Snow Lake and Hispar La Trek

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Snow Lake and Hispar La Trek

Snow Lake is a high altitude glacial over 16km wide located at the head of the Biafo and Hispar glaciers. Snow Lake and Hispar La Trek starts from Skardu- Askoli, which lies on the right bank of Biafo Glacier. Biafo Glacier is 68 Kilometers on the Karakorum Range and south of Baltoro glacier leads to Hispar glacier.

This is a strenuous trek for strong trekkers where you get to cross peaks in the range of 5500m to 7300 meters. The famous snow lake is lying on 500 meters behind the Hispar La pass, this is the one of the best place for skiers and small peak climbers. After crossing Hispar La at an altitude of 5151 meters it gives a beautiful panoramic view of Mountains around Hispar glacier. We cross the summer pastures and we get into Hisper village, from there we meet the Jeeps to drive to Karimabad Valley.

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  • The crossing of Hisper La 5151 m
  • Hisper Pass is one of the longest glacial systems outside the polar regions. This highway of ice connects two ancient mountain kingdoms; Hunza in west with Baltistan in the east
  • Walking on Biafo and Hisper Glacier
  • One of the world`s top 5 trekking adventures
  • Trek up to Biafo Glacier (Longest and world’s largest outside the polar region)
  • Views of peaks between 5,000 m to 7,000 m Peaks

K2 Base Camp Fixed Departure Dates

Start DateEnd DateAvailabilityStatus
16-JUN-202005-JUL-2020 GUARANTEED
20-JUN-202011-JUL-2020 CLOSED
01-JUL-202020-JUL-2020 GUARANTEED
05-JUL-202026-JUL-2020 CLOSED
15-JUL-202003-AUG-2020 GUARANTEED
01-AUG-202020-AUG-2020 AVAILABLE
06-AUG-202027-AUG-2020 CLOSED
20-AUG-202008-SEP-2020 AVAILABLE
01-SEP-202020-SEP-2020 AVAILABLE
10-SEP-202029-SEP-2020 AVAILABLE

K2 Base Camp Fixed Departure Dates

Start DateEnd DateAvailabilityStatus
09-JUN-202030-JUN-2020 CLOSED
16-JUN-202005-JUL-2020 GUARANTEED
01-JUL-2020 20-JUL-2020 GUARANTEED
05-JUL-2020 26-JUL-2020 CLOSED
07-JUL-2020 26-JUL-2020 AVAILABLE
15-JUL-202003-AUG-2020 GUARANTEED
06-AUG-202027-AUG-2020 CLOSED
10-AUG-202029-AUG-2020 AVAILABLE

Snow Lake Biafo Hisper Fixed Departure Dates

Start DateEnd DateAvailabilityStatus
25-JUN-202016-JUL-2020 AVAILABLE
15-JUL-201907-AUG-2019 AVAILABLE
22-JUL-201912-AUG-2019 AVAILABLE
01-AUG-201923-AUG-2019 CLOSED
03-AUG-201925-AUG-2019 AVAILABLE
06-AUG-201927-AUG-2019 CLOSED
07-AUG-201928-AUG-2019 AVAILABLE
15-AUG-201907-SEP-2019 AVAILABLE

Detailed Itinerary

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Day-01: Islamabad and Rawalpindi

Welcome at Islamabad airport and transfer to hotel. Afternoon 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.
Altitude: 540 M
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-02: Fly from Islamabad to Skardu

Today we take the short but spectacular flight to Skardu one hour. Afternoon is free to explore SKardu town.
Note: If our flight is cancelled due to bad weather, we will start the drive to Chilas traveling for 11/12 hrs via Babusar Pass 4,173 m.
Altitude: 2,228 M
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-03: Free day in Skardu

Free/preparation day in Skardu (Today we enjoy a free day in Skardu where we can visit the bazaar and Khurpucho Fort).
Note: If our flight canceled on day 2, we will spend 8-9 hours driving from Chilas to Skardu along with Indus River.
Altitude: 2,228 M
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-04: Drive from Skardu to Askoli

