Max Altitude: 4800 m.
Season: June – Oct.
Duration: 18 Days.
As central Asia opens up and travelers look forward to new destinations, the adventures of the by gone days can still be experienced in cities like Samarkand, Bokhara and Khiva.
The beautiful Capital of Tamerlane, Samarkand excelled as a centre of Islamic studies. Bokhara and Khiva treasure their old magnificent religious buildings.Old way of silk road travel In the 13th century, Marco Polo set off on a series of wonderful journeys. Today we retrace the images of these trails of the past. Our journey starts at Islamabad and heads onto the Karakoram Highway and brushes through the scenic Hunza Valley up to the high Khunjerab Pass meeting at Tashurghan to continue for the classical cities of the Grand Silk Road.
Silk Road was named in the middle of 19th century by the German scholar, Baron Ferdinand von Richthofen, theSilk Road- perhaps the greatest East-West trade route and vehicle for cross-cultural exchange – was first traveled by General Zhang Qian in the second century BC while on a mission from Emperor Wudi of the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220). Zhang was sent to recruit the Yueh-chih people, who had recently been defeated by the XIongnu (Huns of the Turkish Decent) and driven to the western fringes of the Taklamakan Desert.
Zhang with caravan of 100 men sent out in 138 BC from the Chinese Capital og Chang’an (present-day Xian) only to be soon captured by the Huns as they passed through the hexi Corridor in north west Gansu. Baltit Fort (700 Yeas old) Alexander the Great’s expansion into Central Asias topped far short Chinese Turkestan, and he appears to have gained little knowledge of the lands beyond. The Romans with only a slight better understanding were convinced that the Seres (the silk People, or the Chinese) harvested silk from trees, the ‘wool of the forests’ according to Pliny. Hunza kids in traditional dress the Parthians along with the Sogdians, Indians, and Kushans soon became prominent middlemen in the trade of silk, reaping tremendous profit, bartering with Chinese traders who escorted their merchandise to Dunhang and as far as Loulan, in the heart of Lop Nor Desert beyond the Great Wall, and carrying the trade on to Persian, Syrian and Greek merchants.
Experiencing the sights and sounds of the Silk Road is for most Westerners the fulfillment of their own Marco Polo adventure fantasy, and the opening of the China Pakistan border at the Khunjerab Pass in 1996 made that dream an exciting reality. The pass is open to foreign tourists from May to On ward till by the end of December.
As we cross over the Khunjerab Pass(4730m), hundreds of ibexes can be seen roaming the scenic landscape. We can also visit the traditional honeymoon favorite resort, Shangri-la.Khunjjarab pass Pakistan China border
Kashgar has a rich history of more than 2,000 years. It is the only the Han Dynasty’s (206 BC – 220 AD) establishment in the “Western Region” which was then developed into a famous trading city during the Tang Dynasty (618 AD – 907 AD). Indeed, Kashgar is worldly known for its ancient past as a pivotal stop-off point city on the Silk Road. Camel caravans, merchants of yaks and pack horses heading west on the northern and southern routes used to meet up at Kashgar to convey their merchandise into Inner provinces of China. Since them, Kashgar has remained a place of great importance for its localization as a gateway to Central, West and South Asia. Good conditioned by its natural resources such as sun, agricultural plants, cotton, fruits… Kashgar is a land mingling cultural uniqueness, precious history and sceneries of magic skylines!