Trek Chapursan Valley Chilinji Pass (5247meters)
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Trek Chapursan Valley Chilinji Pass (5247meters)
The 15-day trip, 7 nights camping & 6 nights in hotels. Descending down from The Chilinji Pass in Chapursan Valley
The Chilinji Pass route has only recently been opened for tourists and is one of Pakistan’s most remote treks. It takes trekkers from the Ishkoman Valley (near Gilgit) to the Chapursan Valley in the upper Hunza, a journey through richly contrasting landscapes. The route runs parallel to the Wakhan corridor near the Afghanistan and Tajikistan borders. Nomads from both these countries still make the journey to the Chapurson Valley bringing their yaks, sheep, and goats to trade for sugar, tea, cigarettes, and other goods
Day 00 - Departure for Pakistan Day 01 – Arrive in Islamabad Day in Islamabad to finalize trekking Purchasing and preparation. Evening free visit twin city Rawalpindi Islamabad.
Day 02 - Islamabad - Chilas /Narran After breakfast, drive to Chilas / Narran along the Karakoram Highway (KKH), the 500-kilometer legendary route that winds its way through the Himalayan, Hindu Kush, and Karakoram mountains. Construction of the highway, known as the eighth wonder of the world, was a joint venture between Pakistan and China, took 20 years to complete, and cost the lives of about 850 workers. Meals and overnight at hotel. (500 km, 6/7-hour drive in air-conditioned bus)
Day 03 – Narran /Chilas - Chatorkhan Continue along the KKH to Gilgit, through the precipitous gorge of the Indus River. As we near Gilgit we will get our first spectacular view of Nanga Parbat (8125m). After lunch in Gilgit, we transfer to 4x4 soft-top jeeps and continue the drive towards the Ghizar Valley and the village of Chatorkhan, our first overnight camping site. Overnight at the hotel. (230 km, 8/9 hours)
Day 04 - Chatorkhan - Bilhinz If road conditions permit we will drive as far as Bilhinz, otherwise we will take the easy trek from Chatorkhan into the Ishkoman Valley. We camp overnight at the small village of Bilhinz. ( 2-hour drive, 5-6 hour walk)
Day 05 - Bilhinz - Matramdas Today, if road conditions permit we will make half the journey by jeep, otherwise it will be an easy day’s walk to our overnight camping site at Matramdas, a friendly village of about 10 houses beside the Chilinji River, the last permanent settlement before the Chilinji Pass. (6-7 hour walk)
Day 06 - Matramdas - Yasin An early start today, because after a 15-minute walk, we must cross a water channel before the water level gets too high. After an easy day’s trekking, we arrive at Yasin, the most beautiful camping site on our trek with its green meadows and trees. ( 5-6 hour walk)
Day 07 - Yasin - Chilinji A steep climb of about 200 meters to begin the day as we make our way to a point to cross the Yasin Glacier. It is easy walking after this to the Chilinji River which we will cross on a swinging pulley, one by one. We camp overnight at the Chilinji summer settlement. ( 5-6 hour walk)
Day 08 - Chilinji - High camp Today, as the whole trek is uphill, we will make an early start. From Chilinji we will turn toward the east for Chilinji Pass (to the west lies the Broghil Valley and the route towards Chitral). After resting at the Chilinji Pass base camp we will make the steep climb to the high camp just below the pass. (7-8 hour uphill walk)
Day 09 - Across Chilinji Pass - Baultar From the high camp, it will take us about three hours to climb the 250 meters to the top of the pass. From the summit, it is all downhill to Baultar via a series of snowfields along the Chilinji Glacier. Our day’s walk ends at Baultar, an oasis of green that lies parallel to the Wakhan corridor and the Chilinji River, where shepherds live in stone cottages. Overnight camping at Baultar. (7-8 hour walk)
Day 10 - Baultar - Ziarat BabaGhudi - Passu We walk along the Chapurson Valley which will provide a gentle contrast to the Ishkoman Valley which we trekked through earlier. We cross the red mountains that form the boundary between the Hindukush and Karakoram ranges and arrive at the holy place of Ziarat Baba Ghundi, where there is a shrine to the famous Muslim saint Baba Ghundi Shah. After lunch here we join our jeeps again and drive towards Sost, the last Pakistani town before the Chinese border, and then down the Karakoram Highway towards Passu in the upper Hunza Valley. The small, picturesque village of Passu is set against a backdrop of the soaring Passu Cones, and is a short walking distance from the Passu and Batura glaciers. There will be an opportunity to walk through the village and experience local life. About 70 years ago Passu was the second largest settlement in Hunza (after Karimabad). However, the glacier upstream of the Hunza River created a huge dam that later broke, washing away the houses and fertile fields. Now the river has claimed the major share of the valley, confining Passu village to its right bank. Overnight at lodge. (5-6 hour walk, 4-5 hour drive)
