- Area: Hindukush & Karakoram Range, Pakistan
- Duration: 15 Days, 14 Nights
- Difficulty: Moderate Strenuous
- Max Altitude: 15,400 ft
- Total Ride: 2500kms
- Motorcycle: Honda CB150F
- Terrain: Gravel, sand, rock beds, hills, tarmac
- Group size: 8-12 Riders
Embark on a life-changing adventure with the Chickistan motorcycle tour, a transformative journey that began in 2017 with 12 remarkable women from diverse corners of the world. Our epic adventure starts in Islamabad, the vibrant green capital, as we explore schools, hospitals, historical sites, and hidden gems across Pakistan's northern mountain region.
Now in its 5th year, Chickistan has become a celebrated summer tradition, showcasing the splendors of Pakistan. While Chickistan has always been a strictly women-only tour, this year, for the very first time, we're shaking things up. Riders are now permitted to bring along their plus ones.
Join us on an unforgettable ride from Islamabad to Naran, the gateway to majestic mountain ranges, and conquer the breathtaking Babusar Pass at 13,700 ft. Journey through Hunza and ascend to Khunjerab Pass at 15,400 ft, near the China-Pakistan Border, revealing the magnificence of the Karakoram Highway.
Immerse yourself in local culture, savor flavors, and experience Pakistan's renowned hospitality. Traverse the world's highest polo field at Shandur, explore Kalash's indigenous heritage, and retrace your path to Islamabad.
As the tour concludes, you'll depart with transformed perspectives, eager to return for more of Pakistan's captivating beauty. Join this initiative that not only enriches your life but contributes to Pakistan's flourishing tourism. Sign up now for an unforgettable adventure.
MEET OUR TOUR LEADER: LIZA MILLER
Liza Miller, the incredible leader of the Chickistan tour for the past 5 years at A Different Agenda, is a motorcycle enthusiast from Santa Cruz, California. In her hometown, she runs the Re-Cycle Garage, a co-op motorcycle garage supporting the two-wheeled community for over 12 years.
Liza is the host and producer of the Motorcycles & Misfits podcast, one of the longest-running and most successful motorcycle podcasts. If you're into bikes, you definitely want to check that out. She is also a talented writer and director, behind two short movies, "The Sobbing Scooterist" and "Motosexual." Liza is a creative powerhouse!
As the VP of Marketing and Global Routing for the Women Riders World Relay, Liza is making significant contributions to the motorcycle world, promoting and connecting women riders worldwide. She even received the "Friend of the AMA" award from the American Motorcycle Association.
Now, let's talk about Chickistan. It's Liza's brainchild, perfectly aligned with A Different Agenda's mission. It's all about showcasing the beauty of Pakistan and breaking negative stereotypes about this incredible country.
Chickistan's mission is simple but powerful: to encourage female bikers and travelers to explore the unfiltered beauty of Pakistan. Thanks to Liza's passion and dedication, women from around the world get to experience the magic of Pakistan and see it in a whole new light. That's the Chickistan story in a nutshell, and it's one heck of a ride!
- 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 ARRIVAL/ AIRPORT TRANSFERS
Explore Islamabad, visit the famous Faisal Mosque, eat at a local joint, do some last minute shopping before we venture out into the mountains.
DAY 02: ISLAMABAD TO SWAT
We will hop in our support vehicle and drive a few hours from Islamabad to Swat where you'll meet your motorcycles, any adjustments required can be taken care of here, an early night so you're fresh for your first day on the motos tomorrow!
DAY 03: SWAT TO KALAM
It’ll be your first day on the motorcycle in Pakistan so we leave early in the morning. Swat to Kalam is the region that was hit by devastating floods in 2022. Mostly paved and a bit of off-roading all along the Swat river. We try our best to stay at family run guest houses/hotels for a more personalized experience.
