The Shangrila Culture & Heritage Tour


Pakistan, a country located in South Asia, shares its borders with Afghanistan, China, and India. One of its remarkable regions is Northern Pakistan, which boasts a splendid blend of ethnic diversity and breathtaking natural beauty.

  • Trip Code Start and Finish
    • DP-CHT-13
  • Altitude Best time
    • 3500M
    Round the year
  • Activity Level Activity
    • Easy
    Cultural Tour
  • Duration Meals
    • 14 days
    All Meals
  • Group Size Guide
    • 1-12
    Local Guides
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The Shangrila Culture & Heritage Tour

Pakistan, a country located in South Asia, shares its borders with Afghanistan, China, and India. One of its remarkable regions is Northern Pakistan, which boasts a splendid blend of ethnic diversity and breathtaking natural beauty. Whether you find yourself exploring the bustling bazaars of Lahore, marveling at the enchanting vistas of the Hunza Valley, or simply sipping tea at the base of Nanga Parbat in Fairy Meadows, you will undoubtedly be captivated by the richness of the country’s natural landscapes and vibrant cultural heritage. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to guiding you on an unforgettable expedition to the hidden paradise that is Pakistan. Prepare to embark on a journey that will leave even the most seasoned traveler in awe, as the vastness and splendor of this land will undoubtedly ignite a sense of wonder within your heart.

Trip Highlight

Lahore-Islamabad-Fairy Meadows-Gilgit-Hunza-Karimabad- Islamabad

Trip Code: DP-CHT-13

The Best time to visit: Round the year

Duration:   14 days/13 nights

Call for general departures:

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Hotel Accommodation based on double/twin sharing 
  • Meals (Breakfasts & Dinners) 
  • English speaking guide 
  • Air-conditioned transportation (depending on the size of the group throughout the trip
  • Entrance Fees to the Archaeological sites and Museums 
  • Tips at hotels/restaurants
  • Mineral water (1 bottle of 1.5 liters per pax per day) 
  • Porterage at hotels
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • All items of personal nature, such as telephone calls, mini bar, and other Beverages
  • Lunches 
  • Other than above mentioned
  • Day use rooms if in case of flight delayed or cancellation   
  • Tips for Guide & Drivers


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    Upon your arrival in Lahore, you will be greeted by our professional guide/representative will assist you with your transfer to the hotel. After a short rest to freshen up, you will embark on a city tour of Lahore. Lahore is a vibrant city known for its rich history and cultural heritage. During the city tour, you will visit some of the iconic landmarks such as the Lahore Fort, Badshahi Mosque, Shalimar Gardens, and Wazir Khan Mosque. Immerse yourself in the bustling bazaars of Lahore, where you can experience the vibrant colors, aromatic spices, and traditional crafts of the region. In the evening, you can indulge in delicious local cuisine before retiring to your hotel for the night stay.

    Altitude: 710 ft (217M)

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    On this day, you will continue exploring the captivating city of Lahore. The full day city tour will take you to more historical and cultural gems, including the Lahore Museum, Jahangir’s Tomb, and Anarkali Bazaar. In the afternoon, you will visit the Wagah border, which marks the border between Pakistan and India. Witness the electrifying ceremony of the lowering of the flags, as the border guards engage in a harmonized display of patriotism and boldness. After this memorable experience, you will return to your hotel for an overnight stay.

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    This morning, the journey starts from Lahore and proceed towards Islamabad. En route, you will visit the Khewra Salt Mines, one of the world’s largest salt mines and a mesmerizing underground marvel. Explore the intricate network of tunnels, witness the unique salt formations, and learn about the history and significance of the mines. Second interesting highlight of this day is visiting Katas Raj. Katas Raj, located in the Chakwal district of Punjab, Pakistan, is a significant historical and religious site. It is renowned for its ancient temples, stunning architecture, and sacred ponds. The temples at Katas Raj are believed to date back to the 6th century AD, making them some of the oldest surviving Hindu temples in South Asia. After this fascinating experience, you will continue your journey to Islamabad the capital city of Pakistan. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.

