Trekking - Shimshal Trek

DAYS: 22

Shimshal is the last remnant of true Hunza culture that exists near Pakistan's Pamir range, east of the town of Passu in upper Hunza valley.

Our walk begins at Dut and we reach the remote village of Shimshal in about three days. At each step we are amazed how a path has been carved in this deep and narrow ravine on the way to Shimshal. The reason why Shimshal was located in such an out-of-the-way place is because this is where the Mir (ruler) of Hunza used to send his people who were found guilty of crimes and also those who he just did not like!

Shimshalis now are a proud and hardy folk. Their hospitality is legendary and the natural beauty that they inhabit makes us feel that perhaps the Mir sentenced them to heaven, not hell!

Our trek now veers northwards from Shimshal and we enter the lovely and remote Ghujerab valley. Here we cross the Boesam Pass and the Chapchingiol Pass to reach the trail head at Kuksel. This is where we meet the KKH and our jeeps, which will transport us back to Hunza.

The trek from Shimshal to Kuksel takes us into a very remote area and gives us a chance to see some of the endangered wildlife in the Khunjerab National Park. If we are lucky we may be able to observe Markhor, Ibex, Marcopolo Sheep and even the elusive magnificent Snow Leopard. This is ideal high Pamir meadow country strewn with thousands of colorful flowers. This is a tough trek and ropes are provided for various river crossings and as aid at other steep places.

Day 01     Rawalpindi/Islamabad
Arrival Islamabad transfer to hotel. Overnight in hotel

Day 02     Gilgit (1,500 m 4,900 ft)
Flight to Gilgit or drive to Chilas. Meals and overnight in hotel

Day 03     Gulmit (2,400 m 7,870 ft)
Drive to Gulmit. Meals and overnight in hotel

Day 04     Dut (2,600 m 8,530 ft)
Trek to Dut. Meals and overnight in camp

Day 05     Ziarat (2,600 m 8,530 ft)
Trek to Ziarat. Meals and overnight in camp

Day 06     Malunguti (2,800 m 9,200 ft)
Trek to Malunguti. Meals and overnight in camp

Day 07     Shimshal (2,900 m 9,500 ft)
Trek to Shimshal. Meals and overnight in camp

Day 08     Shimshal (2,900 m 9,500 ft)
Exploration and rest day . Meals and overnight in camp

Day 09     Zardgarben (3,800 m 12,460 ft)
Trek to Zardgarben. Meals and overnight in camp

Day 10     Jaffar Wasshk (4,300 m 14,100 ft)
Trek to Jaffar Wasshk. Meals and overnight in camp

Day 11     Hindjerab (4,000 m 13,120 ft)
Trek to Hnidjerab. Meals and overnight in camp

Day 12     Wierben (3,600 m 11,800 ft)
Trek to Wierben. Meals and overnight in camp

Day 13     Chapchingiol Valley (3,700 m 12,140 ft)
Trek to Chapchingiol. Meals and overnight in camp

Day 14     Chapchingiol High Camp (4,000 m 13,120 ft)
Trek to Chapchingiol High camp (5000m). Meals and overnight in camp

Day 15     Kuksel Valley (4,600 m 15,100 ft)
Trek to Kuksel valley. Meals and overnight in hotel

Day 16     Kuksel Springs (4,400 m 14,430 ft)
Trek to Kuksel spring. Meals and overnight in Camp

Day 17     Gulmit (2,400 m 7,870 ft)
Drive to Gulmit. Meals and overnight in hotel.

Day 18     Karimabad (2,440 m 8,000 ft)
Drive to Karimabad. Meals and overnight in hotel.

Day 19     Gilgit (1,500 m 4,920 ft.)
Drive. to Gilgit. Meals and overnight in hotel.

Day 20     Besham
Drive to Besham. Meals and overnight in hotel.

Day 21     Rawalpindi/Islamabad
Drive to Rawalpeindi/ Islamabad. Meals and overnight in hotel.

Day 22     Transfer to airport for onward destination
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