Chitral (Matraj) to Hunza (via Darkot) Trek

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Historic glaciated passes!

The glaciated Darkot An (4650m) at the Yasin Valley’s head is more easily crossed from north to south, even though access to its north side takes several days. The most desirable route for this trek from Iskhoman to Yasin is via the Karambar Valley, the dividing line between the Hindu Raj and Karakoram ranges. The rugged Karambar Valley leads to some of northern Pakistan’s most scenic places and largest alpine meadows used by Gujars in Karambar and by Wakhi in Broghil. The valley was apparently an ancient Buddhist pilgrimage route from Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor to Gilgit via the Khodarg Werth Pass.

OPTION 1: 27 DAYS TREK

Day 01: Arrival in Islamabad. Islamabad Sightseeing (Hotel)

Day-02: fly/ drive to Gilgit – Drive to Hunza Same day and explore Overnight at hotel

Day-03: Drive to Yasin Darkot village 147 km. Altitude 2760m.

Day-04: Trek to Rawat, Altitude 3600. Overnight in tents

Day-05: Trek to Darkot high camp 3-4hrs. Overnight in tents

Day 06 Trek to Gupis (camp)

Day 07 Trek to Tokmali (camp)

Day 08 Trek to Darkot Pass (4575m) (camp)

Day 09 Trek to Darkot glacier (camp)

Day 10 Trek to Chikar (camp)

Day 11 Trek to Vendikot (camp)

Day 12 Trek to Kishmanji (camp)

Day 13 Trek to Khan Kun (camp)

Day 14 Trek to Syarkhum Lasht (camp)

Day 15 Trek to Rawak (camp)

Day 16 Trek to Bhang (camp)

Day-17: Drive to Mastuj and Chitral 7-8hrs. Overnight at hotel

Day-18: Drive to Kalash valleys visit Bumburate, Birir, and Rumbur.

Day 19: Trek to Bumboret over Gree Pass (3010m). 4-5 hours (Camping)
Day 20: Trek to Acholgah over the Pass of Bumboret (3210m) 5 hours (Camping)
Day 21: Trek to Rawelik (3050m). 5 hours easy trek (Camping)
Day 22: Trek to Rumbur- Balang Kuru (2520m). 3 hours (Camping)
Day 23: Free day for Kalash experience and exploration and photography. (Camping)
Day 24: Drive back to Chitral. 2 Hours. (Hotel)

Day 25Fly from Chitral to Islamabad/ Drive early in the morning to Islamabad (3 hrs (hotel)

Day 26Contingency Day

Day 27 Fly home (end of services)

 

OPTION 2: 20 DAYS TREK

Day 01: Arrival in Islamabad. Islamabad Sightseeing (Hotel)

Day-02: fly/ drive to Gilgit – Drive to Hunza Same day and explore Overnight at hotel

Day-03: Drive to Yasin Darkot village 147 km. Altitude 2760m.

Day-04: Trek to Rawat, Altitude 3600. Overnight in tents

Day-05: Trek to Darkot high camp 3-4hrs. Overnight in tents

Day 06 Trek to Gupis (camp)

Day 07 Trek to Tokmali (camp)

Day 08 Trek to Darkot Pass (4575m) (camp)

Day 09 Trek to Darkot glacier (camp)

Day 10 Trek to Chikar (camp)

Day 11 Trek to Vendikot (camp)

Day 12 Trek to Kishmanji (camp)

Day 13 Trek to Khan Kun (camp)

Day 14 Trek to Syarkhum Lasht (camp)

Day 15 Trek to Rawak (camp)

Day 16 Trek to Bhang (camp)

Day-17: Drive to Mastuj and Chitral 7-8hrs. Overnight at hotel

Day 18 Fly from Chitral to Islamabad/ Drive early in the morning to Islamabad (3 hrs (hotel)

Day 19 Contingency Day

Day 20 Fly home (end of services)

 

OPTION 3: 25 DAYS TREK

Day 1 Arrive at Islamabad, transfer to hotel. afternoon sightseeing (hotel)

