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Appendix E - Transport Operators

Four regional routes link the cities and towns in Chitral and the Northern Areas that both domestic and foreign tourists visit. These are: the Karakoram Highway (KKH) between Islamabad and the Khunjerab Pass via Gilgit; the Gilgit-Skardu road; the Gilgit-Chitral road over the Shandur Pass; and the Peshawar-Chitral route via Dir over the Lowari Pass.

E.1.0. Private Sector Transport Operators

Private sector transport operators by route follow.

E.1.1. Karakoram Highway (KKH): Islamabad to Khunjerab Pass

E.1.1.a. Rawalpindi-Gilgit-Rawalpindi
  • Hameed Travels Service (tel 73387) Mashriq Hotel, Saddar, south of Fowara Chowk, Rawalpindi; and (tel (0572) 3181 and 3026) Skyways Hotel, Gilgit
  • Sargin Travel Service (tel 74130) Modern Hotel opposite the Novelty Cinema in Kashmiri bazaar, Rawalpindi; and (tel 3939 and 2959) JSR Plaza, Gilgit
  • Hunza Coach Service (HCS) (tel 472705 and 471849) Anarkali Hotel, Pir Wadhai, Rawalpindi; and (tel (0572) 3553) Airport Rd, Gilgit
  • Mashabrum Tours (tel 863595) has daily buses that depart from Pir Wadhai, Rawalpindi; Cinema bazaar, Gilgit
E.1.1.b. Gilgit-Sost-Gilgit
  • Hunza Coach Service (HCS) (tel (0572) 3553), Airport Rd, Gilgit
  • Neelum Transports (tel 2856), Taj Super market, Gilgit

E.1.2. Gilgit-Skardu Road

  • Mashabrum Tours, Cinema bazaar, Gilgit; and (tel 2616 and 2634), Skardu

E.1.3. Gilgit-Chitral & the Shandur Pass

No private sector transport operates regularly on this route.

E.1.4. Peshawar-Chitral & the Lowari Pass

At the time of writing only Shaheen Station/Depot, near PTDC in Chitral, goes direct to Peshawar; with other flying coaches you must transfer in Dir. Various transport operators (e.g., Herkala Rasha Flying Coach) have service direct to Chitral from Peshawar or with connections in Dir.

E.2.0. Public Sector

Northern Areas Transport Corporation (NATCO) (tel 860283 and 861028) operates on the KKH Rawalpindi-Gilgit, Gilgit-Skardu, and Gilgit-Sost.

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