|BEST SEASON||June to October|
|ALTITUDE||3000m to 5290m|
Biafo & Hispar Glaciers have a total length of 126 km and are the longest of their kind outside of the Polar Regions. They meet at the 5,150 m high Hispar Pass. This immense highway of ice and rock connects the antique kingdoms of Nagar in the West and Askoli (little Tibet) in the East.
This route was extensively used to connect the Silk Route with the Indian Sub-Continent, China and Tibet. Mr. H.W. Tilman, an English trekker, claimed in 1937 that he had seen the footprints of Yeti on the glacier.
The same way served the people of Hunza to invade Askoli. Later it was used as a more progressive way between Hunza and Askoli and the people of Hunza came over to Askoli to play Polo with them.
This life-long trekking experience ends at the beautiful Hunza Valley, the Valley of Eternal Youth and home of the most progressive people compared with other parts of the Northern Areas. The people of Hunza are known for their longevity. In Karimabad we visit Altit and Baltit Fort and enjoy the unforgettable view from the roof-top of Baltit on Rakaposhi and Diran. Glaciologists after conducting tests on the Snow Lake confirmed that the thickness of snow is one mile. Here one can observe the rare species of animals in abundance like Snow Leopards, Himalayan Bears, Ibex, Markhore and some times the Marco Polo Sheep.
Fly to Skardu Or Drive to Chilas
Day Free at Skardu or Drive Chilas to Skardu
A free day in Skardu during which several excursions can be made, about 4 miles away is the Satpara Lake or the climb to the top of the Skardu rock will reveal the remains of a fortress built some 150 years ago, which has superb views of the Shigar and Indus valleys. If yesterday’s flight was cancelled then this day is spent on the road driving from Chilas to Skardu, on arrival transfer to Hotel. Approx. 8/10 hrs.
Drive to Askole (3000m)
Trek to Namla
Trek to Mango
Trek to Baintha
Latok group of Peaks are Latok I is 7145m, Latok II is 7108m Its west face first ascent made by Toni Gutsch, Alex and Thomas Huber in 1997 (a recent Italian expedition surveyed the Latok peaks and measured Latok II higher than Latok I),Latok III 6940m, Latok IV 6456m, Latok IV SE Ca6450m. The other peaks close by are Choktoi 6166m, Baintha Brakk SE 6960m, 7285m middle, Orge Thumb / Lukphila Brakk 5500m, Spaldang 5590m, Biacherahi Towers 5900m. Big Wall is the nature phenomenon, a precipice which has a steep more than 70 degree and the length more than a kilometer. There are 20 Big Wall in the World and Latok is one among them. Latok peaks are mixture of ice and rock climbing. Not all of Latok Peaks faces are climb, there is plenty of opportunity for adventure lovers to come and make their first ascent. In 1999 the Huber brothers from Germany made the second ascent on Latok IV south 6450m in one day they also climb Latok II.
Baintha is the local name for Ogre, this is an easy day walking on the glacier. Hispar Pass can be viewed while walking. Enjoy spectacular views of Latok groups of Peaks including Latok 1 (7,145 m), Latok 2 (7,108 m) along the trek. The track follows the ablation valley past a small lake, then heads out across the lateral crevasses to the smooth white center of Biafo glacier Biantha campsite is grassy area with clear stream flowing through dense willow shrubs surrounded by Himalayan flowers. Sir Martin Conway one of early exploratory visitors camped here in 1892. Baintha camp is at 4000m above sea level. Approx. 4/6 hrs.
We have a free day for acclimatisation at Baintha. Camping
Trek to Karfogoro
Trek to Snow Lake
Free day to explore Snow Lake
Trek to base of Hispar Pass
Cross Hispar Pass 5151m to Khanibasa
Early morning departure from the camp for climbing the pass. Gaiters are essential as snow can be deep even in the morning. We walk in single file with rope between us. The route passes through the center with giant crevasses and striped, greenish blue seracs on either side. The view of Snow lake from the top of Hispar pass 5,151 m, inspires feeling of wide open snowy place. Numerous glaciers emerge from the Snow lake and disappear between nameless Virgin Karakoram peaks. The Highest of these peaks is Baintha Brakk (7,285 m) also called Ogre, first for Chris Bonington and Doug Scott in 1977. On the other side of the pass, snow covered Hispar glacier stretches as far as eye can see, with white pyramid of Workmann Peak (19,300 ft.) in North. We descend down and camp on the northern moraine of glacier, at 4580 m. Descending to Khanibasa again requires you to be roped. Approx. 7/8 hrs.
Trek Khanibasa – Yutmaru
Soon after walking from the camp we cross Khanobasa glacier that takes around one and a half hour. Enjoy spectacular views of Kanjut Sar (7,700 m), the 29th highest peak in the world. Now trek follows lateral moraine with exciting views across to the hanging glaciers and frequent avalanches on the southern ice walls. Yutmaru at 4330 meters is a flat sheltered field in ablation valley, surrounded by willow bushes and flowers. It also offers a fine view in east of the Hispar Pass and Balchish range running from there to west. Approx. 5/6 hrs.
Trek Yutmaru - Bitanmal
An hour’s easy walk through ablation valley brings us to Yutmaru glacier, that takes around two hours to traverse – with high ice walls and deep crevasses to negotiate. Once across the glacier, we climb up steeply over the cliff with a panoramic views back to Hispar Pass. As we descend along trek, we have views of Kunyan Chish Range(7,852 m), the 22nd highest peak in the world. The Pumari chish glacier flowing south from this mighty mountain has been pushed forward towards Hispar glacier since 1988. Walking on a path 100 meters above Hispar glacier, we arrive at our campsite at 3902 m. Approx. 6/7 hrs.
Rest day at Bitanmal
Our campsite Bitanmal in ablation valley, is a wide open summer pasture surrounded by willows and flowers. In summer the shepherds from Hispar village come to live here with their herds of goats, sheep and Yaks. A perfect place to rest.
Trek to Hispar
A lovely and relaxing walk through green pastures in the ablation valley past willow and cedar shrubs and herds of goats, sheep, cattle and donkeys. Soon we come across the south bank of Hispar river, a wide alluvial fan rippling in terraces down to a cliff above Hispar river. We cross a wooden bridge over the river and climb steeply to enter Hispar village, a combination of mud houses, apricot, willow & poplar trees, and fields of wheat, peas, beans – and always present wild poppies and marijuana. After spending some time here, we walk for another hour to our camp close by the roaring river at 3,200 meters. Approx. 5/6 hrs.
Drive to Karimabad
Free day in Karimabad and visit Forts
Day free at Karimabad to explore the valley and visit the Baltit and Altit 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.