Chillinji Pass Trek

Highlights

  • View of Tirch Mir 7708-M from Chitral 
  • Crossing of Brogil Pass 3600m and Chillinji pass 5160
  • View of 8000m peaks (Naga Parbat 8126m)
  • View of Kurambar Lake and Attaabad Lake 
  • Visit of 700- 900 old forts Altit and Baltit 
  • View of Hindukush- Karakorum and Himalaya Mountain ranges 

The mountain of Hindukush enters into Pakistan, step by step, out of the isolated hills of Afghanistan, and within this wilderness situated some of the most beautiful mountain valleys found, and formed the boundaries of two fabled countries.

The religion of these inhabitants’ ore not clear, but they worship the wooden statues as a Goddess. They are celebrating 4 festivals in four seasons, that is Spring–Summer-Autumn & Winter. The Jeep drives to Mastuj valley to the Wakhan Corridor, and then the trek starts for Shah Jinali Pass to follow the Shah Jinali River, on the Pamir Range. Unforgettable view of Hindu Kush and Pameer, trek down to the Yaseen valley follow the Durkut valley to Assumber Pass to Chilinji Pass to Ziarat, Gulmit, Karimabad, Hunza.

Overview Chillinji Pass Trek

Day-01: Arrive Islamabad airport and transfer to hotel  

Day-02: Drive to Swat 5-6hrs 180km. Overnight at hotel 

Day-03: Trek to Swat, 180km, 4-5hrs. Overnight at hotel 

Day-04: Drive to Chitral 254-km, 7-8 hrs. Overnight at hotel 

Day-05: Drive to Kalash valleys visit Bumburate, Birir, and Rumbur

Day-06: Drive to Lasht. Altitude 3048. Overnight in tents

Day-07: Trek to Kishmanja. Altitude 3300m. Overnight in tents

Day-07: Trek to Ishkarwarz on the Brogil Pass 3600m. Overnight in tents 

Day-08: Trek to  Laly Ribat. Altitude 3990m. Overnight in tents

Day-09: Trek to Kurambar Lake 4300m. Overnight in tents

Day-10: Free day at Kurambar Lake. Overnight in tents

Day-11: Trek to Shuinji summer pasture 3930m. Overnight in tents

Day-12: Trek to Sukhtarabad. Altitude 3420m. Overnight in tents

Day-13: Trek to Chillinji Jungle 3450m. Overnight in tents

Day-14: Trek to Chillinji high camp. Overnight in tents

Day-15: Trek from High camp to Beyator. Overnight in tents

Day-16: Trek to dow Baba Ghundi Chupursen village. 

Day-17: Drive to Karimabad via Attaabad Lake. Overnight at hotel

Day-18: Visit Baltit Fort 700 years old, Altit Fort 900 years old, and Duiker valley. 

Day-19: Drive to Naran via Babusar Pass 4173m. Overnight at hotel

Day-20: Drive to Islamabad 6-7hrs en-route visit Taxila museum and historical sites.

Day-21: Transfer to Islamabad airport for international flight

Map and Itinerary for Chillinji Pass Trek

Day-01: Islamabad 
Welcome at Islamabad airport, and transfer to hotel, after refreshment proceed for city tour of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, which includes famous Faisal Mosque, Shakar Parian, Pakistan monument, Damen Koh, Lok Versa, Museum, Rawalpindi old bazaar, Raja Bazaar.

Day-02: Islamabad- Swat
After breakfast departure for Swat, 245 km, 7-8 hrs, en-route visit well-preserved monastery of Takhat-e-Bai. 

Driving along the picturesque Malakand Pass you will first visit the magnificent ancient Buddhist monastery Takht-i-Bahi dating back to 1st to 7th Century AD. Takht-e-Bhai consists of numerous chapels and stupas sticking to the high, rocky spurs. Next, continue to the enchanting Swat Valley visiting the famous Churchill’s Picket en route.
The valley of Swat, famous for its scenic beauty, snow capped peaks, countless waterfalls and glaciers, water springs and pastures, streams and rivulets, thick woods, glades and glens, natural parks, lakes and dark forests.

