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NATURE – ADVENTURE RETREAT

To All latent Nature and adventure enthusiasts, joining us for this Nature-Adventure retreat, you would embark on a journey of self-discovery and realize your deeper connection with Nature. Our task is to offer the very best experience of travel through the country and help you explore and awaken your love for nature and also connect in spirit with the golden era of your cultural and historical heritage. This would be made possible by meticulous organizing and presence with you in person, utilizing decades of adventure experiences and field knowledge ensuring that you make the unforgettable and pleasant memories. Travel itself is meaningless unless your mind and soul are enriched by it , for those of you who believe in Nature Spirituality you would taste, some of the most blissful & heart-warming moments with the natural world. It’s only by taking a break from the chaotic and busy life routines that one connects with the deeper reality of ourselves self by spending some “ me time” with Nature and achieve a “ Pause-Reset and Go” with more self-awareness and vigor.

 

This tour has been specifically designed for Nature Lovers and Enthusiast Photographers of all skill levels offering an opportunity to experience the ultimate beauty of alpine valleys, world’s highest plateau and mountains of northern areas of Pakistan. It doesn’t matter what camera you are carrying or simply enjoying the serenity, you would be able to see, experience and capture the magical landscapes and learn photography on-location from the experienced professionals. We will take you to the locations chosen by the professionals.

  • JUNE 28 - JULY 08, 2019 (11 Nights)
  • ISLAMABAD – GILGIT – HUNZA – KHUNJERAB – RAMA - DEOSAI & SKARDU
  • LUXURY HOLIDAYS, NATURAL SCENES, FOOD, CULTURE AND PHOTOGRAPHY
  • FOR NATURE AND ADVENTURE LOVERS
  • PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER IS YOUR GUIDE
  • OFFERING PHOTOWALKS & ON LOCATION TRIPS
  • SMALL GROUP SIZE

COST INCLUDES : Airport Transfers, Accommodation, Local Transportation, All Meals.

COST EXCLUDES : International Flights, Sundry Items, Personal Shopping, Personal Shopping and Insurance.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Capture and enjoy the utlimate beauty of Northern Valleys of Pakistan in Spring Season
  2. Experience the taste of Karakoram Highway - 8th Wonder of the World and witness the confluence point of world’s biggest mountain ranges; Karakorams, Himalayas and Hindukush
  3. Cherish the blissful and spiritual sunrise at Duikar, surrounded by the snow capped mountains at about 8,000ft where you can experience the whispering winds and capture the magical moments of light travel over the mountain tops before and after the Sunrise.
  4. Spring is a time of joy in these valleys where you will enjoy the most amazing flowering season of the world.
  5. Slow moving water and dissolved minerals in mountain streams and rivers transform them into unique blue and turquoise flow.
  6. Terracing fields, deep pink and glowing white flowering trees against the sun with towering snow caped mountains against deep blue sky make the whole panorama a heavenly combination for Nature Lovers and photographers.
  7. An experienced and well known nature photographer Ghulam Rasool would lead this tour. He will not only share his knowledge of photography but take you to the vantage points and give personal coaching and tips on the locations as well.
  8. Meet the hospitable people, taste the local foods, listen to the cultural music and capture the colours of life.

DETAILED TOUR ITINERARY

All the participants arrive in Islamabad and this tour includes round trip transportation.

We will start our tour by exploring the site of Islamabad, the administrative capital of Pakistan. The city is located in the foothills of the Margalla Hills. Here, we may visit the most famous Faisal Mosque, the largest in South Asia and the sixth largest in the world. We will also visit the famous shopping and eating precincts to get a feel of modern Pakistan.

We will take an early start from Islamabad towards our next destination, Babusar Pass (13,691 feet). On the way we will be travelling through the scenic wonderland of Kaghan and Naran Valleys – Evergreen Pine Forests and cross the famous Babusar Pass. This whole journey offers tremendous Photo and sight-seeing opportunities. By late afternoon we will stop for the night rest on KKH.

KKH:- Karakoram Highway is undoubtedly one of the most challenging road. Running along the mighty INDUS River, this road offers unique scenic views of the river snaking through these mountains. KKH is a popular tourist attraction, and is one of the highest paved roads in the world, passing through the Karakoram mountain range, at maximum elevation of 15,466 ft. Due to its high elevation and the difficult conditions in which it was constructed, it is often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World.

