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 from Sost.
Day 01 - Departure for Pakistan
Day 02 – Arrive in Islamabad:
Day in Islamabad to finalize trekking permits with the Ministry of Tourism. Evening free.
Day 03 - Islamabad - Chilas:
After breakfast, drive to Chilas 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, 12-hour drive in the air-conditioned bus)
Day 04 - 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 05 - 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 06 - 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 besides the Chilinji River, the last permanent settlement before the Chilinji Pass. (6-7 hour walk)
Day 07 - 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 08 - 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 09 - 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 10 - 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 11 - 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 which 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 12 - Passu - 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, Ultar, 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 hotel.
Day 13 - Karimabad - Besham/ Narran
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 Besham hotel, beside the Indus River. (260km, 6-7 hour drive.)
Day 14 - Besham/ Narran - 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 15 - Departure
Transfer to airport for flight home.
Cost & Condition Sheet:
Following is our quote for the above mentioned tour in US$
15 & Above Pax + 1 FOC : $ Half Twin. Per Person
08 - 14 Pax : $ Half Twin. Per Person
06 - 07 Pax : $ Half Twin. Per Person
04 - 05 Pax : $ Half Twin. Per Person
02 – 03 Pax : $ Half Twin. Per Person
Single room/tent Supplement :$ Per Single.
Accommodation: on twin sharing basis in the hotels in towns.
we Provide high-quality equipment to clients making their adventure most comfortable and enjoyable even on the harsh and hard part of the world one
3 tents during trekking and at the base camp, Mattresses Toilet Tent
Mess Tent with full Kitchen Equipment, Table & chairs, Kitchen utensil
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 time to time. Break Fast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea or coffee
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,
Jeeps etc. with all expedition Luggage’s. Road head to Trek Head & back.
Porter from Road to Base Camp and back to trek head, including food. Kitchen. And 12. Kg of member luggage’s.
Are you a Frequent Visitor Pakistan?
If you are coming to Pakistan for Expeditions, Trekking and you wish keep your equipment in Pakistan, You are more
Than 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 permit and coordination with ministry of
Tourism in order to update climbers with the progress. Arrangements of 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
***COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Luggage and Cargo:
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.
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 original value of Equipment.
* 20 % Advance on date block & confirmation of services, minimum 02 Month before the commencement of trek nonrefundable.
* 80 % balance payable before one month of trek Start