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  • Group Size : 2-12 pepole
  • Max Elevation 2400 meters (more)
  • Trip Type: Cultural / Soft
  • Difficulty Level 1 - Beyond The Valley Adventures
    Difficulty Level1/10
  • Join in Islamabad
  • Hotel (Nights)08
  • Hiking Mileage
    Camps (Night) No
  • MealsFull Board
  • Trip Length: 9 days

Highlights - Hunza Tour (Women Only)

  • The spectacular mountain scenery includes Rakaposhi, Diran, Golden peak, Passu Peaks, Ultar Sar, and Ladyfinger.
  • Beautiful lakes, including Attabad and Borith
  • Glaciers viewpoints, including Hoper, Passu and Batura
  • Karakoram Highway and ancient silk route
  • Multiple short/day hikes
  • Famous forts like Altit fort and Baltit fort
  • The traditional food of Hunza valley and Yak dishes
  • Experiencing village life in pristine areas.

Description - Hunza Tour (Women Only)

Hunza is a beautiful valley in the Karakoram range and one of the top tourist attractions in Pakistan. This beautiful valley is around 100 km from Gilgit city and takes 2 hours to reach, and the famous Karakoram Highway is open throughout the year.

 

Each season is full of distinct features displaying a unique scenic atmosphere & cultural events. Blossom signals an exceptional display of a change of nature, welcoming new life. Summer is the most popular season, offering sunny days and pleasant temperatures. Green fields, beautiful trees with flowers, snow-capped high mountains, rivers and blue skies attract nature lovers to this beautiful valley. Autumn in Hunza valley brings a vibrant color palate as the whole valley remains colorful with splendid panoramic views of high mountain peaks.

 

Photos - Hunza Tour (Women Only)

Itinerary of Hunza Tour (Women Only)

Day 1Islamabad Arrival

Arrive at Islamabad International airport and transfer to the hotel. Participants will enjoy leisure time to relax and recover from the journey on this day. In the afternoon you can enjoy a city tour (visit Faisal Mosque, Pakistan Monument, Lok Virsa museum etc.)

Margalla Islamabad -Hunza cultural Tour
Islamabad Airport -Hunza cultural tour

Islamabad City -Hunza cultural tour

 

Accommodation:
Hotel

Altitude:
540m

Driving Duration
40 Minutes

Meals Included
Lunch & Dinner

Day 2Islamabad – Gilgit – Hunza

Fly from Islamabad airport to Gilgit (a 1-hour scenic flight); you can enjoy the scenic beauty of valleys and High Mountain peaks. On our way to Hunza, we will have a short stop to visit the Berano suspension bridge (one of the oldest suspension bridges in the region) and the Danyor tunnel. We will also have quick stops for photography at the collision point of two tectonic plates, the ancient silk route viewpoint and the Rakaposhi viewpoint. While passing through the small villages in Nagar and Hunza valleys, we will witness village life. Check into the hotel in Karimabad and have some free time. We will do an evening walk (40 minutes) at Samarqand kohl (water channel) through the apricot orchids in the village and explore the local culture. We will drive to Dongo Das (a 20-minute drive) for stargazing at night. Enjoy your precious time under the dark sky. Drive back to our hotel for the night stay.
OR
In case of flight cancellation due to weather, drive from Islamabad via Karakoram Highway with short stops at various touristic spots.

Karakoram Highway -Hunza cultural tour
Hunza Local people -Hunza cultural tour

Hunza Spring -Hunza cultural tour

 

Accommodation:
Hotel 

Altitude:
2400m

Driving Duration
02 Hours

Meals Included
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3Karimabad – Altit – Duikar

Enjoying a full day in Hunza, we will visit 800 years old Baltit Fort (30 minutes walk), Karimabad Bazar (for shopping for Handicrafts, gemstones, dry fruits etc.), Altit Fort (900 years old), and enjoy traditional Lunch at Kha Basi Café (a café owned by Serena hotels and run by local women). After lunch, we will visit the music school in Altit, where local children learn and play traditional music (guests can also practice playing regional musical instruments). Later in the afternoon, we will visit Ganish village (the oldest settlement in Hunza) and visit a local family home. We will drive to Duikar (2800 m) to enjoy the best view of the sunset. After a 15-minute beautiful hike, we will arguably reach one of the best sunset viewpoints in the world with a birds-eye view of the whole of Hunza and Nagar valleys and the splendid views of seven mountain peaks above 7000m. Drive back to our hotel in Karimabad for the night’s stay.

