Situated in the heart of Karakoram range is Shimshal, the remotest valley in the whole range. The mountains are some of the toughest, with some of the high virgin peaks lying here. You start the trip in Islamabad and drive on legendary Karakoram Highway to Passu in upper Hunza, from where we take soft top 4×4 jeeps to enter the valley. It takes two days walk to reach the main village – Shimshal in the valley. From the village it is 4 days trek to the summer settlement, towering above two lakes and flower filled meadows roamed by Yaks. After rest at meadows, we take a six days trek over three passes to arrive at Karakoram Highway, just south of Khunjerab Pass at Pak China border
Day-01 Fly to Pakistan
Day - 02 Islamabad - Besham/ Narran
Arrive Islamabad, after a short stay for fresh up and breakfast drive on the Karakoram Highway to Besham in air-conditioned transport. Overnight stay in the hotel. (260 km, 6/7 hours)
Day - 03 Drive to Passu:
Exciting drive through the gorge of Indus & Hunza rivers. En route visit the meeting point of the worlds three highest mountain ranges; the Himalayas, Hindukush, and the Karakoram. Enjoy views of Nanga Parbat (8,125 m) & Rakaposhi (7,788 m). Overnight in hotel. ( 515 km, 8/9 hours)
Day - 04 Start the trek:
We start the day with a short ride on soft top 4x4 jeeps from Passu village towards Shimshal valley. The jeep track passes through the gorge of Shimshal river and ends at Dai Kut, an hour from KKH. We start the trek with ascent and traverse in the gorge along the right bank of the river. The landscape is dry, with many loose scree slopes flowing from the high mountains. After 2 hours relatively easy walk by the river, we arrive at the ‘travelers hut’ of Ziarat for overnight camp. Some 600 years ago a Sufi Saint (Shah Shams) from central Asia arrived here and stayed here for several nights. He also preached Islam in this region. From Ziarat we can see Karoon 1 (7164m) Peak. In Ziarat we will find fresh spring water for drinking and washing. (jeep 1 hour & 3/4 hours trek)
Day - 05 Ziarat - Shimshal
The trek is long this day so we’ll take an early morning start. As we start our trek we walk on the main valley ground, along the river. We cross two suspension bridges and few small streams joining the river from side valleys. After four hours trek, we will be in Kuk, opposite to Mulungudi glacier, with hot springs. We have a beautiful view of Dastagil Sar (7885m). As we walk from Kuk, we cross the river on another footbridge and then climb a gradually ascending hill and finally emerge on the starting point of the valley. From here it is easy to descend to the main valley and an hour & half to the main village. Shimshal is one of the remotest areas of Karakoram. 900 years ago Shimshal Valley was discovered by a Sufi Saint he settled here and all Shimshali people are from his family. Camp overnight. (7/8 hours, 3300m)
Day – 06 Shimshal Valley.
Rest & acclimatization day
Day – 07 Shimshal – Zardgurdbin
5/6 hours steep walk to reach the plateau of Zardgurdbin.
Day - 08 Zardgurdbin - Shapodin:
Today we take late start as the trek today is easy is short and basically today we will cross a big plateau between Zardgurbing and Shapodin. Arrive at the camping place of Shapodin which is also a summer settlement. Camp overnight. (2/3 hours)
Day - 09 Shapodin - Mandik Shlaq:
We will cross Boisam Pir Pass (5090m) this day. Its an easy trek up to the Pass. Kanjut Sar (7760m) Peak is visible from the Pass. After the pass, there is a beautiful lake of blue water. Enroute short stay for rest and lunch at Pachodewashk. Proceed towards Mandikshlakh. There are seven houses in Mandikshlakh and water is easily available for washing. Camp overnight. (5/6 hours)
Day - 10 Mandik Shlaq - Werbin:
Quite easy trek. We will start after break fast. Enroute stay at Havdiji . Havdiji is also a settlement and there are seven houses. The local people will stop us here for lunch and without serving us they will not let us go forward so we take a break here. Proceed towards Werbin. Camp overnight. (4/5 hours)
Day - 11 Werbin - Chafchingol Pass Base Camp:
We will cross three small rivers in this days trek which will be a great fun and adventure is the water level goes up in the rivers. The place is also famous for Ibexes. Camp overnight. (5/6 hours)
This base camp will be our base camp for the Sonia Peaks. There are three peaks in Sonia group the highest one is 6400 meters and lowest is round 6000 meters. To climb the 6000 meters one comfortably we need two days and to climb hthe ighest one we need 4/5 days. So I think its better to have 4/5 days here at this base camp and divide the group into two. So that both groups can attempt both peaks.
Day- 17 Trek Over Chafchingol Pass To KKH:
It will be an early start with pack lunch because the trek is strenuous and long this day. From the base camp its a steep slope of 300 meters up to Chafchingol Pass (5151m). We can see Dastagil Sar (7885m) Peak from the Pass. After the Pass water is available and the walk is also quiet normal. We will reach on KKH at Kuksil (4150m) just 15 kilometers from Khunjerab Pass. The area is in Khunjerab National Park. Our vehicle will be ready in Kuksil to take us to Hunza. Proceed to Hunza. Overnight at hthe otel. (7/8 hours trek +2/ 3 hours drive)
Day18 Hunza Karimabad:
Day free at Karimabad to explore the valley and possible excursion to Passu & Batura glaciers & visit the forts. Altit & Baltit forts are the landmarks of the times when Hunza was a well sought after staging post on the Karakoram Branch of the Silk Route. The frost were erected by the locals of safeguard themselves against the invaders coming mostly from Central Asia, over the high passes. Overnight at the hotel. Meals and overnight at hotel. Hunza cultural dance in the evening.
Day - 19 Drive Karimabad - Besham:
Early morning drive Air Conditioned transport on the Karakoram High way towards Besham. Lunch in Dassu. Proceed towards Besham. Overnight at Motel. (11/12 hours )
Day - 20 Drive Besham - Islamabad:
After break fast we will drive on Karakoram Highway to Islamabad. We could stop at Taxila to visit the archaeological site of Gandhara Buddhist civilization, dating from 500 BC to 500 AD. Half day SS in Islamabad after lunch. Evening free. Overnight at Hotel. (5/6 hours)
Day - 21 Fly back to the home destination.
Morning transfer to Islamabad airport for international departure flight.
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 – 03Pax:$ 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 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
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 to BC and back to Road head, (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
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,
AC Transport from Islamabad to Islamabad, 4x$ Jeeps etc. with all expedition Pieces of Luggage. 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.
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 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
***COST DOES NOT INCLUDE.
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 Skardu airport for pick and drop.
Personal trekking equipment like a sleeping bag sacks Shoes and all personal expenses such as mineral water, telephone, liquor etc
Hotel accommodation in Islamabad, Skardu towns
Transportation from ISB to ISB
Porter from Concordia to K2 BC and back to Concordia, any additional expanse
Porter for personal Extra luggage on the trek,
Trekking permit fee US$ 75 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.
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 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
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.
TERMS & CONDITIONS.
Using drugs or intoxication of any kind is strictly prohibited. If anyone is caught using any kind of substance on buses or during 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 trip without prior notice for any reasons deemed appropriate by them.
In such a case the registered participants will receive full refund.
On 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 the 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 of the buses will be operational on on-off basis to keep the vehicles from overheating.
The RVT will not be responsible for any injury/damage/loss.
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.
Packing list for your Duffel.
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 the sun goes down.
Men could wear shorts once we are through the 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.