Thui Shah Janali Pass Trek

$2,160.00

The amazing Thui and Shahjinali Pass (4,259m), offers stunning alpine meadows and streams. Facing north, enjoy a captivating view of the Hindu-Raj Mountain Range, marking the Afghanistan border. This could be connected to Darkot Pass and Wakhan Corridor charismatic destinations in Hindukush Range.

  • Trip Code Start and Finish
    • DP-TR-15
    Islamabad
  • Altitude Best time
    • 4520 meters
    June-September
  • Activity Level Activity
    • Medium
    Treks
  • Duration Meals
    • 18 days
    All Meals
  • Group Size Guide
    • 8-12 pax
    Local Guides
  • Reviews 2 Reviews
    3/5
Thui Shah Janali Pass Trek

The broad rolling alpine meadows and sparkling streams offer open rolling through the pass called the king’s polo ground or Shahjinali An (4,259m). Facing northwards from the Shahjinali Pass, a delightful view is guaranteed by the Hindu-Raj Mountain Range, which forms the border to Afghanistan (Wakhan Corridor). The Qala-i-Ust peak, with its altitude of 6,317m, is an outstanding feature of the mountain range.  The second part of the trek is from Yarkhun Chitral to Yasin of Gilgit-Baltistan. This is a scenic, moderate trek following one of the ancient trade routes and has dramatic views of the Thui peaks and other 6000m mountains. Thui Pass (4,499m) is just passable, but the trek requires stamina and good health. The views from the top of the pass back down Yasin’s side show a circle of pointed, rocky, 6000m peaks touched with snow, with a wide green meadow on the rounded hill in the foreground and Aghost Bar Glacier snaking down to the Thui Valley. On the Chitral side, the view is blocked by a semi-circle of 5000m to 6000m peaks enclosing a glaciated bowl.

TRIP FACTS

Trip Code:        DP-TR-15

Route: Islamabad-Chitral-Kailash Valley-Rua-Shah Jinali-Yashist-Thui An- Yasin Gilgit – Islamabad

Best time:        June to September

Maximum Altitude:     4520 meters

Trek grade:         Moderate

Trip Length (Islamabad-Islamabad): 17 nights/18 days (8 hotel nights & 9 camping nights

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ghizer Valley the Land of Lakes
  • Yasin Valley
  • Yarkhun Valley
  • Shah Janali Pass
  • Broghil Valley
  • Glimpses of Terich Mir the highest Mountain in Hindukush
  • Lawari Tunnel
  • Sawat Valley
  • Meeting Local Community
  • The hospitality of the people

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 and Skardu 
  • Domestic flights between Islamabad-Skardu-Islamabad in economy class with 20 kg checked baggage
  • Air-conditioned private transportation for one-day sightseeing in Islamabad 
  • Private transportation for one day of sightseeing in Skardu. 
  • 4×4 jeeps/Toyotas from Chitral, Rua, Yasin, and Thui 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

  • 7 nights’ hotel accommodation in standard hotels (4 nights in Islamabad in a 3* hotel and 3 nights in Chitral/Gilgit in a good standard tourist class hotel) on a twin/double sharing basis. 

Note: Please check the single supplement charges if 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 DP 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.  The cost will also be charged if the group splits for personal reasons. 
  • 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 ARRIVAL ISLAMABAD

    Upon arrival at Islamabad International Airport, our representative/guide will be present to warmly welcome the group and assist with the transfer to the hotel. The airport is conveniently located approximately 40-45 minutes drive away from Islamabad city.

    Weill embarks on a fascinating half-day city tour in the afternoon to explore some of Islamabad’s iconic landmarks. Our first stop will be the majestic Faisal Mosque, a magnificent architectural masterpiece constructed in 1986. It is not only one of the largest mosques in the world and a symbol of Pakistan’s rich cultural heritage.

    Next, we will visit the Pakistan Monument, a remarkable tribute to the country’s history and culture. This national landmark showcases intricate craftsmanship and represents the unity of the Pakistani people. It provides a picturesque backdrop for capturing memorable photographs.

