The Mega Trek Five 8,000s Base Camps

Visiting base camps of five 8000M peaks in Pakistan

$3,275.00

The mega trekking expedition is a combination of the magical sight of Fairy Meadows and one of the most exciting and challenging treks. The journey takes adventure-seekers through the mesmerizing Fairy Meadows and Nanga Parbat Base Camp towards Concordia, K-2, and Gasherbrum Base. The return route passes through Gondogoro La, the most famous mountain pass in the Karakoram Range.

  • Trip Code Start and Finish
    • DP-TR-03
    Islamabad
  • Altitude Best time
    • 5560 meters
    June-September
  • Activity Level Activity
    • Extreme
    Treks
  • Duration Meals
    • 25 days
    All Meals
  • Group Size Guide
    • 08-12 pax
    Local Guides
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The Mega Trek Five 8,000s Base Camps

The mega trekking expedition is a combination of the magical sight of Fairy Meadows and one of the most exciting and challenging treks. The journey takes adventure-seekers through the mesmerizing Fairy Meadows and Nanga Parbat Base Camp towards Concordia, K-2, and Gasherbrum Base. The return route passes through Gondogoro La, the most famous mountain pass in the Karakoram Range.

The trip starts with exploring Fairy Meadows, the land of lush green valleys and clear starry skies. Located in the Gilgit-Baltistan region, Fairy Meadows is known for its thick alpine forest. It’s truly a sight to behold with the beautiful green plateaus and the monumental Nanga Parbat peaks on the north side of it. Moving forward, the next part of the journey proceeds to the Nanga Parbat Base Camp via Raikot Glacier, a 15 km glacier located on the northern side of the base camp. The 2nd highest in Pakistan and the 9th highest mountain in the world, Nanga Parbat, reaches a height of 8126m. Nanga Parbat translates to ‘Naked Mountain’, but is more famously nicknamed as the Killer Mountain. The northern Raikot side of this mountain will depict the captivating sight of snow-covered peaks, glaciers, and the local villages.

Once we have fully explored the Nanga Parbat Base Camp, the next venture will be Concordia, otherwise called the “Throne Room of Mountain Gods”, this spot gives a rooftop view of some of the highest surrounding peaks in the region and worldwide. From here, you will see K-2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum IV, Baltoro Kangri, Chogolisa, and many more peaks. The expedition will continue from Baltoro Glacier and commence towards K-2, the second-highest peak in the world reaching 8611m, and Gasherbrum Base Camps. After fully exploring and sightseeing these spots, we trek towards Gondogoro La, the popular mountain pass of the Karakoram Range situated at a height of 5450m. This unique mountain pass offers an incredible view of the K-2, Broad Peak, G1, G2, G3, G4, Masherbrum, Mustagh Tower, Biarchedi, Gasherbrum Range, Mitre Peak, G6, Chogolisa, Trango Tower, and Liligo Glacier.

TRIP FACTS

Trip Code:        DP-TR-03

Best time:     Early June to Mid-September

Maximum Elevation:      5560 meters

Trek Grade: The first part is easy & the second part is Strenuous

Trip Length (Islamabad-Islamabad): 24 nights/25 days (9 hotel nights & 15 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-Chilas-Raikot-Fairy Meadow-Nanga Parbat BC-Skardu-Askoli-Concordia-Broad Peak Base Camp- K-2 Base Camp-Gondogoro La-Hushe-Islamabad

Call for general departures:

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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 and Skardu 
  • Domestic flights between Skardu-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 for Raikot Bridge-Tato-Raikot Bridge & Skardu to Jhula and from Hushe/Jhula to Skardu 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

  • 9 nights’ hotel accommodation in standard hotels (4 nights in Islamabad in a 3* hotel, 2 nights in a mountain hut at Fairy Meadows, and 3 nights in Skardu in a good 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

  • Trekking Fee (US $ 50/-)
  • Environment Fee (US $ 150/-)
  • Road taxes
  • Camping fees during the trek.
  • Bridge crossing fees.

6-PORTERAGE 

  • Porters’ trekking food, camping equipment, and personal gear of trekkers.
  • 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.

