieces, copper and brass items, woodwork, embroidered (Kurtas) & (Khussas) and many more.
The inherited cooking traditions of the Moghuls, the Turks, the Central Asians and the Iranian, eating out in Pakistan is a rich & only one of its kind experience. Most local restaurants serve genuine Pakistan dishes directly from the oven, with the sights and sounds of a bazaar in the background. Meat, fish and vegetable dishes are seasoned with spices. Particularly palatable are the grills B.B.Q; Seekh-Kabab (pulverized meat grilled on skewer), Shaami-Kabab (pulverized meat), Tikka (barbecued mutton, beef or chicken) and Saji (Barbecued leg of lamb). Pakistani mutton and chicken curries and the oriental rice dish called pullao, are also popular with inhabitants and foreigners alike.
Light weight, cotton clothes enough except for in north in winter. Men can wear suits for business meetings, social events. Casual shalwar suits are worn by all women and most men in public. Women should dress modestly.
Pakistanis a special tourist destination in South Asia. The four seasons (spring, summer, autumn & winter) have its own charm. Its main attractions include adventure & cultural tourism in the Gilgit/Baltistan, cultural and archeological sights are found in Taxila, Mohenjo-daro, Harappa, Takht-e-Bhai, Swat and early Muslim & Mughal Heritage of Multan,Lahore, Thatta and Peshawar. From the mighty Karakuram, Himalaya & Hindukush in the North to the gigantic alluvial delta of the Indus River in the South, Pakistan remains a land of high adventure & nature. Trekking, mountaineering, white water rafting, wild boar hunting, mountain and desert jeep safaris, Camel and Yak safaris, trout fishing and bird watching, are a few activities which attracts adventure and nature lovers to Pakistan.

About Pakistan

Pakistan appeared on the map of the world as a self-governing supreme state in 14th August, 1947, resulting separation from British India in the subcontinent. Many civilizations have left their impression hence carving it into a land, which is rich in scenery, different cultures and customs. The territory of Pakistan hint out its history as extreme back as 2500 B.C. starting from the Indus Valley Civilization (Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro). Civilization starts from Aryans (1500 B.C), the Persians (5th century B.C.), the Greeks in 327 A.D, the Arabs led by Muhammad Bin Qasim, the systematic invasion of the Indo-Pakistan by central Asian Muslims (10th century A.D.), British occupied for more than 100 years in 18th century. Finally Muslims took the first step led by Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and then by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah who brought Pakistan on the world’s map on 14th August, 1947 as a self-governing state for the Muslims according to the inspirations envisioned by (the poet & Philosopher) Dr. Muhammad Iqbal.
Mohenjo-Daro, Harappa, Taxila, Takh-e-Bhai are excavated sites are the symbol of the great old Indus Valley and Gandhara civilizations. The structural design of the Mughal monuments, the historical Khyber Pass entrance to South Asia or the ancient static traditions of the Kafir Kalash (Chitral Valley) presents a living reflections of ancient time and with an inherent love of mountains, Pakistan offers the only one of its kind enjoyment of its northern mountain ranges, the Himalayas, the Hindukush and the Karakorum a mountain wonder land across the world with such terrifying peaks as the K-2 (Godwin Austin), the Nanga Parbat (The killer Mountain), the Rakaposhi known as (Mother of Mist) and Tirchmir (Home of Fairies).
A journey all the way through Pakistan is a personally meeting with people and attractive land that has survived immeasurable invasions & preserved the spirit of its defeaters in the shape of memorials, monuments, shrines and archaeological sites. Monuments, great mountains, rivers and deserts are over whelming in natural perception as its inheritance of the art & structural design is in human terms. Covering an area of more than 300,000 square miles surrounded by the Arabian Sea in south, India in the east, the Central Asian republics to the north through Wah Khan Corridor, China to the north east and by Iran & Afghanistan in the west. From scorching barren regions to glaciers, from rich forests to prolific plains, from great rivers and lakes to sea shore, Pakistan is a land of brilliant contrast and different cultural traditions.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Tours & Travels

Jeep Safari In Pakistan
Pakistan is the ultimate destination for the adventure tours and for cultural tours. The northern parts of Pakistan are well-known for its natural beauty and the people are well-known for their hospitality. Tourism was the main income stream of the people of northern Pakistan before 9/11. Due to the political instability, war and terror in Afghanistan this area has been adversely affected indirectly.