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Highlights of Pakistan

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

14 Days

Prices Start from

$2,648pp (ex. flights)

Suitable for

Adventure Traveller Photographers

This holiday idea to Pakistan focuses on the wild and beautiful north of this enigmatic country. Journey through towering mountain passes on the famed Karakorum Highway, step back in time among colourful merchant stalls in old Peshawar, explore UNESCO sites, cliff-side forts and ancient rock art before wandering amidst the colonial elegance of Lahore.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Local Market, Sindh, Pakistan 1

Every Day Life

Wander amidst extensive networks of alleys where traders ply their wares, from jewellery to leather and vegetables.

Bridge to Masherbrum mountain peak, Pakistan 2

Mountain Landscapes

Traverse remote mountain passes surrounded by simply breath-taking vistas.

Dharmarajika, Buddhist stupa, Taxila, Islamabad, Pakistan 3

UNESCO Sites

Roam the ancient ruins of Taxila, once an important Buddhist centre of learning.

Lahore Fort, Lahore, Pakistan 4

The Historic Capital

Spend time exploring the museums, gardens and forts of Lahore.

Why we like it

Travel expert Paul has been with Steppes Travel from its inception, has travelled to many corners of the world and sites Pakistan as one of the warmest and most scenically stunning countries he has ever been to. This holiday idea ensures the mountains and spellbinding views are never far from sight, as well as discovering Mughal, Sikh, colonial and contemporary architecture and engaging with the people of the country – whether that be visiting a mountain village or at the colourful and somewhat eccentric Wagah border ceremony.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1

    Islamabad

  • Day 2

    Islamabad - Skardu

  • Day 3

    Skardu

  • Day 4

    Skardu - Gilgit - Hunza

  • Day 5 - 6

    Hunza

  • Day 7

    Hunza - Gilgit - Chilas

  • Day 8

    Chilas - Swat Valley

  • Day 9

    Swat Valley - Taxila - Peshawar

  • Day 10

    Peshawar

  • Day 11

    Peshawar - Lahore

  • Days 12 - 13

    Lahore

  • Day 14

    Lahore

Day 1

Islamabad

Shah Faisal Mosque, Islamabad, Pakistan

Pakistan’s capital and gateway to the mountains of the north.

Day 2

Islamabad - Skardu

Day 3

Skardu

Day 4

Skardu - Gilgit - Hunza

Day 5 - 6

Hunza

Bridge to Masherbrum mountain peak, Pakistan

Sitting on the ancient Silk Road and home to spectacular mountainous scenery.

Day 7

Hunza - Gilgit - Chilas

Rock art, Haldeikish, Karimabad, Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan

View ancient rock art at Chilas.

Day 8

Chilas - Swat Valley

Day 9

Swat Valley - Taxila - Peshawar

Dharmarajika, Buddhist stupa, Taxila, Islamabad, Pakistan

Roam the ancient Neolithic ruins of Taxila, once an important Buddhist centre of learning.

Day 10

Peshawar

Wooden Houses with Balconies, Old Town, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

Get lost amidst the alleys of old Peshawar’s bazaars.

Day 11

Peshawar - Lahore

Days 12 - 13

Lahore

Main prayer hall and court of Badshahi Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan

Explore the gardens, forts and museums of this historic capital.

Day 14

Lahore

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

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Local Pligrim, Sindh, Pakistan
Local pilgrim

Minority Tribes and Festivals

Time your visit to coincide with a festival for a fabulously colourful, authentic and joyful experience. Spend time with the Kalash people, a pagan tribe who lead a distinctive and fascinating lifestyle or head to the Shandur Pass, home to the highest polo ground in the world where every summer, tribes from across the region come together to play polo, dance and celebrate.