    Our tour continues with a visit to Lok Virsa, which offers a glimpse into Pakistan’s diverse cultural heritage. Here, you can immerse yourself in traditional arts, crafts, and music, gaining a deeper understanding of the country’s vibrant cultural tapestry.

    To conclude the city tour, we will ascend to Daman-e-Koh, a scenic viewpoint that offers breathtaking panoramic views of Islamabad and its surroundings. From this vantage point, you can appreciate the city’s stunning skyline and lush greenery, providing a serene and awe-inspiring experience.

    After a memorable exploration of Islamabad, we will drive back to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay, allowing you to relax and rejuvenate for the adventures that await in the coming days.

     

    Altitude: 1663 ft (507M)

    Accomodation: Hotel
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    Day 2 ISLAMABAD-CHILAS

    Traveling from Islamabad to Chilas via the Karakorum Highway is an incredible journey! We will experience some of Pakistan’s most breathtaking and remote landscapes. The route is roughly 360 km and should take around 8-10 hours to complete, along with stops for pictures and views. We will stop for water and snacks to keep you hydrated and energized during your journey. Above all, the Indus River from Thakot all the way to Chilas stays on your journey with the fantastic landscapes along the Kohistan Valley. Shatial Rock Carvings are another fascinating highlight of the day. Overnight stay in hotel.

    Altitude: 4,150 ft (1,265M)
    Traveling Time: 360 Km 10 hours via Besham 9 hours via Naran and Kaghan Valley

     

    CHILAS-GILGIT

    The journey from Chilas to Gilgit is full of unique highlights. The trip will take you through the picturesque Karakoram Highway, one of the highest-paved international roads in the world. We will stop at the Nanga Parbat Viewpoint at Thalichi. Some of the major highlights of this trip include the Nanga Parbat Mountain, the Rakaposhi Peak, Haramosh Peak, Bagrote Peak, and several dry hills along the road. Most importantly, it is the junction of the three great mountain ranges: Karakoram, Hindukush, and Himalaya, as well as the confluence of the Indus and Gilgit Rivers from the exact location. We will visit Gilgit City and the nearby Kargah Buddha in the afternoon. Our crew here will prepare all the logistics for the next trekking adventure. You will stay overnight in a hotel, giving you time to relax and sleep.

     

    Altitude: 4,921 ft (1500M)

    Traveling Time: 3-4 hours 180 Km

    Accomodation: Hotel
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    Day 4 NALTI - LASHT

    The hike begins on a jeep road for the first hour and continues on a clear trail alongside the Thui River, offering breathtaking landscapes and views of Thui-I, which stands at 6,666 meters, as well as many other peaks in the surrounding area. After a three-hour hike, we will reach Lasht, a summer village known for its crystal-clear spring water and a campground that provides comfortable accommodations. Our porters will entertain us with songs around the campfire, creating a delightful atmosphere. We will enjoy a wonderful evening with camping food and spend the night in tents.

     

    Altitude: 9514 ft (2,900M)

    Traveling Time: 5-6 hours 12.9 Km

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    Day 5 LASHT- SHOLTALLING

    Walking alongside the summer homes and across the river is a delightful experience on this beautiful day. The breathtaking sceneries encompass hanging glaciers, cascading waterfalls, and the snow-capped peaks of the Hindukush mountains. As we continue our journey, we will encounter people residing in the summer homes who kindly offer us tea. It is essential to graciously accept their offer as a sign of appreciation and cultural respect. Exploring these various highlights promises to be an enjoyable and enriching experience.

    What sets this trip apart from trekking in the Himalayas and the Karakorum is the unique encounter it offers. The combination of stunning landscapes, hospitable locals, and distinct cultural experiences creates a truly memorable adventure. Our campsite for the night will be situated close to the river, nestled in the snout of the Gashochi Glacier at an altitude of 3,800 meters. Spending the night in a tent allows us to fully immerse ourselves in the beauty of this untouched wilderness.

