SPRING IN THE MOUNTAINS
ABOUT THE TOUR
WHAT YOU GET
Arrival and check-ins. After some rest, it’s time to explore some local food and explore a few famous vantage points of the city.
We start our tour by exploring the site of Islamabad, the administrative capital of Pakistan. The city is located in the beautiful Margalla Hills at the foothills of the Himalayas. Here, we may visit the most famous vantage of the city and the Faisal Mosque, the largest in South Asia and the sixth largest in the world. We will also visit the famous shopping and eating precincts to get a feel of modern Pakistan.
To reach Gilgit we take a ride and drive through the scenic wonderland of Kaghan and Naran Valleys and climb upto the famous Babusar Pass (13,691 ft). Gilgit is a famous city along the ancient Silk Road serving as a corridor to spread Buddhism in the Asia. Being one of the busiest cities of this area, it offers some beautiful views with the buzz of modern life in Karakorams
After the Breakfast, we will continue towards our next stop Gilgit / Karimabad, Hunza. Along the way on KKH, we will catch glimpses of Nanga Parbat 8126 m, one of the eight thousanders and Rakaposhi 7,788 m. During this wonderful travel we will be witnessing the real adventure of traveling on KKH and seeing the confluence point of the world’s mightiest mountain ranges; Karakoram, Himalayas and Hindukush whereas the Indus river flows beneath it.
We will spend these days in exploring and photographing HUNZA, HOPER and NAGAR Valleys, learning and enjoying nature in the best possible way. Early morning start, walk along the trees and capturing the romance of glowing pink and white flowering trees against the deep blue sky will be our ultimate source of enjoyment. People of this area are very much welcoming with beautiful smiles. Before the evening you will find yourself sitting in the middle of this cup shaped valley which is surrounded by snow clad mountains.
We will also manage to experience the sunrise during the magical hours and pay a visit to the historical Altit and Baltit forts of the ancient rulers of Hunza Valley.
With a cup of coffee and honey-walnut cake, a local speciality made from pure organic ingredients we will cherish our evenings while witnessing the last light on falling on the mountain tops. This will be our lifestyle throughout these days in these Valleys.
We will move towards Gilgit and pay a day visit to Naltar Valley and Lakes. This valley is famous for its unique Alpine forest and the beautiful turquoise and green colour lakes. This valley offers dramatic landscapes along the beautiful Naltar River.
We will travel along the Ghizer River towards Phundar Valley which is relatively broader valley than Hunza and Naltar. This whole area is famous for its fruits’ orchards. We will be traveling upstream along the Ghizer River to Khalti Lake, Dai-Mal and finally to Phundar Lake which is famous fishing spot for trout lovers.
We will start early to reach Gilgit by the afternoon. Gilgit is the administrative capital of the province Gilgit-Baltistan and has been a famous city along the ancient Silk Road serving as a corridor to spread Budhism in the Asia. Being one of the busiest cities of this area, it offers opportunities of street photography and capture the buzz of modern life in Karakorams.
Next morning, we will fly back to Islamabad where we will have our good bye dinner and debriefing session.
WHAT TO BRING
We do our best to keep you comfortable but let us know if there is something that you can’t eat, please let us know. Weather in these mountains is unpredictable. During the day it ll be pleasant but the nights can be really cold so you need to bring warm clothes and a light jacket. A comfortable pair of shoes, a good hat, warm gloves and sunblock is recommended.
In terms of camera kit you can bring your kit but a light and sturdy tripod with some lenses for landscapes and general photo opportunities such as a 24-70mm for landscapes is the favourite choice. I would suggest a macro lens of some sort and then maybe an intermediate zoom (70-200 or 100-400) so that you don’t miss anything in terms of opportunity. During the evenings we will have a chance to critique and look at participants’ work.
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To all latent Nature Lovers, Enthusiasts and Photographers of all skill levels, this tour offers an opportunity to experience the ultimate beauty of alpine valleys