Baltistan Autumn Tour

  Autumn


Duration
09 days

Tour Type
Tour

Overview

Baltistan Division of Gilgit-Baltistan Pakistan is located at an average height of approximately 3350 m from the sea level. It is home to the mountains of the stunning Karakoram range and is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, including snow-capped mountain peaks, crystal-clear lakes, and lush green valleys. The Baltistan Valley is surrounded by some of the world's highest peaks, such as K2, the second-highest mountain on Earth. As autumn descends upon Baltistan, the landscape undergoes a stunning transformation. The mountainsides blaze with hues of yellow, orange, and red. Apricot, mulberry, and walnut trees shed their leaves, blanketing the ground in a golden carpet. Chilly mornings give signs of the winter coming. These days are perfect for hikes among the breathtaking scenery before winter paints the valleys white. People of Baltistan speak the Balti Language which is a branch of Sino Tibetan Burman. Baltistan has a strong grip over the literature and Linguistics of this Language. Shina and some other languages are also spoken in some places. This Place is rich in cultural heritage, with influences from Tibetan, Balti, and other indigenous cultures. Visitors can explore ancient fortresses, Buddhist stupas, and traditional Balti villages to experience the region's unique cultural identity. Balti food is as delicious as its scenery. Due to its high altitude, meals in Baltistan are built around warming you up. You may taste hearty stews and curries packed with goat, or lamb and flavoured with spices like cumin and turmeric. Mamtu, a kind of dumpling, are a local favourite, often filled with meat and veggies. The Balti Namkeen chai is a thick salt tea with butter and is a favourite of Balti People all around Baltistan. In conclusion, Baltistan offers a stunning blend of adventure, culture, and delicious food. Nestled amidst breathtaking mountains, it transforms into a dazzling tapestry of golden colours during the Autumn.

Services

Include

1. Flight from Islamabad to Skardu and Skardu to Islamabad.
2. Drive by luxury transport from Skardu to all the places included in the trip.
3. Pick and drop from the airport to the Hotel and vice versa.
4. 2 nights stay at 3*/4* Hotel in Islamabad (bed & breakfast).
5. Accommodation in the best hotel at every destination.
6. Welcome Dinner will be served at a restaurant in Islamabad.
7. Payment of all Government taxes in Pakistan.
8. 3 meals a day along with comfortable accommodation in hotels.
9. All Necessary equipment required during the journey.
10. Twin sharing rooms for members.
11. Medical and first aid kit.
12. Taxes and fees required for necessary tools.
13. Farewell dinner.

Exclude

1. Airfare for international flights.
2. Pakistan visa fee.
3. Sleeping bags, Oxygen masks and personal climbing equipment.
4. Minibars will not be provided while staying in hotels or while travelling.
5. Distinct Items for an individual which we provide collectively like rooms are provided for two members. Extra charges may apply.
6. Group climbing gear (rope, ice crew, snow bar, EPI gas, cooking pots and others)
7. Insurance policy for mountain climbing rescue and evacuation which is mandatory.
8. Lodging and meals and after base camp
9. Meals in Islamabad other than breakfast.
10. All costs arising from the necessity of an early conclusion or summit attempt (additional hotel nights, hotel meals, and evacuation expenses).
11. Costs resulting from unforeseeable delays beyond our companys control (Force majeure).
12. Phone, fax, email or any personal communication from Pakistan to the home country.

Full Board Service


Itinerary

After the member arrives in Islamabad from their places, they will be transferred to the hotel and allowed to rest and prepare for further travel on the next day.
In the morning flight from Islamabad to Skardu, we will leave. From the flight, we will reach Skardu by noon. In case of flight cancellation due to weather conditions or any other reason, we have arrangements to drive by road We will reach Skardu in the next two days in case of travel by road. Our itinerary will be one day ahead in this case.
We will be visiting many places in Skardu like the Sarfaranga Cold Desert and Katpana Cold Desert. Both deserts are picturesque, surrounded by high peaks, a Perfect place for photographers. Sarfaranga provides Paragliding, Jeep Safari, bike and ATV riding and horse riding. We may also visit Manthal Buddha Rocks. This place offers hiking which is going to be a great adventure for us. Then we will explore the aesthetic Shangri-La and Kachura Valley. Kachura Valley is famous for Lower Kachura Lake (Shangri-la Lake) which is heart-shaped and the Upper Kachura Lake. Both the lakes offer boating. These places offer beautiful scenes for nature photography.
On this day, we make our visit towards the beautiful Shigar Valley. From Skardu, we will drive for about 1 hour to reach Shigar Valley. Just like other valleys in Gilgit Baltistan, the autumn in Shigar is also pulchritudinous. One of the highlights of Shigar Valley is the historic Shigar Fort, a magnificent structure dating back to the 17th century. We can taste the local cuisine in the Serena Hotel Shigar which is made inside Shigar Fort.
Khaplu is a beautiful village in District Ganche. It is located at a distance of 3 to 4 hours from Shigar. We will travel to Khaplu this day. But Before reaching Khaplu, another enchanting valley Ghowari comes in the way. We will take a short break at Ghowari for autumn photography and then continue our journey to Khaplu.
On this day, our drive starts from Khaplu. We will first drive to Haldi, then continue our journey to Kanday and finally, Reaching Hushe, we will accommodate there for a night. Both Kanday and Hushe are home to Majestic Mountain peaks. These places are considered the best places for hiking, rock climbing and other adventure sports. These places are also famous for the ground to train the local porters who climb higher peaks.
We will travel to Kharmang this day to experience the autumn in the beautiful valley of Kharmang. From Hushe, we will drive back to Khaplu and then, drive to Kharmang. After enjoying a few hours in Kharmang, we will drive back to Skardu in the evening and make our stay in the hotel for the night. Where you can pack your bags for the flight the very next morning.
The flight typically occurs in the morning. So, we will reach Islamabad by noon on this day. In case of any flight cancellation due to weather issues or any other issue, we have arrangements to drive by road via Karakoram Highway. After reaching Islamabad, you will be dropped at the Hotel.
All members are free to go to their places. Our staff will transfer you all to the airport.

