A super Trek on the Northern edge of Karakoram, the dramatically beautiful territory of Shimshal Valley is home of the finest trekking in the Karakoram, laying between the Karakoram highway, the Chinese border and the Northern margin of the Karakoram Range. This is a remote area including 9 Peaks above 7000 meters, Shimshal Valley is Situated at 3200m from sea level, Shimshal is one of the oldest settlements of Wakhi People is the Hunza region,There are some of 240 household and almost 1900 of Papulation,The village was inaccessible by Jeep road until October 2003,When a new road from Karakoram highway at Passu was constructed, The Construction of non-metallic Jeep able road has been started is 1986 and completed in October 2003.Shimshal Chapchingal Pass Trek and Climb Sonia Peak 6400m is Similar mini Expedition and strenuous Trekking over Chapchingal Pass to Karakoram highway at Kuksil.
Sonia Peak first Ascent made by a German Team in 1994, the Peaks name and Climbing route was than first introduced in the first edition of the German Trekking Guide, PAKISTAN-LAND-GESCHICHTE_KULTUR” in 1996.Sonia referring to an Expedition members wife. Sonia Peak is a beautiful snow peak, ideal for those who looking for small peaks to Climb.
Arrival at Islamabad and transfer to hotel, after taking some rest at hotel we drive to Alpine Club of Pakistan for briefing, City tour of Old City in Rawalpindi and Islamabad, Rawalpindi is lively bustling City with the crowded streets and colourful bazaars, through it lacks the grand monuments, The bazaar should appeal to anyone with the desire to see the real Pakistan. Islamabad is new Capital 36 years old well-planed City of Pakistan is lush green at the footsteps of Potohar hills. We shall Visit Faisal Mosque, Shakarparian Garden with a visit of Lok Versa, Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast at hotel drive to Chilas on Karakorum high way, almost 10-12 hours from Islamabad to Chilas, on the we will make stop at Besham for Lunch, Karakuram High way is 8th wonder of the World, The Karakorum High way was constructed jointly by Chinese and Pakistanis, begun in 1960s and finally constructed in 1976, as a link road between Pakistan and China, It is an engineering wonder, but cost of many lives. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day-03: CHILAS-GULMIT (2400m)
After breakfast at hotel in Chilas, we drive to Atta bad Lake, 4-5 hours drive, We start boating to Gulmit via Atta bad Lake or Known as Gojal lake, on 4th January 2010,a massive rockslide blocked the Hunza river at attabad, A 22 Km long Lake developed behind the barrier,1-2 hours boating until Gulmit, transfer to hotel, dinner and overnight at hotel in Gulmit.
Day-04: GULMIT-SHIMSHAL (2900m)
Breakfast at hotel in Gulmit, drive by 4×4 Jeeps to Shimshal,3-4 hours drive, Shimshal is the heart of Gojal region of Hunza, Shimshal is famous for high Mountains, This is a good place to rest and meet with the extremely hospitable locals. overnight in Tents.
Day-05: SHIMSHAL-ZARDGARBEN (3800m)
After breakfast at Camp in Shimshal we start our Trek towards Zardgarben, In about 5-6 hours of trekking up hill and crossing mountain streams and scree slopes we will reach to Zardgarben, This is good place to acclimatize. Overnight in Tents.
Day- 06: ZARDGARBEN-JAFARWASK (4300m)
Breakfast at Camp, Trek to Jafarwask, it takes about 4-5 hours, if we lucky, we will be able to see some Ibex on the way, this is a beautiful camp site with many flowers. Overnight in Tents.
We start our Trek after breakfast at Jafarwask, today we will cross the Boesam Pir Pass(4600)m, The walk takes about 6-7 hours and goes through spectacular glacier country. We will be crossing some scree slopes and streams. the pass is non-technical and don’t need rope. Overnight in Tents.
Breakfast at Camp in Hindjerab, We will follow the beautiful Boesam valley down to Wierben. here we are at the high meadows, where, during the summer, villagers bring their yaks to graze. overnight in Tents.
Day-09: REST DAY
Traditional rest day for Porters, to acclimatize for next day’s Trekking, Explore around campsite, overnight in Camp.
Day-10: WIERBEN-CHAPCHINGAL VALLEY(3700m)
Breakfast at Wierben, further Trek to Chapchingal Valley, after crossing the Ghujerab river on a Local made lift, or the help of ropes, we enter the arid Chapchingal gorge. Here we have to cross and recross River a few times. Rope will be provided by our Staff to help us through this part of the Trek. This may takes 2-3 hours. overnight in Tents
Day-11: CHAPCHINGAL BASE CAMP (4100m)
Today we have not long stage to walk,3-4 hours, then we reach our Camp at Chapchingal Base Camp. lunch at Camp, afternoon just explore around campsite or we make things for example, Rope harnesses, and other climbing stuff ready on Sonia Peak Climbing, overnight in Tents.
