Hunza, Hispar, Hispar la, Snow Lake, Baifo, Askole Skardu Trek

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We know the risks involved in trekking to the Biafo, Hisper and Snow Lake like the back of our hands, and we are always alert to save our team from straying on a patch of ice or plunging into a deep crevasse.
Located in the Karakorum mountain range, the Biafo (63 kilometers long) and Hisper (49 kilometers long) are among the most dangerous glaciers in the world. And the trekking route cuts through twelve 7,000 meters peaks. The romance between the two glaciers takes place at the Hisper La pass where they meet and mingle. The pass is 5151 meters above sea level.

Combined, the two glaciers boast a length of 126 kilometers, the longest outside the Polar Regions. The trekking route starts in Baltistan’s Askoli region and ends in the Hunza Valley. The enormous highway of ice and stones links Nagar Valley in west and Askoli (also known as little Tibet) in the east.

Day 1:  Islamabad – Arrive at Islamabad and transfer to hotel.

Day 2: Fly Gilgit and drive to Hunza (2600m)

We will take you to the above 700 year old Baltit Fort, the old residence of Mir of Hunza, built on a rocky outcrop at the base of the Ultar Nala. You will also visit the Altit Fort which is 200 years older than Baltit Fort. Evening you can spend your time walking in the Karimabad Bazaar and enjoy view of Rakaposhi (7788m), Diran (7266m), Golden Peak (7027m), Ultar (7388m), Distaghill (7885m) etc. hotel for overnight.

Day 3:  Hispar Village: (3000m) 5-6 hours easy cross of Kunyang glacier and continue on a gentle walk to Hispar Village after crossing Hispar River on a wire pulley. Small village of about 120 houses with school, small clinic and a wooden mosque. Overnight in tent.

Day 4: Dachigan: (4050m) 5-6 hours hard walk of boulder hopping, with last views of Hispar Pass top, from the middle of Hispar Glacier. Continue to the north where Ablation valley widens into a sheltered grassy pasture. Overnight in tent.

Day 5:  Yutmaru Glacier: (4350m) 5-6 hours traverse KhaniBasa glacier relatively easy going with fine views of Kanjut Sar (7760). Camp near Yutmaru glacier in a flat sheltered field. Overnight in tent.

Day 6: Traditional rest day. Overnight in a tent.

Day 7: KhaniBasa: (4580 m) 5-6 hours descend with hidden crevasses, on boulders, scree, and moraine, near to the junction of KhaniBasa Glacier. The Hispar glacier side of the pass is more crevassed than the Biafo side. Have a view oh Kanjut Sar (7760m), the 29th highest peak of the world at the head of the KhaniBasa glacier.  Overnight in a tent.

Day 8: Hispar Pass: (5151m) 4-5 hours start very early in the morning for a steady climb (20-30 degree) to the top of Hispar Pass. The route wends gently up the center with giant crevasses. The top provides spectacular views on all sides. Camp on the wide flat top of the pass. Overnight in a tent.

Day 9: Snow Lake (Lukpe Lawo): (4770m) Day free to optionally exploration of Snow Lake. Snow Lake was first explore in 1892 by W Martin Conway, who estimated the area at 777 square km. This was than confirmed by Eric Shipton who visited in 1937 but he measured it 700 square km.  Overnight in tent.

glacier broadens as the Sim and Biafo glacier meet.

Day 10: Hispar B.C: (4770m) 4-5 hours walks on snow (covered ice) with the danger of crevasses. Cross intersection with Sim Gang Glacier and Snow Lake (Lukpe Lawo) with one and a half km thick ice flowing at about 300m a year. Camp at snow. Overnight in tent.

 

Day 11: Karpogoro: (4680m) 4-5 hours constant breezing makes the ascent colder and more thrilling. The Ascent is gradual. Measurements here show the ice to be almost 1.5-km in depth. Therefore, gaiters are needed and rope is mandatory.  Camp at the eastern margin of the glacier, where the Sim and Biafo glaciers meet. It is guarded by a crevasse field and must be approached carefully. Overnight in tent.
Day 12: Napina: (4410m) 45 hours gentle ascends along the Ablation valley and then crossing over crevasses out to the easy white ice. A green camp with fresh water. It is also known as Marpogoro. Overnight in tent.Day 13: Traditional rest day. Overnight in a tent.Day 14: Baintha: (4020m) 5-6 hours, first walk along the valley than heading out across the lateral crevasse to the smooth White Center of the Biafo glacier. Baintha is also known as Conway’s camp as Sir. W.Martin Conway camper here n 1892.  Baintha is a grassy area with the clear stream flowing through deans willow shrubs surrounded by flowers. Overnight in tent.Day 15:  Mango: (3650m) 5-6 hours A gentle climb for a couple of hours on unstable boulders with the view of Latoks Peaks ahead then cross the crevasses to the green campsite at a side stream with grass and willow bushes. Overnight in tent.Day 16: Namla: (3400m) 6-7 hours walk providing panoramic views down on to the boulder-strewn Biafo Glacier stretching Northwest. Campsite is a flatfish place beside a side stream with willow bushes. Overnight in tent.Day 17: Askole: (3090m) By jeeps drive to Askole (8-9 hours). The last village of about 50 houses. The villagers grow their own cereals, vegetable and fruit and own large herds of sheep’s, goats, yaks and dzos. Overnight in tentDay 18: Askole / Skardua) Day free at Skardub) If you are driving, complete road journey (07–08 hours) to Skardu (275 km) En-route have good view of Nanga Parbat (8125m) at the junction of Indus river and the rapids and fall of Indus river. Overnight at hotelDay 19:  Fly to Islamabad

Leisure day. Overnight at hotel.

In case cancellation of flight drive from Babusar – Islamabad. Overnight at hotel.

Day 20:           Transfer to airport for your homeland flight. End of Services with HAL.

 

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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