Biking Pakistan's Karakoram Highway

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US$ 2,550
15 Days / 14 Nights
560 km
Tour Code
Next departure
Number of Cycling Days10
Average Distance Per Day: 56
150 Km
Total Cycling Distance560 kilometres
Bike HireMountain Bike: US$ 195
Single SupplementUS$ 550

About this Cycle Tour

Cycle the Old Silk Road and absorb ancient cultures while enjoying some of the best biking in the world on this amazing bike tour in Pakistan. Riding on dirt and paved roads through the Karakoram range, the backbone of vast colliding mountains of 7,000-8,000 m peaks, will take us to the base of some of the longest non-polar glaciers and along the banks of Pakistan's longest river, the Indus.

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Day 1

Upon arrival, we transfer to our hotel in Rawalpindi. The city is sprawling with enormous and complicated bazaars, but it's great fun to explore be-fore the trip briefing and welcome dinner.

Day 2

After flying to Skardu, we lunch and enjoy a jeep ride on a spectacular road beside the Indus to Khaplu. We check into our hotel that sits high above the village with stunning Hushe Valley views.

Day 3

Today is an acclimatization day to either go for a short 16-km ride or, if we feel strong, for a longer 50-km one up the Thalley Valley. There will be time to explore the old polo field and the beautiful, 600-year-old Rajah's Palace.

Day 4

We test out our lungs with an undulating ride across nullahs, or small river valleys, to the start of the Hushe River Valley. We reach the highest village in the area at 3,100 m, with the 7,821 m Masherbrum (aka K1) dominating the valley.

Day 5

Following the Shyok River's east bank to Kiris, we pass through a succession of villages. It is a full day's ride to our hotel in Skardu, the gateway for all K2 expeditions.

Day 6

A relatively decent tarmac road out takes us out of Skardu, climbing steep to the beautiful Satpara Lake and continuing up on to the Deosai Plateau. Our aim is to reach the start of the national park and set up our camp (at 4,100 m).

Day 7

On the Deosai Plateau, it's only a short climb to the Chachur Pass (4,200 m). Beyond Sheosar Lake, we take a downhill blast then back up to camp at 4,200 m.

Day 8

We make a fantastic descent to the small bazaar town of Astor. Depending on our progress, we will look for a camp somewhere in the shade around Muskin.

Day 9

We cycle downhill into and across the roaring Indus Valley to its western bank to reach the Karakoram Highway. It's then rolling onto Gilgit, another fascinating town.

Day 10

Today is our first day off the bikes in seven days! We drive up the Karakoram Highway to the Hunza Valley. After arriving in Karimbad, we explore this old capital city and the dramatic Balti and Alti Forts.

Day 11

Exploring Hunza's once rival state of Nagar, we bike down and cross the Karakoram Highway into the Nagar Valley for a well-earned lunch at the "Hopar Hilton". We again take a downhill then a short climb to Karimabad to finish the day.

Day 12

The first section of the ride is extremely relaxing and beautiful, as we leave the main road and cross the river to join part of the original Silk Road caravan route. We celebrate our last night of camping in the gardens of the Mir's house in Chalt.

Day 13

We again join the Karakoram Highway for a bit and soon re-cross the river to join the old road to Gilgit from Naltar. In the afternoon, you can do some shopping or simply relax before packing up for the journey home.

Day 14

We fly to Islamabad. The afternoon is free to explore the bustling Raja Bazaar.

Day 15

After breakfast, we'll transfer you to the airport for onward travel.


We had the time of our life, cycling the Karakoram Highway. The organizers, as well as the local people of the area, were amazing. Every keen biker should experience this trip once.

Heinz EgliApril 2018

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