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Helicopter Safari Pakistan 2019-20

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover all the Corners of Karakoram in Helicopter Safari Pakistan
  • Stunning wild and remote scenery of Baltoro & Karakoram Mountains.
  • Spectacular Views of K2, Nanga Parbat, Baltoro Glacier and other peaks.
  •  Experience the picturesque Hunza Valley in Pakistan.
  •  Spectacular mountain vistas.Culture & Adventure Tour.
  • Explore The Remote Corners Of The Karakoram By Helicopter.
  • A pleasurable and exciting activity.
  • See Medieval Forts Hidden Among Pakistan’s Towering Mountains.

OVERVIEW

Helicopter Safari Pakistan combines the thrill of Touring in the glacial surroundings around Baltoro Glacier with the pleasure of flying over the colourful valleys of Skardu, Shigar and Askole which offers magnificent mountain scenery with glimpses of Paiyu, Trango Towers, Masherbrum, Mitre Peak, Chogolisa, Golden Throne, Broad Peak, K2, Gasherbrums and the entire Baltoro Massif. Helicopter Tour in Pakistan is very popular with people who are short on time and yet want to have a lifetime experience of the thrill of this wonderful flight into the heart of Karakoram and want a short holiday in the mountains with its physical and visual pleasures. Heli tour in Pakistan is one of the best tour in the world, where you will experience the world best climbing and trekking routes, also explore the Ancient Silk Route, Hunza valley, and the old kingdom of Baltistan.

Since many years Trango Adventure We have been offering services to Helicopter Safari Pakistan enthusiasts from around the World. Trango Adventures operates a 11-13 day Helicopter Tour to the heart of Karakoram. The duration may be longer or shorter depending on the clients experience, ability and time.

Our Helicopter Safari Pakistan Tour starts from Islamabad. Your tour guide will Meet and Greet you at Islamabad international Airport then transfer you to the hotel, rest of the day in Islamabad is to recover from the journey. We will meet in the afternoon for a briefing about the Air Safari. Next day (ssubject to weather) we will catch the spectacular mountains view flights to Skardu, Baltistan. On route you will have the first glimpse of the great Nanga Parbat, K2 and the other stunning Himalayan & Karakoram Mountain Peaks. After checking in to our Hotel, will have a rest and sightseeing in Skardu. Skardu is the Capital City of Baltistan and it is the getaway to the Mighty K2, Deosai Plato, Masherbrum, Gasherbrums, Broad Peak and many other famous Karakoram Peaks. In Skardu, Trekkers and climber usually do their Finale purchasing and top ups for their journey. Following day we will do our first Heli Safari into the heart of Karakoram, Concordia then return to Skardu Town. Over night in the hotel and next day you will do your Helicopter Tour to Khapulu Valley. Khapulu is the Capital of Gangche District of Baltistan. Today will be your last Heli Tour day, if the weather is not pleasant then free day in Skardu to explore the local bazars and surroundings. After few spectacular Helicopter tours, you will drive Through lush green villages along the Indus River to Karakoram Highway, KKH will lead us to the ancient Hunza valley. It is a gateway to China and Central Asia. Over night in Karim Abad then visit the 987 years old Altit Fort, and the 610 years old Restored Baltit fort, the old residence of Royal Family of Hunza. From Hunza we will continue our tour on the Ancient Silk Route (KKH) towards Bisham Village. Along the KKh we will have a fantastic opportunity to view Rakaposhi, the junction of three Amazing Mountain Giants, the Himalaya, Karakoram, Hindukusch and the famous Nanga Parbat. Night in Bisham then Drive Via the historical Taxilla to the Capital Islamabad. Next day you will be transfer to the Airport To fly back home. We believe that Our “Helicopter Safari Pakistan” will create an amazing life long memory for you.  

BRIEF ITINERARY:

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ARRIVAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD-PAKISTAN:

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SPECTACULAR FLIGHT TO SKARDU:

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SIGHTSEEING IN SKARDU:

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HELI TOUR DAY-(1):

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HELI TOUR DAY-(2):

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HELI TOUR DAY-(3):

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DRIVE TO GILGIT(200km) 4 HOURS DRIVE:

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DRIVE TO KARIMABAD (105 km) 3-HOURS DRIVE:

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REST DAY & SIGHTSEEING IN KARIMABAD:

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DRIVE TO BESHAM, (445km) 9-HOURS DRIVE:

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DRIVE TO ISLAMABAD VIA TAXILA (275KM) 7 HOURS DRIVE:

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DEPARTURE DAY-FLY BACK HOME:

MAP OF GILGIT BALTISTAN

Introduction

Trango Adventure has a long track record of organising Helicopter Safari in Pakistan. We have had groups successfully completed Heli Tours on many previous occasions. We designed our itinerary based on Over 40 Years of experience, which is the best in terms of acclimatization, safety and enjoyment.

