Approach by road
FROM JUNE TO SEPTEMBER.
If you wish traveling by car, jeep or coaster, you get on the M-2 Motorway going to Peshawar and Exit at Hassanabdal and follow the road to Abbottabad city, passing through Mansehra , Balakot, to Kaghan, it is a beautiful drive, driving along the Kaghan river to the town of Kaghan and on to Naran Town .You are driving on the newly built road, driving past lush green meadows, streams and beautiful Lulusar lake on your left hand side, to the top of Babusar at a height of 10000 feet and driving down the valley, leaving behind the city of Chilas and entering Gilgit / Baltistan region meeting the famous Karakoram Highway, turning right and driving on to Shangrila Inn at Raikote bridge for a break or a night stop.
PLEASE TAKE A ROAD MAP OF THE AREA WHICH ARE AVALIABLE AT BALAKOTE, BEFORE YOU START YOUR JOURNEY.THE JOURNEY IS VERY SAFE ALL THE WAY, TRY TO AVOID TRAVELLING AT NIGHT.THERE ARE VARIOUS POLICE CHECK POST ON THE WAY TO ASSIST YOU.
Option 1: Leave Islamabad early morning, stop a few hours at Naran have Lunch and freshen up then drive straight to Shangrila Raikote Inn, spend the night and leave next morning for Shangrila Skardu and you will be there around Lunch time.
Option 2: Leave Islamabad early morning, spend the night at Naran, after breakfast next morning, leave for Shangrila Raikote Inn, have Lunch and freshen up and proceed to Shangrila Skardu and you will be there in the evening.
Please Note: (It is not advisable for elderly persons and small kids, persons with Heart Ailment)
OPTION3 : Night Stay at Shangrila Inn Raikote, you can park your jeep/ car. Early morning hire a jeep which will take you up about 16 kilometers, from their you have to take a two and a half hour walk or on horseback, to lush green Fairy Meadows which is at a height of 10,000 feet, stay the night or two, to admire the beauty of Nanga Parbat, the 9th Highest Peak in the world, 26,660 feet. When you plan your trip back you should leave early morning latest by 8 am, as it gets hot on the way, It will take you about two and a half hours to walk back, you may not require a horse. The local jeeps charge a fixed rate and they go by turns, try to bargain and drive back to Shangrila Raikote Inn, have your Lunch and leave for Shangrila Skardu on the way you will cross the town of JAGLOTwhere you can fill up your tanks and check your air pressure and spare tyre, after a few kilometers you turn right and cross a bridge over the Gilgit river, then following the Indus river you will cross small villages after every half hour where kids will stop you to buy fresh fruit, the next point is SASSI where there is a petrol pump also. Please drive with caution,
KEEP TO THE EXTREME LEFT SPECIALLY ON TURNS. You can stop at various places and take pictures. Ahead of SASSI after about one hour’s drive you will reach ASTAK, where there is a PTDC Restaurant, you can freshen up and proceed to your destination“ SHANGRILA HEAVEN ON EARTH.”
PLEASE NOTE ON THIS ROUTE YOU SAVE ATLEAST FIVE HOURS DRIVING TIME, INCASE YOU FOLLOW THE OLD KKH ROUTE, THROUGH THAKOTE, BATTGRAM, BESHAM ,PATTAN, DASSU AND CHILAS.