Day 2Drive to Peshawar with a stop at Taxila Museum and excavation sites. On arrival at Peshawar, visit Qisa Khwani Bazaar and Mahbat Khan Mosque(hotel)

Day 3Drive early in the morning to Swat, transfer to hotel in afternoon, visit museum, Butkara and bazaar (hotel)

Day 4Drive to Chitral via Lowari Pass, afternoon briefing at concern office (hotel)

Day 5Rest Day at Chitral (hotel)

Day 6Drive by jeep to Bumburit, Kalash valley (hotel/camp)

Day 7Trek to Birir, Kalash valley, meals and overnight in camp

Day 8Trek from Birir to summer huts, meal and overnight in camp

Day 9Trek from summer huts to Rambur, Kalash valley (camp)

Day 10Free Day for exploration (camp)

Day 11Trek from Rambur to Ridge Top (3900m) (camp)

Day 12Trek from Ridge Top to Chitral (camp)

Day 13Trek and drive to Borum valley (camp)

Day 14Trek Borum to New Idelen (camp)

Day 15Trek New Idelen to Old Idelen (camp)

Day 16Trek Old Idelen to Shah Brunze (camp)

Day 17Trek Shah Brunze to Doggass (camp)

Day 18Trek Doggass to Kiyar village via Owir Pass (4338m) camp)

Day 19Kiyar to Chitral (camp)

Day 20Drive from Chitral to Shandur Pass (3734m) camp)

Day 21Drive from Shandur Pass to Gupis (camp/rest house)

Day 22Drive from Gupis to Gilgit, afternoon debriefing at concern office (hotel)

Day 23Fly to Islamabad or drive to Naran via Babusar Pass (4200 m) (hotel)

Day 24Drive from Naran to Islamabad/free Day at Islamabad (hotel)

Day 25Fly home (end of services)

 

 

OPTION 4: 21-22 DAYS TREK

Day 1Arrive at Islamabad, transfer to hotel. afternoon sightseeing (hotel)

Day 2 Fly to Chitral / Rest Day at Chitral (hotel)

Day 3 Drive by jeep to Bumburit, Kalash valley (hotel/camp)

Day 4 Trek to Birir, Kalash valley, meals and overnight in camp

Day 5 Trek from Birir to summer huts, meal and overnight in camp

Day 6 Trek from summer huts to Rambur, Kalash valley (camp)

Day 7 Free Day for exploration (camp)

Day 8 Trek from Rambur to Ridge Top (3900m) (camp)

Day 9 Trek from Ridge Top to Chitral (camp)

Day 10 Trek and drive to Borum valley (camp)

Day 11 Trek Borum to New Idelen (camp)

Day 12 Trek New Idelen to Old Idelen (camp)

Day 13 Trek Old Idelen to Shah Brunze (camp)

Day 14 Trek Shah Brunze to Doggass (camp)

Day 15 Trek Doggass to Kiyar village via Owir Pass (4338m) camp)

Day 16 Kiyar to Chitral (camp)

Day 17 Drive from Chitral to Shandur Pass (3734m) camp)

Day 18 Drive from Shandur Pass to Gupis (camp/rest house)

Day 19 Drive from Gupis to Gilgit, afternoon debriefing at concern office (hotel)

Day 20 Fly to Islamabad or drive to Naran via Babusar Pass (4200 m) (hotel)

Day 21 Drive from Naran to Islamabad/free Day at Islamabad (hotel)

Day 22 Fly home (end of services)

 

 

Cost Not Included

What does Packages not Include?

► Travel insurance
► Visa to Pakistan (Letter of Invitation and other supporting documents will be offered by us for visa application)
► International flights (return tickets)
► Tips for guides, porters, staff etc

► Early Wind-up
► Miscellaneous (drinks, telephone calls, laundry etc at hotels)
► Souvenirs

► Things that is not mentioned above

Cost Included

► Government licensed professional guide/leader (pre-requisite for the Tour)
► Airport transfers on first and last day from/to Islamabad International Airport, Islamabad
► All domestic flights and transfers (according to itinerary)
► All road transport in Pakistan (according to itinerary above)
► All accommodation in Pakistan (hotels and camps) according to itinerary
► All meals in Pakistan (breakfast, lunch and dinner) at hotels
► All tour requirements on ground (including, support staff, (excluding personal) etc
► Government Permits, documentation.

