Fall Foliage Sightseeing Tour Gilgit Baltistan Overview
After summer, the most awaited season in Gilgit Baltistan sets in the month of September. It is autumn, the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Everything turns to gold. The sight of the landscape has a magnetic appeal then. The red carpeted gardens are a treat to the eyes. Temperatures rise to a maximum of 23 degrees in the morning but the nights are relatively colder. The weather is very conducive for the tourists to take delight in the sights, sounds and smell of this idyllic land. The vibrant valleys, the rustle of the fallen leaves, the fragrance of flowers are there to enchant you in this Fall Foliage Sightseeing Tour Gilgit Baltistan.
With the onset of autumn nature packs up for the season with wild abandon leaving a trail of gold mellowed leaves. Red fire like glowing leaves start falling. Mother Nature is preparing herself for a countdown show, symbolized by shedding of reddish and fiery leaves. Autumn lovers enjoy their time with unique combination of natural and manmade beauty in Gilgit Baltistan as you cherish the scenic beauty of the Attabad, Shangrila, Khalti and Phander lakes, passes, mountain peaks, rivers and the historic monuments are covered in Fall Foliage Sightseeing Tour Gilgit Baltistan.
Gilgit Baltistan is covered with Himalayan, Hindukush and Karakoram mountains which has plenty of best places to stay, visit and see. The flora and fauna, climate, food, culture, heritages and everything are very precious and it brings back tourists every year.
This Autumn Colors Tour of Gilgit Baltistan is our most comprehensive autumn tour encompassing all the key tourist sites over 12 days. In addition to those ‘must-see’ places, this tour takes you more intimate locations such as Fairy Meadows, Khunjerab Pass, Skardu and Deosai, to enjoy the authenticities of the country.
Of course the theme of the tour is fall colors/autumn foliage, however, hidden features of this tour are exclusive cultural experiences, which many of our past travelers commented that they enjoyed immensely these unique experiences.
Fall Foliage Sightseeing Tour Gilgit Baltistan Highlights
- Pass through rolling hills and quaint towns soaking up the gorgeous fall foliage·
- Visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals ·
- Make several photo stops along the way to capture charming neighborhoods brimming with colors!·
- Travel to the cross-cultural villages· Indulge in the colors of Skardu, Hunza that combines ancient tradition with it purest nature.·
- Wander in its rich history through walks in forts, preserved and treasured in the heart mountains landscape·
- Drive past Junction point of greatest mountain ranges of the world, Himalaya, Karakoram and Hindu Kush·
- Visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals·
- Drive past Junction point of greatest mountain ranges of the world, Himalaya, Karakoram and Hindu Kush
Fall Foliage Sightseeing Tour Gilgit Baltistan Itinerary
Arrival in Islamabad
Welcome to Islamabad! You will be greeted by an English-speaking assistant at the airport after immigration and custom. The assistant will escort you to bus for your hotel. We will have ample time for sightseeing and shopping in colorful old bazaars of Rawalpindi and new markets of Islamabad. We may also drive to the modern Faisal Mosque in Islamabad.
FLY to Gilgit & drive to Phander Ghizer valley
You will start your first day by early morning spectacular flight to Gilgit (weather permitting),with an aerial view of Nanga Parbat and other mountains of Himalaya, Karakoram and Hindukush, here an atmosphere of past centuries still survives. From Gilgit drive to Visit Phander lake and optional trout fishing activity there. Visit Phander village and a home there for clutural insight of Wakhi culture.
Fly : 1 hr, Drive: 5-6 hrs
Ishkoman- gilgit - Naltar
Drive to Khalti lake, Ishkoman valley, and back to Gahkoh and drive onward to Gilgit. Visit Kargah Nala, Old Gilgit town home visit for cultural insight. Evening drive to Naltar valley.
