Snow Lake Trek

$2,995.00

Pakistan is the playground for adventure lovers. Biafo and Hispar glaciers are among the longest glaciers apart from the snow lands of the two poles. Both glaciers together make the longest glacial traverse in the world connecting the ancient mountain kingdoms of Hunza & Nager with Baltistan.

  • Trip Code Start and Finish
    • DP-TR-04
    Islamabad
  • Altitude Best time
    • 5151 meters
    June-September
  • Activity Level Activity
    • Extreme
    Treks
  • Duration Meals
    • 22 days
    All Meals
  • Group Size Guide
    • 08-12 pax
    Local Guides
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Snow Lake Trek

Pakistan is the playground for adventure lovers. Biafo and Hispar glaciers are among the longest glaciers apart from the snow lands of the two poles. Both glaciers together make the longest glacial traverse in the world connecting the ancient mountain kingdoms of Hunza & Nager with Baltistan. A rarely taken wilderness hike with clean campsites has a huge potential for skiing in spring and trekking in the summer. The trek can either start at Askoli in Baltistan or Hispar in Nager. Starting our walk from Askoli, we hike on Biafo Glacier and arrive at the vast bowl of snow called Snow Lake, which covers an area of 77 square kilometers. Geologists and other experts have measured the depth of the glacier to be as deep as one and a half kilometers (about one mile) at points.

The great explorers have mentioned the area in their accounts while Tillman witnesses the presence of a mythical creature Yeti as he saw the footprint of the beast around Snow Lake. Hispar Pass is a vast plateau of snow and ice from where trekking routes lead to Nagar, Central Hunza, and Shimshal.  Even after crossing the Hispar La (Hispar Pass) at an altitude of 5151m/16,998ft, trekkers still negotiate several glacier tails flowing down from the mountains. The reward of this effort is the green and lovely campsite before arriving in Nagar and then driving to Hunza Valley. This strenuous trek has many stories about it that tell us of the ethnocultural link between the Burusho of Hunza and Nager and the Baltis of the erstwhile Shigar state.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trek on two longest glaciers out of the polar region
  • The camping experience at a 16 km wide glacier basin called Snow Lake 
  • Cross Hispar Pass an old route used by people of Hunza and Baltistan 
  • Glimpses of Nanga Parbat, nicknamed the killer mountain
  • You will have glimpses of Baintha Brakk, Latok Peaks, Ogre, and many more
  • Breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains and glacier from Hispar Pass (5151M) 
  • Meet People of Baltistan, Nagar, and Hunza and experience their culture 

TRIP FACTS                                                                                                    

Trip Code:     DP-TR-04

Best time:     Early June to Mid-September 

Maximum Elevation:    5151 meters

Trek Grade:     Strenuous

Trip Length (Islamabad-Islamabad): 21 nights/22 days (8 hotel nights & 13 camping nights)

Who can join? Those who have previous high-altitude experience 

Guide: The group will be headed by a local guide

Group Size:    08-12 pax 

Route: Islamabad- -Skardu-Askoli-Biafo Glacier-Snow Lake- Hispar Pass-Hispar Glacier- Hispar Village- Karimabad Hunza – Gilgit- Islamabad 

Call for general departures:

713 979 7485
The tour package inclusions and exclusions
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

1-TRANSPORTATION

  • Airport transfers in Islamabad & Gilgit 
  • Domestic flights between Gilgit-Islamabad in economy class with 20 kg checked baggage
  • Air-conditioned private transportation for one day of sightseeing in Islamabad 
  • Private transportation for one day of sightseeing in Skardu. 
  • 4×4 jeeps/Toyotas from Skardu to Shagaran and Hispar to Karimabad Hunza for members and luggage.  

Note: Flights to the northern areas of Pakistan are subject to weather conditions. In case of a flight cancellation, the surface transfer will be provided with one-night accommodation in Chilas or Naran.

2-ACCOMMODATION

  • 8 nights’ hotel accommodation in standard hotels

3 nights in Islamabad in a 3* hotel on a twin/double sharing basis. 

1 night in Chilas in a standard tourist-class hotel on a twin/double sharing basis. 

2 nights in Skardu in a standard tourist class hotel on a twin/double sharing basis. 

2 nights in Karimabad Hunza in a standard tourist class hotel on a twin/double sharing basis. 

Note: Please check the single supplement charges in case you wish to use a single room.

 3-FOOD (MEALS) 

  • Breakfasts in Islamabad and full board (three meals) elsewhere during hotel stays. 
  • A farewell dinner in Islamabad at the end of the trip

4-MEAL DURING CAMPING 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch 
  • Dinner
  • Tea, green tea, or coffee

Menu:  Breakfast: Combination of eggs, corn-flex, porridge, jam, honey, coffee, tea, etc. 

Lunch:  One dish lunch at the base camp and picnic lunch during the trek

Dinner:  Complete meal; soup, two/three dishes (combination of rice, mutton/beef, chicken,

Pulses, vegetables, pasta, spaghetti, etc.), salad, and dessert

5-TAXES AND FEES

  • Road taxes
  • Camping fees during the trek.
  • Bridge crossing fees.