It is our intention to keep to the day by day itinerary detailed below, although there might be some flexibility due to local conditions, weather or other factors beyond our control. If this is the case the Heli Tour Guide will do everything possible to work out the changes to the itinerary in order to minimise your inconvenience.

Adventure travel & Helicopter Tours requires an open and flexible attitude. You may experience extreme conditions, unpredictable weather and last-minute changes to the itinerary beyond our control. The ability to work in team is an important aspect of all of our trips.

DETAILED ITINERARY

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ARRIVAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD-PAKISTAN:

Most of the international flights arrives at Islamabad International Airport in the mornings. Your Guide will meet and greet you at the airport, then you will be transfer to the hotel. Rest of the days is free to recover from your journey. Later in the day, when everyone has arrived, we will have a group briefing about the Helicopter Safari Pakistan. Depending on the time available to us, there may be an option to do some sightseeing in Islamabad, A purpose-built City in 1961 as the new capital of Pakistan.
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SPECTACULAR FLIGHT TO SKARDU:

If cancelled Drive KKH to Chilas,Isb to chilas, 461km. 8-9 H-Drive.

Today we travel to Islamabad Airport to take a spectacular flight (weather permitting) across the mountains to Skardu, the Capital of Baltisan. It’s a 45 minute flight which offers Spectacular Mountains views of Himalaya &  Karakoram mountain range, you can also enjoy the breathtaking views of world’s 9th highest peak, Nanga Parbat  (8126m), if weather is clear then we might be able to see K2 and Gondogoro Pass as well. Check in to the Hotel, res of the  day will be spent visiting the local Bazar, historical forts, scenic lakes or visiting ancient rock inscriptions, one of which is of 8th century Manthal Lord Buddha Rock that shows traces of Buddhist monks and pilgrims who had influence in the area before Islam.

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SIGHTSEEING IN SKARDU:

Skardu is the Capital of Baltistan Valley. Baltistan was one of the oldest Himalayan kingdoms before being incorporated into Pakistan. It lies along the Indus River in the very heart of the Karakoram mountains,comprising the northern edge of the Himalayas and nearly the entire Karakoram Range. The Balti people speak an ancient form of Tibetan and have a strong and fascinating culture. after breakfast we will visit the Sadpara Lake, have a tea there and enjoy the breath-taking scenery. We will head back to Skardu town for lunch. after lunch we will visit the Famous Organic Village, where everything grows organically. Dinner will be serve in the hotel.

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HELI TOUR DAY-(1):

Today you will take an epic journey to the heart of the Karakoram Mountains. After breakfast you will be driven to Skardu Airport which is around 30 minutes drive from your hotel. Helicopter will be waiting to take you on a once in a life time journey. You will fly all the way to Concordia where the mighty Baltoro glacier, K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum Peak and many other wold highest mountains are. Depending on the weather, you will have 2-3 hours Heli Tour and return to Skardu. Overnight at hotel.
We have to cancel the air safari if weather condition is nor suitable for flying. In that case We will visit and discover the Shigar Valley.
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HELI TOUR DAY-(2):

 After Breakfast you will be transfer to the airport for the second day of Helicopter safari. Today you will continue your Helicopter Safari to Khaplu and neighbouring valleys. Heli will take you to every corner of the Karakoram valleys.
In case of bad weather we will drive towards Khapulu along the Indus River.You will pass through some lush green Balti Villages to arrive in Khapulu. Khapulu was the second-largest kingdom in old Baltistan of the Yabgo dynasty.It guarded the trade route to Ladakh along the Shyok River. The Main Attraction in khaplu are the Chaqchan Mosque, local village, Bazars and the ex Khaplu Royal Palace.The Ex Royal palace considered an architectural heritage, it was built-in the mid 19th century. The ex Royal Palace has now turned into a Luxury Hotel.We will have lunch in the Royal Palace then heads out to visit the local village, Bazar and Chaqchan. Chaqchan Mosque, Dating from 1370, is one of the oldest in the region, it dates from the time when the area’s populace converted en mass from Buddhism to Islam. Chaqchan Mosque remains open (except friday prayer time) 24 hours and seven days a week.
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HELI TOUR DAY-(3):

 Today will be your last day of Heli Tour so make the best of it. After breakfast you will continue your epic journey to the Karakoram mountains.

