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9 Day Cultural Crusade

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May 10 - May 18
May 10 - May 18
May 10 - May 18
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9 Days of getting to know the most misunderstood country in the world

We will begin our tour in Pakistan’s green capital, Islamabad, nestled between the Margalla hills. It is at once a bustling urban town with restaurants full of foreign diplomats and journalists, and wide boulevards that lead to the mountains beyond the city.

We will explore Islamabad on our motorcycles to get you accustomed to riding in Pakistan and learn some of the local words (and swear words to vent any frustration on the roads!) before we head up to Murree, a famous old hill station that once popular with the British for its close proximity to the city, its tall pines, colonial architecture, and winding roads. It’ll be a short, easy ride the first day so everyone can ease into riding on the “wrong” side of the road and get comfortable on their motorcycles. The next day, it’s a straight shot to Naran, the gateway to the world’s biggest mountain ranges – all within a stone’s throw from the edge of the town.

We’ll make our way across the first high pass- Babusar Pass- and will test our bikes as they climb up to 13,700 ft. It is a breath-taking mountainside ride, with surprises at every turn. Slowly, we’ll make our way through the historical city of Hunza and up the Khunjurab pass, climbing up to 15,400 ft to the China-Pakistan Border. The Karakoram Highway is the highest paved international road in the world and although it is 100% perfectly paved tarmac, it will prove to be a challenge even for the skilled rider.

By the time you reach this place, you will have experienced local flavors, local culture, and Pakistan’s world famous hospitality. As we return to Islamabad, your days in the mountains will have changed everything you thought you knew about Pakistan, and you will leave knowing that one day you will be back for more.

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What you Get

  • 9 nights accommodation
    9 night stay in best available hotels.

  • 10 Meals
    Taste the flavor of PAKISTAN! Traditional and cultural meals, including breakfast, lunch and dinners.

  • Team
    There will be a qualified team of mechanics, along with the support staff and mandatory tour guides.

  • Transport
    We currently use the worry free Honda CB150F – It has proven for years to be the most reliable in the country

  • Your group
    Our groups tend to be really fun with like minded folks from different parts of the world!

  • Experiences
    There will be a lot of sightseeing, historical visits and cultural interactions with the locals. Be prepared for a sensory overload.

  • 09
    nights accommodation

    9 nights in Hotel
    9 night stays at family owned fun guest houses or hotels. We sometimes like to GLAMP too!

  • 10
    Meals

    Traditional and cultural meals
    Taste the flavor of PAKISTAN! Traditional and cultural meals, including breakfast, lunch and dinners – If you have special requirements please let us know.

  • Team
    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides
    There will be a qualified team of mechanics, along with the support staff and mandatory tour guides. You’ll be in good hands, Pakistani hospitality is famous around the world for a reason.

  • Transport
    Worry free Honda CB150F
    We currently use the worry free Honda CB150F – It has proven for years to be the most reliable in the country. Parts are available all over if you break something on the road or need a patch! If you have someone tagging along, we can arrange a spot for them in the support vehicle or get a private ride for them.

  • Your Group
    Travel with exciting people from different parts of the world
    Our groups tend to be really fun with like-minded folks from different parts of the world! You might be roaming around the Himalayas with a Swiss, someone from Santa Cruz, California or a world traveler who doesn’t have a home at the moment. You will cherish these connections for years to come, We promise!

  • Experiences
    Sightseeing and Historical visits
    There will be a lot of sightseeing, historical visits and cultural interactions with the locals. Be prepared for a sensory overload. The first couple of days might be over whelming, but by the end of 2nd day you’ll notice the calm in the chaos.

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Tour Map and Itinerary

1Islamabad to Naran

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.

2Naran to Gilgit

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!

3Gilgit to Hunza

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.

4Rest Day in Hunza

Day 04: Rest Day in Hunza

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

5Hunza to Khunjerab Pass to Gulmit

Day 05: Hunza to Khunjerab Pass to Gulmit

An exhilarating ride up Karakorum highway to the Pakistan/China Border, 15,400ft above sea level is a real treat to experience on 2 wheels. You might also get lucky and see the super rare Markhor, Ibex or even the snow leopard.

6Gulmit Rest Day

Day 06: Gulmit Rest Day

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.

7Gulmit to Gilgit

Day 07: Gulmit to Gilgit

An easy short day on the road as the next day is going to be a long day! To Gilgit its a 3-hour ride, so you have a chance to visit the Karimabad, Hunza Bazaar one last time or have a coffee at Cafe De Hunza.

