Lahore to IslamabadThe best way to reach Gilgit-Baltistan from Lahore is via by air, for which one has to reach Islamabad because there is no flight which operates directly among Lahore, Gilgit, and Skardu.
If you have your own conveyance and you want to travel from Lahore to Gilgit, Skardu, and Hunza then again it is the same, you need to reach Islamabad first because there are no roads which link the Gilgit-Baltistan with Lahore directly. Gilgit-Baltistan is in the north and has to pass through the KPK to reach there.
Islamabad to Gilgit, Skardu, and Hunza
What are the possible routes?
By road journey from Islamabad or Rawalpindi to Gilgit and Skardu is one of the adventurous and enjoyable journeys of the world, because departing from Islamabad to Skardu or Gilgit the vehicles pass from scenic wonderlands and panoramic valleys i.e almost all the beautiful places of the KPK. There are two routes to reach Gilgit-Baltistan from Islamabad or Rawalpindi. One is directly through KKH (Karakorum Highway) which is named as N35. If you follow this route you will see the beautiful places of KPK like Mansehra, Abbottabad, Batgram, Chatarplane, Patan and Bisham etc.
|Karakorum Highway passing through the Gilgit-Baltistan|
Another way is same from Islamabad to Mansehra city of KPK but from here it follows the national highway named as N15. If you follow this route that also meets to KKH at Chilas District of Gilgit-Baltistan, you will see the most beautiful and panoramic places of Pakistan i.e. Naran and Kaghan valley and Babusar Top of Gilgit-Baltistan. You can see the map below to understand the route better.
Major cities and towns along the route»
Islamabad » Taxila» Haripur » Abbottabad » Mansehra » Batgram» Thakot » Bisham » Dasu » Chilas » Gilgit » Skardu
Islamabad » Taxila» Haripur » Abbottabad » Mansehra » Balakot » Mahandri »Kagahn » Naran » Chilas » Gilgit » Skardu
If you are going to Gilgit it will take about a half an hour to reach Gilgit city from this junction. But if you are determined to go to Skardu you will have to cover 200 km more. It will take about four to five hours to reach Skardu. On the way towards Skardu, the vehicle will make a stop for lunch at PTDC motel Stak Valley which will be the last tea or meal. Now, after 2 and half hours, you will reach Skardu city and will be enjoying the beautiful weather and places of Skardu.
|Junction of Indus and Gilgit River from where ways of Skardu and Gilgit split|
|A close view of Skardu Road across the Gilgit River|
Going to Hunza
The way to Hunza is same as to Gilgit i.e vehicle passing through Gilgit reaches Hunza.
How long does it take to reach Gilgit and Skardu from Islamabad?
Once you are in Gilgit and Skardu you can visit other cities as well from these two, these two cities are accessible via by air travel as well. From Gilgit, you can visit all cities of Gilgit-Baltistan in different directions. It will take 5 hours for Skardu, about 2 hours for Hunza and Nagar, 2 hours for Ghizer and about 3-4 hours for Astore and Chilas.
For more information, you can visit Stations and Terminals.
The list of transport agencies are:
NATCO (Northern Areas Transport Corporation)