4×4 Self Drive – Crossing Three Mighty

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  • 17 Days
  • Departure: Islamabad
  • March - October

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The ultimate 4×4 self-drive adventure through the majestic Karakoram, Himalaya, and Hindu Kush ranges. This 17-day expedition promises an adrenaline-fueled journey across challenging terrains, revealing Pakistan’s diverse landscapes and rich cultural tapestry.

Gear up for an off-roading experience like never before. Traverse the rugged paths of Babusar Pass, conquer the untamed wilderness of Deosai National Park, and brave the perilous roads to Shimshal Valley, renowned as the Valley of Mountaineers. Our self-drive tour offers you the thrill of conquering unpaved, adventurous roads, providing an immersive connection with the breathtaking surroundings.

Services Included

  • Accommodation in camps/hotel
  • 4x4 Vehicle
  • Tour Guide
  • Meals
  • Entrance Fee

Services Excluded

  • Any item not mentioned above
  • Airfare
  • Extra expenses/portages/tips/laundry

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Islamabad

Arrive in Islamabad, receive and transfer to hotel

(No meals)

Day 2 - Islamabad – Naran 270 Kms

After having breakfast at the hotel, we will commence our journey towards Naran via Muzaffarabad (Kashmir). Once we exit the city, we will take the Murree Expressway before heading to Muzaffarabad. There will be several stops, and lunch will be served at a local restaurant along the way. Later, we will continue the drive to Naran via Gari Habib Ullah, joining the Kunhar River at Balakot. Upon arrival in Naran, we will transfer to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 3 - Naran - Trashing 245 Kms

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, we will ride to Trishing. Initially, we will be on the Naran – Babusar Pass road, which offers a thrilling experience. After crossing Babusar Pass at 4200 meters, we descend into Babusar Valley. At zero point, we will join the Karakoram Highway and continue our journey on it for about 90 km. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. At Thalichi, we take a right turn to Astore, and then proceed to Trishing. Upon arrival, we will transfer to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 4 - Trashing – Deosai 110 Kms

Breakfast at the hotel, then ride to Astore Valley and onwards to Deosai. Till Chilum, the road is paved. From there, we will enter Deosai National Park, and the next approximately 40 km will be off-road as we traverse the second-highest plateau in the world. We will have a brief stop at Sheosar Lake for lunch. Later, we will continue the ride to Bara Pani, where we will arrive and transfer to camps for dinner and an overnight stay.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 5 - Deosai – Skardu 65 Kms

Breakfast at the camps. After spending the night at an altitude of 4200 meters, we start riding towards Sadpara Top and then descend to Sadpara Lake. There will be several photo stops. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Lunch will be served at the hotel. Later, visit the cold desert known as Sarfrana and Shigar Valley. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 6 - Skardu – Hunza 290 Kms

Breakfast at the hotel, then ride to Hunza on the newly built Skardu- Gilgit road. There will be several photo stops along the way. Hot lunch will be served at a local restaurant. After crossing Alam Bridge, we will rejoin the Karakoram Highway. Before Alam Bridge, there will be another view of Nanga Parbat. Continue the ride towards Hunza with a stop at the Rakaposhi viewpoint for a hot cup of tea. Arrive in Hunza and transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 7 - Hunza – Khunjerab Pass – Passu 310 Kms

Breakfast at the hotel. During today’s ride, we will ascend to an altitude of almost 2300 meters, experiencing scenic landscapes. The journey will take us through Attabad Lake, Gulmit, Khyber, and Passu villages. There will be several photo stops at places like Attabad Lake and Passu Glacier. Sost, the last town on the Pakistani side, houses a dry port. After Sost, we enter the gorge of Khunjerab Pass, where the Deosai National Park begins, offering the chance to witness Ibex, Marco Polo sheep, Blue sheep, Himalayan Marmot, and snow leopards. A brief stop at the Pakistan-China border for photographs will be made before the return ride to Passu. Late lunch will be served at Sost, followed by a continuation of the ride to Passu. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 8 - Passu – Shimshal 70 Kms

Breakfast at the hotel. Today promises to be the most thrilling ride to Shimshal Valley, also known as the Valley of Mountaineers. The road to Shimshal is unpaved and is considered one of the most dangerous roads. After 30 minutes, we will enter a narrow gorge and ride alongside the Shimshal River, an experience riders thoroughly enjoy. Shimshal is also the gateway to Shimshal Pass, known as Shimshal Pamir. Mingling Sar, a 6050-meter peak, is located in  Shimshal Pamir and is one of the easiest 6000ers to experience. However, our ride will only take us to the village, and the overnight stay will be in a local guest house.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 9 - Shimshal – Gilgit 205 Kms