    Rest assured, every precaution will be taken to ensure a safe passage throughout our journey. The team organizing this trip has meticulously planned the route, minimizing the possibility of any errors or mishaps. With their expertise and attention to detail, we can focus on enjoying the wonders of nature and creating lasting memories.

     

     Altitude: 12,467 ft (3,800M)

    Traveling Time: 8 Km 4-5 hours

    Accomodation: Camp
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    Day 6 SHOLTALING-GASHOCHI

    Approaching Gashochi can be a bit tough initially, especially when navigating the moraine of the Gashochi Glacier until you reach the white ice. The absence of large crevasses on this glacier makes the initial approach a little challenging. However, as you continue to ascend, you will eventually reach Ghoshochi, a grassy area abundant with wild onions. The locals call this place Ghashu, which means ”onions” in the Brushaski language spoken by the people of Yasin and Hunza. The campsite at Ghoshochi offers a picturesque setting with vibrant flowers, snow-capped mountains, and lush pastures. It is one of the most fascinating campsites on my trip. The campsite is located at an altitude of 4100 meters, providing a unique experience of spending the night in a tent.

     

    Altitude: 13451 ft (4100M)

    Traveling Time: 6-7 hours  8.8 Km

     

    GASHOCHI-GOLPIGAL ACROSS THUI PASS (4499M)

      The most interesting day of the trek will be when you cross Thui Pass, which is located at an elevation of 4,999 meters, and enter the beautiful Yarkhun Valley in the Chitral district of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Province, formerly known as N.W.F.P.

    This day will be challenging as you have to climb about 500 meters from the campsite on a steep and grassy path in the first two hours. Along the way, you’ll be treated to superb views of the white peaks such as Thui-I (6,666m), Thui-II (6,600m), Qalander Gom (6,100m), and more, on both sides of the trail. As you approach the pass, the path becomes rocky. On the Yarkhun side of the pass, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Gazin Zom (5,900m), Gazin Glacier, and the stunning Yarkhun Valley. If you’re fortunate enough to have clear weather, the views from the pass will be incredible.

    After crossing the pass, you’ll descend to the Golpigal campsite, which is a wonderful location with access to clear spring water for drinking and washing. This campsite provides a serene atmosphere and offers immense joy to nature lovers, surrounded by fascinating attractions. You will spend the night in tents at this campsite.

     

    Accomodation: Camp
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    Day 7 GOLPIGAL - GAZIN

    his is the last day of your wonderful trek. You have two options: you can stay in Gazin after a smooth 3-hour walk, or you can continue to Mastuj or Chitral town frits people’its people’slpigal. Both optionunities to enjoy your holidays. In the Yarkhun Valley, you can experience amazing trekking and climbing opportunities. Alternatively, you can explore the historical city of Chitral, which also has its own charm.

    If you’re interested, you can go to Gilgit by taking the bus through Shandur Pass or using your own transportation. Another option is to drive to Peshawar via Lawori Tannul. If you prefer flying, there is a weekly flight from Islamabad to Chitral, but please note that it depends on the weather conditions.

    On the other hand, if you choose to go on another four-day trek, you can explore the Shah Janali Pass and the Torikoh Valley.

     

     Altitude: 13123 ft (4,000M)

    Traveling Time: 3 to 4 hours 7. 7 Km

    Accomodation: Camp
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    Day 8 GAZIN TO YASHKIST

    An enchanting walk of four to five hours on a scenic jeep road alongside the mesmerizing Yarkhun River will lead you to the charming village of Yashkhist, which serves as the perfect campsite for the upcoming adventure to Shah Janali Pass. Prepare to be amazed by the incredible hospitality of the villagers, as they gather around you, eager to assist in setting up your camp and pitching the tents. Their warm-heartedness knows no bounds, as they invite you into their traditional homes and offer mouthwatering local dishes that you simply must savor to fully appreciate their kind hospitality.

