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Snow Lake Trek Pakistan - 21 Days

Snow Lake trek is a long and rigorous trek in the northern Karakoram mountains of Pakistan. It starts from Askole and after trekking the lengths of Biafo and Hispar glacier, we reach the valleys of Nagar and Hunza. Few of the main attractions are the snow lake and the Hispar La pass (5,128 m) which separates the Hispar glacier (44km) from Biafo glacier (63km). Biafo is the world's third longest glacier outside polar region. The views on the trek are unmatched.

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$4,949

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Duration

21 days

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  • What's included :
    • 21x Breakfast
    • 21x Dinner
    • 21x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 20 nights
    • Snacks including dry fruits and tea/coffee during the trek
    • Free refills of boiled drinking water on the trek
    • Licensed professional guide (government requirement)
    • Government trekking permit fees and paperwork
    • Insurance of porters, cook, guide and staff (government requirement)
    • Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP) waste management fees
    • Islamabad and Skardu city tours including all entry fees
    • All domestic flights and road transfers including airport transfers
    • All hotel accommodation in Pakistan (twin sharing room)
    • All trekking accommodation in Pakistan (twin sharing dome tent)
    • All camping site fees and bridge fees
    • All trekking logistics (all tents, non-personal equipment and tools etc)
    • Support staff (cook, assistant(s) etc)
    • Porter for personal luggage (14kgs) and mountaineering equipment (8kgs)
    • First aid medicine kit (basic)
    • Satellite phone for emergencies
    • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
    What's excluded :
    • Personal travel insurance
    • Visa to Pakistan (five supporting documents will be offered)
    • International airfare
    • Personal equipment (e.g. trekking shoes, down jacket, walking sticks etc)
    • Tips/gratuities for guides, porters, staff etc
    • Miscellaneous (minibar, drinks, phone calls, laundry, souvenir etc)
    • Extra nights in Islamabad (hotel check in/out is 12pm)
    • Personal mountain equipment (crampon, mountaineering boot, ice axe, harness, two carabiners, helmet)

  • Day 1: Arrive at Islamabad International Airport, Islamabad

    Pass By: F-6 Markaz, Islamabad Pakistan
    Your flights will normally arrive in Islamabad in the afternoon. Our guide(s) will receive you from the airport. Soon the participants will be transferred to hotels. This day the participants can relax and recover from the journey.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Twin-sharing room at Chateau Royal, Prestige Residence or equivalent standard hotel (depends on occupancy) in Islamabad.

    Day 2: Fly to Skardu, Karakoram

    Pass By: Skardu, Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan
    Participants on this morning will take the spectacular flight from Islamabad airport to Skardu airport. You will be able to see Nanga Parbat if clouds allow. After arrival in Skardu, the day is free. In case of flight cancellation, overnight stay in Chilas.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Twin-sharing room at Concordia Motel, Mountain Lodge or equivalent standard hotel (depends on occupancy) in Skardu.

    Day 3: Spend free day in Skardu

    Pass By: Kharpocho Fort, Chumik Rd, Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan
    After breakfast, the participants will walk to Kharpocho fort in Skardu, which is located up on a mountain. The Kharpocho fort gives a splendid view of the Indus and Skardu town. The participants will also have an option to take a tour to Sadpara Lake followed by free shopping time in Skardu Bazaar.
    During sightseeing, our staff will take care of further government documentation required in Skardu. This can sometimes take two days. We have contingency days towards the end of the trek incase of any delays.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Twin-sharing room at Concordia Motel, Mountain Lodge or equivalent standard hotel (depends on occupancy) in Skardu.

