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Snow Lake Trek

Snow Lake Trek (2022-23) – 21 days

Snow Lake Trek (Pakistan), also known as Biafo Hispar Trek, is one of the most remote and pure nature adventures in the world. The trail is unparrallel to any other trails in the world. Before reading any further, please have a look at our top trekking adventures apart from Snow Lake Trek given in the table below.

Highlights – Snow Lake Trek

Snow lake trek has a lot to offer. Given below are main highlights of snow lake trek:

Highlights

Hispar La Pass (5,149m).

Snow Lake – high altitude glacial basin – 16kms wide (also known as Lukpe Lawo

Trek along Biafo Glacier (3rd longest outside polar region) and Hispar glacier

Circular trek to scenic Hunza Valley from Braldu Valley

Views of dozens of peaks between 5,000m to 8,000m including  Latok group, The Ogre, Kanjut Sar, Kunyang Chishh, Pumari Chhish, Disteghil Sar, Trivor Sar, Lupghar Sar, Sosbun Brakk, etc.

Views of Glaciers (e.g. Kani Basi, Kunyang and more) , glacial lakes, waterfalls and streams

Meadows of Falaling Chhish

Karakoram Highway

Cultural tour of Hunza Valley

Sightseeing in Skardu and Islamabad

Itinerary – Snow Lake Trek

The itinerary for Snow Lake Trek is given below.

Day 01: Arrive at Islamabad International Airport, Islamabad

On this Day

Our guide(s) will receive you from the airport. Soon you will be transferred to hotels. On this day, our participants can relax and recover from their long journey.

Pickup Information

It is very easy to spot our guide, holding placards with our company’s logo and your name on it.You must give us the details of your flights, both inbound and outbound at least five days prior to your arrival in Pakistan. Our staff/guide will receive you at the gates of international arrivals unless you are taking a connecting flight from another city of Pakistan. The guide/staff will transfer you to our partner hotel.

After lunch and some rest at the hotel, our guide/representative will pickup all our guests around 6pm for briefing and remaining payments at our office followed by a dinner. If you are coming late, we will manage remaining payments and briefing in Skardu.

Accommodation

Twin-sharing room at very well standard partner hotel (depends on occupancy) in Islamabad.

Meals        

Breakfast, lunch and dinner + tea/coffee and snacks

Day 02: Fly to Skardu, Karakoram

On this Day

Participants on this morning will take the spectacular flight from Islamabad airport to Skardu airport. You will be able to see Nanga Parbat if clouds allow. After arrival in Skardu, the day is free. Incase of flight cancellation, overnight stay in Chilas.

Skardu

Accommodation

Twin-sharing room at Concordia Motel , Mountain Lodge or equivalent standard partner hotel (depends on occupancy) in Skardu.

Meals        

Breakfast, lunch and dinner + tea/coffee and snacks

Chilas

Accommodation

Twin-sharing room at Shangrila Raikot , Shangrila Chilas or equivalent standard partner hotel (depends on occupancy) in Chilas.

Meals        

Breakfast, lunch and dinner + tea/coffee and snacks

Day 03: Spend free day in Skardu

On this Day

After breakfast, the participants will walk to Kharpocho fort in Skardu, which is located up on a mountain. The Kharpocho fort gives a splendid view of the Indus and Skardu town. The participants will also have an option to take a tour to Sadpara Lake followed by free shopping time in Skardu Bazaar.

During sightseeing, our staff will take care of further government documentation required in Skardu. This can sometimes take two days. We have contingency days towards the end of the trek incase of any delays.

Accommodation

Twin-sharing room at Concordia Motel , Mountain Lodge or equivalent standard partner hotel (depends on occupancy) in Skardu.

Meals        

Breakfast, lunch and dinner + tea/coffee and snacks

Day 04: Drive to Askole Village

On this Day

aThe participants will begin the jeep safari towards Daso, the passage will go through the Shigar valley. The journey will be followed on the sides of Braldu river which extends to Askole. Askole will be the last village on our route; the participants will start walking after leaving jeeps behind. However at times the participants may begin their walk before arrival in Askole but it depends on the road conditions. Overall it will take you between six hours to eight hours in covering the distance.

Accommodation

Camping in twin-sharing dome tent

Meals        

Breakfast, lunch and dinner + snacks (dry fruit/chocolate) for trek, appetizer (soup/fried-snacks) before dinner and dessert/fruits after dinner

Day 05: Trek to Namla

On this Day

Time: 7-8 hours

The trek starts by following the K2 Base Camp trail and then turns west onto the Biafo Glacier. The trail ascends over a shoulder to reach the left moraine and descends on to the glacier then back on to the left bank where the grassy camping site called Namla is located behind a lateral moraine.

