CAS Retreat 2024 – A Study Tour for IB Educational Institutions in Pakistan

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5 nights and 6 days

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Daily Tour

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100 people



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Bonfire during CAS Retreat

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Discover the transformative CAS Retreat with “Gypsy Traces & Tours“, carefully designed for the  IB Educational Institutions in Pakistan. Explore how students engage in creativity, activity, and service projects, fostering holistic development and community impact. Experience a unique blend of education and adventure at the CAS Retreat. Welcome to the CAS Retreat of IB Educational Institutions in Pakistan, a unique and transformative experience that blends education with adventure, creativity, and community service. This retreat is an integral part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, designed to foster holistic development in students. Join us as we delve into the essence of the CAS Retreat, exploring its impact on students and the communities they serve.

What is the CAS Retreat?

CAS Retreat
Learning Rescue Skills from AKAH Trainers

The CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) Retreat is a cornerstone of the IB curriculum, encouraging students to step beyond the classroom and engage in real-world experiences that promote personal and social growth. The retreat typically involves a combination of creative projects, physical activities, and community service initiatives. It provides an opportunity for students to apply their learning in meaningful ways, develop new skills, and contribute positively to society.

  • Creativity Unleashed

At the CAS Retreat, creativity knows no bounds. Students participate in various artistic endeavors, from painting and sculpture to drama and music. These creative projects not only allow students to express themselves but also to collaborate with peers, fostering teamwork and innovative thinking. Workshops led by professional artists and educators inspire students to explore new techniques and

push their creative boundaries.

  • Embracing Physical Activity

Physical activity is a key component of the CAS Retreat, promoting health and well-being. Students engage in a range of sports and outdoor activities, such as hiking, rock climbing, and team-building exercises. These activities help students build resilience, develop leadership skills, and cultivate a spirit of adventure. The stunning natural landscapes of Pakistan provide the perfect backdrop for these exhilarating experiences, making the retreat both enjoyable and challenging.

  • Service with a Purpose

    CAS Retreat
    Passu Peak – Impact of Global Warming

Service is at the heart of the CAS Retreat. Students collaborate on community service projects that address local needs and challenges. These projects may include environmental conservation efforts, educational workshops for underprivileged children, or health and hygiene campaigns. Through service, students learn the value of empathy, compassion, and social responsibility. They gain firsthand experience in problem-solving and project management, skills that are essential for their future endeavors.

Impact on Students

The CAS Retreat has a profound impact on students, shaping them into well-rounded individuals with a strong sense of purpose. It

enhances their self-awareness, helping them identify their strengths and areas for growth. By stepping out of their comfort zones, students develop confidence and adaptability. The retreat also fosters a sense of global citizenship, as students work on projects that have a lasting impact on their communities.

  • Building Lifelong Memories

Beyond the educational and developmental aspects, the CAS Retreat is a time for students to build lifelong memories. The bonds formed during the retreat, whether through late-night discussions, collaborative projects, or shared adventures, create a sense of camaraderie and belonging. These experiences often become cherished memories that students carry with them throughout their lives.

Planning Your CAS Retreat with “Gypsy Traces & Tours”

For IB educators and students planning a CAS Retreat, careful preparation is key to ensuring a successful and enriching experience. Here are some tips to consider:

  1. Set Clear Objectives:  The organization’s leadership defines the goals of the retreat, aligning them with the core principles of the CAS program. We at ‘Gypsy Traces & Tours’ ensure that activities cover creativity, activity, and service components.
  2. Choose the Right Location: We help you select a location that offers a mix of natural beauty, cultural significance, and opportunities for community service. Pakistan boasts diverse landscapes that can cater to various interests and activities.

    CAS Retreat
    Passu Glacier- Rescue Training during CAS Retreat
  3. Engage Local Communities: We help the institution to collaborate with local organizations and communities to identify meaningful service projects. Building strong partnerships enhances the impact and sustainability of your initiatives.
  4. Safety/security First: We ensure to prioritize the safety/security and well-being of students. Conduct thorough risk assessments for all activities and ensure that appropriate measures are inplace to address any potential hazards/threats.
  5. Reflect and Celebrate: We encourage students to reflect on their experiences and share their insights. Celebrating achievements and learning outcomes reinforces the value of the retreat and inspires future participation.


The CAS Retreat of IB Educational Institutions in Pakistan is more than just an educational excursion with ‘Gypsy Traces & Tours’; it is a journey of self-discovery, growth, and community impact. By embracing creativity, activity, and service, students gain invaluable skills and experiences that prepare them for the challenges of the future. Plan your CAS Retreat today and embark on a transformative adventure that will leave a lasting impression on both students and the communities they serve.




