Karakorum: Snow Lake & Biaho Hispar La Trek

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Pakistan, ASIA & PACIFIC

The Biafo and Hispar Glaciers form the longest glacial system in the world outside the Polar Regions. Together they create a vast natural highway stretching for over 80 miles and linking Baltistan with the villages of the Hunza Valley. At the heart of this system lies the Great Snow Lake, an immense basin of snow and ice from which these two huge glaciers radiate.

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PAKISTAN

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Trekking

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21 days

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2/12 MIN/MAX

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The route starts just beyond the village of Askole, a key staging post for treks and expeditions going to K2 and Concordia. Until we reach the village of Hispar on the final day of the trek, this will be the last habitation we see. For a week or so we follow the Biafo, trekking on the glacier itself and in the pleasant ablation valleys which nestle in its lateral moraines. We pass many famous peaks including the Latoks and Baintha Brakk (7285m), better known as The Ogre, a name given to it by Conway on account of its menacing appearance. After a week of fantastic trekking we finally reach the vast white expanse of Snow Lake. It would be difficult to imagine a more sensational location than the Hispar La (5151 m), and a camp on the highest point of the pass is mandatory requirement of any trek in this region. As we reach the crest of the pass a phenomenal panorama opens up before us. To the east lies the vast white expanse of the Sim Gang basin. To the west the Golden Peaks of Hunza and the Hindu Kush, stretching away in the distance towards Tirich Mir (7780m). As we descend the Hispar Glacier even greater peaks come into view: Kunyang Chhish (7852 m), Kanjut Sar (7760 m) and Disteghil Sar (7884 m) provide the awesome backdrop as we complete our traverse and return to the civilitation.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Flight to Islamabad

Day 2 - Drive to Chilas

Day 3 - Chilas-Skardu

Day 4 - Skardu-Askole

Day 5 - Askole - Namla

Day 6 - Namla - Mango

Day 7 - Mango - Baintha

Day 8 - Baintha rest day

Day 9 - Baintha - Morfogoro

Day 10 - Morfogoro-Karfogoro

Day 11 - Karfogoro - Hispar

Day 12 - Cross Hispar La (5151 m)

Day 13 - Khani Basa - Hugura Shanga

Day 14 - Hugura Shanga - Shigam Baris

Day 15 - Shigam Baris - Bitanmall

Day 16 - Bitanmall - Falolingkish

Day 17 - Falolingkish - Hispar village

Day 18 - Hispar village - Drive to Karimabad

Day 19 - Drive to Chilas

Day 20 - Drive Chilas-Islamabad

Day 21 - Flight Islamabad - Spain

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