DAY 04: KALAM TO KUMRAT (Over Badgoi pass)
Complete off-road to our resort in Kumrat from Kalam. We will cross the Badgoi pass through the magical Ushu forest into gorgeous meadows at the top to reach Kumrat valley. Riding through water crossings and picturesque streams. This should be a beautiful riding day!
DAY 05: KUMRAT TO AYUN
An exhilarating ride with mostly asphalt to the village of Ayun, where our destination is the Ayun Fort – a resort operated by the family of Chitral. Renowned as champions of the Shandur polo festival, hosted at the world's highest polo field (on our route to Phander). Maqsood uncle the man in charge is an avid gardener, and relaxing in his garden is a highlight for us every tour.
DAY 06: AYUN FORT TO KALASH VALLEY (THE LOST TRIBE)
This will be a very special day for us as we make our way to Kalash valley. The Kalash people who are believed to be the last descendants of Alexander the Great, a lost tribe hidden in a remote village. We shall immerse ourselves with this unique and vibrant tribe of indigenous people, amidst their village, their traditions, their incredible school and immense beauty. We will hear their stories, learn their history, and do everything in our power to ensure their future. Before dark, we will make our way to Ayun and check into our favorite family run hotel/fort.
DAY 7: AYUN FORT TO MASTUJ FORT
From Ayun, a road next to the Chitral river will lead us to Booni Meadows where we’ll have lunch under the sun, and the carry on to our final destination for the night to a small little town tucked right below the Broghil Valley/Wakhan Corridor, Mastuj.
DAY 8: MASTUJ TO PHANDER
There will be plenty of scenic gems to take in along our ride today. Lunch will be en route. We will stop at Shandur Pass, the world’s highest polo field, and make our way to picturesque Phander where we'll indulge in riverside glamping beside the serene Phander river. We might even try our hand at fishing for a fresh and appetizing dinner delight.
DAY 9: PHANDER - HUNZA
The journey from Phander Valley to Hunza is not just a ride; it's a sensory voyage that allows you to truly immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes and unique charm of this incredible region. Lunch will en route as we make our way on to the marvelous Karakoram Highway towards Aliabad, Hunza
DAY 10: HUNZA REST DAY
After enjoying our beautiful breakfast overlooking the majestic Rakaposhi mountain we will enjoy a day off the bikes. We’ll visit the Karimabad, Hunza Bazaar and head up to the 1000-year-old Biltit & Altit Fort. Here we’ll have tea and lunch overlooking the Hunza river. On the way back we’ll stop at CIQAM, an all women run woodworking factory. Afterwards we’ll return back to our hotel for dinner and have Moin show us some magic tricks!
DAY 11: HUNZA - KHUNJERAB PASS (CHINA BORDER) - GULMIT / EXPLORE KHO VALLEY INSTEAD
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.
Alternatively if you have already ridden to Khunjerab Pass and do not wish to ride there again you can ride Kho valley, a hidden gen not many have explored. Off-road heaven!
DAY 12: GULMIT REST DAY
During this day, you'll have the choice to cruise on your bikes or ride in our support vehicles. Our first stop will be the Hussaini Suspension Bridge, offering you the opportunity to cross the Hunza River on the scariest pedestrian bridge on the planet. Following that, we'll head to the women's weaving center and the NKMA community-based school, where you can engage with the local children.
We'll rendezvous at Attabad Lake for an exhilarating boat ride or a playful ride on jet skis – a fitting way to cap off the day's explorations. So, whether it's wheels or water, the options are yours to embrace!
DAY 13: GULMIT TO NARAN
We’re starting our descent from Gulmit. We’ll be on Karakoram highway for the most part of this long ride till Chilas. After which we will make our way to Naran via the Babusar pass.
DAY 14: NARAN TO ISLAMABAD
This will be our last day on the bikes. Once we reach the capital make sure to hug our support crew tight and thank them for keeping us safe and alive throughout the tour. This will be the last night that’s included in the package, however, if you still want second servings of adventure additional nights can be arranged for you to explore this grand city as it has so much to offer.
DAY 15: FLY HOME
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