K2, Pakistan
K2, Pakistan
Autumn scene on Gilgit river, Gilgit, Pakistan
Autumn on the Gilgit River

Trekking

Boasting some of the highest and most impressive mountains in the world, Pakistan and particularly Hunza offers some incredible trekking opportunities. From achievable day treks to longer and more challenging multi day walks this is a fabulous way to explore, taking in lush valleys of apricot orchards and terraced fields, turquoise rivers, glaciers and icy peaks.

Tiles, Tombs of Seven Sister, Sindh, Pakistan
Tombs of Seven Sisters, Sindh

Continue South..

For those with more time on their hands, head south for an in-depth tour of the whole country and a dramatically different experience. Where the north is a feast of mountainous vistas the south is dry and flat but offers history galore with fabulous desert forts, UNESCO World Heritage sites, Sufi shrines and tombs, lively cities and far fewer visitors.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

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When to travel

Pakistan in January

The winter months between November and April can be harsh, with parts of the country receiving heavy rainfall and major cities getting frost.

Mountain areas may be closed due to snow, however some urban areas can work well during this time, offering a lively atmosphere and pleasant temperatures.

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Pakistan in February

The winter months between November and April can be harsh, with parts of the country receiving heavy rainfall and major cities getting frost.

Mountain areas may be closed due to snow, however some urban areas can work well during this time, offering a lively atmosphere and pleasant temperatures.

Read More

Pakistan in March

The winter months between November and April can be harsh, with parts of the country receiving heavy rainfall and major cities getting frost.

Mountain areas may be closed due to snow, however some urban areas can work well during this time, offering a lively atmosphere and pleasant temperatures.

Read More

Pakistan in April

The winter months between November and April can be harsh, with parts of the country receiving heavy rainfall and major cities getting frost.

Mountain areas may be closed due to snow, however some urban areas can work well during this time, offering a lively atmosphere and pleasant temperatures.

Read More

Pakistan in May

May to October is generally the best time to visit Pakistan when the weather is warm and dry.

During the summer months of July and August the main cities can see temperatures rise to 40 degrees centigrade, however mountain regions may still have you reaching for a jumper and snow still a possibility above 3,000 metres.

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Pakistan in June

May to October is generally the best time to visit Pakistan when the weather is warm and dry.

During the summer months of July and August the main cities can see temperatures rise to 40 degrees centigrade, however mountain regions may still have you reaching for a jumper and snow still a possibility above 3,000 metres.

Read More

Pakistan in July

May to October is generally the best time to visit Pakistan when the weather is warm and dry.

During the summer months of July and August the main cities can see temperatures rise to 40 degrees centigrade, however mountain regions may still have you reaching for a jumper and snow still a possibility above 3,000 metres.

Read More

Pakistan in August

May to October is generally the best time to visit Pakistan when the weather is warm and dry.

During the summer months of July and August the main cities can see temperatures rise to 40 degrees centigrade, however mountain regions may still have you reaching for a jumper and snow still a possibility above 3,000 metres.

Read More

Pakistan in September

May to October is generally the best time to visit Pakistan when the weather is warm and dry.

During the summer months of July and August the main cities can see temperatures rise to 40 degrees centigrade, however mountain regions may still have you reaching for a jumper and snow still a possibility above 3,000 metres.

Read More

Pakistan in October

May to October is generally the best time to visit Pakistan when the weather is warm and dry.

During the summer months of July and August the main cities can see temperatures rise to 40 degrees centigrade, however mountain regions may still have you reaching for a jumper and snow still a possibility above 3,000 metres.

Read More

Pakistan in November

The winter months between November and April can be harsh, with parts of the country receiving heavy rainfall and major cities getting frost.

Mountain areas may be closed due to snow, however some urban areas can work well during this time, offering a lively atmosphere and pleasant temperatures.

Read More

Pakistan in December

The winter months between November and April can be harsh, with parts of the country receiving heavy rainfall and major cities getting frost.

Mountain areas may be closed due to snow, however some urban areas can work well during this time, offering a lively atmosphere and pleasant temperatures.

Read More

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