Shimshal Pamir Trek, Shimshal Pass Trekking

Shimshal Pass Trek

Explore the hidden paradise on earth!

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 .

Itinerary

Day 01: Islamabad
Arrival at the airport in Islamabad, Our guide and drive will meet you here, after meeting and greeting transfer t to the hotel for short rest/refreshment, we will spend the rest of the day with exploring the twin city Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

Day 02: Islamabad – Chilas
Departure for Chilas early in the morning, we will stop en-route for photography and lunch, Today we will drive on the famous Karakorum Highway which connect Pakistan with China and is the trade route between these two countries. Arrive and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 03: Chilas – Gulmit/Passu
Departure for Gulmit, Today is another exciting day of traveling on the Karakroum Highway, en-route we will stop at the junction point of the three great mountain ranges (Karakorum, Himalaya and Hindukush) and for lunch at the Rakaposhi view point, after lunch we will continue driving to Karimabad. Arrive and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 04: Gulmit/Passu – Shimshal
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 – Arbabpurin
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 Parin a place for lunch and again 2 hours climb to reach Parinsar. Parinsar offers the best view of Maidur Valley, Chashkin (6000m) peaks, Mangligh Sar(6050m)  traverse walk to Arbabpurin.

Day 07: Arbabprin – Shujarab
Easy trek to Shujarab 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: Shujarab – Shimshal Pass (4745m)
Shujarab 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 Mangaligh Sar
This great opportunities to climb Mangaligh Sar, Start at 3 o clock in the morning  after 9 hours you will reach the summit, Magaligh 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, Verjarab Valley, Yukshin gardan (7400m) Pamiri and Kanjut sar.

Day 10: Shimshal Pass – Arbabpurin
Trek back on the same way to Arbabpurin.

Day 11: Arbabpurin – 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: Departure
Drive to the airport and fly to destination

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Trek Name:     Shimshal Pass / Pamir Trek
Range:            Karakoram
Zone:              Open
Altitude:         Minimum: 600m – Maximum: 4348m
Duration:       15 Days
Best Time:     May – October

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