    Altitude: 1663ft (507M)

    Travel Time: 5 hours, 375KM

    Accomodation: Hotel
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     Today is dedicated to exploring the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Begin your day with a visit to the Faisal Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world, known for its stunning architecture and serene ambiance. Next, you will explore the Pakistan Monument, a symbol of national unity and pride, offering panoramic views of Islamabad. Take a stroll through the bustling streets of Rawalpindi and discover its vibrant markets and historical landmarks. In the evening, return to your hotel in Islamabad for an overnight stay.

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    After breakfast, you will embark on a scenic drive on the 8th wonder of the world Karakorum Highway to Chilas. The journey will take you through picturesque landscapes, winding mountain roads, and charming villages. You will have the option to take two different routes, either via Besham or Naran, both offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Upon reaching Chilas, you will check into your hotel and spend the evening relaxing and enjoying the tranquility of the region.

    Altitude: 4,150 ft (1265M)

    Travel Time: 10 hours, 400KM

    Accomodation: Hotel
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    Today, you will continue your adventure as you drive to Tato, which will take approximately three hours. From Tato, you will begin a trek to Fairy Meadows, a place of exceptional beauty nestled at the base of Nanga Parbat, the world’s ninth highest mountain. The trek will take around three hours, allowing you to immerse yourself in the pristine natural surroundings and experience the serenity of Fairy Meadows. Upon arrival, settle into your accommodation and marvel at the breathtaking views of the mighty Nanga Parbat. Enjoy the evening in this magical setting before retiring for the night.

    Altitude: 10,800 ft (3,300M)

    Travel Time: 5 hours, 72KM

    Accomodation: Alpine Huts
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     Today is a day of exploration and optional adventure. You have the option to embark on a day hike to Nanga Parbat Base Camp, a challenging yet rewarding trek that offers panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and glaciers. Alternatively, you can choose to spend the day relaxing in the enchanting surroundings of Fairy Meadows, taking in the majestic beauty of the landscape and enjoying the peaceful atmosphere. In the evening, return to your accommodation in Fairy Meadows for an overnight stay.

    Altitude: 10,800 ft (3,300M)

    Travel Time: 5 hours, 72KM

    Accomodation: Alpine Huts
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     After breakfast, you will trek back to Tato and then drive to Gilgit. Upon reaching Gilgit, check into your hotel and have lunch. In the afternoon, visit the Kargah Buddha, an ancient rock carving that holds great historical and archaeological significance. Learn about the rich Buddhist heritage of the region before returning to your hotel for an overnight stay.

    Altitude: 4,900ft (1,500M)

    Travel Time: 6 hours, 72KM

    Accomodation: Hotel
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    Embark on a scenic drive from Gilgit to Karimabad, a journey that will take approximately two hours. Karimabad is the capital of the Hunza Valley and is renowned for its breathtaking mountain vistas and cultural heritage. Upon arrival, visit the historic Baltit Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its impressive architecture and captivating exhibits. Explore the Karimabad Bazaar, known for its vibrant colors and traditional handicrafts. Take a leisurely walk along the Barbar water channel, immersing yourself in the serenity of the surroundings. In the evening, return to your hotel in Karimabad for an overnight stay.

    Altitude: 4,900ft (2,500M)

    Travel Time: 3 hours, 100 KM

    Accomodation: Hotel
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    Day 10 KARIMABAD

    Today, embark on a day excursion to upper Hunza, visiting Attabad Lake, Gulmit, Hussaini Bridge, and Passu. Attabad Lake is a stunning turquoise gem created by a natural disaster, offering breathtaking views and the opportunity for a boat ride. Explore the charming village of Gulmit, known for its friendly locals and traditional way of life. Cross the iconic Hussaini Bridge, a suspension bridge known for its thrilling crossing and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Finally, visit Passu, a picturesque village surrounded by towering peaks. In the late afternoon, drive back to Karimabad for an overnight stay.

