Biafo & Hispar combined, make the longest glacier trek in the world, outside the polar region. In contrast to Baltoro - Concordia trek, where you daily find scores of trekkers, this trek is rarely undertaken, which makes it more interesting. The campsites on Biafo & Hispar glaciers are clean and less polluted. We arrive at the vast bowl of snow called as Snow Lake, which covers an area of 77 square kilometers. Near Hispar Pass, the glacier has been measured as deep as one and a half kilometers at points. We cross the Hispar La at 5151m and descend in to Nagar region. Although we cross the highest point of the trek, we still have to cross the tails of glaciers flowing en route from the mountains on the right hand. This tough portion finishes with green and lovely campsites and finally we arrive in Nagar to drive to Hunza Valley. After a great adventure, we are back in civilization with modern facilities of transport and accommodation.
Day 01 Arrival in Pakistan
Welcome in Pakistan at Islamabad and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon we will make a city sightseeing tour Rawalpindi and Islamabad, which offers a great contrast of culture, archaeology and planning. Rawalpindi is an old city with narrow lanes and bustling bazaars while Islamabad is a modern and the only planned city of Pakistan serving as the capital of the state. Raja Bazaar, Murree Road, Lok Virsa Museum and Shah Faisal Mosque are the places of tourist interest included in the tour.
Day 02 Islamabad - Chilas
We depart from Islamabad and arrive at Besham crossing the famous towns of Abbottabad and Mansehra. Later on ffollowing the upstream course of River Indus, we will make photo stops at Shatial rocks with ancient graffiti's on it. After a long Day aboard, we arrive at Chilas and transfer to hotel for overnight.
Day 03 Chilas - Skardu
We keep on following the course of River Indus, and make a brief stop at Chilas rocks carvings. Our next stop is at Nanga Parbat viewpoint which offers breathtaking views of the huge massif of Nanga Parbat. Before entering into the narrow gorge of River Indus, we make another stop at the unique point where three mountain ranges, Karakoram, Himalayas and Hindu Kush meet near the confluence of Indus and Gilgit Rivers.
Our onwards journey is through the narrow and barren gorge of Indus and the scenery changes at Kachura, a picturesque lake of Baltistan, where we make a brief stop and later drive on to Skardu town to stay for overnight.
Day 04 Day free at Skardu
This is a free Day at Skardu to make an optional trip to Satpara, another vast and picturesque lake of Baltistan. Our staff will make arrangements for porters and make last minute shopping for the expedition.
Day 05 Skardu - Askole
We depart by jeeps from Skardu and enter into Shigar Valley across River Indus. From Shigar, we continue our drive along Shigar and Braldu Rivers to the legendary village, Askole, a kick point for expeditions and trekking parties for most of the famous mountains in Baltistan.
Day 06 Askole - Namla
We leave the last village and cross the vast Kiser Ground as it is an easy walk. We leave the main trek to Baltoro Glacier and turn left to follow the right bank of the Biafo Glacier. After walking in & out of the glacier, we arrive at Namla, a green campsite in ablation valley of Biafo Glacier.
Day 07 Namla - Shifang
Again we start with crevassed edges to climb on the glacier and make a traverse to cross the glacier and exit the glacier at a lovely campsite surrounded by flowers, along a shallow stream of clear water, called as Shifang. A huge boulder indicated the campsite, where several horns of Markhors are left behind by illegal hunters and poachers.
Day 08 Shifang - Biantha
It is an easy walk along the Biafo Glacier which brings us to another superb campsite, where we enjoy a half-Day rest, which is necessary to climb gradually and for acclimatization. The campsite is under the famous peak Biantha Brakk.
Day 09 Biantha - Napina
Napina is a green campsite in an ablation valley with fresh water but there is no greenery there. On the way you may cross several small crevasses.
Day 10 Napina - Base Camp Hispar Pass
This is a steady walk on snow covered ice. ToDay we will rope up to avoid the danger of snow bridged crevasses en route. We camp just before the legendary Snow Lake.
Day 11 Base Camp - Day Free
This Day is free at campsite for acclimatization and to explore the vast Snow Lake from where treks lead to Shimshal Valley. Some old accounts mention the traces of footprints of Yeti in this area.
Day 12 BC Hispar - Khannibasa
The whole trek is crevasse prone so the safety ropes are must. ToDay we will cross the Hispar Pass at 5151m and descend to Khannibasa campsite. There are stunning views of the peaks and overwhelming panorama all around the trekking route.
Day 13 Khannibasa - Yutmaru
The campsite is among bushes of flowers with running water available. En route, we have to cross the tail of Khannibasa glacier to arrive at the campsite.
Day 14 Yutmaru - Red Star Camp
A tough Day to negotiate with crevasses and the route is away from the water source. We finish trekking and enjoy a peaceful night after a hard walk.
Day 15 Red Star Camp - Dachigan
Hopping on loose boulders, this is a tiring Day with last view of Hispar Pass on the back.
Day 16 Dachigan - Hispar
Hispar is a small dwelling with a boundary of an old rest house, where camping is possible. You may find supply of basic foodstuff, if required. Our glacier trek is over and we are on dry ground now.
Day 17 Hispar - Huru
Crossing few small dwellings, we arrive at Huru, at the head of jeep road, occasionally used. Again we will cross some small dwellings and reach at Huru at 2800m.
Day 18 Huru - Karimabad ( Hunza Valley )
Our jeeps will pick us up and drive to green village of Nagar offering excellent views of Hunza Valley. We will drive to KKH and climb to Karimabad Village for overnight in hotel with hot running water.
Day 19 Karimabad - Sightseeing
Ultar, Hunza Dome, Bublimating, Spantik and Diran are famous peaks surrounds us at Karimabad, while Rakaposhi at 7788m dominates the whole panorama. At Karimabad, we visit Baltit Fort Museum and Altit Fort. Rest of the Day is free for walking around villages and famous terraced fields of Hunza.
Day 20 Karimabad - Gilgit
We will drive back to Gilgit, where we enjoy a free time to explore bazaar and town. Gilgit River flowing through the town offers superb views and walk along its banks is rewarding.
Day 21 Gilgit - Besham
Return journey on KKH to Chilas, the place at the foot of Nanga Parbat, where hundreds of rocks are found with inscriptions, writings and drawings of old times. We will make a photo stop at Chilas and Shatial Rocks and continue driving to Besham for overnight stay.
Day 22 Besham - Islamabad
Making an early departure for Islamabad, we arrive at Taxila, the famous capital of Buddhists. At Taxila, we will visit Jaulian Monastery and Archaeological Museum and resume drive to Islamabad for overnight. At Islamabad, evening is free for packing and individual's activities.
Day 23 Departure
Our staff will provide transfer and assistance at departure and say bon voyage for your onwards journey.