MEET THE WOMEN OF PAKISTAN

(15-28 august 2025)
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challenge bias on this socially-impactful motorcycle adventure

Going on a Pakistan road trip with us is not just about a motorcycle journey from Islamabad to the Khunjerab pass

It’s about riding through to three major mountain ranges, the Himalayas, Karakorum and Hindu Kush, along the mighty Indus river, where some of the first civilizations were formed.

It’s about meeting the strong women of Kalash valley, the all-women football team of Shimshal, and the independent women of Hunza.

It’s about experiencing local life, participating in and learning about local music and dance.

 

Challenge your own assumptions and fears on this road trip out of of the ordinary.

sharing with pakistani women

MOTORCYCLE WOMEN ROAD TRIP PAKISTAN

Learning local craft at the all-women wood factory of Hunza, playing a soccer game with the girls team of Shimshal, or meeting the women of the Kalash valley where multiple religions are practised.

You will expeirence the incredible hospitality of the people of Pakistan.

Thanks to all these exchanges and enriching encounters, you will discover the multifaceted role of women in Pakistan which reflects an ongoing process of societal transformation.

making an impact on society

MEET THE WOMEN OF PAKISTAN

Contributing tools to the Women’s Wood Factory, sponsoring the all-women soccer team, or gifting motorcycles at the Girls’ Hostel of Shimshal.

As per all our motorcycle adventures, a significant part of the tour revenue is contributed to social impact and local women’s economic empowerment.

Profits of the tour are also used to fund scooters at our women-led riding school in Nepal.

reconnecting to your wild soul

MEET THE WOMEN OF PAKISTAN

Marveling at the Nanga Parbat, one of the 14 peaks in the world over 8000m, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and serene valleys.

Riding on the Karakoram Highway, an engineering marvel, connecting this region to China.

Defying the “Death Road” with a sheer drop on one side and a steep cliff on the other side.

This is how you will experience what it means to live in the moment, on your motorcycle.

ROAD TRIP SUMMARY

duration:
14 days, 10 riding days

routes:

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Day 1: Arrival into Islamabad

Explore Islamabad, visit the Grand Faisal mosque and have a meal at Saidpur village.

Day 2: Islamabad to Balakot (approx. 3.5 hours)

The bikes are waiting for us at Balakot, where we will start the ride the following day.

Day 3: Ride from Balakot to Batakundi (approx. 5 hours)

We enter the Himalayas, lush green rolling hills all around. Naran Bazaar is busy – it will be the first chance for everyone to explore a Pakistani mountain market.

Day 4: Ride from Batakundi to Hunza (approx. 7 hours)

Today we go over the most beautiful pass in Pakistan – Babusar pass at 13,700ft, and everyone gets to ride the world famous Karakorum highway next to the mighty Indus river. We will also stop at the junction point where the three mountain ranges meet – the Karakorum, Himalayas and Hindukush. We’ll also try some local Hunza food today.

Day 5: Rest day in Hunza

We explore different historical sites, including 1000+ year old forts. We will also visit Shimshal girls hostel, and visit an all women furniture factory where we will meet the women and understand how the women here live and work. We’ll also visit a local music school which is supported by ADA. 

Day 6: Ride from Hunza to the border with China, then down to Passu for the night (approx.. 8 hours)

We ride to the highest paved border crossing in the world at 15,400ft, through the Karakorum mountain range. This ride is special! 

Day 7: Ride from Passu to Shimshal valley (approx. 3 hours)

We get to ride the “Death Road” off road ride with a sheer drop on one side and a steep cliff on the other side. Beautiful scenery, we’ll be completely alone on this road. We get to mingle with the local women of shimshal, and a football match can be arranged with the local women football team.

Day 8: Ride from Shimshal to Gilgit (approx. 8 hours)

Today for lunch we will have Yak Burger, then visit a school in Ghulkin that ADA has been supporting for the last few years.

Day 9: Ride from Gilgit to Phander (approx. 5 hours)

The journey from Gilgit to Phandar valley is not just a ride; it’s a sensory voyage that allows you to truly immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes and unique charm of this incredible region. The road to Phandar is a favourite amongst the local tour guides. 

Day 10: Ride from Phander to Mastuj (approx. 6 hours)

We will stop at Shandur Pass, the world’s highest polo field, and make our way to picturesque Mastuj town where stay at Mastuj Fort, a family-owned space of private wooden huts in a magical fort garden.

Day 11: Ride from Mastuj to Ayun (approx. 6 hours)

You will not feel like leaving this morning because Mastuj does that to everyone of us, every time we spend a night here; however, it’s time to head towards Ayun Fort.

Day 12: Ride from Ayun to Kalash and back (approx. 1.5 hours)

This will be a very special day for us as we make our way to Kalash valley. The Kalash people are believed to be the last descendants of Alexander the Great, a ‘lost tribe’ hidden in a remote village. We shall immerse ourselves with this unique and vibrant tribe of indigenous people, amidst their village, their traditions, their incredible school and immense beauty. We will hear their stories, learn their history, and do everything in our power to ensure their future. 

Day 13: Ride from Ayun to Mardan (approx. 6 hours)

This is our last day on the bikes. We will hit some traffic today but nothing crazy.

Day 14: Drive to Islamabad for flight home 

A 3.5 hour drive to Islamabad, we shall have lunch today and get ready for your flights out today.

 

DISTANCE:
Approx. 2,000km

MOTORCYCLE:
Honda CB150F

HOUSING:
guesthouse and Bed and Breakfasts

number of participants:
10

INCLUDED:

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– Airport transfers

– Bikes rental and fuel

– Support vehicle with spare parts and luggages

– English-speaking professional local guides and mechanics

– Accommodation (twin share basis)

– All meals and bottled water

– All park, entry fees and government taxes

EXCLUDED:

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– Flight

– Visa 

– Drinks other than bottled water

– Personal travel and medical insurances or emergency evacuation expenses

– Driver/guide tips

– All other personal and travel expenses not mentioned in the inclusions

PRICE:
EUR 3,900 / pers

MEET OUR LOCAL team

Moin Khan

MEET THE WOMEN OF PAKISTAN

Moin is a patriotic Pakistani who has been living in Lahore his entire life except 7 years spent in California USA, for university and work.

His craziest adventure was riding his Honda CBR 600 f4i from San Francisco, California to Lahore, Pakistan in 2011. He has been riding bikes for 2 decades and has led several motorcycle rides in America, Pakistan, Tanzania, Thailand, and Vietnam (route planning, up to 12 people group briefing and management, logistics management). He travelled by bike in over 40 countries across 4 continents.

He reached out to Alison to organise a FreeW tour because he loved the concept and has already hosted an all-women tour for 5 years. He believes collaborating with like minded people is the best way to grow and loves the idea to further increase his impact on women through travel.

Aisha Sipra

MEET THE WOMEN OF PAKISTAN

Aisha hails from a small village named “Chah Garab,” located near Mandi Bahauddin, in the northern Punjab. 
Travelling as a pillion rider with her brother since 2014, Aisha started riding motorcycles on her own in 2018, after she began university.

Her longest motorcycle road trip to date was in 2022, when she travelled from Lahore to Hunza, Skardu, to Khunjerab Pass.

Aisha shares FreeW’s mission to facilitate women’s empowerment through motorcycling and a common passion with Moin for their country. By joining us as a trainee tour guide, she hopes to be able to lead more motorcycle tours for international travelers and challenge bias towards Pakistan, while inspiring local women by showcasing the wild possibilities that come with mobility.

pictures of OUR road trip