RAKAPOSHI-DIRAN BASE CAMP-ULTAR MEADOWS TREK

RAKAPOSHI-DIRAN BASE CAMP-ULTAR MEADOWS TREK
11 NIGHTS / 12 DAYS
Islamabad-Gilgit-Minapin-Tagha Phari-Minapin-Karimabad-Gilgit-Islamabad

 

Trek Itinerary:

Day 01: Islamabad

Arrive at Benazir Bhutto International airport Islamabad. Meet, assist & transfer to the hotel. AM at leisure. PM Islamabad city tour.

Our sightseeing tour will start from, Faisal Mosque, Shakar Parian & National monument with a trip to Damn-e-Koh, to catch an eye bird view of the twin cities. Overnight at the hotel. (No meals).

Day 02: Islamabad – Gilgit or Chilas

After breakfast transfer to Benazir Bhutto International airport Islamabad for flight to Gilgit by PK-605 or PK-607 (Subject to weather flight). This ATR flight will be taking us from Islamabad to Gilgit while looking at the beautiful Nanga Parbat.

Pick up from Gilgit airport by PK-605 or PK-607. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Gilgit. (Breakfast only).
(If flight cancels then, we will drive via Karakuram Highway to reach Gilgit on the way overnight stay in Chilas). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Next day drive to Minapin. (Breakfast only).

NOTE:- Confirmation of flight to/from Gilgit is subject to weather on provisional bookings and confirmation of seat is expected one day before. Confirmation depends on previous backlog.

If flight operates then city tour of Gilgit. Kargah visit, Gilgit Bazaar, and suspension bridge visit. Overnight at the hotel in Gilgit. (Breakfast only).

Day 03: Gilgit or Chilas to Minapin

After breakfast drive from Gilgit or Chilas to Minapin.

It will take about 3 – 7 hours. Minapin is a small Village of Nagar Valley, which is the gate way to the beautiful mountain Rakaposhi and beautiful Diran Peak. We shall arrange our all food and camping material as we shall be starting our trek from this Village. For overnight stay we have both options either in the tents or in the hotel. (Breakfast only).

Day 04: Minapin – Tagha Phari

After breakfast start trek to Tagha Phari.

It will take 7 to 8 hours to reach Tagha Phari; once we reached there we shall be in the shade of mighty Rakaposhi (7788m) and Diran (7266) peaks. Rakaposhi (7788m) is one of the most eye-catching peaks known as Beauty Queen and the world’s 29th highest mountain. One can observe from the Karakuram Highway while going to Hunza from Gilgit. The peak is encircled by well-known glaciers and valleys like Bagrot, Minapin and Jaglot. Overnight in Tents. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Day 05: Tagha Phari

Full day excursion to Diran Base Camp. Overnight in the tents. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Day 06: Tagha Phari – Minapin – Karimabad

After breakfast in front of Rakaposhi and Diran.

We shall proceed down to Minapin Village and further drive to Karimabad. Upon arrival transfer to the Hotel, PM at Leisure. Overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast only).

Day 07: Karimabad

After breakfast full day city tour of Hunza including Baltit Fort.

Karimabad is the delightful old capital of the Hunza Kingdom. From Karimabad, with its souvenir shop, post office and tea shop, you can obtain a magnificent view of the valley laid out below you and of the peaks behind. The Aliabad / Karimabad area is scattered with wild flowers and blossoming fruit orchards. We will spend half our day in these two towns enjoying the greenery and delighting in the sound of water falls. Overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast only).

Day 08: Karimabad

After breakfast walk up to Ultar Meadows.

A good day hike can be made to Ultar Meadow, which is at an altitude of about 3,000 meters, behind Karimabad. The Ultar Meadow is used as a summer pasture by the Baltit villagers. After coming down to Karimabad we shall visit the Old Baltit fort was the old palace of the Mirs of Hunza and was inhabited until 1960. It is about 400 years old. Baltit is a curious rambling old place, strongly built of stones, sun-dried mud and wood. Baltit Fort is built on a cliff edge; behind it is a ravine and then the Ultar glacier shinning in the sunshine. The architecture here reflects a Tibetan influence. The view from the top of the fort is well worth the climb. After Fort we shall have good time in Karimabad bazaar. Overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast only).

Day 09: Karimabad – Gilgit

Breakfast at the hotel. AM. At leisure morning while exploring the area, afternoon we shall drive to Gilgit.

Upon arrival transfer to Hotel, and proceed for Gilgit Bazaar excursion, suspension bridge. Gilgit is the administrative center and economic hub of Gilgit/Baltistan. It lies in the heart of the Karakuram, at 1500metres, near the confluence of the Hunza and Gilgit Rivers. The bazaar is modernizing, from shacks to two storey cement shops, NLI Market with a selection of Pakistani, Chinese and European goods. Well worth taking home are Chinese silk, and saffron, worth its weight in gold! Gilgit is home to many freestyle polo teams, and if you are in town during a tournament you are in for an exciting afternoon of traditional music, non-stop play, free style polo match. Overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast only).

Day 10: Gilgit – Islamabad

After breakfast transfer to Gilgit airport for flight to Islamabad by PK-606 or PK-608 (Subject to weather flight). Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Islamabad. or PM at leisure in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. (Breakfast only).

(If flight cancels then, we will drive via Karakuram Highway to reach Islamabad on the way overnight stay in Besham). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Next day drive to Islamabad. (Breakfast only).

NOTE:- Confirmation of flight to/from Gilgit is subject to weather on provisional bookings and confirmation of seat is expected one day before. Confirmation depends on previous backlog.

Day 11: Islamabad

Drive to Islamabad via Taxila. Overnight at the hotel. Or Proceed to Taxila for day excursion. Overnight stay at the hotel. (Breakfast only).

Day 12: Islamabad

Transfer to Benazir International airport Islamabad for your home bound flight. (Breakfast only).

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