Accommodation

Camping in twin-sharing dome tent

Meals        

Breakfast, lunch and dinner + snacks (dry fruit/chocolate) for trek, appetizer (soup/fried-snacks) before dinner and dessert/fruits after dinner

Day 06: Trek to Mango

On this Day

Time: 5-6 hours

After crossing a fracture zone on the glacier we reach the centre of the glacier where we follow moraine ridges, underfoot there is loose rock making this a challenging day. We set up camp on the left bank of the Biafo in a grassy area.

Accommodation

Camping in twin-sharing dome tent

Meals        

Breakfast, lunch and dinner + snacks (dry fruit/chocolate) for trek, appetizer (soup/fried-snacks) before dinner and dessert/fruits after dinner

Day 07: Trek to Baintha

On this Day

Time: 5-6 hours

The route continues up the centre of the glacier on a broad highway of ice making the walking easier than yesterday. We cross to the right and come off the glacier to a grassy area where Baintha camp is located.

Accommodation

Camping in twin-sharing dome tent

Meals        

Breakfast, lunch and dinner + snacks (dry fruit/chocolate) for trek, appetizer (soup/fried-snacks) before dinner and dessert/fruits after dinner

Day 08: Acclimatization and Rest

On this Day

This is a rest day for you and the porters in order to help with acclimatization to the high altitude. You can relax in camp or if feeling energetic walk up a ridge behind camp with fine views of Latok group and The Ogre. Look out for Ibex that can often be seen grassy slopes above.

Accommodation

Camping in twin-sharing dome tent

Meals        

Breakfast, lunch and dinner + snacks (dry fruit/chocolate) for trek, appetizer (soup/fried-snacks) before dinner and dessert/fruits after dinner

Day 09: Trek to Morfogoro

On this Day

Time: 5-6 hours

The trail is steep and loose to get onto the glacier however once there we follow the flat glacier making relatively straightforward walking. Further along the glacier there are some crevasses to be aware of where depending on the conditions we might rope up to safeguard our passage. There are superb views of many peak including The Ogre (7,813m) and also we will get the first views of the Hispar La and Snow Lake.

Accommodation

Camping in twin-sharing dome tent

Meals        

Breakfast, lunch and dinner + snacks (dry fruit/chocolate) for trek, appetizer (soup/fried-snacks) before dinner and dessert/fruits after dinner

Day 10: Trek to Hispar La Base Camp

On this Day

Time: 5-6 hours

Today we walk to the south end of a large snowy flat area known as Snow Lake finding our way through a network of crevasses. Snow Lake is a high altitude glacial basin over 16km wide at the head of the Biafo and Hispar glaciers. Martin Conway, the first foreign visitor, gave Snow Lake the name in 1892 and described this area as “beyond all comparison the finest view of mountains it has ever been my lot to behold, nor do I believe the world can hold a finer.”

Accommodation

Camping in twin-sharing dome tent

Meals        

Breakfast, lunch and dinner + snacks (dry fruit/chocolate) for trek, appetizer (soup/fried-snacks) before dinner and dessert/fruits after dinner

Day 11: Cross Snow Lake and trek to Hispar La

On this Day

Time: 5-6 hours

Today we traverse across the vast Snow Lake area and make the ascent to Hispar La. The climb to Hispar La is not too steep although it always feels quite strenuous at this altitude, we also have to be aware of the crevasses in this area. The views at Hispar La are fantastic looking down Biafo glacier to Snow Lake and The Ogre and other side down Hispar glacier to peaks in Hunza.

Accommodation

Camping in twin-sharing dome tent

Meals        

Breakfast, lunch and dinner + snacks (dry fruit/chocolate) for trek, appetizer (soup/fried-snacks) before dinner and dessert/fruits after dinner

Day 12: Trek to Kani Basa

On this Day

Time: 6-8 hours

After an early start we descend from Hispar La crossing a crevassed area and then later on the glacier flattens out. We have to cross Kani Basa glacier which is facture zone where the two glaciers collide. Shortly afterwards we reach our camp located in a grassy ablation valley with good views of Kanjut Sar.

Accommodation

Camping in twin-sharing dome tent

Meals        

Breakfast, lunch and dinner + snacks (dry fruit/chocolate) for trek, appetizer (soup/fried-snacks) before dinner and dessert/fruits after dinner

Day 13: Trek to Jutmal

Time: 6-7hours

This is a challenging day as we have to find our way through a series of moraine ridges; climb a loose scree slope then cross several glacial streams. Jutmal camp is on a grassy area along the side of the glacier.

