ARRIVAL LOCATION Islamabad
DEPARTURE LOCATION Islamabad
BEST SEASON June to October
ALTITUDE MAXIMUM 3000m to 4000m
GRADE Moderate

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.

1

Rawalpindi/Islamabad

Arrive Islamabad. Transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel
2

Gilgit ( 4900ft )

Flight to Gilgit or drive to Chilas. Meals and overnight in hotel
3

Gulmit ( 7870ft)

Drive to Gulmit. Meals and overnight in hotel
4

Dut ( 8530ft )

Trek to Dut. Meals and overnight in camp
5

Ziarat ( 8530 ft)

Trek to Ziarat. Meals and overnight in camp
6

Malunguti ( 8530ft )

Trek to Malunguti. Meals and overnight in camp
7

Shimshal ( 9500ft )

Trek to Shimshal. Meals and overnight in camp
8

Shimshal ( 9500ft )

Exploration and rest day . Meals and overnight in camp
9

Zardgarben (12460ft)

Trek to Zardgarben. Meals and overnight in camp
10

Jafar Washhk ( 14100ft )

Trek to Jaffar Wasshk. Meals and overnight in camp
11

Hindjerab (13120 ft )

Trek to Hnidjerab. Meals and overnight in camp
12

Wierben (11800 ft)

Trek to Wierben. Meals and overnight in camp
13

Chapchingiol Valley (12140 ft )

Trek to Chapchingiol. Meals and overnight in camp
14

Chapchingiol High Camp ( 13120 ft )

Trek to Chapchingiol High camp (5000m). Meals and overnight in camp
15

Kuksel Valley ( 15100 ft )

Trek to Kuksel valley. Meals and overnight in hotel
16

Kuksel Spring ( 14430 ft)

Trek to Kuksel spring. Meals and overnight in Camp
17

Gulmit ( 7870 ft )

Drive to Gulmit. Meals and overnight in hotel.
18

Karimabad ( 8000 ft )

Drive to Karimabad. Meals and overnight in hotel.
19

Gilgit ( 4920 ft )

Drive. to Gilgit. Meals and overnight in hotel.
20

Besham

Drive to Besham. Meals and overnight in hotel.
21

Rawalpindi/Islamabad

Drive to Rawalpeindi/ Islamabad. Meals and overnight in hotel.
22

Departure

Transfer to airport.

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