Trekking Rash Peak (5050 meters)

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Trekking Rash Peak (5050 meters)

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Trekking  Rash Peak ( 5050 meters)

15 days tour. 7 nights camping & 6 nights in hotels.

Except for one day, it is a green and moderate trek, recommended for first-time trekkers, following the northeast stream flank of the Barpu glacier along a flat, fertile ablation valley, where large herds of goats and cattle graze among tamarisk and willow woods in the summertime.

In Karimabad we will board on 4×4 soft top jeeps and turn towards the east for Nagar. Nagar was first settled in the fourteenth century by people from Baltistan, who came over the Hispar Pass (5150meters). After Nagar, we will have seven days walk to reach Rash Lake and back to Karimabad. We also have one day in upper Hunza on this trip. We end our trip back in Islamabad.

(June – October)
Day To Mode Stay

01 Departure for Pakistan Flight
02 Arrive Islamabad – Sharkool AC van hotel
03 Gilgit AC van hotel
04 Hoper Jeep Camp1
05 Shishkin Walk Camp2
06 Brapu Griam Walk Camp3
07 Chiding Harai (Rash Lake) Walk Camp4
08 At Rash Lake Walk Camp5
09 Datchugan Walk Camp6
10 Hamdar Walk Camp7
11 Hoper – Karimabad Walk/Jeep Hotel
12 Passu AC van Hotel
13 Chilas AC van Hotel
14 Islamabad AC van Hotel
15 Departure Flight