Food at Baltit Fort -Hunza cultural tour

Hunza -Hunza cultural tour

 

Accommodation:
Hotel 

Altitude:
2400m

Driving Duration
02 Hours

Meals Included
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4Karimabad – Pasu - Karimabad

Today we will drive to Passu through numerous small villages in upper Hunza. After stopping at the Atabad Lake and enjoying boating, we will reach Gulmit village, where we will walk through the orchids and then visit the old house & music school. Enjoy a short hike, Pakistan’s highest & longest stairs, to Ondra fort (01-hour), a community-based tourism initiative in Gulmit village of Gojal Valley. Free time to enjoy the beautiful view of Passu cones and upper Hunza. Later in the afternoon, drive to Borith Lake (a beautiful lake in upper Hunza famous for migrating birds). After witnessing the magnificent migrating birds, we will proceed to Passu to enjoy leisure time in the afternoon; we can do an evening trek to Passu glacier beside the stream (2 hours trek both ways) – optional. Enjoy the sunset from glacier breeze restaurant with a cup of tea/coffee and the famous apricot cake. We may participate in a cultural event in upper Hunza (if the time matches). Drive back to our hotel in Karimabad for the night’s stay.

Passu Karakoram Highway -Hunza cultural tour
Atabad Lake -Hunza cultural tour

Gojal -Hunza cultural tour

 

Accommodation:
Hotel 

Altitude:
2400m

Driving Duration
05 Hours

Meals Included
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5Karimabad – Hoper – Minapin - Karimabad

After breakfast, we will drive to Hoper valley – for 1 hour (2800 m). En route, we will visit Nagar Khas (a village in Nagar valley) and meet locals to witness a different culture and Nagar fort. Then continue to travel to Hoper village where we can do a beautiful short hike to Hoper glacier (2 hours) and experience walking on the glacier. Then drive to Minapin village to enjoy leisure time and a famous traditional lunch (Gurkun karahi) while a local historian briefly explains the region’s history. After lunch, drive to KHO (a beautiful viewpoint) in local jeeps. Drive back to Karimabad in the evening.

Chapshoro Gurkun -Hunza cultural tour
Hunza -Hunza cultural tour

Passu Glacier -Hunza cultural tour

 

Accommodation:
Hotel 

Altitude:
2400m

Driving Duration
06-07 Hours

Meals Included
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6Karimabad – Khanabad – Gilgit

Drive to Khanabad village in lower Hunza and spend most of the day here. We will witness village life with a host family and experience practical participation in village people’s routine activities. We will visit fruit orchids, walk through the streets, meet locals, including artisans/historians and enjoy traditional lunch with a host family. We can also enjoy meditation/yoga in the village. Drive back to Gilgit in the afternoon and visit Kargah Budha (7th century Budha).

