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Pakistan - From the fairy tale meadow to Hunzaland

Trip No. 579

Almost untouched, vast nature, hospitable people and impressive mountain giants in a confined space - you will find all of this on this trip. On the legendary Karakoram Highway you drive through one of the ruggedest mountains on earth and experience the varied landscape with its raging rivers, steep mountain slopes and endless glaciers on hikes.

In the face of Nanga Parbat

The view from the famous fairy tale meadow on the north flank of the ninth highest mountain range on earth, the Nanga Parbat, is breathtaking. During a day hike to the Herrligkoffer base camp, you can experience mountaineering history up close.

Mountains and culture of the Hunzaland

In Hunzaland you will be delighted by the openness of the population, for example with a spontaneous invitation to tea! From there you explore the mountains around Rakaposhi and Batura on the way between mighty 7000ers on lesser known paths. The return trip over the Babusar Pass and through the Kaghan Valley rounds off the impressions. Of course, there is also enough time to immerse yourself in the oriental flair of the bazaars in Karimabad and Rawalpindi.
Pakistan - From the fairy tale meadow to HunzalandPakistan - From the fairy tale meadow to Hunzaland

Itinerary:

Day 1: arrival

Flight from Germany to Islamabad.

Day 2: Islamabad

Arrive in Islamabad early in the morning. Transfer to the hotel, where you can move into your room immediately. You start your tour in the morning with a visit to the elaborately designed National Museum, which gives a good insight into the changeful history, the many peoples and the rich cultural heritage of Pakistan. In the evening you visit the gigantic Faisal Mosque on the outskirts of the metropolis. The view from Daman-e-Koh rounds off the day. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: In the Indus Valley through Kohistan

Full day drive on the famous Karakoram Highway (KKH) through the imposing valley of the Indus north to the mountains. The goal is the small town of Chilas (1265 m) near the 8125 m high Nanga Parbat. On the way you will see, among other things. the ancient Buddhist rock engravings from Shatyal on the banks of the Indus, which testify to the former importance of the Silk Road in this region. If the Babusar Pass (4173 m) is passable (snow-free), then the drive takes place over the Kaghan Valley - a scenic route. Overnight at hotel. (Travel time approx. 12-13h, 400 km).

Day 4: To the fairytale meadow

Today we go to the world-famous fairy tale meadow on Nanga Parbat! You follow the KKH for a few kilometers to the Rakhiot Bridge. On a breathtaking piste, you take an off-road vehicle to the village of Tato (2560 m), which looks like a green oasis. How impressive is the contrast of the magnificent pine forests in front of the gigantic ice wall of Nanga Parbat! After a scenic hike on a solid path, you reach the Märchenwiese (3310 m), an idyllic place in the middle of lush coniferous forests. Enjoy the great panoramic view of the Nanga Parbat. Overnight in wooden bungalows. (Travel time approx. 3-4h, 70 km, walking time approx. 2-3h, 750 m ?, 6 km).

Day 5: Very close to Nanga Parbat

The day is available for exploring the area around the fairy tale meadow. A nice hike takes you towards Nanga Parbat base camp even closer to the ice giants, should the conditions (little or no snow) allow it. If you don't feel like hiking, stay on the Märchenwiese and enjoy the day at the foot of the ninth highest peak on earth. Overnight as the day before.

Day 6: Minapin

After an early breakfast we go back to Tato on foot and from there with the off-road vehicle back down into the Indus Valley. Then continue north on the KKH. You pass the "Junction Point", the geographical junction of the three highest mountains in the world, the Hindu Kush, the Karakoram and the Himalayas. You arrive in the small town of Minapin (2020 m) in the evening. Overnight in a simple hotel. (Walking time approx. 2 hours , Travel time approx. 4 hours, 155 km).

Day 7: Tagaphari

Today's hike, initially through green fields, gradually leads uphill following a river. Along the lateral moraine of the Minapin Glacier, a zigzag path continues uphill to the Tagaphari meadows (3260 m), the base camp of the Rakaposhi on the north side. Overnight in a tent. (Walking time approx. 5-6, 1240 m?, Approx. 8 km)

Day 8: Hunzaland

From the tent camp you can reach the slightly higher base camp of the rakaposhi in 1 hour. On the other hand, a short hike on the Minapin Glacier is also worthwhile. In the afternoon it goes the same way back into the Hunza Valley to Minapin. From there you drive another piece on the KKH up to Karimabad (2450 m), the charming capital of the Hunzaland. Overnight at hotel. (Walking time approx. 4-5h, 1240 m ?, 8 km, driving time approx. 1h, 30 km)

Day 9: Karimabad with Baltit Fort and Duiker

In the tranquil Karimabad you will visit the 800 year old Fort Baltit, formerly the seat of Mir von Hunza and now a museum. A stroll through the bazaar is followed by a hike along one of the water channels typical of the Hunzaland and you will get an insight into the everyday life of the Hunzukuc, the inhabitants of the Hunza valley). The Hunza women will prepare a typical lunch for you, which you can enjoy while listening to Sufi music. Return to Karimabad. In the early evening you hike to the wonderfully located summer village Duiker above Karimabad, where you can enjoy the great view. Overnight as the day before. Overnight as the day before. (Walking time approx. 3 hours).

Day 10: Along the Barpu Glacier

All-terrain vehicles take you to Hoper (2800 m), where the valleys of the Bualtar and Barpu glaciers meet a little above. After a short hike, this is exactly where you will find yourself in Shishkin. The scree-covered glacier is crossed and along the ice stream you hike with a view of the Spantik to Bericho Cor (3310 m). Overnight in a tent. (Travel time approx. 1 hour). (Walking time approx. 5-6 hours, 560 m ?, 11 km).

