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Shimshal Pass (4,735 m) rises above the village. It lies on the watershed between the Indus River and Tarim River basins, and leads to the valley of the Shimshal Braldu River, a tributary of the Shaksgam River on the border with China. Francis Younghusband was probably the first Englishman to reach the pass (1889). At the time it was used by raiders from Hunza to attack caravans traveling between Leh and Yarkand. There was a fort manned by Hunza soldiers, or raiders, or both. The pass is not part of Khunjerab National Park, but the Shimshal community has set an organization called SNT (Shimshal Nature Trust) which oversees the entire region and takes care of its own land. It is a community-based organization and is registered with the Government of Pakistan.
In the last week of July or the first week of August, there is a festival at Shimshal Pass, where locals partake in a yak race, followed by singing and dancing. In Wakhi language it is called Woolyo. This yak race is the only one of its kind, and is a unique event organised at high mountain settlements of Pakistan.
Arrival at Islamabad international airport, our guide and driver will meet you upon your arrival at the international arrival or at your location in Islamabad or Rawalpindi, after meeting and greetings by our staff drive to the hotel.
Drive to Chilas via Karakorum Highway (KKH) or via Naran valley if the babusar pass is open.
Drive to Ghulkin/Gulmit on Karakorum Highway, en-route stop at viewpoint of Nanga Parbat 8126m, junction point of three great mountain ranges (Karakorum, Himalaya & Hindu Kush), remains of Old Silk Road and fir lunch at viewpoint of Rakaposhi 7788m. Later drive to the hotel in Ghulkin/Gulmit.
Departure for Shimshal, we will pass some beautiful villages on the way (Shiskat, Gulmit,Ghulkin,Hussaini and Passu). After passu we will leave the Karakorum Highway and start the drive on the narrow road between the mountains along the Shimshal river, arrive and transfer to the guesthouse for overnight stay.
Today we will start the trek we will cross the Shimshal river to Bandsar (a small village parts of shimshal) at first. After 2 hours easy trek to reach in Pamirthung where we cross the Pamirthung river with suspension bridge to Garsar, which is almost precipitous climbing. During ascent each team member should stock enough water as from Garsar to Pasthfuzin it is not to be had. Take lunch at Garsar and view the Yazghal glacier, White Horn.Distgir Sar and other famous mountains from this location; Kurdapin glacier is also visible from this point. After rest trek traverse to Pasthfuzin which is located in a narrow valley, a very comfortable and beautiful place for camping.
The second day of the trek is steep screw and decent to Woochfurzin which takes 1 hours to climb up and cross some difficult parts of the way to Pamirthung, we will cross the bridge called Chichan Bridge (this bridge was donated by a person to the community of Shimshal) and reach to Puryen a place for lunch and again 2 hours climb to reach Paryensar. Puryensar offers the best view of Maidur Valley, Chashkin (6000m) peaks, Mangligh Sar(6050m) traverse walk to Arbabpurin.
Easy trek to Shuvjarav which is the summer pasture owned by the people of Shimshal. Every year about 30 – 40 families from Shimshal come here for 4 months (June – September) with their cattle’s, here we will taste the local cheese and milk!
Shujerav to Shimshal pass is a steep trek and the part till Gulchinwashk is the toughest but after that the lush green land will reward you. A paradise for adventure lovers! Today we will see the two beautiful lakes lupwhooyee and Zaklayee and camping beside the lake.
This great opportunities to climb Minglik Sar, Start at 3 o clock in the morning after 9 hours you will reach the summit, Minglik does not demand more technical Mountaineering skills indeed you must have the physical power. From the top you can K2, Mustagh ranges. Shimshal Mountain group, Baralgu Valley, Verjarav Valley, Yukshin gardan (7400m) Pamiri and Kanjut sar.
Trek back on the same way to Arbobpuryen.
Trek back to Pasthfurzin
Today is the last day of our trek of 3 – 4 hours, arrive and transfer to the guesthouse.
Departure for Gulmit, it is 4 and half hours’ drive, arrive and transfer to the hotel
Departure for Besham on the Karakorum Highway, Stop en-route for lunch and photography, arrive and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
Departure for Islamabad, Today we have the option to visit the historical taxila museum if interested if not then we will drive straight to Islamabad and will spend the evening with shopping or explore to Islamabad city.
Depending on the flight time, if it is in the evening/night we will explore the twin “Rawalpindi & Islamabad”. In the evening/night drive to the airport, our service ends here and you will fly back to your destination.