    Take a moment to soak in the breathtaking views that stretch before you, capturing the majestic beauty of Kurumbar and Darkot Pass. These awe-inspiring sights will captivate your senses, leaving an indelible mark on your memory. For those seeking an extraordinary trekking experience, the charismatic path via Korumbar Lake to Chapursan Upper Hunza or Ishkoman Ghizer awaits, promising unparalleled adventure and discovery.

    As the day draws to a close, rest peacefully in the embrace of nature, spending a memorable night under the stars in your cozy tent. Allow yourself to be transported to a world where tranquility reigns supreme, a world where the wilderness becomes your sanctuary.

    Embrace this incredible journey and immerse yourself in the wonders that await you along the Yarkhun River. Experience the genuine warmth of the villagers, revel in the stunning vistas, and let the spirit of adventure guide you as you embark on this unforgettable expedition.

     

    Altitude: 10170 ft (3100M)

    Traveling Time: 5-6 hours 9 Km

    Accomodation: Camp
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    Day 9 YASHKIST- ISHPERU DOK

    The ascent to the campsite along the Ishperu Dok stream takes approximately six to seven hours, covering a distance of about 800 meters. The stream originates from the hills above and offers picturesque views of the surrounding villages of Yarhkun. Along the way, you can marvel at the majestic snow-capped peaks of the Hindukush range.

    To reach the campsite, you will cross the stream using small, rustic bridges. Once you arrive, you’ll find a wide, flat meadow with a spring where you can access fresh water. This campsite is located at an elevation of 3,900 meters. Ishperu Dok, which means ”white hillside,” serves as a summer settlement for the Yarkhun people. In this area, you’ll find around ten to twelve huts where women reside with their herds of goats and sheep. The men take on the role of herd guards, while the women engage in milking the animals in the mornings and evenings. Inside the huts, they produce butter.

    Upon your arrival, the shepherds will warmly welcome you and offer you yogurt, milk, and butter. You’ll have the opportunity to visit inside the huts and experience the simple way of life of the people who spend their summers in such remote locations. This experience is truly remarkable for both local residents of towns in Pakistan and foreigners accustomed to more luxurious living standards. You will thoroughly enjoy your time at the campsite.

     

    Altitude: 12795 ft (3,900M)

    Traveling Time: 6-7 hours 10 km

    Accomodation: Camp
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    Day 10 ISHPERU DOK - JANALI GARI CROSSING THE PASS (4,259m)

    A five to six-hour exciting day awaits you on your trek. You will start your day by climbing up towards Shah Janali Pass, which stands at an impressive 4,252 meters. Along the way, you will be treated to spectacular views and encounter beautiful flowers on the white sandy ridge. From this vantage point, you can admire the northward view of the granite spires of Chapkar Peak (5,804 meters), a majestic mountain marked by a glacier strewn with black rubble. The surrounding hillsides consist of overgrazed pastures, crisscrossed by goat paths. Here, you will come across herds of horses, cattle, goats, and sheep from Yarkhun Valley.

    Upon reaching the pass, you will be greeted by a green, flat, and gentle area known as the polo ground of the king, which gives the pass its name (4,259 meters). Numerous lakes dot the landscape, and it’s an ideal spot to pause and take in the breathtaking views of the white towering mountains of the Hindu Kush. If you are fortunate enough to have good weather on this day, it’s well worth spending additional time here. Personally, I often choose to stop here for lunch during my trek, as it feels like paradise on earth and is one of the most beautiful spots I’ve encountered in Pakistan. I have explored other parts of the country, but this place stands out.

    From the pass, you will embark on a gentle descent towards the camp of Janali Gari. This deserted shepherds’ settlement is situated beside a clear stream, adorned with a few willow bushes. Three stone circles mark the area, and it serves as a peaceful camping spot for the night, situated at an elevation of 3,700 meters.

