Arrival in Pakistan: Welcome in Pakistan at
Islamabad and transfer to hotel for rest. In the morning, we will
visit ministry of tourism for a briefing session for permit
formalities In the afternoon we will make a city sightseeing tour of
Rawalpindi and Islamabad, which offers a great contrast of culture,
archaeology and planning. Rawalpindi is an old city with narrow lanes
and bustling bazaars while Islamabad is a modern and mapped serving as
the capital of the state. Raja Bazaar, Murree Road, Lok Virsa Museum
and Shah Faisal Mosque are the places of tourist interest included in
Islamabad – Chilas : We depart from
Islamabad and arrive at Besham crossing the famous towns of Abbottabad
and Mansehra. Later on following upstream course of River Indus, we
will make photo stops at Shatial rocks with ancient graffiti’s. After
a long day aboard, we arrive at Chilas and transfer to hotel for
Chilas – Lake Kachura – Skardu : We keep on
following the course of River Indus, and make a brief stop at Chilas
rock carvings. Our next stop is at Nanga Parbat viewpoint which offers
breathtaking views of the huge massif of Nanga Parbat. Before entering
the narrow gorge of River Indus, we make another stop at the unique
point where three mountain ranges, Karakoram, Himalayas and Hindu Kush
meet near the confluence of Indus and Gilgit Rivers.Onwards journey is
through narrow and barren gorge of Indus and the scenery changes at
Kachura, a picturesque lake of Baltistan, where we make a brief stop
and later drive on to Skardu town to stay overnight.
Skardu – Excursion Lake Satpara : Today we
will make trip to Satpara, another vast and picturesque lake of
Baltistan. En route, we will make a brief de tour to watch ancient
rock carved figure of Buddha on a boulder. In the evening visit
Khorpocho Fort, perched on a high cliff overlooking Skardu Town.
Skardu – Askole : We depart by jeeps from
Skardu and enter the Shigar Valley across River Indus. From Shigar, we
continue our drive along Shigar and Braldu Rivers to the legendary
village, Askole, a kick point for expeditions and trekking parties for
most of the famous mountains in Baltistan.At Askole our stay and meals
will be in tents.
TREKKING / CAMPING
Askole – Bardumal : We start our trekking from Askole and
making a stop at Korofon, a green campsite and crossing Domurdo River
we arrive at campsite of Bardumal. A full day's walk mostly on flat
ground helps us to acclimatize.
Bardumal – Paiyu : Another full day’s walk
with tough portion of crossing river by Jhola, the flying fox. Later
on we arrive at Paiyu for overnight.
Paiyu - Day Free: Paiyu is a traditional
rest spot before climbing on Baltoro Glacier and the last place to
find trees of the region. Our campsite is under the Paiyu Peak which
is not visible from campsite. In local language Paiyu stands for
salt.Porters enjoy a feast here as we provide them with meat. They
prepare their food for next few days and enjoy a bonfire with dancing
and beating drums. A memorable night in the far flung place, deep in
Paiyu – Khaburse : We start our trekking on
the glacier and make a traverse on Baltoro Glacier, the source of
Braldu River to arrive at Liligo campsite. Walking onwards along the
glacier, we arrive at campsite of Khaburse for overnight.
Khaburse – Goro I: Our onwards walk, stay
and everything is on the glacier for next few days. We cross Urdukas,
the last place to grow grass and alpine flowers. Superb view of Paiyu
Peak and Uli Biaho tower is on our back. Walking in the heart of
glacier, Gasherbrum IV – 7929m is visible in her full glory. We pass
by the Masherbrum Peak ( K-1 ) – 7821m and view Baltoro Cathedrals
across the glacier. Today our camp will be on the debris of Baltoro
Glacier so be prepared for a chilly cold night.
Goro I – Concordia: We are walking in a
gorge of high mountains i.e. Gasherbrum, Masherbrum, Cathedrals and
Mustagh etc. Mustagh Tower is an eye catching peak on the route. We
finally arrive at Concordia, the world famous and legendary place and
camp under Mitre Peak.
Day Free at Concordia : Enjoy the superb
panorama of surrounding peaks at Concordia as one can see K-2, Broad
Peak, Gasherbrum-IV, Baltoro Kangri, Mitre, Crystal, Marble and Angel
Peaks. Reaching at Concordia is rewarding as the first part of the
trek is complete.
Concordia – Excursion K-2 Base Camp: Today,
we will make a trip to the base camp of K-2, crossing Broad Peak base
camp en route. The walk is through heavily crevassed glacier but
trekking is safe. After photography and having cold picnic lunch at
base camp, we start walking back to Concordia, our campsite.
Concordia – Ali Camp : We leave Baltoro
Glacier and start walking on Vigne Glacier to arrive at Ali Camp, a
famous campsite serving as the base camp for Ghondoghoro La.
Ali Camp – Kheuspang : A very early start to
cross Ghondoghoro La at 5650m, our main challenge of the trek where we
fix ropes to cross the crevassed slopes on both sides of the pass.
Once on the top of the pass, a clear day reveals superb panorama of
the peaks all around. The Gasherbrums, Broad Peak and K-2 are visible
with their all grandeur. We start descending down to our campsite and
enjoy a relief as the hardest portion of the trek is finished and
onwards is an easy walking in Hushe Valley.
Kheuspang – Dalsangpa : It is an easy and
short walk to Dalsangpa, meaning a field of flowers. Superb views of
towering Masherbrum and other peaks from the campsite. We enjoy almost
a free day as the walking is quite easy in comparison with previous
Dalsangpa – Hushe: Finally we are out from
savage glaciers and start walking on dry ground. We descend down to
Saistcho, a campsite along riverside with trees and greenery. Our walk
finishes at green and fertile village of Hushe, the first permanent
village after leaving Askole.
END Of Trekking / Camping
Hushe – Khaplu : We will drive by jeeps to
Khaplu, a major division of Baltistan and known for its delicious
fruits. Its other attractions include a Raja’s Palace and an old
Khaplu – Karimabad ( Hunza Valley ): After
staying in constructed buildings and enjoying a shower after a long
time, we make an early departure for Karimabad, the capital of Hunza
Valley. Initially we will follow the course of River Indus and will
turn north to drive on KKH for Hunza Valley. Then we cross several
villages of Nagar & Hunza valleys and make a spectacular stop at
Rakaposhi viewpoint, revealing the grandeur and beauty of the
Karimabad – Baltit Fort: At Karimabad, Ultar,
Hunza Dome, Bublimating, Spantik and Diran are famous peaks
surrounding us while Rakaposhi at 7788m dominates the whole panorama.
At Karimabad, we will visit Baltit Fort Museum. Rest of the day is
free to walk in bazaar with handicrafts and souvenirs.
Karimabad – Gilgit – Chilas: We will depart
for Gilgit, the most important commercial and strategic town. And
after a brief sightseeing in the town, we will drive for Chilas in the
afternoon to arrive late in the evening in Chilas.
Chilas – Islamabad : We will make an early
departure from Chilas following the same route which we took while
driving up and on arrival transfer to hotel for overnight.
Islamabad – De briefing: In the morning we
will visit ministry of tourism for de-briefing and rest of the day is
free for packing, shopping and individual’s activities.
Departure: Our staff will provide transfer
and assistance at departure and say bon voyage.End of the Tour