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Sisterhood Tour of Northern Pakistan

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14 Days
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Tour Details

Join us on a 14 day women-only trip to Pakistan and experience traveling around some of the less visited areas of the country with an amazing group of women. The trip will start from Islamabad and then head up North to explore Gilgit Baltistan, which is one of the favourite tourist destinations of this region and has been voted by many as a top 3 destination to visit in the world. This tour will provide you with an opportunity to live like a local. We will visit some off the beaten path places, stay at local’s houses, and explore the stunning landscapes of this region. You will also get a chance to try out the local cuisines and check out local arts and crafts. This is a one of a kind trip that will make you fall in love with Pakistan and its people.

This year we will be running two group tours;

6th June – 20th June 2020, which will be £1900 based on 8 – 12 people, we will still operate if the group size is less than 8 but in this case the price will be £2495.

12th Sept – 26th Sept 2020, which will be £1900 based on 8 – 12 people, we will still operate if the group size is less than 8 but in this case the price will be £2495.

 

You can also do this itinerary privately on other dates that are more convenient for you.

Itinerary

Brief Overview

Day 1:

  • Airport transfers
  • Gather in Islamabad
  • Sightseeing in Islamabad
  • Overnight stay at Crown Plaza Hotel Islamabad

Day 2:

  • Sightseeing in Islamabad
  • Overnight stay at Crown Plaza Hotel Islamabad

Day 3:

  • Departure at 5 am
  • Drive to Chilas
  • Reach Chilas
  • Overnight stay at Shangrila Hotel Chilas

Day 4:

  • Drive to Hunza
  • Stopover at Nanga parbat view point
  • Stopover at junction point of 3 mountain ranges
  • Stopover at Rakaposhi view point
  • Reach Karimabad
  • Visit Karimabad market
  • Overnight stay at Darbar Hotel Hunza

Day 5:

  • Sightseeing around Hunza
  • Visit Altit Fort
  • Visit Baltit Fort
  • Visit Duiker at sunset
  • Overnight stay at Darbar Hotel Hunza

Day 6:

  • Visit Hopar
  • Visit Attabad lake
  • Visit Gulmit
  • Learn how to cook Hunzai cuisine from a local
  • Overnight stay at a homestay in Gulmit

Day 7:

  • Visit Passu village
  • Trek from Passu suspension bridge to Hussaini suspension bride
  • Overnight stay at a homestay in Gulmit

Day 8:

  • Visit women run carpet centre in Gulmit
  • Visit women run café in Gulmit
  • Explore Gulmit village
  • Visit Borith lake
  • Musical evening at homestay
  • Overnight stay at a homestay in Gulmit

Day 9:

  • Drive to Naltar
  • Sightseeing of Naltar valley
  • Overnight stay at a guest house in Naltar

Day 10:

  • Visit the lakes of Naltar
  • Overnight stay at a guest house in Naltar

Day 11:

  • Drive to Gilgit
  • Sightseeing of Gilgit
  • Explore Gilgit market
  • Overnight stay at a homestay in Danyor

Day 12:

  • Drive to Naran or Besham (depends upon Babusar’s accessibility)
  • Overnight stay at Maisonette Hotel Naran or PTDC Besham

Day 13

  • Sightseeing of Naran
  • Visit lake Saiful Malook
  • River rafting in Naran (optional)
  • Overnight stay at Maisonette Hotel Naran

(can spend an extra day in Hunza in case Babusar is closed)

Day 14:

  • Drive to Islamabad
  • Overnight stay at Crown Plaza Hotel Islamabad

                                                                           

Detailed Day by Day Breakdown


Day 1:

This will be a relaxed day. We will pick you up from the airport. After checking into the hotel and taking some rest we will be heading out to do shopping for some local clothes. We will also be visiting Faisal mosque; the largest mosque of Pakistan, and Pakistan monument; which symbolises the unity of the Pakistani people. If time and energy level of participants permits, we can visit Saidpur village and have dinner at a restaurant there. There is an old Hindu temple in Saidpur village. If you a lucky sometimes you can come across a melodious flute player in the area. If everyone is tired we can head back to the hotel, have an early dinner and rest.

Overnight stay at Crown Plaza Hotel Islamabad.

Day 2:

On our second day in Islamabad we will be visiting Taxila museum and site, explore the bazaars of Rawalpindi, and end the day with dinner at Monal. Buddhism was widespread in the region before Islam’s introduction. UNESCO-listed Taxila is one of the country’s biggest Buddhist sites, spanning hundreds of square kilometers. The markets of Rawalpindi are full of vibrant colors and beautiful architecture. You get an aerial view of the entire Islamabad city from Monal.

Overnight stay at Crown Plaza Hotel Islamabad.

Day 3:

This will be a long day, with most of the time spent in the car. The Karakoram Highway is aka the China-Pakistan Friendship Highway. It is one of the highest paved roads in the world and passes through the Karakoram mountain range. It is sometimes referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World. We will be making a picnic stop at some scenic spot along the way for lunch. Drive: 394km/ 12-14 hours or 525km/14-17 hours (depending upon road accessibility).

Overnight stay at Shangrila Hotel Chilas.

Day 4:

We will be driving to Hunza and visit several scenic sites along the way. We will be stopping over at Nanga Parbat view point; Nanga Parbat is also called the killer mountain because of the high number of casualties that have happened in trying to summit the mountain. Junction point of Karakoram, Himalaya and Hindukush mountain ranges, which are the world’s three highest mountain ranges. Rakaposhi view point; Rakaposhi is the 27th highest mountain in the world. Will end the day exploring Karimabad market, which is the commercial hub of Hunza. Drive: 220km/ 5-7 hours.