    Enjoy your time at Janali Gari, and embrace the tranquility of the surroundings as you prepare for the next leg of your trek.

     

     Altitude: 12139 ft (3,700M)

    Travel Time: 6-7 hours 12 km

    Accomodation: Camp
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    Day 11 JANALI GARI- DHERSHAL

    A four to five-hour gentle walk takes you through knee-high grass and flowers, crossing numerous side streams surrounded by groves of willows, with the Shah Janali River flowing below on your right. You will eventually reach a summer settlement where people from the village of Rich stay in the month of June before moving up in July. In this area, you’ll find shepherd’s huts situated in a flat pasture, surrounded by birch trees at an elevation of 3,350 meters. It is a wonderful campsite, and if you have the time, it’s worth considering a rest day to relax and enjoy the scenery. The views down to the valley are breathtaking. You will spend the night in a tent.

     

    Altitude: 10990 ft ( 3,350M)

    Traveling Time: 4-5 hours  9.8 Km

    Accomodation: Camp
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    Day 12 DHERSHAL- RUA

    On the last day of this trek, you will embark on a five to six-hour journey. The path follows the southern bank of the Shah Janali River, winding through juniper bushes as it gradually descends. If the weather is clear, expect a hot day due to the barren land consisting of stones and scree along the west bank of the Rich River. This section takes approximately two hours to reach the village. Along the way, you will enjoy breathtaking views of a towering mountain wall to the north, reaching heights of 6,000 meters, which acts as a barrier to Afghanistan.

    The village of Rua marks the end of the Rich Valley, and it takes around six to seven hours by jeep to reach Chitral from there. Rua offers a great camping site with clear water, and your jeeps are expected to arrive by evening on the day of your arrival. If you have pre-planned, you may choose to depart for Chitral on the same day. However, it is common to spend the night in Rua and continue to the next destination the following morning. The journey from here to Chitral is truly amazing, passing through enchanting villages with unique cultures and traditions.

     

    Altitude:  9251 ft (52,820M)

    Traveling Time:  5 hours 11.0 km

    Accomodation: Camp
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    Day 13 DRIVE TO CHITRAL

    A scenic drive of five to six hours along the charming villages of Rich Valley, which is part of Torikoh Valley, will take us to the point where Tirich Valley begins. From there, we can access the base camp of Tirich Mir, which stands at an impressive 7,790 meters and is the highest mountain in the Hindukush Range. This valley offers an exhilarating experience, and it takes approximately four days of trekking to reach the base camp. It’s worth noting that very few people embark on this trek, making it a truly unique adventure.

    If you’d like, we can also include a day drive to the last village called Shagram, allowing you to see more captivating sights along our journey to Chitral. Alternatively, we can continue our drive directly to Chitral for an overnight stay.

     Altitude: 4888 ft (1,490 M)

    Traveling Time: 5-6 hours 140 km

    Accomodation: Hotel
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    Day 14 FLY TO ISLAMABAD/ DRIVE TO SAWAT

    The flight to Gilgit, like the Chitral flight, depends on the weather conditions. Currently, there is one weekly flight to Chitral, specifically on Wednesdays. In the past, this flight used to operate on Fridays.

    You can travel to Swat Valley via the Lowari Tunnel and Dir District in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province if you prefer a scenic drive. This route is filled with numerous highlights and offers breathtaking views. It is definitely worth visiting Swat Valley to experience the rich Gandhara Civilization and trace the footsteps of Alexander the Great during his journey to the Subcontinent. Along the way to Peshawar, you will discover several Buddhist sites to explore and immerse yourself in their historical significance.

    Additionally, spending an extra day in Peshawar, the capital city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, is highly recommended. The town boasts a fascinating history and has various historical sites to enhance your holiday experience.

