Saturday, 7 September 2019

British Hindukush Trek 2019


                   Hunza Hindukush Tour September 2019


Day-1

A British mother and son arrived on Monday 23rd August 2019 at Islamabad Airport  9:30 a.m and continued to Naran by the same day for first three hours on the Karakoram Highway to Manserah and towards Kaghan and Naran which is full of highlights and one of the amazing tourist destinations in Pakistan thousands of nature lowers visit here during the summer to enjoy their holidays. The lush green meadows, alpine forest, waterfalls, site streams and beauty of Kunhar River add to the joy of your holidays and it one the unforgettable moments of life going through these valleys. We had some lovey stops and reached our hotel Parina Cottage that welcoming with natural beauty and welcoming staff. The infrastructure and location at the side of Kunhar River flowing makes it more attractive and enjoyable. The food of the hotel is awesome and spent homelike stay at this hotel.
Day-2
On the second day we woke up at 6:30 a.m and continued journey on the Babusar Road along the beautiful Kunhar River and charming villages early morning scenario is mind blowing along with the people working in the fields and women with animals to graze it is full of joys and interesting. We stopped in restaurant for breakfast which was so delicious especially the Chole (a kind of lentils) in a breakfast has no words to describe. We continued our journey and passed through many highlights Lulusar Lake on the way is one the charming lakes in Pakistan. Further up on hour from here takes you the Babusar Pass 4,100 m between Chilas and Naran with lovely breez welcomes with fantastic views give joys of life and makes your journey full funs. We continued down from the pass and came down to the Karakoram Highway the eighth wonder of the word. We came the view point of the giant mountain Nanga Parbat (8,126 m) the ninth highest mountain in the world and second after k 2 in Pakistan we had great view and enjoyed shooting it. The Junction and meeting point of the three great mountain ranges (Karakoram Hindu Kush and Himalaya) in Pakistan, joining of mighty River Indus and Gilgit and historical Purtab Pul are the great highlights on the Karakoram Highway. In the afternoon we continued to Hunza and Gulmit as our plan to stay there. Hunza is the greatest destination for tourism in Pakistan Raka Poshi (7788m) mountain in Karakoram adds to the beauty and attractions of the valley. We stopped at the view point of Rakaposhi and took pictures and had Chap Shero one of the greates fast foods and appetizers of Hunza Valley. Our journey continued another two hours to get to Gulmit passing through Hunza and Nagar Valleys passing along the Ataabad Tunnel Lake which took us to Upper Hunza which is call Gojal the center of upper Hunza Vally.
Gulmit is the capital of Gojal, is a small village at about 2400m, well above the flooded river. Much has changed here since the rise of the new ‘Attabad Lake’. There are also many superb day walks near the Karakoram Highway from Gulmit. The Gulmit Museum, full of traditional ethnic artifacts, is in a room of Raja Hussain Ali Khan’s house, beside the Marco Polo Inn, and is well worth a visit. Old Gulmit is at the north end of the polo ground. Here you will find the Mir of Hunza’s summer residence, which is no longer used, the old Shia mosque with carved woodwork, the Tomb of Silum Khan III, water mills and old houses. Drive to Passu, offer some of the best day walks and longer hikes in the area. The village is over 150 years old and owns the grazing rights up the north side of the 56km long Batura Glacier, so is able to support large herds of yaks, cattle, sheep and goats, but is less fortunate with its agricultural land. We ended the day visiting to Local Restaurant Bozlanj with traditional organic local food dinner at the small restaurant the delicious food prepare by ladies in the restaurant in the village. It was a great experience.
Day-3
 Day hike over Gholkin Glacier to Borith Lake and Passu Glacier Breez Hotel (Apricot Cake). It was an interesting day for my clients because the mum had never been on such walk on glacier even she had not seen a glacier like this as she went and walk on this day. It took us two hours to Borith Lkae from Gholkin a small village above Karakoram Highway from Gulmit in the snout of the glacier. We went the glacier which has large boulders in the beginning and moraine with gravels it is an easy walk for normal trekkers we enjoyed a delicious tea with double paratas on the Borith lake and walked up to the village and view point. We had great opportunity to visit local home to explore the local culture and living standard of the people. We went to the view point and took a an unusual way down to get to Glacier Breeze Hotel along the left side of Passu Glacier on moraine with great views of Passu Glacier, Passu Peak, Shispar, Batura Peaks and Passu Cones it was very interesting walk of two hours downwards from the view point I can recommend for all to do this tour if you are there. We came to the Glacier Breeze and enjoyed the apricot cake. We had some rest and derived up to the snout of Baltoro Glacier to some pictures of Batura Glacier (62 Km long one of the largest Glaciers in Karakoram) on the way back we had short visit of Shamshal Bridge too near by the Karakoram Highway.
We came back to Passu by late afternoon and ended our day having dinner in another local restuarent with local dishes of Upper Hunza. Yes I should miss to mention the wonderful music of this evening at Silk Route Lodge celebrated by the locals with local songs and dances it was an amazing event and full of funs.
Day-4
This day we left Gulmit early morning visited Karimabad Hunza and the 800 year old Baltit Fort which shows history of the region it was a beautiful morning we could be able to Rakaposhi, Diran and the surrounding peaks Karakoram and shooting was awesome. We left around midday towards Ishkoman via Gilgit en-route visited to Gilgit Bazaar, Kargah Budha and other tourist attractions in Gilgit. In the afternoon derived westwards on the Shandur Road along the Ghizar River through charming villages of Punial, arrived Royal Guest House Birgal Ishkoman for overnight stay it is a paradise with fruit trees and fantastic garden make flowing sound of the Running Rivers make your night joyful. You will have great sleep and sweet dreams.
Day-5-7  
 These interesting three days of the trekking take you to the real natural beauty and calm atmosphere of the pastures of Hindukush. The first two days ascending to the 4,100 m Asumbar Pass along the charming summer villages of Asumber along the crystal clear Asumber stream and side by springs, charming summer villages and the hospitable inhabitants are warmly welcoming on the trek invite you for the tea that is unlike anywhere else in the world. The camping sites and the trails are grassy and meeting the domestic animals goats and sheep, yaks and cows all along the way and numerous species of colorful birds are another highlights of the trek. The fragrance of the many kind flowers and herbs and thick forest on both sides of the pass are amazing. The view from the Asumbar Pass is mind blowing you will have great view of the highest mountain (Tirichmir 7790 m) of Hindukush Range in a distance is mind blowing you will witness the great accomplishment of the nature from here.
Descending to the Yasin side from the pass is another beauty you will walk on grassy flats with small bushes of tamarisk for first one hour and come across many beautiful spots, springs, lakes, lush green meadows, old summer houses(not in use any more) calling golden marmots is another great experience on this trek. You will go through all along the juniper and birch thick forest. Having lunch seating nearby a fast flowing stream under the shade of trees is has no words to describe. The young staff of HK Tours & Treks services are extra ordinary. The last part of the trek approaching to the beautiful village of Yasin Valley is a bit hot if there is clear. I recommend to it early morning or late afternoon is the best. Your treks end here and you say good bye to your lovely porters who carried your language for the last four days and accompaniedw. There are many options once you get to Yasin whether if you have more days to enjoy trekking or drive to Gilgit or to Chitral over Shandur Pass 3743 m to Mastuj and Chitral and down to Peshawar through Lawari Tunnel, Dir and Swat Valleys en-route staying in Chitral and visiting Kalash Valleys (it is another experience in Pakistan especially in chitral) there are many to see and enjoy.  
I hope you will be enjoyed reading it. If you wish to see more are want go on this trip contact Hindukus Karakoram Tours and Trek (www.hkttreks.com) hktours.treks@gmail.com


Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Hunza Nagar Tour

Drive to Chlias/ Hunza Karimabad: it is 10-12 hours driving over Babusar Pass (4100m) with many stops for photographs Lulu Sar Lake in Naran and many stunning villages with green land, snow, avalanches fallen along the road in early spring season, Nanga Parbat 8125 m the second highest peak in Pakistan and 9th in the world, Rakaposhi 7788 m and Haramosh 7434 m. You will stop on the Junction point of the three great mountain ranges (Karakorum, Hindukush and Himalaya) with view of the meeting point of the mighty Indus River and Gilgit River. Your arrival in Hunza will add joy of your holidays with extraordinary contrast of landscape, snow-capped mountains, historical forts and tourist friendly people. You can stay overnight stay in Karimabad with significant views of Rakaposhi and Diran Peak from your hotel’s room. If you stay at Duikar( Eagal Nest) the view is more interesting and exciting.
   Drive to Gilgit 3-4 hours: This day we will drive to Gilgit visit Gilgit city is both accessible by road and by air; the road, journey along the path of the ancient silk route, is an unforgettable experience through winding valleys and tumbling waterfalls. We will visit Kargah Buddha, a rock carving beside the Kargah Nullah (stream) 6km west of Gilgit along the old road to Punial, is the most popular short outing from Gilgit. The Buddha figure is about 3m tall and looks down protectively over Gilgit. It was carved in the 7th century and its workmanship reveals a talented master The Buddha figure is about 3m tall and looks down protectively over Gilgit. It was carved in the 7th century and its workmanship reveals a talented master, overnight stay.
Visit to Naltar Valley and drive to Hunza: the valley is the most highly revommened day outing from Gilgi Two hours North of Gilgit to the beautiful Naltar Valley on paved road which was old Hunza Road before KKH, passing through cultivated area of Nomal a large village from where a road turns to north west to the lovely valley of lower Naltar and after 10 Km you reach to upper Naltar a lush green alpine pastures and pine forest surrounded by spectacular snowy peaks worth to visit. After lunch drive to Hunza Karimabad visit to the bazaar if possible visit to Altit Fort in the afternoon too in order to save the time for the next day, overnight stay.
Drive to Hopper Nagar and back to Karimabad: 5-6 hours drive to both sides, in the morning we leave from Karimabad around tours drive takes you to the village Hopper. We will go across some beautiful villages of Nagar Valley which quite interesting. In the afternoon will drive back to Karimabad overnight stay.
Drive Gilgit/Chilas: 6-7 hours on the same route went up to Ishkoman passing through Gahkuch the district head quarter of the Ghizer.
Drive/fly to Islamabad: The flight is depends on the weather condition if you are lucky enough to have this flight of 45 minutes over the giant mountain Nanga Parbat. Other wise drive on the Karakorum Highway or Naran Kaghan Valleys opposite to your travel up to Gilgit and Hunza. The Karakorum High way is worth to visit once on your trip. The mighty Indus River flows alongside the Karakorum High Way. You pass through Kohistan, Abbotabad, Mansehra, Taxila: Taxila: Sightseeing of ruins: Jaulian Monastery, Taxila Museum. Taxila is only about 30 kilometers from Rawalpindi, a little off the main highway. Steeped deep in history, the excavations at Taxila take you back 2,500 years into the world of Buddha, Alexander, Asoka and of course the Emperor Kanishka whose imprints are visible to this day. It is here that the world's most interesting civilizations took roots. It is here that you find endless images of Buddha. You find these in stone and in stucco. Important stages of Buddha’s life are depicted in the numerous panels that have been uncovered here. This great man of peace is depicted in exquisitely carved sculptures and statues glorifying him and his life. Each one of these sculptures is a collector's pride & visit truck & bus painting workshop.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

