Truly one of the most remote treks in the mountains. You will not see many people in this lonely wilderness in which you will experience a true rendezvous with nature in its purest form.
For the first 40 years of this century explorers believed that Snow Lake was a vast ice-cap. It was named by explorer Martin Conway in 1892, who has given dramatic account of this place in his book “Climbing expeditions in Karakoram – Himalayas”.
As we trek up to this other-worldly place we enter a remarkable world of ice, rock and sky – occasionally intercepted by small ablation valleys filled with numerous wild flowers. We undertake a 122km walk on the Biafo & Hispar glaciers, and explore the incredible wilderness of Snow Lake nestled between the two glaciers. We finish our trek by descending to the Hunza Valley and travel along the Karakoram Highway to Islamabad.
Day-01 Fly to Pakistan
Day 02 Arrive Islamabad:
After your welcome from Rock Valley Tours at the hotel there will be a trek briefing with your leader and guide and then the rest of the day is free to explore the bazaars of Rawalpindi and the new town of Islamabad. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 Fly Islamabad - Skardu:
Morning transfer to airport for flight to Skardu and then transfer to resort. (This flight is subject to good weather conditions, so if the flight is cancelled we will drive by road to Chilas. Meals and overnight at hotel.
Day 04 Skardu Free day in Skardu:
(If we are travelling by road we will make the journey from Chilas to Skardu). Hotel for meals and overnight.
Day 05 Jeep Ride to Askoli:
We take soft-top 4x4 jeeps for a bumpy ride to trek head. Enjoy exciting views of Mango Gusor (6208m) and Bakhor Das (5809m) peaks. Camp at 2950m at Thongol/ Askoli. (145 km, 5-6 hours.).
Day 06 Thongol/ Askoli - Namla:
We begin our trek, as our luggage is distributed among our team of porters, by walking across an incredible wilderness of rock, ice and sky. After walking alongside Braldu River for about an hour, we reach the village of Askole. This is the last permanent settlement along our trekking route. Another three hours’ walk brings us to the Biafo Glacier, two kilometers wide at this point, which is to be our companion for half of the trek. After setting foot on the glacier, and scrambling across the lateral moraine for about three hours, we arrive at Namla campsite at 3400m. (6-7 hour trek).
Day-07 Namla - Biantha:
Back on the glacier, we cross an area of crevasses where extreme care is needed. It’s important to follow our guide closely. Once across the crevasses, we make a gentle ascent of the glacier, enjoying spectacular views of Latok 1 (7145m), Latok 2 (7108m) along the trek. . The track follows the ablation valley past a small lake, then heads out across the lateral crevasses to the smooth white centre of the Biafo Glacier. Our campsite is at Biantha at 4025m on a grassy area with a clear stream flowing through dense willows and alpine flowers. (6-7 hour trek).
Day-08 Biantha - Karfogoro:
The first hour of the trek is a lovely walk along the valley, crossing many small lakes surrounded by willows and wild flowers. This area is the habitat of bears and Himalayan ibex. Once on the glacier we make a gradual climb over smooth ice. If there is fresh snow on the glacier we must rope up and walk using a flying belay while enjoying stunning views of Sosbun Brakk (6418m). camp at 4025m (7-8 hour trek).
Day-09 Karfogoro - Snow Lake:
We make a pre-dawn departure from the camp so that we can walk safely over the soft snow on the medial moraine. After two hours of steady plodding we arrive at the intersection of the Sim-gang glacier with Snow lake. We camp at around 4780m close to the Hispar Pass. (2-3 hour trek).
Day 10 & 11 Two days at Snow Lake:
For the first 40 years of last century explorers believed that Snow Lake was an ice-cap like those in polar regions from which glaciers flow in each direction, its size being estimated at 777 sq.km. Now the lake’s estimated size is 77 sq.km, The lake was named by explorer Martin Conway in 1892, who gave a dramatic account of the area in his book “Climbing expeditions in Karakoram - Himalaya".
Day 12 Snow Lake - Khanibasa:
We make an early morning departure to climb the pass. Gaiters are essential as snow can be deep even in the morning. We walk in single file, roped together. The route passes through the centre of the pass around giant crevasses and striped, greenish-blue seracs towering on either side. The view of Snow Lake from the top of Hispar Pass 5151m is inspirational. Numerous glaciers emerge from Snow Lake and disappear between nameless unclimbed Karakoram peaks. The highest of these peaks is Baintha Brakk (7285m) also called Ogre, first climbed by
Chris Bonington and Doug Scott in 1977. On the other side of the pass, the snow-covered Hispar Glacier stretches as far as the eye can see, and to the north rises the white pyramid of Workmann Peak (19,300 ft.). We descend from the pass to camp on the glacier’s northern moraine at 4580 m. (7-8 hour trek).
Day 13 Khanibasa - Yutmaru:
Soon after leaving our camp we spend about 90 minutes crossing the Khanobasa Glacier. During the walk we can enjoy spectacular views of Kanji Sar (7700 m), the 29th highest peak in the world. From here we follow lateral moraine and marvel at the hanging glaciers and frequent avalanches on the southern ice walls. Yutmaru at 4330m is a flat, sheltered field in a valley, surrounded by willows and alpine flowers. It also offers a fine views of the Hispar Pass and the Balchish Range. (5-6 hour trek).