6-PORTERAGE 

  • Porters trekking food, camping equipment, and personal gear of trekkers.
  • A free baggage allowance of 15 kilograms per trekker is for personal gear 

7-LOCAL STAFF

Services of the following staff are included in the price. 

  • Local trekking guide 
  • Cook 
  • Cook helper (s) 

8-INSURANCE OF LOCAL STAFF

Insurance premium of a local guide, cook, cook helpers, etc. 

9- CAMPING EQUIPMENT & ACCESSORIES

  • Sleeping tent for camping shared by two pax
  • Toilet tent
  • Complete mess tent/table/chairs
  • Mattresses
  • Toilet papers etc

Note: Single tent can be provided, please check for single supplement charges 

10-MESS/KITCHEN EQUIPMENT

  • Complete kitchen equipment including kitchen tent, mess tent, tables & chairs, etc. 

11- EMERGENCY SUPPORT

  • A set of oxygen (4 litters gas cylinder, mask & regulator) will be available for emergencies. 
  • A set of satellite phones for emergency calls 
  • Basic first aid kit (we recommend bringing your own first aid medicine from your home country) 

12- WATER FILTERS 

There will be water filters or purification pills. You can ask the cook to fill your bottle with boiled water every morning during the trek. 

What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

Below mentioned services are not included in our package, but some of them can be provided on request in advance. Please contact Discover Pakistan for further detail. 

  • International air ticket & airport taxes. 
  • Visa fee for Pakistan and personal insurance 
  • Extra hotel nights & meals due to change in plan 
  • Lunches & dinners in Islamabad
  • Beverages & Laundry
  • Sleeping bags, personal clothing, and trekking gear. 
  • Tips for trekking staff 
  • Tips for hotel & transport 
  • Any other service that is not mentioned in the list of services 

Itinerary

  1. 1

    DAY 1 DEPARTURE FROM HOME
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    DAY 2 ISLAMABAD

    Our representative/guide will be at Islamabad International Airport to meet and greet our valued guests and transfer to the hotel (the airport is about 40-45 minutes drive from Islamabad. In the afternoon, a half-day city tour will include visiting Faisal Mosque, built in 1986, the Pakistan Monument, Lok Virsa Museum, and a breathtaking aerial view of Islamabad from Daman-e-Koh. Drive back to a hotel for an overnight stay before going to sleep; the guide will give complete information about the next day’s scenic journey.

     

    Altitude: 1,663 ft (507M)

    Accomodation: Hotel
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    DAY 3 ISLAMABAD-CHILAS

    We will begin our journey early in the morning towards Chilas. There are two routes leading to Chilas. The first option is to drive through the Hazara Motorway and the Karakoram Highway via Besham. The second and most preferred route is via Naran over Babusar Road (available from June to October), passing through the Naran Kaghan Valley.

    If we choose the first option, we will encounter the River Indus at Thakot. We will make a stop at the rock inscriptions at Shatiyal. The second route, via the Babusar Pass, is a superb choice, as it takes us through the beautiful valleys of Naran and Kaghan over the Babusar Pass at 4,100 meters. This journey has stunning views, waterfalls, lush green meadows, snow, and side streams.

    Kaghan and Naran valleys are renowned tourist spots for domestic tourists. We will arrive in Chilas late in the afternoon and check into a hotel near the Indus River. We will have a delicious dinner and learn about the plan for the next day’s trip plan, and gather some helpful tips. We will spend the night there, hoping for sweet dreams.

     

    Altitude: 4,150 ft (1265M)

    Travel Time: Islamabad-Chilas via Naran & Babusar Pass:10 hours  396 km/

    Islamabad-Chilas via Besham: 10 hours  470 km

    Accomodation: Hotel
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    DAY 4 CHILAS – SKARDU

    After breakfast, we start our journey to Skardu. Driving on Karakoram Highway is an adventure in itself, which is a lifetime and an unforgettable experience. Another fantastic drama unfolds when Nanga Parbat 8,126 m (the second highest in Pakistan and 9th in the world) starts to play “hide and seek” before we have a clear view at Thalaichi. From the same point, you may also have a great view of Rakhaposhi and Haramosh Peaks as well. All these highlights add to the joys of our holiday trip. Driving further north at Juglot, we turn right to begin our journey to Skardu on an excellent jeep road it was one of the adventurous roads now extended and made shorter and more comfortable, peeping into the mighty Indus River and charming villages on both sides of the river. We transfer to a hotel for an overnight stay on arrival in Skardu. Now it is your time to be relaxed.

     

    Altitude: 8366 (2,550M)

    Travel Time: Chilas-Skardu 6 hrs 260kms

    Accomodation: Hotel
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    DAY 5 SKARDU

    Reserve day for preparation 

    Skardu serves as the starting point for most trekking and climbing expeditions. After making preliminary arrangements and receiving a briefing, optional sightseeing in Skardu includes visiting Sadpara Lake and viewing the carved Manthal Buddha. Following that, we will explore Kharpocho Fort on a hill overlooking the town. This fort was constructed by Ali Sher Khan Anchan, the ruler of Baltistan, until the late 16th century. If time permits, we will also venture to the upper and lower Kachura Lakes, among the most popular destinations in Skardu. Additionally, the Skardu Bazaar is a fascinating attraction where visitors can immerse themselves in the local culture.