Day-03:  Swat- Chitral
Drive to Chitral 254-km, 7-8 hrs, afternoon visit Chitral town. Overnight at hotel

Chitral town is surprisingly large; it is population having swelled by Afghan refugees from across the border. Visit Chitral fort and 100 years old Shahi mosque surrounded by clusters of enormous chinars trees. The impressive fort is the ancestral home of the mehtarsof Chitral (The ex-ruling family).

Day-04: Kalash Valleys 
Drive to Kalash valleys visit Bumburate, Birir, and Rumbur, evening back to Chitral
Chitral prime attraction is the Kalash valleys, home of 3000 non-Muslim Kafir Kalash (or black infidels) who live in 20 small villages in the valleys of Birir and Rumbur. The Kafir Kalash still follow their own religion, a mixture of animism and ancestor-and fire-worship, and have retained some of their original cultures. They make offerings to several gods: Sajigor, the highest deity, is in charge of everything: Surisan protects the cattle, Goshedoi milk products, and praba fruit. Most of the Kalash are pale skinned, and some of them even have fair hair and blue eyes, all of which give rise to the usual legend that they are descended from the followers of Alexander.

Day-05: Chitral- Lasht
Drive to Lasht. Altitude 3048. Overnight in tents

Day-06: Lasht- Kishmanja
Trek through a narrow valley with good side views of glaciers to Wakhi settlement Kishmanja. Altitude 3300m. Overnight in tents

Day-07: Kishmanja- Ishkarwarz
Trek to Ishkarwarz on the Brogil Pass 3600m. Camp beyond the pass, which lies on the border between Pakistan & Afghanistan. The Oxus river beyond which lies the Pamirs of Tajikistan.

Day-08: Ishkarwarz- Lashkargaz 
Trek to Wakhi summer settlement of Lashkargaz. Altitude 3990m. Overnight in tents

Day-09: Lashkargaz- Laly Ribat 
Trek to Laly Ribat. Altitude 3990m. Overnight in tents

Day-10: Kurambar Lake
Trek Kurambar Lake 4304m. One of the most beautiful high-altitude Lake in the area. Overnight in tents

Day-11: Kurambar Lake- Shuinji
Trek to Shuinji summer pasture 3930m. Overnight in tents

Day-12: Shuinji- Sukhtarabad
Cross Chotoboi glacier to Sukhtarabad. Altitude 3420m. Overnight in tents

Day-13: Sukhtaraabad- Chillinji Jungle
Trek to Chillinji Jungle 3450m. it is gentle climbing through the alpine forest and nature spring’s night at Gangle. Overnight in tents

Day-14: Chillinji- High Camp
Trek to Chillinji high camp. We start gentle climbing towards the high camp. Overnight in tents

Day-15: High Camp- Beyatot
Trek from High camp to Beyator via Chillinji pass 5160 meters. we start in the early morning to climbing the pass zik zak to the top it is spot. It is exclent views of heights mountains of Hindukush, Karakoram ranges.  And we start descending from the pass towards the Beyator. Overnight in tents

Day-16: Beyatot- Baba Ghundi
Trek to dow Baba Ghundi Chupursen village. While descending you can see Sheep’s Gots and summer house.
Beyond Zood Khun is the mystical and holy Baba Ghundi Ziarat, a shrine to a Sufi saint said to have miraculous powers, and a popular pilgrimage site. The shrine is surrounded by meadows which host herds of sheep in summer and, sporadically from June to September, Kyrgyz traders from Afghanistan who traditionally cross the Irshad Pass with horses, yaks and sheep to trade with the Chapursan villagers.

