Karakorum Highway - Road Trip Through the Highest Mountain Range in the World

Kashgar, Xinjiang, China

Changi airport

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Highlights

Have you ever seen snow and glaciers of the Himalayan Ranges? If not, here is your chance! Pack your bags and come on this epic journey along the meandering roads, snow-capped mountains, vast lakes as well as forts and villages of the Karakorum Highway, the highest international road of the world.

Karakorum Highway - Road Trip Through the Highest Mountain Range in the World starting at Kashgar, Xinjiang, ChinaKarakorum Highway.PhotobyZacharie Grossenis /CC BY-SA 4.0

Highlights of this trip include beautiful lakes, glacier walks, breathtaking mountain views across three great mountain ranges, visiting UNESCO archeological sites, interacting with locals and exploring Islamabad - the capital city of Pakistan.

See the Beautiful Borith Lake

Borith Lake by Muhammad Azeem licensed by CC BY-SA 3.0

Borith Lake is located near the Gulkin village. The lake is also a haven for migrating birds and is a must-see spot for bird watching! We'll also drop by the Passu glacier, the most photographed peak of the region.

Hike Across the Ghulkin Glacier

Ghulkin Glacier by Akbar Khan Niazi licensed by CC BY-SA 3.0

We can also hike to the Ghulkin village via the Ghulkin Glacier! It moves, cracks and hisses due to the running water underneath

Make a Boat Crossing of Lake Attabad

Attabad lake in Hunza Valley by Ek licensed by CC BY-SA 4.0

Cross the 4 mile-long uniquely sky blue waters of lake Attabad by boat while surrounded by the mountain backdrop

Visit a 700 year old Baltit Fort

Baltit fort Karimabad Hunza by Jamalhunzokuz licensed by CC BY-SA 4.0

Ranked by The Guardian as one of the 5 best tourist sites in Pakistan, Karimabad has various sightseeing treats await us, such as Baltit Fort and the Altit Fort. The Baltit Fort is a strong contender for becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its rear is covered by great snowcapped mountains.

See the Towering Karakorum Mountains

Laila peak on Karakorum range in Pakistan by mtzendo licensed by CC BY-SA 4.0

We will make our way to Chilas from Karimabad. On our way to Chilas on Karakorum Highway, we will visit the three great mountain ranges which are Karakorum, Himalaya (Nanga Prabat) and Hindukush.

See the Famous Himalayas and Hindukush Mountians

Nanga Parbat The Killer Mountain by Tahsin Anwar Ali licensed by CC BY-SA 3.0

We will also get a chance to see one of the most famous mountain ranges in the world. The Karakorum Highway is the only place where you can see so many spectacular mountain ranges in a single trip.

Interact with Local Villagers

Snowcapped Hindukush Peaks by manalahmadkhan licensed by BY CC 2.0

Our itinerary includes visits to several small villages where locals still live in the traditional way.

Visit the Takht-i-Bahi Buddhist Ruins

Takht-i-Bahi Buddhist ruins by Asif Nawaz licensed by CC BY-SA 3.0

A UNESCO world heritage site - this Taxila site is one of the most important archaeological sites of South Asia. Its rich in history, dating back to the ancient times of Alexander The Great, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age.

Visit the Most Significant Sikh temple

Gudwara Panja Sahib by Al Jazeera English licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0

Visit Gurdwara Panja Sahib, the most significant Sikh temple as it is here that of the Sikh religion, Guru Nanak, is believed to be imprinted on a boulder.

Be Surprised by the Beautiful city of Islamabad

Faisal Mosque, Islamabad by Fassifarooq licensed by CC BY-SA 4.0

Explore Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan. It was originally built as a planned city and is noted for its high standards of living, safety, and abundant greenery. At the foot of the mountains, this is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Enjoy the Magnificent Vistas

Sunset in Hunza Valley by Tanzeel Khan licensed by CC BY-SA 4.0

This border region between Pakistan and China is full of rarely seen valleys and breathtaking mountains - join us for this opportunity to see something beautiful and unique.