Accommodation

Camping in twin-sharing dome tent

Meals        

Breakfast, lunch and dinner + snacks (dry fruit/chocolate) for trek, appetizer (soup/fried-snacks) before dinner and dessert/fruits after dinner

Day 14: Trek to Bitanmal

On this Day

Time: 7-8 hours

After an hour we descend down a steep bank to cross another side glacier then back to the valley as before where the walking is good. Camp at Bitanmal is in a large meadow often used by herders from Hispar village.

Accommodation

Camping in twin-sharing dome tent

Meals        

Breakfast, lunch and dinner + snacks (dry fruit/chocolate) for trek, appetizer (soup/fried-snacks) before dinner and dessert/fruits after dinner

Day 15: Trek to Falaling Chhish

On this Day

Time: 4 hours

We make the last side glacier crossing over the Kunyang Glacier, then walk up by a steep path and cross a stream to get to the meadows at Falaling Chhish.

Accommodation

Camping in twin-sharing dome tent

Meals        

Breakfast, lunch and dinner + snacks (dry fruit/chocolate) for trek, appetizer (soup/fried-snacks) before dinner and dessert/fruits after dinner

Day 16: Trek to Hispar Village

On this Day

From our camp at Falaling Chhish we cross a bridge to reach Hispar village. You will certainly notice the vibrant green of the orchards and terraced fields after the black and white scenery of the Hispar Glacier. Depending on the condition of the road we may meet our jeeps in the village if the road is broken then we have a further walk followed by a short drive to our last camp on this trek.

Accommodation

Camping in twin-sharing dome tent

Meals        

Breakfast, lunch and dinner + snacks (dry fruit/chocolate) for trek, appetizer (soup/fried-snacks) before dinner and dessert/fruits after dinner

Day 17: Drive to Karimabad

On this Day

We take a jeep for a couple of hours to Nagar village along a rather narrow track before reaching the Karakoram Highway. We drive up the road to Karimabad where we check into a hotel and the rest of the day is free to wash up, relax and explore the town.

Accommodation

Twin-sharing room at Hilltop Hotel Hunza, World Roof Hotel  or equivalent standard partner hotel (depends on occupancy) in Hunza.

Meals        

Breakfast, lunch and dinner + tea/coffee and snacks

Day 18: Contingency Day/Sightseeing

On this Day

This day is allocated for any potential delays during trekking. We do not want our guests to miss their domestic flight due to delays. These delays can be caused by multiple factors including (but not limited to) road blocks. This time can be utilised for sightseeing of Hunza valley.

Hunza valley is very beautiful and today we have the chance to explore Karimabad, it is an interesting town spectacularly situated on a hillside to the north of the road with views of the fertile valley below (due to their extensive irrigation system) and a glimpses of snowy mountains. We will visit the forts of Alti and Baltit dating from the 13th century the Baltit fort, once the home of the ruling Mir, guards the valley and is now a museum and the Alti fort is even more dramatic perched above the Hunzariver. In the afternoon we drive to Gilgit.

Accommodation

Twin-sharing room at Riveria Hotel Gilgit (see pictures), MarcoPolo Hotel or equivalent standard partner hotel (depends on occupancy) in Gilgit.

Meals        

Breakfast, lunch and dinner + tea/coffee and snacks

Day 19: Fly to Islamabad

On this Day

On this day the participants will take a flight from the airport in Gilgit to Islamabad airport. You will have a good time to relax at the hotel in Islamabad.

The domestic flights sometime get cancelled due to weather conditions. In case of flight cancellation, you will drive to Naran or Besham for overnight. It takes eight hours by a vehicle.

Islamabad

Accommodation

Twin-sharing room at Chateau Royale , Prestige Residence  or equivalent standard partner hotel (depends on occupancy) in Islamabad.

Meals        

Breakfast, lunch and dinner + tea/coffee and snacks

Day 20: Contingency Day For Flight Cancellations

On this Day

This day is allocated for any potential delays in case the domestic flight does not operate the previous day. Our guests will depart early morning from Chilas to Islamabad which can take up to ten hours. However it will be a free day in case the participants make it to Islamabad on the domestic flight. This time can be utilized for sightseeing in Islamabad.

Accommodation

Twin-sharing room at Chateau Royale , Prestige Residence or equivalent standard partner hotel (depends on occupancy) in Islamabad.

Meals        

Breakfast, lunch and dinner + tea/coffee and snacks

Day 21: Fly To Home Country

On this Day

Meals included: Breakfast

Our staff will transfer all our guests to the airport on their respective departure timings. The checkout time of all our partner hotels is 12pm.

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