Khanabad -Hunza cultural tour
Khanabad Cricket Ground -Hunza cultural tour

Khanabad Hike -Hunza cultural tour

 

Accommodation:
Hotel 

Altitude:
1500m

Driving Duration
02-03 Hours

Meals Included
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7Gilgit – Islamabad

Fly from Gilgit to Islamabad (1-hour scenic flight). Transfer to hotel and after lunch sightseeing. OR
Drive from Gilgit via Karakoram Highway with short stops (in case of flight cancellation)

Nanga Parbat -Hunza cultural tour
Departure -Hunza cultural tour

Gilgit Airport -Hunza cultural tour

 

Accommodation:
Hotel 

Altitude:
540m

Driving Duration
01 Hours

Meals Included
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8Contingency day in case of delays

If we cannot fly due to the weather, we will travel down to Islamabad by road. If we fly from Gilgit to Islamabad, we will enjoy sightseeing in the capital, or your leader will advise you on the options available for today. (Day excursion to the Taxila museum and archaeological sites will be one of the options)

Faisal mosque -Hunza cultural tour
Islamabad Bazar -Hunza cultural tour

Pakistan monument -Hunza cultural tour

 

Accommodation:
Hotel 

Altitude:
540m

Meals Included
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9Departure Day

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

Islamabad Road -Hunza cultural tour
Airport Departure -Hunza cultural tour

Airport Longue -Hunza cultural tour -Hunza cultural tour

 

Altitude:
540m

Meals Included
Breakfast

Driving Duration
40 Minutes

Map - Hunza Tour (Women Only)

Holiday Information - Hunza Tour (Women Only)

What is included in the package of Hunza Cultural Tour?

The tour package for the holiday Hunza valley tour includes:

 

  • Airport transfers (on the first day and last day in Islamabad)
  • The itinerary includes all overland transportation
  • Internal flights and associated airport transfers
  • All hotel accommodations (twin sharing)
  • All meals throughout the holiday
  • Licensed professional local guide
  • Sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary
  • Implementation of all sustainable tourism protocols
  • All entry tickets (forts, parks)
  • Host family’s participation to involve group members in their daily routine activities
  • Cultural lunches
  • Cultural evening with traditional music and dance

What is not included in the tour package?

The package for the holiday Hunza cultural tour does not include the following:

 

  • Travel Insurance
  • Pakistan Visa (supporting documents will be offered)
  • International airfare
  • Personal equipment (clothes, boots, etc.)
  • Miscellaneous expenses (drinks, tips, souvenirs, etc.)

 

Will I be picked up from Islamabad Airport on the first day of the tour and transferred back to the airport on the final day?

Yes, the trip leader will meet all clients arriving on day one at Islamabad airport and arrange transfers to the group hotel. Similarly, transfers will be arranged for clients back to Islamabad  Airport on the last day of the holiday.

 

Are meals included in the holiday package of Hunza Tour?

Yes, all meals are included in the holiday price of the Hunza Cultural Tour from arrival on day one to departure on the last day, so you will not need to pay for any meals during the tour.

 

What kind of food and water will be served during the Hunza Cultural tour?

The food will be a mixture of local/traditional and Pakistani cuisines available in the area. Depending on the itinerary and location, you may have some input into meal choices. While clean drinking water will be provided. We do not encourage the purchasing of single-use plastic bottles.

 

Can the tour cater to special diets?

We can cater to vegetarians, albeit sometimes with more limited choices, but we cannot always provide special diets. We customized our menus depending on the group’s preferences. We never use pre-packaged meals, you can expect hearty, delicious meals that will optimally fuel and inspire you during your trip to Northern Pakistan! We also regularly accommodate vegetarian, vegan, non-glute, and other specialty diets.

 

If you have specific dietary requirements, please speak to our sales team.

What accommodations will be provided during the Hunza Valley tour, and what are the options in case of flight cancellations?

During the Cultural Tour of Hunza, the group will spend 3 nights in Islamabad at an excellent standard hotel. The group will also spend 4 nights in Karimabad Hunza (Hard Rock, Off to Resort, or similar) and 1 night in Gilgit (Serena Hotel or equivalent).

 

In case of flight cancellation, the group will be accommodated in a tourist-class hotel (the best available option) on the way. Rooms will be twin sharing basis, and the single room will be available at a supplementary cost.

 

What happens if my internal flight is canceled due to weather conditions?

The Regional Airport of Gilgit is weather-dependent. Since high mountains surround the valleys, the planes do fly more than not, but cancellations can occur, and in these circumstances, we will travel by road.

