Trekking in Chitral

Trekking in Chitral is one of the best options for trekkers. Chitral lies isolated in the top corner of Khyber Pakhtunkhwah, bordering with Afghanistan. The river draining Chitral flows southwest into Afghanistan to join the Kabul River, which then drains again into Pakistan and then Indus River. The only access to Chitral is via the Lowari Pass (3000m) through a newly built tunnel under the pass and by daily flights from Islamabad and Peshawar. Each summer only a handful of tourists find their way to Chitral, most of them pass quickly through on jeep safaris, so one can trek here for weeks along the remoter valleys of Hindu Kush without seeing another foreigner or a local trekker. In other words trekking in Chitral Valley is full of attractions for adventure and nature lovers.

Trekking in Chitral valley is full of opportunities for the trekkers to go around. Chitral is a radiant and beautifully green valley, covered by forests, ideally situated (1300m), amidst the world’s most lofty peaks in the Hindu Kush range. Mount Trichmir (7690m) the delight of mountain climbers reigns majestically over the valley. Chitral district has Afghanistan on its north, south and west. A narrow strip of Afghan territory, Wakhan separates it from Central Asia. One of the major attractions of Chitral are the Kalash valley (the home of Kafir-Kailash or wearers of the black robes), a primitive pagan tribe. Their ancestry is enveloped in mystery and is the subject of controversy. A legend says that five soldiers of the legions of Alexander of Macedonia settled in Chitral and are the progenitors of the KafirKalash.

Chillinji Pass Trek – Trekking in Chitral

From Chitral to Sust over Chillinji Pass

Zone Level Maximum Height Month Duration
Restricted Strenuous/Technical 5160 m July-September 24 Days

This challenging pass leads to the Karumbar Valley from where you can turn south to the Ishkoman Valley or north to Chupersan Valley (The 2400 inhabitants of Chapursan migrated from Gojal and Hunza, and some came over from Wakhan in Afghanistan. They are mostly Ismaili Muslims, followers of the Aga Khan).
24 Days Itinerary:

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

Day 02: Islamabad/ Rawalpindi
After breakfast we will proceed to the office of Ministry of Tourism for briefing, afterwards sightseeing tour of Islamabad. Overnight stay in hotel at Islamabad/ Rawalpindi.

Day 03: Islamabad – Chitral (By Air)
Early morning flight for Chitral (Flights are subject to weather and backlog). On arrival transfer to hotel and check in. Overnight stay in hotel at Chitral.
*If flight has not operated we will for overland travel via Lowari Pass (3000m) with an overnight stay at Dir.

Day 04: Chitral
Today we will take full day jeep excursion to Kalash Valley (Bamburet), explore the life style of Kalash community (The descendants of Alexander the Great). Overnight stay in hotel at Chitral.

Day 05: Chitral – Sholkut
After breakfast we will start jeep drive for Sholkut via Mastuj – end of jeep road.
Drive: 9-10 hours. (Tent)

Day 06: Sholkut – Lasht
Trek:6-7 hours. (Tent)

Day 07: Lasht – Yakhte-e-Dam
Trek: 5-6 hours. (Tent)

Day 08: Yakhte-e-Dam – Kismanja Village
Trek: 6-7 hours. (Tent)

Day 09: Kismanja – Ishkarwaz
Trek: 5-6 hours. (Tent)

Day 10: Ishkarwaz – Shawal (Pass to enter Wakhan corridor)
Trek: 6-7 hours. (Tent)

Day 11: Shawal – Krambar Lake
Trek: 4-5 hours, altitude 4300m

Day 12: Karambar Lake
Rest Day

Day 13: Karambar Lake – Suyench (Broghil Pass to enter Wakhan corridor)
Trek: 5-6 hours. (Tent)

Day 14: Suyench – Sughterabad
Trek:  4-5 hours. (Tent)

Day 15: Sughterabad – ChillinjiGah
Trek: 5-6 hours. (Tent)

Day 16: Chillingi Gah – Chillinji Pass (5200m)
Trek: 4-5 hours. (Tent)

Day 17: Chillinji Pass – Biater
Trek: 4-5 hours. (Tent)

Day 18: Biater – Ziarat
Trek: descend 4-5 hours – end of trekking. (Tent)

Day 19: Ziarat – Sust
After breakfast we will take jeep ride for Sost (last village between Pak-China border). On arrival transfer to hotel and check in. Overnight stay in hotel at Sust.

Day 20: Sust – Khunjerab Pass – Karimabad (Hunza)
This will be full day excursion for Khunjerab Pass (5000m), after seeing pass we will drive down to Karimabad (Hunza). On arrival transfer to hotel and check in. Overnight stay in hotel at Karimabad.