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    DAY 6 SKARDU – SHAGARAN

     We embark on an enthralling journey today along the adventurous Askoli Road, passing through a charming village in the Baraldo Valley. Our long and exciting jeep ride to Shagran via Askoli begins with a local crew and supplies as we traverse the scenic Shigar and Braldo Valleys. Along the rugged dirt and stone road that leads to Baltoro, we are greeted by smiling and welcoming villagers. During our journey, we pause for lunch and short photo breaks, captivated by the spectacular views that unfold before us. One of the day’s main highlights is the mighty Baraldo River, its roaring waters commanding our attention.

    Occasionally, we may encounter roadblocks in the summer, necessitating a change of vehicles. This might result in a longer travel time compared to the usual drive. Mental and physical preparation is essential for this adventure trip.

    Continuing our jeep drive, we make our way towards the Braldu River, located at the snout of the Biafo Glacier. Our destination is the green oasis of Shagaran, named after a Polo ground that holds an intriguing story, which your guide will share once we arrive. If the sun is shining, be prepared for a potentially hot day, with temperatures often approaching 40 degrees Celsius due to the barren landscape. We will spend the night camping here, staying in tents. This day also allows us to make further arrangements for our trek, including organizing logistics and hiring porters.

     

    Altitude: 10170 (3,100M)

    Travel Time: 7 hours  140 Km

    Accomodation: Camp
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    DAY 7 SHAGARAN – NAMLA

    We will start our trek by climbing to the great Biafo Glacier, ascending up to the ridge that offers a panoramic view of the south, where the Baltoro and Braldu Rivers sweep around the base of the Biafo lateral moraine. The first two hours involve traversing the glacier’s moraine, jumping over boulders, and then smoothly moving up on gravel and ice. The superb views of the Latok Peaks come into sight, with Latok-I standing at 7,145 m, Latok-II at 7,108 m, and Latok-III at 6,994 m, all to the right. These peaks serve as the main attraction of the day. We then approach Namla, crossing the glacier on boulders to the left side, where there is a place for tents and a stream that serves as the main water source in this camp. We camp in green meadows, where the inhabitants of Askoli bring their herds during the summer. Magnificent views of the snow-covered mountains on both sides of the Biafo Glacier captivate the attention of technical climbers, making these mountains the main attraction.

     

    Altitude: 12,110 ft (3690M)

    Hiking Time:  (4-5 hrs  10. km

    Accomodation: Camp
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    DAY 8 NAMLA-MANGO/SHAGANGFONG

    With magnificent views of numerous snow-capped mountains to your right and left, including Latok-1 (7,145m) and Latok-II (7,108m) ahead, we will cross the crevasse area to reach the higher ridge of the glacier during the first two hours. The terrain consists of moving rocks and boulders, occasionally transitioning to the white glacier or gravel, making it an easy walk. We will continue navigating small crevasses for the last two hours as we ascend. Toward the end of the day, we will cross over to the right side of the glacier using the moraine. Following the lateral moraine, we will reach a flat grassy area adorned with small willow bushes, where the campsite awaits at an elevation of 3,800 meters in Shagangfong.s the main attraction.

     

    Altitude: 12,893 ft (3930M)

    Hiking Time: 6 hours 12.Km 

    Accomodation: Camp
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    DAY 9 MANGO/SHAGANGFONG-BAINTHA

    Getting into the glacier is difficult. Once you’ve entered, the trek becomes a relatively straightforward two-hour walk along the lateral moraine. You’ll cross small lakes on your way to the Baintha campsite, which is located at 4040m and features willow bushes and a clear running stream. It’s the last green campsite on the Bwither.

    After the short walk, you can take a day to relax and enjoy the panoramic view of the Karakoram Mountains. The Baintha Baraks, also known as the Ogre group, are famous peaks along this trek, attracting climbers who come to conquer them each year. Some climbers visit to summit these mountains and enjoy the experience of climbing here. It’s important to walk cautiously due to the presence of dangerous crevasses on the glacier. The Ogre Tower (7,815 m.), also known as Baintha Brakk, can be seen above us on the right.

     

    Altitude: 14,470 ft (4,4410)

    Hiking Time:  6 hours 21.4 Km

    Accomodation: Camp
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    DAY 10 BAINTHA- KARFOGHORO

    Today’s hike takes us along the Biafo Glacier, where we will encounter small crevasses made of easily navigable white ice. Stepping over these crevasses, we will reach the moraine area, characterized by large rock boulders on the right side of the Biafo Glacier. Our campsite will be situated amidst these boulders, surrounded by sandy terrain. At an elevation of 4,400 meters, the camp offers breathtaking views of the magnificent surroundings.

