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Trek & Tour Nanga Parbat Round Trek with Hunza, Swat & Peshawar

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Trek & Tour Nanga Parbat Round Trek with Hunza, Swat & Peshawar

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Trek & Tour Nanga Parbat Round Trek with Hunza, Swat & Peshawar

22 days, 10 nights camping around the 9th highest mountain of the world & 10 nights’ hotel including Hunza valley.

The trip starts from Islamabad the federal capital of Pakistan. From Islamabad, we travel on the Grand Trunk Road to Peshawar. Then we will enter the fertile land of Swat. Cross Shangla Pass between Hindukush and Karakoram ranges and enter into Karakoram for 10 days’ trek around Nanga Parbat. After finishing the trek enjoy some days in Hunza valley and drive back to Islamabad to finish your trip.

Nanga Parbat (8126m) is reputed as the Killer Mountain and obviously the most difficult one in 8,000-meter peaks of the world. First climbed by Herman Buhl in 1953, the peak still retains its awe for the experienced climbers. The massif of Nanga Parbat offers three faces, each with its own distinctive features. We will take around trek of this mighty mountain, covering all the three faces. The trek is strenuous and involves the use of crampons and rope work.

21 Days
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Day 01
Day 00_ Depart for Pakistan. Day 01_ At Islamabad, full day city tour Visit the Federal Capital of Pakistan: Islamabad. Visit Faisal Mosque, Damen-e-Koh, Constitution Avenue, Lok Virsa Museum, and Shakar Parian Park. Overnight at the hotel.
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Day 02
Day 02_ Drive to Peshawar Morning drive to Peshawar, on the Grand Trunk Road laid down by the Pathan Emperor of United Indian Empire: Sher Shah Suri. En-route visiting Taxila, the former capital of Gandhara civilization. We visit the archaeological remains of a monastery (Julian), a city (Sirkup ), and the site museum. Continue to drive to Peshawar. Crossing the Indus River at Attock, we may stop for a photo at the meeting point of the Indus & Kabul rivers just beyond the Attock bridge. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Peshawar has always been important in the history of the sub-continent because of its location nearby: Khyber Pass & Gandhara civilization. The city is now known more for its special feeling of being a frontier town than for its monuments. Visit the street of story-tellers: Kissa Khawani bazaar, the street of Gold Kasera bazaar, Karavan Serai, and Mahabat Khan Mosque & Museum of Peshawar, known for its collection of Gandhara artifacts. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel Peshawar. (170 km, 3/4 Hours)
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Day 03
Day 03_ Drive to Swat Crossing over the historic Malakand Pass, the pass between Peshawar and Swat valleys, we will enter Swat valley. En-route visiting another Buddhist archeological site, Takht-e-Bhai, and some other places we will reach in Swat valley. Swat, a land that shines with fruit-laden orchards, flower-filled slopes, meandering rivers, rumbling streams, and is surrounded by the mighty ranges of the Hindu Kush and Karakoram. The valley is 2,250 feet above sea level, Saidu Sharif & Mingora are the towns that form the twin capital of this valley. Visit Swat museum and Butkara excavation site from 1st to 7th century AD. Transfer to hotel for an overnight stay in Mingora.
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Day 04
Day 04 _ Drive to Chilas As it is a long drive so we will take an early start from Swat. Continuing on the road leading towards the upper Swat valley for one hour we will turn North from a small beautiful town called Khuaza Khaila. Now driving on a single mountain road we will be crossing Shangla Pass between Hindukush & Karakoram mountain ranges. After crossing Shangla Pass we will enter the Karakoram and arrive at Besham. An important city on the Karakoram Highway. Lunch in Besham and continue to drive now on the Karakoram highway, a joint effort of Pakistan Army and Chinese engineers. It took 850 lives and 20 years to complete reputed as the eighth wonder of the world. Driving through the Indus gorge we will arrive at Chilas on the bank of Indus. Transfer to hotel for dinner and night stay. (9/10 hours drive)
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Day 05