    Day 4: Drive to Askole village

    Pass By: Askole
    The participants will begin the jeep safari towards Daso, the passage will go through the Shigar valley. The journey will be followed on the sides of Braldu river which extends to Askole. Askole will be the last village on our route; the participants will start walking after leaving jeeps behind. However at times the participants may begin their walk before arrival in Askole but it depends on the road conditions. Overall it will take you between six hours to eight hours in covering the distance.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Camping in twin-sharing dome tent

    Day 5: Trek to Namla

    Pass By: Biafo Gyang Glacier
    The trek starts by following the K2 Base Camp trail and then turns west onto the Biafo Glacier. The trail ascends over a shoulder to reach the left moraine and descends on to the glacier then back on to the left bank where the grassy camping site called Namla is located behind a lateral moraine.The trek starts by following the K2 Base Camp trail and then turns west onto the Biafo Glacier. The trail ascends over a shoulder to reach the left moraine and descends on to the glacier then back on to the left bank where the grassy camping site called Namla is located behind a lateral moraine.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Camping in twin-sharing dome tent

    Day 6: Trek to Mango

    Pass By: Biafo Gyang Glacier
    After crossing a fracture zone on the glacier we reach the centre of the glacier where we follow moraine ridges, underfoot there is loose rock making this a challenging day. We set up camp on the left bank of the Biafo in a grassy area.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Camping in twin-sharing dome tent

    Day 7: Trek to Baintha

    Pass By: Hispar Glacier, Gilgit-Baltistan
    The route continues up the center of the glacier on a broad highway of ice making the walking easier than yesterday. We cross to the right and come off the glacier to a grassy area where Baintha camp is located.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Camping in twin-sharing dome tent

    Day 8: Acclimatization and rest

    Pass By: Biafo Gyang Glacier
    This is a rest day for you and the porters in order to help with acclimatization to the high altitude. You can relax in camp or if feeling energetic walk up a ridge behind camp with fine views of Latok group and The Ogre. Look out for Ibex that can often be seen grassy slopes above.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Camping in twin-sharing dome tent

    Day 9: Trek to Morfogoro

    Pass By: Hispar Pass
    The trail is steep and loose to get onto the glacier however once there we follow the flat glacier making relatively straightforward walking. Further along the glacier there are some crevasses to be aware of where depending on the conditions we might rope up to safeguard our passage. There are superb views of many peak including The Ogre (7,813m) and also we will get the first views of the Hispar La and Snow Lake.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Camping in twin-sharing dome tent

    Day 10: Trek to Hispar La Base Camp

    Pass By: Hispar Glacier, Gilgit-Baltistan
    Today we walk to the south end of a large snowy flat area known as Snow Lake finding our way through a network of crevasses. Snow Lake is a high altitude glacial basin over 16km wide at the head of the Biafo and Hispar glaciers. Martin Conway, the first foreign visitor, gave Snow Lake the name in 1892 and described this area as "beyond all comparison the finest view of mountains it has ever been my lot to behold, nor do I believe the world can hold a finer.”

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Camping in twin-sharing dome tent

    Day 11: Cross Snow Lake and trek to Hispar La

    Pass By: Hispar Glacier, Gilgit-Baltistan
    Today we traverse across the vast Snow Lake area and make the ascent to Hispar La. The climb to Hispar La is not too steep although it always feels quite strenuous at this altitude, we also have to be aware of the crevasses in this area. The views at Hispar La are fantastic looking down Biafo glacier to Snow Lake and The Ogre and other side down Hispar glacier to peaks in Hunza.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Camping in twin-sharing dome tent

    Day 12: Trek to Kani Basa

    Pass By: Hispar Pass
    After an early start we descend from Hispar La crossing a crevassed area and then later on the glacier flattens out. We have to cross Kani Basa glacier which is facture zone where the two glaciers collide. Shortly afterwards we reach our camp located in a grassy ablation valley with good views of Kanjut Sar (7,760m).