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED IN THE OFFER

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 

TERMS & CONDITIONS 

  • All trekking members will go together in one group and come back together.  If the group splits for personal reasons, the cost will also be charged. 
  • Any extra cost due to road blockade or any other unforeseen reason will be charged in addition to the normal package offer. 

Itinerary

  1. 1

    Day 1 ISLAMABAD

    Upon arrival at Islamabad Airport, transfer to hotel for relaxation. 

    Our representative/guide will be at Islamabad International Airport to pick up the group and transfer them to the hotel (the new airport is about a 40-45 minute drive from Islamabad City. In the afternoon half, a day city tour of the beautiful capital of Pakistan to enjoy the landscape and explore the history:

    It will include a visit to Faisal Mosque, which was built in 1986, the Pakistan Monument, Lok Virsa, and a breathtaking aerial view of Islamabad from Daman-e-Koh. Drive back to the hotel; we will have a 5-10 minutes briefing on the next day’s trip on the scenic Karakoram Highway with its captivating highlights. It is your time to be relaxed and sleep.

     

    Altitude: 1,640 ft (500M)

    Accomodation: Hotel
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    Day 2 ISLAMABAD - CHILAS

    A full-day drive by an air-conditioned coach to Chilas on the breath-taking Hazara Motorway and Karakoram Highway (KKH) along the mighty Indus River (Beyond Thakot Bridge, we will start early in the morning as the journey is about 10-12 hours from Besham and 10 hours via beautiful Babusar Pass. En route, we will visit the ancient Buddhist rock engravings from Shatial and stop at many other places to enjoy the view and explore. Overnight will be in a hotel.

     

    Altitude: 4,150 ft (1,265M)

    Traveling Time: via Besham: 470 km/11 hours’ drive & via Babusar Pass: 397 kms/9 hours’ drive

    Accomodation: Hotel
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    Day 3 CHILAS-FAIRY MEADOWS

    We will have early breakfast in the hotel and drive one and half hour to Raikot Bridge.  Here we will ride on four-wheel jeeps for Tato for 2 hours on an adventurous rough road with winding and zigzags along the deep gorge from Raikot. Another two 3 hour walk on the scenic trail with a magnificent view of Nanga Parbat and lush coniferous forest to Fairy Meadows 3,310 m (a Paradise on earth). 

    We will enjoy the great panoramic view of the Nanga Parbat. We will have a typical Pakistani dinner and sit around a bone fire listening to the stories of the Killer Mountain. Overnight stay in simple wooden bungalows. 

     

    Altitude: 10,860 ft (3310M) 

    Chilas-Raikot Bridge: 60 km (1.5-hour drive)

    Raikot-Tato: (9 km (1.5 hours)

    Tato-Fairy Meadows: 16 km (3 hours hike)

    Accomodation: Hotel
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    Day 4 FAIRY MEADOWS

    The day is available for exploring the surroundings of the fairytale meadow. A nice hike takes us through the coniferous forest again to Biale (a place with summer houses and huts to stay and dine) and closer to the ice giants in the direction of Nanga-Parbat base camp. This is a fantastic day with mind-blowing attractions in the surrounding. Later, hike back to the fairytale meadow. Overnight stay as the previous night.

     

    Altitude: 10,860 ft (3310M) 

    Accomodation: Hotel
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    Day 5 FAIRY MEADOWS – SKARDU

    After breakfast, we will walk to Tato and take jeeps to Raikot Bridge. We will continue the road journey to Skardu; driving on Karakoram Highway is an adventure in itself which is an unforgettable experience. En route to Skardu, we will stop at Thalechi to have a spectacular view of Nanga Parbat (8125m) & the meeting place of three great mountain ranges; the Karakoram, Himalaya & Hindu Kush near Juglot.  We will leave Karakorum Highway crossing Alam Bridge, and take the scenic Skardu Road along the Indus Gorge. The day is beautiful through hilly villages, lush green plateaus, side streams, and waterfalls. Istak Nalla is one of the unbelievable spots to stop for lunch, where the roaring Istak River meets the Indus, a beautiful place to have lunch. All the passenger vehicles stop here from and to Skardu. It gives a great opportunity for people looking as well.  

