Trek Traverse Karakoram
Trek Traverse Karakoram: We will start our trek from Hushe valley and land at Concordia after crossing Gondogoro La. From Concordia, we will descend on Baltoro glacier and start truly one of the most remote treks in the mountains on Biafo glacier. You do not expect to see many people in this remote wilderness. Here you have a true rendezvous with Nature in its purest form. For the first forty years of this century explores believed that Snow Lake was an ice-cap, from which glaciers flow in all directions. Its size was estimated as 777 sq. kilometers. The current estimated size of Snow Lake is 77 sq. km. The name Snow Lake was given by Martin Conway in 1892, who has given a dramatic account of this place in his book ‘Climbing expeditions in the Karakoram – Himalayas’. Eric Shipton in 1937 had estimated the present size of Snow Lake.
As we trek up to this other-worldly place we enter a remarkable wilderness of ice, rock, and sky – occasionally intercepted by small ablation valleys filled with numerous wildflowers. We undertake a 122 km walk on Biafo & Hispar glaciers and explore the incredible wilderness of Snow Lake situated between the two glaciers. As we finish our trek we descend down to Hunza Valley and travel overland on Karakorum Highway to Islamabad.
For more information on the Trek Traverse Karakoram and the treks that we run there, contact us via:
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Accommodation: on twin sharing basis in the hotels in towns.
Camping Equipment: We Provide high-quality equipment to clients making their adventure the most Comfortable and enjoyable even on the harsh and hard part of the world Dome 3 tents during trekking and at the base camp, Mattresses Toilet Tent
Kitchen Equipment: Mess Tent with full Kitchen Equipment, Table & chairs, Kitchen utensil
Meals: Full board Darning camping and base camp, We provide the
Excellent quality food during your adventure when you start your Trek from Skardu to BC and back to Skardu, (fallboard). In Pakistan, RVT is the only expedition outfitter which provides fresh meat and vegetable at the base camps from time to time. Break Fast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea or coffee
Our Staff: We would not say our staff is the best one in Pakistan, you would say this after you Experience their punctuality,
Experience, good and humorous attitude with you. Any helicopter rescue is not included in the price for staff. Cook helper, porters & Sardar, Their daily allowance, Food, kit & equipment, insurance, accommodation, RVT Traveling Exp, like Islamabad to Skardu and Back to ISB,
Transportation: Jeeps etc. with all expedition Luggage. Road head to Trek Head & back.
Porterage: Porter from Road to Base Camp and back to trek head, including food. Kitchen. And 12. Kg of member luggage.
Are you a Frequent Visitor Pakistan?
If you are coming to Pakistan for Expeditions, Trekking and you wish to keep your equipment in Pakistan, You are more
Then welcome to keep your equipment In our store either in Islamabad or you can keep them in Skardu. Like many other
climbers, expedition and trekking organizers you can keep them. This is a free service that only RVT offers to facilitate its clients.
- Submission of application for climbing permits 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.
Following Mentioned services are not included in our price, but some of them can be arranged on your request
- Any Meals at the hotel or on the way is not including in the cost. Cost of any soft drinks,
- Any domestic/international airfare, transportation in an airport for pick and drop.
- Personal trekking equipment like the sleeping bag sacks Shoes and all personal expenses such as mineral water, telephone, liquor, etc
- Hotel accommodation in Islamabad, and in towns
- Transportation from ISB to ISB
- Porter from Concordia to BC and back to Concordia, any additional expanse
- Porter for personal Extra luggage on the trek,
- Trekking permit fee US$ 50 per person.
- Horse for the trek.
- Medicines and any expense of personal nature,
- Rescue Helicopter charges 10,000 U$ in case of use for rescue
- Transfers to the airports for participants, Optional excursions or deviations from the scheduled tour
- Room service, gratuities for personal services, items of a purely personal nature
- Any expense due to forced majors, cancellation of flights, landslides, evacuation or accident or delay beyond the control of the land operator
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.
- Mail delivery at the Base Camp.
- 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)
- 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 Equipment.
- 80 % Advance on date block & confirmation of services, minimum 02 Month before the commencement of trek nonrefundable.
- 20 % balance payable before one month of trek Start.
- Foreigner client must share there 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.
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 during while on the trek, bus or jeep.
LuggageLarge 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.
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 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 bath 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.
CLOTHINGWith 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 the sun goes down. Men could wear shorts once we are through populated areas, that 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
- Wool shirt & trousers
- Cotton shirt & pants
- Gloves & Mittens
- Rain/wind suit
- Cotton & Wool undergarments
- Socks (Cotton & Wool/synthetic)
- Boots (Trek & Camp)
- Down Jacket
- Shalwar Kameez (Cotton)
- Spare laces for boots
- Miscellaneous Items
- Bandanna/Scarf, for covering your mouth while riding in a jeep.
- Water bottle, with a durable screw top.
- 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 close-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