 

Who will be leading the group during the Cultural tour of Hunza?

The group will be led by a certified professional local guide who will serve as the group leader. He will be knowledgeable and provide the necessary information about the history, culture, people, mountains, and areas you will visit.

 

What is the highest altitude we will reach on the Hunza Valley Tour?

The highest point we will visit on the Hunza tour is Hoper/Duiker, which is 2800 meters high. However, the average elevation in Hunza Valley is around 2400m, which may still affect some travelers.

 

What should I know about spending money on the trip?

Approximately USD100 should be enough for miscellaneous expenses, which you can exchange for the local currency (PKR) at the airport or with authorized money changers. Purchasing local currency (PKR) before your trip is unnecessary. Money can be changed reasonably at the Airport or with authorized money changers. Since you will be changing most of your spending money into local currency soon after your arrival, we recommend you take it in cash. US Dollars, Sterling, and Euros can readily be exchanged at the Airport. US Dollars give you more flexibility to exchange in smaller towns or in emergencies.

 

Credit cards can be used to purchase many goods in Islamabad, Skardu, or Hunza and are particularly useful for more expensive items such as carpets. It is possible to withdraw cash (PKR only) from cash machines in Islamabad, Skardu, or Hunza Valley using credit and debit cards.

 

What is the guidance on tipping for the supporting staff during the trip?

It is usual to tip the supporting staff (guide/drivers) if you are happy with the services provided. We estimate that USD 40-60 (in local currency equivalent) will cover this aspect of your trip expenditure. This is most usually done at the end of the trip.

 

What should I bring with me on the trip to Hunza regarding equipment and clothing?

The following checklist should help you with your packaging. You do not have to bring everything on the list and should use your experience and judgment, but we ask you to ensure you have the items on the mandatory list. When selecting clothes for this holiday of the Hunza Cultural Tour, please be culturally sensitive. Tight-fitting or revealing clothing is not appropriate.

 

You must bring the following items:

 

  • Warm clothes
  • Warm jackets
  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun protection
  • Warm hat
  • Water bottle (we encourage re-filling water bottles rather than single-use plastic)

Packing checklist:

 

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Shirts or T-Shirts
  • Small towel
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Travel clothes
  • Camera
  • Travel documents (Passport with a valid visa and travel insurance)

Do I need travel insurance for Hunza trip?

Yes, it is recommended that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of medical treatment during your Hunza Cultural trip. When taking out insurance, please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary. IMG Signature travel insurance is the perfect add-on to a Global Rescue membership, providing coverage against a variety of unforeseen expenses while you’re traveling.

What health precautions should I take before traveling to the trip destination?

It is important to check with your doctor or visit the clinic regarding any necessary vaccinations or medical preparation before your trip to Hunza. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters, including diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, as well as hepatitis A and typhoid. While malaria prophylaxis is optional for this trip, it is recommended to take precautions if you plan to spend time in the area around Islamabad.

 

Additionally, if you have a severe allergy, please inform our tour operator before traveling to Northern Pakistan and bring your treatment with you, as we cannot guarantee an allergy-free environment on the trip.

Do I need a passport and visa for BTV Adventures holiday?

Yes, for any BTV Adventures holiday including Hunza Cultural Tour, you will need a passport with at least six months of remaining validity after the trip. If you don’t have a passport, apply for one well in advance. You will also need to apply for a Pakistani online visa through the official NADRA website. It’s important to note that there is a special section for trekking and mountaineering visas, which will appear after you click on the tourist/visit visa category link.

 

We provide visa invitation letters and required supporting documents to all clients who book a tour with us.

 

NADRA website: https://visa.nadra.gov.pk/

 

 

What is the difficulty level of Hunza Cultural Tour?

The Hunza Cultural Tour is designed to be accessible yet active, with a focus on cultural exchange and authentic experiences. It is suitable for most people with a reasonable level of fitness and mobility. However, please note that some parts of the trip involve hiking and walking on uneven terrain, and there are a few steep ascents and descents.