     

    Altitude: 15091 ft (4,600M)

    Hiking Time: 6-7 hours 12.6 km

    Accomodation: Camp
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    DAY 11 KARFOGHORO-SNOW LAKE

     We will descend onto the white glacier from the moraine. Here, we will rope up and walk in a single file. Throughout the season, snow remains on the glacier, concealing hidden crevasses. It is advisable to wear gaiters from the beginning. The ascent to Snow Lake is gradual and offers breathtaking views of the colossal Karakoram Mountains and expansive snow plains. The location is astonishing, and camping on the snow and ice is a remarkable experience. We will spend the night in tents.

     

    Altitude: 16,076 (4,900M)

    Hiking Time:   5-6 hours 8.2 km

    Accomodation: Camp
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    DAY 12 Free day at Snow Lake and Exploring

    The day is reserved for exploring the Snow Lake area. Most trekkers have the freedom to enjoy the beautiful mountains. If you are short of time can skip this free day.

    Accomodation: Camp
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    DAY 13 SNOW LAKE – HISPAR LA

    ”Snow Lake,” the name itself is enough to convey the conditions: camping on the snowy expanse of the pass’s large saddle. On one side stands the arrogant northern face of Ogre (7,285m), while on the other side, the setting sun casts its warm glow over the Hunza mountains. This breathtaking scene will remain etched in your memory for a lifetime. Ahead and surrounding the Muztagh Range are awe-inspiring views, with peaks reaching 7,852m at Kunjut Sar and 7,885m at Hispar (Dasteghil Sar) to the south. Though the summits aren’t as high, Sosbun and Spantik, at 6,200m and 7,027m, respectively, add to the grandeur of the pass. Prepare for a freezing night as you camp at 5,000m on the pass.

     

    Altitude: 16,900 ft (5151M)

    Hiking Time: 5 hours 8.4 km 

    Accomodation: Camp
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    DAY 14 HISPAR LA – KHANI BASA CAMP

    The first hour is spent on the flat glacier with a rope, walking in a single file on smooth snow. After that, there is a sharp descent where crampons are necessary, as hidden crevasses lead to the Hispar Glacier. The Hispar Glacier consists of white ice and provides a smooth walking surface. However, to proceed to the Khani Basa camp, one must traverse the moraine, which is composed of moving rocks and steep scree. It should be noted that the trek on the Hispar side is more challenging than the Biafo Glacier.

    The moraine path leads to the green spot of Khani Basa, which is the camp located at an altitude of 4,580 meters. From there, you can enjoy a stunning view of the Hispar Pass and the majestic mountains that seem to touch the sky, enhancing the joy of your holiday and crossing the pass. The porters and staff celebrate the success with singing and dancing.

    For the next six days, we will descend through this glacier until we reach the village of Hispar, covering a distance of 2000 meters. As we descend, the glacier becomes larger on the lower side. From Khani Basa, we will walk along the glacier in the narrow, stony valleys of the Right Bank. Along the way, we will encounter secondary glaciers, where they meet the Hispar Glacier. It’s worth noting that for 3 out of 4 days, we will be away from the glacier, although towering peaks will still surround us.

    To the north, we have the Muztagh range, with Kunjut Sar reaching an impressive height of 7,852 meters. To the south, the summits are not as high, with Sosbun and Spantik measuring 6,200 meters and 7,027 meters, respectively. The breathtaking views of these peaks testify to the significance of embarking on this trek.

     

    Altitude: 15649 ft ( 4770M)

    Hiking Time: 6-7 hours 11.4 km

    Accomodation: Camp
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    DAY 15 KHANI BASA – YUTUMARO

    Soon after the camp crossing the Khani Basa Glacier with large boulders of moving stones that take about two hours to cross with a fine view to north Kunjut Sar 7,760 meters is the 29th highest peak in the world. After crossing the glacier we will get on the lateral moraine of the Hispar Glacier with magnificent views across the hanging glaciers and frequent avalanches on the ice falls. Yutmaro is the campsite with small willow bushes and clear spring water at 4,330 meters.

    We are now along the right side of the Hispar Glacier the path is a bit tricky and crossing rough glaciers every day. To reach our campsite we will cross Yutmaru Glacier. 

     

    Altitude: 14, 107 ft (4300)

    Hiking Time: 5 hours 8.0 km

    Accomodation: Camp
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    DAY 16 YUTUMARO – PUMARI CHHISH

    We will cross the glacier and a stream that is not much difficult. Once again, we have to descend into the ablation valley and once again we have to climb the cliffs on our right to get to the campsite.  

    The Yutmaro Glacier takes about two hours to cross like the other glaciers it also has large boulders of stones and many zigzags on the crevasses tiring.  On the other side is steep climbing but good panoramic views back and ahead. There are few screens along the way but get to more low altitude and more active on this day the second last of the trek. Red Star camp is at about 4,150 meters.

