Pakistan·September

Pakistan Tuk-Tuk Adventure

Explore the rugged, contrasting landscapes of Northern Pakistan.

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Overview

Welcome to the Pakistan Tuk-Tuk Challenge! In Pakistan, tuk-tuks are also known as rickshaws, which is why our adventure is also famous as the Pakistan Rickshaw Challenge. You've probably heard of it, and it's true that Pakistan hasn't necessarily been a place on most travelers' minds as a destination. But we're here to tell you: it absolutely is a place to go, and it's definitely best explored by tuk-tuk. Don't believe us? Head over to Google and type in 'Pakistan nature.' See what comes up. From Islamabad to Hunza, and Peshawar to Gilgit – we're certain your eyes aren't ready for this! This place isn't like all those other places you've been. It's wilder, less-traveled, and, objectively speaking, the perfect setting for the trip of a lifetime. Your heart will swell. So join us as we take our three-wheeled wonder machines out into this fantastical place, on a 10-day Amazing Race-style challenge that will test your physical and mental prowess, and give you at least 636 stories to tell your grandkids. You'll be pioneering a route through the north that not many travelers have ever done before. You'll be making history and having a ball. You'll be the talk of the town. You'll be supported by a merry band of fellow travelers, as well as medical, operations, and mechanical teams, the whole way. Not to mention, you'll have the sensationally friendly locals themselves to help you roam. And all along the way, you'll be helping raise money for charity.

Highlights

Food

Food

What about the food? It's a mix of Indian and Asian influences seasoned with heaps of oil and spices. There are hot kebabs and rice. Plates and bowls of aromatic vegetables. You can mix turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, garam masala. Make your tuk-tuk behaviour even better. Why not visit your local Pakistani restaurant? Tell us you won't want to go straight to the source. We won't believe you.

Details

Details

We hire rickshaws from local drivers, while we arrange all your accommodations. On top of that, we also ensure a large portion of your entry fee goes towards helping local communities. All you have to do is show up, hop in, and drive! You won't find another adventure like it.

Adventure

Adventure

Basically, our Pakistan Tuk-Tuk Challenge is what it sounds like. It's in Pakistan. It's challenging. You drive rickshaws. And you'll definitely get a full-on Pakistani experience. There are mountains bigger than you've ever seen, incredibly hot curry, occasionally overloaded trucks, and plenty of culture and history in the tin. If that sounds like your particular brand of fun, keep reading.

Schedule

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serenahotelislamabad

DAY 1

Training day

Welcome to Pakistan and welcome to Serena Hotel Islamabad!

Kickstart your Pakistan Tuk-Tuk Adventure with registration and comprehensive training sessions in Islamabad. Get acquainted with your fellow adventurers and gear up for an epic journey filled with excitement and exploration.

Distance Traveled: N/A
Dinner: Welcome Dinner 

balakotroom

DAY 2

Distance Travelled: 155km

Set off on your unforgettable journey from Islamabad after a delicious locally sourced breakfast. You are headed to Balakot, nestled along the picturesque Kunhar River. Experience the thrill as you officially flag off your Tuk-Tuk Adventure and begin your exploration of this beautiful country.

Distance Traveled: 155 km

Breakfast: Hotel

Lunch: On the road

Dinner: Optional dinner at a local restaurant/hotel

roomybatakundi

DAY 3

Distance Travelled: 109km

Rise and shine to the crisp mountain air! Today, you'll journey from Balakot to Batakundi, passing through breathtaking landscapes of lush valleys and towering peaks. Embrace the serenity of nature as you wind your way through the scenic roads.

Distance Traveled: 109 km

Breakfast: Hotel

Lunch: On the road

Dinner: Optional dinner at a local restaurant/hotel

chilasshangrila

DAY 4

Distance Travelled: 90km

Today's adventure takes you from Batakundi to Chilas, offering stunning views of the mighty Indus River and the rugged beauty of the Karakoram Highway. Immerse yourself in the unique culture and hospitality of the region as you interact with locals along the way.

Distance Traveled: 90 km

Breakfast: Hotel

Lunch: On the road

Dinner: Optional dinner at a local restaurant/hotel 

serenahotelGilgit

DAY 5

Distance Travelled: 130km

Get ready to be enchanted as you journey from Chilas to Gilgit. Marvel at the dramatic landscapes and enjoy the warm hospitality of Gilgit, known as the "Gateway to the Karakoram". Explore the bustling bazaars and immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of the region.

Distance Traveled: 130 km

Breakfast: Hotel

Lunch: On the road

Dinner: Optional dinner at a local restaurant/hotel 

sost

DAY 6

Distance Travelled: 180km

Today, you'll embark on a scenic drive from Gilgit to the legendary Sost. Traverse through the mesmerizing landscapes, passing quaint villages and majestic mountains. As you arrive in Sost, soak in the charm of this border town nestled amidst rugged terrain.

