Day 01 Islamabad Arrival
Arrive Islamabad, transfer to the hotel. Today visit the Ministry of Tourism to get the trekking permit. Rest of the day is free or explore the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Overnight in the Hotel.
Day 02 Drive to Dir
After breakfast, passing through the lush green plains of Peshawar, we ascend the Malakand Pass that brings us to the Swat valley. We drive shortly through the Swat valley to arrive at Dir for lunch.
Day 03 Enter Chitral
Breakfast at hotel, proceed for the fabled valley of Chitral by road.
From Dir we leave the asphalt road and drive on jeep track to ascend of Lowari Pass (3,200 Meters), the gateway of Chitral Valley. From the top of the pass we have fascinating view of the Hindokush mountains stretched towards North in front of us, and Himalayan mountains in the south. The descend of the pass is more interesting than the ascent, as we take 96 hair-pin turns to get to the valley floor. Passing through the dry and rocky landscape we arrive at Chitral town. Overnight Motel.
Day 04 Chitral to Buni and cross Zani Pass
Two hours jeep drive from Chitral to Buni. Buni is the largest town in upper Chitral, and quiet historic place because of siege
of Chitral in 1895. Buni town is on the south of Mastuj river. Othal is a bit further settlement after Buni if the road remain open then the jeeps go up to Othal. We will start walking from Othal a zigzag path leads to Zani Pass. Views form the top of Zani Pass are outstanding. Top of Zani Pass is wide flat ground with outstanding views of Trich Mir (7708meters) the highest peak of Hindukush range and also the Trich valley on our west. In north the pass offers views of Wakhan corridor and Afghan border. On our east will be the area of Shah Jinali and Broghil Passes and in South will be the main Chitral town. After some photography on the top we will descend down on the Trich valley side of the Pass and walk towards Zundragram our first camping site. Overnight at camps.
Day 05 Trek to Sor Rich
Today we will continue our trek in Trich valley the trek today is easier than yesterday. We will walk along the Rich River, half of the distance will be covered by jeeps today. Arrive Sor Rich for overnight camping.
Day 06 Trek to Jinali Ghari base of Shah Jinali Pass
This is a beautiful walk through knee high grass and flowers and across plenty of side streams surrounded by groves of willows, with the Shah Jinali river well below you on your left. After three hours the path turns north and here we will leave the main stream and climb up a green hillside. Arrive Jinali Ghari a summer shepherds settlement.
Day 07 Cross Shah Jinali Pass - Yashkist
Today in the start the trek is again through the knee high geraniums and wild onions, with good views north to the snowy dome of Qalaeast (6315meters) and a mountain wall separating you form Afghanistan and the Oxus river. Just before the top is a wide flat meadow which is know as the "Kings Polo Ground" that gives the pass its name Shah Jinali. We will corss the meadow and arrive at the top of the Pass. The top is also flat, with several small lakes on either side. We will walk down to Yashkist for overnight camping.
Day 08 Trek to Kishmanja
On the trek we would encounter many river crossings, so it is wise to keep sneakers in your day pack. For the first 3 hours we walk under the shade of poplar and willow trees along the bank of Yarkhun river, crossing three branches of Kankhun river (no bridges). Excellent views of Thui peaks with their respective glaciers : Thui II (6,525m) with Shetor glacier, Thui I (6665m) in the middle of Panarillo glacier & Kotalkash glacier and Kouo Zom (6875m). We camp at (3325m) on a green spot facing the Kouyo Zom mountain in south, Broghil region begins from here and local people have Mangolian features, having migrated from Wakhan.
Day 09 Exc. Broghil Pass – Ishkarwarz
Today we are in the area called Boroghil that offers the easiest route between Indian sub-continent and Central Asia, frequently featuring in the history. The population speaks Wakhi language, also spoken in southern Tajikistan, eastern Sinkinang and upper Hunza (Pakistan). We ascend around a thousand feet from the river to a vantage point with excellent views of Chhatibol glacier with its numerous crevasses. Ishkarwaz houses Chitral Scouts and border police`s post to guard the entrance to Wakhan Corridor through Boroghil Pass. Wakhan Corridor is 15 kms wide belt of Afghanistan separating Pak. and Thjikistan. While finalizing the boundaries between Afghanistan and British India, this belt was purposely planned as buffer zone between British India and Russian Empire. Broghil Pass was used to be the shortest and easiest route from Central Asia to the Indian Subcontinent. These days it not allowed to cross Broghil Pass we will only go to top of the pass and walk back by the same route to Ishkarwarz for overnight camping. On our way to the Broghil Pass we will leave our packs in Ishkarwarz our tonights camping site and carry only water and cameras with us.
Day 10 Trek to the Wakhi summer settlement of Qui Quildi. Camp
A couple of hours walk away from Ishkarwaz is Garhil. Inhabited by a few households, Garhil is one of the most beautiful spots of the whole area in terms of landscape. After crossing Garhil, one walks beneath the Darwaza Pass and reaches Lashkargaz (or Lashkargah Goz). Darwaza pass is another way to enter into Agfhanistan’s wakhan area. Before Lashkargaz, the main attraction of this day is a series of small but beautiful lakes with changing colors. In total, these are five different lakes just adjacent to each other. Every few kilometers on this path, one comes across a new pasture which is used as the grazing land for yaks. Lashkargaz is the place where traditional polo festival is held each year where wakhi people from the whole region participate.
Day 11 Trek to Kurambar lake (4300m).
