Concordia is situated in the core of the Karakoram mountain range near Pakistan`s borders with China and India. The best season to visit Concordia is in winter because of the severe weather condition there has been delay both land and air travel for days, even weeks, at a time. Frenchman Martin Conway is the first one who explored it in 1892, and named this place Concordia. The blue sky, thin air and overwhelming majesty will always make that place most beautiful and amazing.
Heli treks combine the thrill of trekking in the glacial surroundings around Baltoro Glacier with the pleasure of flying over the colorful valleys of Skardu, Shigar and Askole which offers magnificent mountain scenery with glimpses of Paiyu, Trango Towers, Masherbrum, Mitre Peak, Chogolisa, Golden Throne, Broad Peak, K2, Gashabrums and the entire Baltoro Massif. It is very popular with people who are short on time and yet want to have a lifetime experience of the thrill of this wonderful flight into the heart of Karakoram and want a short holiday in the mountains with its physical and visual pleasures.
Northern areas of Pakistan, spread over 72,496 sq.Km. are as fascinating as its southern region. Amidst towering snow-clad peaks with heights varying from 1000 m to over 8000 meter, the valleys of Gilgit, Hunza and Skardu recall Shangri-La. The cultural patterns in this region are as interesting as its topography.
All of the world’s highest mountain ranges ; the mighty Himalayas, the rugged Karakorums, the magnificent Hindu Kush and the mysterious Pamirs congregate along the far Northern frontiers of Pakistan to form an awesome natural bastion along its borders with India, China, and Afghanistan.
|Day 01||:||Arrived Islamabad, Transfer to Hotel|
|Day 02||:||Skardu / Chilas- Fly to Skardu subject to weather. In case of flight cancellation drive to Chilas.|
|Day 03||:||Skardu Free day at Skardu or complete road journey to Skardu.
The town of Skardu (2234) is situated along the south side of the Indus River.
It is broad valley about 40km long and 10 km wide.
Heli Safari to Concordia and return to Skardu. Overnight at hotel. In case of
|Day 05||:||2nd spare day for heli flight or excursion to Khaplu.|
|Day 06||:||3rd spare day for heli operation. Overnight at hotel.|
|Day 07||:||Hunza- We will drive on KKH to the legendary Hunza where peace and contentment prevails.
It is a gateway to China and Central Asia. Buddhism first reached China through the Hunza
valley around 200 A. D. This scenic valley spreads along the West bank of Hunza River
110km North of Gilgit providing rare views of a very spectacular mountain panorama
and is a starting point for climbers, trekkers, presenting great options for day hikers,
sightseeing and diversified cultural activities. Enroute stop at Rakaposhi viewpoint,
from where you will have magnificent views of Rakaposhi Mountain(one of the
most beautiful and 29th highest peak in the world)
|Day 08||:||Sightseeing at Hunza- We will take you to the 987 years old Altit Fort, and the 610 years
old Baltit fort, the old residences of Mirs of Hunza. The state of Hunza was abolished in
1974 as part of Bhutto reforms in the Northern Area and now Hunza is one of the sub-divisions
of Gilgit District. The Baltit Fort has now been restored by the Aga Khan Foundation.
The Fort lies on a rocky outcrop at the base of the Ultar Nala. Above Hunza stand the
prominent rock spire of Bubulimating (6000m), and the Ultar peaks, which continue to
turn back climbers. We will also take a short trip upto Duiker from where we can have
an enchanting view of the entire Hunza valley and panorama of lofty mountains.
|Day 09||:||Besham Drive 445km to Besham on Karakorum Highway along the Indus, which divides
the Karakorum and Himalayas as it enters Pakistan at a place called Marol in Baltistan.
We will follow the West Bank of Indus to Besham (altitude 850 m) a small transit village
fast becoming a town. It is at Junction of Swat valley. A road goes west via scenic
Shangla pass into the Swat valley.
|Day 10||:||Islamabad via Taxila Morning drive 275km on KKH to Islamabad. We will leave the
Indus River at Thakot and continue through Chatar plains, Mansehra, Abbottabad and Taxila.
It is of great historical significance. While travelling to Islamabad sightseeing of Taxila ruins
and Archeological site as well as Museum would be worth its while. Alexander the Great
conquered it in 327 BC and the city progressed under Mayuryans, and the great Kushan Kings.