Biafo Hispar Trek

Zone Level Maximum Height Month Duration
Restricted Strenuous 5151 m July-September 22 Days

 

Biafo Hispar Trek, a river of pure white driven snow, less vast only than Snow Lake below, bounded on either side by chains of lofty nameless “Snow Kings” – Workman 1905. First it was explored by Sir Martin Conway in 1892. Later, the Workman Brothers in 1905 & further discoveries were made by Eric Shipton in 1939. The highlight of this trek is a great traverse across the Biafo-Hispar Glaciers – the longest ice corridor on earth, 116 Kms long. Our goal is LukpoLawo or the “Snow Lake” the biggest junction of glaciers on Earth, located north – East of these two gigantic glaciers. Encircled by unexplored & unnamed lofty peaks, it has a breath taking spectacle. The Workmans called Snow Lake “A huge basin of ice & snow that seemed in no way of this world.”

Biafo Hispar Trek is a difficult trek and requires glacier experience, harness and rope, a skilled guide and fully equipped porters. It is about 130 kms from Askole to Nagar.

22 Days Itinerary (Biafo Hispar Trek):

Day 01: Arrival Islamabad
On arrival meet and assist at airport and then transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in hotel at Islamabad.

Day 02: Islamabad – Skardu (By Air)
Early morning flight to Skardu (flights are subject to weather), if unable to fly we will depart for Skardu by road with overnight stay at Chilas. Overnight stay in hotel at Skardu.

Day 03:Skardu
In case of flight has operated we will go for sightseeing tour of Skardu and in case no flight, the day will be used for over land travel from Chilas to Skardu (total drive is 22 – 24 hrs from Islamabad to Skardu). Overnight stay in hotel at Skardu.

Day 04: Skardu – Askole
After breakfast we will embark jeeps for a full day ride on a winding jeep trail to Askole – The last inhabitance on our way to the Great Glaciers. (Tent)

Day 05: Askole – Namla
From Askole we will take normal route to Baltoro glacier starts from Askole village, it takes about 4-6 hours to reach Askole from here. We will turn west onto the Biafo Glacier – a huge river of ice 63 Km long which descends from the central peaks of the Karakoram & flows East into the Braldu Valley at a point about 10 Kms east of Askole. A short ascent over the left moraine to descend onto a camping site called Namla. Walk: 03 – 04 Hourss, Grade: Easy, Altitude: 3374 m. (Tent)

Day 06: Namla – Mango
This is short & moderate trek on the glacier to Mango.
Walk: 03- 04 Hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3235 – 3639 m. (Tent)

Day 07: Mango – Baintha
Today will be longer walk on somewhat difficult trail. We will camp near the junction of Biafo-Baintha Glaciers. Walk: 05-06 hrs, Grade: Strenuous, Altitude: 4428 m. (Tent)

Day 08: Baintha – Simgang
We will trek on the crevassed Biafo to Simgang-Biafo junction. A hard & long day rewarded with breathtaking views of dozens of nameless peaks from 5060 m to SosbunBrakk 6413 m. Walk: 06-07 Hrs, Grade: Strenuous, Altitude: 4472 m. (Tent)

Day 09: Simgang – Snow Lake
This will be a strenuous walking day so far but the most rewarding and perhaps the most memorable day of your life. Cruising first the crevassed glacier & later the upper ice flow, follow the footsteps of Conway, Shipton and Workmans’ to reach SNOW LAKE. The workmans, on their first sight of this magical place were bound to declare it “A huge basin of ice & snow that seemed in no way of this world”.
Walk: 04-05 Hrs, Grade: Strenuous, Altitude: 4950 m. (Tent)

Day 10: Snow Lake
Depending on the physical ability & interests of the group we have allowed one day for exploration & minor climbs around the Snow Lake, meanwhile our porters will ferry the excess equipment & food across the Hispar Pass. (Tent)

Day 11: Snow Lake – Hispar Pass
Today we will begin our outbound trek. A moderate descend to the Hispar base camp. Walk: 4-5 Hrs, Grade: Strenuous, Altitude: 4875 m. (Tent)

