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8 Days
Availability : APRIL TO OCT
International Flights are EXCLUDED
Min Age : 16+
Max People : 8
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The trip has been designed by combining three short but very famous treks in the Karakorum & Western Himalayas. In the first part, a relative a moderate hike takes you the Raikot Face of Nanga Parbat via Fairy Meadows. The beauty of the alpine meadow is more than its name describes. The view of Nanga Parbat from Fairy Meadow is a must see experience in life time. The panoramic scene mesmerizes people and many don’t want to leave the camp because of a strong desire to spend more time.

The second part of this adventurous trip is the excellent short trek from Minapin village to Rakaposhi Base Camp, known locally as Tagaphari, this is an ideal introduction to Karakoram trekking. Easily accessible from KKH, the trek follows a good trail, offers sweeping vistas of Rakaposhi and Diran and is the standard route to the base camps of both peaks.  On top of a ridge after a half an hour climb you arrive in Tagaphari, which gives a superb view of the North Batura, Passu, Shishpar and Ultar peaks and to the south Rakaposhi and Diran Peaks and  Minapin Glacier etc.

Rash Phari literally translates to mean Sparkling Lake. It is one of the most recommended treks for novice trekkers who want to have a lasting memorable experience. We walk on glaciers, through villages to explore the real life of those living at the footsteps of mighty glaciers, along the irrigated terraced fields with the impressive view of the Karakoram Mountains from summit of Rush Peak (5098 Meters).

Prices have been quoted based on twin / double. This tour is not family friendly and requires moderate fitness levels. We would encourage anyone who is interested in booking a private tour with us, to give us a call so that we can provide you with an accurate quote based on your requirements and size of group.

The itinerary provided is a suggested plan and can be adapted to suit your requirements.

Below are dates for 2020

Female Only Trekking Tour                20th June 2020 – 5th July & 22nd August – 6th September

Mixed Trekking Tour                            6th June – 21st June 2020 & 22nd August – 6th September

Itinerary

Day 1: Departure from Home Country

Day 2: Islamabad

Arrival at Islamabad International Airport in the morning. Half day city tour of Islamabad.

Located in the Potohar Plateau and laying at the foot-hills of the Picturesque Margalla Range, in the westernmost Himalayas, Islamabad is the federal capital of Pakistan since 1969. In sharp contrast to the ancient and historical cities and towns of Pakistan, Islamabad is a new city modeled on the pattern of many modern capitals such as Washington & Canberra.

The area has historically been a part of the crossroad between Punjab and Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa. The city’s master plan was designed by Greek architect Constantinos Apostolou Doxiadis. In addition to its scenic beauty, Islamabad is home to several landmarks including Faisal Mosque, Pakistan Monument, Parliament House, President House & Supreme Court of Pakistan.  Other attractions of the city include; Lok Virsa Museum (also known as the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage), Shakeparian Park, Daman-e-Koh, Golra Sharif Railway Museum, & Nurpur Shahan Shrine. In the afternoon we will visit Raja Bazar Rawalpindi.

Day 3: Islamabad – Chilas over Babusar Pass

Islamabad-Naran:  280 kms, 7 hours’ drive

Naran-Chilas: 115 kms, 3 hours’ drive

Drive to the picturesque Naran valley which takes around 7 hours. It’s paradise on earth, with lots of beautiful landscapes for trekking and sightseeing. It is one of the most famous summer resorts for domestic tourists. After a short break we will continue the drive to Chilas over Babusar Pass. You will stay overnight in Chilas.

Day 4: Chilas – Fairy Meadows

Chilas-Raikot Bridge: 60 kms (1.5 hour drive)

Raikot-Tato: 9 kms (1.5 hours)

Tato-Fairy Meadows: 16 kms (3 hours hike)

Drive to Raikot Bridge. Take jeeps for Tato and trek to Fair Meadows.

Departure for Raikot Bridge via Gilgit early in the morning. From Raikot Bridge we will change our vehicle and take jeeps for Tato village (2560M). From Tato, after a scenic walk, we will reach the fairytale meadow (3310 m), an idyllic place amidst lush coniferous forests. Enjoy the great panoramic view of the Nanga Parbat! Overnight stay in simple wooden bungalows.

Day 5: Fairy Meadows

The day is available for exploring the surroundings of the fairytale meadow. A nice hike takes you closer to the ice giants in the direction of Nanga-Parbat base camp if conditions (little or no snow) allow. If you don’t feel like hiking, you can stay back at the fairytale meadow and enjoy the day at the foot of the ninth highest peak on earth, whilst the rest of try group treks. Overnight stay at the wooden bungalows, as the day before.

Day 6: Fairy Meadows – Gilgit – Minapin

Fairy Meadows-Tato: 2 hours

Tato-Raikot Bridge: 1 hour

Raikot- Gilgit: 1.5 hour

Gilgit-Minapin: 1.5 hour

Trek down to Tato and drive to Gilgit. Visit Kargah Buddha. After lunch drive to Minapin.

