Includes: food, regional transportation, accommodation, guides, permits, visa invitation, and entrance tickets.
Does not include: international airfare, visa fees, insurance, and personal spending.
DAY 1 :: THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2018 :: ARRIVE IN KASHGAR (KASHI), CHINA
Arrivals in Kashgar throughout the day. Kashgar (spelled Kashi in Chinese) is connected to the rest of China through Urumqi (spelled Wulumuqi in Chinese) by plane, train and bus. Urumqi has a large international airport with connections throughout China, Russia, Korea, Central Asia and Southwest Asia. As the rest of our team will be in Tajikistan, our local partners will meet you upon arrival and take you out together for a welcome dinner.
DAY 2 :: FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2018 :: KASHGAR / TASHKURGAN
We will set out from Kashgar in the morning for the town of Tashkurgan. The mountain views along the way are epic. Once we arrive we will meet up with the rest of the team who have just completed the core week of the trip. We will spend the evening in the ethnic Tajik and Wakhi town of Tashkurgan, the last major settlement before the Pakistani border.
DAY 3 :: SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2018 :: TASHKURGAN / KHUNJERAB / GILGIT
In the early morning we will board our bus for Pakistan, crossing over the Khunjerab Pass. The mountain views are stunning as our bus travels down the highway past the Pamir and Karakoram mountain ranges. Our bus will stop at the actual border between China and Pakistan for a security check, offering us the opportunity to take some photos with both the Chinese and Pakistani border guards. We will then continue to the Pakistani outpost of Sost to clear Pakistan entry formalities (visas are available on the border for many nationalities). We will then continue past more stunning views and poplar trees to Gilgit, the capital of Pakistan's Gilgit-Baltistan Region. We will spend our first night in Pakistan in town.
DAYS 4-6 :: SUNDAY-TUESDAY, JULY 1-3, 2018 :: ISHKOMAN AND YASIN VALLEYS HOMESTAYS
We will depart Gilgit for the Ishkoman and Yasin Valleys, nestled deep in the Karakoram mountains. We will spend the next three days in homestays with Khowari and Shina people in these small towns soaking up the local culture, going on hikes in the mountains, fishing, and more.
DAY 7 :: WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 2018 :: GILGIT / ALIABAD / KARIMABAD
We will depart from Gilgit in the morning back up the KKH (Karakoram Highway) to the Hunza Valley. Hunza was its own independent princedom until 1974 when it was merged with Pakistan. Culturally, Hunza remains unique within Pakistan, the local Burusho people borrow aspects from Kashmiri, Tibetan, Uyghur, Khowar and Shina traditions. We will visit the commercial centre of the region, Aliabad, and continue on to Karimabad, where we will tour the Baltit Fort. Stunning views of Mount Rakaposhi abound in this stunning Ismaili region.
DAY 8 :: THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2018 :: HUNZA VALLEY
We will spend today hiking and exploring Pakistan's fabled Hunza Valley. Gigantic snow-covered mountain peaks soar above peaceful villages that speckle the valley. We'll visit local families and participate in activities as we meander our way through this stunning slice of earth.
DAY 9 :: FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2018 :: PASU / SOST / TASHKURGAN
We will depart Pasu in the morning by van for the Pakistani border post at Sost. There we will go through formal exit procedures while we wait for the bus from Gilgit to arrive at the post. Once the bus arrives we will board it and continue up the steep Khunjerab Pass to the Chinese border and security station. There, we will re-enter China and continue past glacial lakes and towering peaks to the town of Tashkurgan. We will spend the night in Tashkurgan.
DAY 10 :: SATURDAY, JULY 7, 2018 :: TASHKURGAN / KASHGAR
Our bus will continue on to Kashgar (about 6 hours away) in the early morning. We have no activities planned in Kashgar today and individuals may fly out. We recommend spending the night in Kashgar and flying out the next day in case there are unforeseen traffic issues, which are not uncommon on the KKH, this night's hotel room in Kashgar is included with the trip fee. If need be, individuals may hire a private car to drive to Kashgar the night before from Tashkurgan. We will assess the situation from the ground.
DAY 11 :: SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2018 :: DEPARTURES FROM KASHGAR (KASHI), CHINA
We will check out from the hotel in the morning and arrange for transportation to Khartoum airport for departures throughout the day. No scheduled activities. Departures from Kashgar throughout the day. No planned activities.