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Batura Glacier Trek

Batura Glacier Trek

$1520 $1220 / per person
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Batura Glacier lies in Batura-Valley Passu Located in Gojal region of the Gilgit-Baltistan Pakistan. The Batura Glacier, 57 kilometers (35 mi) along the northern region is holy with lofty mountains, long glaciers and amazing landscape making it a heaven for Alpine lovers. Batura Glacier trek is an incredibly beautiful trek of such scenery. An average height of 3800m, wild alpine flowers filled meadows, birch trees and where roses and juniper trees are common.

This trip is a fascinating experience of an easy stroll along with a flower-strewn gully between the lateral moraine of Battura Glacier and the mountains. It provides breathtaking views of high Peaks like Ultar (7388), Shispare (7611m), Passu peak (7284m), Karun Koh (7164m), and others in the Shimshal region. From Fatimahil you can have an unforgettable view of the formidable North face of Battura massif. After halfway between Kukhil and Guchsum is the wide plateau of Shelmin where the Urthum brook flows from the North. This is much tougher route than Kilik or Mintaka but not a technical one. The scenery will simply sweep you off your feet.

While trekking, we can get an opportunity to see the Wakhi peoples’ summer lifestyle as they venture to summer pastures to graze their cattle and yaks. The actual trips start in Islamabad, the modern capital of Pakistan and we drive on Karakoram Highway, one the wondrous achievements of humankind with breathtaking views of Rakaposhi, Diran Peak, Shishpar peak 7611 meters, Ultar peak 7388 meters, Passu Peak 7478 meters, Karon Koh (7200 meters, and the Batura massive 7500-7785 meters, so many Karakoram giants. The captivating Hunza culture, their smiling welcome, their warm hospitality is an equally charming experience of its own. Every day of the trip turns to be fascinating making the whole the trip an incredible lifetime experience.

Tour Plan

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Day 01: Arrival at Rawalpindi/Islamabad 

Hotel, trek briefing. We will have ample time for sightseeing and shopping in colorful old bazaars of Rawalpindi and new markets of Islamabad. We may also drive to the huge modern Faisal Mosque in Islamabad.
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Day 02: Fly to Gilgit City

One of the most thrilling mountain flight in the world. We will fly in a Fokker Friendship turboprop plane which seats about 40 people. The plane flies at an altitude of about 4,500 m. in the Indus valley. It is surrounded by high peaks including Nanga Parbat (8,125 m.). In Gilgit, we have time to shop and do some sightseeing.
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Day 03: Short Drive to Passu

A short couple of hours drive up the KKH brings us to the village of Pasu. The view of Tupopdan needles towering above the Hunza river in Pasu is breathtaking. In the afternoon we have time to walk in the old village.
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Day 04: Trek to Yunzben

The Batura Glacier trek begins. It takes about 4 to 5 hours walking on dusty trails at the snout of the huge Batura Glacier. The Batura is even longer than the famous Baltoro Glacier in the K2 region.
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Day 05: Trek Towards Yashpirt

Today we diagonally cross the Batura Glacier. This is a tiresome day with a lot of walking on rocks and the moraines of Batura. Yashpirt is a beautiful high meadow with many shepherd huts and fantastic views of the Batura peaks and the famous Batura ice fall across the glacier from us. We can also see Distaghil Sar (7,885 m.) from here. Distaghil Sar is the highest most western mountain in Trans-Himalayan and one has to go around the globe to come back to the eastern Himalaya to find such high peaks. Today’s walk takes about 6 to 8 hours.
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Day 06: Trek to Guchashim

This takes about 4 to 6 hours and involves crossing mountain streams. On the way we see families from Pasu with their yaks, sheep and cows in their summer homes. On our right is the ever present huge Batura massif wall
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Day 07: Rest Day at Guchashim

We have ample time to wash, read and just explore the beautiful and awesome environment. Some go a little higher for a day hike to visit a side valley.
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Day 08: Trek Back to Yashpirt 

After spending two nights and one whole day at Guchashim today we will return to Yashpirt camp
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Day 09: Trek Back to Yunzben

Return to Yunzben camp.
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Day 10: Trek Back to Passu

Today is the last of our trek, we will return to Passu for some rest we will shift to the hotel.
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Day 11: Drive to Khunjarab and Back to Karimabad