Day-17: Karimabad
Drive to Karimabad via Attaabad Lake. Overnight at hotel
The Hunza Valley is a mountainous valley, situated north/west of the Hunza River, at an elevation of around 2,500 m. The territory of Hunza is about 7,900 square km (3,100sq mi). Aliabad is the main town, while Baltit and Altit are popular tourist destination because of the spectacular scenery of the surrounding mountains.
The people are cheerful and friendly, almost all speak Burushaski and in upper Hunza, they speak Wakhi.
The miracle of the Hunzakuts longevity, supposedly resulting from their mostly vegetarian diet of cereals and fruits From Hunza valley, Panoramic views of Rakaposhi 7788m, Diran Peak 7266m, Spantik Peak 7027m, Ultar 7388 Lady Finger 6000m.

Day-18: Karimabad
Visit Baltit Fort 700 years old, Altit Fort 900 years old, and Duiker valley. From Duiker valley have a scenic view of Lady Finger (6000m) Ultar SAR 7300m, and a very nice view of Rakaposhi 7788m, Diran Peak 72066m, Gooden Peak 7027m, and Dastagil SAR 7885m.

Day-19: Karimabad- Naran
Drive to Naran via Babusar Pass 4173m. Overnight at hotel

Babusar Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.173 m (13,691 ft) above the sea level. The pass is the highest point in the Kaghan Valley, Pakistan. The pass connects the Kaghan Valley via the Thak Nala with Chilas on the Karakorum Highway. It’s one of the famous hair pinned roads in the world. Karakorum high way is the 8th wonder of the world. The Karakorum Highway was constructed jointly by the Chinese and Pakistanis, begun in the 1960s and finally constructed in 1976,s as a link road between Pakistan and China. It is an engineering wonder, but at the cost of many lives.

Day-20: Naran- Islamabad
Drive to Islamabad 6-7hrs en-route visit Taxila museum and historical sites.
Taxila: Most of the archaeological sites of Taxila (600 BC to 500 AD) are located around Taxila museum. For over one thousand-year Taxila remained famous as a centre of learning Gandhara art of sculpture, architecture, education, and Buddhism in the days of Buddhist glory. There are over 50 archaeological sites scattered in a radius of 30 km around Taxila. In Taxila visit archaeological sites of Jaulian, MohraMoradu, and Sirkap. Later visit.

Taxila museum: A museum comprising various sections with rich archaeological finds of Taxila. It is one of the best and well-maintained site museums of Pakistan.

Day-21: Fly Back
Transfer to Islamabad airport for international flight

Service details for Chillinji Pass Trek

What's Included

  1. Accommodation and Meals
    Accommodation will be provided based on following hotels sharing twin/double occupancy.
    Islamabad– Hill View hotel or similar category – Bed & Breakfast only.
    Chitral:
    PTDC Motel or guest house – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Hunza- Hunza Embassy/Hill Top hotel – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Naran– PTDC Motel or Guesthouse Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Note:
    Alternate accommodation will be provided if rooms in
    above-mentioned hotels are not available. Check in before 12:00 pm is subject to previous night charges
  2. Transportation
    Air-condition transportation for sightseeing
    Air-condition transportation for airport pick and drop

    Air-condition transportation from Islamabad to Chitral and Hunza to Islamabad 
  3. Porterage (Low Altitude Porters)
    Required porters from Lasht to Chupursen village
    Free baggage allowance for members personal gear is 15 KG
  4. Taxes and Fees
    Road taxes.
    Camping fees 
    Bridge crossing fee 
    Trekking permit 50 U$ per person
  5. Camping Food & Equipment & Accessories
    Camp food from Lasht to Chupursen village
    Mattresses.

    D3V sleeping tent.
    Toilet Tent.
    Shower Tent.
    Mess Tent- Table- Chairs.
  6. Kitchen Equipment
    All necessary kitchen utensils.
    Kitchen tent.
    Lamps for light.
    Cooking Stoves
  7. Staff
    Professional English Speaking Guide
    Professional Cook
    Assistant Guide as per group size
    Cook helper 

What's not Included

  • International air ticket & airport taxes.
  • Visa fee for Pakistan & personal insurance of the clients.
  • Tips for drivers, porters and staff
  • Single Supplement
  • Hotel meals in Islamabad (lunch & dinner)
  • Helicopter charges in case of use for rescue
  • Transfers to and from airports for participants making individual air arrangements
  • Optional excursions or deviations from the scheduled tour
  • Sleeping bag and all personal expenses such as telephone, fax, email charges, liquor or soft drinks,
  • Room service, gratuities for personal services, items of a purely
  • Any other service that is not mentioned in the list above.

