Trekking Peak WARTUM (5,850 M)

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Trekking Peak WARTUM (5,850 M)

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Trekking Peak WARTUM (5,850 M)

22 days, 13 days trek, 7 days at Wartum enclave for climbing 5,850 meters trekking peak  with qualified instructor 14 nights camping,  7 nights hotels

  Karakorams have plenty of trekking peaks. We have carefully chosen one for you. Located just off the interesting trek of Batura glacier in upper Hunza, the Wartum enclave has 8 peaks above 5,000 meters approachable from our base camp. We are at liberty to attempt them as we stay for 7 days at Furzin – our base camp. The trek has been planned to allow time for acclimatization. The peak is very safe as we have had youngsters climbing it, with no past experience of mountain climbing. Come and share your first Karakoram Summit with us!

Day 01
day-01 _ Arrive Islamabad  Arrive Islamabad, the federal capital of Pakistan. At the airport, you will be met and assisted by the staff of Rock Valley Tours. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour of the twin cities of Rawalpindi & Islamabad. Overnight hotel.
Day 02
day-02 _ Drive on KKH to Chilas We start our journey from Islamabad along Karakoram Highway, through the lush green alpine landscape of Hazara we emerge on the bank of the Indus river at Thakot. From here we enter the narrow rocky gorge of Indus. The Highway was a joint venture between Pakistan and Chinese engineers and it took 20 years & 850 lives to complete this 8th wonder of the world. Overnight hotel. (500 km, 10/11 hours)
Day 03
day-03 _ Drive to Passu Drive on Karakoram Highway to the charming village of Passu in the heart of Karakoram mountains. We have fascinating views of soaring peaks all around us, including Nanga Parbat (8,125 M), Rakaposhi (7,788 M). Overnight Passu 2,500 meters at Lodge. (150, 4/5 hours)
Day 04
day-04 _ Trek from Passu - Yunz We start our trek from the Passu village, after a short walk along the road we fork west towards the Batura glacier. Near the snout of the glacier, about an hour’s walk, we would be greeted by our companions for the trek YAKS. These champions of the glacier would be carrying our loads during the trek. (2/3 hours). During the next hour, we would be gradually gaining height, walking through the barren rocky landscape. Arrive Yunzibin, our campsite at 2,800 m (3/4 hours). From the camp, we have fascinating views of Passu Peak, Batura 1, Batura 2 Peaks.
Day 05
day-05 _ Trek - Kirgas Washik It is possible to cross the Batura glacier from our campsite, we continue straight keeping the glacier on our right side, and walk along the lateral moraine to Kirgas Washik campsite. This route is followed mostly By the villagers on way to upper pastures, so it is well marked and easier to walk on. As we walk on the crest of the lateral moraine of the glacier, we have excellent views of Batura massif straight ahead and the peaks of Shimshal valley to our east. We pass a small lake and a couple of shepherd's huts before we arrive at Eagle’s nest (meaning of Kirgas Washik) campsite for overnight. (5/6 hours trek)
Day 06
day-06 _ Trek - Yashpirt As the glacier changes re-adjusts its crevasses each season, so the safe place to cross to the other side also changes. We take the option of crossing just beyond Kirgas Washik, involving about an hour. The crossing is made safe by the fact that the same route is used by the shepherds and goats throughout the year, so the route is clearly marked. Yashpirt at 3,300 meters, is an ideal summer settlement set between rocky & grassy ridges on one side and the low moraine of Batura glacier on the other side. From here we have a commanding view of the massive Batura icefall just ahead of us. Every household in Passu village keeps one house in this settlement, and just 30 years ago they use to farm Barley and wheat here during the summer months. Now it is the best-housed summer settlement. Camp. (6/7 hours)
Day 07
day-07 _ Trek to Shilmin We start our trek for Shilmin in the soft morning light, walking all the way on the north side of Batura glacier. For the first part of the trek, the view is dominated by the shimmering white ice of Batura Ice Fall just across the glacier. We would now mostly walk in the ablation valley of the glacier, and twice would have to cross the streams of cold water. Lunch at Kukhil summer pasture approached after crossing a wooden log bridge over the rushing stream. Later we would walk past juniper, willow, and ash, and alpine flowers by the stream. Shilmin at 3,460m lies at the opening of Wartum valley with a small crystal clear lake just next to our Camp. (6/7 hours)
Day 08
