The Silk Road or Silk Route refers to a historical network of interlinking trade routes across the Afro-Eurasian landmass that connected East, South, and Western Asia with the Mediterraneanand European world, as well as parts of North and East Africa. The land routes were supplemented by sea routes which extended from the Red Sea to East Africa, India, China, and Southeast Asia.
The southern route was mainly a single route running from China, through the Karakoram, where it persists to modern times as the international paved road connecting Pakistan and China as the Karakoram Highway. It then set off westwards, but with southward spurs enabling the journey to be completed by sea from various points. Crossing the high mountains, it passed through northern Pakistan, over the Hindu Kush Mountains, and into Afghanistan, rejoining the northern route near Merv. From there, it followed a nearly straight line west through mountainous northern Iran, Mesopotamia and the northern tip of the Syrian Desert to the Levant, where Mediterranean trading ships plied regular routes to Italy, while land routes went either north through Anatolia or south to North Africa. Another branch road traveled from Heart through Susa to Charax Spasinu at the head of the Persian Gulf and across to Petra and on to Alexandria and other eastern Mediterranean ports from where ships carried the cargoes to Rome.
Day 01: Kashgar (China) – Tashkurgan (China)
Meet and greet in Kashgar with our guide and driver and drive to Tashkurgan, it is approx 4 hours drive, arrive and transfer to the hotel for short rest. Evening to explore around.
Day 02: Tashkurgan (China) – Sost (Pakistan)
After the passing from the immigration process we will continue driving to Pakistan through the world highest overland pass Khunjerab (Khunzhrav) 4693m (15397 feet) above seal level. We will stop at the zero point (The border between Pakistan and China) for a short time to take photographs and continue drive to Sost, en-route to Sost we will pass through the National Pakistan where you can see the Ibex if you’re luck is good! Arrive at the immigration at Sost, after passing through the process we will continue drive to Passu after a short rest at Sost. Arrive and transfer to the hotel.
Day 03: Passu – Gulmit
Today we will explore the beautiful small village along the Silk Route, after break fast drive to Borth village to see the beautiful Borith Lake, This is one of the most beautiful lakes in Pakistan, Its water is warm to swim one can swim here if interested! After spending sometime at Borth village will hike to Ghulkin village via the Ghulkin glacier, it takes 2 hours. Ghulkin is the another beautiful village, Here we will visit some traditional houses/Families to see the culture, after spending some time with the local families we will go to Gulmit to visit the 900 years Old house and some other places. In the evening we will go to our hotel Gulmit.
Day 04: Gulmit – Karimabad
Today we will cross the new formed lake Attabad by boat it takes one hour to reach the other side of the lake (Attabad village) and transfer to the Jeeps for onward journey to Karimabad which takes another one hour. Evening to explore around.
Day 05: Karimabad
Today we will visit Baltit Fort, Altit Fort, Local bazzar, Channel walk and evening to Duiker to see the sunset, Dukier is the best point to view the Hunza and Nagar valley and the beautiful snowcapped mountains in its surrounding.
Day 06: Karimabad – Chilas
Departure for Chilas on Karakorum Highway, en-route we will visit the small villages, the Gilgit city and the bazzar, Stop at the junction point of the three great mountain ranges (Karakorum, Himalaya and Hindukush) arrive and transfer to the hotel.
Day 07: Chilas – Swat
Departure for Swat valley en-route we will visit the carved rock at Shatial on Karakorum Highway, some villages to see the culture difference between Hunza and Khoistan. Arrive and transfer to the hotel
Day 08: Swat
Day to visit the Archeological Sites , Visit Butkara1 Butkara 2 , Udegaram , and Shingardar Stupa all sites of the Kushans Period. Later a detailed lecture in Swat museum on the chronology of Swat.
Day 09: Upper Swat
Full day excursions to upper Swat valley
Day 10: Swat – Peshawar
Departure for Peshawar en-route we will visit Takht Bhai (Buddhist Monastery). Arrive and transfer to the hotel
Day 11: Peshawar
Today we will visit the old city and bazaars and enjoy the shopping.
Day 12: Peshawar – Islamabad
Departure for Islamabad, en-route we will visit Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Taxila sites and museum, arrive and transfer to the hotel
Day 13: Islamabad
Full day to explore the twin city Rawalpindi and Islamabad and for Shopping
Day 14: Fly to destination!
Drive to the airport in Islamabad and fly to destination, our service will end at the airport in Islamabad.