Day 12: Hispar Pass Crossing
We will early rise to undertake an “Alpine Ramble” across the Hispar Pass 5151m. The trekkers must possess the basics & some experience of using ice axe, crampons & self-arresting techniques. Good physique is mandatory. Descend to the base of the pass for overnight. Climb : 07 – 08 hrs, Grade: Alpine, Altitude: 5151 to 4880 m. (Tent)

Day 13: Hispar Base – KhaniBasha
Trekking under the shadows of TahRutum&Balchish Groups 5952 M to 6651 m, we will descend the crevassed Hispar to KhaniBasha Glacier and camp for the night. Walk: 03-04 Hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 4650 m. (Tent)

Day 14: KhaniBasha – Hargtum
We will walk to the base of Hargtum Peak and camp near ShirinChush opposite to the PumariChush Glacier. Walk: 03-04 Hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: Approx 4575 m. (Tent)

Day 15: Hargtum – Turman
Traversing the PumariChush Glacier we will camp at Turman. Walk: 03-04 Hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3860 m. (Tent)

Day 16: Turman – Hispar Village
We will trek to the newly made jeep trail of the Hispar village which is a spectacular and the last village of the Nagar. This spectacular valley domains blossoming fruit orchards & multi terraced fields irrigated by the rich mineral laden waters of the Hispar, Trivor, Barpu, Bualtar& the Silkiang Glaciers. Walk: 05-06 Hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 2300 m.

Day 17: Hispar Village – Karimabad
After breakfast we will drive for Karimabad. Up on arrival we will be transferred to hotel and check in. Afternoon will be free at leisure or go for a walk around. Overnight stay in hotel at Karimabad.

Day 18: Karimabad
After breakfast we will visit Baltit fort and later on we will proceed to Attabad Lake for cruise excursion (16 kms) alongside KKH. Overnight stay in hotel at Karimabad.

Day 19:  Karimabad – Chilas
After breakfast we will depart for Chilas, en route lunchstop at Gilgit, will also visit local bazaar. On arrival transfer to hotel and check in. Afternoon, we will visit KargahBhuddha and Gilgit Bazaar. Overnight stay in hotel at Chilas.

Day 20: Chilas – Islamabad/ Rawalpindi
Early morning we will depart for Islamabad, en route see rock drawings at Shatial. Overnight stay in hotel at Islamabad.

Day 21: Islamabad
After breakfast we will go for de-briefing at Ministry of Tourism and later on sightseeing tour of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Overnight stay in hotel at Islamabad.

Day 22: Islamabad – Flight Out
Transfer to airport for flight back home. End of Biafo Hispar trek

Package Includes:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
  • Breakfast and dinner while staying in hotels but all meals during trekking.
  • Air conditioned transport for city to city movements and 4×4 wheel drive (Jeeps) for the interior mountains.
  • Domestic air tickets as per program.
  • All kind of kitchen equipment including kitchen, mess and toilet tents along with tables and stools.
  • Personal baggage up to 12.5kg during Biafo Hispar trek.
  • All necessary gear including ice axe, crampon and safety rope.
  • All entries, taxes and porterage, permit process and trekking fee (50 $ per person).
  • English speaking tour guide.

Package Excludes:

  • International air ticket, airport tax and excess weight.
  • Personal sleeping bags and all other equipment of personal nature.
  • Helicopter rescue service.

Terms & Conditions:

  • Advance 10% payment to be made on tour confirmation.
  • Advance 100% payment to be made minimum 15 days before tour start.
  • Hotels may be changed, however any change will be on equivalent basis.
  • Itinerary is subject to change due to weather or other forced majeure situations.
  • The company will not be liable for any damage caused by forced majeure situations.

Cancellation & Refund Policy:

  • No cancellation charges if tour is cancelled 15 days before the tour schedule.
  • There will be 10% cancellation charges if tour is cancelled within 15 days of tour starting date.
  • Company will give 100% refund if tour is cancelled on such a justified reason which is acceptable to the company.

Early Booking Advantage: Special 5% discount if tour is booked 6 months before setting off Biafo Hispar trek