It is a very gentle walk up to Karomber that climbs very smoothly. One passes through small settlements of Rabat and Lale Rabat before reaching the Karomber Pass at 4200 meters. Karomber Lake is further half an hour away from the pass at 4160 meters. There are some camping sites maintained along the lake. Porters normally stay in open sky small huts built above the lake. They must be provided a water proof sheet as a protection against snow and rain.
Day 12 Trek through Shuinj summer pastures & camp before Chatoboi Glacier.
This is the easiest day of the whole trek with a very gentle walk of few hours. One enters into the Karomber valley after crossing Karomber lake which does not enjoy the greenery and beautiful landscape of that of Broghil valley. Swinj is inhabited by the Gujjar people. They come from Imit during summer months with their livestock. They are not as friendly as the wakhi people and must be treated with caution.
Day 13 Trek crossing Chatoboi Glacier to Sukhtarabad.
This is one of the longest day of the trek included with it is the crossing of Chittiboi glacier. Glacier crossing takes around 2 – 2.5 hours. The crossing itself is not very technical however donkeys with load struggle on it. At Sokhtarabad, a campsite is maintained along with the police post where one must register. The post comes under the jurisdiction of Ishkoman police station.
Day 14 Trek to Chilinji Jungle.
You will cross a puly bridge. Arrive Chillinji gah (forest area known by local people "Warguth jungle").
Day 15 Chilinji - High camp of Chilinji Pass
Today the whole trek is uphill, so we will take an early start. From Chilinji we will turn toward east for Chilinji Pass and on our west the trek is going to Chitral valley. First we will arrive the base camp of Pass after some rest at the base camp we will continue for the high camp. After base camp the trek is quiet steep up to the high camp so be prepared for a tough walk. Arrive the high camp for overnight. The place is sort of a small rocky ground with Chilinji Pass in the front. (7/8 hours up hill walk).
Day 16 Across Chilinji Pass - Baultar
From the high camp the pass is about 250 meters high. Which takes about 3 hours to climb up. Once we reach the top of Chilinji Pass then its all descend down to the Baultar. First we will cross a small snow field after snow field the trek is along the Chilinji glacier. When the glacier finishes then the trek comes to its normal. Arrive Baultar a green place parallel to the Wakhan corridor and Chilinji river, with many stone houses made by the shepherds. Overnight camping at Baultar. (7/8 hours walk)
Day 17 Baultar - Ziarat BabaGhudi - Passu
We will again start walking along Chilinji river. Now as we are in Chapurson valley so you can feel the difference between Ishkoman and Chapursan valleys. The Chapurson valley is quiet soft than the Ishkoman valley. Cross the red mountains which are on the boundary of Hindukush range and Karakoram range starts from here. Arrive Ziarat BabaGhundi, an holy place for the locals as here is the shrine of famous Muslim saint BabaGhundi Shah. After some rest and lunch here we will board on jeeps once again and start drive toward Sost. After a short stay in Sost the last Pakistani city before China we will continue our drive on Karakoram highway to Passu. Arrive Passu in upper Hunza. Passu is a small charming village in the backdrop of soaring Passu Cones, with Passu and Batura glaciers at short walking distance. Walk through the village to see the village life. Overnight at Lodge. (5/6 hours walk - 4/5 hour drive)
Day 18 Passu - Karimabad
Some 70 years ago Passu used to be the second largest settlement in Hunza after Karimabad. The glacier upstream on Hunza river moved down to create a large dam, that later broke and destroyed the fertile fields and houses. Now the river occupies the major share of the valley with village on its right bank. Morning walk to the Passu glacier and Passu Lake (45 minutes one way). From the snout of the glacier you have fascinating views of Shispar ( 7,611 m) and Passu Peak (7,478 m). Visit to the famous suspension bridges of Passu. These 800 feet long bridges over Hunza river are still used by the local people. Then drive to Karimabad capital of upper Hunza. You can also see some beautiful peaks of Karakoram range from Karimabad ; Rakaposhi , Diran , Ultar ,Golden peak and the Nagar valley on the left bank of Hunza river. In Hunza each family grows enough wheat, maize, apricots and walnuts for its own use. The people are mostly self sufficient, making their own clothes, shoes, wooden and stone bowls and growing all their own food. The people are very friendly and cheerful. In the afternoon you could walk to Ultar glacier, follow the irrigation channel through the village or stroll through the single lane bazaar for better views of soaring peaks around you. Also visit 800 years old Altit & Baltit forts in Hunza. Overnight in hotel. (Full day SS.)
Day 19 Karimabad - Chilas
Morning drive from Karimabad. En route short stay at Rakaposhi (7,788m)
viewpoint. Continue drive to Gilgit. Arrive Gilgit for lunch and some sightseeing. Visit Kargah the rock-carved Buddha from 7th century AD. In the ancient times the Kargah valley used to be the traveling route of the Buddhist monks, to go to Taxila. Stroll down the colorful Bazaars of Gilgit. On our way we see the old Silk Route used by the Buddhist monks and traders. After this stay at Gilgit we will continue drive to Chilas on the bank of Indus river, overnight at hotel. (260 km, 6/7 hours drive.)
Day 20 Chilas - Islamabad
Full day drive on Karakoram Highway to Islamabad. We start early in the morning, to cover the 12 hours long drive. Short stay in Besham for lunch, by evening we shall reach Islamabad. Transfer to hotel for overnight. ( 11/12 hours, 500 km)
Day 21 Departure
Transfer to airport for the flight to home destination.