scenic coastal roads and wild frontier towns
Karachi – Pasni – Astola Island – Gwadar – Jiwani – Quetta – Khuzdar – Moola Chatook
This tour is offered on a regular monthly basis. Let us know your desired departure month by clicking on the learn-more button below: we will match your preferences with the next relevant scheduled group departure. If you are still unsure about your desired departure date, then simply tell us a period or a season of the year and we will provide you a range of scheduled group departures: just pick up yours!
Our scheduled group departures don't suit your plans? If you are travelling with more than 4 friends, you can set your own departure date: we will arrange a bespoke tour just for you for the same price per person advertised below. If you are travelling solo or with less than four companions, we will then organise a slightly more expensive tailored tour according to your time schedule and specific geographical preferences.
Warning: entry to Pakistan will be refused to Israeli passport holders and travellers with any evidence (stamp, visa, permits) of visiting Israel.
DAY 1/2 - Karachi
Our guide will meet you at Karachi International Airport and drive you to our hotel of choice (exact hotel name and address will be communicated well in advance per email).
Introductory briefing about the region, the route and the set of rules to observe while travelling in Baluchistan.
We'll spend our first two days exploring Karachi, a behemoth metropolis full of unexpected wonders and striking contrasts.
Highlights of your stay will include world-famous sights (such as the Mohatta Palace and the Empress Market) and little-visited peripheral neighbourhoods (like unjustly-feared Orangi Town), as well as a couple of modernist architectural gems and fading colonial grandeur.
Lunch, dinner and overnight in Karachi.
DAY 3 - Makran Coastal Highway
We'll set off early in the morning for a scenic drive westwards along the legendary Makran Coastal Highway, a 653-km-long paved running along the wild shores of the Indian Ocean.
Our first stops will be the small town of Gadani, home to third-largest ship-breaking yard in the world, and Kund Malir, a world-class beach and entry point to the Hingol National Park
We’ll continue deeper into Hingol to visit an ancient Hindu temple at Hinglaj Mata and the beautiful beaches at Ormara, a small Baluchi fishing port.
After a quick lunch on the road, we'll continue to Pasni, a major coastal city of Balochistan and the starting point for our pioneering trip to Astola Island.
Dinner and overnight in Pasni.
DAY 4 - Astola Island
Early departure by chartered boat to Astola, a stunningly beautiful uninhabited island off the coast of Baluchistan and Pakistan's own answer to the Maldives.
We'll spend the whole day on the day island exploring its natural sights, indulging in some snorkeling or simply relaxing at the beach.
Dinner and overnight on Astola Island (tents will be provided).
DAY 5 - Gwadar
Admiring the sunrise at Astola Island definitely ranks among the very best off-the-beaten-path experiences in Southern Asia: truly unforgettable.
After breakfast we'll then return by boat to Pasni and head further west to Gwadar, a relatively big Baluchi port town, formerly belonging to the Sultanate of Oman.
In the evening we will drive to the top of the so-called Hammerhead Mountain near Gwadar to enjoy the sunset vista over the town.
Dinner and overnight in Gwadar.
DAY 6 - Jiwani
Morning hike to the Crocodile Mountain, from where we'll admire breathtaking views over the Gwadar Bay.
We'll spend the rest of the day chilling out and swimming at the gorgeous beaches of Gaz and Jiwani.
In Jiwani we'll also meet Baluchi fishermen, visit traditional houses and tour the local fish market.
Dinner and overnight in Gwadar.
DAY 7 - Quetta
Morning flight to Quetta, the bustling capital of Baluchistan.
We'll spend a few hours exploring Quetta, an ancient city full of charmingly crumbling buildings, colourful bazaars and friendly people.
After lunch we'll visit Ziarat, a traditional resort town surrounded by lush vegetation, colonial buildings and spectacular waterfalls.
Dinner and overnight in Quetta.
DAY 8 - Khuzdar
Long morning drive to Khuzdar, the ancient capital of the Brahui Kingdom and a major transport hub in Western Pakistan.
Besides the routine pauses for food, toilet and random landscape pictures, we'll break the journey to visit Kalat and Surab, traditional little towns set amid the fertile plains of central Baluchistan.
Dinner and overnight in Khuzdar.
DAY 9 - Moola Chotok
After breakfast we'll head to Moola Chotok, a hidden natural sanctuary located north of Khuzdar District.
We'll spend the whole day in this conveniently isolated, divinely quiet and utterly sublime place of natural beauty and ancient history.
Highlights will include: snorkelling, swimming and cliff-diving in the Moola Gorge, hiking across surrounding hills and long chats with the locals about all the world and his wife in front of a bonfire and a cup of tea.
Lunch, dinner and overnight in Moola.
DAY 10 - Flight back home or transfer to further destinations
After enjoying a last Baluchi-style breakfast together we'll drive back to Karachi, where we will arrive in the early evening.
For those flying out (evening/night flights): transfer to Karachi International Airport for your flight back home.
For those wishing to take the train/bus to reach further destinations: transfer to the local train/bus station.
End of the tour.
4 to 8 participants: 1990 € per person
The price includes: double/twin room accommodation (breakfast included; single supplement: 20 euros/night), private transport in the region (jeep or minivan), boat ride to and from Astola Island, one-way flight from Gwadar to Quetta, entrance fees to the attractions listed in the itinerary, guiding and translation service.
The price does not include: international flights and any other flight not explicitly included in the tour price and itinerary, meals, drinks and tips, transport to and from the airport of arrival/departure (35 euros/ride), visas if required, entrance fees to attractions not listed in the itinerary, insurance.
The route of this tour has been carefully designed after several research trips in the region. It is, however, always possible to slightly modify the itinerary according to the needs and the suggestions of the participants. Our motto is flexibility.