Night at KATPANA:- We ll reach Skardu by evening and enjoy our dinner. Late night coffee / tea, we ll enjoy the campfire, share laghters and amaze our senses by watching the stars and galaxy.

KATPANA:- Explore the Cold Desert, also known as the Katpana Desert or Biama Nakpo, is a high-altitude desert located near Skardu, in Pakistan's northern Gilgit-Baltistan region. The desert contains expanses of large sand dunes that are sometimes covered in snow during winter.

Nearest locations and vantage points include; Satpara Lake, Kachura Lake, Shangrila Lake, Shigar Valley, Khaplu and many more.

You are acclimatized and started enjoying everything around and this is the time when we will begin our ascent towards the World’s 2nd highest plateau. On the way we will see Satpara Lake and village and then slowly start our final ascent. Within 3 hours we will reach DEOSAI, Bara Pani Camp. We will spend 1 or 2 nights here and it depends upon conditions on ground.

DEOSAI PLAINS:- being one of the highest plateaus in the world with an average elevation of 13,497 ft lies between Skardu and Astore valley in Gilgit-Baltistan. Having extreme climate conditions and very short lived summer season of merely 2 to 3 months, hundreds of wild flowers complete their lifecycle within a very short span of 4 - 6 weeks each. However this fragile and unique ecosystem becomes home to many endangered species of flora and fauna.

Bara Pani, Himalayan Brown Bear, Wild Flowers and Sheosar Lake are the main attractions here.

On the top of Astore Valley, Rama Lake and valley harbours lush green pastures, thick forests of birch, pine, cedar, fir and junipers. Summer is the season when local shepherds and villagers enjoy much of its pastures. We will spend time to explore the trek to Rama Lake itself, the forest, local foods, music with campfire and of course a great late night star gazing some laughter as well.

We will reach Gilgit city by the evening. Gilgit is the administrative capital of the province Gilgit-Baltistan and has been a famous city along the ancient Silk Road serving as a corridor to spread Buddhism in the Asia. Being one of the busiest cities of this area, it offers opportunities of street photography and capture the buzz of modern life in Karakorams.
Eating places along the river bank are a great attraction for food lovers. It’s a lovely place to enjoy the atmosphere, relax and sleep well.

Next morning, after breakfast we will hit the road towards Hunza.

We will spend these days in exploring and photographing HUNZA, KHUNJERAB and NAGAR Valleys, while learning and enjoying nature in the best possible way. Early morning starts, light walks along the trees and capturing the romance of flowering trees against the deep blue sky. People of this area are very much welcoming with beautiful smiles. Before the evening you will find yourself sitting in the middle of this cup shaped valley which is surrounded by snow clad mountains.

We will also manage to experience the sunrise during the magical hours and pay a visit to the historical Altit and Baltit forts of the ancient rulers of Hunza Valley.
Walnut cake is a local speciality made from pure organic ingredients. We will cherish our evenings while witnessing the last light on falling on the mountain tops. This will be our lifestyle throughout these days in these Valleys.

Next morning, we will be heading back to Islamabad where we will have our good bye dinner and debriefing session.

WHAT TO BRING

We do our best to keep you comfortable but let us know if there is something that you can’t eat, please let us know. Weather in these mountains is unpredictable. During the day it will be pleasant but the nights can be really cold so you need to bring warm clothes and a light jacket. A comfortable pair of shoes, a good hat, warm gloves and sunblock is recommended.

CAMERA EQUIPMENT

In terms of camera kit you can bring your kit but a light and sturdy tripod with some lenses for landscapes and general photo opportunities such as a 24-70mm for landscapes is the favourite choice. I would suggest a macro lens of some sort and then maybe an intermediate zoom (70-200 or 100-400) so that you don’t miss anything in terms of opportunity. During the evenings we will have a chance to critique and look at participants’ work.

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NATURE – ADVENTURE RETREAT

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This tour has been specifically designed for nature lovers & enthusiast photographers of all skill levels offering an ultimate experience of spring blossom in the valleys of northern areas of Pakistan. It doesn’t matter what camera you are carrying, you would be able to capture the magical landscapes and learn photography on-location from the experienced professionals. We will take you to the locations chosen by the professional photographer himself.

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