Baltistan is also known as Baltiyul, which means the residence of Balti people. The region is inhabited principally by the Balti of Tibetan descent. It is situated in the Karakorum Mountains. It is an extremely mountainous region with average altitude of over 3350m. The region is divided into two districts Skardu and Ghance.
The region of Baltistan is bestowed with some of the greatest bounties of Nature. Tourists from all over the world have great attraction toward this region because of its beautiful plains, peaks and heritage sites. The capital of Baltistan , skardu welcomes the visitors with its dashing tourists resorts of Beautiful plains, wonderful lakes a and alpines mountains.
Baltistan is home to more than 20 peaks of over 20000 feets, including K2, the second highest mountain on the earth. Other well known peaks include Masherbrum, Broad Peak, Hidden peak and many more.
Baltistan has a population of about 322,000 which is a blend of many different ethnic groups.
Baltistan has been called as living museum for wildlife. The Baltistan High altitude Deosai National Parks, in southern Baltistan, is a good habitant for predators as it has abundant prey populations.
There are two main categories of animals which are found in different parts of Baltistan
Wild animals of the area include ibex,markhor, deer, snow leopard, brown bear, black bear, jackal, fox wolf, and marmot.
A Balti version says that the Princess Gul Khatoon better known in Baltistan as Mindoq Gialmo (Flower Queen) brought with her musicians and artisans into Baltistan. The musicians and artisans propagated Mughal music and art under her patronage. Musical instruments such as the ‘Surnai’, ‘Karnai’, ‘Dhol’, ‘Chang’ etc. found their way into Baltistan.
The classical and other dances are displayed on the occasion of Nowroz (21 March), and on the marriages of Rajas etc. These can be classified into Sword Dances, Broqchhos and Dewan or Ghazal. The following are the names of the sword dances:
Baltistan is said to be the birth centre of Polo. Because the word Polo is a Balti Tibetan word, which means ball as Balti people call Football, kang polo and call Volleyball laq polo. This evidence can be found in old Balti folk songs. Polo is played here even today in its original form. This royal sport is indigenous to the Karakoram Range. It was Ali Shair Khan Anchan the Maqpon ruler of Baltistan who introduced this game to other valleys upon his conquests that stretched beyond Gilgit and Chitral. Polo grounds are almost present in all villages of Baltistan.
Day 01 Islamabad.
Arrive Islamabad International airport, meet and transfer to hotel. Afternoon explore the Islamabad the Modern capital of Pakistan, visit the worlds biggest Faisal Mosque with its modern architecture, Damn-e- Koh to have the panoramic view of Islamabad and Murree hills. Overnight hotel.
Day 02 Islamabad – Besham.
Morning after breakfast drive to Besham, enroute visit the Taxila museum, Excavated archeological sites of Birmound, Sirkap and impressive well-preserved Julian Monastery. After brief visit of the sites we continue drive to Besham. Overnight hotel.
Day 03 Besham – Chilas.
After break fast drive to Chilas along the Indus River passing through the green valleys in Indus Kohistan, visit the 2nd century Rock carvings at shatial and continue drive to Chilas. Overnight hotel.
Day 04 Chilas – Fairy Meadow.
Morning visit the Rock carvings at Chilas, after we drive up to Raikot bridge from here an hour drive by four wheel jeeps to Tato village through the narrow mountain gorge. three hours easy walk on the pony trail takes you to the Fairy Meadows. Meals and overnight in the wooden log huts.
Day 05 Fairy Meadow.
Free day to Explore the area, or day excursion to Base camp of Nanga Parbat (8125 meters). The biggest mountain wall on earth can be seen from Fairy Meadows. After noon walk back to Fairy meadows. Overnight log huts.
Day 06 Fairy Meadow – Gilgit.
Morning after breakfast Trek back to Tato village and drive by jeeps to Raikot bridge and continue to Gilgit, after noon enjoy the polo match the Game of Kings. Overnight hotel.
Day 07 Gilgit – Hunza.
