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Shimshal Minglik Sar Base Camp Trek

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Duration

18 Days

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Up to 30

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Group Size

15 peoples

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Languages

English

Overview

Shimshal Minglik Sar Base Camp Trek

Shimshal valley is situated in one of the remotest part of North Pakistan Karakoram Range.
Shimshal Manglik Sar Trek has its largest adventure area in Hunza and is a major attraction for tourists. Its mountains like Distaghil Sar (7,885 m), Shimshal White Horn (6,303 m) Minglik Sar (6,050 m), Lupghar Sar (7,200 m), Yazghail Sar (6,000 m), Kunjut Sar and others are well known among mountaineers. Gigantic glaciers include Malangudhi, Yazghail, Khurdopin (5,800 m), Braldu, Odver, Ver Zharav, and main passes are Chafchingoal, Khurdopin, Mai Dur, Braldu, Boi Sam and others. Shimshalis are to Pakistan as Sherpas are to Nepal. More than twenty well known mountaineers from this valley have made Pakistan proud in the field of tourism.

The people of Shimshal are Wakhi and they speak the Wakhi language. Shimshal has produced several well-known mountaineers for Pakistan; among those Samina Baig is the first women climber from Pakistan to scale Mt. Everest and all highest peaks in seven continents around the globe.

Shimshal is the largest village of Hunza valley. Its extensive pasture lands include; Shimshal Pamir, Gujerav, Yazghail and Loopghar. The Shimshal Pamir lake attracts many tourists to it.

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Detailed Itinerary

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Day-01: Islamabad and Rawalpindi

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: Drive from Islamabad to Naran & Chilas

Drive to Naran 6-7 hours, 239 km, after lunch continue drive to Chilas 3-4 hours 113.3 km via Babusar Pass 4,173m. 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 ThakNala with Chilas on the Karakoram Highway. It’s one of the famous hair pinned roads in the world.

Day-03: Drive from Chilas to Karimabad

Drive to Karimabad (Hunza) 6-7 hours. En-route stop at junction point of three great mountain ranges meet, the Karakorum, Himalaya and Hindukush, at Thalichi for photography from Nanga Parbat 8,126m and at Rakaposhi view point for photography and refreshment.

Day-04: Drive from Karimabad to Shimshal

Drive to Shimshal 4-5 hours 3000m. Enroute
visit Attaabad Lake, Gulmit village, Hussaini suspension bridge Passu glacier, Batura Glacier.
Shimshal is farming and herding community of some 1100 inhabitants, situated at the north-eastern extreme of both the former principality of Hunza District and the modern state of Pakistan. Most settlement occupies the upper portion of a valley, which descends west into the Hunza River valley at Passu, and which separates the Khunjerab and Hisper Mustagh ranges of the Karakoram Mountains.

Day-05: Trek from Shimshal Village to Furizin

Early morning we start trek from Shimshal village here we cross the Shimshal river to Bandsar village. After an easy 2 hours trek we reach to Pamirthung, again here we cross the Pamirthung River by suspension bridge to Garsar, which is almost steep climbing. Lunch at Garsar and have a spectacular view of Yazghil glacier, White Horn, Dastatgil SAR and other several peaks, you may see Kurdapin glacier as well. After lunch traverse trek to Pasthfuzin, which is located in a narrow valley.
Altitude: 3,365m Accommodation: Tents Meals: BLD

Day-06: Trek from Furizin to Arbab Parian

After breakfast we start our trek, for first one hour is steep climb and decent to Woochfurzin, and continue decent to the hard part of the way to Pamirthung. Here we cross the bridge Chichan Bridge, Mr. Chichan donated money to build Pamirthung Bridge and it is called Chichan Bridge. After lunch two hours climb to Parinsar, from here we can see Maidur valley, Chashkin (6000m) peaks, Manglik SAR (6050m) traverse walk to Arbab Parian.
Altitude: 3,931m Accommodation: Tents Meals: BLD

Day-07: Trek from Arbab Parian to Shuijerab

Today there is an easy trek to Shujarab 5-6 hours, which called summer settlement of Shimshalies and each year shepherds stay 3 to 4 months here with their cattle’s, sheep’s, goats and Yaks.
Altitude: 4,450m Accommodation: Tents Meals: BLD