Day 11 - Passau - Karimabad A morning walk to the Passu Glacier and Passu Lake (45 minutes one-way). From the snout of the glacier, there are spectacular views of Shispar ( 7611m) and Passu (7478m) peaks. We will also visit the famous suspension bridges of Passu. These 250m-long bridges over the Hunza River are still used by the local people, who are known for their friendliness towards visitors. Then we drive to Karimabad, capital of upper Hunza, and its panoramic views of some of the most beautiful peaks of the Karakoram -Rakaposhi, Diran, Ultra, Golden Peak. In Hunza, each family is self-sufficient in wheat, maize, apricots, and walnuts and they also make their own clothes, shoes, wooden and stone bowls. In the afternoon there is time to walk to Ultar Glacier by following an irrigation channel through the village, or to stroll through the single-lane bazaar for more views of the peaks that soar overhead and to visit the 800-year-old Altit and Baltit forts. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 12 - Karimabad - Chilas En route for Chilas we make a short stop at the Rakaposhi (7788m) viewpoint and later have lunch at Gilgit and stroll through the colorful bazaar. At Kargah there is an ancient reminder of the area’s history as a route used by silk traders, and by Buddhist monks on their journeys to Taxila – a 7th century AD Buddha carved into the rock. Overnight at Chilas hotel, beside the Indus River. (260km, 6-7 hour drive.)
Day 13 - Chilas - Islamabad An early start for the 12-hour drive along the Karakoram Highway to Islamabad with a short stop at Besham for lunch. Overnight in Islamabad hotel. (500km, 11-12 hour drive)
Day 14 - Departure Transfer to the airport for the flight home.
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SERVICES INCLUDED & EXCLUDED Liaison with ministry of tourism in Islamabad for permit process and measurement of Liaison officer. Process of import/export permit from ministry of tourism. Clearance of cargo before arrival of the team and its storage. Assistance upon arrival/departure. Welcome reception (briefing)/farewell meeting (debriefing) at Alpine Club of Pakistan. Hotel accommodation at tourist class hotels at Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Chilas and Skardu with all meals. All meals during trek and 45 days at B.C Porterage of 75 kg per person of expedition equipment and high altitude food etc. to the B.C and 50 kg per person on return from BC. Road transfers between airport/hotel and within city as per itinerary. Sleeping tents, mattresses, mess, kitchen and toilet tent with tables/field stools and camping ground fees. Kitchen equipment, crockery, cutlery, fuel and related community gear. Wages and basic kit of guide, Srdar, cook and assistant(s). Insurance of our field staff and low altitude porters (except helicopter rescue). Porterage at airports, hotels, toll taxes and parking fee etc. Letter of guarantee on behalf of team/client for environmental bond for USD 1200. Mail handling/forwarding to BC/overseas except postage charges. Reconfirmation of air tickets. Above quotation is based on present porter rates and valid for 2019. All expenses of Gov. Liaison officer Invitation letter for apply Visa Cost Excludes International airfare, airport tax, excess baggage charges. Surface transfers in case of flight cancellations to the kick off point. High altitude porters/any crew above BC. Tents, sleeping bags, personal and climbing equipment of any kind beyond base camp including high altitude food and oxygen. Hiring of HAPs, mail runner(s) and any other crew as per requirement. (Wages and kit to be arranged by the team). Medications ground evacuations and helicopter rescue charges of any kind. Room services, laundry, beverages, phone/communication bills and items of personal nature. Traveling Insurance liability of member(s) and other under force majeure conditions. Clearing agent charges. Any other service not mentioned in this condition sheet. Porters and staff tips Re- Fund If the cancellation is made 30Days + prior to departure full payment will be refunded and a nominal communication service charge will be deducted. RVT reserves the right to deduct: 25% cancellation charge from paid package price if the cancellation is made in less than 22 day of arrival date. 40% in case of cancellation in less than 14 days. In case of cancellation prior to arrival, all charges in respect of confirmed bookings that entail no-show charges by hotels/transport/airline will have to be paid by the clients. Anyone deciding to abandon the trip after arrival or leave during the trip for whatever reason(s) whether the clients own or external (of the nature of force majeure) will not be eligible for a refund. This also applies in case the entire group completes/abandons the trip and decides to return earlier than the agreed time schedule. Nominal communication service charge will also be deducted from the refund. OFFICIAL