Distance Traveled: 180 km

Breakfast: Hotel

Lunch: Local restaurant

Dinner: Optional dinner at a local restaurant/hotel 

sost

DAY 7

Distance Travelled: 160km (via Khunjreb Pass)

Gear up for the ultimate highlight of your Tuk-Tuk Adventure as you embark on an epic drive from Sost to Khunjerab Pass, the highest paved international border crossing in the world. Experience the exhilarating journey amidst breathtaking vistas of snow-capped peaks and sprawling glaciers. After reaching the pinnacle at Khunjerab Pass, savor the moment before retracing your steps back to Sost.

Distance Traveled: 160km

Breakfast: Hotel

Lunch: On the road

Dinner: Optional dinner at a local restaurant/hotel 

offtoresort

DAY 8

Distance Travelled: 97km

Continue on your journey exploring the magnificent Hunza Valley as you leave Sost and make your way to Offto Resort that sits overlooking the breathtaking views of the Deran Peak, Baltit Fort, Rakaposhi Peak, lady Finger top or Hunza valley.

Distance Traveled: 97km

Breakfast: Hotel

Lunch: On the road

Dinner: Optional dinner at a local restaurant/hotel 

gilgitserenahotel

DAY 9

Distance Travelled: 98km

As your Tuk-Tuk Adventure enters its final leg, embark on the scenic drive from Karimabad to Gilgit. Relish every moment of this journey, soaking in the grandeur of the Karakoram Range and the tranquil beauty of the valleys. Make the most of your time as you reflect on the incredible experiences and memories made along the way.

Distance Traveled: 98 km

Breakfast: Hotel

Lunch: On the road

Dinner: Celebration Dinner

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DAY 10

Departure Day

Bid farewell to Pakistan as our unforgettable Tuk-Tuk Adventure comes to a close. Depart with cherished memories, new friends, and a sense of accomplishment knowing that you've experienced the true essence of Pakistan.Until next time!

Distance Traveled: N/A

Breakfast: Hotel 

What's Included

What's Included

Training and driving lessons on arrival day.

Hire and use of 1 genuine, ready-to-roll rickshaw for the duration of the Challenge. Third party liability insurance included.

Challenge Logistics & Legal Stuff - Mechanics, Support Team, Permits, Luggage Truck & Backup Medical Support

Accommodation for 2 or 3 people (9 Nights) in double, twin or triple rooms. 1 room per team

Welcome pack (sim card and phone, map, t-shirt, event bag, phrase-book, navigational sheets).

Awards ceremony & farewell party.

5% contribution to our Meaningful Travel projects

Half Board - 9 deliciousl locally-made breakfasts and dinners

Flights, visas, airport transfers.

Rickshaw spare parts and repairs (approx. total £40-120 per team).

Fuel (approx. total £100 per team).

Day to day costs (approx. £30 per day for lunch and drinks).

Rickshaw Pimpin.

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Why Pakistan?

Pakistan's landscapes are varied, from ancient glaciers to alpine forests and deserts. Pakistanians are known for their hospitality. Locals welcome visitors with a warm smile and invite them to share meals. Pakistan is an extremely diverse country, with a vibrant ethnic diversity that enriches the experience. A tuk-tuk ride through Pakistan is a unique, off-the-beaten-path experience that is both thrilling and memorable, making it a must-see destination. 

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Trip Tips

What should I bring along?

What should I bring along?

Probably not your ski jacket. Or that set of golf clubs. Pakistan has hot summers, so pack accordingly. The nights can get a little chilly in the hills, so a windbreaker jacket and a few light layers wouldn’t go amiss. Other than that, bring all your travel essentials, some good quality suncream and anything you think will make the long driving days more fun (we recommend honing you I-Spy skills beforehand). Oh, and did we mention it might rain?

What about luggage?

What about luggage?

Don’t worry, you don’t have to strap suitcases to the roof of your tuk tuk. We’ve got a luggage truck that will follow us around. Each morning you’ll load it up with your heavy bags, and each night we’ll hand it back at our hotel. Job done. Simples.

In the unfortunate event of a breakdown

In the unfortunate event of a breakdown

Tuk-Tuks are unique vehicles that require careful handling and maintenance. While our team works tirelessly to ensure the safety and reliability of our fleet, it´s important to note that Tuk-Tuks are delicate machines that can experience mechanical issues or breakdowns due to improper handling or poor road conditions. We take great pride in providing our customers with an authentic and adventurous travel experience, and part of that experience is accepting the risks and challenges that come withdriving a Tuk-Tuk. In the event that a Tuk-Tuk does experience mechanical issues we have mechanics on hand and, depending on the nature of the breakdown, it may be the responsibility of the driver to repair the vehicle at their own expense. We understand that this may be an inconvenience, but we believe it is a fair price to pay for the thrill and excitement of Tuk-Tuk travel. So, if you´re ready to embark on a one-of-a-kind adventure, just remember to drive carefully, follow our safety guidelines, and embrace the challenges that come with this unique mode of transportation. After all, it´s all part of the adventure!

