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12-14 Days
Availability : March - December
Islamabad
Islamabad
Min Age : 10+
Tour Details

The yak is regarded as one of the world’s most remarkable domestic animals. It lives in conditions of extreme harshness and deprivation while providing a livelihood for people.

Chinese historians have argued that without the yak’s capacity to live in such a hostile environment, human civilization might not have established and flourished in remote areas.

Yak (Bos grunniens) is native to high mountains of Asia mostly in Tibet, Xingjiang autonomous region of China, Shimshal valley in the Karakoram ranges of Pakistan, Tajikistan, and India and in Wakhan Corridor, Afghanistan. Yaks were first domesticated in Tibet in 1000 BC and have always been the most useful domestic animal at high elevations, above 3,200 meters to 5,500m.

Yak can climb as high as 6,500 meters and can also be successfully raised at very low elevations. Yak is a very efficient food-converting animal and does well on a variety of pastures with no supplemental feed required. The yak grazes on grasses, herbs, and lichens. In winter it eats poor coarse grass, withered leaves, and twigs, and quenches the thirst with snow and ice. Yak is a sure-footed climber.

It has a great lung capacity. Even its blood cells are designed for high elevations — half the size of those of cattle, and three times more in number — increasing the blood capacity to carry oxygen. The dense coat enables yak to successfully survive temperatures as low as -40 degree Celsius. Yak’s respiratory rate increases with heat and low altitudes and decreases at high cooler climates.

No doubt, yaks are very useful animals in term of using for transport, meat, milk productions.

Yaks in Pakistan
In Pakistan, yaks are found in Shimshal, Passu, Wakhan, Nagar, and Baltistan in the Karakoram and Himalayan regions of Pakistan. But its major concentration is in Shimshal valley in the Khunjerab National Park in the northeast of Gilgit bordering China. Shimshal is located in the Karakoram Range. The elevations range from Shimshal village (3,108 meters) to the highest summit Destughil Sar (7,885 meters). Approximately 80 percent of the Shimshal region falls into this high mountain zone.

The local people engaged with the tourism industry have introduced the “Yak Safari” in the valley and now every year hundreds of tourists rash up to there to experience the unique traveling adventure.

Departure & Return Location

Islamabad International Airport 

Departure Time

Subject to your flight schedule 

Price Includes

  • Hotel accommodation double/twin room sharing basis
  • English speaking guide with extensive knowledge of local culture and history.
  • All Site Entrance Fees
  • All ground transportation from arrival till departure.
  • 4x4 jeep on transits for day excursion
  • Meals (Breakfasts & Dinners) as per given program.
  • Mineral water during meals and 1.5 litter bottle each person each day.
  • Visa assistance by providing all company's supporting documents.
  • All road toll taxes, all parking fees & all transfers

Price Excludes

  • International flight ticket
  • Lunch, snacks, domestic flight ticket, personal clothing and insurance, immunizations, laundry, beverages, tips, personal telephone/fax service, all other items of personal nature uses are not included in our package prices.

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Wheel chair if someone need it.
  • 1.5 litter Mineral water bottle each day per person.
  • Private pick & drop if someone need subject to their flight information.
Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Islamabad, Pakistan

Arrival at Islamabad international airport, transfer to centrally located hotel/guest house. In the afternoon site seeing of twin cities (Islamabad & Rawalpindi), visit modern mosque Shah Faisal, Doman-e-koh, Shakarparian hills, Lok Versa, Modern markets (Jinnah supper & super markets), Raja Bazaar, Cant area etc. O/N stay in hotel.

Day 2slamabad - Taxila - Abottabad - Shogran

This morning, we will start our journey (5-6 hrs drive) toward the mountain kingdom of North Pakistan on the famous Karakorum Highway/ancient silk route. En route visit Taxila Museum (1-hour drive). The modern town of Taxila is 35 km from Islamabad. Most of the Archeological Sites at Taxila (600 B.C-500 A.D) are located around Taxila Museum. For over 1000years, Taxila remained famous of as a center of learning in respect of Gandhara Art of Sculpture, education, and Buddhism in the days of Buddhist glory. There are over 50 archeological sites scattered in a radius of 30 km around Taxila. Some of the most important sites include Dharmarajika, Stupa, and Monastery (300 B.C – 200 A.D), Bhir Mound (600-200 B.C) Sirkap (200 B.C – 600 A.D, Jundial Temple (250 B.C), and Julian Monastery (200-600 A.D). After our visit, we continue our drive, en route we will stop for a cup of Pakistani tea and toilet break. O/N stay at the hotel.

