The most remarkable bike trip in the world, Bike Hunza, takes one through an area said to be the inspiration behind James Hilton's "Shangri-La," Hunza. This bike trip traverses the complete length of the incredible valley of Hunza by way of the Karakoram Highway. The Karakoram Highway connects Pakistan with China and is considered an engineering feat as it winds through the narrow gorges of this remote mountain kingdom. Completed in the late 1970s, this famous highway follows the old silk route, entering China at the Khunjerab Pass (4833 m.) where our ride begins. To arrive at our starting point (Khunjerab Pass) we fly (weather permitting) from Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, to Gilgit at 1454 m. Jeeps to the top of Khunjerab Pass then transport us in two days with an overnight hotel stay at Gulmit or Sost. From the crest of the pass, our downhill bicycle journey takes us to Gulmit in three easy five-hour days. At Gulmit a rest day is scheduled. This provides time for a day hike into the depths of this stunning valley. Karimabad, the capital of Hunza, is our next destination. Here one can do some rugged mountain biking in the nearby glacial valley called Hopar. The last leg of our tour consists of a two day ride to Gilgit with an excursion to Nalter. The stupendous wall of Rakaposhi rises from the bed of the Hunza River, past the Karakoram Highway with a 6000 m. gain; honoring it as the steepest place on our planet. With the sight of Rakaposhi rich on our minds, we roll into Gilgit and either fly or drive back to Islamabad.
Bicycling on the winding roads of the Himalaya, Karakoram and Hindukush valleys would heighten your experience as you will have an occasion of a tidies uphill paddling and then abruptly ride downhill, passing through alpine forests, open valleys, along the rivers and lakes and lush meadows. Meet friendly people on the way as you may be offered with a local taste of tea and perhaps food. We can arrange your bicycle tour with a van to follow you so that you may at any time climb aboard the vehicle in case you are tired or the weather disallow you to continue bicycling. This trek is for real mountain bike freaks, physically well prepared people! Experience in mountain biking is a must.