FORMALITIES: Submission of application for climbing permit and coordination with the ministry of Tourism in order to update climbers with the progress. Arrangements of the first meeting with Guide and Ministry Briefing/de-briefing in the Ministry of tourism. Processing application for satellite permit (if required) Documentation for import and export of mountaineering cargo Luggage and Cargo: Before your arrival and departure, RVT takes care of your luggage. Clearance of Cargo before arrival, Clearance of your Cargo after your departure to your home. Storage of your unwanted belongings in Islamabad or Skardu, which you do not need during your adventure, Miscellaneous: Satellite Thuraya phone, Walkie talkie Radios, Reconfirmation of international flight tickets The arrangement of high-altitude porters (if required). Rock Valley Tours has the best high-altitude porters in Pakistan. The arrangement of high-altitude tents (VE 25 North Face Tents) on payment. A farewell dinner will be hosted from RVT in one of the best restaurants or hotels in Rawalpindi/Islamabad with your staff who will be coming back with you from the base camp or your adventure. Taxes Fees & Tipping: The following fees and taxes are included in our quotation, for members, RVT crew and Camping fees, Bridge crossing Fees (Porter, porter Sardar, and RVT staff Tip is not included in the cost) Note: If any member splits from the expedition for his/her own reason, that member will bear all transportation costs on the way back to Rawalpindi. In case of damage to the base camp tent or any Equipment, the trek member will be charged the original value of the Equipment. Payment Procedure: * 50 % Advance on date block & confirmation of services, minimum 02 months before the commencement of trek nonrefundable. * 50 % balance payable before one month of trek Start (IMPORTANT) Foreigner clients must share their passport copy, 02 passport size Photograph full detail for trek permission requirement. If any member leaves the trek at any stage, the organization will not be liable to refund the payment. Using drugs or intoxication of any kind is strictly prohibited. If anyone is caught using any kind of substance on buses or during the trip will be expelled from the trip on the spot. That person will not be eligible for any kind of refund. We reserve the right to cancel the trip without prior notice for any reasons deemed appropriate by them. In such a case the registered participants will receive a full refund. On an adventure trip of this type, weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond the control of organizers can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the Leader of the group and Guide will decide what the best alternative is, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group Smoking in transport is strictly prohibited. Participants must hold a valid Computerized CNIC/Passport Card. Time management/punctuality is strictly recommended. Participants are advised to use Non-Slippery Shoes/Boot/Joggers/DMS. Participants must NOT wear Heel/Dress Shoes. On steep ascends in mountainous areas, air-conditioned buses will be operational on an on-off basis to keep the vehicles from overheating. The RVT will not be responsible for any injury/damage/loss. GEAR AND CLOTHING LIST for Trekking Personal gear & Clothing. While on an organized trek, it is best to pack all items for your trip in one large piece and one carry-on. The large piece must be a duffel bag (weighing not more than 12.5 Kg.) because duffels are easier for porters to carry. A small day pack is suggested as a carry-on to keep items that you will use while on the trek, bus, or jeep. Luggage Large duffel bag with a lock. It is not recommended to put your stuff in a backpack as the straps might get damaged while being transferred from bus to jeeps, jeeps to campsites, and during loading and unloading by porters each day. A small padlock that fits through the zipper of your duffel bag is recommended. Day Pack: Large enough for camera gear, cap, sunglasses, water bottle, jacket, and other items you may like to use while on the trek. Extra carry-on: For storing city clothes in Skardu, Hunza, Chitral, Money Belt: A small fanny pack, money belt, or around-the-neck passport bag is suggested for keeping safe your passport, travel documents, and money. Packing list for your Duffel: Sleeping Bag: As we shall be sleeping for four nights at Concordia at 4,700meters or at Snow Lake and Hispar Pass, Shimshal Pass, at 5151meters above sea level, so the bag should be rated for 0 degrees F or -18 degrees C. Ratings are all relative since the amount of insulation needed for a particular person to stay comfortable depends on their rate metabolism. A down bag will be warmer for its weight and pack smaller but does not retain its insulative properties when wet. A waterproof breathable shell or a bivy bag will keep the bag dry. A synthetic bag keeps you warm even when wet and is a less expensive