Leaving early morning by jeep we proceed to the famous Khunjerab Pass (4,833 m.). After touching China at the highest paved border crossing in the world where the Pamirs meet the Karakoram we return to Karimabad on KKH. We arrive back in town in the late afternoon.
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Day 12: Drive to Gilgit & Fly to Islamabad

We return to Gilgit and have ample opportunity to visit the Central Asian bazaars and do some sightseeing and here we go again and find ourselves looking forward to being on this world-famous flight. One can never get enough of the sight of Nanga Parbat which is so huge that the plane takes about ten minutes to cross its northern face!
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Day 13: Fly Back to Home

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Trip booking procedure: Once you booked the desired Tour package with The Karakoram Ventures. We will sent you an email for the confirmation of you booking. After that we will sent you the detailed materials which will be really useful to understand even the minor details about your tour. You should have a passport at least valid for the next 6 months. The Karakoram venture will help you to get a Pakistani visa for that purpose you have to send us a Scanned image of your passport. We will sent you an invitation letter, addressing the nearest Pakistani Embassy. There are 2 different ways to apply for the tourist visa.
  1. The conventional way – Filling the visa form and submitting along with required documents in the nearest Pakistani Embassy or consulate.
  2. You can also fill the visa form Online at: https://visa.nadra.gov.pk/tourist-visa/ . You have to upload the required informations. It might take 8 – 10 working days.
Once your visa issued you have to pay the Trip booking charges (i.e. 30% of your ) What's not included? Foreign tourists (non-Pakistani)
  • Government trekking permit fees/paperwork
  • Licensed professional guide (government requirement)
  • Airport transfer on first and last day
  • All domestic flights and transfers
  • Road transport in Pakistan
  • Hotel accommodation in Pakistan (twin sharing rooms)
  • Trekking accommodation in Pakistan (twin sharing tents)
  • Hotel meals in Pakistan (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Trekking meals in Pakistan (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • All camping site fees and bridge fees
  • Trekking logistics (tents, non-personal equipment and tools)
  • Support staff (cook, assistant(s) etc.)
  • Porters for trekking equipment, kitchen (supplies, tools, equipment, crockery, gas) and personal luggage
Domestic tourists (Pakistani Nationals)
  • Licensed professional guide
  • Road transport from Skardu to Askole/Hushe and return
  • Trekking accommodation in Pakistan (twin sharing dome tents)
  • All trekking meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • All camping site fees and bridge fees
  • Trekking logistics (mess & kitchen tents, non-personal equipment and tools)
  • Support staff (cook, assistant(s) etc. – according to need)
  • Porters for trekking equipment, kitchen (supplies, tools, equipment, crockery, gas) and personal luggage (12.5kg maximum allowed)
  • Porters for mountaineering equipment
  What's not included? Foreign tourists (non-Pakistani)
  • Travel Insurance (recommendations only)
  • Visa to Pakistan (supporting documents offered)
  • International airfare
  • Personal equipment (list provided on registration or request)
  • Tips for guides, porters, staff etc.
  • Miscellaneous (drinks, phone calls, laundry, souvenir etc.)
  Domestic tourists (Pakistani Nationals)
  • Government trekking permit (not required)
  • Airport transfers in Islamabad and Skardu (can be organized – additional charges)
  • Domestic flights to Skardu and return (can be organized – additional charges)
  • Road transfers from Islamabad to Skardu and return (can be organized – additional charges)
  • Sightseeing in Islamabad, Skardu and surrounding areas
  • Hotel accommodation in Islamabad and Skardu (can be organized – additional charges)
  • Hotel meals in Islamabad and Skardu (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Travel insurance (recommendations can be requested)
  • Visa to Pakistan (not required)
  • International airfare for overseas Pakistani
  • Personal equipment (list provided on registration or request)
  • Tips for guides, porters, staff etc.
  • Miscellaneous (drinks, phone calls, laundry, souvenir etc.)
 
