Trek Pakistan’s Karakoram Mountains 2024-25

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Duration

10 days 9 Nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

20 people

Languages

English

About this tour

Welcome to the breathtaking world of Pakistan’s Karakoram Mountains! Embark on a journey like no other as we invite you to Trek Pakistan’s Karakoram, an unforgettable experience that will leave you in awe of nature’s grandeur and cultural richness. Nestled in the northern region of Pakistan, the Karakoram Mountains boast some of the planet’s most awe-inspiring landscapes, towering peaks, and a tapestry of diverse cultures that have flourished in these rugged terrains for centuries. Whether you’re a seasoned trekker seeking the ultimate challenge or a nature enthusiast eager to witness Mother Earth’s marvels, our meticulously crafted tours promise an adventure of a lifetime. So, tie up your hiking boots, pack your sense of wonder, and join us on this extraordinary expedition into the heart of the Karakoram Mountains. Let’s create memories that will forever etch themselves in your soul as we explore the untamed beauty and timeless allure of Pakistan’s Karakoram together.

 

Highlights

  • Skardu Bazaar walk
  • Manthal Rock Buddha
  • Kharpocho Fort
  • Khaplu Fort Museum
  • Yugo Village cultural walk
  • Mingulo Broq guided hike
  • Mingulo Broq to Nangma valley guided hike
  • Amin Brakk base camp guided hike
  • Live music and dance show by local Balti people
  • Nangma valley to Kanday guided hike
  • Traditional lunch with local family at Kanday village

Included/Excluded

  • ACCOMODATION:The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline only and may change. On some occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our preferred accommodation. In these cases, we will use a similar standard of accommodation.Throughout the trip, we request that our properties prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However, this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination or on some trips, have use of shared day rooms until all rooms are available.Some of the accommodation along the way is basic or simple, staying in local guesthouses and homestays. Some may have shared bathroom facilities with cold water only. We use a mixture of air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned rooms. Some areas of Pakistan experience daily load shedding. This is where the power may be turned off at certain times of the day and usually occurs for a few hours in early afternoon. Most hotel properties have a restaurant or cafe serving local meals.Showers at some hotels only have hot water at peak times (usually morning and evening). Outside of these times you may need to speak to reception to obtain hot water.If you have any issues with your room, please speak to the hotel and your tour leader right away rather than your travel agent so that the problem can be addressed without delay.The group will spend three nights in Islamabad at high standard hotel. In Skardu and Khaplu, we will stay in Original standard hotel. Accommodation at each of these hotels is based on twin-sharing. All rooms have en-suite facilities.Whilst on the trek, three nights will be spent camping in spacious two-person alpine tents.It is possible to hire a single tent for an additional cost. Group ‘mess’ tent will be set up in each camp as well.
  • Hotel (6 nights), Full Service Camping (3 nights)
  • TOUR GUIDE: All group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Exploria endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects. At Exploria, we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you are interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.
  • MEALS:9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
  • ADDITIONAL SERVICES:
  • Domestic Air-tickets (Round trip)
  • Expert Licensed professional local guide
  • 15 kgs of porter services per person
  • Skardu Bazaar walk
  • Manthal Rock Buddha
  • Kharpocho Fort
  • Khaplu Fort Museum
  • Yugo Village cultural walk
  • Mingulo Broq guided hike
  • Mingulo Broq to Nangma valley guided hike
  • Amin Brakk base camp guided hike
  • Live music and dance show by local Balti people
  • Nangma valley to Kanday guided hike
  • Traditional lunch with local family at Kanday village
  • Insurance
  • Other activities and services are not included
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips

Itinerary

Day 1 Islamabad

Welcome to Islamabad! Your transfer from the Islamabad International Airport to your hotel is included. If you arrive early in the day, be sure to join your leader and other members of your group for lunch and a city tour this afternoon. Back at the hotel, meet up for a Welcome Meeting at 6 pm and get all the details on your upcoming trek into the Yosemite of Pakistan.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2 Skardu

 
 
 

