Darkot Pass Trek

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Overview

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.

Itinerary

Day-1

Arrival Islamabad. Transfer to hotel.

Day-3

Visit Alexander’s lost tribe the Kalash of the Hindukush

Day-2

Drive to Chitral over Lowari pass 3118m . Overnight Hotel

Day-4

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

Day-5

Drive into the Yarkhun river valley to Power . Camping

Day-7

Trek to the wakhi settlement at Kismanjana 6 hrs. Camping

Day-6

Drive on to Lasht village . Camping

Day-8

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

Day-9

Rest explore Boroghil. Camping

Day-11

Trek up to base camp beside Darkot Glacier. Camping

Day-10

Trek to the Wakhi hamlets at Chikar. Camping

Day-12

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

Day-13

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

Day-15

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

Day-14

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

Day-16

Trek through pastures to the village of Ghotolti 5 hrs Camping

Day-17

Drive to the fabled Karimabad Hunza. Overnight Hotel

Day-19

Drive to Islamabad

Day-18

Drive on the Karakorum highway to Chilas. Overnight

Day-20

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.