    Skardu is a small town and serves as a starting point for most of the expeditions in Karakoram. You are now at 2,400 elevations recommended to drink a lot of water certainly, as this long drive will dehydrate you are reaching Skardu. Will have a short briefing with a guide about the next-day program. Now, it is your time to sleep and relax.

     

    Altitude: 7,380 ft (2250M)

    Traveling Time:  2-3 hours walk & 7 hours drive

    Accomodation: Hotel
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    Day 6 SKARDU

    Spare day for the final preparations. Optional visit of Kharpochu Fort & Buddha

    This day is yours whether you want to relax or explore. We will undertake final preparations for our trekking into the wilderness.  Depending on the availability of time, an optional visit to the town and an excursion to Kharpochu Fort, located on a mountain with stunning views of Skardu Town. There is a short walk to the fort as it is close to the town. Another highlight is Manthal Buddha Rock (a large granite rock with a carved image of the Buddha that most likely dates to the eighth century) nearby on the Sadpara within a short walking distance.

    After a hearty dinner, your guide will brief you about the next day’s journey. Relax and sleep in a hotel.

    Accomodation: Hotel
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    Day 7 SKARDU-ASKOLI-JHULA

    We will drive in four-wheel jeeps up the Shigar and Braldu valleys until we reach Askoli, a last and small settlement. We will cross Korophon (3109m) at the Biafo Glacier, the third biggest glacier in the Karakoram mountain range. It extends from Snow Lake and Biafo Hispar La to Nagar and Hunza Valley. The next stage proceeds from Korophon to Jhula along the Domardo River. The views of the day are eye-catching Bakor Dass Peak (5,809m) stays ahead all the way. Towards Biafo, the famous rocky peaks Latoks, Ogre, and several over 7,000 are on our way to enjoy the day. Driving to Jula from Askole is a new adventure today. The first camping dinner here in a tent by our trekking group. After dinner, the guide will tell you about the next day’s highlights and up-downs of the trekking. An overnight stay in a camp. Our first overnight stay in the wilderness.

     

    Altitude (Jhula):  10,500 ft (3200M)

    Traveling Time: 130 Km +17 Km 8-9 hours

    Accomodation: Hotel
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    Day 8 TREK-1: JHULA-PAIJU

    The trek continues to Bardumal (3,253m), which is situated in the Biaho-Lungma- Valley. The Ching-Kang-Valley appears on the opposite side with a glimpse of Mango Gusar Peak, 6,820m, and its neighboring peaks. The path proceeds via Bardumal (a proper picnic lunch place with views of Paiju and Lilligo Peaks above 6,000 m). Another 3 hours to Paiju; it will be scorching on a sunny day. Paiju is a campsite under the shadow of willow and birch trees and Paiju Peak (6611m) with the first sight of the Baltoro Glacier. The camp always stays crowded during the season because all the trekking and expedition parties have a rest day here. An overnight stay will be in tents.

     

    Altitude (Paiju): 11,810 ft (3600M)

    Hiking Time: Hiking Time: 18.8 km, 7-8 hours

    Accomodation: Camp
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    Day 9 TREK-2: PAIJU-KHUBURTSE

    The Baltoro Glacier begins right after Paiju. The trek will be harder than the previous day, and it is the most challenging day of the K-2 Base Trek. Baltoro is one of the largest glaciers outside of the polar regions, with a length of 62km. A narrow trail leads along the glacier tongue up to the great ice stream. It takes approximately 4-5 hours to walk across the glacier to Khuburtse, located on the right side of the glacier. If facing south, one gets a glimpse of Liligo Peak (6,251m), and turning the view to the northwest reveals the world-famous rock faces of Trango Towers rising into the sky. On this day, we also have a view of Broad Peak, one of the peaks above 8,000 meters, and Mustagh Tower, Cathedrals, Bayal, and numerous others. It truly is an exciting day of the trek. The Kurbutse campsite is located on a lateral moraine, with the Lilligo Glacier and Baltoro Glacier on the left, making it a wonderful place to sleep in a tent. After dinner, your guide will explain everything about the trip’s next leg. You will have an overnight stay in a tent.