Day 21: Karimabad – Besham
Early morning, we will depart for Besham, en route also visit rock drawings at Shatial. On arrival transfer to hotel and check in. Overnight stay in hotel at Besham.

Day 22: Besham – Islamabad
Today we will leave for Islamabad; en route we will visit Taxila museum and the archaeological sites. On arrival transfer to hotel and check in. Overnight stay in hotel at Islamabad.

Day 23: Islamabad
We will proceed for de-briefing at Ministry of Tourism in Islamabad. Afternoon city tour of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Overnight stay in hotel at Islamabad.

Day 24: Islamabad – Flight Out
We will be transferred to airport for flight back home. End of Chillinji Pass trek and trekking in Chitral

Package Price: Price would be quoted as group size and services

 

Phargam Pass Trek

From Golen Valley to Laspur Valley

Zone Level Maximum Height Month Duration
Open Strenuous 5056 m Jul-Sept 7 Days

Golen valley is a sub valley of Chitral and Phagram Pass trek start from this valley. This secluded valley with wide summer pastures is the home of the Golen Valley Community Game Reserve which aims to preserve the local ibex, markhor, snow leopard and wolf. The valley is the starting point for six treks, three treks to the Shishi Valley and Madaglasht over the Rogili Pass, the Dok Pass and the Gocharsar/ Lohigol Pass; one can also trek to Jughar Valley over RogiliGree Pass, trek to Swat/ Dir or trek to Laspur Valley over Phargam Pass.

7 Days Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival Chitral
On arrival transfer to hotel and check in, overnight stay in hotel at Chitral.

Day 02: Chitral – Ustur
After breakfast we will ride jeeps for Ustur.
Drive: 3-4 hours, altitude 2700m (Tent)

Day 03: Ustur – Chatur
We will follow the track through the green pastures to Chatur.
Trek: 5-6 hours, climb 300m, altitude 3000m (Tent)

Day 04: ChaturGhunj – Mukulanshal
We will continue walking through juniper and birch trees to the sparse pastures of DungariKuru summer settlements and onward to Mukulanshal.
Trek: 6-7 hours, climb 1000m, altitude 4000m (Tent)

Day 05: Mukulanshal – Phargam Pass – Kalakmali
Today we will cross Phagram Pass (5056m) and then down to Kalakmali for camping at lower altitude.
Trek: 8-10 hours, climb 1000m, descend 1100m, altitude 3900m (Tent)

Day 06: Kalakmali – Laspur – Chitral
Today we will walk down to Mastujroad in Laspur and then onward jeep drive to Chitral. Overnight stay in hotel at Chitral.
Trek: 5-6 hours, descend 900m

Day 07: Chitral – Flight Out

We will check out for flight back to Islamabad or overland travel back home or vice versa.
End of trekking in Chitral

Rogili Lakes Trek

From Chitral to Rogili Lakes

Zone Level Maximum Height Month Duration
Open Moderate 3800 m Jun-Sept 7 Days

Golen valley is a sub valley of Chitral and Rogili Lakes trek start from this valley. This secluded valley with wide summer pastures is the home of the Golen Valley Community Game Reserve which aims to preserve the local ibex, markhor, snow leopard and wolf. The valley is the starting point for six treks, three treks to the Shishi Valley and Madaglasht over the Rogili Pass, the Dok Pass and the Gocharsar/ LohigolPass; one can also trek to Jughar Valley over RogiliGree Pass, trek to Swat/ Dir or trek to Laspur Valley over Phargam Pass.

7 Days Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival Chitral
On arrival transfer to hotel and check in, overnight stay in hotel at Chitral.

Day 02: Chitral – Uzghor
After breakfast we will ride jeeps for Uzghor. Overnight stay in a tourist hut at Uzghor.
Drive: 3-4 hours

Day 03: Uzghor – Lochuk
This is a pleasant walk steeply up through mature deodar forest.
Trek: 2-3 hours, climb 500m, altitude 2700m (Tent)

Day 04: Lochuk – Buthijhal
We will continue walking through pine woods to the sparse pastures of Buthijhal summer settlements. One can also hunt here Markhor against a permit fee.
Trek: 2-3 hours, climb 350m, altitude 3050m (Tent)

Day 05: Buthihal – Rogili Lakes
The trail narrows and passes through a gorge before you reach the first of two turquoise lakes, the second is 1km further up.
Trek: 4-5 hours, climb 800m, altitude 3800m (Tent)