day-08 _ Trek to Base Camp We leave the Batura valley & enter Wartum valley heading north, and soon traverse loose scree area to emerge at a small platform with many birch trees. From here we have a commanding view down to Batura in South & Shireen Maidan (Sweet pasture) in East. We head North along Wartum Nallah (stream), gradually gaining height. Just short of base camp we cross the Wartum stream and steeply climb to emerge at the wide-open plateau: our base camp called Furzin at 4360 M. (6/7 hours)
Day 09
day-09 _ Day Free We spend a free day for your acclimatization at the base camp. In the afternoon we could walk on a round hill in the south to have a better view of our route to the summit.
Day 10
day-10 _ To advance Base Camp We walk from Furzin and approach Wartum stream to walk along its bank for about three hours. The first part of the trek is not very steep. At the birth place of Wartum stream we traverse the Wartum glacier to approach the ridge leading to the main summit. The Ridge-climb is steep but we have time and we will proceed slowly. Establish camp on a small platform of the ridge. (4/5 hours)
Day 11
day-11 _ Summit Attack Early start from our advance base camp for the summit attack. We walk carefully on the ridge, with Shireen Maidan on our left and the Wartum enclave on our right. Depending on the weather, we may have strong wind on way to the summit. It takes about 4 hours to reach the top of Wartum peak. From the summit we have commanding views of the whole ranges: Chapursan in North, Kuksar in east, Batura in South and Shimshal mountains in west. Return to ridge camp and descend down below the glacier for overnight camp. (5/6 hours)
Day 12
day-12 _ Summit Attack We have two days for the summit attack, in case of bad weather on Day 12, we would wait for another day and stay at the Advance Base Camp. Otherwise, we return to base camp in about three hours and celebrate the summit at the campfire.
Day 13-14
day-13 & DAY 14 _ Base Camp Two additional days at the base camp, to allow all members to have a try at the main summit. Our base camp is ideally located in the center of Wartum enclave where 8 peaks rise above 5,000 meters. Each one of them is approachable from the camp. We would attempt at least one more peak from here. Two summits rising to 5,300 + M just north of the camp provide excellent opportunity for day climbs.
Day 15
day-15 _ Trek to Shilmin We unfold our camp at Furzin and return to main Batura valley walking along the steep gorge of Wartum, Camp. In the afternoon we may take a short walk up to Lupdor, the last pasture along Batura glacier, for a commanding view of upper Batura, and its peaks rising to 7,000 meters. (5/6 hours)
Day 16
day-16 _Trek to Yashpirt Walking along the stream through the grassy ablation valley north of the glacier, we arrive at the lovely campsite of Yashpirt. Camp. (5/6 hours)
Day 17
day-17 _ Trek - Yunzbin We walk on the crest of lateral moraine all the way keeping the glacier to our south. Small lakes squeezed between the glacier and mountain offer exciting photo stops. Crossing the glacier near the Yunzbin, the crossing is fairly easy for the first 30 minutes but demands careful walking in the last half an hour as we encounter boulders. Arrive Yunz for Camp overnight. (5/6 hours)
Day 18
day-18 _ Back to Passu An easy two hours downhill walk from Yunz to Passu. Alternately one could take the more demanding and rewarding route of Yunz Pass to Passu glacier. Evening free at Passu. Overnight hotel.
Day 19
day-19_ Explore Karimabad Short drive to Karimabad, the capital of Hunza. Here we have time to visit the Altit & Baltit forts and walk through its bazaar. Overnight hotel.
Day 20
day-20 _ Visit Gilgit Drive to Gilgit, while stopping on the route for views of high summits. At Gilgit we may take excursion to the statue of Buddha just outside the town. Overnight hotel. (100 km, 3 hours)
Day 21
day-21_ On Karakoram Highway to Besham We drive on KKH along the Indus river to Besham in Swat district. As we leave Gilgit in the morning we catch the exciting view of Nanga Parbat (8,12 5M) from the road. Arrive Besham on the bank of Indus, Overnight motel. (370 km, 8/9 hours)
Day 22
day-22 _ Arrive Rawalpindi Drive on the greener part of KKH to Islamabad. We may stop at Taxila, the archaeological site of the Gandhara Buddhist civilization dating from 500 BC to the 500 Ad era. At Rawalpindi, transfer to hotel for overnight. (260km, 6/7 hours)
Day 23
day-23 _ At Rawalpindi we have time to hunt the colorful bazaars. Farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant, overnight at hotel. (In case of bad weather or any unexpected delay during the expedition, this day could be used).
Day 24
day-24 _ Fly home Transfer to airport for international departure flight.

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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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