Skardu

Skardu

Gateway to Baltistan, Skardu presents a reflection of Tibet coupled with the gigantic mountain ranges of the Karakorum and the raging river Indus. This place is the melting pot of hundreds of civilizations which have existed over a period of thousands of years. Skardu was once connected with the greater Himalayas in the East all the way to Tibet and was once a bustling town on the legendary Silk Route. The Great expanse reaching out to the mighty Baltoro Glacier in far north all the way to the south east with the magical Deosai Plains, Skardu is bound to leave you enchanted and awestruck.

Quick Facts:

There are two possible ways of
reaching Skardu valley from Islamabad.

  1. Fly from ISB to Skardu (subject to
    flight availability/cancellation/bad-weather)
  2. By road via Naran/Babusar Pass (This
    route is available from June to Sept)
  3. By road via Karakorum Highway (All
    season)

Tour duration: 09 days (8 Days & 8 Nights)
Route : Chose from Routes A/B/C
with slight variation in cost and Tour duration
 

Difficulty level: Evening
walks                       
Min Age limit: 05 years

Ideal Time: April to October

Skardu Tour Itinerary

Day- 1

  • Arrival at Islamabad International
  • Airport Transfer
  • Rest at Explorers Lounge Islamabad
  • Departure for Chilas at 2300hrs via Karakorum Highway

Day- 2

  • Breakfast at PTDC Besham
  • Arrival in Chilas
  • Hotel check-in

Day- 3

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel Check-out
  • Departure for Skardu
  • Lunch enroute
  • Sightseeing photography along the way (junction point of three highest mountain ranges, killer Mountain View point before jaglot, Sulphur springs, Buddhist ruins etc.)
  • Visit of Lower Kachura Lake
  • Arrival in Skardu
  • Hotel Check-in

Day- 4

  • Breakfast
  • Visit of Sadpara Lake/Dam
  • Jeep Safari to Deosai
  • Return to Hotel

Day- 5

  • Breakfast
  • Departure for Khaplu
  • Sightseeing enroute Villages of Tasu, Ygo, Kharfaq, Barah, along the bank of Shyok river, Historical Chaqchan Mosque
  • Visit of Khaplu fort
  • Return to Hotel

Day- 6

  • Breakfast
  • Day Tour to Shigar
  • Shigar Fort
  • Lunch enroute
  • Katpana/Cold Desert
  • Return to Hotel

Day- 7

  • Breakfast
  • Departure for Chilas
  • Lunch enroute
  • Hotel check in

Day- 8

  • Breakfast
  • Departure for Islamabad
  • Lunch enroute
  • Arrival in Islamabad Explorers Lounge @ 2200 hrs approx.
  • Overnight stay

Day- 9

  • Fly
    Home

*********************End
of Itinerary***************

Terms &
Conditions

Skardu Tour Itenary Cost

For 02 persons:
1500 USD per person (Independent Group)

For 02 persons: 1200 USD per person (Combined with local/other foreign
Group)

For 04 persons: 1000 USD per person (Independent Group)
For 04 persons: 800 USD per person (Combined with local/other foreign Group)
For 06 persons: 900 USD per person (Independent Group)
For 08 persons: 800 USD per person (Independent Group)
For 10 persons: 700 USD per person (Independent Group)

Cost
Includes:

  • Visa invitation letter/permits/NOC’s/Briefing/De-Briefing at Alpine Club etc
  • All meals Breakfast/lunch/dinner throughout the tour (Annexure-C Food Articles)
  • Air-conditioned luxury Coaster (22-seater)
  • 4×4 Jeeps for Deosai Jeep Safari
  • All hotel accommodation (double/triple sharing)
  • On-board snacks and drinks (ice box) during long travels
  • Registered Tour Guide licensed from Ministry of Tourism
  • Toll taxes/ NOC/ Permits other taxes
  • All transportation from and to Islamabad Airport/Skardu Airport

Cost
does not include:

  • Air tickets (national or International)
  • Visa fee
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal clothing
  • Laundry
  • Rescue/evacuation

Essentials to
bring along:

  • Warm
    clothing, fleece, jackets, headgear. Gloves
  • Sunglasses
    UV protective
  • Sunblock
    SPF 60+

Pakistan Explorer
disciplinary policy:

  • In
    wake of unexpected and incidental scenarios e.g. heavy rains/landslide/road
    blockage/security concerns, PE management will take appropriate measures to
    continue or disengage the tour (cancellation/refund rules applicable)
  • Hotel
    rooms on double sharing
  • Camps
    on double sharing
  • While
    Guests are encouraged to photograph and record places during their visit, they
    must respect the local community/houses and their privacy
  • Guests
    are strictly advised to use life jackets while swimming or engaging in water
    sports. PE will not be responsible for any accident encountered in such a
    scenario 
  • Guests
    are bound to follow the instructions of the team leader/guide/HAP while
    crossing dangerous routes or else he/she will not be allowed to proceed
    further 

Cancellations: 

All cancellations
must be notified in writing to Pakistan Explorer. 
Cancellation charges will be levied as follows:-

If canceled by
the client;

  • Whenever
    canceled by the client, the bank charges for both sides from the advance will
    be paid by the client
  • If
    canceled by the client any time after the commencement of the trip, or after
    deposit of advance due to any reason whatsoever, No refund will be given on any
    unutilized services other than hotels, meals which are subject to cancellation
    charges accordingly
  • If
    the trekking/expedition is cancelled by the client, government rules will be
    applied for the refund of Trekking Fee/climbing permits etc.

If canceled by
Pakistan Explorer;

  • If
    the tour is canceled by Pakistan Explorer citing unfavorable conditions e.g.
    accident, landslide, flooding, incident of terrorism, wide spread epidemic and
    other such happenings which are truly incidental and has no participation of
    either client or Pakistan Explorer, and no alternate destination/arrangement/tour
    has been mutually agreed upon by both client and Pakistan Explorer, client will
    be refunded for whatever unutilized service like hotel accommodation, meals,
    transportation etc. however, charges for trekking fee etc and other
    nonrefundable government charges will not be refunded

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damage, injury, sickness or death caused to any member or the property of the
group directly or indirectly due to any delay, accident, acts of God, dangers,
fire, landslide, avalanche, machinery failure, declared or undeclared
hostilities, civil disturbances, strikes, riots, theft, pilferage, epidemics,
quarantines, medical or customs regulations, delays, cancellations or changes
in itinerary or schedules, Govt. restrictions or due to any causes beyond the
control of Pakistan Explorer.

Reservations and
Advance Payment:

  • All
    provisional reservation must reach us in writing well in advance before your
    arrival in Pakistan. No deposits are necessary for making any provisional
    reservations.
  • All
    provisional reservations are subject to confirmation on deposit of USD 300/=
    per pax advance payment into our account before arrival of the group/client in
    Pakistan. The balance amount must be paid on arrival in Pakistan.
  • Scan/copy
    of passport along with two passport size photographs will be required to issue
    invitation letter for Pakistan Visa application
  • Signed/scanned
    copy of the tour itinerary along with terms and conditions mentioned above,
    separately by each member of the group shall be sent via e-mail to Pakistan
    Explorer in order to dispatch Visa Invitation Letters
  • Pakistan
    Explorer is a registered Travel company bearing National Taxation Number (
    NTN: 7187922-0) and is registered
    with Ministry of Tourism, Department of Tourist Services (
    DTS-2117) providing complete assistance to
    tourist and climbing expeditions from across the world.

Note: one or more than one tour itineraries can be combined for an extended sight-seeing visit to Pakistan. Please send us your query so we can quote accordingly


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