Day 11: To Rash Lake (4694 m)

From Bericho Cor it goes steeply up out of the glacier valley and with every step the view becomes more grandiose. Chidin Harai (4440 m) should be reached by lunchtime. The summit panorama is now almost unbelievable: Lupghar Sar (7200 m), Mumhil Sar (7343 m), Trivor Sar (7728 m), Malunguti Sar (7025 m) and Destaghil Sar (7825 m). After this lunch break, we continue uphill following the ridge to the small Rash Lake (4694 m), the highest mountain lake in Pakistan. Overnight in a tent. (Walking time approx. 6-7h, 1400 m?).

Day 12: Rash Peak (5098 m)

The easy summit of Rash Peak, which you can hike today, offers a view to dream about. In clear weather you have a view of K2 (8611 m), Broad Peak (8047 m), Gasherbrum IV (7925 m), Ogre Peak (7285 m) and countless other Karakoram mountains. The Hispar Pass (5150 m) can be seen between the countless mountain peaks, which is the central point of the Biafo-Hispar glacier system, the longest extra-polar glacier system, at over 90 km. The walk to the top of Rash Peak is easy but requires some willpower because of the altitude. As an alternative to the summit tour, you can also take a day of rest. Overnight as the day before. (Walking time approx. 5-6h, 400 m ??).

Day 13: Bericho Cor

Today there is a long direct descent back down to the Barpu Glacier. The Miar Glacier and Rakaposhi are the visual fixed points. Along the Barpu Glacier you will reach the well-known campsite again. Overnight in a tent. (Walking time approx. 6-7h, 1140 m?).

Day 14: Lake Attabad

On the further descent to Hoper, the Barpu glacier is crossed again. On your further way along the KKH to the village of Gulmit (2460 m) you bypass the Attabad lake, which was created by a large landslide in 2010, on the newly laid road (partly tunnel section). Overnight at hotel. (Walking time 4-5 hours; driving time approx. 2-3 hours).

Day 15: The northern Hunza Valley

Gulmit used to be the summer residence of Mir von Hunza, whose former palace is now in ruins, but is still worth a hike because of the good view of Lake Attabad and the mountains. The easy crossing of the Ghulkin Glacier with a panoramic view of the Karakoram Mountains leads to Lake Borith. After a relaxing lunch break at the lake, a detour to Passu with a view of the mountain range known as the “cathedral” is made before the journey to Gilgit begins. (Walking time approx. 4-5h, 240 m? 100 m?). (Travel time approx. 3-4 hours).

Day 16: Flight to Islamabad, Taxila

A panoramic flight over the Karakoram brings you to Islamabad. Immediately after arrival you drive to Taxila, where you experience the size of the former Gandhara empire and visit the museum which is well worth seeing. Return to Islamabad. Overnight at hotel.

Day 17: Rawalpindi

To round off your trip, there is still time today for sightseeing and shopping in neighboring Rawalpindi. In the evening you will say goodbye to Pakistan at a joint graduation dinner. You can use your hotel room until the departure of the airport transfer early the next morning. Overnight as the day before.

Day 18: journey home

Return flight to Germany, where you will arrive on the same day.

Highlights:

  • Famous fairy tale meadow (3300 m) - hike at the foot of Nanga Parbat (8125 m)
  • Hike to the base camps of Nanga Parbat (4000 m) and Rakaposhi (3260 m)
  • Drive on one of the most spectacular mountain roads in the world, the famous Karakoram Highway
  • Rash Lake (4694 m) - the highest lake in Pakistan
  • Get a taste of culture in Islamabad and Rawalpindi

Conditions:

Prerequisites for this mountain hiking tour with some demanding passages are good physical condition for daily walking times between 2 and 8 hours as well as good surefootedness in impassable and steep terrain as well as in scree. The ascent of Rash Peak is possible in hiking gear and does not pose any additional requirements. What is required, however, is team spirit and tolerance for foreign cultures as well as acceptance of simple comfort.

Hints:

Minimum number of participants: 6, if this is not achieved, cancellation by the organizer is possible up to 28 days before departure

If the Babusar Pass is open in the advanced year and a drive through the Kaghan Valley is possible, the shorter alternative route over the Babusar Pass is used for the drive to Hunzaland instead of the KKH, which offers additional experiences. Please note that the pass road i. d. Usually it is only passable between the end of June and the end of October each year.

Due to an official order, tour groups can be escorted by the police on some of the routes. As the organizer, we have a duty to inform you about this. There are no recourse claims due to the restrictions described.

Included in the tour price

  • Scheduled flight from / to Frankfurt (other departure airports on request) to Islamabad and back with Turkish Airlines or another airline in economy class
  • German speaking tour guide
  • local cooking team during the trek
  • Domestic flight Gilgit - Islamabad in economy class
  • all journeys in private vehicles
  • Camping equipment exclusive sleeping bag
  • Porter for max. 15 kg luggage / person during the trek
  • all admissions and trekking fees according to the program
  • Trekking bag
  • 3 nights: tent
  • 2 nights: Hut in a double room
  • 10 nights: Hotel in a double room
  • 1 night: Hotel
  • Meals: 16 × F, 12 × M, 4 × M (LB), 16 × A

Not included in the tour price

meals and drinks not mentioned; Visa (approx. 40-70 €); Airport charges in the country of travel; optional excursions; Snacks; Tips; Personal

Desired services

  • Rail & Fly: € 60
  • Feeder flight from D / A / CH: € 0

  • Minimum number of participants: 6
  • Maximum number of participants: 12