Day 7: Tagaphari

(5-6 Hours hike)

In the morning we leave from Minapin to avoid the heat during the trek. The trail goes through green fields following Minapin Nalah on the right side. Hiking through a zigzag path in the forest we continue our trek and finally reach Hapakun (2800 meters) in three hours. 

However, for normal trekkers, overnight camp will be at Tagaphari (3260 meters). Trek upto Tagaphari from Hapakun is steep again on a zigzag path along Minapin Glacier. We finally reach Tagaphari meadow in two hours. Overnight in tents.

Day 8: Rakaposhi Base Camp – Tagaphari – Minapin – Karimabad

After a short walk towards Rakaposhi BC (1 hour), trek down to Minapin (4-5 hours). We will continue our journey towards Karimabad (2400M) the capital of former Hunza Kingdom, a feast for the eyes in the middle of the barren high mountain landscape.  Overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 9: Karimabad

In, Karimabad, we will visit Baltit Fort, which is below Ultar Glacier the whitewashed Baltit Fort stands guard, sturdily built on a wooden frame to withstand earthquakes. This was the old palace of the Mirs of Hunza and was inhabited until 1950s. The earliest watch tower of the fort is over 700 years old, the outer facade was built less than 200 years ago with 20th century addition. Beautifully restored by the Aga Khan Trust for culture, the fort is now a museum open to the public, and definitely worth a guided tour. We will stroll through Karimabad Bazar, then a walk of about two hours along Babar Channel from village Karimabad to Hyderabad. The purpose of this walk is an intense exploration of the culture and traditions of Hunzukutch (people of Hunza). We will have an opportunity to see men and women working in the fields/gardens and children going to school. People of Hunza are progressive where women enjoy the freedom to a greater extend as compare to other rural areas of Pakistan. After lunch visit Altit & Duiker.

Altit Fort

We will visit Altit fort, over 900 years old fort, used to be home to the rulers of Hunza state. Besides visiting the fort, we will see the old style cluster houses in Altit village. Later drive to the view point called Duiker for panoramic view of the entire Hunza Valley at sunrise& sunset. Duiker is a small village situated above Altit Village at a height of approximately 3000m from where you can get beautiful view of whole Hunza valley and all surrounding peaks as well as Hoper Glacier. Its distance from Karimabad is about 8kms – approximately half an hour drive. Later drive back to Karimabad for overnight in hotel.

Day 10: Karimabad – Hoper – Bericho Cor

Drive to Hoper (45 minutes) early in the morning and start trek for Bericho Cor (5-6 hours/11 kms)

The trek starting at Hopar leads to two routes; The Rash Phari or Rash Lake Trek which is the shorter one as compared to the Golden Peak Base Camp trek. The climbing route of Golden Pillar is technically difficult and has been climbed just one time so far. Golden Peak from Baltistan side (Chogolangma Glacier) is known as Spantik Peak which is the normal route to the summit and most of the expeditions attempt this route. Our trek starts at Hopar Village (2800 meters) just five minutes from Bualtar Glacier. It takes an hour to Shishkin from where the trail passes through a short dry gorge up to a small plateau where Bualtar and Barpu Glaciers meet. Our trek further lead us to Barpugram and then to Mulharai. We finally reach Bericho Cor (3310 meters) where we will spend tonight in tents. It is a hot walk so keep your water bottles filled.

Day 11: Bericho Cor – Rash Lake

After a steep and dry hike of 1140 meters we will reach Chidin Harai (4440 meters) in 4-5 hours. Since our departure this morning, it is here that we will get water supply. From Chidin Harai the panorama of Hispar Muztagh including Lupghar Sar (7200M), Mumhil Sar (7343M), Trivor Sar (7728M), Malunguti Sar (7025M) and Destaghil Sar (7825M) is breathtaking especially at sunrise and sunset.  Every step along the way, will give a different view of the surrounding mountains and glaciers.  After a further two hours trek and gaining 250 meters altitude, we will reach Rash Lake or Rash Phari (4700 meters). Phari in Burushaski means lake or water reservoir. Burushaski is a dialect spoken by three hundred thousand people only

Day 12: Bericho Cor – Rash Lake

After a steep and dry hike of 1140 meters we will reach Chidin Harai (4440 meters) in 4-5 hours. Since our departure this morning, it is here that we will get water supply. From Chidin Harai the panorama of Hispar Muztagh including Lupghar Sar (7200M), Mumhil Sar (7343M), Trivor Sar (7728M), Malunguti Sar (7025M) and Destaghil Sar (7825M) is breathtaking especially at sunrise and sunset.  Every step along the way, will give a different view of the surrounding mountains and glaciers.  After a further two hours trek and gaining 250 meters altitude, we will reach Rash Lake or Rash Phari (4700 meters). Phari in Burushaski means lake or water reservoir. Burushaski is a dialect spoken by three hundred thousand people only

400 meters ascent & 400 descent, 5-6 hours

Free day to explore the area or optional climb of Rash Peak, an easy summit of just over 5000 meters altitude. The summit of Rash peak provides excellent view of K-2 (8611 meters), Broad Peak (8047 meters), Gasherbrum IV (7925 meters), Orge Peak or Biantha Brakk (7285 meters) besides many other peaks in the Karakoram Mountain Range. From the top of Rash Lake you can have a clear view of Hispar Pass (5150 meters). For those who are not able to see K-2 from Baltoro or Concordia is recommended to view the mountain of mountaineers from Rash Peak.

