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The Biafo Glacier is a 63 km (39 mi) long glacier in the Karakoram Mountains of Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan which meets the 49 km (30 mi) long Hispar(Nagar) Glacier at an altitude of 5,128 m (16,824 ft) at Hispar La (Pass) to create the world’s longest glacial system outside the polar regions. This highway of ice connects two ancient mountain kingdoms, Nagar (immediately south of Hunza) in the west with Baltistan in the east. The traverse uses 51 of the Biafo Glacier’s 63 km and all of the Hispar Glacier to form a 100 km (62 mi) glacial route.
Snow Lake is located 16,000 feet 4,877 m above sea level, and is approximately 10 miles 16 kmwide. The basin lies at the head of the Biafo and Hisparglaciers, which spread down from the Hispar Pass in opposite directions, forming a 61 mile (100 km) river of ice that is among the world`s longest continuous glacier systems outside of the polar regions.The central Karakoram, first explored and mapped in 1937 and 1939, is perhaps the wildest of all. It is an area of vast glaciers, high mountains and remote passes.

Length of Biafo Glacier is 68 kilometers 42 miles long with a total area of 625 sq. km. It starts from Korofong above Askole village. Hisper Glacier is 52 Kilometers long. It is only the Hisper pass, which separates the Hisper Glacier and Biafo Glacier. However, most geographers consider the two glaciers as one; they call Biafo-Hisper Glacier. If that be so then the 120 kilometers 75 miles long biafo Hispar Glacier probably becomes the second longest glacier in the world.

Approaching Snow Lake following a broad highway of Ice, a huge glaciated basin at 4500 meters, there could be a couple of crevasse areas where it will be necessary to rope up. Here we have the opportunity to view Biantha Brak, (7284 m), Snow Lake peak and Simkiang glacier. From here we ascend the Hisper La and camp on the summit, which gives us a panoramic sunset and sunrise views of the whole Biafo – Hispar.

 

Departure/Return Location Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad
Departure Time Mountain Range: Karakoram
Elevation: 4,877m Best Time: Mid-July to End-August
Duration: 21 Days Zone: Open

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ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival Islamabad                                                                                                                Arrival at airport and then transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in hotel at Islamabad.

Day 02: Islamabad to Skardu (By Air)                                                                                            Early morning flight to Skardu (flights are subject to weather), if unable to fly we will depart for Skardu by road with overnight stay at Chilas. Overnight stay in hotel at Skardu.

Day 03: Chilas to Skardu                                                                                                                           In case of flight has operated we will go for sightseeing tour of Skardu and in case no flight, the day will be used for over land travel from Chilas to Skardu (total drive is 22 – 24 hrs from Islamabad to Skardu). Overnight stay in hotel at Skardu.

Day 04: Rest day at Skardu                                                                                                                  Sight seen in Skardu final packing for the Trek.

Day 05: Skardu to Askole                                                                                                                     After breakfast we will embark jeeps for a full day ride on a winding jeep trail to Askole – The last inhabitance on our way to the Great Glaciers. (Tent)

Day 06: Askole to Namla                                                                                                                     Today we will leave the last inhabited village of Askoli. For the remaining portion of our journey we will rely on our local team who will carry our food and equipment and sustain our Trek. We start the trek and walking along the turbulent waters of the Braldu River, after 2 hours we climb a steep slope to enter into the Biafo glacier. Most of the day we will walk on the boulders and along the lateral moraines (Tent)

Day 07: Namla to Mango                                                                                                                       After breakfast Trek to Mango this is short and moderate trek on the glacier to Mango. (Tent)

Day 08: Mango to Baintha                                                                                                                    After breakfast Trek to Baintha. we cross the jumble boulders to the moraine ridges in the centre of the glacier. Soon we reach the ‘miracle highway’ of white ice which provides easier walking cross over to the east side of the glacier to make camp at Baintha. This is a splendid camping place, with lush grassland, an abundance of flowers and birds and the chance to spot shy ibex on the mountain slopes above the camp. (Tent)

Day 09: Rest day Baintha                                                                                                                      Rest day at Baintha, since the alpine loveliness of this camp is not something to be rushed, bearing in mind that there is absolutely nothing in the way of greenery beyond this point for some considerable distance. This rest stop also allows the porters the opportunity to bake a supply of Balti bread and chapattis to last them over the coming days. There is the very worthwhile option today of ascending a peak above the camp for fantastic views down the glacier and across to the Latok group of mountains and the Ogre. (Tent)

Day 10: Baintha to Simgang                                                                                                                 After breakfast Trek to Simgng. We will trek on the crevassed Biafo to Simgang Biafo junction. A hard & long day rewarded with breathtaking views of dozens of nameless peaks from 5060 m to Sosbun Brakk 6413 m. (Tent)

Day 11: Simgang to Snow Lake                                                                                                            After breakfast Trek to Snow Lake. This will be a strenuous walking day so far but the most rewarding and perhaps the most memorable day of your life. Cruising first the crevassed glacier & later the upper ice flow, follow the footsteps of Conway, Shipton and Workmans’ to reach Snow Lake. The workman’s, on their first sight of this magical place were bound to declare it “A huge basin of ice & snow that seemed in no way of this world” (Tent)