If the weather condition is bad then in the morning we will walk up to the remains of Kharpocho Fort  (builded early 1700), which overlooks the town and has a great view of the Indus River. If you are into photography then this is a perfect location to take photos of  Skaradu Town at sunrise or sunset. (we can arrange this for you). The afternoon is free to explore. perhaps you would like to take an optional jeep tour to Satpara Lake or explore the bazaar.

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DRIVE TO GILGIT(200km) 4 HOURS DRIVE:

After few days of spectacular Heli Tour you will head towards Gilgit. You will continue your journey along the Indus River until the junction of Gilgit River, then follow Gilgit river on the Karakoram Highway to Gilgit city. Gilgit is the Capital of Gilgit & Baltistan Region. It is mainly an administrative city with Government offices and a lot of shops and markets. Gilgit was an important city on the ancient Silk Route. It was considered as a Buddhism corridor from which many Chinese monks came to Kashmir to learn and preach Buddhism. There is no Tourist Attraction in Gilgit. Depending on the time available, perhaps we visit the local Bazar in the afternoon. We will stay in Gilgit for the night. Along the way we will do few stop for tea breaks and lunch.
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DRIVE TO KARIMABAD (105 km) 3-HOURS DRIVE:

From Gilgit you will drive Further up about 52 km to rejoin the Karakoram Highway. After joining the KKH, you will cross the Gilgit river and enters into Hunza Valley. This area is the most beautiful section of the KKH. It is the right place to breathe the crystalline air. One is overwhelmed by the fragrant breeze coming from poplar trees and orchids of apricots, peaches, pears and grapes. We will stop over for a tea break at the Famous Rakaposhi Mountain (7,788m) View point.
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REST DAY & SIGHTSEEING IN KARIMABAD:

Karimabad is the Capital of the ancient Hunza Valley, It has adequate tourist infra-structure  as it has plenty of café, hotels, motels, guesthouses, bookshops. In Hunza you will notice that they speak different language. In Karimabad, we will visit the famous Baltit and Altit Forts, local Bazar and drive up to Eagle nest. After Breakfast we will walk along the loca small Bazar (15-20 min walk) towards the famous Baltit Fort, Founded in the 8th CE, it is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Once the former seat of the Hunza kingdom, majestic Baltit Fort is on a hill, which gives the best view of whole Hunza Valley. After visiting the Baltit fort, we will drive (15 min drive) to Altit Fort. We use jeeps to drive to the spectacular Eagles Nest at 2850m, surrounded by 7000m peaks.
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DRIVE TO BESHAM, (445km) 9-HOURS DRIVE:

Today you will head towards Besham on Karakorum Highway along the Indus, which divides the Karakorum and Himalayas as it enters Pakistan at a place called Marol in Baltistan. We will follow the West Bank of Indus to Besham (altitude 850 m) a small transit village fast becoming a town. It is at Junction of Swat valley. A road goes west via scenic Shangla pass into the Swat valley. There is no Tourist Attraction in Besham. Along the way we will do few stop for tea breaks and lunch.
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DRIVE TO ISLAMABAD VIA TAXILA (275KM) 7 HOURS:

Today you will continue your journey on karakoram highway for a while. We will leave the Indus River at Thakot and continue through some culturally rich and historical towns, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Hasan Abdal and Taxila. We will stop over in Taxila for few hour to explore the culture and the history of Taxila City. Taxila is an important archaeological site of ancient India, situated about 32 km north-west of Islamabad. The origin of Taxila as a city goes back to c.1000 BCE. Some ruins at Taxila date to the time of the Achaemenid Empire in the 6th century BCE.
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DEPARTURE DAY-FLY BACK HOME:

After breakfast you will be transfer to Islamabad International Airport for your flights back home.

HOLIDAY DATE & PRICES

Private Groups – Chose your own Dates

Tour Starts From Islamabad-Domestic Flight Inc

BEST SEASON TYPE PRICE (USD) TRIP STATUS DEPOSIT
Mar-Apr-May Full board USD $6,500 Available USD $ 1,300
June-July-Aug Full Borad USD $6,500 Available USD $ 1,300

Helicopter Safari Pakistan prices are included Domestic flight. (If it apply). Chose your own dates. Our Departure dates and prices are for the itinerary based on flight from Islamabad to Skardu. International flights from most cities of the world arrive in Islamabad, Return flights will depart from Islamabad International airport on the last day of the itinerary. Our experience Guide will Meet and Greet you at the International Airport, will stay with you through out the Journey and see you off at Islamabad Airport. We recommend that you book as early as possible, especially during peak times. Please note that you may be asked to pay for your flights in advance of your final holiday balance.

