42 days in Pakistan Itinerary

42 days in Pakistan Itinerary

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42 days in Pakistan Itinerary

Start: Lahore
1
Lahore
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Islamabad
— 8 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Skardu
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Karimabad
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Gilgit
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Naran
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Muzaffarabad
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Nathia Gali
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Chitral
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
10
Karachi
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
11
Quetta
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
End: Lahore

6
nights
Lahore

Lahore ©
Seen by many to be the most forward-thinking, culturally important, and artistic of the country's metropolises, Lahore has plenty of charms, plenty of history, and plenty of people.
Lahore is known for historic sites, parks, museums, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Lahore Fort (Shahi Qila), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lahore Zoo, contemplate the long history of Badshahi Mosque, and don't miss a visit to Masjid Wazir Khan.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lahore itinerary builder .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Lahore. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Islamabad.

Things to do in Lahore

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Badshahi Mosque ©
Badshahi Mosque
Minar-e-Pakistan ©
Minar-e-Pakistan
Bagh-e-Jinnah ©
Bagh-e-Jinnah

8
nights
Islamabad

Islamabad ©
The country's capital since 1963, Islamabad has the look and feel of a planned administrative city because, by and large, that's exactly what it is.
Explore Islamabad's surroundings by going to Ayub National Park (in Rawalpindi) and Murree (Kashmir Point & Dir Munjai Pakistan). Spend the 10th (Mon) exploring nature at Khunjerab National Park. There's much more to do: stroll through Pir Sohawa, explore the activities along Rawal Lake, examine the collection at Pakistan Monument Museum, and explore the striking landscape at Margalla Hills.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Islamabad trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lahore to Islamabad takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Lahore in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Islamabad, with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Skardu.

Things to do in Islamabad

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Murree, Ayub National Park, Khunjerab National Park
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Faisal Mosque ©
Faisal Mosque
Margalla Hills ©
Margalla Hills
Rawal Lake ©
Rawal Lake

4
nights
Skardu

Skardu ©
The notable peaks that surround Skardu may be rugged, daunting, and otherworldly, but the imposing reputation of its most famous natural attractions belies the more fertile, diverse, and homely aspects of the town.
Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring nature at Deosai National Park. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Upper Kachura Lake, don't miss a visit to Kharphocho Fort, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Manthal Buddha Rock, and see the interesting displays at K2 Museum.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Skardu day trip planner.

You can fly from Islamabad to Skardu in 1.5 hours. You will leave for Karimabad on the 19th (Wed).

Things to do in Skardu

Nature Parks Museums
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Deosai National Park ©
Deosai National Park
Upper Kachura Lake ©
Upper Kachura Lake
Satpara Lake ©
Satpara Lake

1
day
Karimabad

Karimabad ©
On the 20th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Baltit Fort, then appreciate the views at Hunza Valley, then explore the activities along Satrangi Lake, and finally appreciate the views at Eagles Nest.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Karimabad trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Skardu to Karimabad by car takes about 6.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gilgit.

Things to do in Karimabad

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hunza
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Hunza Valley ©
Hunza Valley
Eagles Nest ©
Eagles Nest
Satrangi Lake ©
Satrangi Lake

2
nights
Gilgit

Gilgit ©
Gilgit is the capital city of the Gilgit-Baltistan region, an administrative territory of Pakistan. On the 21st (Fri), appreciate the views at Hunza Valley and then make a trip to Karakorum Highway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Base Camp Nanga Parbat and then take in the awesome beauty at Karakoram Mountains.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Gilgit driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Karimabad to Gilgit in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Naran.

Things to do in Gilgit

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nanga Parbat, Karakoram Mountains
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Hunza Valley ©
Hunza Valley
Karakoram Highway ©
Karakoram Highway
Nanga Parbat ©
Nanga Parbat

2
nights
Naran

Naran ©
The main reason to take a trip to Naran remains the surrounding nature, which includes Kaghan Valley.
On the 23rd (Sun), explore the activities along Saif-ul-Muluk Lake.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Naran travel planner .

You can drive from Gilgit to Naran in 4 hours. You'll set off for Muzaffarabad on the 24th (Mon).

Things to do in Naran

Nature Parks
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Saif-ul-Muluk Lake ©
Saif-ul-Muluk Lake

2
nights
Muzaffarabad

Muzaffarabad ©
Muzaffarabad is the capital of the Pakistani territory of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and is the gateway of Neelum Valley.The city is located in Muzaffarabad District on the banks of the Jhelum and Neelum rivers. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the activities along Neelum River and then steep yourself in history at Red Fort. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pir Chinasi and then take in the awesome beauty at Pir Chinasi.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Muzaffarabad day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Naran to Muzaffarabad takes 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nathia Gali.

Things to do in Muzaffarabad

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Neelum River ©
Neelum River
Pir Chinasi ©
Pir Chinasi
Red Fort ©
Red Fort

2
nights
Nathia Gali

Nathia Gali ©
Nathia Gali or Nathiagali is a mountain resort town or hill station in Abbottabad District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Thandiani. On your second day here, hike along Dunga Gali Pine Line Track and then trek along Mukshpuri Top.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nathia Gali day trip app .

Traveling by car from Muzaffarabad to Nathia Gali takes 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Chitral.

Things to do in Nathia Gali

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province
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Dunga Gali Pine Line Track ©
Dunga Gali Pine Line Track
Thandiani ©
Thandiani

5
nights
Chitral

Chitral ©
Chitral: Khowar for "field"), is the capital of the Chitral District, situated on the western bank of the Chitral River in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring nature at Chitral Gol National Park. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lulusar Lake, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tirich Mir, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kalam Bazaar, and admire the verdant scenery at Chitral Valley.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Chitral day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Nathia Gali to Chitral in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Chitral when traveling from Nathia Gali in September, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Karachi.

Things to do in Chitral

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Lulusar Lake, Kalam Bazaar
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Chitral Gol National Park ©
Chitral Gol National Park
Lulusar Lake ©
Lulusar Lake
Rumbur valley ©
Rumbur valley

6
nights
Karachi

Karachi ©
Sprawling, busy, and central to the nation's economy, Karachi stands as one of the biggest and most populous cities in the world.
Karachi is known for shopping, museums, nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at PAF Museum, get your bearings at Frere Hall, explore the activities along Hawks Bay, and make a trip to Empress Market.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Karachi trip maker website .

Getting from Chitral to Karachi by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Chitral in October, you will find days in Karachi are a bit warmer (41°C), and nights are warmer (28°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Quetta.

Things to do in Karachi

Museums Parks Shopping
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PAF Museum ©
PAF Museum
Dolmen Mall Clifton ©
Dolmen Mall Clifton
Clifton Beach ©
Clifton Beach

2
nights
Quetta

Quetta ©
Surrounded by three large mountains, Quetta feels isolated from much of the country, and its remoteness means it has traditionally served as a stop-off point, rather than a destination in itself.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): browse the different shops at Millennium Mall and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanna Lake.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Quetta day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Karachi to Quetta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Karachi in October: highs in Quetta hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 11°C. On the 12th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Quetta

Shopping Nature Parks
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Hanna Lake ©
Hanna Lake

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