Day 3Shogran - Seri Paye - Naran:

Following breakfast, 4×4 ride (50 minutes each from Shogran) to beautiful Seri Paye for panoramic views. You will come back to shogran and continue another 2 hours car drive to Naran. Night stay will be at hotel Northern Retreat which is quite newly build hotel.

Day 4Naran - Saiful Maluk Lake - Lalazaar plateau - Naran

Following breakfast, you will drive for an hour each way to beautiful saiful Maluk Lake (walking, horse riding & boating on self-payment). After spending few hours at lake, you will drive down to Naran and continue our drive to Lalazaar plateau. In the evening we will back to Naran walking along the river or bazaar will be optional. Dinner & overnight stay will be at hotel.

Day 5Naran - Babusar Pass - Chilas - Gilgit

A spectacular ascend on jeeps to Babusar Pass (4173m) provides views of whole Kaghan Panorama. Drive steep down hill for 50kms to Chilas and join Karakorum Highway and continue further drive to Gilgit. En route we will stop at Nanga parbat viewpoint, junction point of three highest mountains ranges. Dinner & night stay will be in Gilgit.

Day 6Gilgit town tour - Naltar Valley visit - Karimabad, Hunza Valley

Morning for few hours we will visit of Gilgit town include rock carved Buddha at Karga, suspension bridge and walk in Gilgti city bazaar. Later, we will drive to Naltar through beautiful small villages of Danyore, Sultanabad, Jutal, Rahiamabad & Nomal. We will reach Naltar around late noon and spend couple of hours in lush green area. In the evening, drive down to KKH and countinue our drive to Karimabad, Hunza Valley. Dinner and overnight stay will be hotel.

Day 7Karimabad, Hunza Valley & Nagir Valley Tour

This morning we will drive by 4×4 jeeps to Hopar village (Nagar Valley) on opposite site of River Hunza for a walk on the Hopar Glacier. After lunch at at Hopar, we will drive back to Duikar (The top village of Central Hunza) for sun set and sunrise photography.

Day 8Karimabad, Hunza - Sost - Khunjerab Pass - Passu

Excursion to historical Khunjerab Pass at 4733m, border between Pakistan & China with en route stop at Gulkin Glacier, Passu Glacier and Khunjerab National Park.

Day 9Passu - Shimshal Valley

It is n interesting drive of 4 hours to Shimshal Valley, basically is high land with full of pasture. We will camp in the center of the valley in a village, so it will give us an ample time to meet with local people, as they are well known being living on high altitude as well home of first Pakistani women climber “Samina Baig” of world’s highest peak Everest. In the evening dinner will be served and night stay will be in camps.

Day 10Yaks safari

Full day is for us to have safari on yaks. And we will go through villages and pasture to have good panoramas. In the evening, traditional dinner will be served and night stay in tents.

Day 11Shimshall valley - Psssu - Rakaposhi - Gilgit

We will drive back to Passu and reminder, we left some activities while going upwards towards karimabad and today we will have an ample time to have photo stops at view point of Rakaposhi, Silk route and collision point. We will reach gilgit by evening, dinner & night stay will be at hotel.

Day 12Gilgit - Chilas - Besham

following the breakfast, we will drive back to Besham (midway). Along the road we will make stops for tea, toilet and photography. we will reach Besham around evening, check-in at hotel and dinner will be served.

Day 13Besham – Islamabad:

Drive back to Islamabad. En route we will visit truck painting and remaining time city tour of Islamabad include, shah fiasal mosque, margala hills and local bazaar. Dinner will be served at traditional restaurant.

Day 14Islamabad - Fly back

You will be transferred along with your luggage to Islamabad International Airport. From peace and serenity of Hunza to the hustle and bustles of “modern” trends, you say Khuda Hafiz, the typical farewell, as you depart after a tour into Shangri-La. End of the tour.

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