Silk Road Excursions


Silk Road Excursions

– Kashgar, Samarqand, and Herat, distant oases of the illustrious Silk Road.
– The ancient Silk Road is undoubtedly the most fascinating multi-cultural, socio- economic and geographic link to times past on the Asian subcontinent.

Stretching more than 4000 miles across Asia to the Middle East and what was then the Roman Empire, this famous route was an essential path to economic prosperity for traders and scholars seeking to distribute their goods & wares as well as intellectual and technological transfer from eastern to western worlds. The Silk Road journey is becoming increasingly popular with adventurers and global sightseers alike who are looking for the road less travelled. The World Tourism Organization is actively promoting the development and promotion of Silk Road tourism initiatives amongst the South Asian nations.
Discover the special charms and allure of historic Central Asia on a Mountain Travel’s tour through this magnificent region. A rich mosaic of ethnic, religious and geographic diversity, this vast area was once renowned as an international base for great scholars, culture, and power.

Travelling through some of the highest peaks on the planet to the lowest and most remote desert regions and isolated villages in between, our tour is a fascinating look at the nomadic peoples and political heritage that shaped this vast area.

Our 23-day tour journeys west from Islamabad to the ancient city of Peshawar near Afghanistan and then on to the historically-interesting Swat Valley, where Alexander the Great and his men once visited. Our travels continue north along the Karakoram Highway into western China through to Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and finally to Uzbekistan, where we highlight the trip with a visit to Samarqand, once the hub of Islamic treasures and the true crossroads of Eastern and Western influences along the infamous Silk Road.

Until recently, this area, which is comprised of five former Soviet republics along with remote Netherlands of both western China and northern Pakistan, was largely isolated and inaccessible.

No longer a best-kept secret, Central Asia, nonetheless, remains one of the last undiscovered regions on the planet of such incredible and historic significance. Mountain Travels Pakistan operates this tour series in conjunction with Elder-treks in Toronto, Canada.

Silk Route Excursions

Trip departures and detailed itineraries available upon request; all departures from Islamabad unless otherwise noted. For prices please contact: info@mountaintravels.com.
DAY 01 ISLAMABAD – RAWALPINDI: (full day city tour)
DAY 01 ISLAMABAD – SKARDU: (1 hr flight)
DAY 02 SKARDU: (full day excursion)
DAY 03 SKARDU – KHAPLU: (3 hrs drive)
DAY 04 KHAPLU: (day free to visit Khaplu town/Machulu valley)
DAY 05 KHAPLU – SHIGAR – SKARDU: (5 hrs drive)
DAY 06 SKARDU – GILGIT: (8 hrs drive)
DAY 07 GILGIT – KARIMABAD: (3 hrs drive)
DAY 08 KARIMABAD: (day free to visit Baltit Fort and villages)
DAY 09 KARIMABAD – GULMIT: (2 hrs boat)
DAY 10 GULMIT–KHUNJIRAB PASS–TASHKURGON: (8 hrs drive)
Day 11 Tashkurghan – Kashgar: (8 hrs drive)
Day 12 Kashgar: (day free to explore the area)
Day 13 Kashgar: (day free to visit Sunday Bazaar)
Day 14 Kashgar Transfer to the airport for onward flight to abroad
onward flight to abroad

OUR SERVICES

Services Not Included:

  • 3 to 4 stars Hotels & full board meals,
  • Domestic Air fare Islamabad – Skardu (as per itinerary).
  • Transfers & transports.
  • English speaking guide in each country,
  • Sight seeing, entrée fees

Services Not Included:

  • Kashger – onward flight,
  • Payment for photo & video in museum and monument.
  • medicals, immunization, helicopter rescue, room services, Laundry charges,
  • folk shows in Kashgar & Hunza,
  • Visa fee, personal telephone calls,
  • Khunjirab National Park fee,
  • Tips for the guides & drivers and all other items of personal nature.

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