DAY-13 RASH LAKE- BERICHO COR

Average trekking time: 6-7 hours

Today, the complete trek will be a descending one, to more than 1300 meters. The trek offers superb views of Miar Glacier and Rakaposhi range. After three hours the valley narrows at a slight rise, forming a natural gateway known as Datchugan. We will continue our trek to Bericho Cor where we will stay overnight. 

 

DAY-14 BERICHO COR – HOPER –GULMIT

After 5-6 hours walk, we will reach Hoper where the jeeps will be waiting for us. After refreshment we will continue our drive to Gulmit.

 

DAY-15 GULMIT – GHULKIN-BORITH LAKE-PASSU-GILGIT

Gulmit-Andra Fort-Ghulkin: 1.5 hours

Ghulkin- Borith Lake: 3 hours

Borith Lake-Passu: 30 minutes

Passu-Gilgit: 3 hours

After breakfast we will walk towards Ghulkin village (1 hour) and then continue towards Borith over Ghulkin Glacier (3). Ghulkin Glacier is easy to cross. However, it has moraines, gravel and rocks. Surrounded by mountains, today’s hike offers a beautiful Panorama of Karakoram Mountains. Upon arrival in Borith, we will take lunch and drive to Passu. Finally we will drive back towards Gilgit where we will spend tonight (3 hours).

 

DAY-16 GILGIT – ISLAMABAD /NARAN

Flight to Islamabad (1 hour) and visit Taxila or drive to Naran (7 hours) if the flight is cancelled.

In the morning we will take a flight to Islamabad and from the airport we go directly to Taxila. Drive to Islamabad for overnight stay. 

 

DAY-17 ISLAMABAD

If flight operated yesterday, we will visit Rawalpindi in the morning. Half day at leisure for shopping.  Or drive from Naran to Islamabad (7 hours). En-route visit Taxila.

 

DAY-18 HOME BOUND FLIGHT

Price Includes
  • Private air conditioned transportation for the whole trip
  • Airport Transfers
  • One-way airfare between Gilgit – Islamabad (In case the flight is cancelled, road transfers will be provided)
  • Jeeps for Ralkot Bridge – Tato – Ralkot Bridge & Karimabad – Hoper – Ganish
  • Free Baggage allowance of 15Kg per trekker during the whole trek
  • Accommodation in standard hotels
    • Islamabad (4 Nights) – Hill View Hotel, Envoy Continental or Guest House
    • Chillas (1 Night) – Shangrila Hotel / Panorama Inn
    • Fairy Meadows (2 Nights) – Alpine Huts
    • Minapin (1 Night) – Guest House
    • Karimabad (2 Nights) – Tourist class hotel or guest house
    • Gulmit / Passu (1 Night) – Tourist class hotel or guest house
    • Gilgit (1 Night) – Tourist class hotel or guest house
  • Porters
    • Low altitude porters (their wages, food, equipment and insurance) to carry food, camping equipment and group luggage.
    • Free portage allowance of 15 kilograms per trekker for personal gear will be provided.
  • Road Taxes & Fees
    • Road Taxes
    • Camping Fees during trek
    • Bridge Crossing Fees
  • Note: In case of pollution, fine / penalties will be responsibility of group.
  • Basic First Aid kit
  • Camping Equipment
    • Two men sleeping tent for camping shared by two passengers
    • Complete mess tent / tables / chairs
    • Kitchen tent
    • Kitchen utensils
    • Lamps for light
  • Meals in cities / towns
    • 3 Meals – Breakfasts, lunches & dinners
  • Meals during trekking 
    • Tea, green tea or coffee
    • Menu Lunch: Picnic lunch, during trek
    • Menu Dinner: Complete meal; soup, two / three dishes, salad & a sweet dish
  • Daily wages, food insurance, accommodation of following staff is included in the price
    • Local English Speaking
    • Cook during the trip
    • Cook helpers (suject to group size)
    • Sirdar/local guides on trekking
    • Porters
  • NOTE: Helicopter rescue of staff is not included as no insurance company offers this service in Pakistan.

 

Price Excludes
  • Below mentioned services are not included in our package, but some of them can be provided on request in advance. Please contact us in advance if you’d like any further assistance and we can cost for you.

    • International air ticket & airport taxes
    • Beverages & laundry
    • Room service
    • Sleeping bags
    • Personal clothing and gear etc.

    Any other service that is not mentioned in the list above

  • All trekking members will go together in one group and come back together. If group splits due to personal reasons which results additional cost that will be charged additionally.  
  • Any extra cost due to road blockade or any other unforeseen reason will be charged as well (That means any extra transport cost or hotel accommodation will be charged in addition to package price.