Day 01-02
Day 01 Departure for Pakistan Day 02 Arrive Islamabad & drive to Besham/Naran Arrive in Islamabad the federal capital of Pakistan, transfer to hotel for fresh ups and drive to Sharkool. En route visiting Taxila, the capital of Buddhist Gandhara civilization. It is reputed as one of the most important archaeological sites of sub-continent. We visit the ruins of a former city (Sirkup), a former monastery (Julian) built on top of a hill and the splendid site museum that contains the artifacts recovered from the excavation sites. Here one could also see the Gold and Silver coins of Alexander The Great {326 BC}and local kings. After Taxila we will proceed drive towards the Karakoram Highway passing through the lush green valleys of Mansehra District, enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the valley. Karakoram High way is the joint effort of Pakistan and China. Its completion took 20 years. 300 Chinese and 600 Pakistanis sacrificed their lives for the completion of this road. Overnight at Motel. (4/5 h, 200 km)
Day 03
Day 03 Besham/Narran to Gilgit Early morning drive to Gilgit the capital city of the Northern areas of Pakistan. At Thakot, we cross Chinese made bridge to enter the gorge of the Indus river. For centuries this branch of the Silk Route was used by traders and Buddhist missionaries. There are many rock carving sites of that time: Shatial rock carving is one of them. Lunch in Chilas, we stop at Thalichi for the best viewpoint of Nanga Parbat (8,125m) the 9th highest peak of the world and the second-highest after K 2 in Pakistan, also known as the killer mountain. Rakaposhi (7,788m) and the Haramosh range can also be viewed from here. As we drive north we arrive at the meeting point of the mountain rages. The three highest mountain ranges of the world Karakoram , Himalayas and Hindukush meet here at this point and also Indus river is joined Gilgit river here. We continue along the Gilgit river, to reach Gilgit. Arrive in Gilgit and transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight stay. (9/10 hours, 320 km)
Day 04
Day 04 First day of camping (Hoper) We drive out from Gilgit to re-enter the town from the historic route, crossing a suspension bridge over the Gilgit river. At Kargah visit the rock-carved Buddha from the 7th century AD. In the 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. After some rest at Karimabad continue drive to Nagar and Boroshal. From Boroshal we will take a short walk to Hoper. Overnight at camping in Hoper. (5/6 hours, 110 km)
Day 05
Day 05 Trek to Shiskin It is a hot walk so keep your water bottles full. First, we will cross the Hoper glacier, then continue track along the lateral moraine for about an hour and arrive at Shiskin. We will have an extensive view back of the Hoper glacier. Shiskin camp site is between Hoper and Barpu glaciers. We will set our camps here for overnight.
Day 06
Day 06 Shiskin to Barpu Griam Today we will climb a stony and hot gully to reach the Barpu glacier, then in one hour we will cross the Barpu glacier, the crossing is again bit steep. After crossing the Barpu glacier we will arrive at Barpu Grimm. Here we will camp a bit higher from the camping site for outstanding views of Golden Peak (7027meters) at sunrise the peak shines like gold that’s why it is named and the Golden Peak. It is one of the easier peaks above 7000 meters and was first climbed by Dr. William Hunter Workman in 1955.
Day 07
Day 07 Walk to the Rash Lake It is an easy zigzag path, at the top of this path we will have extensive views of Hispar Gorge to the high mountains like Lupghur, Momhil, Trevor, and Bullarng, these all mountains are above 7000meters. Now we will follow a grassy ridge up for Chiding Harai, from Chiding Harai we will take another one-hour walk to reach Rash Lake (4760meter). The valley is wide and flat here. We will camp beside the lake.
Day 08
Day 08 A day at Rash lake A free day at Rash lake for a climb of Rash Peak. It is an easy walk for superb views of Hisper Gorge and a 360-degree panorama of Golden Peak, Malubitin, Miar, all of Hunza with Ultar and Passu Peak, all of Nagar and mountains to the north of Hispar. If luckily we found very clear weather, then we can also have views of the biggest pyramid in the world, K2. Walk back to the lake into the camps for overnight.
Dau 09
Day 09 Walk down to Datchugan Today it is all descending more than 1200meters, but the trek offers superb views of Miar glacier and Rakaposhi (7788m) range. After three hours the valley narrows at a slight rise, forming a natural gateway known as Datchugan. Datchugan will be our today's camping site.
Day 10
Day 10 Trek to Hamdar After breakfast at camps, we will start our trek, first, we will cross Miar glacier with magnificent views of Miar Peak (6824meter). After reaching at Miar we will turn towards the north and start walking on the lateral moraine of Barpu glacier. Arrive at Hamdar for overnight camping. Hamdar is a wide and fertile place with potato and wheat fields around.
Day 11
Day 11 Back to Karimabad (Hunza) Hamdard to Hapakund takes one hour, with views of Golden, Chukutans, Rash peaks. Arrive Hapakund, another fertile meadow-like Hamdar. From Hapakund we will trek back to Shishkin, cross the Hoper glacier, and arrive at Hoper. From Hopar we will take a short walk to reach our jeeps. Our jeeps will then take us to Karimabad. Arrive at Karimabad, capital of upper Hunza valley, and transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 12
Day 12 Drive to Upper Hunza (Passu) 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 glaciers and Borit Lake. As you end your trek near Borit Lake, the transport will pick for 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. Walk to the Passu glacier and Passu Lake (45 minutes one way). From the snout of the glacier, you have fascinating views of Shispar ( 7,611 m) and Passu Peak (7,478 m). Walk back to Lodge for lunch. Afternoon visit to the famous suspension bridges of Passu. These 800 feet long bridges over the Hunza river are still in use by local people. Overnight stay at the lodge.
Day 13
Day 13 Drive back to Besham/ Narran 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 at the hotel. (260 km, 6/7 hours drive.)
Day 14
Day 14 Drive 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 shall reach Islamabad. Transfer to hotel. (12 hrs,500km)
Day 15
Day 15 Departure Transfer to AirPort for flight to homeward destination.

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Value for Money

Cost Includes   Accommodation on twin sharing basis at standard category hotels in towns, 2 person dome tent during the trek.  Meals: half board at hotels, full board during trek. Transport: Air-conditioned transport and Soft top 4x4 jeeps to trek head & trek end. Camping Facilities: 2 Pax dome tents with matrices, dining tent with folding table & chairs, kitchen tent with complete kitchenette and staff, toilet tent.  Porterage of 13 Kg during the trek.  Tips & Porterage at airport & hotels, entrance fee at sites & museums. English-speaking Mountain Guide.   Cost Does Not Include   Domestic/International airfare and airport taxes.  Any expense due to forced measures, cancellation of flight, landslides, natural calamities, acts of God, forced majeurs: beyond the control of Karavan Leaders, their staff, and suppliers.  Any expense of personal nature not mentioned above. 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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