Drive: 6-7 hrs
Drive to scenic Naltar lakes and after lunch drive onward to Hunza valley, enroute stop at Rakaposhi base camp view point and visit Diran view point for glimpse of Diran peak. Main attraction of this road journey is Rakaposhi Base Camp and Altit and Baltit Forts. Baltit Fort is an ancient fort in the Hunza valley in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. Founded in the 1st CE, it has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative list since 2004.In the past, the survival of the feudal regime of Hunza was ensured by the impressive fort, which overlooks Karimabad. The foundations of the fort date back to 700 years ago, with rebuilds and alterations over the centuries. In the 16th century the local prince married a princess from Baltistan who brought master Balti craftsmen to renovate the building as part of her dowry. Visit around the area, you would feel as if you’d stepped back in time in past period.
After Baltit Fort you go to Ganish village. Ganish is the oldest and first settlement on the ancient Silk Road in Hunza, and is the site of various ancient watch towers, traditional mosques, religious centers, and a reservoir.The Ali Gohar House in Ganish, is located next to one of the iconic shikaris (watchtowers) of the town. The 400-year-old house was awarded the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2009
Then we proceed to Altit Fort. Altit Fort is an ancient fort at Altit town in the Hunza valley,It was originally home to the hereditary rulers of the Hunza state who carried the title Mir.Altit Fort and in particular the Shikari tower is around 1100 years old, which makes it the oldest monument in the Gilgit–Baltistan.
Then go up to the highest observation place at Duikar to enjoy 360-degree panoramic view and sunset reflections on peaks of lady finger, Haramosh peak, Rakaposhi and many others. This is one of the best elevated way to fully enjoy a sunset. Spiritually and physically, we would like you to feel the air as well. It will be unforgettable experience.
Attabad lake- Husaini - Passu - Sost
After breakfast we proceed to Attabad lake, Husaini suspension bridge and Passu. Glacier. The glaciers are really eerie, almost alive, as they creak and melt in the sun. Rocks continually fall down as the ice melts.Experience the passu glacier cracking and spikes from the view point.
The valleys of Hunza and Nagar are some of the most beautiful valleys in the northern parts of Pakistan. The people of this area are known for their legendary good health, longevity and hospitality.
Drive: 02- hrs
Khunjerab Park and back to Gilgit
Today’s drive will take us to Khunjerab Pass, Khunjerab Pass, the gateway to China via the Karakoram Highway, is at 4,934m.which half of the park is above 4,000m. Khunjerab National Park is Pakistan’s third largest national park. It is adjacent to Taxkorgan Natural Reserve (1,400,000ha) in China. You will enjoy a short trip up to Khunjerab Pass on Karakoram Highway; it gives some of spectacular sceneries for photographers of wild life. where you may have a sighting of endangered Marco Polo sheep, which is only found in this area in Pakistan. The park is also famous for its snow leopards. Some reports say that it might contain the highest density of these beautiful cats in the total Himalayan ecosystem, which is the natural habitat of these cats. Over 2,000 Siberian ibex, widely distributed and abundant in the park but absent from neighbouring China, are also present here.
Other animals of this park are in the park include:
Snow leopard (T), Himalayan ibex (C), Brown bear (T), Tibetan red fox (C), Tibetan wolf (T), Blue sheep, Marco Polo sheep, Tibetan wild ass or kiang , Ermine (C), Alpine weasel, Stone martin (C), Golden marmot (C), Lynx (unconfirmed reports), Large-eared pika (C), Dhole (unconfirmed reports), Cape hare (C), Common field mouse (C), Royle’s mountain vole (C), Lesser shrew (C), ,Migratory hamster (C)
Common birds in the park are:
Lammegier vulture, Golden eagle, Himalayan griffon vulture, Eurasian black vulture, Marsh harrier, Eurasian sparrow hawk, Eurasian kestrel, Lesser kestrel, Saker falcon, Peregrine falcon, Himalayan snow cock, Snow partridge, Chukar, Grey heron, Common sandpiper, Hill pigeon, Snow pigeon, Northern eagle owl, Eurasian cuckoo, Common swallow, Magpie, Alpine chough, Raven
Drive: 6-7 hrs
Rondu & Skardu
Today early morning departure for Skardu via Rondu valley through Indus Gorge. Enroute short breaks at Taloo and Stak streams. Time permitting visit Basho valley in Rondu for alpine scenery.
Skardu is the administrative capital of Baltistan and gateway to the high peaks of Northern Pakistan. Sightseeing in Skardu and surrounding areas during the day. For those seeking a good overview of Skardu, or a place from which to photograph the sunset, Kharfocho Fort is an ideal spot.