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You'll Be Staying Here

Hill View Hotel

Hill View Hotel

Demanchi Hotel

Demanchi Hotel

Chilas Inn Hotel

Chilas Inn Hotel

Gilgit Embassy Lodge

Gilgit Embassy Lodge

Sost Embassy

Sost Embassy

Hotel PTDC Hunza

Hotel PTDC Hunza

The Route

FAQs

Ah, the humble rickshaw, or “Auto” as they’re sometimes known as, is the original tin can on wheels. And they’re freak’n awesome!

They’ve got three wheels (don’t ask us why), an open frame, a canvas roof with drop down sides, a cabin for the driver and two seats in the back. Oh, and an engine: a 4-stroke beast that is probably slightly more powerful than a horse.

Rickshaws have a few advantages: they’re durable, easy to use and very forgiving. They’ll happily handle almost any surface, climate or level of abuse. Their cruising speed is a tasty 35kph (22mph). Their cruising altitude is about one foot.

Specifications

  • Engine: 4 stroke engine – 205 cc
  • Petrol tank: 6 litre normal capacity plus 1 litre of reserve
  • Average petrol consumption: 1 litre approx 20 to 25 Km’s
  • Top speed: 55 kmph

For a comprehensive answer, go and Google ‘internal combustion engine’. But here are the cliffnotes.

  • The accelerator is found on the right.
  • The clutch and gears are located on the left.
  • The main break is actioned by your right foot.

On the first day of the event, everyone is required to attend a mandatory rickshaw driving induction and safety training session (this means you). You’ll get lots of time to practice before hitting the road. A rickshaw is a cross between a car and a scooter, so clutch control is key. If you´ve driven a scooter or motorbike before, it’ll be a breeze.

It’s worth remembering that the Pakistan Tuk-Tuk Challenge is just that – a challenge. It’s not a race. It’s not like Cake’s seminal 90s hit The Distance. Speed should not be your priority. If anything should be, it’s probably fun.

The Challenge is broken up into various driving legs. Each team gets a road map and a daily navigational sheet, which they’ll use to get from A to B each day. The winning team isn’t the team that finishes first, it’s the one that accumulates the most Challenge points. How do you get points? By nailing various challenges, we set you along the way.

That means that racing is not encouraged. In fact it’s actively discouraged. There’s no need to set a new Pakistan ground-speed record (very difficult to do on a 200cc Rickshaw, but still…) We’ll provide mechanical support when you need it, but essentially you’re hiring a Rickshaw and driving it independently each day. By yourself. Han solo.

A team is made up of either 2 or 3 people. Apparently there is no ‘I’ in it. You get one Rickshaw per team.

Unfortunately, no. Only because each leg will start from the hotel / over-night stop and the idea is to share our challenging travel experience together. Most importantly you wouldn’t want to miss out on each night’s social gatherings…

Yes, you’ve got to be at least 18 years old in order to participate. We don’t have a maximum age, but if you’re over 65 we definitely recommend checking with your insurer to make sure you qualify for the medical insurance you’ll need to take part. The Challenge is physically tough, but by no means extreme – we won’t sugar-coat it. You should really only take part if you’re in decent physical shape and your health is A-Okay.

Probably not your ski jacket. Or that set of golf clubs. Pakistan has hot summers, so pack accordingly. The nights can get a little chilly in the hills, so a windbreaker jacket and a few light layers wouldn’t go amiss. Other than that, bring all your travel essentials, some good quality suncream and anything you think will make the long driving days more fun (we recommend honing you I-Spy skills beforehand). Oh, and did we mention it might rain?

Don’t stress, they’re very friendly. If you can ride a bicycle that has a clutch and an engine, you can ride a rickshaw. Besides, on the first day everyone gets mandatory rickshaw driving instructions and safety training. You’ll have plenty of practice before hitting the open road.

To put it bluntly – yes. There will be an element of danger, if only because you’re sitting behind the handlebars of a three-wheeled Rickshaw, on top of 200CC of raw power, and tackling unfamiliar roads in a foreign country. Lets face it, Indian roads can be diabolical in places and the driving standards might not be what you’re used to. That in itself is a bit risky. But don’t worry too much – if you’re sensible and cautious, you should be fine, and we have a fully trained crew to swing in if anything goes wrong. That includes an ambulance and paramedics on standby.

