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BIAFO-HISPAR PASS TREK

The longest Glacial Trekking on the Earth Pakistan is the playground for adventure lovers. Biafo and Hispar glaciers are among the longest glaciers apart from the snow lands of the two poles. Both glaciers together make the longest glacial traverse in the world connecting the ancient mountain kingdoms of Hunza & Nager with Baltistan. A rarely taken wilderness hike with clean campsites has a huge potential for skiing in spring and trekking in the summer. The trek can either start at Askoli in Baltistan or Hispar in Nager. Starting our walk from Askoli, we hike on Biafo Glacier and arrive at the vast bowl of snow called as Snow Lake, which covers an 

area of 77 square kilometers. Geologists and other experts have measured the depth of the glacier to be as deep as one and a half kilometers (about one mile) at points. The great explorers have mentioned the area in their accounts while Tillman witnesses the presence of a mythical creature Yeti as he saw the footprint of the beast around Snow Lake. Hispar Pass is a vast plateau of snow and ice from where trekking routes lead to Nagar, Central Hunza, and Shimshal.  Even after crossing the Hispar La (Hispar Pass) at an altitude of 5151m/16,998ft, trekkers still negotiate several glacier tails flowing down from the mountains. The reward of this effort is the green and lovely campsite before arriving in Nagar and then drive to Hunza Valley. This strenuous trek has many stories about it that tell us of the ethnocultural link between the Burusho of Hunza and Nager and the Baltistan of erstwhile Shigar state.

ITINERARY

Day-01  Upon arrival in at Islamabad Airport, transfer to hotel. Half day city tour 500M Hotel

Day-02 Drive to Chilas (via Besham -12 hours & via Babusar Pass -10 hours) 1265M Hotel

Day-03:-Drive to Skardu (9-10 hours) 2250M Hotel

Day- 04  2250M Hotel

Day-05 Drive to Askoli by Jeeps. (6-7 hours) 3000M Tents

Day-06  Trek to Namla (7-8 hours) 3690M  Tents

Day-07 Trek to Mango (5-6 hours) 3660M Tents

Day-08 Trek to Baintha (5 hours) 3990M Tents

Day- 09 Trek to Marfogoro (6-7 hours) 4410M Tents

Day- 10 Trek to Snow Lake (7 hours) 4750M Tents

Day- 11 Free day at Snow Lake 4750M

Day-12 Trek to Hispar Pass (5-6 hours 5150m Tents

Day-13 Trek to Hispar La Base Camp (5 hours) 4770M Tents

Day- 14 Trek to Khani Basa (6 hours)

Day-15        Trek to Yutmaru (6 hours)      4300M Tents

Day-16        Trek to Pumari Chhish (5-6 hours)     4080M Tents

Day- 17        Trek to Bitanmal (6 hours)     3660M Tents

Day-18        Trek to Hispar Village (4 hours)         3383M Tents

Day-19        Drive to Karimabad Hunza (7 hours) 2400M Hotel

Day- 20        Free day in Karimabad Hunza            2400M Hotel

Day-21        Drive to Naran (9 hours)        2400M Hotel

Day- 22        Drive to Islamabad (6 hours)            Hotel

Day- 23        Homebound flight     

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS
Islamabad-Skardu-Askoli-Snow Lake-Hispar-Karimabad Hunza-Gilgit-Islamabad
Best time:                        June to August
Maximum Altitude:         5151 meters
Trek Grade:                       Strenuous
Trip Duration:                   22 nights/23 days (8 hotel nights & 14 camping nights)