Joining Arrangements & Transfers

  • All clients arriving on Day 1 will be met at Islamabad Airport by our representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Similarly, transfers will be provided back to Islamabad Airport on the final day of the itinerary. Full joining instructions together with hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

Meal Plan

  • While in Islamabad accommodation is on Bed and breakfast basis and our guide will guide you to different restaurants nearby for lunch and dinner, while at the camps you will get breakfast with porridge and cereal, toast or chapattis/parathas, omelettes and a range of hot drinks. Normally a hot lunch is served during the trek, In the afternoon you will be given tea and biscuits and a three-course meal will follow with soup, a main meal, and dessert. We bring along fresh vegetables and meat for the main meals. We can cater for those with special dietary requirements, so long as we are informed of these at the time of booking.

Accomodation

  • The accommodation arrangement in Islamabad is of standard hotels. Rooms at our provided hotels will be on twin sharing basis. At the time of camping, the participants will be sharing a tent fit for two persons. If any participant is coming alone on this trek he/she will be accommodated with one of the other member for tent and room sharing. For strangers and solo trekkers, first preference will be given to same gender stays. Nevertheless, a participant can opt for separate tent of hotel rooms as he/she likes, however additional cost will be incurred for making separate arrangement. Any participants seeking separate accommodation must inform our office in advance.

Dates Availability Status
20-JUN-2019 - 10-JUL-2019 AVAILABLE
15-JUL-2019 - 04-AUG-2019 AVAILABLE
01-AUG-2019 - 21-AUG-2019 AVAILABLE

The best time for Chillinji Pass Trek is from June to August. The start and end dates in the table above are your dates of arrival and departure from Pakistan. We have at least one guaranteed departure every year. Our dates for the trek to Chillinji Pass are given above. We can organize solo trek if your dates do not match our dates of fixed departures.

How the trip will operate?

Upon arrival in Islamabad, one of our representatives will pick you up from the airport and transfer to hotel. Next day we drive over Lowari Pass 3118m to Chitral. After overnight we drive to Lasht on 3rd day. where we start our trek to Kishmanja, Kurambar Lake 4300m, Assumber Pass, Chilinji Pass, Ziarat, GulmitKarimabad, Hunza, and each night we camp out as we travel up the valley with our porters providing entertainment and color to the otherwise stark and barren countryside. Our cooks provide wholesome and high-quality food during the trek. The guide and porters will coordinate all the movements of equipment and people up and down the mountain and are there to assist and facilitate you. At the end of the trip the group retraces its steps to Islamabad.

What is a typical day on trek?

The day starts with an early morning mug of tea brought to your tent by one of the cook’s helpers. Before heading over to the mess tent for breakfast it is best to pack your overnight gear into your duffel bag. During breakfast the tents will be packed away and, after the porters have arranged their loads, they will set off on the trail in the cool of the morning. After breakfast, probably between 7 am and 8 am, we start walking. The pace of the trek is leisurely with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take photos and explore the local villages. Lunch will be around 11 am at a spot by the side of the trail and is prepared for us by the cooks. There is more walking after lunch and normally you will get into camp by mid-afternoon with the tents already put up by the local staff. In the evening a three-course meal is served in the mess tent around 7 pm. After evening meal the guide will discuss the plan for the next day with the group. People might stay in the mess tent chatting about the day’s events for a while before retiring to their tent for the night.

What you Carry?

