Gilgit Baltistan is perhaps the most spectacular region of Pakistan in terms of its geographical and scenic beauty.

It is located strategically close to the heart of Central Asia and is the hub of the world’s greatest mountain ranges. The Karakoram, the Himalaya, the Hindu Kush, and the Pamir radiate out from this centre like the spokes on a wheel. These mountains have carefully guarded Pakistan’s frontiers with China, India, Afghanistan and across the narrow Wakhan corridor. Rich in history, culture and natural beauty, the area has been visited for centuries by travellers; both modern day tourists and ancient travellers from the Silk Road. It also remained for many years a focal point for political and military rivalries amongst the Russian, British and Chinese Empires.

Five out of the fourteen mountain peaks over 8000 meters including the K-2 (world’s second heights peak) and some of the largest glaciers outside the polar regions are located in Gilgit Baltistan. Gilgit Baltistan is an autonomous self governing region that was established as a single administrative unit in 1970, formed by the amalgamation of the Gilgit Agency, the Baltistan region and the former princely states of Hunza and Nagar.

7 Days

Leisure, Family, Adventure/Trekking, Nature/eco, History

Trip Itinerary

Islamabad- Skardu

  • Flight to Skardu and from thereon drive to Khaplu
  • Historical tour of the restored Khaplu Palace and Residence
  • Overnight stay in Khaplu


  • Trek/drive to Thoqsikhar, panoramic view point and Broq
  • Visit to the Khaplu Khanqah
  • View the UNESCO award winning tomb of the saint “Astana Mir Muhammad”.
  • View the sunset from Toqsikhar
  • Overnight stay in Khaplu
  • View the sunset from Toqsikhar
  • Overnight stay in Khaplu


  • Visit to Macholo Valley and the Buddhist Stupa’s and rock carvings.
  • Leisure time at the Shyok River
  • Overnight stay in Khaplu

Thalley Valley

  • See Bara, a wool spinning and weaving centre
  • Drive up through the Thalley Valley and see Thalley Broq
  • Overnight stay in Khaplu

Khaplu- Shigar

  • Drive to Shigar
  • Sightseeing of Shigar
  • Overnight stay in Shigar

Deosai Plains

  • Full day trip to the Deosai Plains


  • Drive to Satpara Lake, see the ancient Buddhist rock carving and visit the Skardu Bazaar.
  • Visit the K2 Museum
  • Overnight stay in Skardu


  • Flight back from Skardu to Islamabad