Overnight stay at Darbar Hotel Hunza.

Day 5:

We will be exploring the beautiful architecture and landscapes of Hunza on this day. Beautifully restored by the Aga Khan Foundation, Altit and Baltit forts are some of the best-maintained historical sites in Pakistan. We will be visiting Duiker (Eagle’s Nest) to get a beautiful sunset view of all the big peaks of the area from a mountain top (Ultar, lady finger peak, Golden peak, Rakaposhi). Stay at Darbar Hotel Hunza.

Day 6:

We will be visiting some of the less frequented places on this day, one of which will be Hopar valley to witness stunning views of Hopar glacier. We’ll also be making a picnic stop in Hopar to enjoy the beautiful views. Attabad lake which has the bluest water, will also be one of the stops we make. It was formed because of a massive landslide in 2010 when the whole village drowned. After spending some time by the lake we will be moving to a more peaceful town, Gul-e-Gulmit, which is away from the commercial hub. This is also the day when we will start living like the locals in a homestay. Will also take you to a local’s kitchen to give you a chance to learn how to make Hunzai cuisine.

Stay at a homestay in Gulmit.

Day 7:

We will be exploring the Passu village on this day. This area is not visited by many tourists. Passu village is one of the old settlements of Hunza and the people here are warm and welcoming. It’s a stunning spot to take some beautiful pictures with the stunning backdrop of Passu cones. Get ready to be physical as we go on a 3-5 hour trek that starts from Passu suspension bridge and ends at Hussaini suspension bridge.

Overnight stay at a homestay in Gulmit.

Day 8:

This day will comprise of visiting some more less explored places and forms part of our socially responsible tourism. We will be visiting a women-run carpet weaving centre that operates from an old house in Gulmit, we’ll also be visiting a women-run café for lunch in Gulmit. Today we will go to Borith lake, which is a quiet and peaceful spot to relax, from where we will enjoy the sunset views. If you fancy it, you can also go for a swim in the salt-water lake. The day will end with a musical evening. A local band from the area will enchant the audience with their local music and dance.

Overnight stay at a homestay in Gulmit.

Day 9:

Will be driving to Naltar valley to explore the beautiful landscapes and lakes of this area. The road is not in a very good condition, so will be taking a thrilling jeep ride to reach this valley. Will do some sightseeing of the valley. Naltar is a forested region known for its dramatic mountain scenery. Drive: 182km/5-6 hours.

Overnight stay at a guest house in Naltar.

Day 10:

Will be exploring the lakes of Naltar valley on this day. There are three lakes in the Naltar valley known as ‘Bashkiri Lakes’. Naltar Lakes are locally known as “Chimo Bari (fish Lake)”, ” Chakar Bari (Multi Ends lake)’ and “Bodolok Bari (Turbid Lake)”.

Overnight stay at a guest house in Naltar.

Day 11:

Will drive to Gilgit on this day, which is the capital of Gilgit Baltistan. A famous Buddhist site with a carved image of a long-standing Buddha dating back to the 7th century, is one of the key attractions that we will be visiting in Gilgit. Will also be exploring Gilgit market for some shopping.

Overnight stay at a homestay in Danyor with a loving local family.

Day 12:

Drive back south begins. Will be driving to Naran or Besham (depends upon Babusar’s accessibility).  Will be making a picnic stop at some scenic spot along the way for lunch. Drive: 328km/10-12 hours or 227km/7-8hours.

Overnight stay at Maisonette Hotel Naran or PTDC Hotel Besham.

Day 13:

This day will be spent to explore Naran. We can go for river rafting at Kunhar river in Naran. Will be taking jeeps to explore Saif ul Malook, a beautiful lake in the area. Legend is that fairies used to come to this lake.

Overnight stay at Maisonette Hotel Naran.

 

Day 14:

Drive back to Islamabad. Drive: 277km/8-9 hours or 321km/7-8 hours.

Overnight stay at Crown Plaza Hotel Islamabad.

 

Day 15:

Depart for home country.

Price Includes
  • Accommodation in deluxe hotel
  • Daily breakfast
  • Private Air Conditioned transport
  • Driver, fuel, toll & parking etc.
  • Guide for complete tour
  • Basic First Aid kit
Price Excludes
  • Late checkout, if different from standard checkout time
  • Personal insurance of clients/luggage
  • Meals other than breakfast
  • Laundry, beverages & phone calls or other expenses of personal nature
  • Extra expenses due to the acts of nature and political reasons etc.
  • Medical aid, evacuation or extra expenses in emergencies
  • Any item not mentioned above
Responsible Tourism

We believe in being responsible and watchful of our actions while traveling. Through taking the following measures we try to ensure that we live by this motto and inculcate the same values in the people who travel with us.

  • We would encourage you to carry a portable water filter with us to reduce plastic waste. All the trip participants are advised to bring their water bottles that can be refilled from filtered water or you can purchase from us.
  • Carry our own boxes and cloth bags to get things packed from restaurants and to use while shopping, in order to avoid the use of single use plastic boxes and shopping bags.
  • Sometimes we organize spontaneous cleanup drives and engage the participants of the trip to collect trash from a certain area.
  • We support local communities by engaging local tour guides, staying at local’s homes, eating at their homes and restaurants, buying from local businesses, in order to ensure growth and welfare of their economy.
  • We ensure we reward our team with wages and salaries that enables them to a decent living, so significantly above the living wage.
  • £25 is donated to each of the charities we support PAGE & Shahid Afridi Foundation.
  • This tour is run with a young female entrepreneur tour company in Pakistan, to encourage and promote women entrepreneurship in Pakistan.