In your daypack, you will need to carry extra warm clothing (depending on the altitude, location, and weather), a rain jacket, water bottle, film and camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-Eze etc. Porters carry all group gear and your trek pack. A daypack of approx. 45litres is ideal for this trek.

What is participation statement and acknowledgment?

Participants should be aware trekking, mountaineering and travelling in a developing country are activities that involve a risk of personal injury or death. As a condition of booking, you must accept these risks and be responsible for your own actions and involvement.

Adventure travel requires an open and flexible attitude. You may Experience extreme conditions, unpredictable weather and last minute changes to the itinerary beyond our control. Lack of acclimatization to high altitudes could also be a risk factor. Our itineraries allow optimum time for acclimatizing although it is possible that some individuals might be slow acclimatizers.

The majority of our trips visit remote areas where you are away from normal emergency services and medical facilities. In case of a serious injury requiring hospitalization, it has to be accepted by you, evacuation could take up to several days and may impede your ensuing recovery. Helicopters are the most usual means of evacuation, however they are not always available or they may be hindered by poor weather and flying conditions.   

What will be the camp food?

While in Islamabad accommodation is on Bed and breakfast basis and our guide will guide you to different restaurants nearby for lunch and dinner, while at the camps you will get breakfast with porridge and cereal, toast or chapattis/parathas, omelettes and a range of hot drinks. Normally a hot lunch is prepared by the trek, In the afternoon you will be given tea and biscuits and a three-course meal will follow with soup, a main meal, and dessert. We bring along fresh vegetables and meat for the main meals. We can cater for those with special dietary requirements, so long as we are informed of these at the time of booking.

 

How about hygiene & sanitation?

All our cooks and support staff are thoroughly trained in kitchen and table hygiene & observe strict hygienic code. You may give your personal water bottles to our kitchen staff every night & they’ll fill them up with boiling water, which will not only warm you up in your sleeping bags for a sound sleep but also provide you with safe boiled drinking water for the following day’s walk.

 

Guidance on tipping?

It is usual to tip the members of your trek crew, including your local guide, if you are happy with the services provided. We estimate that $100 – $150 (in local currency equivalent) will cover this aspect of your trip expenditure.

Towards the end of the trek, the trip leader will help the group to determine an appropriate level of tipping for each crew member, and this is most usually done as a group ‘thank-you’ with a ceremony on the final day of trekking.

 

What will be the weather?

The traditional trekking season in Pakistan is from June to September. The K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro la trek will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains between 1,000m and 3,500m, the nights will be cool normally around 5°C. During the day temperatures can be very hot even as high as 40°C in the lower elevations. Bring lots of water, sunhat and sunscreen! At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 20°C to -10°C. The mornings are generally clear with clouds building up during the afternoon and often disappearing at night to reveal beautiful starry nights. Rawalpindi will be hot and humid at this time of year; temperatures typically range from 30°C to 46°C with high humidity, whereas the temperatures in Skardu at 2,340m will be cooler.

 

What will be the weather?

Vaccinations and medical?

You should obtain professional advice from a travel clinic or your local GP from your home country about which vaccinations to have before you arrive in Pakistan. A dental check-up is a good idea as there will be no dental facilities while on the trek.

 

 

What will be the weather?

How to avoid altitude sickness?

The below notes on altitude sickness is to point out what it is and to note the symptoms. Problems with altitude sickness can usually be avoided if care is taken to prepare properly. Ensure good physical fitness, chose a trip suitable to your level, staged ascents to allow time for acclimatization, drink plenty of liquid and avoid alcohol, be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness and do not ignore symptoms of altitude sickness if they occur. Normal physiologic changes occur in every person who goes to altitude: hyperventilation (breathing faster, deeper, or both), shortness of breath during exertion, changed breathing pattern at night, awakening frequently at night and increased urination.