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     Start your day with a visit to Hoper, a village renowned for its stunning views of the Hoper Glacier. Take in the majestic beauty of the glacier and surrounding peaks before driving back to Altit. Visit the Altit Fort, a historical landmark that provides insight into the region’s rich history and culture. Explore the Altit Town, known for its traditional architecture and welcoming locals. In the afternoon, drive to Duiker, a vantage point offering mesmerizing views of the sunrise and sunset over the Karakoram Range. Witness the beauty of nature unfold before your eyes before returning to your hotel for the night.

    Altitude: 10,000ft (2,900M)

    Travel Time: 4 hours, 30KM

    Accomodation: Hotel
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     Rise early to catch the breathtaking sunrise from Eagle’s Nest, a viewpoint located in Duiker. Marvel at the golden hues of the surrounding peaks as the sun rises above them, creating a magical atmosphere. After this unforgettable experience, drive to Naran or Besham, depending on the route chosen earlier in the tour. The journey will be filled with scenic beauty as you pass through valleys, rivers, and mountainous landscapes. Upon reaching your destination, check into your hotel and spend the evening at your leisure.

    Altitude: 1663 ft (507M)

    Travel Time: 8 hours, 320KM

    Accomodation: Hotel
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     Today, you will depart from Naran or Besham and make your way back to Islamabad. En route, you will visit Taxila, an ancient archaeological site that showcases the rich history of the Gandhara civilization. Explore the ruins and marvel at the intricate carvings and artifacts that depict the region’s cultural heritage.

    Altitude: 4,900 ft (2,400M)

    Travel Time: 8 hours, 280KM

    Accomodation: Hotel
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    Day 14 DEPARTURE

    Important Note:

    We always do the best in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, and natural disasters like heavy rains, flooding, and other potential causes.  Sometimes we experience unforeseen happens affects the plan.


We always do the best in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, and natural disasters like heavy rains, flooding, and other potential causes. Sometimes we experience unforeseen happens to affect the plan.


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Essential Information


Participants of all nationalities are required to have a valid passport with six months remaining validity and a visa for Pakistan. Visas must be applied online at 

The main category is CULTURE & HERITAGE TOURS, and the sub-category is THE SHANGRI-LA. You will need a letter of invitation (LOI) which our office will provide, along with the requisite documents like a Discover Pakistan license copy and the National Identity Card of the issuing authority. 


When visiting historical and archaeological sites in Pakistan, it is important to take certain precautions to ensure your safety and preserve the sites for future generations. Here are some precautions to keep in mind:

Before visiting any site, research its historical significance, cultural practices, and any specific guidelines or restrictions in place. This will help you prepare and respect the site appropriately.

Dress modestly: Pakistan is a conservative country, so it is advisable to dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites or conservative areas. Covering your shoulders, wearing long pants or skirts, and avoiding revealing or provocative clothing is respectful.

Respect local customs and traditions

 Pakistan has a rich cultural heritage, and it is important to respect the customs and traditions of the local communities. Follow any religious or cultural practices observed at the site, such as removing your shoes before entering certain areas or covering your head if required.

Follow instructions and guidelines

Pay attention to any instructions or guidelines provided by the site authorities or tour guides. These may include areas where photography is prohibited, restricted access zones, or any specific rules to protect the artifacts or structures.

Stay on designated paths

Stick to designated paths and avoid trespassing or damaging any part of the site. Some archaeological sites are fragile; stepping on delicate areas can cause irreparable harm. Follow the signs and markers to ensure you are on the authorized path.

Do not remove artifacts

 Removing artifacts, stones, or any historical items from the site is strictly prohibited. Removing artifacts not only damages their historical value but is also illegal. Respect the site’s archaeological significance by leaving everything as you found it.

Dispose of waste properly 

Maintain cleanliness and dispose of any trash in designated bins. Keep the sites clean and leave no trace of your visit. Avoid littering or damaging the environment around the sites.

Be cautious of your belongings 

Keep an eye on your personal belongings at all times. Use a secure bag or backpack to carry your valuables and avoid displaying expensive items that may attract unwanted attention.

