Skardu, along with Gilgit, are the two major tourism, trekking and expedition hubs in the Northern Areas. The mountainous terrain of the region, including four of the world?s fourteen Eight-thousander peaks (8,000m and above), attracts the attention of tourists, trekkers and mountaineers from around the world. The main tourist season is from April to October; outside this time, the area can be cut off for extended periods by the snowy, freezing winter weather. Accessible from Skardu by road, the nearby Askole and Hushe Valleys are the main gateways to the snow covered 8,000 meters peaks including K2, the Gasherbrums, Broad Peak and the Trango Towers, and also to the huge glaciers of Baltoro, Biafo and Trango. This makes Skardu the main tourist and mountaineering base in the area, which has led to the development of a reasonably extensive tourist infrastructure including shops and hotels.
Day 02: Islamabad ? Chilas OR By Air to Skardu
Departure for Chilas on Karakoram Highway, short stops en-route, arrive and transfer to the hotel OR Drive to the airport in Islamabad and fly to destination, arrive in skardu and transfer to the hotel. Rest day to explore around.
Day 03: Chilas ? Skardu OR Explore Around
Departure for Skardu, capital of Baltistan (height 2,438m) located in the backdrop of great peaks of the Karakoram mountain range. Baltistan is known as the ?Little Tibet? and it is a cluster of mountain peaks and glaciers. Five valleys of Baltistan?Skardu, Shigar, Khaplu, Rondu and Kharmang are noted for their juicy peaches, apricots, apples and pears. Arrival and transfer to hotel OR Explore Skardu city and around if travel by air.
Day 04: Explore Around
Departure for Shigar Valley ? gateway to the great mountain peaks of the Karakorams, i.e Gasherbrum Peak and K-2. Visit of 400 years old Wooden Mosque and Shigar Fort. After visiting the beautiful valley of Shigar we will drive to Satpara Lake where we will spend few hours and the drive back to the hotel.
Day 05: Skardu ? Khapulu Village
Departure for Khaplu Valley, the scenic valley of the Shyok River located 103 km from Skardu. Many famous mountains such as Masherbrum, Saltoro. Sia Kangri, K-6, K- 7 is located here. Arrive and transfer to the guesthouse.
Day 06: Explore Around
Full day to explore this beautiful village/valley.
Day 08: Skardu ? Besham
Departure for Besham on Karakorum Highway, arrive and transfer to the hotel for overnight
Day 09: Besham ? Taxila ? Islamabad
Departure for Islamabad. En route visit Taxila museum and sites, later drive to Islamabad. Arrive and transfer to the hotel.
Day 10: Rawalpindi/Islamabad ? Fly to destination
Explore the twin city Rawalpindi/Islamabad. Visit Faisal Mosque, Margala hills, Pakistan monument at Shaker Pariya and explore Raja baazzar of Rawalpindi. In the evening drive to the airport in Islamabad and fly to destination.