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Biafo-Hisper Trek

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Quick Facts
Days: 16-21
(From Islamabad)
Difficulty: Demanding/Technical
Min. Altitude: 3000m
(Askole)
Max. Altitude: 5150m
(Hispar La)
Permit Required?: No

Also known as the Biafo-Hispar Trek, The Snow Lake Trek is another one of Pakistan's greatest treks. It has been rated as one of the top five treks in the world for its extreme beauty and adventurous nature. The route is formed by the Biafo and Hispar Glaciers which form the longest continuous stretch (114km) of glacier in the Karakorums. This icy highway takes trekkers deep into the mountains towards Snow Lake, the large glacial basin formed by the Lukpe La and Sim Glaciers. Snow Lake is surrounded by towering peaks and magnificent granite spires, creating what has been called some of the finest mountain scenery on the planet! Crossing Hispar La (5150m) is another one of the trek's highlights and spending the night on the pass is an unforgettable experience. Most groups start this trek from the village of Askole in Baltistan's Shigar Valley and end in the village of Hispar in the Nagar Valley. Over two-thirds of the trek is on glacier, which can be very demanding, but most campsites are off the glacier in beautiful meadows with impressive views. Trekking across Snow Lake requires traveling in roped teams due to the danger of hidden crevasses, but the walking is not difficult. Crampons are not needed, but because the route can be difficult to follow, an experienced guide is necessary. This is also one of the longest treks in Pakistan. From Gilgit to Gilgit it normally requires at least 16 days, but it is possible to do it faster depending on fitness and weather.

Concordia Trek

This epic march into the heart of the Karakorums is the most popular trek in Pakistan. Every year, hundreds of people from around the world come to enjoy the majestic beauty of Concordia and the monster peaks that surround it. Concordia is a glacial basin at the convergence of the Baltoro and Godwin-Austen glaciers. The views from Concordia are legendary....7 of the 25 tallest mountains can be seen from here. K2 (8611m), the second highest mountain in the world, pierces the sky to north of Concordia. The Gasherbrums (7925-8068m) and Broad Peak (8047m) stand tall to the east and beautiful Masherbrum (7821m) guards the south. Where else on earth is such a view possible?
The Concordia Trek begins from the small village of
Askole at the end of the jeep road from Skardu. Huge granite towers such as Uli Biaho and the Trangos line the first part of the Baltoro Glacier and offer a great distraction from the hard work of trekking. The peaks grow larger and larger and the views more impressive, but the best views wait only for those who can reach Concordia. Concordia is an excellent place to spend some time relaxing and taking in the vast amount of scenery that surrounds you, but there are also options for side trips as well. You can visit K2 base camp, Gasherbrum IV base camp, or Gasherbrum I base camp for an overnight experience. Strong trekkers can also cross Gondogoro La (see our Gondogoro La Trek for more info) to reach Hushe village in the south, but most people return to Askole via the Baltoro Glacier again. This is definitely one of the greatest treks in the world, so don't let your experience be ruined by poor service. Contact us for great service and information!
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Quick Facts
Days: 16-21
(From Islamabad)
Difficulty: Demanding
Min. Altitude: 3000m
(Askole)
Max. Altitude: 5000m
(K2 Base Camp)
Permit Required?: Yes

