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49 Days
Availability : June- August
Islamabad
Skardu
Min Age : 18+

Fixed Departure 2023:

  • 20th June until 24th July
Expedition Details

Unlocking the Charm of Spantik Mountain: A Himalayan Expedition

Welcome to the thrilling world of Spantik Mountain, also known as the Golden Peak. Nestled in the majestic Spantik-Sosbun Mountains, which is a subrange of the Karakoram Range, The Spantik Expedition offers an exhilarating climbing experience. In this article, we will delve into the expedition details and highlights that make Spantik a must-visit destination for mountaineers seeking to conquer the Himalayan and Karakoram Peaks.

Expedition Details

Spantik Mountain is strategically located to the south of the vast Hispar Glacier, towering above upper Chogolungma. Its mesmerizing beauty and challenging terrain beckon climbers from around the world. To embark on this extraordinary journey, one must first explore the picturesque valleys of Nagar and Arandu, situated near Hunza and Baltistan, respectively.

The Golden Pillar Challenge

Spantik is not for the faint-hearted. Its northwest face boasts the formidable Golden Pillar, a climbing route that has earned a reputation for its sheer difficulty. It was in 1955 that the mountain was first conquered by Karl Kramer’s German Expedition. The climb up Spantik offers a unique blend of adventure and charm.

Ridges of Spantik

Two prominent ridges define the character of Spantik: the South East and the North West. The South East Ridge is a long, demanding snow ridge with occasional technical challenges, adding an element of thrill. The North West Golden Pillar, on the other hand, is a massive amalgamation of ice and rock. In recent times, Spantik has become a favorite training ground for climbers aspiring to conquer even higher peaks.

The Rewarding Summit

The Spantik Expedition in clear days is a reward in itself. The panoramic views are nothing short of breathtaking. From this vantage point, you can feast your eyes on neighboring giants like Rakaposhi, Diran, Malubiting, Ultar Sar, the Batura Group, the entire Shimshal Mountains, and even the distant K2. It’s a visual treat that few are fortunate enough to experience.

Expedition Highlights
  1. Stunning Wilderness: The trek to Spantik Mountain Base Camp takes you through wild and remote landscapes that are nothing short of stunning.
  2. Aerial Views: A flight to Skardu treats you to spectacular views of iconic peaks like K2 and Nanga Parbat, setting the tone for your adventure.
  3. Exploring Baltistan: Immerse yourself in the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Baltistan, a region steeped in history and culture.
  4. Shigar Valley: Discover the picturesque Shigar Valley in Pakistan, a hidden gem waiting to be explored.
  5. Spectacular Vistas: Throughout the expedition, you’ll be treated to awe-inspiring mountain vistas that will leave an indelible mark on your memory.
  6. Ultimate Climbing Adventure: Spantik is not just a mountain; it’s an opportunity to embark on one of the world’s top climbing and mountaineering adventures.
Expedition Requirements

While the Spantik Expedition may be technically manageable, it’s crucial to understand that this expedition is not for beginners. Participants should have prior experience in independent roped parties on snow and glaciers, and ideally, they should have conquered smaller peaks. High-altitude experience, excellent physical fitness, and regular practice are prerequisites for joining this remarkable expedition.

Spantik Mountain is a treasure trove of adventure and natural beauty, offering a challenging yet rewarding experience for seasoned mountaineers. If you’re ready to test your skills and soak in the grandeur of the Himalayas, Spantik awaits your conquest.

Departure & Return Location

Islamabad – Skardu

Price Includes

  • Liaison with ministry of tourism in Islamabad for permit process
  • Process of import and export permit from ministry of tourism
  • Assistance upon arrival and departure.
  • Welcome reception and meeting at Alpine Club of Pakistan in Islamabad
  • Sleeping Tents on sharing basis ,mess Tent, kitchen Tent and toilet Tent, metresses etc.
  • Kitchen equipment. crockery. cutlery. Fuel and related community gear
  • Wages and basic kit of guide, Sirdar. Cook and low altitude porters.
  • Insurance of our field staff and low altitude porters.(except helicopter rescue).
  • Letter of guarantee on behalf of team/client for environmental bond.
  • Reconfirmation of air tickets
  • Clearance of cargo before the arrival of the team and its storage.
  • Hotel accommodation and meals as per given hotels in the itinerary.
  • All meals during Trek and at base camp
  • All road transfers. And sightseeing as per itinerary. Porterage of 75 kg per person of expedition equipment and high altitude food etc. To BC and 50 kg per person on return from base camp.
  • All expenses of Liaison officer
  • Pollution fee 200 $
  • CKNP fee 68 $ per person

