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Karakorum Great Traverse Trek


This is a superb mountaineering journey, which crosses one of the most rugged tracts of terrain on the face of the Earth. Long and sustained, it includes a number of tough days and 2 high and committing pass crossings. There are only 3 rest days within this 26-day trek and that means you will need to be in excellent physical condition to take it on. However, our trekking pace in Pakistan is dictated to a great extent by the distances that the porters are prepared to walk and this is usually around 6 hours' walking per day. This equates with an average of just 7 or 8 miles per day, as walking speed is restricted by the altitude and by the sometimes difficult terrain.

The crossing of the Gondoro La is a true mountaineering challenge involving the ascent of steep (45 degree) snow slopes on the Hushe side and the descent of a large glaciated mountain face on the Concordia side. It will also be necessary to rope up to descend the snow-covered West Vigne Glacier. This day will require a midnight start and could be as long as 10 or 12 hours. No technical climbing ability is required as steep sections of the pass will be safeguarded with fixed ropes and full training in their use, as well as in the various techniques required for roped glacier travel, is given prior to the crossing.

The crossing of Snow Lake and the Hispar La involves less steep ground, but it is crevassed and once again the group will be roped up possibly for as many as 3 consecutive days.


Itinerary:

Day 01: Islamabad

Arrival at the airport in Islamabad, our guide and driver will meet you here! After meeting and greeting transfer to the hotel in Islamabad.

 

Day 02: Islamabad – Skardu/Chilas

In the morning we take the spectacular flight to Skardu if the weather is good, flights to Skardu is weather dependent or drive to Chilas in case of the flight cancellation.

 

Day 30: Islamabad/ Chilas – Skardu

Day for preparation or drive to Skardu from Chilas if by road.

 

Day 04: Skardu - Khapulu day 03: khaplu to hushe village

Crossing the Shyok River, we continue our spectacular journey to Hushe Village, the highest settlement in the area.

 

Day 04: A day for acclimatization and for exploring.

One option for today is to trek up to the summer grazing settlement in the high Honboro Valley.

 

Day 05: Hushe - Brumbrammah

Following an easy walk through fir-dotted grazing land, we tackle more difficult terrain to reach Brumbrammah beside the Masherbrum Glacier.

 

Day 6: An acclimatization day at Brumbrammah.

We follow the moraine ridge and cross a tributary of the Masherbrum Glacier to reach Masherbrum Basecamp.

 

Day 7: Brumbrammah - Hushe village

An easy day down to Hushe Village where we make final preparations for our trek across the Gondoro La.

 

Day 8: Hushe - Charakusa

A short day to the idyllic campsite of Saitcho at the junction of the Charakusa and Gondokoro Valleys. The afternoon is free for relaxing.

 

Day 9: Charakusa - Dalsan

Trekking beside the Gondokoro Glacier, we follow a wooded moraine ridge to the summer grazing camp of Gondokoro Village and make a final scramble up a rocky gulley to Dalsan.

 

Day 10: Dalsan - Huisprung

A long day walking on the glacier beneath the beautiful spire of Laila Peak, takes us to Huisprung, a grassy terrace beside a small melt water lake.

 

Day 11: A day for rest and acclimatization.

We will spend part of this day practicing the safety techniques required for ascending fixed ropes and glacier walking.

 

Day 12: In preparation for the crossing of the Gondoro La.

we will move to a basecamp on a level site on the moraines below the pass. Camp.

 

Day 13: Huisprung - Ali Camp

climb to the pass using fixed ropes to safeguard the ascent. The view from the top includes K2, Broad Peak, Chogolisa and the Gasherbrums. We descend to Ali Camp.

 

Day 14: Ali Camp - Concordia

we follow the Vigne Glacier to its confluence with the Upper Baltoro at Concordia.

 

Day 15: Rest day in Concordia.

