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Darkot Pass Trek


A short walk in the Hindu Kush

Unspoiled campsites – Two remote pass crossings- the bustling bazaar towns of Chitral and Gilgit

Lying close to Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan and forming a natural divide between the Hindu Kush and Hindu Raj ranges, the Yarkhun Valley has been accessible to outside visitors only since the early 1990’s. From the historically fascinating outpost of Chitral, our itinerary follows this impressive valley as far as the Boroghil Pass, formerly an important trade route into Afghanistan. Our route then turns eastwards to cross the snow-covered, but straightforward Darkot and Ishkuman passes before descending to Gilgit in the Hunza Valley. From each of these high passes (c. 4600m.), there are magnificent views towards the mountains of the central Karakoram. Offering a diversity of unspoiled landscape and an interesting mix of cultures, this is exploratory travel at its best, where the people we meet are as curious about us as we are about them.



Arrival Islamabad. Transfer to hotel.


Visit Alexander’s lost tribe the Kalash of the Hindukush


Drive to Chitral over Lowari pass 3118m . Overnight Hotel


A day in Chitral town exploring bazaars and Fort. Overnight Hotel


Drive into the Yarkhun river valley to Power . Camping


Trek to the wakhi settlement at Kismanjana 6 hrs. Camping


Drive on to Lasht village . Camping


Trek to the pastures of Ishkarwarz on the Boroghil 5/6 hrs. Camping


Rest explore Boroghil. Camping


Trek up to base camp beside Darkot Glacier. Camping


Trek to the Wakhi hamlets at Chikar. Camping


Cross the Darkot glacier and Pass 4650m on to Rawat. Camping


Trek to the orchard of Darkot village. 4/5 hrs Camping


Trek cross Atar pass to the lovely Mathantar Lake 7/8 hrs Camping


Trek to shepherd hut at base of Atar pass 5/6 hrs camping


Trek through pastures to the village of Ghotolti 5 hrs Camping


Drive to the fabled Karimabad Hunza. Overnight Hotel


Drive to Islamabad


Drive on the Karakorum highway to Chilas. Overnight


Fly Home

What's Included

For both local and international travelers

  • Transport Islamabad

  • Gilgit

  • By Air (Incase of Weather Conditions if Flight Cancel, Same day Drive Hotel

  • Transportation

  • Food

  • Trekking Food, Permits

  • Hotels, Porters

  • Porter Insurance

  • Guide

  • Cook

  • Helper

  • Pollution Fee

  • Waste Management fee

  • First add medical kit

  • Satellite phone

  • Mess tent

  • Kitchen Tent

  • Sleeping Tent

  • Letter of Invitation

  • Rope

What's not Included

For both local and international travelers

  • Sleeping bags,

  • personal gears,

  • climbing shoe and clothing,

  • life insurances,

  • health insurance, 

  • rescue fee,

  • tips and anykind of personal item.

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