A historical tour of Ghizar Gilgit-Baltistan


Ghizar the of Lakes

Day -1
Drive to Chatorkhand Ishkoman 100 km from Gilgit towards west is the land of lakes Ghizar District is bestowed by God full of natural beauty and tourist attractions but most of them are still hidden, need to explore, unleash and bring into the map of tourist attractions. There are numerous snow covered peaks, passes (easy and technical), circle trekking routes for adventure lovers  with magnificent views, stunning landscape, archeological sites, historical forts, blue sky lakes and rivers full of trout fish worth to visit  and above all the tourist friendly and extraordinary hospitality of the people is unlike anywhere else in the world. Hindukush Karakoram Tours and Treks is the first and only tour agency in this district struggling with its highly qualified professional team to discover all the hidden treasures and bring into the notice nature lovers and interested concerns.
The first stop 13 km from Gilgit on the Hanzal Budhist Stupa at the gateway of Ghizar District the road leads from here. This stupa was between 4 to 7 century known to be one of the main stupa during the Budhist period in the different parts of the Ghizer District such as Punial, Ishkoman, Gupis, Yasin and Phunder Valleys where Budhist used to stay for long periods of time still there are some of their culture is practiced by the locals. This is place where the posts used to be exchanged between Gilgit and Ghizar during rule of dynasty.
2nd stop Biarchi the boundary line between Gilgit and Ghihizar District has historical spot where in the year arround1880 a battle was fought between Raja Pehlawan of Yasin and Maharaja of Kashmir. The interesting moment here was the two sword fighters Badang and Bodol from Yasin played vital role in the battle trying to defeat the Maharaja but the maharaja of Kashmir defeated the Raja Phelawan of Yasin.
3rd stop Sheri Qila the most populated and largest village of Ghizar District which was once centre of Punial Kingdom of Brush dynasty. Essa Bahdur Akber Khan and Sifat Bahadur were popular rajas of this dynasty. The last ruler of this dynasty Raja Jan Alam was a tourist friendly host, tourist used to visit his home and enjoy cups of green tea. Places of interest are Old Mosque of Akber Khan and ruins of the fort and remind the cup of tea.
Singul is a village a valley to the south leads to Darel and Tangir and Kargah Gilgit.
4th stop: Dome Raa Bubur Punial: After 30 km from Sher Qila we will visit an exciting place called Dome Raa a collective burial place of Buddhist graveyard remains are still found. There are some Archeological sites from 3rd to 8th century worth to visit, but still need of excavation to find more history about these sites.
5th stop: Gahkuch: 8 kilometers from Bubur the District head quarter of Ghizar is the town with bazaar area where all necessary supplies are available. Visit to Gahkuch Bala. A tower of the old fort here is located which has been under the rulers Punial during their rule. The most famous story about this is Raja Gohar Aman of Yasin was popular raja of his time kept his son in arrest in this fort. The second interesting point from the near by the hills is superb view down to Gahkuch and the Ghizar River. Another historical point is cave called Jadao Malik with some humane remains of those who were plagued thrown into caves to die. Another story about this is said to be of those people who escaped of invaders of the time. Drive to Ishkoman for overnight stay in the guest house.
Local Musical show at night in the guest house. Royal Guest House Chatorkhand  
Day 2
Explore Ishkoman Valley Imit, Proper Ishkoman, Chatorkhand And Dain:
1st Stop: Visit Chatorkhand Tehsil head quarter of Ishkoman with the residence of Pir Syed Karam Ali Shah former governor of Gilgit-Baltistan is interesting place to visit and enjoy his hospitality. This is beginning point two unexplored 4-5 days trek to Shokargah lake to Sher Qila Punial or Naltar Valley near Gilgit. The people of Ishkoman speak Khowar Language as Chitrali.
2nd stop Pakhora: another village near chatoorkhan is the Starting point for the Naltar Pass (4,690m) an exciting trek to Naltar from Ishkoman Valley. This is the pass crossed by British explorer and writer( of Between the Oxus and Indus) first time in 1930s.
3rd stop Shonas: is village near to Pakhora from where a four day trek to  Asumbar Pass (4410m) got to Yasin Valley begins across the river to Asumbar Village.
Imit: Upper Ishkoman speaking Wakhi language which is spoken in Wakhan. It was once a small centre of Ishkoman kingdom of Wahkic Mehtar( Mir Ali Mardan) the first ruller.
Visit to a famous sherine( Khora Borth). If the road is clear we can visit furthermore to Batswat Lake (new lake from 2018) and Korumbar Glacier near the village of Borth is worth to visit. There are stunning views all the way around. The beginning of the beautiful trek to Korumbar Lake and Korumbar Pass to Broghil to Chitral and over historical Darkot Pass (4575m) to Yasin begins from the last village of Imit Matramdan at about 3100m.  A seven days trek to Korumbar Lake and Back to Matramdan or to continue to Darkot Yain or Yakhun and to Mastuj Chitral. Another 5-7 days interesting trek goes to Chilinji Pass 5200 m connecting with Chupursan Gojal upper Hunza and Sost. There are numerous peaks for climbing for the mountaineers. The Kormbar National Park provides opportunity for trophy hunting of Ibex which another tourist attraction.
4th stop On the way back to Proper Ishkoman: An interesting valley from there is the starting point of three different treks some beautiful lake in Mathan tir, Atar Lake and Sutgah Lakes are 3-4 days trekking within the valley and across the Attar Pass(4740m) and Punji Pass 4739m) to Darkot Yasin Valley. There is Chiantir Glacier in the valley could great skiing Resort which still unexplored. We can cross a pass of a week long trek to Broghil and to Yarkhun Mastuj, Chitarl either can go on Zindhkaram Pass 4600 m to Darkot Yasin again. This one of most interesting trip for adventure lovers.
5th stop Dain: is a small village opposite to Chatokhand crossing one of the longest suspension bridge in Pakistan is worth to visit. There are some interesting spots three archeological sites and Dain water fall about 6 km up hill drive with significant views of Hindukush mountains around and great photo points. There is fortune teller lady who predicts about future of the people and suggest for their acts. Another interesting spot is tomb of queen of Ishkoman an interesting story is behind it the love of king and queen( more could be tell on the spot)
Overnight stay in the guest House.
     