Terms & Conditions

1. Early Bird Discount:

The given prices are the discount offers for holidays and are limited. These prices may be changed accordingly. The local services providers and airlines as well as hotels increase prices in the season. So early reservation cost us less price.


2. Limited Space in Peak Months:

The peak months of the year attract a great amount of national and international tourists and hence sold out earlier. We will have a maximum of 15 travellers in one group. Our registration is on a first come first serve basis.


3. Limited Flight Seats:

We use the deposit to book your domestic flight in advance because domestic flight seats for the Himalayas and the Karakoram sell out very quickly in the peak season. Another reason is that there are only two flights in a day.


4. Pay Balance after arrival in Pakistan:

You may have concerns regarding paying your final balance. According to our policy, we receive your final balance only once you arrive in Pakistan. Deposit is the only Payment before arriving in Pakistan.


5. Pay Minimum Deposit:

The advance payment for the holidays also incorporates early bird discounts and may change automatically based on the late deposit schedule. The same dates in the schedule will be applicable for the next season's deposit as well.


Advance Deposit for Pakistani Nationals:

The advance deposit for Pakistani Nationals is PKR 100,000 or 30 % of the total price whichever is greater. The deposit amount is nonrefundable.


Extra Stays at Base Camp:

•For Extra Stays at base camp, extra charges will be charged.
01-04 pax US $ 130/. Per person per day
04-06 pax US $ 100/. Per person per day
06-08 pax US $ 90/. Per person per day
• If Government of Pakistan demands for any fee or new condition ensuing extra, the same will be charged in addition to normal Package offer.


• Reservations and Advance Payments:
For the confirmation of your reservation, you have to pay your advance into our account 50 days before the arrival of the group/ client in Pakistan. The rest of amount will be received once you arrived in Pakistan.

• Mountain Tigers Treks and tours
reserves the right to deduct, in respect of hotel reservation, confirmation of airline ticket, documentation and other necessary works which are being done before the arrival of client.

• 25% of the total amount will be deducted in case of cancellation in less than 15 days before the arrival date. If cancellation is made in less than 30 days, 10% of the amount will be deducted as in shape of paper works. Mountain Tigers trek and tours reserves this right.

• Anyone deciding to abandon after arrival, or may want to leave the trip during the expedition or tour, due to health issue or any other issue, will not be eligible for any refund. The same policy is applicable in case of entire group. If the group abandons or completes the trip early than the itinerary. No money will be refunded.


Refund Policy for All Deposit:

The deposited amount is non-refundable once it is paid. Because this amount will be spent in making all the arrangements. This deposited amount is also nonrefundable in case of Pakistani clients.


• Balance: Only pay the balance on the first day after arrival in Pakistan according to the Payment guidelines which will be shared later.


• Currency: International clients have the option to pay in US Dollar (USD). Or they may also pay in Euros (EUR) or Pound Sterling (GBP). Pakistani clients have the option to pay the equivalent amount in Pakistani Rupees (PKR).


• Single Supplement: Separate rooms will cost extra charge of 290 USD. This includes all hotel nights.


For separate tents, it will cost the extra charge of 180 USD including additional porterage cost. Both the payments must be made with the balance upon arrival


LIABILITIES:

Mountain tiger treks and tour endeavors to ensure comfort and safety during tours. However, the company is not liable for injury, damage, death, loss, accidents, delays, public disturbances, or any other unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control.

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Tour Information

Max Guests
7
Min Age
18+
Tour Location
Autumn
Languages Support
All

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