     

    Altitude: 13,123 ft (4000M)

    Hiking Time: 5-6 hours 13.0 Km

    Accomodation: Camp
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    Day 10 TREK-3: KHUBURTSE – URDUKAS

    It is the last camp on the solid ground, which means that the next night will be on the glacier ice. This camp offers superb views of Biale (6,729m), the Uli-Biaho (6,417m), the Trango group, and the Muztagh Glacier. An overnight stay will be in tents.  

     

    Altitude: 13, 910 ft (4240M)

    Hiking Time:  4-5 hours  8.1 Km

    Accomodation: Camp
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    Day 11 TREK-4: URDUKAS – GORO-II

    The trek continues on the Baltoro ice stream and leads to Goro I within 3-4 hours. In the following lap, it takes another 2-3 hours to reach Goro II. The Yermanandu Glacier, which comes forward from the Masherbrum Glacier, providing the spectacular view of Mashabrum Peak, of Masherbrum (7800m), Muztagh Tower (7270m), Gasherbrum IV (7925m), is the 17th highest peak on the earth and 6th in Pakistan. The campsite is actually on the glacier, providing not much comfort yet a pleasing experience. An overnight stay will be in a camp.  

     

    Altitude: 4500M

    Hiking Time: 6 hours 11.6 km

    Accomodation: Camp
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    Day 12 TREK-5: GORO-II – CONCORDIA

    The next lap of the trek proceeds from Goro II to the Concordia (4687m). The name is Concordia originates from the British explorer Godwin Austen, who invented the name due to its almost 40km wide part where 14 glaciers come together from all directions. It is the most impressive campsite. If luck is on our side with the weather, we will have the most magnificent views of the mountain giants of Karakoram, including the crown K-2, which majestically stands just in front of you. The peaks tower over you, and all appear to be tantalizingly close, Gasherbrum-IV & V, Mitre Peak, Chogolisa 25,147ft/7,665m, Golden Throne (Baltoro Kangri) 23990ft/7312m and Broad Peak 26,401ft/8,047m are some of the high Karakoram giants to be seen. An overnight stay will be in tents.  

     

    Altitude: 4687M

    Hiking Time:  6 hours 12.9 km

    Accomodation: Camp
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    Day 13 TREK-6: CONCORDIA

    Rest Day

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    Day 14 TREK-7: CONCORDIA – K-2 BASE CAMP-CONCORDIA

    It takes 2-3 hours to reach Broad Peak Base Camp (4900M) we will have the picnic lunch here with majestic views of the great Karakorum mountains and the huge glacier. Most importantly, the magnificent views steal your heart. Everything here is unbelievable. After having a treaty lunch, we will walk another 3 hours to K-2 Base Camp with celebrations and happiness. Sleep at the highest place of the 5,151m. After the dinner will hear amazing stories from the K-2.

     

    Altitude (K-2 Base Camp): 16,700 ft (5150M)

    Hiking Time: 5 hours 19 km

    Accomodation: Camp
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    Day 15 TREK-8: CONCORDIA-SHAGRING

    This is a long day we will have an early morning breakfast and head off on the glacier back to Concordia and Shagaring. The views of the day are stunning. Traversing from Concordia will proceed to Shagharing, with superb views of the surrounding mountains. The Gashabrum Glacier offers a great walk with turquoise water channels on the glacier. The walk is easy but long. Camp at 4,712m on the glacier will be a cold night.

     

    Altitude (Shagring Camp): 16,405 ft (5000M)

    Hiking time: 6-7 hours 12 km

    Accomodation: Camp
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    Day 16 TREK-9: SHAGRING – GASHABERBRUM BASE CAMP

    This day is an easy walking on gravel with stunning views of 360 degrees. After a relatively short stage, you reach the Gasherbrum base camp. Here you can see impressive mountain giants, first and foremost Gasherbrum I (8,068 m, also known as ”Hidden Peak”) and Gasherbrum II (8035 m), and many other spectacular above 7000 m peaks: Baltoro Kangri, Sia Kangri, Chogolisa, and Gasherbrum VI are the mountains facing you all the way beyond Concordia. We will have a delicious camping dinner and listen to the stories of G-I & II and Karakorum’s other mountains. Your guide will tell you about the next day, which is an unusual path you will take to reach Ali Camp from here. 