Stay hydrated and protect yourself from the sun 

Pakistan can have hot and dry weather, especially during the summer months. Drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen, and consider wearing a hat or carrying an umbrella to protect yourself from the sun.

Follow safety guidelines

Be aware of your surroundings and follow any safety guidelines provided by the authorities. It is always recommended to travel in groups, especially in remote areas, and inform someone about your plans and expected return time.

By following these precautions, you can ensure a safe and respectful visit to the historical and archaeological sites in Pakistan while appreciating their cultural and historical significance


Pakistan has a diverse climate due to its geographical location and varying topography. The weather conditions in places with historical highlights can vary depending on the region and time of year. Here’s a general overview of the weather conditions in some popular historical destinations in Pakistan:


 Islamabad has a moderate climate. Summers (May to September) are warm, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F). Winters (December to February) can be cold, with temperatures dropping to around 0°C (32°F) or lower. The best time to visit Islamabad is during spring and autumn when the weather is pleasant.


Taxila, known for its archaeological sites, experiences similar weather conditions to Islamabad since it is located nearby. Summers can be hot, and winters are cold. The best time to visit Taxila is during spring and autumn.


Gilgit-Baltistan, located in the northernmost region of Pakistan, is a breathtakingly beautiful and culturally diverse area. Known for its towering mountains, crystal-clear lakes, and vibrant valleys, it is a paradise for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. The region has some of the world’s highest peaks, including K2, and offers mesmerizing treks like the Karakoram Highway and the Fairy Meadows. Gilgit-Baltistan also boasts a rich cultural heritage, with diverse ethnic communities like the Balti, Shina, and Wakhi, who have preserved their traditions and customs for centuries. This enchanting region truly captivates the hearts of all who visit.


Other Information

What to Pack?

Comfortable Clothing: Pakistan has diverse weather conditions, so it’s essential to dress appropriately. Carry lightweight and breathable clothing for hot weather and layer up for cooler regions or winter visits. Modest clothing is recommended out of respect for local customs and traditions.

Sun Protection: Pakistan’s climate can be quite sunny, especially during summer. Bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses, and consider lightweight clothing that provides adequate sun protection.

Comfortable Shoes: Many historical and archaeological sites in Pakistan require walking and exploring on foot. Wear comfortable shoes or sneakers that are suitable for walking on uneven terrain.

Water and Snacks: Carry a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated during your visit. It’s also a good idea to bring some snacks, especially if you plan to spend a significant amount of time at the site.

Insect Repellent: Some archaeological sites in Pakistan may have mosquitoes or other insects, particularly in rural areas. Pack insect repellent to protect yourself from bites.

Cash and Local Currency: While major cities in Pakistan have ATMs and card payment options, it’s advisable to carry some cash, especially when visiting remote areas where cash might be the primary mode of payment.

First Aid Kit

It’s always a good idea to have a basic first aid kit with items like band-aids, antiseptic ointment, pain relievers, and any necessary prescription medications.

Camera and Binoculars: Capture the beauty of historical sites and landscapes with a camera or smartphone. Binoculars can be handy for observing details from a distance.

Guidebooks and Maps: Consider bringing guidebooks or maps that provide information about the historical and archaeological sites you plan to visit. These resources can enhance your understanding and appreciation of the locations.

Respectful Behavior: Show respect for local customs, traditions, and religious practices. It’s essential to dress modestly, ask for permission before taking photographs of people, and follow any rules or guidelines provided by site authorities.

Remember to research and plan your visit, including opening hours, entrance fees, and any specific requirements or restrictions related to the historical and archaeological sites you wish to explore. Enjoy your journey through Pakistan’s rich history and cultural heritage!


The trip can be reserved as an initial deposit of 30% at the time of booking. The initial deposit shall not be refunded but can be transferred for a future trip. 


We accept the full trip costs 30 days before the commencement of the tour. The payments are only accepted in cash/bank transfers in a bank account. We don’t accept payments through credit cards. Please do not accept any invoice which is not generated by Discover Pakistan and sent through an official email ID. 