 Day -3
   Drive to Yasin Valley Sandhi, Darkot Tause and Proper Yasin: 90 km drive en-route visit to 1st stop Hatoon rock carving:from 3rd and 8th century.
2nd stop Tea stop at hopper Garden about 8 km from Gahkuch is beautiful picnic point with waterfall nearby and you can also enjoy a little horse riding in the Garden.
4th stop Thumushki: After few km stop at a historical spot where the famous treaty has been signed by Aman-ul-Mulk Mehter of Chitarl, Raja Ghulam Muhi-ud-Din(Known Pehlawan Thum) and Maharaja of Kashmir Gulab Singh division of rule each respective treaty. Complete story will be provided on the spot.
5th stop Gol Bangala: it is located at Gupis the sub-division a historical room built by Raja Muhammad RahimKhan once he was the ruler of Gupis Koh-e- Ghizar.
Gupis fort on the road side there is old fort built British in year around 1892 during their rule sub-continent.
Charitoyee: It is famous for locals believe on fairies this is a place where a chicken is slaughtered for the bless life of newly wedded couple when on route to cross this spot.
Yasin proper:  visit to the ruins of the fort of Raja Gohar Aman who was one of the strongest raja who fought against Dogras in 1858s and defeated them on their way conquer Yasin. He attacked on Dogara force at Bob Singh and killing 1200 people is top in the history of the ancient battles. Visit to the graveyard of Gohar Aman too which close to the Fort.
Overnight stay in Vershigum Guest House/Yasin View Hotel Tause Yasin.
Muscal evening with local traditional musicians
 
Day 4
Yasin Valley
1st Stop Muduri Fort Sandhi: It is historical spot and has shocking story about Dogras attack on the people of Yasin in 1963 in the revenge of Gohar Aman Attack on Bob singh interesting to hear by the locals. There some signs of ruin Muduri fort and it a great view point to whole Yasin valley. This is starting point of famous Asumbar pass to Ishkoman and there many other unexplored treks could begin from this village. Visit to the oldest traditional house in the village
2nd Stop Mizar-e-Lalik Jan: it is about 7 km from Sandhi to Hundur. Lalik Jan Shaheed.

3rd stop Darkot: The last village of Yasin which famous for murder of George Hayward a British traveler on his way to explore Oxus was killed there in 1870. We can visit to the spot near Darkot village. This also the starting point the historical Darkot Pass to Broghil which was used by many of the invaders from China Darkot Pass has history of the Tibetan with 10,000 troops, they crossed the Pamir and defeated an equal force of Tibetans on the Wakhan side of the Brohghil Pass and chased them across the Broghil Pass and Darkot Pass. The Chinese took control over Yasin blocking the advance of Tibetans by cutting a bridge near Gupis blocking the advance of Tibetans. Chinese ruled for short time as defeat at 751 near Taskhent at the hands of Arabs lost them control of Central Asia.
Yasin is the hub of  many trekking routes and starting point for mountains to climb. From the proper Yasin there are Nazbar and Zagar Passes to Shamran Phunder and to Chapali Mastuj Chitral 6-7 days trekking, from Thui over Thui Pass to Yarkhun Valley from Darkot over Attar and Panji Passes to Ishkoman and over Darkot and Zindhkharam Pass to Broghil and there are numerous unexplored passes and valleys. HKTT is busy in exploration and find new destinations in the mountains of Hindukush to provide services and unfold the hidden treasures of the Ghizar District which has been out of the eyes of adventure lovers.  