We have the option to trek up the Godwin Austin Glacier to visit K2 Base camp via Broad Peak

 

Day 16: Concordia - Urdukas

Leaving Concordia, we move down the Baltoro to Shachspong and set up our camp off the glacier at Urdukas.

 

Day 17: Urdukas - Paiju

Today we complete the descent the Baltoro Glacier. Leaving the ice behind, it is much warmer as we reach the green, spring-fed oasis of Paiju.

 

Day 18: Paiju - Korophon

Crossing the Panma River by its only bridge, we follow a spectacular pathway across a cliff face to reach the place known as Korophon beside the Biafo Glacier.

 

Day 19: Korophon - Mango

We cross the rubble of the Biafo Glacier and head north via Namla to Mango, a camp on the west side of the glacier at 3626 meters.

 

Day 20: Mango - Baintha

Today we cross the glacier to its east bank and set up our camp on the grassy oasis of Baintha (3940m.).

 

Day 21: A rest day at Baintha.

This day we can also walk above camp for great views of the Latok peaks and a panorama that extends back down the Biafo Glacier.

 

Day 22: Baintha - Napina

We continue up the eastern side of the Biafo, generally on bare ice, with easily avoidable crevassed areas. We set up camp at Napina (4215m).

 

Day 23: Napina - Sim Gang (Snow Lake)

We really have the¬¬¬ feel of being in the heart of the Karakoram as we ascend to camp on the edge of Snow Lake at the place known as Sim Gang (4500m).

 

Day 24: Snow Lake - Hispar La

Setting out at first light we cross the vast expanse of Snow Lake before starting a gradual ascent to our camp on the Hispar La at 5151 meters.

 

Day 25: Hispar La - Kani Basa Glacier

We descend the Hispar side of the pass to camp before the Kani Basa Glacier.

 

Day 26: Kani Basa Glacier - Jutanmal

Excellent views of 7760 meters Kanjut Sar today as we cross a side glacier and trek down the ablation valley to Jutanmal (4200m).

 

Day 27: Kani Basa Glacier - Pumari Chhish Glacier

More big peaks on view and another side glacier to cross as we continue to follow the Hispar valley to a camp before the Pumari Chhish Glacier.

 

Day 28: Pumari Chhish Glacier - Bitenmal

We descend via a crossing of the obligatory side glacier to the large meadow site at Bitenmal.

 

Day 29: Pumari Chhish Glacier - Hispar village

Our final day of trekking. We must cross one more side glacier before reaching the snout of the Hispar Glacier. We pass through Hispar Village en route to our final camp.

 

Day 30: Hispar Village - Karimabad

We travel by jeep to Nagar where we cross the Hunza River and join the Karakoram Highway, finally arriving in our hotel in Karimabad. Hotel

 

Day 31: Karimabad - Besham

Drive down the Karakoram Highway and on to Besham for an overnight stop in a hotel.

 

Day 32: Besham - Islamabad/Rawalpindi

Early morning we will drive to Islamabad, en-route we will visit the Taxila Museum. Construction of Taxila museum started in 1918, its foundation stone laid by Lord Chemsford, vicery of India in 1918. Construction was concluded in 1928 and the museum was opened for public by Sir Habibullah then the ministry for Education. Sir John Marshall who was going to be retired from the post of Director General of Archaeological survey of India in 1928, could not complete its original plan. The government of Pakistan constructed the northern gallery in 1998. There are 4000 objects displayed, including stone, stucco, terracotta, silver, gold, iron and semiprecious stones. Mainly the display consists of objects from the period 600 B.C to 500 AD. Buddhist, hindu and Jain cults are well represented through these objects discovered from three ancient cities and more than two dozen buddhist stupas and monasteries and Greek temples. Taxila Museum is located 35 km from Islamabad on the Grand Trunk Road to Peshawar. It is famous for remains of Gandhara art. Most of the sites at Taxila, dating back 600 BCE to 500 CE, are located around the Taxila Museum.

 

Day 33: Drive to airport and destination!

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