The Deosai Plains lie between the Indus River and the southern extension of the Himalayan Range, whose most famous peak is Nanga Parbat(8125m). At an average height of 3800m, the undulating, green, flower-filled meadows are surrounded by snow capped peaks and the drive through these plains is a soul stirring experience. Deosai National Parkis at an average elevation of 4,114 metres (13,497 ft) above the sea level, making the Deosai Plains the second highest plateau in the world, after the adjacent Tibetan Plateau. The park protects an area of 3,000 square kilometers (1,200 sq mi). It is well known for its rich flora and fauna of the Karakoram-West Tibetan Plateau alpine steppe ecoregion. In the spring season it is covered by sweeps wildflowers and a wide variety of butterflies. After then, fresh water lakes abound, and as a result, make this seldom-disturbed area a haven for wildlife, including Brown Bear and Markhor. Our jeep ride from Skardu will take us through Sat Para Valley over Ali Malik Pass (4082m) to Kala Pani Stream. From here one can hike over level ground to the next camp spot of Deosai Lake(3865m). One will then drive over Chachor Pass(4267m), to Tarashing, which is the jump-off spot for treks and expeditions to the Rupal face ofNanga Parbat. Explore the area, including a possible hike to Chungpar Glacier. Continue on to Rama Lake and after spending a day hiking in the area, jeep from Rama to Gilgit.
Deosai – Sheosar Lake:
DeosaiLake, or Sheosar Lake from the Shina language meaning “Blind lake” (Sheo – Blind, Sar – lake) is in the park. The lake, at an elevation of 4,142 metres (13,589 ft), is one of the highest lakes in the world. Its length is 2.3 kilometers (7,500 ft), width 1.8 kilometers (5,900 ft) and average depth 40 metres (130 ft). It is located near the ChilimValleyon the Deosai Plains.
The Deosai National Park was established in 1993 to protect the survival of the Himalayan Brown Bear, Pakistan’s largest omnivore, and its habitat. Having long been a prize kill for poachers and hunters, the bear now has a hope for survival in Deosai where its number has increased from only 19 in 1993 to 40 in 2005.
The Deosai Plains are also home to the Himalayan Ibex, Red Fox, Golden Marmot, Gray Wolf, the Ladakh Urial, the Snow Leopard, and over 124 resident and migratory birds. Birds in the park include the Golden Eagle, Lammergeier, Griffon Vulture, Laggar Falcon, Peregrine Falcon, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Snow cock.
Karakorum High Way Mountain/Silk Road kunjerab National Park Bike Tour:
Silk Road was named in the middle of 19th century by the German scholar, Baron Ferdinand von Richthofen, theSilk Road- perhaps the greatest East-West trade route and vehicle for cross-cultural exchange – was first traveled by General Zhang Qian in the second century BC while on a mission from Emperor Wudi of the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220). Zhang was sent to recruit the Yueh-chih people, who had recently been defeated by the XIongnu (Huns of the Turkish Decent) and driven to the western fringes of the Taklamakan Desert.
Zhang with caravan of 100 men sent out in 138 BC from the Chinese Capital og Chang’an (present-day Xian) only to be soon captured by the Huns as they passed through the hexi Corridor in north west Gansu.
Experiencing the sights and sounds of the Silk Road is for most Westerners the fulfillment of their own Marco Polo adventure fantasy, and the opening of the China Pakistan border at the Khunjerab Pass in 1996 made that dream an exciting reality. The pass is open to foreign tourists from May to at least the beginning (and as late as the end) of November, depending on weather conditions. Postal services and border trade continue throughout the year. Since late 1991 it has also become possible to enter China via the Moscow-Urumqi railway, which by-passes the Aral Sea.
The scenery throughout this trip is outstanding. Perhaps, there is no other place on this planet which can rival what this trip has to offer. The hospitality of the people from Hunza will warm your heart. This is a classical overland trip traversing two vastly culturally different nations. The views are also as diverse as these two nations are!