Day 5
Drive to Phunder Valley: this will be an interesting shooting along the Phunder River, Khalti lake is one of the attractive spot on the way which is full of trout fish. Beyond Khalti the passing through charming villages and fantastic landscape with rock carving on the road side. These art forms illustrates the lives of pastoral nomads who may have moved here in early Christian times, and show great continuity with similar designs found in the Pamir region. Many show mounted horsemen, solar motifs, hunting scenes, and long horned ibexes Furthermore  Bathrath flowing from Swat  Kohistan and leads South towards Tangir Valley that needs to be explored.  Chashi, the valley widens greatly, and augmented by tributaries by both the N and S, which provide access to Tangir and Darel Valleys. The main Phunder Valley has loveliest scenery in the whole Pakistan. The blue Phunder Lake magnificent with the Ghizar River. The lake situated at the altitude of 2800 m full of trout fish. To the west of Phunder Valley a side valley leads to South Hundrap Lake, also renowned for its trout fishing. There is possibility to trek South from here across the Dadarilli Pass into Swat Valley it takes 4-5 days easy trek from either sides.
The roads up to Shandur Pass (3737m) to Chitral a jeep road between the two interesting. The Shundur Polo ground is famous for the Shandur Festival which is celebrated every year with different events. The polo match between the teams of Chitral and Gilgit is famous in the world. There are numerous tourist attractions in this valley as Yasin and Ishkoman need to explore more and bring to the map of tourist attraction. The day will be ended with trout fishing experiences in the Phunder River and having for the dinner to enjoy the last dinner and overnight. Guest House/Camping

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Skardu the heart of mountains


Skardu
Skardu is the capital of Baltistan District in northern Pakistan at the altitude of 2500 meters. It is the heart of the great mountains of Karakorum with the second highest mountain K2, other three 8000s along with more than one hundred 7000 and numerous 6000 meters peaks are accessible from Skardu. There are the largest glaciers out of Polar Regions are located. The people of Skardu are considered to the Tibetan origins speaking the language is called Balti. It is one of the touristic places in the north Pakistan because of its charming landscape and hospitable inhabitants who are tourist friendly.  Until this century Baltistan was the trade, route from Tibet and Ladakh, following the mighty Indus and Shayoke Rivers and another route crossing the deserted Deosia Plateau from Srinagar and there was snowy pass led across the Karakorum to China the west Mustagh Pass blocked by ice in the early nineteenth century. It was divided into four kingdoms Skardu, Khapulo, Shigar and Rundo which guarded the Indus Gorge to the west.
Skardu is accessible both by air and by road from Islamabad, the flight takes 45 minutes and by road it is two days on the Karakorum Highway to Gilgit and then another 170 km on the Skardu Road. Skardu crowded town with bazaar, all the supplies are available. There are 230 villages around it and all are accessible from the main town that is why it always stays busy. There exciting trips from Skardu a day hikes or long treks could be organized here. There are day trips such Sadpara Lake, Kachura Lake, Shigar Village and Khapulo from Skardu with jeeps to Deosia b Plateau. You can visit to the villages and walk around to enjoy your holidays. There is half an hour easy walk to the ruins of historical Kharpucho Fort up the enormous rock of Skardu which was built by Kashmiri Dogra troops when they captured Baltistan in 1846. You can explore the ruined rooms and wall and there is great view of Skardu Town too from the Fort.
The famous Baltoro , Ghondoghoro, K2 Base CampTrek and Biafo Hispar are started from Sakardu on the Askole Road along the Braldo River on the adventurous jeep track takes us to the last village of  Shigar District Askole through charming villages.

Friday, 14 December 2018

Baltoro K2 Base Camp Trek

Day 1   Arrival to Islamabad .transfer to the Hotel or Guest House
             City tour of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
Day 2   Fly to Skardu incase flight cancels drive to Chilas.
            You will drive on the 8th wonder of the world the Karakorum Highway along Hazara, Kohistan and Shangla districts of the province of KPK which quite exciting. You will also have chance to see mighty Indus River on your way to Chilas there are ancient rock carvings of travelers, pilgrims and conquers who left their histories and purpose of visits to these areas. Or you can either travel along the beautiful Naran and Kaghan Valleys and over Babusar Pass 4100m to Chilas in 10 to 12 hours. 
Day 3   Rest day at Skardu or Drive Chilas to Skardu 9 to 10 hrs. Hotel Official activities
On this day you can prepare for the next day and visit to Skardu Bazar either you can visit to Karpocho Fort of 400 year old which gives you the history of kingdoms of Baltistan.
Day 4    Drive to Askoli 7 to 8 hrs. (2800 meters).
On this day you will drive on the rough bumpy road along the Baraldo River which flows from the Baltoro Glacier all the way down to Skardu along different villages of Shigar District. You will see many mountains on the way your first view of the Mango Gusor 6288m a snowy peak seen to the southeast up a side valley, straight ahead the perfect pyramid of Bakor Dass Peak (5,809m) you will reach to the village with about 150 houses at 3000 m.
Day 5   Askoli – Jula 6 to 7 hrs Trek    (3100 meters).
It is a smooth day walk to your first camp to Jula. It takes 6 to 7 hours along the Braldo River with stunning views of snow covering mountains all around.  You will see the Biafo Glacier on your way to Jula and have a lunch with the view of the glacier under the shade of willow trees at Korphon it is camping spot if the trekkers are slow and have plenty of time for this trek. Normally people go to Jula crossing the Dumodo River flowing fromPumah Valley for camping which is better camp site with enough space for the tents, with clear water and toilet facilities.
Day 6   Jula –Payu 6 to 7   (3600 meters).
Like the previous day it is also easy walk along left bank of the Braldo River all the way to Payu. You will come across two side stream on the way and if you ar lucky enough with the weather condition there is dramatic view of Payu Peak, Trango Towers, Cathedrals and first sight of the Baltoro Glacier and see K2 on this day from a spot near to Payu one of the interesting campsite of this trek under the trees, where mostly the trekkers have rest day. The porters prepare their food for the next days.
Day 7   Rest day  at Paju to be acclimatize you can have walk.