Important Notes
Early Bird Discount
The given price for the trek is an early bird discount and will change after January. There will be an increase of US$ 80 every month after January. Our trekking holiday prices will not change once you have paid the deposit so the price when you book is the price you will pay. Register yourselves early to avoid increase in holiday prices. The given price for the trek is not negotiable unless you have a large private group.
Price discrimination
We strongly believe that foreign tourists should not pay more than locals. The reason for what may seem to be price discrimination is purely because of the additional and necessary services included as you will find under holiday information.
Deposit amount for Pakistani nationals
The deposit amount for Pakistani nationals is PKR 10,000 or 10% of total price, whichever is greater. The deposit amount is non-refundable and non-transferrable to other departures.
Refund policy
Deposit: Once paid, the deposit is non-refundable as it will be spent on making in-country arrangements. In case of visa rejection, a refund/partial-refund (if costs incurred) will be considered. In such cases, a valid proof of visa rejection must be submitted to our office within 72 hours of rejection. The deposit in non-refundable for Pakistani nationals in all cases.
Balance: Pay the balance amount on arrival in Pakistan on the first day.
Currency
All foreign tourists are charged in US Dollars (USD) while Pakistani tourists are charged in Pakistani Rupees (PKR).
Single Supplement
Separate hotel rooms (single supplement) will cost additional US$ 390. This includes all hotel nights. This payment should be made with the balance amount.
Separate tent (single tent) will cost additional US$ 160. This includes cost of additional porterage. This payment should be made with the balance amount upon arrival.
 

**Before requesting to register with us for this trip, we encourage intending participant that he/she should read and understand the following terms and conditions. Kindly note it, Do this tour at your own risk. For any query about the plan, please contact the mentioned contacts.

  • Reservations:
Reservations can be made by mailing. The Tour cost is strictly based on the itinerary and the total number of hotel and camp nights mentioned therein. If the trip has to be delayed due to bad weather, road washouts, canceled or delayed flights, sickness, Government restrictions or any other contingency for which “The Karakoram Ventures” cannot make provisions, the resulting extra cost for such delay is not included.
  • Form of payment:
Advance payment 30 % of the land cost for the booking confirmation will be accepted via online transfer or deposit to the Bank account of The Karakorum Ventures. Rest of the Payment only will be accepted only in cash or a certified cheque.
  • Cancellation & Refund:
Cancellation must be notified either by a phone call or by email to the mentioned email address of The Karakoram Ventures. Cancellation charges shall be levied as follows: 30 days before departure 25 % of the advance booking fee, 29 – 15 days before departure 50 % of the land cost, 14 to 1 day before departure 90% of the land cost. No refund will be given for any unused portion of the trip. The host reserves the right to cancel the trip without prior notice for any reasons deemed appropriate by them. In such a case the registered participants will receive a full refund.
  • Insurance:
Visitors are advised to get the insurance that covers cancellation, accidents, health emergency evacuation, helicopter rescue, and loss or damage of baggage and personal effects. This insurance must be arranged directly with your agent/insurance company.
  • Baggage:
Every member is entitled to bring a maximum weight of 15 kg (International clients) and 10 kg (national clients) of personal baggage. Any excess baggage portage will be charged separately.
  • Change of Itinerary:
Reasonable changes in the itinerary may be made only where deem advisable for the safety and comfort of the client.
  • Liability:
The Karakoram Ventures, its agents and employees will not be liable for any injury, death, damage, loss, accident, delay, theft, irregularity or acts of God, either by the acts of any company or person engaged in conducting the tour.
  • Responsibilities:
The Karakoram Ventures will provide transports, accommodations, meals and other necessary requirements which are mentioned in the tour itinerary.
  • Ethical Considerations:
Each participant should treat other Club member with respect, dignity, and honor. Use of violent behavior including altercation, insinuations of indecent kind, verbal and physical abuse and assault, aggravated behavior, or any other act amounting to unbecoming of member are strictly prohibited. Special respect for female members would be exercised. Sportsmen spirit shall be displayed at all times.
  • Drugs:
Using drugs or found party to drug sale or possession is strictly prohibited.
  • Team Work:
Our trip is expected to be an adventure trip and we will be camping using tents which will be erected with the help of the participants. All participants are expected to help each other to erect tents and to follow the instructions of Team Leader. It should be noted carefully that we will not use hotels for lodging until and unless we are facing unavoidable circumstances.
  • Cultural Considerations:
Photos and movies are permitted to be shot during our trip provided it is not objectionable to local people or any participant particularly females. These photos and movies are aimed for personal use only.
  • Environmental Care
All members would give due care for the local environmental care. Garbage (tins. Water bottles, wrappers, etc.) Shall be suitably disposed of without polluting water sources.
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