     

    Altitude (Gasherbrum Base Camp):16568 ft (5050M)

    Hiking time:  6-7 hours  10 km

    Accomodation: Camp
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    Day 17 TREK-10: REST DAY

    Free day at the Gashabrum I & II Base Camp at 5,200m. We will enjoy the sprawling beauty of the base camp and the surrounding.

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    Day 18 TREK-11: GASHABERBRUM BASE CAMP- ALI CAMP

    Our trek for today will be on a less explored route, taking us along the Upper Baltoro.  We will walk on non-slippery ice, which is easy to hike. As we continue our journey, we will reach a junction point of Baltoro with Vigne Glacier, which is linked to Gondogoro La’s base camp. The campsite is known as Ali Camp, named after a porter from the nearby village who had first been recorded to cross Gondogoro La while returning as a porter from a climbing expedition to Gasherbrum. In the afternoon, the guide will show the members about using rope, harnesses, and crampons that we need to use while ascending and dropping down from the pass. We will have our early dinner and sleep early as we will get up mid-night to reach the early morning. Mostly, all the members sleep in one tent because the campsite hasn’t had enough space for separate tents as on the other days.

     

    Altitude: 17060 ft (5,200M)

    Hiking time: 9-10 hours  16 km

    Accomodation: Camp
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    Day 19 TREK-12: ALI CAMP-GONDOGORO LA- HUISPANG

    We start quite early in the morning with the traverse of the Vigne Glacier to the Gondogoro La. The trail continues via several 45-degree inclined steps – always alongside massive crevasses – up to Gondogoro-La for 4-6 hours. The Pass, with its altitude of 5560m, provides a breathtaking view of the Karakoram’s precious mountain world in good weather conditions. The four 8000s of the Karkakorum could be seen from the top of the pass but very cold and windy early morning.  The descent to Huispang requires fast walking since it is quite long and tedious. The terrain has a maximum gradient of 45 degrees, with icy and stony ground, and can be reached in 4-6 hours to reach Huispang (4600m). 

    The best attraction of this campsite has the most beautiful Liala Peak View, Trinity, Basso Jinaji, and Ghondoghoro Peak. Overnight in tents.

     

    Maximum Altitude (Gondogoro La): 18241 ft (5560M)

    Hiking Time: 12 hours 20 Km

    Accomodation: Camp
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    Day 20 TREK-13: HUISPANG – SAICHO

    Proceeding along the lateral moraine, we descend to Saicho, a good campsite with a small shop under will trees. The trek is full of highlights all the way to Siacho, passing through small lakes, lush green meadows, and spectacular views of snow-covering mountains. The best is the most beautiful campsite. Our porters will celebrate the crossing of Ghondoghoro Pass in the evening with local songs and dances.  Overnight in tents.   

     

    Altitude (Saicho):10826 ft (3300m)

    Hiking Time: 5-6 hours 16 Km

    Accomodation: Camp
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    Day 21 TREK-14: SAICHO –HUSHE

    An easy short walk down to Hushe (3000m), passing through tiny juniper and wild roses. We will have superb views of Mashabrum Peak 7,820 while going down Hush. We will visit to the village worth visiting to explore the life of the people in this village. It is considered the village of Pakistani mountaineers because many mountain guides assist climbers on Karakorum Mountains from the village. Overnight stay in a hotel with basic facilities. 

     

    Altitude: 9842 ft (3000M)

    Hiking Time: 3-4 hours 8 Km

    Accomodation: Camp
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    Day 22 Trek 15: HUSHE-SKARDU

    A fantastic journey to Khapulo Fort, the confluence of the Indus and Shayok Rivers’ is the day’s primary attraction as it travels from Khapolu to Skardu. We will drive through charming villages with stunning views all along the road. You will definitely enjoy this amazing trip ending to Skardu. Overnight stay in a hotel.