Day 8    Paju – Khuburche 5 to 6 hrs (3800meters).
The first two hours walk on easy path to reach up to the moraine of Baltoro Glacier where the Braldo River roars from the black hole as from sluice gate. The glacier stretches up the valley as for as the eye can see a vast turbulent sea of rocks and gravel two kilometers vast and 62 kilometers long. You walk across the boulder-strewn ice, up and down great slag heaps, climbing steadily for two to three hours on a long diagonal to other side. Then you follow the southern edge of the glacier with great views of Payu Peak, Choricho, Uli Biaho Towors, Trango Towers, Nameless Tower and Cathredals all the way you reach to Kubutse crossing the Liligo Glacier which change dramatically every year and the path mostly changes on this glacier to reach to the campsite at 4000 meters with clear spring water and wonderful campsite mostly stays crowded during the season.
Day 9    Khuburche – Urdukus  3 to 4 hrs (4240 meters
This is a lovely walk mostly along the crest of the lateral moraine but with crossing two glaciers from your right side. There are stunning views across Baltoro a series of mountains ahead and back and the first 8000 Broad Peak be also seen on this from some spots and disappears when you reach close to Urdukas Campsite. The most magnificent campsite at 4200 meters from where the K2 first seen by Gowin Austen climbing 600 meters above the campsite.   

Day 10    Urdukas – Goro    6 to 7 hrs(4500 meters).
It is a walk all the way on the Baltoro Glacier with superb views of the Karakorum Mountains. The first hour is across crevasses, the walk is smoother and the going easier walking on gravel but somewhere glimpse of white ice. This day the view Gahabrum IV (7929m) straight ahead, Mashabrum (7821 m) snowy triangle to the south is amazing mountain still not climbed from the south face. You reach to Goro-1 which is campsite if you have plenty of time worth stay night here for morning view of Mashabrum. It takes 2 to 3 hours from here to Goro II the campsite at 4,500 meters, you will pitch the tents on rough stones and ice this the coldest camping site on Baltoro Glacier.

Day 11   Goro – Concordia 6 to 7hrs (4700 meters).
This day is slightly easier walking smoothly all the way to Concordia an excitement soon after the campsite you will view north to famous Mustagh Tower 7,284 meters seen here as gigantic stone axe  apparently sheer  sided and unclimbed at the head of Biango Glacier. On the southern side there is chain of Biarchidis over 6,000 meters give amazing seen and ahead Gashabrum IV is always there in front, more ahead you will have the Mable and Baltoro crystals to the northern side. You go more ahead you will see the top of the Hidden Peak Gasbrum I,( 8060 meters) behind Gashabrum VI while reaching to Concordia the joining of the five glaciers you will be in the heart great Mountain K2, Broad Peak, Angel Peak to the left and to the East Baltoro Kangri, Kondus, Snow Dome, Golden Throne and numerous nameless mountains all around this is an exciting day of your trip.

Day 12    Free day at Concordia,walk up to K2 Base and back .10 to 12 hrs
This a day to be relax after long days on the Baltoro Glacier and some people do long day excursion to the base camp of the second highest mountain in the world the K-2 which is dream of every adventure lover to see it. Some people go have camp to the base camp enjoy there visiting the Giky’s memorial which close to the K2 base camp. As you approach K2,you look back to Concordia and see zebra striped glaciers sweeping round the corner and disappearing down the Baltoro.

Day 13   Trek to Ali Camp 5-6 hrs
Five to six hours to the Ali Camp is a day on the white ice with large crevasses an interesting day to approach Ghondoghoro Pass 5600 meters pass which mostly possible for acclimatized and having experience on glacier trekking. You will camp at 5100 meters at Ali camp and prepare for the mid night walking to cross the Ghondoghoro Pass to Khispang and down to Hushe Valley.
Day 14   Trek to Khispang crossing Ghondghoro Pass 8 to 10 hrs
This is the hardest of your trekking you will set off towards Ghondghoro Pass at mid-night and reach at the pass early morning to avoid the avalanches and rock fallings on the way to Khispang. The for hour from the Ali camp is difficult walk on the moraine of the glacier with rock boulders and one hour on flat ice and snow covered glacier to proceed to the beginning of the pass and then climb up to the pass 45 to 50 degrees  ascent to the summit of the with fix rope and wearing crampons. The view from the pass is exciting and superb of K2 and all the 8000s located in the Karakorum and it freezing cold with chilly wind on the pass jus you can click some pictures and quickly going to descend down to your next camp with fix rope half an hour and scree slope to the lateral moraine of the Khispang Glacier and reached to an exciting campsite at 4,000 meters.
Day 15   Trek to Siacho downwards to Hushe Valley 5 to 6 hrs
It is an easy day from here to the next camp one half hour on Ghondoghoro glacier and then you to lush green meadows and somewhere thick juniper forest to reach Saicho at about 3600 meters a campsite with stream water and in the trees, your porters celebrate the safely arrival from the pass until late night by singing and dancing.
Day 16   Trek to Hushe 4 to 5 hrs (3050m)
This will be the most interesting day of the trip the last walking day for the members and the porters to reach Hushe the last village of  Ganche District in the  Khapolu Valley. You will reach to village and your jeeps will come to pick you here.

