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Shimshal Pass Trek

Shimshal Gojal Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan

16 days 15 nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

16 people




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.


  • 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


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Day 01: Islamabad

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.

Day 02: Islamabad - Chilas

Drive to Chilas via Karakorum Highway (KKH) or via Naran valley if the babusar pass is open.

Day 03: Chilas - Ghulkin/Gulmit

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.

Day 04: Gulmit/Passu – Shimshal: Preparation day

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.

Day 05: Shimshal – Pasthurzin

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.

Day 06: Pasthfuzin – Arbobpuryen

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.

Day 07: Arbobpuryen – Shujarab

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!

Day 08: Shujerav – Shimshal Pass (4745m)

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.

Day 09: Climb Minglik Sar

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.

Day 10: Shimshal Pass – Arbobpuyen

Trek back on the same way to Arbobpuryen.

Day 11: Arbobpuryen – Pasthfurzin.

Trek back to Pasthfurzin

Day 12: Pasthfurzin – Shimshal Village

Today is the last day of our trek of 3 – 4 hours, arrive and transfer to the guesthouse.

Day 13: Shimshal – Gulmit

Departure for Gulmit, it is 4 and half hours’ drive, arrive and transfer to the hotel

Day 14: Gulmit – Besham

Departure for Besham on the Karakorum Highway, Stop en-route for lunch and photography, arrive and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 15: Besham – Islamabad

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.

Day 16: Islamabad – Fly to your destination

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.


  • 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

Things to see

Altit Fort
Attabad Lake
Babusar Pass
Baltit Fort
Borith Lake
Duiker sunset point
Faisal mosque
Ganish village
Ghulkin village
Gilgit Baltistan
Gilgit City
Indus river
Junction point of 3 mountains ranges (Karakoram, Himalaya, Hindu Kush)
Kahgan valley
Karakorum Highway
Khunjerab national park
Khunjerab Pass
Kohistan valley
Ladyfinger peak
Lok Virsa
Lulusar Lake
Mansera city
Margalla hills
Margalla Hills
Misgar valley
Nagar Valley
Nanga Parbat
Ondra poygah
Pakistan Heritage Museum
Pakistan monument
Passu cones
Passu glacier
Passu peak
Passu suspension bridge
Rakaposhi peak
Rakaposhi Viewpoint
remains of ols silk road
Royal garden
Sacreds rocks of Hunza
Saeedpur village
Shimshal Pamir
Shimshal pass
Shimshal valley
Shishper peak
Taxila heritage sites
Taxila museum
Trango Tower
Upper Kachura Lake
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Tour's Location

Shimshal Gojal Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan


How hard is Shimshal Pass trek?
Not for beginners and not to difficult, if you have some trekking experience you can do it.
How long is the trek to Shimshal Pass?
It is 7 - 8 days trekking.
How much does it cost to trek to Shimshal Pass / Pamir?
The cost for Shimshal Pass / Pamir depends on the size of group, the more member in the group reduces the cost.
What is highest elevation we will go in the trek?
The highest can be 6000m above sea level if climbing Minglik sar is in your itinerary otherwise just the pass is 4735m.
How cold is it at Shimshal Pass / Pamir?
Temperatures on the expedition may vary from 0 to 30 degrees during the day and -10 to 10 degrees at night. It's best to be prepared for lower temperatures due to wind chill or the weather turning bad.
What should I bring to Shimshal Pass / Pamir trek?
Many of the following items are optional; tailor the list to suit your personal needs.- Water bottles (two 1-liter or one 1-liter + hydration reservoir)- Hydration reservoir (2-liter; optional)- Water bottle insulating sleeves- Watch with alarm- Video / still camera- Spare camera battery and charger- Spare camera memory card- Camping pillow- Camp towel- Insect repellent- Pocket knife or multi-tool- Personal first-aid kit- Eye shade- Ear plugs- Hand and toe warmers- Cell phone in waterproof case- Cell phone charging cable- Local SIM card for cell phone (purchase in Skardu)- Portable power device (for recharging phone or other electronics)
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