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Crossing the Lukpe La

Shimshal Valley & Munglar Shar

  • Where?

    Pakistan

  • Altitude

    6050m

  • Duration

    28 days

  • Weather

  • Physical

    P5

  • Technical

    T5

  • P5 - Superlative fitness is called for. Regular, long and intense physical training is required for preparation. Expect long days on the hill of 10-15 hours in testing weather conditions (especially summit day) carrying up to 15-20kg in weight, and or pulling a pulk with exceptional weight.

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  • T5 - Competent Alpine climbing ability. Should be comfortable on Scottish Winter III ground or Alpine AD. Complete understanding and confidence in use of  your technical kit will be required.

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  • Overview

  • Date & Prices

  • Pics & Vids

  • Itinerary

  • Kit List

  • FAQ's

Overview

This unique and special trek takes you into the remote beauty of Gilgit Baltistan Pakistan. This is a 28 day fully supported mountaineering trek, with the opition to climb a 6000m peak in Shimshal.

We aim to trek a pioneering route away from the more popular trekking route. After reaching Snow Lake, we will head north to the more remote Lukpe La Pass to cross into Shimshal (as opposed to taking the more popular Hispar la route to Hunza).

Once in Shimshal, we will attempt the 6050m Munglar Shar Peak and then continue onto Hunza and experience the beauty and amazing hospitality of this colourful region. We will then continue on to Islamabad where the tour ends.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wild expedition to the spectacular and little explored Gilgit Baltistan Pakistan
  • Crossing the remote and rarely crossed Lukpe La Pass
  • Trek in isolated Shimshal, with the optional climb of Munglar Shar Peak (6050m)
  • Explore the beautiful upper Shimshal valleys
  • Experience the incredible hospitality of Hunza and Northern Pakistan
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Crossing the Lukpe La, Shimshal Valley & Munglar Shar

Date & Prices

For private trips or bespoke itineraries inc. different dates, please contact the 360 office on 0207 1834 360.

For private trips or bespoke itineraries inc. different dates, please contact the 360 office on 0207 1834 360.

Departure & Return

Duration

Price (excl. flight)

Price (incl. flight)

Start: 07 July 2019
End: 03 August 2019

Price without flights:  $4,999

Leader: Adrian (Ade) Summers
Min 4 persons, max 10 persons

07 July 2019

03 August 2019

28 days

$4,999

N/A

Leader: Adrian (Ade) Summers
Min 4 persons, max 10 persons

Included

  • Internal air tickets – Islamabad/ Skardu/ Gilgit /Peshawar to Chitral and Islamabad
  • Transportation (air conditioned / non AC) from Islamabad to Chitral, Skardu, Shimshall, Hunza, Chitral, respectively to the itinerary including all the hotel transfers
  • Hotel accommodation (based on twin sharing rooms) and hotel meals (inlcuding mineral water)
  • All meals during the trek
  • Wages of the porters and their insurance and first aid kit
  • Sleeping tents (two men), mess and kitchen tents, sleeping mattresses, tables, chairs, toilet tent
  • Kitchen appliances – including stove, fuel and crockery etc.
  • Services of mountain guide, cook, assistants and their insurance
  • Toll tax, parking fee, camping fee etc.
  • Every member will be accommodated with baggage 25kg
  • 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor
  • Monthly payment plan, on request

Not Included

  • International flight
  • Personal equipment
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Items of a personal nature – e.g. room service, laundry, beverages and phone calls
  • Any additional costs asssociated with changing route – for example, in the event of road blockage caused by natural hazards, it may become necessary to change vehicles from one point of the road to the next point, in which case, the extras would be charged
  • Trip insurance and any associated rescue charges

Pics & Vids

Itinerary

DAY 1 : Arrival at Islamabad Airport. Transfer to Hotel

Arrive at Islamabad airport and transfer to hotel. Relax and recover after your flight before regrouping for a full 360 brief and kit check from our guide.

DAY 2 : Fly to Skardu or Drive to Chilas

Early morning flight to Skardu. In the event of flight cancellation, we will drive to Chilas.

DAY 3 : Skardu Sightseeing or Drive to Skardu

Sightseeing of Skardu town or Drive to Skardu

DAY 4 : Skardu Sightseeing and Team Briefing

Briefing and sightseeing of Skardu town.