 

The highest point we will visit on tour is Hoper/Duiker, which is 2800 meters high. However, the average elevation in Hunza Valley is around 2400m, so some travelers may experience altitude-related symptoms such as headaches or breathlessness. We recommend that you consult your doctor if you have any concerns about your fitness level or if you have a pre-existing medical condition.

Do I need an adapter for my electrical items during the trip?

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

 

https://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plug-voltage-by-country/

 

What are some recommended books to read before Trip to Hunza?

We recommend the following books to enhance your understanding and appreciation of the culture and history of the region:

 

  • Hunza Matters by Hermann Kreutzmann
  • Hunza Adventure in Land of Paradise by John H. Tobe
  • Hunza-The lost kingdom of Himalayas by John Clark
  • Hunza by Jay Milton Hoffman

What types of activities and experiences can I expect on this tour to Hunza?

On this cultural tour to Hunza, you can expect to experience a variety of activities and immerse yourself in the local culture. This tour is filled with unique scenic atmosphere and cultural activities, including some of the largest glaciers outside the Polar Regions such as Hopper, Passu, and Batura. You will also get to see spectacular mountain scenery including Rakaposhi, Diran, Ultar, and many more, as well as beautiful lakes like Attabad and Borith.

 

Additionally, you will have the opportunity to meet locals during tours to pristine valleys that preserve old ways of living and agriculture-based socio-economic lifestyles. Other experiences include visits to heritage sites such as centuries-old Altit, Baltit forts, and Ganish settlements and eating local and traditional food with plenty of vegetarian options available.

How do you safeguard the well-being of participants during a Trek?

The well-being of our guests is the paramount concern at Beyond the Valley. We have meticulously instituted the following measures to ensure their safety:

 

  • Risk Inventory Analysis and Treatment (RIAT) to identify and mitigate potential hazards.
  • An Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is designed to respond effectively to any emergencies.
  • Strict Safety Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to guide actions and behaviors.
  • Comprehensive training for guides and support staff to equip them with the necessary safety and first-aid skills.
  • Sharing of emergency contact details and clear communication of safety measures to all stakeholders.
  • Hygiene SOPs are in place, with training provided to kitchen staff for maintaining food safety.
  • We maintain strong rapport with local communities to foster an environment of mutual support and safety.

What happens in case of an emergency?

Our guides are not just experienced but also trained first-aiders, well-equipped to handle emergency situations. At Beyond the Valley, we have an Incident Response Team (IRT) in place, which includes the Guides, Operation Manager, and representatives from Rescue 1122, Tourist Police, District Administration, a dedicated rescue team, and local community organizations. In an emergency, the IRT is activated and it operates according to the set guidelines and SOPs to ensure quick, effective, and coordinated response to manage the situation and safeguard the participants. 

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Max elevation

HYDRATION

There is a correlation between daily fluid intake and successful acclimatization and you must pay particular attention to hydration during trekking at high altitudes. On treks to 3000 meters and above most people will need to drink between 4 and 6 liters each day to achieve suitable hydration levels and you must adopt a responsible approach to achieving this target.

ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS

Before embarking on a trek to high altitude it is important that you familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and that you report any illness to your tip leader straight away. See the links at the bottom of this page for further reading on AMS.

DIAMOX

There are a number of untested herbal remedies which claim to prevent mountain sickness. However, only one drug is currently known to have a useful role in preventing AMS and to be safe for this purpose: acetazolamide (Diamox). We recommend that you carry Diamox in your first aid kit for treks where you spend an extended period above 4000m. Diamox can only be obtained from a medical professional on prescription and it is important that you first consult your own doctor so that you know there are no contra indications with other medicines you may be taking and that you do not have an allergy to acetazolamide. Diamox commonly causes some minor side effects, such as tingling fingers and toes, or a metallic taste in the mouth, but more severe reactions are rare. On trek, the decision whether or not and when, you should take Diamox as with any drug, will rest solely with you. If you intend to take Diamox, you must familiarize yourself with the appropriate dosage and regime prior to coming on the trip. The links at the bottom of this page will provide further information on the use of Diamox as an aid to acclimatization.