By slowly gaining height we reap the benefits of a gradual gain in fitness and acclimatization. We offer advice based on our experience and with the sensible approach we take on all of our treks, anyone who is well prepared, fit and healthy should have few problems, as we are very careful to allow time to acclimatize to the altitude. Even with these precautions, it is still possible for altitude sickness to occur. It is difficult to predict who is likely to suffer from altitude sickness. Sex is not a determinant, nor is age. Your physical condition is important to good altitude adjustment, but sometimes people who are fit ascend too rapidly for their systems to adjust.

Altitude acclimatization

Please also note that individuals vary widely in both their physical response to high altitude and the ability to acclimatize and since physical fitness does not confer any protection or facilitate acclimatization, it is impossible to predict how you will adapt to the altitude. The greatest protection is avoiding rapid ascents and allowing time for acclimatization. Your body can adapt to altitude if given time. We feel this itinerary specifically provides that option, but you must individually pace yourself to go slowly and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Do not push too hard regardless of how physically fit you may be or feel.

Early symptoms of high altitude sickness include a headache, nausea, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, vomiting, dry cough, irregular breathing, shortness of breath, fatigue, swelling of ankles and eyelids. It is not uncommon to experience some of these symptoms when you first arrive at high altitude and then to have them decrease in severity within a few days. It is important that you inform your Trip Leader immediately of any symptoms or discomfort, however minor so that they can help you monitor the situation. Please be aware that remaining at high altitude in spite of alarm signals from your body may result in serious illness or even death.

Medical conditions that are aggravated or complicated by high altitude include heart diseases, lung diseases, pregnancy, anemia, and sickle cell disease. It is imperative that anyone with any of these conditions consult their physician in detail before attempting this trekking expedition.

Personal Medical Kit

It is very important to have your own personal medical kit and it is wise to bring all the essentials with you from the home country. As time is limited and it will save you having to go searching for medical supplies in an unfamiliar city. Most medicines are available from chemists in main cities. The following suggestions are based on our experience of travelling, trekking and on the most common medical problems encountered. It is important to check with your doctor in case of allergies to any medications.

We suggest that you bring the following:

Plasters: Elastoplasts or adhesive tape.

Antiseptic cream: Germalene, Savlon etc

Crepe or Elasticated Bandage: For knee and ankle support, if you strain in these joints.

Blister dressings: Moleskin, compead, spenco dressings etc. Stop at the first sign of a blister forming and use a plaster or moleskin.

Cold and Flu Medication: Beechams powders, Lemsip, nasal decongestant, and throat lozenges. On treks that stay above 3000 meters for any length of time or on treks with dry conditions, it is quite common due to breathing dry, cold air through the mouth to get a sore throat or a cough (it may become productive due to irritation not necessarily infection).

Treatment For Diarrhoea: Oral rehydration salts, which contain a variety of salts (electrolytes) and sugar. The combination of electrolytes and sugar stimulates water and electrolyte absorption from the gut. It, therefore, prevents or reverses dehydration and replaces lost salts in conditions such as diarrhea and vomiting. Preparations such as Imodium or Lomotil are anti-motility drugs, which do not treat diarrhea but slows the gut. They should only be used when the condition is causing dehydration, much distress or is impossible to deal with on transport. The aim in using them is to take just enough to control the complaint (see section on diarrhea).

General Painkillers: Aspirin, paracetamol and/or ibuprofen etc

Insect repellent and after bite cream:

Small Pair of Scissors

Any Special Medicines: Those you take regularly or will require on your trip.

Optional – Treatment for Giardia: A common infection caused by a protozoan in the upper bowel. It develops one to three weeks after exposure and can result in a sudden acute illness or a more long-lasting condition. The symptoms are usually explosive and gassy diarrhea along with burping and wind that tastes and smells like rotten eggs. There may be abdominal pain after eating. Treatment is a course of Metronidazole; this is a prescription drug. Under the advice given by your GP, you may consider carrying a course of wide spectrum antibiotic in your personal medical kit.

