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Destination Itinerary

Little Tibet (Baltistan) Tour

10 Days

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10 Days
Khyber Pass, Taxila, Multan, Uch Sharif and Lahore 

April to October


Baltistan is often called "little Tibet". The adjoining territory of Baltistan forms the west extremity of Tibet, whose natural limits here are the Indus from its abrupt southward bend in 74 45 E., and the mountains to the north and west, separating a comparatively peaceful Tibetan population from the fiercer Aryan tribes beyond. Muslim writers about the 16th century speak of Baltistan as Little Tibet, and of Ladakh as Great Tibet, thus ignoring the really Great Tibet altogether. The Indus, as in Lower Ladakh, runs in a narrow gorge, widening for nearly 20 m. after receiving the Shyok. The capital, Skardu, a scattered collection of houses, stands here, perched on a rock 7,250 ft (2,210 m). above the sea. The house roofs are flat, occupied only in part by a second storey, the remaining space being devoted to drying apricots, the chief staple of the main valley, which supports little cultivation. But the rapid slope westwards is seen generally in the vegetation. Birch, plane, spruce and Pinus excelsa appear; the fruits are finer, including pomegranate, pear, peach, vine and melon, and where irrigation is available, as in the North Shigar, and at the deltas of the tributary valleys, the crops are more luxuriant and varied. 
Baltistan consists of five valleys namely Kharmang (Kartakhsha), Khaplu, Skardu, Shigar and Rondu (Rongyul). Important villages include Kharmang, Tolti, Ghasing, Mehdi Abad (Parkuta) in Kharmang valley.



Arrive Rawalpindi, transfer to hotel.
Fly to Skardu (subject to weather), if flight cancelled drive to Chilas hotel.
Free day in Skardu if fly or drive Chilas to Skardu, hotel.
Drive to Khaplu, hotel.
Day trip to Hushe, hotel.
Drive to Skardu, afternoon visit Satpara Lake, hotel.
Day trip to Shigar valley and back to Skardu, hotel.
Fly or drive to Besham, hotel.
Free day in Islamabad or drive Besham to Islamabad, hotel.
Transfer to airport for flight to onward destination.


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