Day 05_ Trek head Early morning drive to Jaglot on KKH, from Jaglot board on 4x4 jeeps. Drive to Trashing our trek head. En route short stay at Astore, 56 km from Jaglot, Astore is an important place as many treks and jeep road towards Deosai and Kashmir starts from here. Trashing the start of Rupal Valley is 30 kms from Astore. Mostly the population here in Trashing is Kashmiri and Shina speaking. At Trashing our camping staff will welcome us. Overnight camping at Trashing. (6/7 hours drive - 2900m).
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Day 06
Day 06_ East Face of Nanga Parbat The first half-hour of the trek is steep up to the lateral moraine of Trashing Glacier then it will take another half hour to cross the glacier. At the other side of the glacier is the lower Rupal Valley with two large summer settlements and big fields of wheat. From the lower Rupal Valley trek is green and gradually ascending. After about three hours' walk from here, we will arrive at Bazin just under the solid ice wall of the east face of Nanga Parbat. Overnight camping in Bazin. (4/5 hours trek -3600m)
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Day 07
Day 07_ Bazin - Shaigiri Today at the start of the trek we walk on the Bazin Glacier which takes about two hours. After crossing the glacier, the trek is going through Juniper and Willow trees. The local people of the area are friendly and helpful. The trek continues up to the Rupal River. An hour's walk will take us to a place called Herligkoffer Base Camp. He was a famous climber and lead many expeditions to Nanga Parbat. Herligkoffer was also the leader of the Nanga Parbat Expedition in 1953 when Herman Buhl climbed it for the first time. After a short stay here we walk further for about an hour and reach a place called Second Base Camp, another summer settlement. Our campsite Shaigiri is not very far from here after an hour`s walk we will arrive at Shaigiri. Normally porters asked here for a goat and they slaughter the goat here and arrange a campfire with local songs and dances. Enjoy the beautiful views of South Face. (5/6 hours, 3700m)
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Day 08
Day 08_ At Shaigri Day free to explore the area or optional climb to Rupal Peak (5580m).
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Day 09
Day 09_ To the base of Mazeno Follow the lateral moraine of Rupal Glacier. Turn your backs on views of Nanga Parbat, Rupal, and Laila Peaks. The campsite is at 4200m with few Juniper trees and a small water stream. (4/5 hours)
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Day 10
Day 10_ Base camp to high camp of Mazeno Pass. Trek is comparatively steep and ascending up to the Mazeno glacier which is coming straight from Mazeno Pass. The campsite is not green anymore because of the height. Water is available. The high base camp is at 4724meters. (5/6 hours)
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Day 11
Day 11_ Cross the Pass! Early morning start before sunrise. The climb up to the pass is not very difficult but another side of the pass is steep and it requires rope, ice ax, sits harness, and crampons. The steep area is about 250m in length. After crossing the pass Loiba glacier starts and we will camp here at upper Loiba at a height of 4300m. (7/8 hours)
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Day 12
Day 12_ Loiba Meadows Trek down from upper Loiba to Lower Loiba called Loiba Meadows. It is a comfortable walk through the lush green meadows and trees. Campsite consists of many shepherds houses at of 4000m. (3/4 hours)
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Day 13
Day 13_ Meadows - Kachal Today we will have beautiful views of Nanga Parbat and the trek is very easy through pine and birch trees cross Airil River and enter the Kachal summer settlement at the base of Kachal pass (4400m). We will camp at 3000m. (4/5 hours)
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Day 14
Day 14_ Diamer Base Camp From Kachal four treks are crossed, one is going to Kachal Pass, the second is going to Zangot, the third is going back to Loiba, and the fourth one to Diamer Base camp. We will take the Diamer Base camp trek a small water channel is flowing along the trek and the trek is gradually ascending, En route short stay in Kutgali. Arrive at Diamer Face base camp. World`s most famous mountaineer Reinhold Messner climbed Nanga Parbat from this side in 1979 and he lost his brother on their way back. It is reputed as the most difficult route of Nanga Parbat. Short stay for exploration and photos. Walk back by the same route and camp at Zangot 4200m. (6/7 hr)