     

    Altitude: 2250M

    Driving Time: 6-7 hours  168 Km

    Accomodation: Hotel
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    Day 23 SKARDU-ISLAMABAD/CHILAS

    Take a flight to Islamabad from Skardu with magnificent views of Nanga Parbat & other peaks of Karakoram, Himalaya & Hindukush, if the weather is good. On arrival in Islamabad, transfer to the hotel to relax and stroll around on your own at the fare well dinner on behalf of Discover Pakistan.  

    In case of flight cancellation due to bad weather, we will drive on the Karakoram Highway to Chilas for an overnight stay in a hotel.

     

    Skardu- Islamabad by air: 1-hour

    Skardu-Chilas: by road, 9 hours

    Accomodation: Hotel
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    Day 24 ISLAMABAD

    Half-day city tour of Taxila or drive to Islamabad from Chilas:

    In case of yesterday’s flight operation, we will take a half-day trip to the Taxila, an important archaeological site. Here, you will find countless images of Buddha in stone and stucco. Important stages of Buddha’s life are depicted in the numerous panels that have been uncovered here. This great man of peace is portrayed in exquisitely carved sculptures and statues glorifying him and his life. Each one of these sculptures is a collector’s pride. We will also visit Taxila Archaeological Museum & Dharmarjika Stupa. Later, we will drive back to Islamabad for an overnight hotel stay. 

    In case of yesterday’s flight cancellation, we continue our journey to Islamabad with a lunch break in Besham/Naran.

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    Day 25 DEPARTURE FROM ISLAMABAD

    Transfer to Islamabad Airport for homebound flight. 

    We wish you a safe journey with unforgettable memories of 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.


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

As the K-2 Base Camp & Gondogoro La (The Circular Trek) falls in the restricted areas, a trekking permit is required and the security clearance process usually takes 30-45 days. It is high recommended to apply at least 60 days in advance for delays. Your application for a visa is linked with the application for the trekking permit.

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. Digital Nomad Insurance Company SafetyWing which offers amazing coverage and benefits as well easy to purchase and claim online.

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

The Mega Trek is rated as a strenuous hike on the rocky, glacial terrain and some exposed section makes 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.

Here’s What Flatlanders Need to Know About Hiking at Altitude

PERSONAL GEAR

A list of personal equipment is provided bellow 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
  • Head lamp (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.

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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 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
  5. Fruit (Water Melon, Mangoes) for the first weeks

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 upon 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. What is the best time to trek K2?

    The best time to trek K2 is from June to September. During this period, the weather is relatively stable, and the conditions are ideal for trekking. However, keep in mind that the weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, and you should be prepared for sudden changes in weather conditions.

  2. What kind of physical condition do I need to be in for K2 trekking?

    Trekking K2 is a physically demanding activity that requires a high level of fitness. You should have good cardiovascular endurance and be able to hike for several hours at a time. It’s also a good idea to train your leg muscles by doing exercises such as lunges and squats.

  3. Do I need any special equipment for K2 trekking?

     Yes, you’ll need to bring a variety of specialized equipment for K2 trekking, including sturdy hiking boots, a warm sleeping bag, a waterproof tent, warm clothing, and a good quality backpack. You may also want to consider bringing a trekking pole and a headlamp.

  4. What is the altitude of K2 Base Camp?

    The altitude of K2 Base Camp is approximately 5,150 meters (16,900 feet) above sea level. It’s important to acclimatize properly to the high altitude to avoid altitude sickness. You should plan to spend several days at lower altitudes to allow your body to adjust to the altitude before ascending higher.

  5. Is it safe to trek K2?

    Trekking K2 is generally safe, but there are inherent risks associated with any high-altitude trekking. You should always trek with an experienced guide and be prepared for emergencies. It’s important to listen to your body and be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headache, dizziness, and nausea. If you experience these symptoms, you should descend to a lower altitude immediately

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July 20, 2024 - August 15, 2024
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Extensions

Extension Program to Mega Trek

To enhance our tour plan, let’s spice it up with an additional 5 days for delving deeper into the captivating villages tucked away amidst the valleys surrounding Gilgit-Baltistan.