Today we take the spectacular drive by jeeps to Askoli 6-7 hours.
Askoli is starting point of our trek. It is a spectacular drive from Skardu to Askoli. The jeep road crosses the Braldu River three times and passes the villages of Dassu, Apligon, Pakora, Hoto Chongo and Thongal.
Altitude: 3,000 M
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-05: Trek from Askoli to Namla

Trek from Askoli village to Namla 6-7 hours.
The early morning light finds us beginning our Snow Lake and Biafo Hisper trek as the Loads are distributed among the porters. Walks through Askoli 3000 m and past the confluence of the Biafo and Biafo rivers, following the true right bank of the Biafo River to Kisar Shaguran, beyond which the trails to the Biafo Glacier divide, the Biafo turn to the northeast and the Baltoro continues east. Move onto the moraine-covered Biafo glacier. Have a nice view of Pyramidal Baakhor Das Peak.
Altitude: 3,400 M
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-06: Trek from Namla to Shikonfon

Trek to Shikonfon 4-5 hours 6.7 km.
Cross the crevassed area to the highest ridge on the glacier. Ahead to the top north are the 3 visible Latok Mountains. Latok -1 (7145 m), Latok -II (7108 m) and Latok -III (6949 m). Climb gently for a couple of hours, on the unstable boulders all the way, then angle in across the crevasses to Mango, an ablation valley with grass and willows bushes by side stream flowing from the striated snow ridge and glacier of 5, 355m Mango Brakk.
Altitude: 3,660 M
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-07: Trek from Shikonfon to Baintha

Trek to Baintha 6-7 hours 10.7 km.
This is lovely, the easy day starting with a short walk along the ablation valley past a small lake, then heading out across the lateral crevasses to the smooth, white center of the Biafo glacier. Ahead is your first view of the Hisper Pass. The mountain walls on either side rise to 6000 m, the serrated rock. Here we cross two medial moraines and climb the lateral moraine to find a green ablation valley and follow it up to Biantha, a grassy area with a clear stream following through dense willows shrubs surrounded by flowers the greenery and flowing water we can see for five days.
Altitude: 3,990 M
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-08: Rest and acclimatization in Baintha

Free day for local exploration and porters will prepare their food for further Snow Lake trek. We enjoy a slow start today taking in our stunning surroundings. We take a short acclimatization trek during the day and in the evening sing and dance with the porters.
Altitude: 3,390 M
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-09: Trek from Baintha to Morfogoro

Trek to Marpogoro 5-6 hours.
Start with 45 minutes of easy walking up the ablation valley past several small lakes surrounded by flowers and willow bushes (can see bear droppings and ravens) followed by 30 minutes of crossing difficult crevasses out to the easy white ice. Please do not get too close to the Biantha Lukpar glacier, as the ice is churned up where the two glaciers meet. The next few hours are an easy stroll up smooth ice, stepping over frequent small crevasses. If the glacier is snow covered, we must rope up and walk in single file all the way across the pass. The Biafo is hemmed in by gleaning glaciers on the south and jagged granite on the north. Napina is green campsite in the northern ablation valley, with fresh water but no bushes if you don’t wish to detour into Napina, we can camp out on the ice in the middle of Biafo at about 4400m and porters will collect water from glacier melt. Walk up the ice highway, until apposite the first of the three rock camps named for the color of the rock above them.
Altitude: 4,410 M
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-10: Trek from Marfogoro to Karpogoro

Trek from Marfogoro to Karpogoro 5-6 hours
Altitude: 4,680 M
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-11: Trek from Karpogoro to Snow Lake BC

Trek to Snow Lake Hisper La base camp 6-7 hours 11.6 km. Altitude 4770 m.
This is ready poled on snow-covered ice (rope essential, gaiters recommended), zigzagging to cross the crevasses but keeping slightly right of center. Wagtails and Ravens follow you up. Snowy peaks adrip with glaciers wall you in on the south, as do granite towers on the north. At the intersection with the Sim Gang glacier and Snow Lake (Lukpe Lawo), the route to the Hisper Pass leads off the west. The ice here is about 1.5 kilometers thick and flowing at about 300m a year. Camp at about 4780min a flat bowl of ice several kilometers wide and surrounded by jagged black and white mountains. (From here treks leads north across Snow Lake and Khurdopin pass 5790 to the Shimshal valley)
Altitude: 4,770 M
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-12: Trek from Snow Lake BC to Hisper LA