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Day 15
Day 15 _ Back to civilization Warm and bit steep trek down to Diamer river to arrive Dimroi. From Dimroi board on 4x4 jeeps and continued towards Gilgit, capital of Northern areas of Pakistan. Arrive at Gilgit transfer to hotel and enjoy a hot shower. (7/8 hours trek, 4 hours drive)
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Day 16
Day 16_ The Hunza valley We drive out from Gilgit to re-enter the town from the historic route, crossing a suspension bridge over the river. Drive to Kargah to visit the rock-carved Buddha from the 7th century AD. In ancient times the Kargah valley used to be the traveling route of the Buddhist monks, to go to Taxila. Stroll down the colorful Bazaars of Gilgit. The tour will continue to the beautiful, breathtaking Hunza Valley through a scenic route. On our way, we see the old Silk Route used by the Buddhist monks and traders. En route short stay at Rakaposhi (7,788m) viewpoint. Enter the Hunza valley and arrive at the capital Karimabad. Overnight at Hotel. (2/3 hr, 110 km)
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Day 17
Day 17_ In Hunza, full-day excursions Day free in Karimabad for short walks to ALTIT and BALTIT Forts, and for other explorations in Hunza Valley. The people of Hunza are famous for their long lives. You can also see some beautiful peaks of Karakoram range from Karimabad; Rakaposhi, Diran, Ultar, Golden peak, and the Nagar valley on the left bank of Hunza River. In Hunza, each family grows enough wheat, maize, apricots, and walnuts for its own use. The people are mostly self-sufficient, making their own clothes, shoes, wooden and stone bowls, and growing all their own food. The people are very friendly and cheerful. In the afternoon you could walk to Ultar glacier, follow the irrigation channel through the village or stroll through the single lane bazaar for better views of soaring peaks around you. Overnight stay at Hotel.
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Day 18
Day 18_ Excursion to Khunjerab Pass (4733meters) {Upper Hunza} Short drive through the heart of Karakoram. We stop at the village of Gulmit, in the shadow of virgin Gulmit tower. Walkthrough the village fields to visit the Polo ground and old houses. Later take a short trek to Gulkin glacier and Borit Lake. As you end your trek near Borit Lake, the transport will pick you up for a 15 km drive to Passu. Passu is a small charming village in the backdrop of soaring Passu Cones, with Passu and Batura glaciers at short walking distance. Walkthrough the village to see the village life. Some 70 years ago Passu used to be the second-largest settlement in Hunza after Karimabad. The glacier upstream on the Hunza river moved down to create a large dam, that later broke and destroyed the fertile fields and houses. Now the river occupies the major share of the valley with the village on its right bank. From Passu you have fascinating views of Shispar (7,611 m) and Passu Peak (7,478 m). Visit the famous suspension bridges of Passu. These 800 feet long bridges over the Hunza river are still used by the local people. Later drive to the Khunjerab Pass, the border between Pakistan and China, the highest metal road border crossing in the world. Spend some time at Khunjerab top and drive back to Karimabad for an Overnight stay at the hotel.
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Day 19
Day 19 Drive back to Chilas/Naran Drive along the bank of Hunza river on Karakoram Highway, enjoying fascinating views of Karakoram Peaks from a different angle. We might stop at Gilgit town for lunch. Arrive Chilas on the bank of Indus river, overnight stay in hotel. (260 km, 6/7 hours drive.)
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Day 20
Day 20 Back to Islamabad Full-day drive on Karakoram Highway to Islamabad. We start early in the morning, to cover the 12 hours long drive. Short stay in Besham for lunch, by evening we will reach Islamabad. Transfer to hotel for overnight. (11/12 hours, 500 km)
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Day 21
Day 21 Departure Morning transfer to Airport for your international flight back to 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 the 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, Sardar, 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 client's 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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