Day 1: Skardu to Shangrila Resort (Also known as “Heaven on Earth”)

Morning: Start your journey from Skardu, which is often considered the gateway to some of Pakistan’s most beautiful landscapes. Depart early to make the most of your day.

Stop 1: Shangrila Resort (Approx. 30 minutes): Arrive at the Shangrila Resort, also known as “Heaven on Earth.” Explore the breathtaking Shangrila Lake and spend some time in the Shangrila Resort’s lush gardens.

Lunch: Enjoy a delicious local or continental meal at the resort’s restaurant.

 Stop 2: Upper Kachura Lake (Approx. 30 minutes):

After lunch, drive to Upper Kachura Lake, a serene alpine lake surrounded by picturesque mountains. You can take a short boat ride on the lake if you wish.

Evening: Return to Shangrila Resort and spend the evening relaxing or exploring the beautiful surroundings.

Day 2: Skardu to Hunza Valley

Morning: Check out from Shangrila Resort and start your journey towards Hunza Valley. The journey is exciting along the Indus Gorge all the way to Gilgit and traverses into enjoying the beauty of Hunza Valley driving through captivating highlights.

Stop 1: Karimabad, Hunza (Approx. 7-8 hours): The drive to Hunza is long but incredibly scenic. You’ll pass through small villages, terraced fields, and stunning mountain vistas. Arrive in Karimabad, the main town in Hunza, by evening.

Check in to your hotel in Karimabad and unwind. Hunza is known for its amazing hospitality and tourist friendly environment and welcoming atmosphere.

Day 3: Exploring Hunza Valley

Wake up early to capture the sunrise over the iconic Baltit Fort. It’s a short hike uphill, but the view is worth it. Return to your hotel for breakfast.

Visit Baltit Fort (Approx. 2 hours)

Visit the historic Baltit Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the museum inside to learn about the history and culture of Hunza.

Enjoy a traditional Hunza meal at a local restaurant.

Altit Fort 

Visit Altit Fort, another historical gem with stunning views of the Hunza Valley. Drive Duiker for the Sunset scene from the Eagle Nest and enjoy the views of Hunza and Nagar Valley.

Return to Karimabad, and you can spend your evening leisurely exploring the local bazaars and cafes.

Day 4: Karimabad to Gilgit

Morning: Check out from your hotel and prepare for a scenic drive to Gilgit.

Rakaposhi Viewpoint

En route to Gilgit, stop at the Rakaposhi Viewpoint for panoramic views of the Rakaposhi mountain range.

Lunch: Have lunch at a local restaurant along the way.

Stop 2: Gilgit City (Approx. 2-3 hours):

Arrive in Gilgit, the capital of Gilgit-Baltistan. Visit the Gilgit Bazaar, where you can shop for local handicrafts and souvenirs. Explore the city’s culture and tradition.

Check in to your hotel in Gilgit and relax for the evening. You can also explore the local cuisine for dinner. 

Day 5: Gilgit to Islamabad

Morning: Depart from Gilgit early in the morning for your journey to Islamabad.

Stop 1: Nanga Parbat Viewpoint (Approx. 2-3 hours):

On your way, stop at the Nanga Parbat viewpoint for a breathtaking view of the world’s ninth-highest mountain.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Stop 2: Babusar Top (Approx. 3-4 hours):

Continue your drive through the scenic Kaghan Valley and make a stop at Babusar Top, a high mountain pass (4,100m) with mesmerizing views.

Evening: Reach Islamabad by evening, concluding your journey. Depending on your schedule, you can either check into your hotel in Islamabad or head to the airport for your departure.

This 5-day tour from Skardu to Hunza and Gilgit to Islamabad will allow you to experience some of the most stunning landscapes and cultural treasures that Pakistan has to offer. Enjoy the natural beauty, historical sites, and warm hospitality of the region throughout your journey.

For more information and planning stay connected with us.