Trek to Hisper La 4-6 hours, 4.2 km.
This day we recommend Rope, gaiters and waterproof boots are essential. It is an easy, steady climb to the top of the Hisper pass 5151 m but quite strenuous at this altitude. The route wends gently up the center, with giant crevasses and stripped greenish- blue seracs on either side. Looking back across Snow Lake gives a feeling of vast snowy space, without a hint of vegetation. Coiling out from Snow Lakes, smooth glaciers writhe between nameless unclimbed peaks.
Altitude: 5,151 M
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-13: Trek from Hisper LA to Khani Bassa

Trek to Khani Bassa 14 km, 4-5 hours.
3 to 5 hours trek down to Khani Bassa, depending on snow conditions, even in the early morning, the snow can be so soft that we can sink up to our calves. Undulate for one hour cross the top of the Pass, than plod sharply down the center on smooth snow, jumping small crevasses for another hour or so. Beware of hidden crevasses, rope up, and walk in single file. Large crevasses and seracs border the glacier on both sides. To more hours of boulder hopping on scree and moraine leads to a small green campsite just before the junction with the Khani Bassa glacier, have a nice view of the white wall of Balchish range, which is 6000 m.
Altitude: 4,511 M
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-14: Trek from Khani Bassa to Jutmal

Trek to Jutmal 4-5 hours.
It takes about 90 minutes to cross the Khani Bassa glacier. It is relatively easy going, with a fine view north to the smooth white dome of Kanjut SAR at 7,760m the 29th highest peak in the world. There are plenty of places for camping between Khani Bassa and Yutmaru glaciers. Much of the way is along a clear path high on the lateral moraine above 30 m of the glacier, with magnificent views across to the hanging glaciers and frequent avalanches on the southern ice wall. Camp about an hour before the Yutmaru glacier in a flat, sheltered field in the ablation valley, which offers rooms for many tents, here is running water until mid-August. A few small willow bushes and flowers are around the site.
Altitude: 4,380 M
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-15: Trek from Jutmal to Red Star

Trek to Red Star 6-7 hours.
The Yutmaru glacier takes at least 2 hours to cross, with high ice walls and deep crevasses to negotiate. On the other side climb steeply up under the cliff to a good possible campsite with a panoramic view back to the Hisper pass (but on the water in September). We will have to cross few screes, and there is a shortage of water, but flowers and fine views make this otherwise idyllic. There are at least 5 possible campsites along the way. The lower path, following the edge of the glacier, is more difficult and not as scenic.
Altitude: 4,150 M
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-16: Trek from Red Star to Bitanmal

Trek to Bitanmal 5-6 hours 7.9 km.
Cross a stream from the small tributary glacier just beyond camp and descend steeply to the ablation valley along the Hispar Glacier, north margin. Move onto boulder covered medial moraine 30 minutes from the cam. On either side of this level moraine are heavily broken sections. Although a trail hugs the grassy hillside above the glacier.
Altitude: 3,660 M
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-17: Trek from Bitanmal to Hisper village

Trek to Hisper village 4-5 hours.
Trek through a green trail to the pastures of Bitanaml beneath lofty Makrong Chhish 6607m descend steep talus to the edge of the Kunyang Glacier and cross it on a faint trail. Stroll down the ablation valley. Cross the Hisper river bridge and climb to Hisper village.
Altitude: 3,383 M
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-18: Trek from Hisper village to Karimabad

Drive to Karimabad (Hunza Valley) by 4X4 Jeeps.
Altitude: 2,500 M
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-19: Drive from Karimabad to Naran

Drive to Chilas 240 KM, after lunch continue drive to Naran 3-4 hours 113 km via Babusar Pass 4173 m.
Altitude: 2,409 M
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-20: Drive from Naran to Islamabad

Drive from Naran to Islamabad 239 km 6-7 hours.
Altitude: 540 M
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day-21: Fly Back Home

Transfer to Islamabad airport for return flight

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