     

     Altitude: 3215 ft (980M)

    Travel Time: to Sawat 6 hours 242 km

    Traveling Time: to Islamabad 9-10 hours 394 km via Lowari Tunnel

    Accomodation: Hotel
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    Day 15 DRIVE TO ISLAMABAD

    If you are fond of history, we can visit Taxila, an ancient Buddhist site in the Gandhara region, en route to Islamabad. It is a two-and-a-half-hour drive from here. I hope you will enjoy exploring the rich ancient history of Pakistan during this trip. In the evening, our company will host a farewell party for you at Kabul Restaurant in Islamabad, where you will be served authentic Afghan cuisine.

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    Day 16 Transfer to Islamabad International

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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 must have a valid passport with at least six months of remaining validity and a visa for Pakistan. Visas can 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, such as a Discover Pakistan license copy and the National Identity Card of the issuing authority.

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

TREKKING PERMIT 

Some treks in Hindukush fall in restricted areas and a trekking permit is required. The security clearance process usually takes 30-45 days. Applying at least 60 days in advance is highly recommended to avoid delays. Your application for a visa is linked to the application for the trekking permit. For restricted zones, make sure to apply for trekking and mountaineering visas while filling out the visa application form.

PERSONAL INSURANCE 

As the trip is challenging, it is mandatory to have an insurance policy covering accidents, medical emergencies, and helicopter evacuation, with a minimum coverage of $30,000. We recommend you the SafetyWing Travel Insurance with amazing benefits and coverages in your travel plan.

VACCINATIONS 

Currently, all passengers entering Pakistan COVID VACCINATION CERTIFICATE (fully vaccinated). 

Those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons will need a certificate from a doctor. Those entering Pakistan without a COVID vaccination certificate must also show a negative PCR test. While no other vaccinations are required, it is highly recommended to have up-to-date vaccinations.

DRESS

 In cities like Islamabad, Western dress is acceptable, but in remote regions, including Skardu, it is essential to dress modestly, covering your body.

LOCAL CREW

The local crew consists of a licensed guide, cook, assistant cook, porter’s Sirdar, and porters. Our guides and cooks are experienced, strong, supportive, and friendly. They are dedicated to facilitating our valued clients.

GROUP JOINING INSTRUCTIONS 

The tour starts and ends in Islamabad. Discover Pakistan will have a guide or representative at the airport to pick up the clients, holding a welcome signboard of Discover Pakistan. We can also make pre- and post-night reservations for those arriving early or departing late.

HIKING AT ALTITUDE

 Trekking in Hindukush is rated as a comfortable hike through green meadows and terrain, with some arduous sections while crossing passes. It offers some of the most stunning views in the world. All members must be physically fit and capable of walking 6-8 hours daily, as the trek’s highest point is above 5000m. The itinerary is designed to provide acclimatization by gradually gaining altitude, allowing the body to adjust to reduced 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

Please refer to the list below to create your equipment kit 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
  • Sunglasses
  • 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, 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, and the type D plug has three round pins arranged in a triangular pattern. The standard voltage is 230 V, and the normal frequency is 50 Hz. It is recommended to bring a power plug adapter.

CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE

 Most significant currencies, such as US dollars and euros, are easily changed in Islamabad and Skardu. However, the exchange rate in Skardu is better than in 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, deciding the amount of tips is entirely at the client’s discretion.

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, medical kits, and trekking gear can be purchased or rented in Skardu. Some 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

MEALS

Three 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 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 significant items we provide in the breakfasts, with a combination of four or five things daily:

  • Porridge
  • Corn Flakes
  • Eggs (Omelets/Fried or according to demand)
  • Paratha (a local form of bread)
  • Muesli
  • Jam
  • Honey
  • Marmalade
  • Black tea
  • Coffee
  • Milk, etc.

LUNCH 

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

  • Peanut butter
  • Tuna Fish
  • Sardine Fish
  • Paratha
  • Cookies (Sweet and Saltish)
  • Dry Fruit
  • Tin Fruit
  • Potatoes/Peas
  • Green tea/Mixed tea
  • 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.