     

    Altitude: 13385 (4,080M)

    Hiking Time: 8 hours  15.4 km

    Accomodation: Camp
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    DAY 17 PUMARI CHHISH – BITANMAL

    On this day, we will traverse the Phumari Chish Glacier, which flows south of Khuyang Chish, the 22nd highest peak in the world, standing at 7,852 meters. Crossing this glacier requires approximately half an hour of walking. As we descend into the ablation valley, it expands into a sheltered area with grassy pastures, offering a flat and smooth pathway. Eventually, we will arrive at a large green meadow adorned with summer houses and a channel of glacier water. This picturesque location, situated at an elevation of about 3,800 meters, provides splendid views all around. To your right, the sight of Distagil Sar, towering at 7,885 meters, and numerous other mountains is truly awe-inspiring. You will thoroughly enjoy your time here. If the weather favors us, consider yourself fortunate to indulge in washing and bathing during this afternoon.

     

    Altitude: 12,07 ft (3660M)

    Hiking Time: 5 hours 15.4 Km 

    Accomodation: Camp
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    DAY 18 BITANMAL – HISPAR

    Crossing the terminal end of the glacier, black at this point (due to mud and stones), we reach Hispar village, at the far end of Nagar Valley. The smooth walk with fantastic views will be very hot if the weather is sunny. It is better to leave very early to escape the heat. We will cross a hanging suspension bridge on the Hispar River and steeply climb to the village along the fields of wheat. Overnight stay in a tent. 

     

    Altitude: 11099 ft (3383M)

    Hiking Time: 6 hours 15.6 km

    Accomodation: Camp
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    DAY 19 HISPAR – KARIMABAD HUNZA

    From Hispar to Horo, there is a jeep-able rough road (often blocks due to land sliding). The jeeps journey up to Karimabad, the capital of Hunza (about 4 hours); transfer to hotel. Afternoon visits to the shops of Karimabad (artisan work of the whole northern region of Pakistan) and two historical forts, superb view of Rakaposhi (7,788m). We will have to relax afternoon you are free to stroll around the Karimaabad Bazaar to explore the scenic Hunza Valley and its tourist-friendly inhabitants.

     

    Altitude: 8,202 ft (2,500M)

    Travel Time:  4 hours 51 Km

    Accomodation: Hotel
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    DAY 20 KARIMABAD HUNZA

    Visit Baltit Fort, Altit Fort & Duiker 

    Today, we will explore Karimabad and surrounding villages, In Karimabad we will visit Baltit Fort, below the Ultar Glacier, the whitewashed Baltit Fort stands guard, sturdily built on a wooden frame to withstand earthquakes. This was the old palace of the Mir of Hunza and was inhabited until the 1950s. The earliest watchtower of the fort is believed to be over 900 years old & the outer facade was built less than 200 years ago with 20th-century addition. Beautifully restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, the fort is now a museum open to the public, and worth a guided tour.  The architecture here, as at Altit Fort, reflects a Tibetan influence. The view from the top of the fort is well worth the climb. The clustered housing around the fort depicts the olden-days lifestyle of local people. To reach Duiker View Point (3000M altitude approximately) we can take a steep walk of 60-80 minutes if your stamina allows, optionally, we can take 20 minutes’ drive. From the Eagle’s Nest, the panoramic view of the entire Hunza & Nagar Valleys, surrounded by Ultar Peak, Ultar Glacier, Lady Finger, Rakaposhi, Diran Peak, Golden Peak, and Trevor Sar, is beyond description. The sunset and sunrise make the whole valley mesmerizing. Later, drive back to Karimabad for an overnight stay.

    Accomodation: Hotel
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    DAY 21 KARIMABAD-ISLAMABAD OR NARAN/BESHAM

    As you embark on this scenic journey, you’ll pass through the beautiful valleys of Hunza, Nagar, and Gilgit. The road winds through majestic mountains, offering panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, glistening glaciers, and cascading waterfalls. The lush green meadows and blooming wildflowers add to the charm of the landscape.

    The drive from Gilgit to Naran is approximately 300 kilometers and takes around 8-10 hours, depending on the road conditions and stops along the way. Make sure to start early in the morning to have ample time to enjoy the sights and reach Naran before nightfall.

    Once you reach Naran, you can relax and unwind in the town’s peaceful atmosphere. Naran is famous for its crystal-clear lakes, including Saif-ul-Malook Lake, which is a must-visit. Most visitors take a boat ride or simply stroll around the lake, enjoying the serenity of the surroundings.

    These places offer breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, and the fresh mountain air rejuvenates the soul.

    Naran also offers a variety of accommodation options, ranging from budget guesthouses to luxury hotels, so you can find a place that suits your preferences and budget for an overnight stay.

    Overall, the drive from Gilgit to Naran is a memorable experience, offering stunning natural beauty and a chance to immerse yourself in the enchanting landscapes of northern Pakistan.

     

    Altitude:  7903 ft (2,409M)

    Travel Time: 7-8 hours 320 Km

    Accomodation: Hotel
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    DAY 22 ISLAMABAD

    A half-day visit to Taxila or drive from Naran/Besham to Islamabad to visit Taxila on the way. 