Day 12: Snow Lake to Hisper Pass (5150m) and Khani Basa                                                      After breakfast Trek to Khani basa. Today we will wake up early in the morning and leave as soon as we are done with breakfast, we will try to reach the pass before the sunrise. From the top of Hispar Pass (5150m), some of the finest views of the Karakorum, Ogre Peak (7285m) in the background of Snow Lake’s wide plateau and Hispar Glacier stretching as far as eye can see, with the white pyramid of Workman peak to its north. After a refreshment and photo stop we will proceed to another side of the pass which takes three hours to reach to the campsite at Khani Basa. Most of the day we will walk through deep soft snow in single file with rope to avoid the hidden crevasses. (Tent)

Day 13: Khani basa to Yutmuro Glacier                                                                                          After breakfast Trek to Yutmuro.Today we will traverse through and cross the Khanibasa glacier that takes around 2 hours. During the day we have spectacular views of Kanjut Sar 1 (7700m) and the glaciers. The great numbers of the wild flowers makes again this day pleasant. (Tent)

Day 14: Yutmuro to Bitanmal                                                                                                             After breakfast Trek to Bitanmal. An easy stroll through ablation valley brings us to Yutmaru glacier, which takes approx 2 hours to reach the view point of Hisper Pass in the backdrop. The campsite of Bitanmal is filled by willow bushes and wild flowers. (Tent)

Day 15: Rest day at Bitanmal                                                                                                                Rest day at Bitanmal and Explore around (Tent)

Day 16: Bitanmal to Hispar Village                                                                                                      After breakfast Trek to Hispar village .An early start is essential each morning as we descend the Hispar Glacier. This is because the side streams which must be negotiated are much less formidable before the heat of the day (and associated snow-melt) swells them to impassable proportions. After crossing the Kiang Glacier, there is a steep climb to regain the path which leads through the grazing grounds of Daltanas and Falolingkish. One large stream has to be crossed just before Falolingkish, and then a footbridge leads across to Hispar Village. (Tent)

Day 17: Hispar Village to Karimabad                                                                                               After breakfast we will drive for Karimabad. Up on arrival we will be transferred to hotel and check in. Afternoon will be free at leisure or go for a walk around. Overnight stay in hotel at Karimabad.

Day 18: Karimabad to Chilas                                                                                                                After breakfast we will depart for Chilas, en route lunch stop at Gilgit, will also visit local bazaar. Afternoon drive to Chials. Overnight stay in hotel at Chilas.

Day 19: Chilas to Islamabad                                                                                                                    Early morning we will depart for Islamabad, vis Babusar pass. Overnight stay in hotel at Islamabad.

Day 20: Islamabad                                                                                                                                          After breakfast we will full day sightseeing of twin city Islamabad/Rawalpindi. Rest of time reserve for shopping.

Day 21: Islamabad to Flight out                                                                                                       Transfer to airport for flight back home

Please Note: Gilgit Baltistan flights are subject to weather and backlog, in case of flight cancellation we will travel by road, and one night of Islamabad will be adjusted in overland travel.

Please Note: Gilgit Baltistan flights are subject to weather and backlog, in case of flight cancellation we will travel by road, and one night of Islamabad will be adjusted in overland travel.

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Cost: 125,000 PKR per head for Pakistani from Islamabad to Islamabad
Cost: 100,000 PKR per head for Pakistani from Skardu to Skardu
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2500 USD per head for Foreigner
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Services included as following
Traveling Cost (Islamabad to Islamabad)
One side byair and One side byroad
Generator facility on camping night
Satellite phone
Hotel accommodation on 02 person sharing basis.
Sleeping tents on 02 person sharing basis.
Mattresses
Basic Climbing course in Islamabad 15 days before departure. ( only for Pakistani)
13Kg porter facility for member’s personal gear.
(Above 13 Kg will be separately charged from member on spot, as per porter rate per Kg)
CKNP waste management fees

Hotels:
02 nights in Islamabad (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (only for foriegners )
02 nights in Chilas (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
03 nights in Skardu (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)                                                                                                                   02 nights Hunza

As per itinerary

Transport:
Pick up from group when arrive and drop to airport when group
Departure
Air-condition van or flight from Islamabad–Skardu-Islamabad
Sightseeing the capital city of Islamabad (only for foriegners )
As per itinerary
4 X4 Jeeps:
Jeeps from Skardu-Askoli
Jeeps from Hishpar-Hunza
As per itinerary

Trekking Food:
Trekking foods 16 / 17 days food (during the trek, we will serve breakfast, lunch and Dinner)
Camping Materials:
Mess Tent, Kitchen Tent, Chair Table and kitchen Crockery

Porters:
All porters’ wages, kits and insurance

Guide:
English speaking Guide and his wages, camp food, transport and his insurance

General Services:
Tips for baggage handling at airport & at hotels
Fees: (Bridge crossing, cable crossing, camping)
International flights tickets re-confirmations
Custom clearing assistance (only for forieūgners )

Services not included in given price
Member international flight tickets
Member personal insurance
Sleeping bag and all personal expenses such as telephone calls, fax, email charges
Room service,
Any unforeseen expenses (just like road block extra hotel stay) etc.

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Mode of Payment:

-Advance Payment: 20,000 PKR
-Installment schedule can be finalized with individual Gondogoro Trek & Tours on request
-Last date of full payment: at the time of departure

For Online deposits:

Account: Gondogoro Trek & Tours
A/c #: 1003911530
Branch Code: 0211
Bank Alfalah Skardu Branch

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