Shimshal Pass Trek

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16 days 15 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

16 people



About this tour

Embark on a breathtaking adventure with Hunza Explorers as we guide you through the Shimshal Pass / Pamir Trek in the mesmerizing Hunza Valley. This trek takes you to the high-altitude Shimshal Pass, standing proudly at 4,735 meters. The pass boasts a rich history, once used by raiders from Hunza to target caravans journeying between Leh and Yarkand. Renowned explorer Francis Younghusband is believed to be one of the first Englishmen to reach this pass in 1889.

As you traverse the Shimshal Braldu River valley, you’ll witness the awe-inspiring landscapes and experience the unique cultural heritage of the Shimshal community. The pass, situated on the watershed between the Indus River and Tarim River basins, offers panoramic views that will leave you spellbound. Managed by the Shimshal Nature Trust (SNT), a community-based organization registered with the Government of Pakistan, the trek ensures responsible tourism and conservation of the pristine surroundings. Join us for an unforgettable journey, where nature’s beauty meets cultural history.


  • Islamabad city tour, Drive on Karakorum highway , Indus river
  • Junction point of three great mountain ranges, Gilgit, Chilas, Naran valley, Mansera, Kohistan valley
  • Attabad Lake, Sacred rocks of Hunza, Passu glcaier, Borith Lake, Passu suspension bridge
  • Shimshal valley, Shimshal pass, Shimshal Pamir


  • Experienced trekking guide
  • Private Transport for road travel from Islamabad to Askole and back
  • Airport transfers
  • Rooms on twin sharing
  • Meals in hotels & during the trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • All required trekking permits/documents and fees
  • Visa supporting documents
  • Mess & Sleeping tents, mattress and sleeping bags
  • Expert chef and assistant chef
  • Additional Services
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Entrance Tickets
  • International/domestic air ticket
  • Visa fee


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.


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Gilgit Baltistan

Frequently asked questions

The trek typically takes around 6 to 10 days, depending on the specific itinerary and trekking pace.

Due to the challenging nature of the trek, it is recommended for experienced trekkers. Families with prior trekking experience may consider it, but it's advisable to assess the fitness levels of all members.

Accommodation during the trek is typically camping. Tents and necessary camping gear will be provided.

Yes, as the trek involves high altitudes, trekkers need to acclimatize properly. The itinerary is designed to allow for gradual acclimatization.

Our experienced guides are trained to handle emergencies. We also carry first aid kits, and communication devices are used to contact rescue services if needed.

Yes, we can accommodate vegetarian and other dietary preferences. Please inform us in advance to make necessary arrangements.

The region is home to various wildlife species. Depending on the season, trekkers might encounter Marco Polo sheep, marmots, Snowleopard and various bird species.

Participants should be in good physical condition and have prior trekking experience. Regular exercise and cardiovascular fitness are essential.

No, Shimshal Pass Trek is located in an open zone, and as of now, no trekking permits are required. We ensure that your trekking experience is hassle-free in this regard.

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