Day 06: Rogili Lakes – Uzghor
Today we will walk down to Uzghor and overnight stay in tourist hut at Uzghor.
Trek: 5-6 hours, descend 1550m

Day 07: Uzghor – Chitral
We will ride jeeps back to Chitral, on arrival transfer to hotel and check in.
End of trekking in Chitral

 

Rich Valley over Shah Jinali Pass to Yarkhun Valley

Zone Level Maximum Height Month Duration
Restricted Moderate 4260 m Jul-Sept 7 Days

The lower Turikho Valley is known as Mulkho, the middle section is called Turikho, and the drier upper part is called the Rich. The main tributary entering from the west is the Tirich River flowing from the Tirich Mir. The final stretch of road along the Rich Valley passes through Parich to Morich and on a rock beside the road where there are carvings of ibex and a modern jeep.

7 Days Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival Chitral
On arrival transfer to hotel and check in, overnight stay in hotel at Chitral.

Day 02: Chitral – Rua
This will be a full day jeep drive to Rua. Over here we will make preparations for onward trekking.
Altitude: 2850m (Tent)

Day 03: Rua – Dhershal
Today we will start trekking to Dhershal; we will reach a shepherd’s settlement with huts set in a flat pasture surrounded by birch trees there and we will go further ten minutes climb above the Shah Jinali River for camping.
Trek: 6-7 hours, climb 500m, altitude 3350m (Tent)

Day 04: Dhershal – JinaliGhari
This will be a beautiful walk through knee-high grass and flowers and across plenty of side streams surrounded by groves of willows.
Trek: 3-4 hours, climb 350m, altitude 3700m (Tent)

Day 05: Jinali Ghari – Shah Jinali Pass – IshperuDok
The top of IspheruDok is wide and flat with several lakes on either side offer fabulous views of the high Hindu Kush. We will also see King’s polo ground that gives the pass its name.
Trek: 5-6 hours, climb 550m, descend 350m, altitude 3900m (Tent)

Day 06: IshperuDok – Yashkist
Today we will drop down to Yarkhun River and then further to Yashkist.
Trek: 4-5 hours, descend 800m (Tent)

Day 07: Yashkist – Chitral
This will be jeep drive to Chitral, on arrival transfer to hotel and overnight stay at Chitral.
End of trekking in Chitral

Tirich Mir Base Camp Trek

From Zani Pass to Tirich Mir Base Camp

Zone Level Maximum Height Month Duration
Restricted Strenuous 4700 m Aug-Sept 8 Days

This is one of the most popular treks around Chitral. The trek to the heart of the high Hindu Kush and one of the base camps for Tirich Mir offers close up views of the mountains and a chance to visit the summer herders at work with their animals.

The lower Turikho Valley is known as Mulkho, the middle section is called Turikho, and the drier upper part is called the Rich. The main tributary entering from the west is the Tirich River flowing from the Tirich Mir. Just south of the confluence of the Tirich and Turikho rivers at the village of Rain on the east bank, a Budhiststupa about three meters high is carved in outline on a rock beside the road.
8 Days Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival Chitral
On arrival transfer to hotel and check in, overnight stay in hotel at Chitral.

Day 02: Chitral – Zani Pass
We will board on jeeps from Chitral to Zani Pass; we will camp just before the top of pass.
Altitude: 4000m (Tent)

Day 03: Zani Pass – Atrak
Today we will start trekking to southwest along the top of the ridge to the headwork of canal and camping at Atrak summer pastures.
Trek: 4-5 hours, descend 1000m (Tent)

Day 04: Atrak – RominKulum
We will move to RominKulum, an ideal campsite in a meadow surrounded by birch trees.
Trek: 4-5 hours, climb 400m, altitude 3400m (Tent)

Day 05: RominKulum – ShogorBiasin
Today we will cross Tirich Glacier to ShogorBiasin; there is a magnificent view of Tirich Mir up the lower Tirich Glacier.
Trek: 4-5 hours, climb 700m, altitude 4100m (Tent)

Day 06: ShogorBiasin – Babu Camp (Tririch Mir Camp)
We will continue up the north side of Tirich Glacier to Istoronal Base Camp and further 3 hours walk will take us to Babu Camp. From here we could see the mountains Ghul-LashtZom, Aspesufaid, Noshaq and Istoronal but not Tirich Mir.

Day 07-08: Babu Camp – Zani Pass – Chitral
Today we will walk down on the same route to Zani Pass and onward jeep drive to Chitral. Overnight stay in hotel at Chitral.
End of trekking in Chitral valley

All Packages 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 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 the tour set off.