Day 14 Yutmaru - Bitanmal:
An hour's easy walk through the valley to the Yutmaru Glacier, which we then take about two hours to cross, negotiating high ice walls and deep crevasses. Once across the glacier, we make the steep climb which provides us with panoramic views back to Hispar Pass. As we descend there are also views of the Kunyan Chish Range (7852m), the 22nd highest peak in the world. The Pumari chish Glacier flows south
from this mighty mountain. We walk along a path 100m above Hispar Glacier to reach our campsite at 3902 . (6-7 hour trek)
Day 15 At Bitanmal:
Our Bitanmal valley campsite is a wide open summer pasture surrounded by willows and flowers. In summer the shepherds from Hispar Village move here to live with their herds of goats, sheep and yaks. It’s a perfect place for a rest day.
Day-16 Through Hispar Village:
A lovely, relaxing walk through green pastures past willows and cedars and among herds of goats, sheep, cattle and donkeys. Soon we meet the south bank of Hispar River, and a wide alluvial fan rippling in terraces down to a cliff above the river. We cross a wooden bridge over the river and climb steeply to enter the Hispar village and its mud houses, apricot, willow & poplar trees, and fields of wheat, peas, beans, along with the ever-present wild poppies and marijuana. After spending some time here, we walk for another hour to our camp close to a roaring river at 3200m. (5-6 hour trek).
Day 17 Jeep Drive Huru - Hunza:
In the morning we walk for two hours through the dry landscape to Huru and board soft-top 4x4 jeeps for the short ride to Karimabad., the capital of Hunza Valley. You are never short of spectacular views here - Rakaposhi (7788m ), Ultar 1 (7388 m), Ultar 2, and Golden Peak tower above the valley. Afternoon free, meals and overnight at hotel. (2 hours trek & 2 hours by jeep).
Day 18 Hunza Karimabad: Day free at Karimabad to explore the valley and to visit the Altit and Baltit forts. These are reminders of the times when Hunza was an important staging post on the Karakoram branch of the Silk Route. The forts were erected by the locals to protect themselves against invaders coming mostly from Central Asia over the high passes. Overnight at hotel. Time permitting we may drive 35km further north along the Karakoram Highway to the picturesque village of Passu for thrilling views of the Passu & Batura glaciers. Meals and overnight at hotel. Hunza cultural dance in evening.
Day 19 Hunza - Besham/ Narran
Morning excursion to the Upper Hunza to enjoy views of Passu Peak, Passu Glacier, Batura and other peaks of Karakoram. Drive back along the Karakoram Highway to Chilas. Meals and overnight at a hotel. (230 km, 6 hours).
Day 20 To Islamabad:
On to Islamabad, overnight at hotel. (385 km, 12 hours)
Day 21 Fly home:
Transfer to airport for your departure flight.
Following is our quote for the above mentioned tour in US$
15 & Above Pax + 1 FOC : $ Half Twin. Per Person
08 - 14 Pax : $ Half Twin. Per Person
06 - 07 Pax : $ Half Twin. Per Person
04 - 05 Pax : $ Half Twin. Per Person
02 – 03 Pax : $ Half Twin. Per Person
Single room/tent Supplement : $ Per Single.
Accommodation: on a twin-share basis at standard category hotels in towns, 2-person tent during camping;
Meals: half board at hotels, Full board during trek;
Transport: Air-conditioned bus on Karakoram Highway, soft-top 4x4 jeeps for Hunza;
Camping Facilities: 2-person dome tents with mattresses, dining tent with folding table & chairs, kitchen tent and staff, toilet tent; Portage of 15kg during trek;
Tips & Portage at airport & hotels, entrance fee at sites & museums;
English-speaking mountain guide.
Domestic/International airfares and airport taxes; Any expenses due to cancellation of flights, landslides, other natural calamities or acts of God beyond the control of Rock Valley Tours, their staff and suppliers; Any expenses of a personal nature not mentioned above.
GEAR & Clothing
While on an organized trek, it is best to pack all items for your trip in one large piece and one carry on. The large piece must be a duffel bag (weighing not more than 12.5 Kg.) because duffels are easier for porters to carry. A small day pack is suggested as carry-on to keep items that you will use during while on the trek, bus or jeep.
Packing list for your Duffel.
With your knowledge of Pakistani culture you are well aware of precautions to be taken while traveling through remote areas. Cloths for the trek should be durable, comfortable and easy to wash and dry. In good weather you will spend much of your time in a T-shirt or medium shirt and outdoor trousers. You will need warmer clothes for evening in the camps. Temperature falls rapidly as soon the sun goes down.
Men could wear shorts once we are through the populated areas, that means from the third day of trek. Women are advise to use cotton shalwar kameez (loose long shirts and baggy trousers) the traditional Pakistani dress, as these are comfortable during warm conditions, and also appreciated & respected by the locals.
Village Shimshal Hunza Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan
Office E-158-C Street # 11، Rifle Range Rd, New Iqbal Park، Lahore, Punjab 54750
3 BOUNDARY HOUSE TURNER ROAD
EDGWARE MIDDLESEX United Kingdom.
Rock Valley Tours Pvt. Ltd locally based company with an expert team is passionate and extremely knowledgeable about the region having lived or travelled widely there. The Management team of Rock Valley tours is highly professional and works very hard to earn all important reputation and recognition.
Born in the Karakorum Mountainous regions of Pakistan, our team members have spent their childhoods traversing the endless trails of these parts of the country. They have all trained and been certified to ensure that your experience is unparalleled and that safety remains paramount. Our guides have respect for the natural environment in which they work and live and they have intimate knowledge of the terrain, the people and the cultures that you will encounter on your trek. With these years of experience and knowledge, it is our goal to provide a memorable experience to you.