Day-08: Trek from Shuijerab to Shimshal Pass

Today there is quite steep strenuous trek from Shujarab to Shimshal pass and onward to Gulchinwashk and here we reach lush green meadows a paradise for all adventure lovers; there are 2 beautiful lakes, lupwhooyee and Zaklayee. Here we camp near bank of the lake.
Altitude: 4,745m Accommodation: Tents Meals: BLD

Day-09-10: Tow days for Climbing Mnnglik Sar

Two days to climb Mangalik SAR, start at mid night 2; 30 to climb Minglik SAR, if all climbers are well acclimatize it takes approximately 9 to 10 hours to reach summit and back. Please note that Mangalik SAR is not demanding or technical Mountaineering skills, of course you may need to know some basic climbing technique also required good physical fitness. From the summit you can see mighty K2, Veijarab valley, Yashkun gardan (7400m) Shimshal Mountains, Baraldu Valley, Mustagh ranges, Pamir and Kanjut SAR.

Day-11: Trek from Shimshal Pass to Shujerab

Trek down to Shjujerab. Altitude: 4,450m Accommodation: Tents Meals: BLD

Day-12: Trek from Shuijerab to Aurbab Peryain

Trek down to Aurbab Peryain.
Altitude: 3,931m Accommodation: Tents Meals: BLD

Day-13: Trek from Fourizin to Shimshal

Trek down to Shimshal village. Altitude: 3,000m Accommodation: Tents Meals: BLD

Day-14: Drive from Shimshal to Karimabad

Drive back to Karimabad 4-5 hours. Arrive Karimabad and transfer to hotel.

Day-15: Local Visits in Karimabad

Morning visit Baltit Fort 700 Years and Altit Fort 900 Years old.
Afternoon drive to Duiker valley thirty minutes arrive and transfer to hotel. An evening walk through the village to Holy shrines, today you will have opportunity to see many local people working in the fields. (Duiker valley is viewpoint to see the sunset and Sunrise over the beautiful mountains in the surroundings of Hunza). Duiker valley (Roof of the world), have a spectacular view down to Karakoram Highway and awesome views of Golden peak 7027m, Rakaposhi 7788m, Ultar Sar 7388m, Diran Peak 7266m, Lady Finger 6000m and Disteghil Sar 7885m.

Day-16: Drive from Karimabad to Naran

Drive to Chilas 5-6 hours, after lunch continue drive to Naran via Babusar Pass 115 km 3-4 hours. Arrive Naran transfer to hotel. Accommodation: Hotel Meals: BLD

Day-17: Drive from Naran to Islamabad

Drive from Naran to Islamabad 239 km, en route stop at various viewpoint for photograph. Accommodation: Hotel Meals: BLD

Day-18: Fly back Home

Transfer to Islamabad airport for international flight

  • All Road transfers including airport transfers
  • All hotel accommodation (twin sharing room)
  • All trekking accommodation
  • All camping site fees and bridge fees
  • All trekking logistics (all tents, non-personal equipment and tools etc)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Licensed professional guide (government requirement)
  • Government trekking permit fees and paperwork
  • Waste management fees (government requirement)
  • Islamabad city tour all entry fees Included
  • Support staff (cook, assistant(s) etc)
  • Porter for personal luggage (15kgs)
  • First aid medicine kit (basic)
  • Satellite phone for emergencies
  • D3V sleeping tent, Mess tent, Kitchen Tent, Toilet Tent, Shower Tent, Table, Chairs.
  • All necessary kitchen utensils
  • International airfare and airport taxes.
  • Visa fee for Pakistan and personal insurance of the clients.
  • Tips for drivers, porters and staff
  • Single Supplement
  • Transfers to and from airports for participants making individual air arrangements
  • Optional excursions or deviations from the scheduled tour
  • 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.

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FAQs

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.
How internal flights operate?
Skardu is a weather-dependent airport. Since the valley is completely surrounded by high mountains, planes can only land here in good visibility and this means flights to and from Skardu are never guaranteed. The planes do fly more often than not, but cancellations can and do occur and in these circumstances, we will travel by road. If we did not do this groups would risk being stranded in Islamabad and you should beware of companies that say they will only fly to Skardu as this may mean you have no possibility of trekking.
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.
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.
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.

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