The Mointains Call 9D/8N

The Mointains Call 9D/8N

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The Mointains Call 9D/8N

9 Days Starting and ending in Islamabad

Visiting: Islamabad, Khaplu, Shigar

Tour operator:

Bamba Travel

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Tour Overview

Embark on a thrilling 9-day journey through Pakistan's northern regions. From Islamabad's modern charm to Skardu's aerial spectacle, each day promises adventure. Trek to Kharfaq Lake, explore ancient forts, and savor local cuisine at Sailing fish farm. Delight in boating on Kachura Lake, hike to Nansoq village, and discover the floral extravaganza of Deo Sai plains.


  • Aerial Spectacle: Scenic flight from Islamabad to Skardu

  • Cultural Immersion: Village trek and local interactions

  • Majestic Peaks: Views of Masherbrum Peak & Kachura Lake

  • Natural Wonders: Exploration of Deo Sai plains


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Day 1: Islamabad, Pakistan

Location: Islamabad

Touch down at Islamabad International Airport, where your adventure begins. After a warm welcome, you'll be whisked away to your hotel, where comfort awaits. Take this opportunity to unwind and recharge, soaking in the excitement of the journey ahead. Whether it's indulging in a sumptuous meal or simply lounging in the cozy confines of your accommodation, this day is yours to embrace relaxation and anticipation for the thrilling experiences that lie ahead.

Day 2: Islamabad - Skardu - Khaplu, Pakistan

Location: Khaplu

Embark on a thrilling journey from Islamabad to Skardu via a scenic one-hour flight, immersing yourself in breathtaking aerial views. From Skardu, traverse through the picturesque Ghanche district of Baltistan, passing quaint villages en route to Yugo village. Pause at Thorgo Pari and the meeting points of the Shayok and Indus Rivers for stunning photo opportunities.

Indulge in a traditional lunch at Yugo village before choosing between two optional activities: a challenging trek to Kharfaq Lake or a leisurely cultural walk through Yugo's village streets, offering glimpses into local life and traditions.

As the day progresses, journey to Khaplu, where you'll check into your hotel. Enjoy leisure time to explore the Khaplu fort museum and organic garden, soaking in the rich history and natural beauty of the region. In case of flight cancellation, a scenic drive via the Karakoram Highway awaits, punctuated by short stops at captivating landmarks along the way.

Day 3: Khaplu - Sailing - Macholo - Khaplu, Pakistan

Location: Khaplu

Begin your day with an invigorating early morning hike to Toqsikhar, an ancient fort offering panoramic views of the majestic confluence of the Shyok, Hushe, and Saltoro rivers. Delve into the architectural marvels of the renowned Chaqchan mosque before embarking on a scenic drive to Macholo valley, where the iconic Masherbrum Peak, also known as K-1, awaits.

Take time to immerse yourself in the pristine natural beauty of Macholo valley, capturing breathtaking photographs and engaging with local communities. Return to Sailing for a delightful cultural walk through the village streets, interacting with locals and gaining insights into their way of life.

Savor a delectable lunch at the Sailing fish farm before heading back to Khaplu. In the afternoon, explore the historic Khanqah-e-Maula, soaking in the spiritual ambiance of this revered site. Conclude your day with a visit to Hanjor Broq to witness the mesmerizing sunset, painting the sky with vibrant hues against the backdrop of the stunning landscape.

Day 4: Khaplu - Shigar, Pakistan

Location: Shigar

Embark on a scenic drive from Khaplu to the enchanting Shigar Valley, punctuated by brief stops at captivating points of interest for memorable photography opportunities. Explore the renowned Sarfaranga cold desert, a surreal landscape that beckons adventurers and photographers alike.

Indulge in a delightful lunch at the historic Shigar Fort, an architectural gem dating back to the 17th century, built by the Raja of the Amacha Dynasty. Immerse yourself in the rich history and cultural heritage as you visit the fort museum and garden, unraveling the stories of bygone eras.

Conclude your day with a short hike up to the old fort, where you'll be treated to a breathtaking sunset over the Shigar River, casting a golden glow upon the picturesque valley below.