Optional – A Broad-Spectrum Antibiotic: These are prescription drugs and should be used in consultation with a GP. A broad-spectrum antibiotic e.g. Ciprofloxacin may be useful if traveling to remote areas or for long periods. A broad-spectrum antibiotic can be used to treat bacterial infectious diarrhea, dysentery, respiratory, skin and urinary infections. However, antibiotics used without proper medical advise can cause or predispose other medical complications and bacterial resistance e.g. Clostridium or MRSA. Under the advice given by your GP, you may consider carrying a course of broad-spectrum antibiotic in your personal medical kit.

Optional – Use of Acetazolamide (Diamox): For those trekking above 3000 meters, Diamox has been described as an aid to acclimatization and the prevention of altitude sickness

Equipment & Accessories

Rucksack or Day Sack: This is what you carry containing any items you will need during the day, e.g. camera, water bottle, jumper, waterproofs, personal first aid kit (or part of it), toilet paper & lighter etc. A rucksack of around 35 to 40 litres capacity should be large enough, lined with one large plastic bag to

ensure contents remain dry. Padded hip belts are recommended for trekkers.

Sleeping Bag & Liner: A good quality 4-season down or synthetic bag and cotton, thermal or silk liner. Suggested manufacturers RAB, Mountain Equipment, North Face, Ajungilak, Vango.

Scarf/Bandana: Silk, cotton or nylon for keeping the sun off the back of your neck or dust out of your mouth.

Water Bottle: 1x 1 Litre (Platypus, Sigg or Nalgene bottles are recommended). Sigg bottles also makes great hot water bottle!

Water Purification: Biox Aqua Tablets are the safest and most effective form of emergency water disinfection in outdoor environments. Biox Aqua Tablets are more effective than either chlorine or iodine tablets (working against both cryptosporidium and giardia), and leaves no bad tastes or colours behind. Biox Aqua does not react with contaminants in the water to form hazardous byproducts. Each application will take between 10-30 mins to take effect, dependant on the condition of the water source. Puritabs are not advised as they have no effect on the amoebas and will not protect you from hepatitis.

Sun Screen: High protection factor 20-30 or higher

Lip Screen: High protection factor 20-30 or higher

Toilet Items: Soap, travel towel, flannel (or J-cloth), toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, comb, sanitary protection, toilet paper is provided but bring a roll for personal use and at airports!

Sewing Kit: Needle, cotton and a few safety pins for emergency repairs.

Small Knife: Swiss army style – has many uses (do not carry this in hand luggage when taking international or internal flights it will be confiscated).

Notebook/Diary/Pens

Small Padlocks: Essential for locking your kit bag and bags left at the hotel.

Passport & Spare Passport Photographs: (3-4 plus any required for permits)

A Copy of Your Insurance Certificate: This is very important and useful.

Money Belt: To carry valuables (passport, money, air ticket) this should be worn at all times when travelling.

High Energy Trek Snacks: Sweets, chocolate bars, dried fruit, glucose sweets, Kendal mint cake. These can make all the difference in unfamiliar surroundings.

Personal Medical Kit: (see list above).

Compression Bags, Stuff Sacs, Pillow Cases or Small Plastic Bags: To separate the gear in your kit bag and kept dry.

Cigarette Lighter/Matches: For burning toilet paper and rubbish.

Wet Wipes: One pack very useful for wiping hands, face and other parts of body.

Antibacterial Hand Cleansing Gel: Small bottle.

General Equipment List

This is a suggested kit list of some items needed when trekking. It is best to pack several thinner layers rather than one thick layer. There is a weight limit on trek (13-20kg depending on the package). It is best not to pack more items than what you actually need on any holiday.

Clothing

Lightweight Thermal Underwear: Tops (2), bottoms or long johns (1). Made from polypropylene, Coolmax, Capilene etc, as cotton does not provide adequate warmth.

Underwear

T-Shirts or Polo Shirts: (3) Capilene, DryFlo or Coolmax are preferred for their quick drying/high wicking ability.

Long Sleeved Shirt or Blouse: (1-2)

Trekking Trousers (2) e.g. polycotton trousers or zip off trousers.