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

DESERT

  1. Pudding
  2. Kheer Mix
  3. Custard
  4. Jelly
  5. Fruit watermelon, Mangoes (in 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 scorching during the summer season. You can expect a temperature between 30-40 degrees centigrade. If you travel by road to Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral, expect the weather also to be very hotThehe weather is similar to Islamabad in GB and Chitral, except 25-38 degrees centigrade. During the trekking on sunny days, expect the weather to be warm without any shade. Especially during the trek, the weather will be scorching 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 more excellent above 4000 meters, you can even expect the temperature to get down to below zero and experience snowfall.

WHO SHOULD DO THE TREK?

Trekking in the Hindukush is easy and comfortable, even for beginners who want to experience the local communities along the trek. Unlike the Karakorum and Himalayas, this region has no towering mountains. The highest peak in the Hindukush is Terich Mir, standing at 7,879 meters. However, numerous small and beautiful peaks offer breathtaking landscapes to enjoy nature. This trek is rarely undertaken by people, unlike other treks in Pakistan. There is much to explore in the Hindukush Range of Pakistan, ranging from day hikes to month-long treks within the region.

The most captivating highlights of the Hindukush are its blue sky lakes, waterfalls, rivers, lush green meadows, and summer pastures where local communities take their herds of animals during the summer. This provides an excellent opportunity to immerse oneself in the local cultures and traditions while traveling in the Hindukush.

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 the full trip cost 30 days before 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 an 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:

  1. Cancellation before 30 days or more-After a deduction of 30%, the remaining amount will be refunded. If the deposit is retained with our client’s consent, no cancellation charges will be applied. The total amount will be adjusted with a future trip. 
  2. Cancellation within two weeks before departure –50 %  of the package offer
  3. 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 companies founded to meet the travel needs of explorers, researchers, mountaineers, and trekkers worldwide. 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, some of our income is allocated explicitly towards humanitarian activities, including student support, skill development programs & micro-credit loans to women without interest. Details can be provided on request. 

The 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 worldwide. 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 fit do I need to be to do this trek?

    Trekking in Thui and Shah Janali Pass is relatively easy, but there are some challenging parts on the glaciers. You should have some walking experience to undertake this beautiful trek.

  2. What is the best time of year to go trekking in Thui and Shah Janali Pass?

    The best time to go trekking in Thui and Shah Janali Pass is from June to September. During this period, the weather is relatively mild, with temperatures ranging from 10 to 25 degrees Celsius. The skies are also clear, providing excellent visibility of the surrounding mountain ranges.

  3. What is the highest altitude reached on this trek?

    The highest altitude reached is 4,499 meters, which is the elevation of Thui Pass.

  4. Is it safe to go trekking in Thui and Shah Janali Pass?

    Trekking in Thui and Shah Janali Pass is generally considered safe. However, it is always important to take necessary precautions and follow the instructions of the trekking guide. Trekkers should also ensure they have adequate travel insurance coverage.

  5. What kind of accommodation options are available during this trek?

    During the Thui and Shah Janali Pass trek, various accommodation options are available, including tents, guesthouses, and homestays. Most of these options offer basic facilities such as a bed and a shared bathroom. Trekkers should check with their tour operator or guide for specific accommodation arrangements.

Overall Rating
3/5
Discover Pakistan
Reviewed On 30/01/2024

Thanks for your encouraging comment and feedback

Carsten Wittmann
Reviewed On 18/01/2024
5/5

I can highly recommend this trek. It leads through a very beautiful and varied landscape and over the glaciated Thui Pass. The whole area is one of the least touristy areas in northern Pakistan and you will hardly, if ever, encounter other trekkers. The planning and execution by Discover Pakistan was simply outstanding and I was able to fully enjoy this trek, a real highlight of my trip to Pakistan. Many thanks to the whole team at Discover Pakistan. I would love to do this trek again anytime.

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Dates Trip Status Price (PP) Single Supplement  
August 4, 2024 - August 20, 2024
Available
$2,160.00
$265.00
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 K2 Base Camp 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