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    DAY 23 DEPARTURE HOME

    Transfer to the airport for a homebound flight.

    Have an incredible Journey with unforgettable memories with Discover Pakistan!

    Important Note:

    We always do the best in our power to follow the set itinerary. However, it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, and natural disasters like heavy rains, flooding, and other potential causes.  Sometimes we experience unforeseen happens to affect the plan.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

We always do the best in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, and natural disasters like heavy rains, flooding, and other potential causes. Sometimes we experience unforeseen happens to affect the plan.


CUSTOMIZE THIS TOUR

Would you like to customize this trip? We would be very happy to tailor made this experience for you and your companions. Our team is here to guide you through the process. We will take the time to listen to your aspirations, understand your travel style, and work closely with you to craft a personalized itinerary. Please click here to fill the trip information form.

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

PASSPORT AND VISA

Participants of all nationalities are required to have a valid passport with six months remaining validity and a visa for Pakistan. Visas must be applied online at https://visa.nadra.gov.pk/
The main category is MOUNTAINEERING & TREKKING and the sub-category is TREKKING. You will need a letter of invitation (LOI) which our office will provide along with the requisite documents like a Discover Pakistan license copy and National Identity Card of the issuing authority

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND A VISA FOR PAKISTAN.

TREKKING PERMIT

No trekking permit is required as the Snow Lake Trek falls in an open area.

PERSONAL INSURANCE

As the trip is of strenuous nature, it is a mandatory requirement to have an insurance policy for accidents, medical and helicopter evacuation covering at least $ 30,000.

VACCINATIONS

Currently, all passengers entering Pakistan require a COVID VACCINATION CERTIFICATE (fully vaccinated). Those who do not have vaccination due to medicate reasons will need a certificate from a doctor. Those entering Pakistan without a Covid vaccination certificate need to show negative PCR as well.
You do not need to show proof of any other vaccination but highly recommend having other vaccines.

DRESS

In the cities like Islamabad, there is no problem if you are in Western dress but in remote regions including Skardu, you will need to have a full dress (covering your body)

LOCAL CREW

The local crew includes a licensed guide, cook, assistant cook, porter’s Sirdar, and porters. Our guides and cooks are well-experienced, strong, supportive, and friendly. They performed their duties with full dedication to facilitate our valued clients.

GROUP JOINING INSTRUCTIONS

The tour starts and ends in Islamabad. Discover Pakistan, a guide or representative will be at the airport to pick up the clients with the welcome signboard of Discover Pakistan. We can also make reservations for pre and post-nights if anyone arrives early or departs late.

HIKING AT ALTITUDE

Biafo Hispar Trek is rated as a strenuous hike on the rocky, glacial terrain and some exposed section makes it a tough trek but provides some of the most stunning views in the world.  All members must be physically fit and capable of walking for about 6-8 hours a day as the highest point of the trek is above 5000m. However, the itinerary is designed in such a way that provides acclimatization by gaining height gradually, which allows the body to adjust to reduce air pressure at higher altitudes. For more details, you can click on the link below.       
https://www.backpacker.com/skills/backpacking-fitness/how-to-hike-strong-at-altitude/

PERSONAL GEAR

A list of personal equipment is provided below you can make personal kits according to your needs.

  • Gore-Tex Trekking Shoes (1 pair)
  • Socks (2-3 pairs)
  • Gaiters (1 set)
  • Crampons (1 set)
  • Slippers (1 pair)
  • T-shirts (2-3)
  • Trousers (2-3 pairs)
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Warm Clothing including inner dress/thermals
  • Gore-Tex Jacket (1 piece)
  • Down Jacket (1 piece)
  • Sun Cap (1 piece)
  • Warm Hat (1 piece)
  • Neck Cover (1 piece)
  • Hand Gloves/Mittens (2 pairs)
  • Rucksack (backpack) 50-60L
  • Trekking poles
  • Sleeping Bag (-20C—30C)
  • Umbrella
  • Headlamp (with extra batteries)
  • Ultraviolet Protection Sun Glasses
  • Sun Cream
  • Chap Stick or Lip Balm
  • Water bottle
  • Personal medication (if advised by the physician)
  • Note: Some equipment is available for rent or sale in Skardu

LOCAL TIME

Pakistan uses a one-time zone, which is Pakistan Standard Time (PKT). This is UTC+05:00 — that is, five hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time.

ELECTRICITY

The power plugs and sockets in Pakistan are of type C and D. Type C plug has two round pins & the type D plug has three round pins arranged in a triangular pattern. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. It is recommended to bring a power plug adapter.

CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE

Most major currencies are US Dollar & Euro, these are easily changed in Islamabad and Skardu as well. However, the exchange rate in Skardu is not as good as compared to Islamabad. You can check the foreign currency exchange rate at https://www.nbp.com.pk/RateSheet/index.aspx. The exchange rates in the open market differ from the bank rate.

TIPS

Tips for a guide, cook, assistant cook, Porter’s Sidar, and porters are customary. However, it is absolutely at the discretion of clients to decide about the amount of tips.

BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) offers 20 kg (1 piece) on a domestic flight in economy class to/from Skardu. For extra baggage (1 piece up to 20 kg), they charge PKR 5800 currently which is subject to change.

EQUIPMENT (SHOPPING/RENTAL)

Personal clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kits, and personal trekking gear can be purchased/rented in Skardu. Some of the items may not be available for rent and need to be purchased. Please confirm with us in advance.

DEPARTURE TAXES

No departure taxes are applicable at Pakistan international airports. However, you can check with your concerned international carrier before traveling.

Other Information About Tour

MEALS 

3 meals a day will be provided during the hotel stay except for lunches and dinners in Islamabad. There will be one farewell dinner in Islamabad at the end of the trip. 

FOOD ON TREKKING

We do cater to any special food requirements during the trekking if any client has food allergies or special dietary needs like vegetarian and vegan etc.  

BREAKFAST

Below is the list of major items we provide in the breakfasts with a combination of four or five items a day. 

  1. Porridge
  2. Corn Flacks
  3. Eggs (Omelets/Fried or according to demand)
  4. Paratha (a local form of bread)
  5. Muesli
  6. Jam
  7. Honey
  8. Marmalade
  9. Black tea
  10. Coffee
  11. Milk etc.

LUNCH

Below is the list of major items we provide at the lunches with a combination of three to four items a day during trekking. 

  1. Peanut butter
  2. Tuna Fish
  3. Sardine Fish
  4. Paratha  (Continued on next page)
  5. Cookies Sweet
  6. Cookies Saltish
  7. Dry Fruit
  8. Tin Fruit
  9. Potatoes/peas
  10. Green tea/Mixed tea
  11. Tang etc.

DINNER

You will have a complete dinner with soup, two curries plus rice or Spaghetti or Macaroni & chapatti. There will be a dessert & green tea and coffee etc. as well. 

  1. Chapatti
  2. Spaghetti
  3. Macaroni
  4. Pasta
  5. Meat (Chicken, Mutton & Beef)
  6. Fresh vegetables
  7. Backed beans
  8. Green peas
  9. Noodles(Meggi)
  10. Salad
  11. Lentils
  12. Green tea etc.

DESERT

  1. Pudding
  2. Kheer Mix
  3. Custard
  4. Jelly

Any intolerance or allergies to the food items must be communicated in advance. If you have any personal choices that we can meet will also be provided. 

DRINKING WATER

It is highly recommended to use mineral water in the cities and boiled/ filtered or purified water during the trekking. Do not drink running water from the rivers and streams.

WEATHER

The weather in Islamabad is extremely hot during the summer season. You can expect a temperature between 30-40 degrees centigrade. If you travel by road to Skardu, expect the weather to be very hot as well. In Skardu, the weather is similar to Islamabad, except 25-38 degrees centigrade. During the trekking on sunny days, expect the weather to be warm without any shade. Especially during the trek between Askole/Jhula to Urdukas, the weather will be extremely hot on those days. It is advised to have proper sun protection in the form of an umbrella, a wide-brim hat, and plenty of sunscreens. However, the weather in the nighttime is cooler above 4000 meters, you can even expect the temperature to get down to below zero and experience snowfall.

WHO SHOULD DO THE TREK?

K-2 Base Camp Hike is a wilderness trek, with no access to towns/villages and limited inhabitants during the whole duration (two weeks) of the trek. You will hike as high as 5560 meters (K-2 Base Camp) and the trekking route is strenuous with river crossings, uneven terrain, glaciers, and boulders on the way. The trek is recommended for individuals with physical fitness and in good health. And should also know the techniques of using trekking equipment.

BOOKING & DEPOSITS

The trip can be reserved as an initial deposit of 30% at the time of booking. The initial deposit shall not be refunded but can be transferred for a future trip.

FINAL PAYMENT

We accept full trip cost 30 days prior to the commencement of the tour. The payments are only accepted in cash/bank transfers in a bank account. We don’t accept payments through credit cards. Please do not accept any invoice which is not generated by Discover Pakistan and sent through the official email id.

1) Cancellations must be notified in writing to Discover Pakistan or the agent through which the trip is booked. Cancellation charges shall be levied as follows:
Cancellation before 30 days or more-After a deduction of the 30%, the remaining amount will be refunded. If the deposit is retained with the consent of our client no cancellation charges will be applied. The full amount will be adjusted with a future trip.
Cancellation within 2 weeks before departure –50 % of the package offer
Cancellation within one week of departure or no-show –Loss of full payment

2) There shall be no refunds if you leave the trip for any reason whatsoever, either voluntarily or involuntarily, after the trip has begun. No refunds shall be made for any meals, accommodation, or services not utilized.

WHY BOOK WITH DISCOVER PAKISTAN?

Discover Pakistan is one of the leading Destination Management and Tour servicing company founded to meet the travel needs of explorers, researchers, mountaineers, and trekkers from all around the world. We always strive to focus on the safety, integrity, and comfort of our valued clients without any discrimination.

