Karakoram Highway holiday

“Weave China, Pakistan and India together via the legendary Old Silk Road, dramatic Karakoran Highway and the waterways of Kashmir.”


Kashgar | Tashkurgan | Karakoram Highway (KKH) | Gulmit | Gilgit | Fairy Meadows - Himalayas | Taxila | Islamabad | Lahore | Amritsar | Srinagar houseboat – Dal Lake | Kashmir landscape

Description of Karakoram Highway holiday

Enjoy a beautifully woven trip drawing together China, Pakistan and India via two famed routes through some of the world's most awesome landscapes: the Old Silk Road and the Karakoram Highway (KKH) – the world's highest paved highway.

Your journey begins at China's western edge in Kashgar, visiting the wonderful Yakshmbe Bazaar – one of Central Asia's biggest markets – plus the Silk Road Museum, before heading out on the legendary ancient route itself to Tashkurgan and its atmospheric old fortress.

Setting out on the KKH, you sweep into Pakistan through stunning mountain scenery to Gulmit, before transferring to jeeps to reach the spectacular Eagles Nest Hotel at 3000m – but surrounded by 7000m peaks. After exploring the dramatic landscape around Hunza, continue along the KKH to the the town of Gilgit, and then on foot to an enchanting Himalayan location beneath Nanga Parbat known appropriately as the Fairy Meadows.

Back on the tarmac, you'll leave the KKH to take an even more epic route over the Babusa Pass to Niran for a trek in search of the local Kutchi nomads. Your next stop, Taxila, provides memorable contrast - a Buddhist University town dating back over 2000 years to the Gandharan empire.

Amid the modern bustle of the Pakistan capital Islamabad, there are also ancient memories to be explored in places like the Faisal Mosque and Lok Virsa Museum, before moving on to the country's "cultural capital" of Lahore in Punjab for a visit to the famous Ajeeb Ghar ('Wonder House'), the beautiful Shalamar Gardens as well as the atmospheric old town.

Heading into India, Amritsar offers Sikhism's holiest shrine - the wonderful and evocative Golden Temple – before flying to Srinagar to transfer to a houseboat on the idyllic Dal Lake. Enjoy floating vegetable markets, the ravishing Moghul Gardens and the Hari Parbat Fort, all set against the stunning backdrop of Kashmir.

Price includes all activities/equipment, tour leaders, local guides and drivers, meals, mineral water, all transport (excluding international flights) , all accommodation and all entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary.

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What this trip includes

Trips are on full board basis, and include transport as outlined in itinerary, twin-share accommodation, mineral water and entrance fees.

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Karakoram Highway holiday

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


In Pakistan we pride ourselves on working directly with as many local hotels, drivers, guides and cooks as possible, thereby putting money directly into the local community; to put this into perspective, a jeep driver, like Muktar Alam, who earns 30,000 rupees for one trip can with these wages educate two sons for a year and feed his family for 4 months.

We also employ jeep drivers on a revolving basis and different ones in each area to ensure that the money we bring in is distributed evenly.

With the small local guesthouses and homestays we use – Ali Madat’s Eagles Nest in Hunza – the money goes and stays in the villages rather than being siphoned out to rich, down-country hoteliers. And on each part of the trip we employ local guides – like Zafar Iqbal in the Hunza and Yassin Khan in Srinagar – which again places funds directly in the pockets of local families.

With the funds from this journey we also support a number of educational trusts and the earthquake victims on both sides of the Line of Control.

In India we have developed unique relationships with many people, some of whom help us with our tours, others that simply live in the different regions to which we travel and through. In addition we sponsor several projects: In Ladakh the “Ladakh Project” has brought solar lighting to families in the remote Nubra Valley; enabling them to grow and harvest crops and stockpile supplies to get them through the harsh winters. In arid Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, we have implemented tree planting schemes (a hands on experience for some of our trips!) as well as helping directly with the financing of rural village schools. In Calcutta we support the Hope Foundation, an organisation devoted to helping and improving the living conditions of street children by offering education, health services and nutrition and to help give them a better chance in life.

We also support several NGOs around the world such as the TESFA community project in Ethiopia, A-Cet and Adopt-A-Minefield, which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit.

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