Three Majestic Mountains bike tour:
We begin our journey in Islamabad and proceed to the beautiful alpine lush green Kaghan valley. This valley rivals any in the American Rockies and the European Alps. From here we drive over the Babusar Pass and enter another realm of the Indus gorge.
This is where the monsoons are unable to unleash their torrents as they have exhausted all of their moisture in valleys like the Kaghan. The monsoon clouds have a difficult time going over the Himalayas on their northward journey. From the hot and dusty Indus valley we drive towards the base of the ninth highest mountain in the world;Nanga Parbat. Here we visit the beautiful Rama Lake.
The next part of our journey takes us over the high Deosai plains and into the Skardu valley; the gateway to the Karakoram giants. From Skardu we drive along the Indus Highway towards Hunza. Some say that the journey on the Indus Highway is much more spectacular than even the legendary KKH.
From Hunza we make an excursion to touch China at the highest paved road border crossing in the world. This is Khunjerab Pass and is located at a height of 4833 m. From Hunza we travel westwards to the Hindukush mountains, home of the Kafir Kalash. These pagan tribes claim descent from Alexander the Great.
Chitral town is the capital of the Hindukush mountain region and is crowned by the 7708 m. Tirichmir. From Chitral we make our way back to Islamabad via Swat and Peshawar. This gives us an ample opportunity to witness tribal Pathan culture. We are also able to observe historical sites such as ChurchillÍs picket and ancient Buddhist carvings.
During this overland Jeep safari we traverse the westernHimalaya, Karakoram and the Hindukush mountain ranges. We also have fantastic views of Nanga Parbat (8125 m.), Rakaposhi (7788 m.), Diran (7273 m.),GoldenPeak(7027 m.) and Ultar (7388 m.).
Naran kaghan/ Babusar pass/Chitral kalas Valley mountain Bike Tour:
We will start this tour from Islamabad via Kaghan valley crossing over the Babusar pass. Into Chilas. This Tour will take you to the Northern Areas of Pakistan, a land with welcoming people; a land that homes some of world’s highest mountains and longest glaciers also being a remote corner of the world it is unspoiled. The tour is a blend of culture, history and spectacular mountain scenery; it is an incredible jeep adventure, while at Kalash, Chitral experience untouched cultures.
Kaghan is a jewel among the many beautiful valleys in the Mansehra District of Hazara. This 160 kilometer long valley is most popular summer holiday spots for both Pakistan is as well as foreigners.
The valley features pine forests, alpine meadows, crystal clear lakes and cool mountain streams. Kunhar River, the main feature of the valley, is famous for its trout. Nestled along the banks of the river are the towns of Balakot, Paras, Mahandari, Kaghan and Naran. The local people are friendly and simple. A vacation in Kaghan Valley is an unforgettable experience. Our personalized package tours are designed for relaxation and to spend your leisure time with your loved ones in a most memorable way.
The Kalash valleys of Chitral are located in the southern gorges of the Hindu Kush mountain range in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtun khwa Province (former North west Frontier Province). The area shares a 380-km border with Afghanistan in the north and west, and the Central Asian states of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kirghizistan are easily accessible from the area. To the east lies Gilgit, from where one can reach China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region along the legendary Karakoram Highway.
Bamboret and Rambur valleys. Bamboret is the largest of three valleys about 2 hours jeep drive from Chitral. There used to exist two distinctive types of Kafirs (Infidels), the red and the Kalash (Black) until the end of the last century. The Red Kafirs were conquered by Amir of Afghanistan and converted to Muslims. The Kalash were however not harmed and to this day maintain their pagan rites. Rambur: A picturesque valley only 10 miles from Bamboret. Our guide will show you the hamlets of Balanguru & Kalashgram. A short but trying walk up to the steep ridge is rewarded with a ancient Kalash temple decorated with wooden horses and human figures.