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Pakistan Tours & Holidays

Small Group Tours & Tailor-Made Holidays

Overview

Sharing its borders with Afghanistan, China and India, Northern Pakistan is a region of astonishing ethnic diversity and immense natural beauty. Much of it is practically still untouched by mainstream tourism. Amongst the richly varied tribes of the Northwest Frontier, a staple visit on our Pakistan tours, hospitality is a way of life. 

It was Pakistan, and in particular the Northwest Frontier, that witnessed the birth of Wild Frontiers back in the late 1990s. ...

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Group tours

GROUP TOUR

Pakistan: Hindu Kush Adventure

Travel from Islamabad up to the kingdom of Chitral to spend time with the Kalash people, before heading on to the spectacular Hunza Valley.
15 days from A$5,541
GROUP TOUR

Pakistan: Summer Mountain Explorer

Travel from Islamabad through the Kaghan Valley and to the Deosai Plateau, Fairy Meadows, the Hunza Valley and meet the Kalash people. Certain departures include the Shandur Polo Festival.
21 days from A$6,651
GROUP TOUR

Karakoram Adventure - Kashgar to Kashmir

From Kashgar's Sunday Market in China, travel through Pakistan's Hunza Valley, to Lahore, Amritsar in India and finish with a stay on a houseboat in Srinagar.
21 days from A$9,481
GROUP TOUR

Southern Pakistan: Journey Through The Indus Valley

Travel from Karachi deep into the Punjab taking in Sufi tombs, the ruins of Mohenjo-daro, the fortress of Derawar, Multan and the vibrant city of Lahore.
12 days from A$4,986
GROUP TOUR

Pakistan: Under a Pagan Moon

An adventurous winter departure celebrating the Winter Solstice Festival with the Kalash and the chance to search for snow leopards amidst stunning mountain scenery.
12 days from A$4,163
GROUP TOUR

Along the Pamir & Karakoram Highways: Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, China & Pakistan

Travel along the Pamir and Karakoram Highways - enjoying homestays and hospitality. Highlights include Kashgar Market and the Hunza Valley.
21 days from A$10,536

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

TAILOR-MADE

Classic Baltistan

Enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery of Baltistan, a less-visited part of northern Pakistan and home to some of our favourite properties and towns where you can enjoy colourful markets and warm hospitality.
13 days from A$5,088
TAILOR-MADE

Classic Northwest Frontier

The Northwest Frontier is the birthplace of Wild Frontiers and what a fabulous place at that! This tour gets you right up to the remote Chitral and the wonderful pagan Kalash tribe for a truly unforgettable trip.
13 days from A$4,348
TAILOR-MADE

Complete Northern Pakistan

This exciting itinerary takes you beyond the highlights and delves deeper into this fascinating northern region of Pakistan, accessing some of the remotest areas and vast mountain landscapes, home to welcoming communities and unrivalled adventures.
23 days from A$7,678
TAILOR-MADE

Undiscovered Southern Pakistan

Journey from the streets of Karachi right up through the Indus Valley to the cultural hub of Lahore. This city focused tour is truly travelling off the beaten track as you'll struggle to find another tourist until you reach Lahore.
12 days from A$3,978

HIGHLIGHTS OF PAKISTAN

BEST EXPERIENCES

TOP PLACES TO VISIT

Hunza

The area known as Hunza lies on the ancient Silk Road to Kashgar and today the Karakoram Highway follows the same route, with Karimabad being the region's main town. This small, mountainous region was ...

Islamabad

Islamabad has been Pakistan's capital since 1967 when it was moved here from Karachi. As a relatively young city compared with others in the country, Islamabad does suffer from being somewhat sterile ...

Karachi

Pakistan’s most populous and most cosmopolitan city, Karachi lies on the shores of the Arabian Sea. Home to two of the country’s busiest seaports, it began life as a fortified settlement in the early ...

Lahore

Other than the many famous historical monuments, this city, the second largest in Pakistan, is also known for its beautiful gardens mostly laid out during the Moghal Empire and the British Raj. Its faded ...