Drive: 06-07 hrs.
Early morning drive to Khaplu valley, visit Khaplu Palace, Saling point and Khaplu view point.
Drive: 4-5 hrs
Today after breakfast drive to the beautiful valley of Shigar vally, which lies at the trail heads of world five top walks.visit Shigar fort, Shigar Bazar, Khanqah Moalla, Amobrik Mosque, drive through untouched several small villages to Choutron (hot spring). Evening drive back to Skardu.
Drive: 06-07 hrs
Today we will visit Lower kachure(shangrila) and upper kachura lakes and in the evening we will visit sand dunes, Manthal Big Rock buddha and satpara lake.
Today early morning departure for Deosai, Located in the Great Himalayan Range, conveniently placed between the western massif of the Himalayas and the central Karakoram. It’s stunning scenic views of the snow-clad mountains and streams, natural beauty and impressive grandeur have made it world famous. Spread over an area of 3,000 square kilometres, at an altitude of 13,500 feet above sea level, the plains are home to unique species of plant and animal life, of which the Himalayan Brown Bears are the most famous. In the words of Aleister Crowley, “In front of us lay the Deosai, an absolutely treeless wilderness of comparatively level country framed by minor peaks. It gives a unique impression of desolation. I have never seen its equal in this respect elsewhere.” To the south of and visible from both the Burji and Satpara approaching areas is a 700-foot hill, on top of which is a 500 foot-high-rock cairn. This unnamed hilltop in the northern deosai region produces a clear panorama of the Himalayan Kangri Range and sections of the Karakoram. As you ascend its gentle, grass covered slopes, Nanga Parbat will come into view far to the west of you. In ‘Gypsy Davy’s’ words, “It was such an expanse of immensity as I have hardly imagined…It seems you cannot talk in a matter-of-fact way in a place like that…I thought the Sierras were large, but here, where we could see three or four score miles north, south, east and west, and see only mountains, and most of them above twenty thousand feet, the Sierras seem like sand dunes”. Shaucer lake (3-4 hours from Skardu), Shatong nala (2 hours) , Bara Pani (two and half hours) and Kala Pani (3 to 3-30 hours) are the most visited spots in Deosai. Deosai is one of the best trout fishing spot in the North.
Drive: 6-7 hrs
Today after breakfast drive to Riakot on Astore Road, Then further drive by jeep to Tato & hike to Fairy Meadows.
Tato: The steep and difficult ascent on a rocky trail will lead the group to a small hamlet of Tato which is comprised of few clay lofts scattered around. This village is inhabited by the upright and fierce yet very hospitable Chilasi people whose origin is Kohistan.
Fairy Meadows: The traditional base camp of Nanga Parbat, known as Fairy Meadows. The local people believe that this beautiful place is an abode of fairies and ghosts. The lush green plateau presents some of the most spectacular sights one can ever witness. One forgets the tiring walk up to this magnificent site when one beholds a landscape of rushing torrents with a panoramic back – drop of the mighty Nanga Parbat.
Drive: 04-05hrs Hike, 3-4 hrs Maximum Altitude (3200m).
Rest day or hike to NANGA PARBAT BASE CAMP & Back
Free day for sightseeing, nature watching and hiking. Optional hike to Nanga Parbat BC and back to Fairy Meadows.
Walk: 3-4 hrs
Walk down to Tato and drive to Besham
Today leave for Besham travelling on the Karakoram Highway through captivating and enthralling landscape. In places, sheer, snowcapped mountains ascending from deep valleys while elsewhere, lush alpine meadows are carpeted by colorful wildflowers and dazzling apple blossoms. Terraced villages dot this monumental terrain, supported by traditional farming methods and lifestyles that have changed little over the centuries.
Drive: 09-10 hrs
Drive to Islamabad
After breakfast we drive on KKH towards Islamabad through amazing lush green terraced fields and meadows of Buttagram, Shinkirai, Battal, Mansehra and Abbotabad.
We will visit Taxial Buddhist sites of Sirkap, Dharmarajica and Taxila museum before heading on to Islamabad.
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