Gandogoro La

The epic trek to Gondogoro La is one of the most adventurous and technical treks in Pakistan. Gondogoro La is a 5940m pass that separates the Hushe Valley from the Upper Baltoro Glacier, but that is not what makes it special. From the pass, one of the world's greatest mountain panoramas unfolds before you. The four 8000 meter peaks of the Karakorums are easily visible, including K2 (8611m), and countless smaller peaks stretch into the distance as far as you can see. This is an awe-inspriring place that few people ever get to experience.
The Gondogoro La Trek can be started from either Hushe in the east or
Askole in the west. Most people choose to start from Askole for a few reasons: the approach is longer and gives more time for acclimatization and if conditions are not good for crossing the pass, trekkers don't miss visiting Concordia and the Baltoro Glacier. For those already acclimatized, the shorter, beautiful approach from Hushe might be a good option, especially if you plan to link this trek with the Snow Lake Trek to form the Karakorum Traverse. There are also many great treks out of the Hushe Valley that can be great additions to visiting the pass. Gondogoro La is a technical, strenuous trek and is not a good choice for a first-time trekker. Crampons, fixed ropes, and an early morning start must be used to reach the pass and the trekker must be fit as well. Occasionally, crevasses or bad weather can prohibit a successful ascent and anyone planning to trek must be aware of this. However, this is one of the greatest treks in the world and all the effort of reaching the pass is definitely worth it. We guarantee excellent preparation and if the weather and route are clear, you will stand on Gondogoro La. Please contact us for more information.
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Quick Facts
Days: 16-21
(From Islamabad)
Difficulty: Demanding, Technical
Min. Altitude: 3000m
(Askole)
Max. Altitude: 5940m
(Gondogoro La)
Permit Required?: Yes

Rakaposhi Trek

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Quick Facts
Days: 1-6
(From Gilgit)
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Min. Altitude: 2050m
(Minapin)
Max. Altitude: 4000m
(Kacheli Lake)
Permit Required?: No

The Rakaposhi Trek is an excellent option for those who want to trek, but don't have much time. It is one of the easiest approaches to a 7000m peak in the world and offers incredible scenery along the way. The trek begins from the small village of Minapin and climbs up to Rakaposhi Base Camp through meadows, pine forest, and shepherd's pastures. Wild flowers are plentiful on the upper portion of the trail and there are excelent views of the Ultar peaks above Hunza. Rakaposhi Base Camp is a beautiful meadow in the sheltered valley between the Minapin Glacier and a steep ridge. From base camp, there are excellent views of Rakaposhi (7788m) and Diran (7257m), although the view from the ridge behind base camp is even better, especially at sunset. Across the Minapin Glacier lies Diran Base Camp which is more secluded, has even better views of the peaks, and more wildflowers. From base camp, a steep climb leads to Kacheli, a small lake situated in an incredible location. Impressive views of the entire area make the climb to the lake worthwhile and a swim in Kacheli is a refreshing way to take a bath!
All of these things together form one of the best short trekking options in Gilgit-Baltistan. You can do it in as little as one day or as many as six. And it's cheap! We are happy to provide you with a more detailed itinerary or more information, just send us an email.

Rupal Peak Trek

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Quick Facts
Days: 2-8
(From Gilgit)
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Min. Altitude: 2950m
(Tarashing)
Max. Altitude: 5400m
(Mazeno La)
Permit Required?: No

Nanga Parbat is the world's ninth highest mountain and Pakistan's second highest, which make it a popular destination for both mountaineers and trekkers. The Rupal Trek, named after the mountain's Rupal face, is our most popular trek. The journey begins from the small villages of Chorit and Tarashing and continues over glaciers, through beautiful meadows and the village of Rupal, past shepherd camps, and into the first of three main base camps- Herrligkoffer. It was named after Dr. Karl Herrligkoffer who led eight German expeditions to Nanga Parbat including the first successful one in 1953. After Herrligkoffer Camp, the trail becomes more difficult as it climbs up to the edge of the Bazhin Glacier and then across the ice and rock to the other side. Suddenly, the Latobah meadows come into view as the trail descends from the glacier and an easy walk through the meadows leads to Latobah Camp. The Rupal face towers 4572m above Latobah, making it the highest vertical rise from base camp to summit of any mountain. The meadow offers a great place to play games or just take a nap in the sun. There is also a small glacial lake just a short walk above camp. Shaigiri Camp, easily identified by a big, white boulder, is usually the turn-around point for the Rupal Trek, however, the trail can be followed over Mazeno La (5400m) and into Fairy Meadows with a few more days of walking. Rupal Peak is also becoming a popular side trip for experienced trekkers and beginning mountaineers. Overall, the Rupal Trek is one of the most enjoyable and budget friendly treks in Pakistan. We know it extremely well and can guarantee excellent service so that you can enjoy this trek to the fullest.

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