Join YPT along the Karakoram Highway from Pakistan to China!
This is one of the ultimate road trips in the world. From Pakistan’s cultural capital Lahore to the ancient Uyghur city of Kashgar in China. During this trip, you will travel from the plains of the Punjab countryside to the mountains of the Himalayas. Not a trip for the faint-hearted!
The trip starts in Lahore, after which we will be heading towards Islamabad, via the Grand Trunk Road with its famous Rohtas Fort. Pakistan’s capital Islamabad isn’t like any other city in the country. It’s relatively new and looks well organized.
Then we’ll hit the Karakoram Highway (for about 1200kms!). This highway was constructed in the 1960s and 70s and is a symbol of the friendship between China and Pakistan. For a few days, we will be making our way up towards the mountains. One of the first stops is Abbottabad. A place which might be familiar to you as the hiding place of Osama Bin Laden! Though his compound is destroyed, we can still get a cup of tea in the town.
Then it’s more up and only up. We’ll be driving past lush green hills, raging rivers (like the Indus), deep ravines and incredible high peaks (K2 is in the same area). Along the way, we will make stops for photos and to take in the breath-taking landscape that we’re experiencing. Surrounded by high mountains, we’ll take a relaxing day in the Hunza Valley to experience the local culture here and explore the Hunza.
From the Hunza Valley, it’s a few more hours to the border, where we’ll be entering China. After a night in a yurt at the incredibly beautiful Karakul Lake, we enter the historic city of Kashgar, closer geographically to Tehran and Damascus than to Beijing, a border town between China and the Central Asian states of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, and the site where traditional Uyghur life hits the Chinese state head-on.
This incredible tour is taking place along the soon to be developed China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, so it’s best to get in before the Chinese developers do! As always there are discounts for return Pioneers. After such a road trip, we’ll sure you’ll be hooked for more! Rejoice, as this trip can be combined with our other road trip of a lifetime: the Pamir Highway.
Tuesday 6th September – Lahore
Wednesday 7th September – Lahore
Thursday 8th September – Lahore
Friday 9th September – Islamabad
Saturday 10th September – Abbottabad/Naran
Sunday 11th September – Naran – Fairy Meadows/ Nanga Parbat,
Monday 12th September – Fairy Meadows
Tuesday 13th September – Fairy Meadows/Hunza
Wednesday 14th September – Around Hunza
Thursday 15th September – Hunza, Passu, Sost
Friday 16th September – Sost, Tashkurgan (China)
Saturday 17th September – Karakul Lake, Kashgar
Sunday 18th September – Kashgar
Monday 19th of September – Kashgar
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
– All accommodation
– All transport as according to itinerary
– All guide fees
– Breakfasts in Pakistan and China
– Airport pick up in Lahore
– International flights
– Pakistan and China visas (YPT can offer visa support)
– Single Supplement (€300)
– Entrance fees, lunches and dinners,drinks and other personal expenses
– Tips for the local guides
– Any additional flights needed in Pakistan because of security concerns
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.