Day 17   Drive to Skardu 5-6 hrs
The first two hours will be on the rough road like the one to Askole but safer and not bumpy and then another four hours on metal road to Skardu the place you left for your trip. Hope you will enjoy the trip and all will be back safe sound to your homes.
Day 18   Flight to ISB or drive to Chilas. Hotel Shangrila

Day 19   Drive to Islamabad. Debriefing .Hotel or Guest House

Day 20  Departure for destination 
Note: Options: On day 12 you can go to Camp at Broad Peak Base Camp and Day 13 visit to K2 Base Camp, walk down to Concordia and then to Ali Camp and so on as the program in this way you need one more extra day if you are much interested to visit K-2 Base camp.

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Biafo Hipar and Snow Lake Trek Karakorum



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This trek is the second strenuous trek after Baltoro in Karakurom involve most of the days on Glacier over hidden crevasses need rope and experienced guide in order to done safely. The trek starts from the last village of Shigar Skardu and ends in Hispar Nagar (Hunza) Gilgit.
TOUR ITINERARY

DAY

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Arrive Islamabad sightseeing of Islamabad and Rawalpindi
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 Drive to Chilas/fly to Skardu over Babusar Pass (4100m) 10 to 12 hours, It takes ten to twelve hours along the stunning valleys of Naran and Kaghan over Babusar Pass (4100) meters to Chilas the district head quarter of Diamer District, either you can travel on Karakorum Highway too passing through Manshera,  Abottabad, Shinkiari, Thakote and Besham along the Kohistan arch with exciting views of Indus River all the way to Chilas. Most people love traveling on KKH. You can visit to the ancient rock carvings of the  pilgrims, invaders and travelers who left their history and purpose of journey on the rocks at trade route as well as by the locals these carvings date back  5000 to 1000 BC showing singular animals, triangular men and hunting scene. 