Lightweight Wool or Fleece Jumper: (1)

Fleece or Pile Jacket: (1)

Duvet Jacket: Medium weight down or synthetic, it needs to fit overall insulation layers.

Waterproof Jacket: Good storm proof mountain jacket with attached hood.

Waterproof Trousers: Good storm proof trousers with side zips to the knee.

Travel Clothes: Lightweight cotton, preferably only for travelling in, e.g. separate to trekking gear.

Mitts & Gloves

Synthetic Gloves: 1 pair lightweight fleece/wool/pile.

Mitts: To fit over gloves

Footwear

Boots: It is most important that you have well-fitting, comfortable boots, lightweight boots (Gore-Tex or leather). Boots are to be preferred rather than training shoes for the actual trekking, giving your ankles and feet much better support on the rough and stony ground and providing better grip. Boots protect the feet from bruising or damage caused by protruding stones or boulders. Boots should be sturdy enough to take flexible crampons.

Training Shoes/Sandals: For travelling in and around the cities, hotels and at camp. Also for wearing when crossing streams to protect feet.

Socks: 2-3 pairs of thin liner socks (polypropylene or Coolmax) to be worn next to the skin.

Harness: You need it while crossing Gondogoro La

Gaiters: Useful if we encounter snow.

Crampons: You only need it for Gondogoro Crossing. It is important to have the correct crampons for your boots.

Headgear

Sun Hat: Baseball cap or wide-brimmed sun hat.

Wool or Fleece Hat

Head Torch: e.g. Petzl Tikka, Zipka or Black Diamond Moonlight and spare batteries.

Sunglasses: Essential to get a pair, which cuts out 100% UV rays. It is a good idea to also have a spare pair of good sunglasses. Glacier glasse

General Considerations When Packing

  • Keep the weight and bulk down to a minimum.
  • Baggage allowance on most international flights is around 23kg. Most people tend to bring more clothes than they actually need.
  • You only need one change of clothes for time spent in towns/cities.
  • On treks, your kit bag weight should be kept to below 15kg.
  • For all trips but especially trekking it is important to dress in layers. When it is hot you will only be wearing light trousers and a T-shirt, when it gets colder you can add to this until you are wearing most of your clothes!
  • Fragile and valuable items should be carried in your hand baggage.
  • Most people take their daysack or rucksack on the plane as hand luggage but many airlines only allow one item of hand baggage, which should not be more than the airlines specified size.
  • Camera gear should be carried as hand luggage in a padded or protective bag, discreet bags are ideal as they do not advertise the expensive contents and attract unwanted attention.
  • On internal flights, there is an allowed baggage allowance of 15kg per person. When flying internally we suggest trekkers wear all your heavy clothes and boots to keep your baggage to a minimum.
  • Any excess baggage charges will have to be borne by you.
  • Pack all batteries, knives, sharp object and lighters into your main luggage to avoid confiscation by security personnel.
  • Take a small sealable clear plastic bag if you wish to take liquid items such as toothpaste onboard the aircraft.
  • Do not leave bags unattended at airports.

K2 Base Camp Trek & Gondogoro La Trek

The famous Gondogoro La trek, which lies between Gondogoro glacier and Baltoro glacier connect Shigar valley.Among the high peaks of K-2 8611M, and peaks long glacierin…

Karakorum Great Traverse

The Biafo Hispar trek starts from Hisper- Korofoung, Biafo Glacier 68 Kilometers on the Karakorum Range, south of Baltoro glacier leads to Hisper glacier, which is strenuous trek…

Hushe- K7 Base Camp Trek

The most- frequented approach to K6 Base Camp is from Kande Village which is half-way up Hushe valley. There is a footbridge over the Hushe River that you cross to reach the Nangmah…

K2 Base Camp & Concordia Trek

The famous Gondogoro La trek, which lies between Gondogoro glacier and Baltoro glacier connect Shigar valley.Among the high peaks of K-2 8611M, and peaks long glacierin…

Gallery