Autumn in Hunza Valley [updated]

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Pakistan: Autumn in Hunza Valley [updated]

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Highlights

Why Pakistan of all Places?

Pakistan is not a typical travel destination that most Singaporeans have in mind. In fact, Pak is often portrayed as a dangerous place that is unsafe for foriegn tourists. But, every now and then, I would chance upon travel forum/blogs that describe Pak in very positive ways. Those who ventured into Pak would often describe it as a place with great people, great scenary, and great food.

The Plan...

To book a 9-day private guided tour to bring us around North Pakistan region (i.e. from Islamabad up to Gilgit Blatistan region). 

After the end of the guided tour, those with limited work leave could take the flight from Islamabad back to Singapore. Personaaly, I plan to continue visiting Lahore (not on guided tour), before catching the 30 Oct overnight flight back to Singapore.

Normal Version: 19-29 Oct 2019; 11 days (4 weekends, 1 public holiday in-lieu, 6 work days)

Extended Version: 19-31 Oct 201; 13 days (4 weekends, 1 public holiday in-lieu, 8 work days)
You are of course welcomed to extend beyond 31 Oct 2019 on your own.

RSVP

I will be closing signs-ups in end-June 2019. Do RSVP or pm if interested to join.

Day 1: Depart Singapore & arrive in Islamabad

Tour guide will pick us up from Islamabad International Airport and put us up in a Islamabad hotel for the night. We will commence our journey northwards on the following day.

Day 2 - 9: Travel along the Karakoram Highway

The Karakoram Highway (KKH) holds the record as the world's highest paved road. It passes through the Karakoram mountain range and reaches an elevation of 4,714 metres. The road is also frequently referred to as the "Friendship Highway", as it was undertaken by both the Pakistan and Chinese government to link the two nations together. Our guided tour will be spent travelling along this highway, making detours to various attractions, vantage points, villages/towns, and hikes.

Day 2 - 9: Khunjerab Pass

At the north-most end of the KKH lies the Khunjerab Pass. Chinese territory (i.e. Xinjiang) lies beyond this border. Though we will not be crossing into China, we will be able to spend some time in the surrounding Khunjerab National Park. If we are lucky, perhaps we might get the chance to see Marco Polo sheeps, snow leopards, and Siberian ibexs.

Day 2 - 9: Takht-i-Bhai

The Takht-i-Bhai is an Indo-Parthian archaeological site of an ancient Buddhist monastery in Pakistan. The site is considered among the most imposing relics of Buddhism in all of Gandhara (an ancient state), and has been exceptionally well-preserved.

Day 2 - 9: Attabad Lake

The Attabad Lake (in picture) was formed due to a landslide in 2010 that buried 20 people and displaced thousands more. As a result of the landslide, the flow of River Hunza was blocked, creating a natural dam. The lake has now become a big tourist attraction in Gilgit-Baltistan, offering various water recreational activities.

Day 2 - 9: Passu Glacier

Passu Glacier is one of the most beautiful glaciers in Pakistan. If you look at the background, you will be able to see the snow-capped jagged Passu Peaks.

Day 2 - 9: Hussaini Bridge

This suspension bridge across Borith lake is made of ropes and planks spaced far apart. If you look at the picture carefully, you would realise that the original bridge was wrecked by a flood and that a second one had to be built. Imagine having to cross this bridge in the middle of strong winds and rushing water beneath you!

Day 2 - 9: Sunset at Duikar viewpoint

Duikar viewpoint offers a picturesque view of the Hunza Valley. Catching it at sunset makes the scene all the more breathtaking. From the picture, it is not surprising why the viewpoint is sometimes also referred to as Eagles' Nest.

Day 2 - 9: Trek to Diran Base Camp

We will take a break from the KKH and take a two-day hike up to Diran Base Camp. There is a fixed camping site where we we will spend the night (in a tent). In the morning, we will set off to Katchelli Lake before head back on our KKH roadtrip. Thisis an easy trek (suitable for novice) and will invovle glacier crossing and splendid views of both Rakaposhi and Diran peak.