1) Cancellations must be notified in writing to Discover Pakistan or the agent through which the trip is booked. Cancellation charges shall be levied as follows:

  1. Cancellation before 30 days or more-After a deduction of 30%, the remaining amount will be refunded. If the deposit is retained with the consent of our client no cancellation charges will be applied. The full amount will be adjusted with a future trip. 
  1. Cancellation within 2 weeks before departure –50 %  of the package offer
  1. Cancellation within one week of departure or no-show –Loss of full payment 

2) There shall be no refunds if you leave the trip for any reason, voluntarily or involuntarily, after the trip has begun. No refunds shall be made for any meals, accommodation, or services not utilized.


Discover Pakistan is one of the leading Destination Management and Tour servicing company founded to meet the travel needs of explorers, researchers, mountaineers, and trekkers from all around the world. We always strive to focus on the safety, integrity, and comfort of our valued clients without any discrimination. 


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We have a designed set of values for our company that guides us to deliver the best travel experience to our clients; these values include: 

  • Integrity,
  • Communication,
  • Client Safety and Security
  • Customer Oriented Services
  • Continuous Improvement,
  • Customer Satisfaction


We are aware of our responsibility towards the local communities, their customs, and the environment. Therefore, a part of our income is specifically allocated towards humanitarian activities, including student support, skill development programs & micro-credit loans to women without interest, etc. Details can be provided on request. 


We have worked with both local & foreign clients and are proud to say that Discover Pakistan has a long list of satisfied partners and individual clients worldwide. We maintain a balance between cost and quality. Our business philosophy, and the secret to our success, is “LESS PROFIT EQUALS MORE CLIENTS, AND MORE CLIENTS EQUALS MORE PROFIT’

  1. What is the starting point of the tour?

    The tour starts in Lahore, the historical City of  Pakistan.

  2. What are the major attractions included in the city tour of Lahore?

    The city tour of Lahore includes visits to the Lahore Fort, Badshahi Mosque, Shalimar Gardens, Wazir Khan Mosque, Lahore Museum, Jahangir’s Tomb, Anarkali Bazaar, and the Wagah border ceremony.

  3. What are the highlights of the Khewra Salt Mines and Katas Raj visit?

    The Khewra Salt Mines are one of the world’s largest salt mines, offering unique salt formations and a fascinating underground experience. Katas Raj is a historical and religious site with ancient temples dating back to the 6th century AD.

  4. What can I expect during the trek to Fairy Meadows?

    The trek to Fairy Meadows is approximately three hours long and provides breathtaking views of Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain in the world. You’ll stay in alpine huts and have the option to explore the area or hike to Nanga Parbat Base Camp.

  5. What is the best time to undertake this tour?

    The best time to undertake this tour is during the summer months (May to September) when the weather is pleasant and the trekking routes are accessible.

  6. Are there any altitude considerations during the tour?

     Altitude gradually increases throughout the tour, with the highest point being Fairy Meadows at an altitude of 10,800 ft (3,300M). It is recommended to acclimatize and be aware of any altitude-related health issues.

  7. What kind of accommodation can I expect during the tour?

    Accommodation varies throughout the tour, including hotels in Lahore, Islamabad, Gilgit, and Karimabad. In Fairy Meadows, you’ll stay in alpine huts.

  8. What is the level of physical fitness required for the trek and activities?

     The trek to Fairy Meadows and the optional hike to Nanga Parbat Base Camp require a moderate level of physical fitness. It is recommended to be in good health and have some prior trekking experience.

  9. Is the tour suitable for children and elderly people?

    The tour can be enjoyed by children and elderly people; however, they should be in good health and able to undertake the activities involved. It is advisable to consult with a doctor before planning the trip.

  10. What should I pack for the tour?

     Some essential items to pack include comfortable trekking shoes, warm clothing, sunscreen, a hat, a reusable water bottle, a backpack, insect repellent, and any necessary medications.

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