8Gilgit to Naran

Day 08: Gilgit to Naran

Tracing the ride back to Islamabad, we get to cross the spectacular 13,700ft high Babusar Pass from the chillas side this time around. Your bikes will want to give up, you will have to have superb throttle control with a perfect fuel and oxygen mix to push you up the steep road from this side of Babusar. It’s a fun and safe challenge for all the riders, it’ll also help you appreciate your EFI bike back home.

9Naran to Islamabad

Day 09: Naran to Islamabad

Last day on this familiar road is fun, we’ll stop a few times for snacks and chai. Get ready, it will get hot on this day and you’ll have to control your excitement as most crashes on our tours happen on the last day.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a visa?

Please visit https://visa.nadra.gov.pk for complete information.

What are the necessary items I need to carry with me?

General riding gear (Helmet, jacket, pants, shoes, and gloves) Jeans, long and short-sleeved T-shirts, riding shoes or boots, gloves. For summer weather, some long sleeve white T-Shirts are a great idea. You will have the opportunity to put a pack in the chase vehicle, so you have some room for error in how much you pack. Mornings and evenings can be brisk. Some windbreaker/gear is easy and great to have. Some cash for personal expenses like shopping, laundry, snacks, etc. We can change currencies for you, please make sure to let us know beforehand.

Common items to include in your packing list:
– Motorcycle Gear (Head to Toe)
– Sunglasses
– Camera
– Base layers are must-have for our winter tours
– Windbreaker/gear as needed per tour/season
– Sense of adventure
– SPF 50 Sun Block

How long in advance do I need to book?

The Visa process sometimes takes up to 2 months for Pakistan so we suggest getting your visa as soon as possible. If you have a visa, you need to book a tour with us at least a month in advance so we can prepare properly for you.

What is the recommended arrival date?

We recommend you to arrive two days before the tour begins. We want you to wear off your jet lag, and be fresh for the adventurous journey ahead.

My partner does not ride motorcycles, can he/she still tag along?

Absolutely, we give special 15% discounts for pillion riders or they can always hop on one of our vehicles following the riders.

Mini Van / Passenger Van: We can arrange for the passengers to have their own passenger minivan that they can drive trailing the group if they want. That way they can either ride on the back of the bike, or they can all ride together in their party van depending on weather, and how much they want to be on the bike. They just take turns driving if the others are on the bikes.

How long are typical riding days?

Riding days can vary from as little as 150 km to 350 km per day, depending on the trip you choose. In the twisty Himalayas or the Karakoram range a 300 km day can easily take up to 7 hours at times due to ferry crossings, side excursions, or other activities depending on the trip you choose, so just keep in mind that we design itineraries that make full use of your vacation time, and it would be difficult to get bored at any time.

What kind of weather will we encounter and gear will I need to ride?

The simple rule is: Anything is possible, so prepare accordingly. Riding season in Pakistan starts in May and ends around mid-October. It’s generally great weather to be in the Himalayas but the winds can suddenly change and short storms can hit us out of nowhere. So bring your rain gear, bring a summer mesh jacket for hot days plus a warm layer or two.

Also, it depends on the month and location that you choose a trip in, as we have a wide list of options and are growing all the time. There’s a wide range of weather possibilities on some trips. If you want to make sure you’re choosing a trip that suits your hopes for the weather, please be sure to Contact Us and we’ll help you make a “statistically wise” choice.

Do I need a motorcycle license to be in a tour?

Yes, a valid operator’s license from your home country specifically with the motorcycle endorsement is necessary and will be confirmed at the starting point of your tour. This is not only for legal & insurance reasons but also for the safety of yourself and the people on the road with you.

What kind of physical condition do I need to be in?

This answer actually does not vary from tour to tour, as we at ADA hope you are in excellent physical and mental condition anytime you plan on riding a motorcycle. As with other topics, let’s discuss what shape you’re in and the type of tour you’re planning on to make sure there’s a match. However, our “approval” of your condition does not take the place of a trusted doctor’s evaluation, which is something we strongly encourage you to seek before any tour or rental. Also, we recommend you to arrive two days earlier than a tour date to Avoid Jet Lag.

Is airfare included in the tour cost / Hotels before and after tour / transportation?

No. Your tour begins in Islamabad on the day of the tour. We have found that this is really the best option for you. Arrangements can be made for extra hotel accommodations, upon request. The hotels we use on the first and last day of the tour are usually close to the airport. In most situations and tours, there will be a shuttle to shuttle you to or from the airport. We suggest arriving a couple of days early, and leaving a couple of days after the tour so you have time to rest before and after the tour. We can help you book these for you.


  • Availability
    10 May – 18 May

  • Duration
    9 Days

  • Meeting Point
    Islamabad (exact location will be shared before arrival)

  • Group Size
    Up to 10 riders max

  • Stay Point
    Fun interesting hotels/guest house

  • Difficulty
    Moderate (We will do about 1400km in 9 days)

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