A Panoramic View of Central Karakoram Mountains
The last village on the caravan trails Hushe still found with many of the really old merchandise from Yarkand are reminder of the olden days when Balti people used to trade with the Chinese over the Karakorum passes. Once part of the princely state of Khaplu, Hushe still has the air of adventure as all the 150 males work as high altitude porters and guides with mountaineers. Situated at the south of the great glaciated region of Baltoro, Hushe is the approach route to the south faces of the Karakoram wall. North Tiger Tours offers various opportunities to trek to the base camps and climbing to the trekking peaks.
Day 01 Arrival in Islamabad
Day 02 Briefing at Ministry of Tourism
Day 03 Flight to Skardu
Day 04 Free day in Skardu
Day 05 Drive to Hushe
Day 06-14 Trekking & Climbing
Day 15 Drive to Skardu
Day 16 Flight to Islamabad
Day 17 Free day
Day 18 De-briefing and evening Flight
Day 01 Islamabad
Upon arrival- at Islamabad Airport meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon sight-seeing of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. We drive on the Mall by an ancient basilica in gothic architecture and other buildings. Visit Raja Bazaar, the ancient city Center in the old Rawalpindi city. Raja Bazar retains the hoary fervor with its lively oriental markets in bright tinge, simmering with folks from different walks of life. Amidst the market festooned with garland shops, and stalls of fortune tellers, chewing tobacco and snuff sellers, money changers, we might come across the astonishing sight ofa snake charmer with his cobras (a gypsy people of Dravidian ethnic origin). Overnight hotel.
Day 02 Islamabad
Proceed to Islamabad for briefing at ministry of tourism. Islamabad the modern capital of Pakistan, drive past by Government buildings, the Presidency planned by an American architect EwardDurrel Stone, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and secretariat blocks planned by a group Italian architects Fernorolli, Rosili andGeoponti. We arrive at Shah Faisal's Mosque the largest in the world. Proceed to Damin-a-Koh an elevated photogenic point for a panoramic view of entire Islamabad. Islamabad has developed as a rendezvous of various cultures and ultimately a cosmopolitan metropolis. We drive back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 (Option 1 ) Islamabad-Skardu
Morning meet your guide and transfer to Islamabad airport. Embark your flight to Skardu, this flight is the most spectacular air route in the world. Flying over Kaghan valley, Himalaya, and Karakoram snowclad mountain ranges and besides NangaParbat 8126mts towering massif. We arrive at Skardu the capital of Baltistan and the gateway to the heart of great Karakoram mountains of Pakistan. Overnight at hotel.
(option 2) Islamabad-Chilas
Drive from Islamabad to Chilas on KKH in case of flight cancellation. Over night in hotel.
Day 04 Skardu
Morning visit to the serene Satpara lake on the spectacular backdrop of towering mountain and Satpara village. This visit will be a memorable experience of life time as the vast lake like a blue sheet of water amidst the picturesque landscape and ’mountain grandeur represents the real Shangrila. Spent half day on leisure at the lake. Drive back to your hotel. Afternoon visit to the bazaar and Kharphocho fort.Overnight at hotel. -
Morning drive to Skardu to complete the rest of the journey through narrow Indus gorge in 9/10 hours. Today will see the meeting place of three great mountain ranges at Joglot. A superb view of Manga Parbat and Rakaposhi at Thalchi village.Picnic lunch over night in hotle.
7 hours drive to Hushe. Its a spectacular road journey through the rich Balti cultural valley of Khaplu. Hushe the last settlement of the Khaplu region and still retain the adventure life.Overnight in camp and camping food will be provided.
Day 06 Hushe-Saischo
3/4 hours walking through flat and easy fields and the shepherds settlements. A superb view of Mashabrum peak before Saischo. The camp site is in the forest covered by juniper and cedar trees with wild roses. Overnight in camp and camping food will be provided by NTTP staff.
Day 07 Saischo-Gondogoro
2/3 hours walk. The path follows the highest ridge of the lateral moraine through roses, juniper, and cedar trees and bushes. Camp near the summer settlements. Overnight in camp and camping food will provided.
Day 08 Gondogoro-Dalsangpa
3/4 hours trek. The paths continuously run in the north side on lateral moraines. A pretty glance of the glaciers and Masherbrum peak. Overnight in camp and camping food will provided.
Day 09 Dalsangpa-Khuspang
3/4 hours trekking over Gondogoro glacier. The camp site is a green meadow and a magnificent view spot of Liela peak and nameless peaks.
Day 10 Rest Day
Rest day for acclimatization. Overnight in camp and camping food will provided.
Day 11 Gondogoro Peak
Early morning start the expedition to Gondogoro Peak. A superb view of the numerous peaks like Masherbrum, Chogolisa, Broad peak, Mitre peak and Gasherbrum iv and Liela peaks etc.
Gondogoro La Second option
Early morning climb up to Gondogoro la. It is easier than the peak. The pass presents a panoramic view of the Karakoram's highest peaks like K-2, BroadPeak, Gasherbrum Peaks and a magnificent view of Concordia the meeting place of Godwin Austin and Baltoro glaciers.
Day 12-14 Khuspang-Hushe
Return trek by the same route retracing our steps to Hushe in 3 days. Overnights in camp.
Day 15 Hushe-Skardu
7-8 hours drive by jeep through Khaplu valley to Skardu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 16 Skardu-Islamabad
Transfer to airport for flight to Islamabad. Embark your flight for most spectacular air journey in the world. On arrival at Islamabad airport transfer to hotel.Drive to Chilas in case flight is canceled due to bad weather. Overnight at hotel.
Day 17 Islamabad
Morning free for relaxation.Afternoon shopping tour of Rawalpindi offering a variety of handicrafts in onyx, lather and typical Afghan and local carpets. (In case of canceled flight we drive to Besham/Chilas).
If we are travelling by road due to canceled flight, we complete the journey today to Islamabad in 10 hours.
Day 18 Islamabad-Onward
Morning de-briefing at ministry of tourism.Transfer to airport in transit for your onward destination. Assistance at the airport.
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