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HARAMOSH LA TREK

HARAMOSH LA

Haramosh La (4800m) is a glaciated pass linking the Chogo Lungma and Haramosh glaciers on its north-east side with the Haramosh Valley to its west (see the Chogo Lungma Glacier map, p307). The pass is enclosed by Laila (6986m), which towers over the confluence of these glaciers, Mani (6685m) and Haramosh (7409m). This extreme nine-day technical trek, which is possible late to July to early September, crosses one of the Karakoram’s most formidable and

infrequently done passes. Snow and avalanche danger are present on both side of the pass early in the season with rock fall becoming more of a danger by mid-Summer. This trek is only suited to experienced trekkers with mountaineering experience. The Haramosh La is usually crossed from east to west.

From Doko in the Basha Valley, the route follows the Chogo Lungma Glacier (see p) for the first 3½ days as far as Bolocho. From Bolocho, the route crosses the Chogo Lungma Glacier, heads south and west up the heavily crevassed Haramosh Glacier, and reaches a grassy ablation valley along the glacier’s north margin and Laila Base Camp (4100m) on Day 5.

On Day 6, rope up to reach Sharing, the level glacial basin at the base of the pass, five to six hours from Laila Base Camp. On Day 7, travel in roped teams about four hours to the pass, probing carefully for frequent crevasses. Keep to the glacier’s west side where it’s less steep and fix a rope at the steepest section near the top. Camp on top of the level, open Haramosh La. Stronger parties may prefer to combine Days 6 and 7 by leaving Laila Base Camp before dawn to ascend Haramosh La the same day, reaching the top by mid-morning.

Depending on snow conditions, you may need to fix as much as 500m of rope to descend the steep, scary snow slope on the west side of the pass on Day 8. Beware of avalanche and rock-fall danger as you descend steep scree lower down. Mani, at the bottom, is a possible camp site, but a little farther is the inviting Kutwal Lake (3260m), seven to eight hours from the pass.

Continue downvalley on a good trail on Day 9 to Dassu with views of high peaks all around. When you prearrange a vehicle, it can meet you at the roadhead in Dassu. Otherwise, walk on the road along the Phuparash River to Sassi on the Gilgit-Skardu road to catch a ride on a passing vehicle.

To attempt to cross the Haramosh La without a qualified companion who knows the route and its danger is foolhardy. Conflict between Arandu’s Balti people and Haramosh’s Shina-speakers, however, reportedly prevents Arandu porters from crossing the pass, so be sure to hire a competent Shina speaker. Local porters know the route, but don’t know where or how to fix ropes, judge avalanche or rock-fall danger, or make crevasse rescues if necessary. Wearing a climbing helmet is prudent.

It’s 14 stages total from Doko: (1) Arandu; (2) Churzing; (3) Chogo Brangsa; (4) Kurumal; (5) Bolocho; (6) Laila Base Camp; (7) Sharing; (8) Haramosh La; (9) Mani; (10) Kutwal Lake; (11) Kutwal; (12) Iskere; (13) Dassu; and (14) Sassi.

ITINERARY

Day 01 Arrival Islamabad drive to ministry of tourism for briefing and necessary paper work transfer to Hotel overnight. 
Day 02 Flight to Skardu if flight is cancelled due to weather we drive to Chilas Overnight at Hotel. 
Day 03 Day free in Skardu or drive from Chilas to Skardu. Overnight at Hotel. 
Day 04 Skardu to Arandu (2770m). Overnight Tent.   

Day 05 Trek to Bukhum. Overnight Tent. 
Day 06 Trek to Khurumal. Overnight Tent. 
Day 07 Trek to Bolucho (3800m). Overnight Tent. 

Day 08 Trek to Spantik B.C . Overnight Tent. 
Day 09 Trek to Laila BC. Overnight Tent. 
Day 10 Trek to Sharing. Overnight Tent. 
Day 11 Trek to Haramosh La (4800m). Overnight Tent. 
Day 12 Trek to Kutwal Lake. Overnight Tent.
Day 13 Free day. Overnight Tent. 
Day 14 Trek backs to Dassu and drive to Chilas. Overnight at Hotel. 
Day 15 Drive to Islamabad. Hotel. 
Day 16 Fly Out. 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Range:Karakuram
Altitude:Min : 600m – Max: 4800m
Zone:Permit needed
Duration:16 days
Best Time:July – September
DifficultyHard trek