Arrive in Islamabad anytime today, we’ll have your airport transfers organized and you’ll be brought straight to the hotel. We have an evening briefing for the group to hear about the adventure that lies ahead, then a group dinner in a rooftop restaurant overlooking the mountains.
Time to explore Pakistan. We have a 5-hour drive to our partner community, but try not to nap. If this is your first time to Pakistan, the sights, and sounds from the drive will be something you never forgot. When we reach Sialkot, we’ll check-in and have a briefing from your project coordinator about the work to be carried out.
Water pumps and toilets. We’ll take a tour of the community this morning before tea with the elders. After that, both today and tomorrow, we’ll be focused on installing, construction the walls, painting the bricks. And repeat. Depending on how much work the locals have managed to accomplish, we may be working pretty hard the next couple of days!
More of the same hard graft today. We hope to install 8 toilets and 8 water pumps, so that’s a lot of digging, a lot of construction and a lot of painting. Hope you don’t mind getting your clothes a little roughed up, time to get to it, people!
We’re off to our partner school today. Our coordinator has given us a list of things that the kids have been lacking for years, so we’ve stepped in to help them out. This morning we’ll have a little ceremony, tour the school, donate what they’ve requested and hopefully have a little time for a mini sports day! That evening we make our way back to Islamabad for the adventure to really begin.
Explore Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital with us. From the delicious local food, the spectacular to the famous Faisal Mosque, not without a stop at Daman-e-Joh viewpoint. Islamabad as you never thought it could be.
If our local coordinator can source a non-local declaration, we may even try Pakistani beers from the Murree Brewery. Leave it with us!
Off to the airport, awe-inspiring Kashmir awaits. We’re proud to be the only company in the world to offer these crazy adventure tours with a social conscience and to have the opportunity to visit Kashmir is one of those adventures indeed. We’ll fly into the heart of Gilgit Baltistan, and the next 5 days we’ll be lost amidst the snow-capped Himalayas as we hike, and drive through the Skardu and Hunza Valleys, just off the Karakoram highway
We’ll explore the Gilgit area today, checking out the Kargah Buddha, the Gilgit bridge (hope you’re not scared of heights, the largest suspension bridge in Asia!) over the fast flowing Gilgit river, at the end of its traditional bazaar and the Monument of Taj Mughal.
Moving onto Skardu, the capital of Baltistan. Perched 2,438 meters above sea level in the backdrop of the great peaks of the Karakorams. Balti people are a mixture of Tibetan and Caucasian stock and speak Balti, an ancient form of Tibetan. Due to the similarity of its culture, lifestyle, and architecture with Tibet, Baltistan is also known as the “Tibet-e-Khurd” (Little Tibet).
Onto the mountainous area of Hanza, where the fair-skinned and light-eyed Hunzakuts claim to be descendants of soldiers lost from Alexander’s army as he invaded India. Hunza Valley is the inspiration for the mythical valley of Shangri-la in James Hilton’s 1933 novel Lost Horizon and time permitting, we’ll get to see spectacular Rakaposhi pass and the ancient Baltit fort.
We’ll begin to make our way back through the mountains, down the Karakoram highway, slowly back to Gilgit. 3 of the world’s longest glaciers in the region, so we’ll check one of them before home along with the epic Borith Lake. Surrounded in 6000m peaks, the landscape is breathtaking, you won’t want to leave, but back to Gilgit, we go.
We’ll have brekkie together at the hotel, and then back to Gilgit airport, for our transfer back to Islamabad, where the trip officially ends. That is, unless, you’re going us on THE most epic overland adventure there is. Through the Karakoram highway, through the Himalayas, all the way to 5000m, and into China and beyond. Come join us!