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Drive to Skardu 8 to 10 hours Via KKH along the mighty Indus Gorge to Skardu passing through exciting villages along the Indus Gorge. I am sure you will enjoy journey from Chilas to Skardu now the new road is under construction you may be stopped by the workers and might take more than the time mentioned above 
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Free day in Skardu
Skardu preparation of the trek and official work clearance of the documents. Visit to the Skardu Bazaar which is worth to visit and experience the life and activities of local population and enjoy the day.
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Drive to Askoli 5 to 6 hours
On this day you will drive on the rough bumpy road along the Braldu River which flows from the Baltoro Glacier all the way down to Skardu along different villages of  Shigar Village, Dassu where your guide will collect papers to army, Apoaligon a traditional lunch stop , Pakora, Hoto, Thongal and many others,  if you are enough lucky can get to Askoli directly otherwise you need tochange your jeeps because the road stays block because of landslides and high flow of the Baraldo River. You will see many mountains on the way your first view of the Mango Gusor 6288m a snowy peak seen to the southeast up a side valley, straight ahead the perfect pyramid of Bakor Dass Peak (5,809m) you will reach to the village with about 150 houses at 3000 m.
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Trek to Namla 6 to 8 hours
First two to three hours an easy path to reach to the Biafo Glacier from the ridge of the glacier there is a panoramic view of Biafo Glacier down north west as far as the eye can see. To the south Braldu River flows down from Baltoro Glacier and superb views of the Karakorum Mountains and the trek to Baltoro and K 2 trek is visible to some kilometers. The trek goes on the moraine and rock boulders on the Biafo Glacier takes you climbing steadily cut to the left side on lateral moraine at Namla the camp at 3400 meters.
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 Trek to Shanganphong 6-7 hours with the significant views of numerous snow-capped mountains to your right and left (Latok-1 7145m) and (Latok- II (7108m) ahead we will cross the crevasses area to the higher ridge of the glacier the first two hours on the moving rocks boulders and you will get on the white glacier sometimes on gravel but it is an easy walk. The last two hours again with small crevasses we will have short jumps. By end of the day will cross to the right side of the glacier on moraine and to lateral moraine of the glacier will take you to the flat grassy place with small willow bushes the campsite at 3800 meters Shagangphong.
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Trek to Baintha 2 hours a two hours easy walk along the lateral moraine crossing small lakes on your way to the campsite of Baintha with willow bushes with clear running stream in the bushes. This is last green campsite on the Biafo Glacier at 4040m. It is day to be relax day after a short walk you will enjoy the panoramic view of the Karakorum Mountains. Baintha Baraks (Ogre group) are famous peaks on this trek many every year some climbers visit to submit these mountains and enjoy their climbing here.
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 Trek to Marphogoro  5 to 6 hours This day walk is always on the glacier with small crevasses as usual on the Biafo Glacier (easy white ice)  stepping over small crevasses lead to the moraine with rock boulders to the right side of Biafo Glacier with little grassy and sandy campsite with superb views of the mountains around. The camp is at 4400 meters.
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Trek to karphogoro 5-6 hours: Same as the previous day we will walk on the moraine and moving rock boulders to the white ice on stepping over the crevasses the road to the snow Lake and Hispar Pass leads to the north with magnificent views of the interesting mountains around. Karphogoro is camp site on the moraine with rocks better to camp on the white glacier not going up to the moraine. The porters wish to camp on the moraine because there are some rocks to sleep under them. It is better to go close to the moraine and camp on the glacier they can have their camp in the moraine. Camp at 4,600m.
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Trek Snow Lake/Hispar Pass 4-5 hours:  It is walk on the snow covering glacier with crevasses from the beginning need to walk with fix rope and gaiters. The walk is very easy but sometimes people suffer by altitude that makes them bit slow. The view on this day is quite exciting around ahead you can see the Hispar Pass to your right the large ground of Snow Lake as for as the eye can see. You will enjoy the camp at snow which will be cold at night. Some people go directly to cross the pass and camp on the top of the Pass at 5000 meters depends on the people how they are fit.
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Trek to top of the Hispar Pass across the pass 3-4 hours with fix rope in a single file it is an easy steady climb. The trek wends gently up the centre with large crevasses. Looking back across snow lake great glacier between numerous nameless snow-covered peaks. You can see Biantha Brak which is also called Ogre 7,285 meter up the Sim Gung Glacier. The Hispar Pass has great mountaineering history many adventures passed along this pass on their way to research and travel to the Karakorum Mountains. The camp is on the wide flat top of the pass which has crevasses and surrounding mountains give great view all around. Camp at 5100 meters.
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Trek to Khanni Basa 6 to 7 hours: the first hour is on the flat glacier with rope in a single file on smooth snow and then sharply descending down with hidden crevasses to the Hispar Glacier which is white ice and smooth walk on it, but to proceed to the camp of Khani Basa needs to go on the moraine with moving rocks and scree steep. Notice that the trek on the Hispar side is challenging than the Biafo Glacier. The moraine leads to a green spot of Khani Basa which is the camp at 4580 meters. You look back the stunning view of Hispar Pass and sky touching mountains adds to the joy of your holidays and crossing the pass. The porters and staff celebrate the joy of success with singing and dancing.
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Trek to Yutmaro 7 to 8 hours soon after the camp crossing the Khani Basa Glacier with large boulders of moving stones which takes about two hours to cross with fine view to north Kunjut Sar 7760 meters is the 29th highest peak in the world. After crossing the glacier we will get on the lateral moraine of the Hispar Glacier with magnificent views across the hanging glaciers and frequent avalanches on the ice falls. Yutmaro is the camp site with small willow bushes and clear spring water at 4330 metres.
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Trek to Red Star Camp  6-7 hours The Yutmaro Glacier takes about two hours to cross like the other glaciers it also has large boulders of stones and many zigzags on the crevasses tiring.  On the other side is a steep climbing but good panoramic views back and ahead. There are few screes along the way but get to more low altitude and more active on this day the second last of the trek. Red Star camp is at about 4,150 meters.
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Trek to Bitanmal 5-6 hours: This day we will cross the Phumarichish Glacier flows south of Khuyang Chish 7852 meters the 22nd highest peak in the world. This glacier takes about one and half hour walk to cross and then down on the ablation valley widen into shelter, grassy pastures and flat smooth walk bring us to a large green meadows with some summer houses and channel of glacier water a beautiful place with superb views around Bitanmal the campsite at about 3800 meters. The view of Distagil Sar 7885 meters to your right and many other mountains around is amazing you would enjoy here. If you will be lucky having good weather enjoy washing and taking bath in this after-noon.
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Trek to Hispar    5-6 hours Like the other days is Kuyang Glacier to cross takes about an hour on easy donkey path and down the ablation valleys and cross the river to the Hispar Village( a bridge was under construction) otherwise on a pulley bridge one by one and climb up to the village through fields of wheat, buckwheat, peas, beans etc. There are about 200 houses in a small place.  Camp at 2800 meters. It is better if you arrive on time and the road is clear continuing three hours drive to Hunza on jeep road. Last time when I was there the road was block we had to camp here and the next day to Hunza.
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Drive to Karimabad Hunza 3-4 hours driving to Hunza on 4X4 jeeps along the villages of Nagar Valley to the Karakorum Highway and to scenic and touristic spot in Pakistan. This is a place you can see two historical forts to see such as Altit and Baltit forts and visit to the touristic shops of Karimabad Hunza
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Drive to Chilas/ Naran 5-6 hour: You drive on the KKH along the Indus River and the junction of three mountain ranges (Karakorum, Himalaya and Hindukush), you will see the giant mountain Naanga Parbat, Rakaposhi, Diran and Haramosh Peaks on your way to Chilass or Naran.
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Drive to Islamabad 10-12 Hours: On the KKH or over Babusar Pass, Naran Kaghan valleys of the KPK on the way you went up.
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Flight to home destination
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