All prices is based on

Equipment List

Equipment List We are providing you with three lists for the Trek. List 1 and 2 contain items and equipments that you must bring. The third list contains optional items you might need on your trekking holiday. Based on your own judgment you can select things that you might need from the third list. List 1 – Must Bring Items:

  • First Aid Pack (Diamox (Altitude), Dioralite (re-hydration salts), antiseptic cream, blister treatment, throat lozenges, plasters, Imodium (diarrhea treatment), painkillers)
  • Hiking Backpack (Day Pack) 32-42 Litres
  • Fleece jacket with hood or a warm jumper
  • Mittens or gloves
  • Gloves (Thermal)
  • Headtorch with spare batteries
  • Hiking boots
  • Sleeping bag (-16°C comfort rated)
  • Sandals (sports) or old shoes (to cross rivers)
  • Sun protection cream (including total block for nose, lips etc.)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Thermarest or any similar mat/pad for sleeping
  • Warm hat
  • Warm jacket (down)
  • Water bottles 1 liter (x2)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof over-trousers
  • Antibacterial hand wash
  • Shirts/T-shirts
  • Small towel
  • Socks
  • Spare laces
  • Underwear (normal and thermal)
  • Trekking poles (highly recommended)
  • Wash-bag and toiletries
  • Walking socks (2/3 pairs)
  • Baselayer – leggings (Thermal)
  • Trekking Trousers
  • Baselayer thermal shirts (2 long sleeves, 2 short sleeves)
  • Mountaineering equipment (See “List 2” below)

List 2 – Mountaineering Equipments:

  • Crampons
  • Mountaineering boots that must be compatible with your crampons. Minimum Grade B2.
  • Ice axe
  • Climbing harness
  • Karabiner/Carabiner (screwgate type x 2)
  • Climbing helmet
  • Prusik loops X two (2) – (4 meters of 6 mm cord makes up 2)
  • Sling (120 cm)

List 3 – Optional:

  • Buff or scarf
  • Small padlock (for locking your bag)
  • Camera
  • Insect repellant
  • Pen-knife (important: pack sharp tools in hold luggage)
  • Repair kit (e.g. thread, needle, duct tape)
  • Liner (for sleeping bag)
  • Travel clothes
  • Bottle for Pee

Minimum Group Participants and holiday Status The required number of participant bookings i.e. six (6) registrations are required to conduct the “Fixed departures”. Although we receive several guests for each fixed departure, we feel that it is important to mention it. You can make sure of the trip status on this page. Status “available” means we are registering guests and “guaranteed” means we have crossed the required number of participants and the trip will commence on the given dates. We will constantly be in touch with all our guests who register. We will timely guide you step by step regarding visa applications and flight reservations to Pakistan etc. Travel Documents & Visa In order to apply for visas to Pakistan, you generally need a passport expiring later than (6) months. For more reliable and updated information, we suggest you to contact the nearest Pakistani consulate or embassy in your country. We expect that you will take full responsibility for ensuring you have the right travel documents. Normally if you are visiting non-EU countries, you must check for 2 vacant pages in your travel document (passport) for every country you plan to travel. A tourist visa (visit visa) is required to come to Pakistan for trekking. People on work visas (already in Pakistan/abroad) require a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) which normally takes up to 6 weeks. The requirements and fee for tourist visas to Pakistan is normally around 200 USD but for accurate information you should consult Pakistani consulates nearby. To apply for a tourist visa, you will need a Letter of Invitation from our company and sometimes a duplicate (copy) of the “government trekking permit” for the group, processed by us. We will help you with all necessary documents to obtain the visa once you register with us. For more information please write us at info@karakorumexpedition.com

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