Price Excludes

  • International air ticket and airport taxes
  • Visa fee to Pakistan and personal insurance of the client
  • Cargo fee and customs charges for import and export
  • Room services, laundry, beverages, personal phone calls, and soft drinks.
  • Medications ground evacuations and helicopter rescue charges ( ca, 10,000 $) etc.
  • Food above base camp for members and high altitude porters etc
  • Porters and staff tips
  • Any other services which are not mentioned in given Services include
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Islamabad

Upon your arrival in Islamabad, we will transfer you to your comfortable hotel. After some much-needed rest, we’ll take you to the Alpine Club of Pakistan to secure the necessary permits for your journey. Later in the day, you’ll enjoy a city tour of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, exploring the rich culture and history of this region. Rest up for the exciting days ahead.

Day 2Islamabad to Skardu/Chilas

Today, we have a thrilling adventure in store. You’ll take a 45-minute flight to Skardu, a journey that offers breathtaking views of the towering Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges, including Nanga Parbat and K2. In the unlikely event of a flight cancellation, we’ll take a 12 to 14-hour drive to Chilas on the Karakoram Highway. You’ll spend the night in a comfortable hotel.

Day 3Chilas to Skardu (2226m)

Enjoy a free day in Skardu, or if you’re on a road journey, relish the scenic drive from Chilas to Skardu. Along the way, we’ll make a stop at the Nanga Parbat View Point and the Junction Point of Three Mountain Ranges. Your overnight stay will be at a cozy hotel in Skardu.

Day 4Skardu to Arandu

After a hearty breakfast at your Skardu hotel, we’ll set out for Arandu. The journey, taking about 6-7 hours by jeep, will be filled with stunning views. We’ll pause for lunch en route, and you’ll spend the night at a comfortable camp.

Day 5Trek to Bukhum (3300m)

Start your day with breakfast at the Arandu camp, and then embark on a trek to Bukhum. This leg of the journey will take approximately 5-6 hours. Your campsite will provide a serene setting for dinner and overnight rest.

Day 6Trek to Khurumal (3500m)

Today’s trek to Khurumal is a 5-7 hour adventure, offering mesmerizing views of the Spantik pyramid. Along the way, you’ll pass through Manchinkera, a summer settlement of Khurumal. Dinner and overnight accommodation will be at the camp.

Day 7Khurumal to Bolucho (3900)

After breakfast at the Khurumal camp, we’ll continue our trek toward Bolucho. This leg takes about 4-5 hours, during which you’ll pass through the summer settlement of Gharincho and enjoy splendid views of Spantik and Laila Peaks. Your dinner and overnight stay will be at the camp, situated at the base of the Bolucho Glacier.

Day 8Bolucho to Spantik Base Camp

Today, after breakfast at Bolucho, we embark on our trek towards the Spantik Base Camp. We’ll leave the ablation valley and venture onto the ice of the Chogolungma Glacier. This journey will take approximately 4-5 hours, and you’ll enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at the camp.

Day 9 - 30Acclimatization and Climbing (21 Days)

We’ve reserved a generous 21 days for acclimatization and climbing. During this period, we’ll establish three high camps to prepare for the Spantik ascent. The first camp, Camp I, is situated at 4600m, and we’ll trek approximately 8km to reach it.

Day 31Spantik Base Camp to Bolucho (3800m)

After breakfast, we’ll trek back to Bolucho, a journey that takes about 5-6 hours. You’ll spend the night at the camp.

Day 32Bolucho to Arandu

Early in the morning, we’ll have breakfast at the camp and then drive to Skardu, a journey of 6-7 hours. Upon arrival, you’ll have the afternoon free for shopping or exploring Skardu’s vibrant bazaar. Enjoy dinner and a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 33Skardu to Islamabad/Chilas

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight to Islamabad (subject to weather conditions). In the event of a flight cancellation, we’ll take a 7-8 hour drive to Chilas. You’ll have dinner and spend the night at a hotel.

Day 34Islamabad

a-Spend the day sightseeing and shopping in Islamabad, exploring the capital’s attractions.

b-If you’re on the road journey, complete the drive from Chilas to Islamabad and spend the night at the hotel.

Day 35Fly Homeland

Your adventure concludes as we transfer you to the airport for your homeland-bound flight. This marks the end of your incredible journey through the heart of Northern Pakistan. Goodbye and safe travels!

This carefully crafted itinerary promises not only adventure but also an opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural beauty and rich culture of Northern Pakistan. Book your spot today for a journey you’ll treasure forever.

 
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