Warning: Auto Rickshaws can easily roll and flip if not handled correctly. We take safety really seriously on these challenges, and you should know there are inherent risks involved, including potentially life-threatening situations.

Your humble steed will be handed over in a good road worthy condition and from then onwards it is your responsibility to take care of any repair costs. Our team of mechanics will be at your disposal throughout the event and will assist you with this at a cost. Otherwise you can turn to the locals to help you out. But don’t worry spare parts are not that expensive!

The cost of repairs depends on how each teams looks after their vehicle. Naturally there is a small amount of wear and tear on these type of events, but you will only be charged for parts that are damaged or need to be replaced. There will be a full vehicle inspection prior to handing over your ride. On average, the cost of repairs ranges from £ 40-120 per team.

These wonderful machines are surprisingly fuel efficient, so unless you drive like a madman your wheels will do at least 30 km to the litre so you won’t really be spending more than £100 bucks for the whole Challenge.

Whoa there, speed racer. These bad boys can’t really get over 50kph. The average speed should be around 35kph. Fast enough to get the blood racing, but not so fast you hit a cow. That’s the sweet spot.

If possible, try not to do this. One of our registration requirements is to pay (or better block the amount off your credit card) a refundable deposit of £1,500 per team. This will (ideally) cover you for most touch ups and accidents, although if the rickshaw is a complete write-off the bill might increase. At the end of the Challenge we’ll inspect the vehicle, come to an agreement, and return any balance to you before you leave Pakistan. A pretty standard car-hire type system, really.

Travel insurance is a must-have on all our Adventures; in fact it’s a condition of entry. 

Please ensure that you have appropriate travel insurance which covers Emergency & Medical insurance for the duration of the trip as well as ensuring that you have cover to drive the Tuk-Tuk. It is also advisable to have cover for things such as luggage loss and flight cancellation etc.

We can suggest you take a look at Campbell Irvine or SafetyWing.

Third party insurance is included under the hire of the rickshaw. Scratch as many Ferraris as you want (please don’t actually do this).

Everyone who competes has to provide us with a valid International Driving Permit with a Category A stamp. It’s your responsibility to have the correct DL.

Definitely! We love to see teams going the extra mile to raise money for charity. Just be aware that the rickshaws we use have limited branding space (we take up some for our own branding purposes). If you need more info on this, just let us know.

Easy peasy. Here’s how:

  1. Sign up.
  2. Pay your initial deposit.

Once you’ve done all that successfully, we’ll send you an email with lots of exclamation marks confirming your team’s availability.

Once your registration is locked and loaded, we’ll email you and ask you to provide us with:

  1. A passport copy for each team member (we promise not to laugh at the photos).
  2. International Driving Permit with a category A stamp.
  3. Your arrival and departure details.

We’ll double check all these docs on the ground in Pakistan, so please bring copies with you.

30 days before the Challenge.

Ah visas, our old nemesis. You can find out how to apply, here.

We try to stick to the original route and accommodation as much as possible, but they can be subject to change from time to time.

Not really. Some luxuries can be a little pricey (hence the ‘luxury’ bit), but for the most part it’s super reasonable. Lunch might be a few bucks and beers are generally around the same. It’s like travelling back in time to the 50s when the world was a much simpler place and children respected their elders.

All our hotels will have internet connection

Summers in Pakistan are hot, so be prepared.

This is completely up to you (and your doc), but generally it’s a good idea to be up-to-date with standard vaccinations like Tetanus, Hap A and Polio. Other jabs to consider are Tuberculosis, Meningitis and Typhoid. Anti-malaria meds might also be a good idea. If in doubt, check with your GP.

Pakistan has a good road network linking all the major cities, towns and interesting places. But don’t go expecting pristine tarmac everywhere you ride. Some of the rural roads in particular can get pretty wild and bumpy.

  • Only 20% deposit required to signup.
  • Outstanding amount is required 60 days before the start of the Challenge.
  • 60+ days before the challenge starts: Loss of deposit
  • 59-45 days before the challenge starts: 50%
  • 44 days or less before the challenge starts: 100% 

For more information please refer to our Booking Terms & Conditions.

Travelling in a Muslim country does mean that dress code is something to think about. We recommend that women always carry a shawl/ sarong and wear clothes that covers the knees and shoulders as some towns/villages can be more conservative than others.

When driving it wouldn't be too much of an issue, but when stopping it's good to be prepared.

 

While we can't guarantee the quality, alcohol will be available for non- Muslims at most of the properties we will be staying at.

Dates

September 23 - October 2 2024

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May 9 - 18 2025

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September 22 - October 1 2025

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Pakistan Tuk-Tuk Adventure

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