Breakfast at the local guest house. Today, we ride to Gilgit on the same road, with a few photo stops for pictures and a tea break. Gilgit is the main administrative town of the Gilgit Baltistan province. Hot lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Continue the ride to Gilgit, arrive, and transfer to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dnner)

Day 10 - Gilgit – Phander 190 Kms

Breakfast at the hotel, followed by a ride to Phander in Ghizer Valley. We
will be passing through Gakuch, Gupis, Khalti Lake, with a hot lunch
provided at a local restaurant. Please note that this part of the road is
under construction, and we might experience delays in several places.
Continue to Phander, arrive, and transfer to the campsite for dinner and
overnight stay.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dnner)

Day 11 - Phander – Booni 125 Kms

Breakfast at the hotel, followed by a ride to Booni. Today, we will be
crossing the highest polo ground in the world, the Shandur Pass. The
ride will be scenic as we descend from Shandur to Sur Laspur area and
Mastuj. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Continue driving to
Booni, arrive, and transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 12 - Booni – Garam Chashma 115 Kms

Begin your day with breakfast at the hotel, followed by a scenic ride to
Garam Chashma (Hot Spring) via Chitral. This destination is renowned for its hot spring, making it a significant tourist attraction. The Lotkoh River, also known as Garam Chashma River, originates from the lofty peaks of the Hindu Kush. Situated in the northwest of Chitral, approximately forty-eight kilometers by road, it shares international borders with Afghanistan in the extreme northwest of Pakistan. The Dorāh Pass (14,940 feet [4,554 meters]) connects this region of Pakistan with Badakhshan, the neighboring province of Afghanistan.

Upon reaching the hotel, indulge in a delicious lunch. The remainder of your time can be spent exploring the valley or relaxing at the hotel, where you can unwind with a soothing hot bath. Conclude the day with a delightful dinner, followed by an overnight stay at the hotel.”
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 13 - Garam Chashma - Ayun 85 Kms

After a leisurely breakfast, embark on a ride to Ayun. Enroute, visit Gol National Park to enjoy panoramic views of the Chitral Valley. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Continue the drive to Ayun, where you’ll arrive and transfer to the hotel. Later, explore Bomburet in the Kalash  Valley. Conclude the day with a ride back to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 14 - Ayun – Kalam via Badgoi Pass 210 Kms

Start your day with breakfast at the hotel, and then embark on a ride to Dir Valley through the Lowari Tunnel and Dir. Enjoy a scenic journey, and stop for lunch at a local restaurant along the way. Later, continue the drive to Thal. Enjoy the serene surroundings and take a brief stop for photos. Afternoon: Thal to Badagoi Pass. Depart from Thal and head towards Badagoi Pass. Take in the breathtaking views at the pass. Start the descent from Badagoi Pass towards Kalam. Reach Kalam in the late afternoon. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay, immersing yourself in the tranquility and charm of this captivating valley.
 (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

 

Day 15 - Kalam – Mohodand Lake – Swat

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then embark on a journey towards Mahodand Lake to soak in the breathtaking views of the pristine lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Spend some leisure time by the lake, absorbing the serene atmosphere. Later, drive back to Fizagat,  explore local attractions, and upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 16 - Swat – Islamabad 265 Kms

Start your day with breakfast at the hotel. Today marks the final leg of our journey as we head towards Islamabad on N35, passing through the scenic Malakand Pass and Takht-e-Bahi. Our route will then take us along the historic Grand Trunk Road, a testament to the engineering marvel by Sher Shah Suri, an Afghan emperor. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant during our ride. Afterward, we’ll continue our journey to Islamabad, where upon arrival,  reaching the hotel, proceed with check-in, and join us for dinner as we reflect on the memorable experiences of our adventurous journey.

(Breakfast, Lunch & dinner)

Day 17 - Transfer to Islamabad airport

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, followed by a transfer to Islamabad International Airport for your homeward-bound flight
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FAQ

Do you provide letter of invitation?

Yes. We are government licensed tour operators and will provide LOI for your visa if you book a tour with us.

Can I get a single room?

Our pricing is based on twin/double sharing room. You can opt for single room with extra charges.

Do you have airport pickup/drop service?

Yes, we do have Pick up services from the airport

Do you have insurance covered?

You must have your own international travel insurance with an adventure travel add-on.

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