Morning after breakfast drive to Karimabad the capital of Hunza valley, enroute stop at Gulmit to enjoy the magnificent view of Rakaposhi (7788 m) after we drive and passing through the beautiful lush green villages with fruit orchard trees in Hunza valley. Arrive Karimabad visit Baltit and Altit Forts. Evening free to explore the Bazaar. Overnight hotel.
Day 08 Karimabad – Hoper village.
Early morning we visit to Duiker view point to have the magnificent sunrise view of the above 7000 meters peaks, Rakaposhi, Diran peak, Golden peak and Ultar group of peaks and many countless peaks can be seen from the same point. After breakfast we drive to Hoper village in Nagar valley and short hike to Hoper Glacier. Lunch at Hoper and drive back to Karimabad. Evening enjoy the Traditional Hunza music.
Day 09 Karimabad – Gulmit.
Morning visit the centuries old woodcarving Mosques at Ganesh village and 4th century Ad Rock carvings, we continue drive to Gulmit a scenic mountain village in upper Hunza. After noon we visit the Borith Lake, rope hanging bridge and local Museum of traditional artifacts. Overnight hotel.
Day 10 Gulmit – Khunjrab pass.
Morning drive to Khunjrab Pass (4733 meters) the highest medaled road connects the border to China. We drive through snow covered peaks and glaciers towering above the scenic villages in upper Hunza. We stop for a short hike on the Khunjrab pass and drive back to Gulmit. Overnight hotel.
Day 11 Gulmit – Chilas.
After break fast we drive to Chilas, lunch at Gilgit and continue drive to Chilas, we stop at Rakaposhi view point for most impressive view of Rakaposhi (7788m) and at Thalichi to have the magnificent view of Nanga Parbat (8125 m). Continue drive to Chilas. Overnight hotel.
Day 12 Chilas – Islamabad.
Morning after breakfast drive to Islamabad, we drive along the mighty Indus River and passing through the scenic villages and valleys of Indus Kohistan, Mansehra and Abbot bad. Arrive Islamabad and transfer to hotel for meals and overnight.
1. All Airport pick and drop
2. Transportation briefing, debriefing and sightseeing.
3. Transportation between Islamabad – chilas – fairy meadow - Hunza - Gilgit.
4. Two nights’ Accommodation, twin bed room in Islamabad (bed & breakfast)
5. One nights in Chilas Hotel with full board.
6. Two nights in Fairy meadow with full board.
7. Tow night in Hunza with full board.
8. One night in Gulmit with full board.
9. One night in Bisham with full board.
10. Local staff Wages, insurance, food and equipment.
11. Fort visiting fee.
12. Assistance for Reconfirmation of international flight tickets.
13. All Camping fees, road taxes & bridge crossing fee.
14. Documentation fee
SERVICES NOT INCLUDED
1. Member international flight tickets
4. Member personal insurance
5. Member personal expenses such as telephone calls, fax, email charges, liquor or soft drinks,
6. Room service, gratuities for personal services, items of a purely personal nature
7. Any unforeseen expenses (just like road block extra hotel stay or if members stay more days at Base Camp) then members will be pay according to the numbers of days basses.
09. Trekking members will come together. If any/some member split during the period then there extra expenses will be charged according to normal price
1. 1 Small backpack for day trips
2. 1 Warm jacket or parka
3. 3 Pairs of outdoor pants (jeans are not recommended as they are difficult to dry out when wet)
4. Warm sweaters
5. 2 - 4 Pairs of woolen socks
6. T-shirts, shirts, hats or caps
7. 1 Set of warm underwear such as long underpants and long undershirts
8. 1 Pair of good hiking boots (make sure they are "broken-in")
9. 1 Pair of light shoes (runners or sneakers)
10. 1 Set of light rain gear such as a pant and jacket combination (1 Water bottle with a 1 litre capacity
11. 1 Pair of sun glasses (VERY IMPORTANT!)
12. A supply of sun blocker or sunscreen lotion and Lip suncream (VERY IMPORTANT!)
13. Personal medications
14. Underwear, personal items, and toiletrie
15. 1 pair of fleece pants
16. 1 wool or fleece hat
1. Trekking poles (recommended)
2. Thermarest sleeping pad
3. Camera and film
4. Journal and pens