Day 5: Shigar

Location: Shigar

Immerse yourself in the splendor of Skardu as we embark on a full-day exploration of its wonders. Begin with a visit to the idyllic Shangri-La resort, where optional boating awaits on the tranquil waters. Journey to upper Kachura, strolling through local houses, fields, and orchards to reach the serene upper Kachura Lake. Enjoy leisure time to explore the area and partake in boating amidst breathtaking natural scenery.

Next, venture to the picturesque Soq Valley, where you'll indulge in fishing and a delightful lunch amidst the pristine surroundings. Drive back to Skardu and embark on a scenic hike to Nansoq village, the first organic village of Baltistan. This historic settlement, graced by the footsteps of King Charles and Prince Aga Khan IV, offers a glimpse into centuries-old traditions and peaceful village life. Spend leisure time with a hospitable host family, immersing yourself in the authentic local culture.

Conclude your day with a scenic hike back to Skardu and a visit to Skardu Bazaar, where you can shop for local handicrafts, jewelry, carpets, and more. Retreat to Shigar for a restful overnight stay, cherishing the memories of a day filled with exploration and cultural immersion.

Day 6: Shigar

Location: Shigar

Embark on an unforgettable day excursion to the renowned Deosai Plains, nestled amidst the majestic mountains as the second-highest plateaus globally. Traverse through awe-inspiring landscapes, stopping at iconic landmarks such as Manthal Rock Buddha, Sadpara Lake, Ali Malik Top, Bara Pani, and the breathtaking Sheosar Lake, which sits at an elevation of 4,114 meters.

Savor leisurely moments to immerse yourself in the pristine beauty of the plains, renowned for their vibrant floral display during the summer months, boasting an impressive array of 406 species (Nawaz et al., 2006). Capture mesmerizing photographs, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and relish the tranquility of this untouched wilderness.

As the day draws to a close, return to our hotel in Shigar, where you'll unwind and reflect on the day's adventures, surrounded by the echoes of nature's grandeur.

Day 7: Skardu - Islamabad, Pakistan

Location: Islamabad

Embark on a scenic one-hour flight from Skardu to Islamabad, offering breathtaking aerial views of the rugged landscapes below. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and savor a delicious lunch before embarking on an afternoon of sightseeing.

Alternatively, if weather conditions intervene with the flight, enjoy a picturesque drive via the legendary Karakoram Highway, punctuated by brief stops at captivating landmarks along the route. Regardless of the mode of transportation, your journey promises awe-inspiring vistas and unforgettable experiences as you make your way from the mountains of Skardu to the vibrant capital city of Islamabad.

Day 8: Islamabad, Pakistan

Location: Islamabad

Today serves as a flexible contingency day to accommodate any unforeseen delays due to weather conditions. If flying isn't feasible, we'll embark on a scenic road journey from Skardu to Islamabad, ensuring a safe and comfortable transition.

Should weather conditions permit our flight, we'll seize the opportunity to explore the cultural and historical treasures of Islamabad. Delve into the capital's rich heritage with a visit to the Taxila museum and archaeological sites, immersing ourselves in the fascinating narratives of ancient civilizations.

Your tour leader will provide guidance on available options, ensuring that regardless of the circumstances, today promises enriching experiences and memorable discoveries.

Day 9: Islamabad, Pakistan

Location: Islamabad

After breakfast, transfer from the hotel to the airport for international flights.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    8N on twin sharing basis in hotel accommodations

  • Transport

    Airport transfers (on the 1st and last day in Islamabad)

  • Meals


  • Activities

    Activities as per itinerary

  • Guides

    Licensed professional local guide

  • Extras

    Implementation of all sustainable tourism protocols

  • Experiences

What's Not Included

  • Travel Insurance

  • Pakistan Visa (supporting documents will be offered)

  • International airfare

  • Personal equipment (clothes, boots etc.)

  • Tips for guiding and supporting staff

  • Personal Expenses

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The company is exceptional. When...

Dec 10 2019

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For true explorers....

Aug 12 2019

For true explorers.

Marian Reder(Germany)  

To this day, this is...

Oct 2 2019

To this day, this is the best tour we've ever done together as a couple! The fun activities, great hotels and nice guides worth the money! We were always taken care of and they made sure that we had a good time. This tour is definitely worth taking.

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Jan 9 2020

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Feb 12 2020

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    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of bamba travel charges.

    Up to 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 15 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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