alternative, but will weigh more for a given amount of warmth. Trekking Boots: The single most important item on this list. Never take brand new boots on a trek, make sure they are well broken-in before departure. Good trekking boots are hard to get in Pakistan. If you are buying a new pair from abroad, look for medium-weight boots of fabric or a fabric/leather combination. They should provide adequate ankle support. A Vibrum or other deep-lug will protect you from rocks and add support. Always use thick socks when trying shoes so that you get the correct size. Short shoes can jam your toes painfully during steep descents. You could also try to get new “Grouted” shoes that provide protection against water and are good while walking in rain or through the snow. Make sure you can fit crampons on your shoes, as it is vital for crossing different passes. Camp Shoes: Jogging shoes or sneakers to slip in at the end of the day. Tiva sandals are ideal for this trek, as you can use them while crossing streams and also at the campsite for strolls. Crampons: You may need crampons on certain treks, sometimes only for one day. It helps in having a better grip on hard snow to have crampons fitted to your boots. Look for easy to fix ones. (Check with us for your specific trek if you need the crampons or not). From our regular trek list, you would need to bring crampons for Gondogoro La, Biafo Hispar, and Wartum Peak Thermal socks: The socks you wear are a critical element. A cotton/wool combination is useful while on the glacier, and for warmer conditions, cotton socks are best. For those who are sensitive to wool synthetic/cotton socks are recommended. Liner Socks: A thin, wickable material. Polypropylene, Capilene, Thermax, and Drylete all work very well. Silk does not work nearly as effectively as any one of the above. Polyester Fleece/Pile Jacket or Pullover. Stays warm even when wet. Polyester Fleece Pants. Good for afternoon strolls, same as above. Rain Gear: A rain suit available from the local market is best for rain, doubles as a windbreaker, and fits over pile jacket and pants. Wicking Long Underwear (tops & bottoms). Wick moisture to keep you warm and comfortable and dry quickly. Two suits are a good idea. Ski Hat: Covers your ears properly, use one with a cotton liner. The woolen cap is also good. Mittens or Gloves: Woolen gloves are useful when at higher elevations and during windy conditions when the temperature drops quickly. Brimmed Sun Hat: Very important for this trek, as when we start the trek and till we arrive at Concordia, we are generally walking towards east. This can be annoying in the morning as the sun is low and hits your eyes. Bathing Suit: Men can take baths by the rivers or occasional lakes in ablation valleys. Toiletries: Keep everything you normally use. Just remember to bring effective sunscreen, chapstick /lip balm, skin lotion, and laundry soap. CLOTHING With your knowledge of Pakistani culture, you are well aware of precautions to be taken while traveling through remote areas. Cloths for the trek should be durable, comfortable, and easy to wash and dry. In good weather, you will spend much of your time in a T-shirt or medium shirt and outdoor trousers. You will need warmer clothes for the evening in the camps. Temperature falls rapidly as soon as the sun goes down. Men could wear shorts once they are through populated areas, which means from the third day of the trek. Women are advised to use cotton shalwar kameez (loose long shirts and baggy trousers) the traditional Pakistani dress, as these are comfortable during warm conditions, and also appreciated & respected by the locals. Check List Headgear Parka Wool shirt & trousers Sweater Cotton shirt & pants Gloves & Mittens Rain/wind suit Cotton & Wool undergarments Socks (Cotton & Wool/synthetic) Boots (Trek & Camp) Belt! Down Jacket Shalwar Kameez (Cotton) Spare laces for boots Miscellaneous Items Sunglasses Towel Washcloth Bandanna/Scarf, for covering your mouth while riding in a jeep. Water bottle, with a durable screw top. Sunscreen Headlamp with flashlight + extra batteries and bulb Insect repellent Swiss Army knife, or a similar one Nylon cord for a clothesline Personal Medical Kit Pocket size sewing kit Lighter or matches for general use Wrist Watch Optional Items We provide closed-cell matrices but you may want to supplement for additional comfort. Stuff sacks of various sizes for storing your used clothes. Toilet paper or travel pack of tissues. An interesting Notebook and pen for a journal. Snacks: personal choice of dried fruit, candy, energy bars. Camera, film, extra batteries, cleaning supplies, and extra lenses. Sports gear (playing cards/Frisbee) Water purification tablets Buy Outdoor Gears Online: You can get all the gears from Shimshal Adventure Shop Shop 180-E Street # 11, Rifle Range Rd, New Iqbal Park, Lahore, Punjab 54750 0307 0043805 https://g.page/ShimshalAdventureShop?share
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