Day-12,13: SONIA PEAK CLIMBING (6400m)
Today we will trek to Sonia Peak Base Camp, Only 2-3 hours walk to Sonia peak Base Camp from Chapchigal Base Camp, afternoon explore around Campsite, Next day early morning start climbing on Sonia Peak 6400m,It’s a snow mountain not so difficult to climb, basic climbing skills needed. Overnight in Tents.
Day-14: CHAPCHINGAL BASE CAMP
After breakfast trek back to Chapchingal Base Camp, 2-3 hours, afternoon rest at Camp, overnight in Tents.
Day-15: CROSSING CHAPCHINGAL PASS (5100m)
After breakfast early in the morning we start Trek towards Chapchingal Pass, This is a long tough day of about 8-9 hours, we ascend over scree slopes to the top of Chapchingal Pass which is often covered in snow and ice. The decent is difficult and ropes are fixed, after a long day we will reach our camp site at Kuksel Valley, Overnight in Tents
Day-16: KUKSEL VALLEY-GULMIT (2400m)
After breakfast trek to Karakuram High2-3 hours walk, ,where we meet our Jeeps or Van, Drive to Gulmit,2-3 hours, overnight at Hotel in Gulmit.
Day-17: GULMIT-KARIMABAD (2500m)
After breakfast We will start our boating on Attabad lake, After 1-2 hours boating we will reach Attabad, further drive to Karimabad, Transfer to hotel, afternoon Visit local bazaar, and some walk around Village, visit some local houses, meet local people from Hunza, see the real Culture of Hunzukuz, evening back to hotel, dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day-18: KARIMABAD (2500m)
Early in the morning drive to Duiker, for sun rising on the top of some famous peaks in Hunza and Nagar Valleys, One of the best bird View of Hunza and Nagar from Duiker, open air breakfast at Eagle Nest hotel Duiker, Drive back to Karimabad, We will take you to the 700 years old Baltit Fort, The old residence of Mir of Hunza, Baltit on a rocky outcrop at the base of the Ultar Nala. You will also visit the Altit Fort, which is 200 years older then Baltit Fort, Evening you can spend your time walking in Karimabad and enjoy view of Rakaposhi(7788m)Diran Peak(7266m)Golden Peak(7027m)Ultar Peak(7388m)Distagil Sar(7885m)etc. Evening Traditional Hunza Dinner with Hunza Culture Music, overnight at hotel.
After breakfast we drive to Gilgit about 2-3 hours drive, sightseeing at Gilgit,Visit Kargha, A small valley with several large rock carvings of Lord Buddah, It is not known exactly when the carvings were completed, But the workmanship is definitely that of a talented master, Afternoon back to hotel, dinner and overnight at hotel
Day-20: FLY ISLAMABAD-BESHAM
Fly to Islamabad with Pakistan International Air line, or drive to Besham if the flight not operate because of bad weather, Only one hour flight from Gilgit to Islamabad, or by Road to Besham 9-10 hours, overnight at hotel.
Free day for shopping at Islamabad or drive from Besham to Islamabad,6-8 hours drive, Dinner and overnight at Hotel,
Day-22: FLY HOMELAND
Early in the morning transfer to Airport for homeland Flight, end of Services, Goodbye
What is include in service?
1. Process of import and export permit from ministry of tourism.
2. Assistance upon arrival and departure.
3. Briefing and de-briefing at Alpine Club of Pakistan.
4. Hotel accommodation as the per list given including all meals.
5. All meals during the Trek and at the base camp.
6. 15 kg until base camp
7. All ground transfers as per itinerary.
8. Sleeping tents, mattresses .mess/kitchen tent with table/field stools and camping ground fees.
9. Kitchen equipment. crockery. cutlery. Fuel and related community gear.
10. Wages and basic kit of guide, Sirdar. Cook and low altitude porters.
11. Insurance of our field staff and low altitude porters.(except helicopter rescue).
12. Letter of guarantee on behalf of team/client for environmental bond.
13. Reconfirmation of air tickets.
What is not include in service?
1. Domestic air fare.
2. High altitude porters/any crew above B.C.
3. Tents. Sleeping bags, personal and climbing equipment of any kind beyond base camp including high altitude food and oxygen.
4. Medications ground evacuation and helicopter rescue charges of any kind.
5. Room services, laundry, beverages, personal phone calls and soft drinks.
6. Insurance liability of members and other under force majeure conditions.
7. Hiring HAPs, mail runner and any other crew as per requirement (wages and kit to be arranged by the team).
8. Permit, pollution and Environmental fee or any other fee required to be paid by Government of Pakistan.
9. Clearance of cargo before arrival of the team and clearing agent charges.
10. Any other services which is not mentioned at above given services includes.
11. Tips to field staff, drivers and porters.
At a Glance
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Islamabad: Envoy Hotel/ Grand Regency Hotel
Besham: PTDC Motel
Chilas: Panaroma Inn/Shangrilla Midway
Gilgit: PTDC Motel
Hunza: Hunza Embassy
Gulmit: Marcopolo Inn/Gulmit Continental