Assalam o Alekum everyone.
I am planning a trip with my family (husband, wife and 3 kids (ages 10, 7 and 3)). Our travel date start from 1 August for max 9-10 days. We will start our trip from Islamabad airport and will hire a driver with Corolla who will return us back at the end of the tour to Islamabad airport. My tentative plan is as follows based on limited research and google maps :-):
Day 1 Islamabad to Neelum Valley (drive time: 7.5 hours)
Day 2 Neelum Valley stay and sightseeing
Day 3 Neelum Valley to Naran (drive time: 7.5 hours)
Day 4 Naran/Saiful Mulok and sightseeing
Day 5 Naran to Skardu (drive time: 7.5 hours)
Day 6 Skardu stay and sightseeing
Day 7 Skardu to Hunza (drive time: 5.5 hours)
Day 8 Hunza stay and sightseeing
Day 9 Hunza to Chilas (drive time: 4.5 hours)
Day 10 Chilas to Islamabad
1. Is the above doable with three kids. Or is it too adventurous?
2. Please suggest any changes in the above plan, e.g. if you think we should go to Hunza first and then Skardu, etc, etc. I am not too keen on Chillas but only including it in our plan to break the long return journey to Islamabad. My Wife really wants to see Neelum valley and hence cannot ignore it. Please suggest alternatives to the above plan as per your experience and the season.
3. What will be the average cost of driver with a Corolla without petrol per day? How much will be average cost of Petrol per day? what will be the average Hotel Cost for our family per day (we want average to good hotels)?
4. Are the roads for the above trip safe? i am not going to Fairy Meadows as i have heard that the road is very dangerous. Are any of the above routes that i will take dangerous?
JazakAllah for all your help.