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Camping in twin-sharing dome tent

    Day 13: Trek to Jutmal

    Pass By: Hispar Glacier, Gilgit-Baltistan
    This is a challenging day as we have to find our way through a series of moraine ridges; climb a loose scree slope then cross several glacial streams. Jutmal camp is on a grassy area along the side of the glacier.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Camping in twin-sharing dome tent

    Day 14: Trek to Bitanmal

    Pass By: Hispar Village, Hunza Nagar
    After an hour we descend down a steep bank to cross another side glacier then back to the valley as before where the walking is good. Camp at Bitanmal is in a large meadow often used by herders from Hispar village.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Camping in twin-sharing dome tent

    Day 15: Trek to Falaling Chhish

    Pass By: Hispar Village, Hunza Nagar
    We make the last side glacier crossing over the Kunyang Glacier, then walk up by a steep path and cross a stream to get to the meadows at Falaling Chhish.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Camping in twin-sharing dome tent

    Day 16: Trek to Hispar Village

    Pass By: Hispar Village, Hunza Nagar
    From our camp at Falaling Chhish we cross a bridge to reach Hispar village. You will certainly notice the vibrant green of the orchards and terraced fields after the black and white scenery of the Hispar Glacier. Depending on the condition of the road we may meet our jeeps in the village if the road is broken then we have a further walk followed by a short drive to our last camp on this trek.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Camping in twin-sharing dome tent

    Day 17: Drive to Karimabad

    Pass By: Hunza Valley, Karimabad, Gilgit Pakistan
    We take a jeep for a couple of hours to Nagar village along a rather narrow track before reaching the Karakoram Highway. We drive up the road to Karimabad where we check into a hotel and the rest of the day is free to wash up, relax and explore the town.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Twin-sharing room at Hilltop Hotel Hunza, World Roof Hotel or equivalent standard hotel in Hunza.

    Day 18: Contingency day/sightseeing

    Pass By: Hunza Valley, Karimabad, Gilgit Pakistan
    This day is allocated for any potential delays during trekking. We do not want our guests to miss their domestic flight due to delays. These delays can be caused by multiple factors including (but not limited to) road blocks. This time can be utilised for sightseeing of Hunza valley.

    Hunza valley is very beautiful and today we have the chance to explore Karimabad, it is an interesting town spectacularly situated on a hillside to the north of the road with views of the fertile valley below (due to their extensive irrigation system) and a glimpses of snowy mountains. We will visit the forts of Alti and Baltit dating from the 13th century the Baltit fort, once the home of the ruling Mir, guards the valley and is now a museum and the Alti fort is even more dramatic perched above the Hunza river. In the afternoon we drive to Gilgit.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Twin-sharing room at Riveria Hotel, Marco Polo Hotel or equivalent standard hotel in Gilgit.

    Day 19: Fly to Islamabad

    Pass By: Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan
    On this day the participants will take a flight from the airport in Gilgit to Islamabad airport. You will have a good time to relax at the hotel in Islamabad.
    The domestic flights sometime get cancelled due to weather conditions. In case of flight cancellation, you will drive to Naran or Besham for overnight. It takes eight hours by a vehicle.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Twin-sharing room at Chateau Royal, Prestige Residence or equivalent standard hotel (depends on occupancy) in Islamabad.

    Day 20: Contingency day for flight cancellations

    Pass By: Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan
    This day is allocated for any potential delays in case the domestic flight does not operate the previous day. Our guests will depart early morning from Chilas to Islamabad which can take up to ten hours. However it will be a free day in case the participants make it to Islamabad on the domestic flight. This time can be utilized for sightseeing in Islamabad.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Twin-sharing room at Chateau Royal, Prestige Residence or equivalent standard hotel (depends on occupancy) in Islamabad.

    Day 21: Fly to home country

    Pass By: Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan
    Our staff will transfer all our guests to the airport on their respective departure timings. The checkout time of all our partner hotels is 12pm.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    It is very easy to spot our guide, holding orange placards with our company’s logo and your name on it. You must arrive at Islamabad International Airport, Islamabad. International flights normally arrive after midnight or in the afternoon. You must give us the details of your flights, both inbound and outbound at least five days prior to your arrival in Pakistan. Our staff/guide will receive you at the gates of international arrivals unless you are taking a connecting flight from another city. The guide/staff will transfer you to our partner hotel. In case you do not require airport transfer, please inform us in advance.Airports
    • Islamabad Intl Airport, Islamabad Pakistan
    Departure Time :
    7/15/2021 - 7/15/2021
    Thursday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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Age Req.

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Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

10

Organised by Apricot Tours

Activity ID: V-198415P11

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