  • 1. Approach to the destination (Hunza/Skardu/Nagar/Ghizer/Chitral) with the sense of a ecofriendly tourist. Your trash is your responsibility.
  • 2. Briefing about landmarks of historical/touristic importance along the route.
  • 3. Camping in the open/wilds to get the experience of coexisting with mother nature and learn some survival skills.
  • 4. Trekking to the glaciers/rocks/ deep valleys to get some hands on training about survival and rescue skills and techniques. It will also give the students the chance to display leadership in the field.
  • 5. At night the students can organize bonfire and share music, dance and story telling. At the same time they can enjoy the calmness and serenity of nature away from the cities.
  • 6. The students will visit the local communities to share that common bond of humanity and diversity. It will also help the make networking with friends away from their native places. This cultural interaction will help the students to assimilate themselves with cultural diversity.
  • 7. At the end of the tour, the students have the right to celebrate their achievement in a manner that brings them joy and happiness.
  • 8. Every culture is beautiful and unique, please appreciate them and never compare them with your own culture to show your superiority.
  • Note: Never ever forget to bring back and dispose off the trash that you created at those places. It is a sacred trust that you owe to your country.

Day 1- Travel from Islamabad/Peshawar to Chilas /Batakundi

1. Option-1: Using KKH travel from Islamabad to Chilas in about 10 hours time.

2. Option 2: Using Kaghan Valley road, travel from Islamabad/Peshawar to Batakundi about 8 hours drive.CAS Retreat

Day 2- Drive from Chilas/Batakuni to Hunza/Nagar/Ghizer/Skardu

  1. CAS Retreat
    Briefing at the junction point of Himalaya, Hindukush and Karakoram Ranges at Giligit Baltistan

    Option 1: Travel from Chilas to Hunza (Gulmit) in about 6 hours.

    • Briefing at the Tri-junction of Himalaya, Karakoram and Hindukush.
    • A brief stop at Rakaposhi viewpoint.
    • A brief stop at Haldikish rock carving Ganish Hunza.
    • A brief stop at Attabad lake viewpoint.
  2. Option 2: Travel from Batahundi to Hunza (Gulmit) in about 9 hours.
    • A brief stop at Shosar Lake.
    • A brief stop at Babusar Pass
    • Briefing at the Tri-junction of Himalaya, Karakoram and Hindukush.
    • A brief stop at Rakaposhi viewpoint.
    • A brief stop at Haldikish rock carving Ganish Hunza.
    • A brief stop at Attabad lake viewpoint.

Day 3- Social /Cultural Engagement Day

  1. CAS Retreat
    Visit a community School in Hunza

    Visit to a local museum

    CAS Retreat
    Enjoy the local Music

    Divide the group into subgroups with students leading the subgroups.
  2. Visit the social places like community schools, skill development centers, music learning center.
  3. Hike up to the Ondra Poiga to study the impact of community social mobilization on community and tourism.
  4. Practice eco tourism in all its forms and manifestations.
  5. Move to Borith lakeside tent village for a night stay.

Day 4- Survival/rescue and innovation day

CAS Retreat CAS RetreatTrek to Passu Glacier to practice following activities with intended outcomes.

  • Study the impact of climate change on glaciers and the phenomenon of GLOFF formation. A geologist and a mountaineer may be of great help to explain the subject in a natural setting.
  • Ice Climbing and survival skills will be practiced using the special equipment.
  • physical endurance of the students will be stretched to limits. it will help them develop the will to carry on.
  • Self-cooking and self-service will be practiced using simple survival techniques.

Day 5- Stocktaking of waste material.

Students cleaning their camp area. Motto: Responsible tourism


The students will clean their camp area and deposit all types of waste and trash for proper disposal. Student bodies will check the areas and ensure no signs of dirt of anything is left behind. The students will be briefed about their journey back. The group will move back to Batakundi for night stay.

Day 6- Back to Pavilion

The last day is dedicated for debriefing and feedback. The organizers and teachers will give a debrief on the event, which is followed by feedback from the students.

  • 1. All hotel accommodation (twin sharing room)
  • 2. All trekking accommodation (twin sharing dome tent)
  • 3. All domestic airport and road transfers
  • 4. All meals (breakfast, lunch; dinner) and beverages/water
  • 5. All transportation required in destination location
  • 6. All trekking logistics (tents, non-personal equipment and tools etc.)
  • 7. All camping site fees
  • 8. Licensed professional guide as per government requirement.
  • 9. Support staff (training staff, cook, assistant(s) etc.)
  • 10. Porter for personal luggage (14kgs)
  • 11. Snacks including dry fruits and tea/coffee during the trek
  • 12. Free refills of boiled drinking water on the trek
  • 13. First aid medicine kit (basic)
  • 14. Trekking map
  • 1. Travel insurance
  • 2. Personal mountain equipment
  • 3. Personal equipments (e.g. trekking shoes, down jacket, walking sticks etc)
  • 4. Personal Expenses (minibar, bottled water, phone calls, laundry, souvenir etc.)
  • 5. Gratuities for guides, porters, staff etc.
  • 6. Anything not mentioned in the services
  • 7. International airfare
  • 8. Visa to Pakistan

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