First things first, check the weather – if it’s good, you’ll fly from Islamabad to Skardu (a one-hour scenic flight). If the weather isn’t cooperating, you’ll instead make the trip via the Karakoram Highway, making stops along the way among mountain peaks humans have yet to step foot on. In Skardu, the gateway to the Karakoram mountain range, you’ll have some free time to explore and pick up any personal favorite snacks or a few souvenirs from the Skardu bazaar. You’ll also have the chance to rent any hiking gear here that you may have forgotten to pack. While in Skardu, don’t miss Manthal Rock Buddha, Kharpocho Fort, and Nansoq

Day 3 Khaplu

 
 
Carry on into the mountains as you drive to Khaplu, passing through the small villages of the Ghanche district. Along the way, stop where the Shayok and Indus Rivers meet. Visit the small village of Yugo and enjoy lunch and a cultural village walk where you’ll get a feel for village life and meet some locals. This afternoon, travel onwards to Khaplu, the Ghanche district’s capital city. After checking into your hotel, enjoy some free time to explore. Don’t miss the Khaplu Fort Museum and organic garden.

Accommodation: Hotel

Lace up your hiking boots! After breakfast, drive from Khaplu to Kanday Village, the trailhead for your trek into Nangma Valley and meet your local support crew of guides, porters and camp cooks. The first leg of your hike is short but with a few steep parts. From Kanday, descend to cross a wooden bridge over the Hushe River and then ascend through the narrow valley, across two suspension bridges to the Mingulo Broq campsite. This lush site near the water and surrounded by willow trees is also a local pasture. You’ll likely get the chance to meet local shepherds. After lunch at the campsite, you’ll have time to explore nature or relax at camp. For dinner, your kitchen team will prepare local Balti cuisines, like balay (soup), chapshoro, and other Pakistani dishes. Before sliding into your sleeping bag, be sure to turn your gaze upwards and take in the stunning star-filled night sky.

Accommodation: Full-Service Camping

Fuel up on a hot breakfast and then carry on from Mingulo Broq to Nangma Valley, passing through lush green fields alongside a glacial stream. Today’s trek is relatively flat, crossing over one stream and through another. You’ll arrive at your next stop, the Nangma Valley campsite, by lunch, where you can tuck into a freshly prepared hot meal and then enjoy some free time to take in the incredible views. Looking out over the valley, you’ll see the North Ridge of Shingu Charpa. For dinner, enjoy another hot meal of local soup and a mix of regional and continental Chinese/Pakistani dishes.

Accommodation: Full-Service Camping

Check-in with your feet this morning and decide how you’d like to spend the day. Opt to take a day hike to Amin Brakk base camp (4500 meters), at the base of the towering rock face that’s known as one of the most spectacular climbs in the world. Start with a steep climb and continue on a relatively flat plateau, before the final, steep push through a rocky trail. While at the base camp, enjoy some free time for your own exploration before tucking into refreshments and tracking your own steps back to Nangma campsite. Or if you’d rather lay low, choose to kick back and relax at camp. Either way, you won’t want to miss the sunrise up here. If you choose to stick close to camp for the day, test your scrambling skills on nearby rocks or go on a scavenger hunt for local Karakoram bird and flower species. This evening, enjoy a live music and dance show by local Balti performers. Feel free to join in!

Accommodation: Full-Service Camping

Make the trek back down to Kanday this morning and enjoy a traditional lunch with a local family in the village. You and your group will travel by road back to Shigar this afternoon, stopping for sightseeing and view-admiring along the way. Tonight, spend the night at a family-owned guesthouse.

Accommodation: Hotel

Once again, the weather may play a role in today’s plans. If the weather is nice, you’ll drive from Shigar to the Skardu airport where you’ll fly back to Islamabad. In this case, you’ll check into your Islamabad hotel, enjoy lunch and enjoy some free time for sightseeing. Be sure to ask your leader for recommendations. If the weather isn’t agreeable, you’ll spend some free time in Naran, where your leader will be pleased to offer suggestions or plan an excursion around town for the group.

Accommodation: Hotel

If you didn’t fly yesterday, today you’ll make the journey by road to Islamabad. If you’re already there, do some sightseeing in the capital. Don’t miss the Taxila Museum, which sits in the middle of a number of important archaeological sites, hosting a rich collection of Gandharan art dating back to the 1st century.

Accommodation: Hotel

Your journey comes to an end today after breakfast. Enjoy a transfer to the airport.

Durations

Multi day

Languages

English

Availability

May - October

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