12 Days Cultural Crusade
12 Days Cultural Crusade
- Area: Karakoram Range, Pakistan
- Duration: 13 Days, 12 Nights
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Max Altitude: 15,400 ft
- Total Ride: 1500+ kms
- Motorcycle: Honda CB150F
- Terrain: 90% tarmac, 10% off-road
- Group size: 8-12 Riders
Meet Katrina, a globe trotting teacher turned motorcycle maven! Originally from the USA, she made the leap from classrooms in Abu Dhabi to the open road. After teaching until 2019, she seized the chance to get her motorcycle license and, in the same year, embarked on a 14,000-mile journey from Chicago to Buenos Aires, exploring 15 countries. Now based in Dubai, she juggles teaching during the week with weekends and holiday breaks dedicated to her love for riding. Katrina is on a mission to empower and uplift the women's riding community in the UAE. Join her & ADA for a magical adventure on two wheels in Pakistan!
Embark on an unparalleled 12-day motorcycle tour that seamlessly blends the thrill of motorcycling with captivating cultural exploration through the heart of northern Pakistan. Our adventure kicks off in the vibrant capital city of Islamabad, leading you on a journey through awe-inspiring landscapes, vibrant traditions, and unforgettable encounters. Experience the ultimate motorcycle adventure as we ride up to the highest paved international border crossing on the planet, reaching Khunjerab Pass (China border) via scenic routes like Naran, Babusar, Gilgit, and Hunza. Additionally, for the off-road enthusiasts, enjoy an exhilarating ride to the remote Shimshal Valley. This exclusive ADA motorcycle tour promises an extraordinary blend of adventure, travel, and cultural immersion against the backdrop of majestic mountains. Join us for an unforgettable ride through the cultural wonders of northern Pakistan!
- Personal meet and greet services
- Private Airport Transfers
- Bike + Fuel: HONDA CB150F
- Basic spares, tools and First aid kit
- Support Car for luggage
- All Park fees, entry fees and Government Taxes
- Professional experienced english-speaking guide and full-time mechanic
- Bottled pure mineral water during riding hours
- Full board accommodations and all 3 meals every day
- International flights
- Driver/guide gratuities
- Any other items of a personal nature
- Personal travel and medical insurance/expenses
- Expenses in case of emergency evacuation service
- Drinks/snacks and personal expenses
- Visas and vaccinations
- Travel and tour expenses aside from mentioned tour dates
Itinerary and Map
Day 01: ARRIVAL IN ISLAMABAD
On July 26th, 2024, our adventure begins as all guests arrive in Islamabad. The day kicks off with a warm welcome dinner at a family guest house. Explore the capital city, marvel at the iconic Faisal Mosque, and savor local cuisine at Saidpur village. A perfect prelude before our mountainous escapade.
DAY 02: ISLAMABAD TO BALAKOT
Our journey accelerates as we depart Islamabad in our support van, reaching Balakot in about 3 hours. Your eagerly awaited motorcycles await, and any adjustments needed will be seamlessly handled. Enjoy an early night at a Balakot guest house, ensuring you're revitalized for the thrilling ride that awaits tomorrow!
DAY 03: BALAKOT TO BATAKUNDI
The first thrilling day of motorcycle exploration. Starting early from Balakot, we beat the traffic and delve into the mountains. Enjoy a breakfast at a hidden roadside gem and ride alongside the famous Kunhar River. We ride for 5 hrs today to Batakundi. Explore Naran Bazaar and relish a night in scenic mountain accommodation.
DAY 04: BATAKUNDI TO HUNZA
On July 29, venture into the mountains from Naran, a gateway to breathtaking landscapes. Conquer the majestic 13,700ft high Babusar Pass and thrill to the iconic Karakoram Highway—the world-famous road awaits. Revel in local cuisine during the 7-hour ride to Hunza, where the night unfolds at Mountain Story Lodge, offering charming separate huts nestled in an apple orchard.
DAY 05: REST DAY IN HUNZA – VISIT THE BAZAAR ALTIT/BALTIT FORT
Discover the treasures of Hunza, boasting the vibrant Karimabad Bazaar, a hub of cultural richness in Gilgit-Baltistan. Delight in ancient jewels, handcrafted artifacts, exquisite silk carpets, and traditional attire. Indulge in the renowned Walnut cake at Cafe de Hunza. Explore 1000-year-old forts steeped in history, including an all-women furniture factory—a testament to Hunza's 95% literacy rate, among the country's highest.
DAY 06: HUNZA TO KHUNJERAB AND BACK DOWN TO PASSU
An exhilarating ride up Karakorum highway to the Pakistan/China Border 15,400ft above sea level is a real treat to experience on two-wheels. You might also get lucky and see the super rare Markhor, Ibex or even the snow leopard.
DAY 07: REST DAY IN PASSU
Explore upper Hunza, Hussainy suspension bridge or maybe a short hike up Passu glacier. Visit the all women weaving centre.
DAY 08: PASSU TO SHIMSHAL
Shimshal stands as one of the most remote valleys in the Gilgit-Baltistan province. Riders will embark on a thrilling journey from Passu to Shimshal Valley. This is the only off-road trail we ride. Highlights include navigating challenging terrains and interacting with local women in Shimshal and possibly play a football game with the local girls football team. Accommodations for the night offer a basic guesthouse experience without internet access.
DAY 09: SHIMSHAL TO HUNZA
We will ride the same road back from Passu from Shimshal. Upon arrival in Passu indulge in a unique lunch featuring Yak grill, savoring the local flavors. The adventure includes a visit to the Ghulkin school, proudly supported by ADA. As evening descends, unwind in a comfortable local lodge equipped with hot water and internet, ensuring a restful night.
DAY 10: HUNZA TO GILGIT
Before the journey, explore the enchanting wonders of Hunza and relish a delightful lunch at Khao Palao. The route to Gilgit promises picturesque landscapes, providing a memorable ride. As night falls, unwind in a comfortable Gilgit local lodge.
DAY 11 : GILGIT TO NARAN
Descending to Islamabad, you'll traverse the breathtaking Babusar Pass once more! The ascent from Chillas offers a spectacular view, creating the illusion of a completely new journey along this road.
DAY 12: NARAN TO BALAKOT TO ISLAMABAD
You can ride all the way to Islamabad if you feel like, however the traffic congestion gets insane and we prefer to end the ride in Balakot and then hop in the van for a easy ride back into Islamabad.
DAY 13: FLY HOME!
Fly Home! Write to us once you reach home. Safe travels.
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