21 Days around the Mighty Three
21 Days around the Mighty Three
- Area: Hindukush, Himalayan & Karakoram Mountain Range, Pakistan
- Duration: 21 Days, 20 Nights
- Difficulty: Moderate Strenuous
- Max Altitude: 15,400 ft
- Total Ride: 4000+ kms
- Motorcycle: Honda CB150F
- Terrain: Gravel, sand, rock beds, hills, tarmac
- Dates: Flexible - June through October 2024
- Group size: 8-12 Riders
Embark on THE MIGHTY THREE motorcycle odyssey, conquering Pakistan's iconic Karakoram, Himalaya, and Hindukush ranges. Commence your adventure in the vibrant heart of Islamabad, nestled among the Margalla hills—a strategic launchpad for our thrilling expedition.
Kickstart your journey by navigating the lively streets of Islamabad, mastering local riding nuances before venturing into Murree's colonial charm. Riding through Murree, you'll acclimate to the "other" side of the road, setting the stage for a captivating journey ahead. A swift cruise to Naran opens the gateway to towering mountain panoramas, with the breathtaking ascent of Babusar Pass at 13,700 ft unveiling surprises at every bend.
Our path leads through storied Hunza, ascending Khunjerab Pass to the China-Pakistan Border at 15,400 ft—a triumph on the legendary Karakoram Highway. The exhilaration of conquering challenges amplifies the immersion in local culture and the spellbinding landscapes, forever reshaping your perspective on Pakistan.
Continuing our adventure, we journey to Deosai Plains, a surreal expanse, and on to Hushe and Skardu. The route unfolds, revealing Phander's tranquility, Mastuj's allure, Chitral's charm, and Ayun's enchantment, painting a vivid tapestry of Pakistan's diverse beauty.
Homeward bound, the path winds back to Islamabad, where the journey began. As you bid farewell to the mountains, carry with you a transformed view of Pakistan, yearning for the next chapter in this extraordinary tale. Join us on this unforgettable motorcycle tour, where every twist and turn reveals the awe-inspiring wonders of Pakistan's majestic landscapes.
- 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: ISLAMABAD TO NARAN
It’ll be your first day on the motorcycle in Pakistan so we leave early in the morning to beat the traffic and get into the mountains. Breakfast is going to be one of those hidden gems on the side of the road and you’ll get to ride along the famous Kunhar River, We try our best to stay at a family run guest houses/hotels for a more personalized experience.
DAY 02: NARAN TO GILGIT
Naran is known to be the entry point to the mountains, you get to cross Babusar Pass 13,700ft one of the most spectacular high passes in the country. You finally get a chance to ride the world famous Karakoram Highway today!
DAY 03: GILGIT TO HUNZA
Gilgit is home to a few ancient buddha sites and we will pay a visit to Karga Buddah before riding up to the jewel of the country, Hunza. A lot of Fruit sellers on the way, don’t shy away from stopping over and picking up some fresh apples or cherries for us! Get to hunza, relax and go for a stroll around Karimabad.
DAY 04: EXPLORE HUNZA, VISIT THE BAZAAR ALTIT / BALTIT FORT
Hunza has a lot to offer, one of the most vibrant bazaars in GB has to be the Karimabad Bazaar. From old ancient jewels, to hand made handicrafts, silk carpets and clothes.. Karimabad is also home to the famous Walnut cake at Cafe de Hunza. A lot of history too so you’ll be visiting some 1000 year old forts too. My favorite is the all women furniture factory, Hunza has a 95% literacy rate, one of the highest in the country.
DAY 05: HUNZA - KHUNJERAB PASS (CHINA BORDER) - GULMIT
Breakfast will be served bright and early. It’s gonna be a long climb up to the world’s highest frontier. CHINA. We’ll go through tunnels, pass lakes, and glaciers. You’ll ride through some of the wildest sceneries you’ve ever seen in your life. The Pak-China border is at a whopping 15,400 ft altitude. So forgive us if we don’t stay and party there too long. On the way back we’ll stop and rest in Gulmit for the night along the magical Hunza River.
DAY 06: EXPLORE GULMIT
Rest up at the hotel or have a fun day off the bike. Swim Borith Lake, walk across the super sketchy suspension bridge, lay in the sun and stare at the Passu Cones, hang with the locals and collect wood for the bonfire tonight.
DAY 07: GULMIT TO RAMA
We start early today, and then shoot straight down KKH to Astore, from there a 15KM uphill ride to Rama.
