12 days in Gilgit-Baltistan & Islamabad Itinerary

12 days in Gilgit-Baltistan & Islamabad Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Pakistan tour itinerary planner

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Hunza
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gilgit
— 1 night
Drive
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Chilas
— 1 night
Drive
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Astore
— 1 night
Drive
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Skardu
— 3 nights
Fly
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Islamabad
— 3 nights
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Hunza

— 2 nights
A tour of Hunza lets you discover a mountainous valley surrounded by massive snowcapped Himalayan peaks.
Hunza is known for nature and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the verdant scenery at Hunza Valley, explore the striking landscape at Passu Glacier, take in the views from Hussaini Hanging Bridge, and take in the pleasant sights at Attabad lake.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hunza trip maker.

Karachi to Hunza is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Gilgit.

Things to do in Hunza

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gilgit

— 1 night
Gilgit is the capital city of the Gilgit-Baltistan region, an administrative territory of Pakistan. On the 9th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kargah Buddha and then explore and take pictures at Karakoram Highway.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Gilgit planning app.

You can drive from Hunza to Gilgit in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Chilas.

Things to do in Gilgit

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites

Chilas

— 1 night
Chilas is a small town located in the Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan on the left side of river Indus. On the 10th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Fairy Meadows.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Chilas trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Gilgit to Chilas takes 3 hours. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Astore.

Things to do in Chilas

Parks · Wildlife

Astore

— 1 night
Astore, also spelt Astor, is a city and the capital of Astore District in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of northern Pakistan. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Rama Lake and then take in the awesome beauty at Nanga Parbat.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Astore trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chilas to Astore takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Skardu.

Things to do in Astore

Parks · Nature

Skardu

— 3 nights

Little Tibet

The notable peaks that surround Skardu may be rugged, daunting, and otherworldly, but the imposing reputation of its most famous natural attractions belies the more fertile, diverse, and homely aspects of the town.
Take a break from Skardu with a short trip to Shigar Valley in Shigar, about 1h 30 min away. Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring nature at Deosai National Park. It doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Upper Kachura Lake and take in the spiritual surroundings of Manthal Buddha Rock.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Skardu tour planning app.

Getting from Astore to Skardu by car takes about 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Islamabad.

Things to do in Skardu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Islamabad

— 3 nights
The country's capital since 1963, Islamabad has the look and feel of a planned administrative city because, by and large, that's exactly what it is.
Take a break from Islamabad with a short trip to Pir Sohawa in Haripur, about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get great views at Margalla Hills, take in the spiritual surroundings of Faisal Mosque, see human ingenuity at work at Rawal Lake, and see the interesting displays at Pakistan Monument Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Islamabad trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Skardu to Islamabad takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Islamabad

Parks · Nature · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Gilgit-Baltistan travel guide

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Valleys · Bodies of Water · National Parks
Gilgit-Baltistan, formerly known as the Northern Areas, is the northernmost administrative territory in Pakistan. It borders Azad Kashmir to the south, the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the west, the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan to the north, the Xinjiang region of China, to the east and northeast, and the Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir to the southeast. Gilgit-Baltistan is part of the Kashmir region that is disputed by India and Pakistan, along with Azad Kashmir, Aksai Chin, the Shaksgam Valley, and Jammu, Ladakh, and the Valley of Kashmir.The territory of present-day Gilgit-Baltistan became a separate administrative unit in 1970 under the name "Northern Areas". It was formed by the amalgamation of the former Gilgit Agency, the Baltistan district and several small former princely states, the larger of which being Hunza and Nagar. In 2009, it was granted limited autonomy and renamed to Gilgit-Baltistan via the Self-Governance Order signed by Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari, which also aimed to empower the people of Gilgit-Baltistan. However, scholars state that the real power rests with the governor and not with chief minister or elected assembly.

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