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HINDU KUSH EXPLORER (RIDE & HIKE)

PAKISTAN

Ride the Hindu Kush, the Himalayan Foothills & Hike to Nagar Parbat Basecamp, the killer mountain

This tour takes you to some incredibly unique areas of Pakistan that very few people ever visit. This is for riders who want to be immersed in spectacular scenery, explore unique local cultures, and ride challenging roads with a lot of dirt under their tires. We also spend 2 days in Fairy Meadows with a Hike to Nanga Parbat Basecamp for those who want to stretch their legs.

This is a high-altitude tour where ride some sections that are over 4,000m, if you have breathing difficulties such as Asthma, then maybe this is not for you.
Skardu
Skardu
14 Day ADV Tour
~1,800km
Tour Dates
25/08/2025
More Dates on Request

Min 6 Riders

Price
£
2050

Reserve with a 10% deposit

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10th Rider is Free
Aerial View of Curved Road

QAQLASHT MEADOWS, CHITAL

HIGHLIGHTS

Our journey takes us along some of the more remote, challenging, and beautiful areas that very few people ever get to see.

On the first day of riding we leave Skardu and cross the Deosai National Park, which has been described as a mini Mongolia. With an average altitude of around 4,100m and an area of 853 square kilometers, maybe you will see a Himalayan Wolf, a Snow leopard, or a Himalayan Brown Bear. We visit Fairy Meadows for a trek to Nanga Parbat Basecamp if you are up for it, if not, just chill or take a short stroll to one of the local high-altitude villages

We then head on to Besham and ride the incredible Shangla Pass to explore the Swat Valley, think of Sgangla as being like Pakistan's dirt road version of the Transfăgărășan but with more chaos.

We explore the more interesting offshoot valleys of Swat for a few days before we head over to the incredible Kalash Valley, populated by the Kalasha tribe, who have a unique Animism-based belief system. We spend a couple of days here to allow you time to explore the 3 Kalasha valleys of Bumburet, Acholgah, & Rumbur.

Next, we visit the high-altitude meadows around Booni & the Lasht valley before we head on over the Shandur Pass at 3,700m, locally known as the "Roof of the World", this area is populated by the Whaki people who are a unique Iranian Ethnic group and speak their own "Khik zik" language.

We finish by visiting Gilgit, the capital of the region with its Bazaar before returning to Skardu for a well-earned farewell feast.

ROUTE

ITINERARY

Day 01 - Arrive Skardu

A warm welcome awaits as we pick you up from Skardu airport and transfer you to the hotel where your bikes will be waiting full of fuel. Take them for a spin around town to get to know your new steed.

In the evening we will have a welcome Feast at a local restaurant, provide information on logistics, and answer any final questions you may have.


Day 02 - Deosai Plains National Park (~140km)

We cross the second highest plains in the world at an average altitude of 4110m, with luck you may spot a Bear, Himalayan Wolf, Snow Leopard, Marmot, or Yak.

Road: 80/20 Dirt/Asphalt


Day 03 - Fairy Meadows (60km)

We ride to Raikot Bridge and take a jeep up the Fairy Meadows Road (2nd most dangerous road in the world)

Road: 50/50 Dirt/Asphalt


Day 04 - Trek to Nanga Parbat Basecamp

Trek the 16 km to Nanga Parbat Base Camp or a shorter stroke to one of the villages alongside the Raikot Glacier, watch a Polo Match, or just chill

Road: No Roads, only walking/horse tracks.


Day 05 - Besham (~260km)

We have an early start down from Fairy Meadows by Jeep to pick up the bikes and ride to Besham today. We follow the mighty Indus River the whole way from Riakot Bridge, the road is generally sealed for most of the way.

Road: 10/90 Dirt/Asphalt


Day 06 - Shangla Pass (~140km)

We leave the Indus River and head towards the Swat River via the spectacular Shangla Pass.

Road: 80/20 Dirt/Asphalt


Day 07 - Swat Valley (80km)

We explore the Northern Swat Valley and visit Mahondand Lake, returning to Kalam.

Road: 80/20 Dirt/Broken Asphalt


Day 08 - Kumrat Valley (80km)

Today we ride the stunning Badgoi pass to Thal and on to explore the Kumrat Valley, hopefully, we will have time to get to the jungle at the end before returning to Thal for the night.

Road: 80/20 Dirt/Broken Asphalt


Day 09 - Kalash Valley (172km)

An early start today as we head to the Kalash Valley for a few days via the Lowari Tunnel.

Road: 50/50 Dirt/Broken Asphalt, mainly good Asphalt until Kalash Valley Rd


Day 10 - Excursion in Kalash Valley

Free day to explore the 3 valleys of Kalash at your leisure.

Road: 100/0 Dirt/Asphalt


Day 11 - Booni (114km)

Today we climb to a higher altitude following the Kunar river as we hear to Booni where we will explore its lush green Qaqlasht high-altitude meadows

Road: 60/40 Dirt/Asphalt


Day 12 - Shandur Pass - The Rood of the World (121km)

Today follow the road east over the “The Roof of the World'', the stunning Shandur Pass with its high-altitude meadows, the world's highest Polo Ground, and the source of the Gilgit River. Our overnight stop will be in the beautiful Phaner Valley

Road: 100/0 Dirt/Asphalt


Day 13 - Gilgit (170km)

We continue East following the ever-growing Gilgit River and down to lower altitudes, if we have time we may be able to explore a little of the Yasin Valley before continuing to the capital of Baltistan, Gilgit.

Road: 80/20 Dirt/Asphalt


Day 14 - Skardu

We ride back to Skardu via the main Gilgit Skardu Road where we will have a goodbye feast in the evening, and reminisce on all the things we have seen and done..

Road: 10/900 Broken Asphalt/Asphalt

What's Included
4x4 Support vehicle to carry your luggage
Breakfasts
Detailed Itinerary
Dinners
Hotel Accommodation
Local Tour Guide
Mechanic
Motorcycle Hire
National Park entry fees
Pakistan VIsa Letter & Support
Rider Leader
Skardu airport transfers
Welcome Dinner and farewell celebration feast
What's Not
Alcohol
Entrance fees other than mentioned above
Flights
Petrol
Snacks
Travel Insurance
Visa
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