OUR VALUES

We have a designed set of values for our company that guides us to deliver the best travel experience to our clients, these values include:
Integrity
Communication
Client Safety and Security
Customer Oriented Services
Continuous Improvement
Customer Satisfaction

RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS COMMUNITY

We are aware of our responsibility towards the local communities, their customs, and the environment. Therefore, a part of our income is specifically allocated towards humanitarian activities including student support, skill development programs & micro-credit loans to women without interest, etc. Details can be provided on request.

OUR CLIENT

We have worked with both local & foreign clients, and are proud to say that Discover Pakistan has a long list of satisfied partners and individual clients around the world. We maintain a balance between cost and quality. Our business philosophy, and the secret to our success, is “LESS PROFIT EQUALS MORE CLIENTS AND MORE CLIENTS EQUALS MORE PROFIT’.

  1. How difficult is the Snow Lake and Biafo Hispar Trek?

    The Snow Lake and Biafo Hispar Trek is a challenging trek that requires a good level of fitness and experience in high-altitude trekking. The trek involves crossing a high pass, the Hispar La, which is at an altitude of 5,151 meters (16,900 feet). The trek also involves walking on glaciers, which can be dangerous if not done with proper care and equipment.

     

  2. How long is the Snow Lake and Biafo Hispar Trek?

    The Snow Lake and Biafo Hispar Trek is a long and demanding trek that takes around 20 days to complete. The trek covers a distance of approximately 126 kilometers combining two glaciers Biafo and Hispar.

  3. Do I need any permits to undertake the Snow Lake and Biafo Hispar Trek?

    No, there is no need for any permit to go to Snow Lake and Biafo Hispar La Trek because it is located in an open zone.

  4. What kind of gear and equipment is required for the Snow Lake and Biafo Hispar Trek?

    Trekkers are required to bring their own trekking gear and equipment, including a good quality waterproof jacket, warm fleece or down jacket, trekking pants, gloves, hat, sunglasses, and sturdy trekking boots. Other essential gear includes a sleeping bag, backpack, trekking poles, headlamp, and a water bottle. It is also recommended to bring a first aid kit and any necessary medication.

  5. What is the best time to undertake the Snow Lake and Biafo Hispar Trek?

    The best time to undertake the Snow Lake and Biafo Hispar Trek is during the summer months of June to August when the weather is relatively stable and the temperature is moderate. During this time, the snow on the high passes melts, making it easier to cross.

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Dates Trip Status Price (PP) Single Supplement  
July 7, 2024 - August 1, 2024
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$2,995.00
$265.00
August 8, 2024 - August 26, 2024
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Extensions

At Discover Pakistan, we offer the opportunity to prolong and enrich your travel experience beyond the initial itinerary. Whether you’re exploring a new city, venturing into the wilderness, or embarking on a cultural immersion, our trip extensions allow you to delve deeper into the destination and discover hidden gems that may have otherwise remained undiscovered. By extending your journey, you can embrace new adventures, indulge in authentic experiences, and create lasting memories. Whether it’s an extra day, a few days, or a week, trip extensions provide the flexibility to personalize your travel and make the most of your time away.

Our team of travel experts is available to provide detailed itineraries, answer any queries you may have, and tailor the extensions to meet your preferences and requirements. Whether you are interested in extending your journey to explore cultural destinations, indulge in luxury experiences, or venture into off-the-beaten-path destinations, we are committed to creating an unforgettable experience for you.

Below are some sample extensions, however, they can be customized to suit your needs, please feel free to contact us via email or phone. Our dedicated team will be delighted to assist you, providing comprehensive information, and helping you plan your dream vacation.

LAHORE EXTENSION

Indulge in the cultural richness and historical splendor of Lahore with a four-day extension after your Biafo Hispar trek. Discover the city’s captivating architecture, explore its ancient landmarks, and immerse yourself in its vibrant arts and culture scene.

DAY 01:  ISLAMABAD-LAHORE
DAY 02: LAHORE EXPLORATION
DAY 03: LAHORE EXPLORATION
DAY 04: LAHORE-ISLAMABAD
DAY 05:  DEPARTURE

DUBAI EXTENSION

After conquering the challenging K2 Base Camp trek, treat yourself to a luxurious three-day extension in the mesmerizing city of Dubai. This vibrant metropolis is renowned for its opulent lifestyle, futuristic architecture, and world-class entertainment. Indulge in unparalleled luxury and immerse yourself in the city’s extravagant offerings.

DAY 01: Dubai
DAY 02: Explore Dubai
DAY 03:  Explore Dubai
DAY 04:  Departure

TURKEY EXTENSION

Congratulations on completing the exhilarating K2 Base Camp trek! As you conclude your adventure in the stunning Karakoram Mountains, why not treat yourself to a well-deserved five-day extension in captivating Turkey? This extension will allow you to unwind, explore a new culture, and indulge in the rich history and captivating landscapes of this transcontinental country.

DAY 01: Arrive in Istanbul
DAY 02: Explore Istanbul
DAY 03: Explore Istanbul
DAY 04: Departure

 

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