DAY 08: REST DAY IN RAMA
You will appreciate a rest day in Rama, surrounded by green meadows and an 8000 meter peak, Nanga Parbat, the western anchor of the great Himalayas. Rama Lake is just 15 minutes away- a fun short ride with gorgeous views.
We explore the beauty of Rama Lake, walk the meadows and if you’re interested we can give you your first intro/crash course to Cricket here!
DAY 09: RAMA TO SKARDU OVER DEOSAI
Deosai Plains, known as the land of giants, is the world’s second highest alpine plateau with an average elevation of over 13,500 ft. It is almost impossible to describe riding along its vast, infinite stretch- an experience so humbling, it will bring even the toughest riders to an emotional brink. It is a land of legend and story-telling, and the shepherds you’ll meet along the way will give you your fill of ancient folk tales.
DAY 10: EXPLORE SKARDU
Skardu is packed full of history and adventure, and home to a spectacular cold desert. Summiteers and mountaineers looking to conquer Pakistan’s massive peaks all land in Skardu as a starting point for their excursions. There’s climbing fever everywhere you go, with bazaars loaded with expedition gear, and some of the shopkeepers famous mountaineers themselves! If it’s a cloudless night, the stars will take your breath away. Kharpocho Fort and the Organic Village are a must see.
DAY 11: SKARDU TO HUSHE
5 Hour ride from Skardu is the last town on the eastern side called Hushe. A small unique little village.
DAY 12: HUSHE TO SKARDU
Hushe is the last village of the Ghangche District of northern Pakistan. It is the highest village in the once extremely remote and impoverished valley. Hushe men began working as cooks and porters for expeditions in the 1960s.
Hushe villagers are environmentally conscious and work to keep their area nice. Hushe is no longer the poorest of villages, and its popularity as a trekking and climbing destination continues to grow. Abdul Karim of Hushe, famous as Little Karim, who carried 25KG of weight up to 8000m on an expedition on Gasherbrum II, is working with a Spanish team to build a new hotel in the village, overlooking mighty Masherbrum.
DAY 13: SKARDU TO GILGIT
It’s going to get bumpy! The road has been under construction for a couple of years, and though it’s now a far wider road than it was not so long ago, it’s still wild and exhilarating riding so close along the raging Indus River. A heavy breakfast before leaving Gilgit will be VERY important and we’ll be taking lots of snacks along because getting lunch on the road will be tough.
DAY 14: GILGIT TO PHANDAR
The road to Phandar is one of my many favourites in Pakistan, you ride along the Gilgit River for the entire day. The road is paved and traffic is low, with little towns passing every now and then, locals staring at you when you zoom pass their little quiet town, its beautiful.
DAY 15: PHANDAR TO MASTUJ
As we journey onwards from Phandar, there's a challenging road ahead. It's a long day, taking you up to 13,000 feet above sea level. Along the way, you'll be treated to a breathtaking sight: the world's highest polo field, Shandur. This is where the famous Shandur Polo festival takes place every year. We'll make a quick stop at Shandur before continuing our ride to Mastuj, a charming little town nestled right below the Broghil Valley/Wakhan Corridor.
DAY 16: MASTUJ TO CHITRAL
First half of the ride is a dirt road, after Booni, which is our usual lunch stop, the asphalt begins. A lot of times we bump into a full action packed polo game on this stretch, keep your eyes peeled out for one. We explore Chitral tonight.
DAY 17: CHITRAL TO KALASH
A short 2 hour ride, all off road and a lot of fun. One of the coolest places in the world, a lot of history and probably the most unique tribe in Pakistan, the Kalaashi tribe.
DAY 18: REST DAY IN KALASH
Explore Bamburat valley. Visit the local school, the museum, meet the local women, try the local wine, dancing away the night!
DAY 19: KALASH TO LOWARI TOP TO MARDAN
Enjoy the Lowari Pass aka The Stelvio Pass of Pakistan. Arrival in Mardan or before Mardan depending on the condition of the riders after Lowari Pass
DAY 20: MARDAN TO ISLAMABAD
Straight shoot to Islamabad
DAY 21: ISLAMABAD REST DAY, LAST MINUTE SHOPPING AND FLY OUT
Explore Islamabad, Hike Margala hills Trail 1, 2 or 3
Last minute shopping
Farewell night in Islamabad, bonfire with a good-bye dinner