DAY 5 : Drive to Askole (7 Hours Drive) 3100m

Today we will take the spectacular drive to Askole. We leave Skardu for the 7-hour drive to the road head at the village of Askole, passing through the Shigar Valley. Then through the amazing Braldu Gorge before arriving at the road head at the town of Askole. Askole is the famous start for K2 treks and Expeditions. Camp (B/L/D)

DAY 6 : Trek to Namla 4-5 Hours 3400m

We will spend the first day on the normal K2 base camp trek until a place known as the King Polo Field. This is where the K2 trekkers cross a bridge, to the right, but we head straight up the valley to reach the start of the Biafo Glacier Valley and Camp the night in Namla.  Camp (B/L/D)

DAY 7 : Trek to Baintha (7-8 Hours) 3940m

Today we drop down onto the Glacier and head up the ice highway to Baintha Camp. We will be crossing the glacier from side to side finding the best route through the pressure ridges and crevasses. There is a basic trail on rubble covered ice. Camp (B/L/D)

DAY 8 : Rest / Acclimation Day at Baintha 3940m

Rest day / Acclimatisation day with an optional trek to Baintha Barak Base Camp (B/L/D)

DAY 9 : Trek to Marfogoro (6 Hours) 4300m

The trek up to Marforgoro Camp starts off tricky on rubble covered ice before clearing as we get to the ice highway – with granulated ice, which grips well without crampons and we make good progress. Again the route zigzags to cross crevasses. We are entering the big mountains with views of the Ogre and the Latoks ranges. Camp (B/L/D)

DAY 10 : Trek to Snow Lake (7 Hours) 4600m

One of Pakistan’s and the world’s natural wonders is Snow Lake. Snow Lake is a high altitude glacial basin over 16km wide at the head of
the Biafo and Hispar glaciers. We camp on the lake surrounded by these magnificent mountains which are rarely seen. Camp (B/L/D)

DAY : NOTE

This is our planned route and camps which are subject to change depending on the conditions and weather we encounter.

Please note the rest of this trip is very much exploratory and therefore accurate information and details are not yet known.

This is set to be a true adventure into a beautiful and remote region, so we are unfortunately unable to confirm exact details.

 

DAY 11 : Trek to High Camp Lupke La around 7 Hours 4900m

From this day we really head off the map.  Here some trekkers head west to cross the Hispar La. We will head north following the Simgang Glacier heading toward the Lukpe La Pass. We will camp below the Lukpe La Pass at a High camp. (B/L/D)

DAY 12 : Cross Lukpe La to Base Camp (7-8 Hours)

An early start when the snow is strong and crisp. We will trek over Lupke La at 5700m. We will have a short rest to admire the views of Simyang Skamla Simla Glaciers, and descend to base camp for a much needed and well-deserved rest. (B/L/D)

 

DAY 13 : Trek to Junjol / Karavan Base Camp (7-8 Hours)

Today our trek descends toward Baraldu Glacier. Walking around 7-8 hrs to reach the Baraldu base camp. (B/L/D)

DAY 14 : Trek to Skorag

Trek to Skorag. Camp. B/L/D

DAY 15 : Trek to Chikar

Trek to Chikar. Camp. B/L/D

DAY 16 : Trek to Shuarth

Trek to Shuarth. Camp. B/L/D

DAY 17 : Trek to Shimshal Pass

Trek to Shimshal pass. Camp. B/L/D

DAY 18 / 19 / 20 / 21 : Climb Munglik Sar Peak 6050m

Rest day and climb trekking peak Munglik Har (6050m). Camp. B/L/D

DAY 22 : Trek to Purian Sar

Trek to Purian Sar. Camp. B/L/D

DAY 23 : Trek to Garasar

Trek to Garasar. Camp. B/L/D

DAY 24 : Trek to Shimshal Village

Trek to Shimshal. Guest house. B/L/D

DAY 25 : Drive to Passu Village

Drive to Passu and visit Passu village. Proceed to Borit Lake. B/L/D

DAY 26 : Drive to Hunza

Drive to Hunza. Excursion to Altit and Baltit Forts. Hotel. B/L/D

DAY 27 : Drive to Gilgit and onward flight to Islamabad

Proceed to Gilgit and onward flight to Islamabad. As a contingency and in the event of flight cancellation, we will drive to Naran over Babu Sar Pass. B/L/D

 

DAY 28 : Sightseeing in Islamabad or Drive to Islamabad

If required, we will drive to Islamabad (6-7h) or alternatively, we will have a day of sightseeing in Islamabad. Evening preparation for international departure home. B/L/D

These are subject to minor changes depending on flight arrival and departure times, weather, group dynamics and fitness and so on, but the itinerary outlined provides an excellent indication of the trek and what you will experience.

Kit List

Please get in touch with the office as this is yet to be updated on the website.

FAQ's

Travel

What is the best air route to my destination?

Flights are not inlcuded on this expedition but many airlines fly to Islamabad (ISB). British Airways now operate a direct flight from London.

How cold will it get on this trip

We are expecting the days to be warm or even hot into the 30 degrees C.  The nights will be cold especially on the glacier camps and higher altitudes

Entry requirements

Do I need a visa for Pakistan?

If you are travelling to Pakistan on a British passport, you will need to get a visa before you travel.

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months at the time of your visa application.

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