Travelling to high altitudes is not something you need to be scared of. Every year thousands of people enjoy the most amazing experiences in the world's greatest mountain ranges. Altitude sickness is entirely preventable if you follow very simple rules and procedures. Please make sure you are aware of these before you travel.

SUMMARY OF DIFFICULTY
The hike up to our campsite is a moderate 6 miles and 1400ft of elevation gain. The scramble up to Pyramid Ridge can be steep and difficult, but very adventurous and with just light day packs.Hiking

Distances
6-10 miBackpack Weight
25-35 lbsTerrain
Moderately RuggedMax Daily Elev. Gain
1950 ftHeights Exposure
Moderate

Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information. Backpack Weight ratings are estimates that account for Wildland-provided gear, guest clothing, personal items and a share of group food. By packing light it’s often possible to stay on the lower end of the weight range. Pack weights also decrease during the trip.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 25-35 lb backpack for 5-7 hours
  • Hiking uphill off trail with a 8-12 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on moderately rugged terrain
  • Hiking with moderate heights exposure

To show the relative difficulty of our adventure holidays, each trip is graded on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most challenging. Our simple, colour-coded grade symbol provides an indication of the difficulty of each trip.

Clearly, there are many different factors that contribute to the difficulty of a particular holiday, including, length of day, terrain, type of accommodation, altitude and weather conditions. Since some of these factors are necessarily changeable, any system of grades can only provide a general indication. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please read the detailed Trip Notes and if you are still unsure, please do not hesitate to contact us

GREEN 1 - 4 LEISURELY

Suitable for most people in good health, holidays at this grade include only limited amounts of activity.

YELLOW 5 - 7 MODERATE

Suitable for reasonably fit individuals, such as weekend walkers and cyclists. There can be the occasional more difficult day.

RED 08 - 10 TOUGH

Our toughest holidays, involve many long days, often in isolated areas. A high level of fitness and previous wilderness experience is essential.

SUMMARY OF DIFFICULTY
The hike up to our campsite is a moderate 6 miles and 1400ft of elevation gain. The scramble up to Pyramid Ridge can be steep and difficult, but very adventurous and with just light day packs.Hiking

Distances
6-10 miBackpack Weight
25-35 lbsTerrain
Moderately RuggedMax Daily Elev. Gain
1950 ftHeights Exposure
Moderate

Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information. Backpack Weight ratings are estimates that account for Wildland-provided gear, guest clothing, personal items and a share of group food. By packing light it’s often possible to stay on the lower end of the weight range. Pack weights also decrease during the trip.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 25-35 lb backpack for 5-7 hours
  • Hiking uphill off trail with a 8-12 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on moderately rugged terrain
  • Hiking with moderate heights exposure
DIFFICULTY LEVEL

To show the relative difficulty of our adventure holidays, each trip is graded on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most challenging. Our simple, colour-coded grade symbol provides an indication of the difficulty of each trip.

Clearly, there are many different factors that contribute to the difficulty of a particular holiday, including, length of day, terrain, type of accommodation, altitude and weather conditions. Since some of these factors are necessarily changeable, any system of grades can only provide a general indication. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please read the detailed Trip Notes and if you are still unsure, please do not hesitate to contact us

GREEN 1 - 4 LEISURELY

Suitable for most people in good health, holidays at this grade include only limited amounts of activity.

YELLOW 5 - 7 MODERATE

Suitable for reasonably fit individuals, such as weekend walkers and cyclists. There can be the occasional more difficult day.

RED 08 - 10 TOUGH

Our toughest holidays, involve many long days, often in isolated areas. A high level of fitness and previous wilderness experience is essential.