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE – NO SURCHARGE GUARANTEE

The price of our holidays can change depending on a variety of factors but unlike some other tour operators, Trango Adventure have undertaken to guarantee the Land Only price of your holiday will not change after you have booked. The price when you book is the price you will pay, whether you are booking for this year or the next. Book early to avoid any tour price increases, get the best prices and take advantage of our ‘No Surcharge Guarantee‘. Trango Adventure is a Government licensed and bonded tour operator to follow the strict Regulation set by the Tourism Department of Pakistan.

We accept Bank Transfers, PayPal and all major Credit & debit Cards.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Professional Culture & Mountain Guide. (Government requirement)
  • Airport transfers for Domestic & international flights.
  • Internal flights and associated airport transfers
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as described
  • All meals
  • All permit fees.
  • Helicopter

WHATS’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel insurance
  • Pakistan Visa
  • Tips for local guides and support staff
  • Guided Islamabad sightseeing
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • souvenirs etc
  • PLEASE NOTE: an airport departure tax of Rs1500 is sometimes payable

MEAL PLAN

Fully inclusive of all meals throughout, from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 11.

ACCOMODATION 

During this trip the group will spend all nights in good standard hotel. Accommodation at each of these hotels is twin-sharing with en-suite facilities. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired with another single client of the same-sex. It is possible to hire a single room for an additional cost. Additional hotel nights in Islamabad are also available. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

INTERNAL FLIGHTS

SKARDU FLIGHTS

SKARDU is a weather-dependent airport. Since the valley is completely surrounded by high mountains, planes can only land here in good visibility and this means flights to and from SKARDU are never guaranteed. The planes do fly more often than not, but cancellations can and do occur and in these circumstances we will travel by road.

HEALTH & VACCINATION

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you specific require any vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella), along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is discretionary for this trip. Malaria exists in the area around Islamabad. However, incidences of urban transmission of malaria are extremely low. In Skardu and in the mountains there is no malaria risk. A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required if travelling from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transmitted for more than 12 hrs through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. Travellers who intend to visit Pakistan for 4 weeks or more that proof of Polio vaccination will be required on exit of the country. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take precautions to avoid mosquito bites

INSURANCE

We highly recommend that you have adequate travel insurance for your trip with Trango Adventure Pakistan. We recognise the complexity and variety of choice in the insurance market and know that many of you either have your own preferred insurer or have annual multi trip cover in place already. If this is the case, please ensure that your insurer is aware of your Adventure itinerary and can agree to cover the activities being undertaken.

Trango Adventure do not provide any advice on travel insurance, although it is Highly recommended  that you have travel insurance which covers the activities which you are likely to be undertaking on your holiday.

It is strongly recommended that suitable cancellation insurance is purchased at the time of booking as all deposits (Royalty Fees) for Expedition are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Suggested insurance companies include:

Expeditions or Treks

Treks only:

GROUP LEADER & SUPPORTING STAFF

The group will be led by an experienced Mountain/Culture Guide. During the trek the group will be accompanied by a full support crew.

ALTITUDE

This holiday involves going to  high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be above 2000 metres for 1-2 days. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatize successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should get some basic advice on Tours at high altitude.

CLIMATE

From mid June to August, we can expect to encounter temperatures as high as 40°C at Karachi, Multan and Lahore, and 25°C in The Gilgit & Baltistan Region. Weather is generally good throughout the summer season,with clear skies and little rain or snow. However, weather in mountainous areas is difficult to predict, and short-lived storms can occur at any time.

BOOKS

  • Trekking in Pakistan. Isobel Shaw.
  • Karakoram Highway. King.
  • Top Treks of the World. Steve Razzetti.
  • In the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods. Galen Rowell.
  • K2 Triumph and Tragedy. Jim Curran.

PASSPORT & VISSAS

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to countries outside the EU. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

PAKISTAN VISA

All nationalities require a visa to enter in Pakistan. The visa fee is approximately GBP £134 and you must apply for it prior to departure. To obtain a visa for Pakistan you will require a letter of introduction from an approved agency which will be provided by Trango Adventure.Visa applications can  be made online or in person your nearest Pakistan Embassy. For more information about Pakistan visa, Please visit our Blog and news section.

Note: if you are continuing your tour to china then you have to get the visa for china from you home country.

EQUIPMENT  LIST

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking including your sleeping bag and mattress should be no more than 12.5 kgs. This limit which is set by the porters is strictly enforced and bags will be weighed prior to setting off on trek. Anything not required on the trek can be left at the group hotel in Islamabad. Please note that your mountaineering equipment will be packed into additional, communal kitbags at the start of the trekking and this equipment will not be part of your personal 12.5 kgs weight limit.

We will send you a list of detail items closer to your Holiday departure.

Please do drop us an email at [email protected] if you need more information regarding our “helicopter safari Pakistan”

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