The Kalash

Obscured by time, the routes of the Kalash are steeped in myth and legend. Descended, they maintain, from the armies of Alexander the Great, the Kalash worship a plethora of ancestral gods and hold colourful ...

Chitral

Lying in a fertile valley beneath the mighty Tirich Mir - at 7,700m the highest mountain in the Hindu Kush - Chitral Town is a cosy place, inhabited by warm and welcoming people. A lively bazaar, many ...

OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY

Ayun Fort, Ayun

Home to Prince Maqsood Ul Mulk, this charming seven room guesthouse sits on the site of the old fort of Ayun, at the entrance to the Kalash Valleys, an hour south of Chitral Town. Surrounded by a…

Islamabad Serena Hotel, Islamabad

The Islamabad Serena Hotel stands at the foot of the Northern Hills in six acres of landscaped gardens in the centre of Islamabad. The Moorish and Mughal architecture and interiors have been achieved…

Khaplu Palace, Khaplu

This 19th Century Fort has recently been restored to its former glory by the Aga Khan Foundation and as such is an excellent escape in this rural area of Baltistan. Located just outside of the town,…

Luxus Grand, Lahore

Located in Lahore, the Luxus Grand Hotel features free WiFi access and private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site multiple cuisine restaurant, gym, swimming pool and the Gold class Cinema on the…

The Eagle's Nest, Hunza

A two hours' testing yet rewarding walk (or an equally dramatic 30 minute drive) from the village of Karimabad, the Eagle's Nest sits at 2850 metres above sea level with fabulous views of the Hunza…

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INSPIRATION

Meet the expert, Clem

Clem is our Pakistan expert, who has travelled extensively in the region.

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Roll back the roof of your jeep for panoramic views of the mountain landscapes on a drive through the stunning Hindu Kush or the mighty Karakoram.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Travel Tips

• Carry a bandana - the dust in the jeeps can be a nuisance

• Make sure you take a torch - power cuts happen

• Don’t drink too much Kalash wine - you WILL suffer!

• Carry something warm over the Shandur Pass - it can snow even in July

• If travelling by jeep ask the driver to take the roof off - you'll see a lot more

• Don't visit Lahore museum on the first Wednesday of the month - it'll be closed

Practical Information

Time: Pakistan is 5hrs ahead of GMT. A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com

Money: Currency: The currency in Pakistan is the Pakistani Rupee. To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com

A few points to help you plan: Payments are mainly made in cash. Only the few large hotels and banks accept credit cards and Travellers Cheques so they are basically useless. If using ATM machines, be sure to notify your bank before you travel. It is strongly recommended you travel with US dollars or Pounds Sterling in cash. On arrival you will be able to change money into the relevant currency and your tour leader can help you arrange this.

NB – please do not change more than you think you will need as in some cases you will not be able to change it back into hard currency.

Electricity: If using a camera with film we suggest photographers bring plenty of rolls. Those bringing video & digital cameras that require battery chargers should also bring a two-pin, continental style adapter. In most hotels you can charge from the mains using a travel adaptor plug.

Food and Alcohol: As an Islamic republic almost all alcohol is banned in Pakistan. Murray beer and whisky are available to non-Muslims at a few hotels but to be honest it’s hardly worth drinking. In the past customs used to confiscate any bottles they found tourists bringing into the country but in the last few years this has been eased and so long as one is subtle – no Johnnie Walker duty free bags, please! – you can bring in whatever you want. And a sundowner while at the Eagles Nest is very satisfying indeed. So if you want a good quality tipple, then bring it with you. Our local friends are also much appreciative if you have some to share!

The food in Pakistan is akin to that of its neighbouring country India. With many flavoursome dishes, it is an ideal location for vegetarians. That said, chicken and mutton are available for those that like their meat.

Vegetarians or those with special dietary needs can be catered for; however on some occasions the type of food may be limited. Please let us know your requirements as soon as possible so we can make any arrangements to cater for your needs.