Biafo-hispar-Traverse

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This trek leads from Baltistan across the Hispar La (5051 m) into the valley of the Hunza river. The Biafo and Hispar glaciers form the largest continuous stretch of glacier (114 km) in the Karakoram. From Askole you follow the Braldo River until you get to the plain of Kesar Shaguran where the Biafo glacier flows into the Braldo valley. Here you turn west and walk along or on the Biafo, an imperceptibly ascending glacier some 7 km wide. The camps on both sides of the glacier are among the most beautiful that the Karakoram has to offer – fairy meadows with little streams and lakes as well as views of impressive granite towers and snowy summits. The so-called “Snow Lake“, a huge, almost flat glaciated area, is well worth looking at. From Hispar La you get a fantastic view of the two valleys of the Biafo and the Hispar glaciers.

Although hardly less attractive – according to the Lonely Planet trekking guide, it is the best trek in Baltistan, as far as mountain scenery and fauna are concerned - , this trek is undertaken by decidedly fewer visitors (70% of all trekking permits issued are for the Baltoro area!).

Itinerary


Note: Itinerary (can be shortened or extended depending on time, weather and physical condition)

Days Destinations / Day by day itinerary Accommodation
01 Arrive at Islamabad Hotel
02 Drive to Chilas on Karakorum highway 11-12hrs 461km Hotel
03 Drive to Skardu along with Indus River 8-9hrs 290km Hotel
04 Drive to Askoli Braldo Valley 6-7hrs 3000m Camp
05 Trek to Namla 6-7hrs Camp
06 Trek to Manogo 4-5hrs Camp
07 Trek to Baintha 6-7hrs Camp
08 Rest day in Baintha with the option of climbing an outstanding viewpoint (ca 5300m, view of Ogre and Latok group) Camp
09 Trek to Karpogoro Camp
10 Trek to Hispar La Base Camp 5150m Camp
11 Traverse of Hispar La, Trek to Khami Basa Camp
12 Trek to Khani Bassa, after crossing Hisper Pass 5151m 7-8hrs Camp
13 Trek to Bitanmal Camp
14 Trek to Hispar Camp
15 Drive to Karimabad/Hunza (optional, you can of course drive directly to Gilgit) Hotel
16 Sightseeing in Karimabad Hotel
17 Drive to Gilgit Hotel
18 Drive to Besham 11-12hrs Hotel
19 Drive to Islamabad 6-7hrs Hotel
20 Transfer to Islamabad airport for international flight

Dates & Prices


Dates & Prices

Best Time For Climbing Duration of Expedition Group size Expedition package
June - August 21 Days ISB-ISB 05-07-12 Climbers Depends on group Size
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Services


Services included in the Package

• Trekking permit
• Environmental Fee
• Guide daily wages and insurance
• Guide equipment
• Cooking Staff
• Cooking Equipment/ kitchen utensils
• Required porters their insurance & equipment
• Accommodation with B/L/D(except in Islamabad)
• Transportation Islamabad to Islamabad
• Camping Equipment
• Arrange welfare meeting with Alpine Club
• Cargo equipment store
• Tips for baggage handling at airport & at hotels
• International flights tickets re-confirmation
Fess: (Bridge crossing, cable crossing, camping)

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