Itinerary

Itinerary
Day 1: Kashgar (China)
Meet and greet in Kashgar with our guide and driver
Overnight at Kashgar

Day 2: Kashgar (China) – Tashkurgan (China)
Explore Kashgar city
Drive to Tashkurgan (4h)

Day 3: Tashkurgan (China) – Sost (Pakistan)
Drive to Pakistan via Khunjerab
Rest at the border before driving to Sost
Drive to Passu after passing immigration at Sost

Day 4: Passu – Gulmit
Breakfast drive to Borith village to see the beautiful Borith Lake
2 hour hike to Ghulkin village via the Ghulkin glacier
In the evening we will go to our hotel in Gulmit

Day 5: Gulmit – Karimabad
Cross Lake Attabad by boat for 1 hour to Attabad village
Transfer to the Jeeps for onward 1 hour journey to Karimabad.

Day 6: Karimabad
Visit Baltit Fort, Altit Fort and evening to Duiker to see the sunset
Dukier is the best point to view the Hunza and Nagar valley and the beautiful snowcapped mountains.

Day 7: Karimabad – Chilas
Departure for Chilas on Karakorum Highway (en-route visit to Gilgit city)
Stop at three great mountain ranges (Karakorum, Himalaya and Hindukush)
Arrive and transfer to the hotel.

Day 8: Chilas – Abbottabad, stopping by at Naran Valley
Today we will visit the Naran Valley
Arrive and transfer to the hotel.

Day 9: Abbottabad - Taxila
Departure for Islamabad, en-route we will visit Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Taxila sites and museum
Arrive at the hotel

Day 10: Fly back home!
Drive to the airport in Islamabad and fly to Changi.

Reviews

  • I had a amazing trip with a group of friendly and warm tour mates. Carly was such an assuring tour leader. Excellent and safe Vietnamese driver, Jerry. well spoken English Vietnamese guide Tommy. I enjoyed myself very much and look forward for another trip!

  • Excellent short trip with beautiful verdant countryside and charming local tribal people not corrupted by tourism yet . Be prepared for long drive on narrow winding mountain roads.

  • Best trip ever ! Everyone laughed and enjoyed the hols as if we have known each other all our lives instead of meeting for the first time ! Everyone kept their cool when faced with an unforseen delay . The scenery at Ha Giang is simply superb . There are so many small towns within the mountains with... Read more Best trip ever ! Everyone laughed and enjoyed the hols as if we have known each other all our lives instead of meeting for the first time ! Everyone kept their cool when faced with an unforseen delay . The scenery at Ha Giang is simply superb . There are so many small towns within the mountains with so many minority races living together . Their costumes are so colourful and the ladies' headgears are so lovely to gawk at . If I could , I would love to go again . Highly recommended for gungho people with "throw everything to the wind" attitude . Fantastic local guide and driver (Tom & Jerry) and pats on the back for Carly (Singapore guide) too . Thanks .........rosse and raymond . Read less

  • Georgina was great in: 1) giving reminders so that people can un-RSVP for others on wait list to get a spot. 2) giving clear instructions, photos, links on how to get to the meeting point, 3)explaining why everyone had to be on time and what the program is expected to be and when it might end. ... Read more Georgina was great in: 1) giving reminders so that people can un-RSVP for others on wait list to get a spot. 2) giving clear instructions, photos, links on how to get to the meeting point, 3)explaining why everyone had to be on time and what the program is expected to be and when it might end. Late evening slot was a good idea as we got to see the night installations at The PathFinder portion, but food stalls already closed upon exit. There are toilets inside the exhibit in Fort Canning Center itself. Cleaner than the mobile toilets outside. Thank you for helping to get us tickets when it is so difficult to do so. Read less

  • My wife, son and I never regret of signing up this trip. My 8 year old son enjoyed the walk on the rocky beach. Best moment of the walk was that we came closed to the corals, crabs ???? and ???? shrimps. Thank you threeplaygrounds!