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Karakorum Grand Base Camps Trek

Karakorum Grand Base Camps Trek

$2520 $2299 / per person
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The grand Base Camp Trek of Karakoram Mountains, is an amazing combination of treks of the Base Camps 5 highest mountains of the world which are situated in Pakistan. The Base Camps which are going to cover during this grand base camp are K2-8611m 2nd highest Mountain, Gasherbrum I and II, Broad Peak, Nanga Parbat-Killer Mountain.

Additionally During this trek we will experience the Gondogoro-la 5600meters. From the top of Gondogoro-La we’ll have a breathtaking view of Masherbrum, Hidden Peak, Chogolisa, Trinity Peak, Layla Peak and the Gondogoro Glacier. The trek starts at Askole Valley of District shigar and ends at Hushe Valley of Khaplu District of Baltistan.

We have a special reserved day at Concordia to explore the hidden beauty of the panoramic peaks at the core of the Baltoro. The trek is bit difficult and is recommended for good trekkers. The journey to giant Baltoro begins at Skardu, the capital town of Baltistan

  • Departure
    Islamabad
  • Departure Time
    Approximately 8.30AM
  • Return Time
    Approximately 7.30PM

Tour Plan

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1. ARRIVAL IN ISLAMABAD

Welcome to Islamabad! You will be greeted by an English-speaking assistant at the airport after immigration and custom. The assistant will escort you to bus for your hotel. 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 modern Faisal Mosque in Islamabad.
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2. FLY TO SKARDU /DRIVE TO CHILAS

Total Duration: 12 Hours OR Islamabad-Skardu via Air: (45mints) We rise early to be at the airport in time for our flight to Skardu. If the weather is good, we'll be treated to one of the finest views available in the world of aviation, as we thread our way up the largest congregation of mountains of Karakoram, Hindu Kush, Himalaya and Indus River gorges, third longest in Asia and one of the deepest in the world. If the flight is unable to operate because of bad weather, we will resort to travel by road to Chilas. The drive is compensated by the beautiful scenery along highway and Indus gorges. Activities: Flight or Drive on KKH, Sightseeing Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Accommodation: Hotel
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3. SKARDU FREE DAY /DRIVE TO SKARDU

This day may be needed to complete the KKH road journey from Chilas to Skardu. Alternatively, leaving Skardu today will enable us to enjoy an extra day of trekking. Drive 10-12 hrs. Activities Cultural exploration, Sightseeing, Hiking, Jeep Safari
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4. JEEP TO ASKOLE

Today we rise early and view the beautiful sunrise against the backdrop of the Karakoram. After breakfast drive to Shigar, a history-soaked medieval town. There is also a heritage Palace cum Fort (Fong khar). Completely renovated by the AKCSP a few years back, the Palace and its suburbs reflects a medieval look. Here we will pay a brief visit to the Garden House, Royal room, museum handicraft shop and The Khanqah Moalla, famous for its uniquely carved wooden windows and meditation cells. Shigar retains a mystical, medieval aura that may leave you feeling like you have stepped through the looking glass. Then an exciting jeep journey takes us through the fields of the Shigar valley before the road narrows to a mountain track leading to the trail head at Askole, the last inhabitancy on our way to the great glaciers. Highest in the region, the stone & timber abodes contain dark & narrow stairwells raven by gloomy, unlit alleys cluster within the embrace of the fertile terraces. Distance 135 Km, Drive: 07-08 hrs. Altitude: 3050 M Activities Jeep Safari, Cultural Exploration
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5. TREK TO JULA

Today we leave the last inhabited village Askole. Porters are assembled to carry our luggage for the next section of the journey. For the remaining portion of our journey we rely on our porters who carry our food and equipment and sustain our expedition. After scrambling over a ridge we come across what legend says an old polo field. Passing through a rock gap we cross the Biafo glacier. The Biafo Glacier is a huge river of ice 63 km long which descends from the central peaks of the Karakoram and flows east into the Braldu valley at a point about 10 km east of Askole. After two and a half hour trek a long and uphill walk over a steep ridge along the Dumordo River. Descend at Jula, (Wire Rope Bridge supported by a wooden basket) cross it and camp beside a torrent facing the Bakhordas peak. Walk 06-07 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3150 M Activities Trekking
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6. TREK TO PAIU

Resume trek along the Braldu River to a green oasis under the shadows of Paiu Peak, the last grove of trees before the trail moves onto the glacier, 6611 M. Paiu – is a Balti dialect word that means “SALT”. Since there are some rock salt deposits at the base of this peak, the locals believe that the snow on the summit of Paiu Peak is not snow but a huge deposit of salt which drips down to the base. From this camp we have the first views of the impressive Baltoro Glacier. Walk 05-06 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3480 M Activities Trekking
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7. TREK TO TRANGO TOWER BASE CAMP

Today we leave Baltoro glacier and turns left on Trango glacier and trek up to base camp below Uli Biaho and Trango Towers. Quite a place with huge granite rock towers reaching thousands of feet high, dropping down to the churning moraine of the Dunge and Trango glaciers. The route is mixed snow/ice climbing at a relatively moderate grade. You can see Trango Tower from both side i.e Dunge glacier and Trango glacier. You can watch Trango Tower’s Donge glacier face also from Urdukas camp site. 04-05 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 4200 M Activities Trekking
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8. TREK TO KHO BURSE

Today we resume trek with a gradual climb up Baltoro Glacier on the southern edge. After about two hours the path divides at the snout of Baltoro glacier where the left branch goes to the base camp of Trango Tower and the Serpo Lgo pass. Continue to the right climbing up on to the glacier that stretches up the valley, 62 km long and 2 km wide. Further 2-3 hours steady climb on a long diagonal to the other side. Follow the southern edge to Liliwa and onward to Khuburse, a lovely walk for about 90 minutes to the campsite with clear water. Walk Walk: 05-08 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3760 m Activities Trekking
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9. TREK TO URDUKAS

Today morning we leave Kho-burse camp and walk mostly along the crest of lateral moraine towards Urdukas. This camp has superb views across the Baltoro Glacier to the Trango peaks, having view of Paiu Peak, Chorichi, Uli Biaho, Trango Tower and so on and is our last ‘green grass’ campsite. Walk 05-06 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 4130 M Activities Trekking
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10. URDUKAS - REST DAY

This is the last campsite the main glacier, with very impressive views over the Baltoro and to the dramatic rock spires on the opposite on grassy slopes off side of the glacier. (Courtesy by Udom Peter) So based on our past experience rest day at Urdukus comes with the following advantages. Helps the acclimatization process and has proved to more effective than a rest day at Paiu. Can take a pleasant walk behind the campsite through grassy slopes full of alpine flowers. Climbing high & sleeping low is the best way to help the acclimatization process. Trek leader will lead a training session explaining in detail the techniques for crossing the Gondogoro La. Walk None Activities Training
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11. TREK TO GORO II

A long walk on the icy Baltoro Glacier, Traveling on the glacier all the time now, it is an all day walk over the boulder-strewn glacier to the campsite at Goro. Traverse the Yerma-nandu Glacier which flows down from Masherbrum & joins the Baltoro. Masherbrum is visible on the right side of the glacier, and Mustagh Tower on the left. Gasherbrum IV and Broad Peak can be seen directly ahead, as they catch the evening sunlight. Walk 06-07 hrs, Grade : Strenuous Altitude: 4250 m Activities Trekking
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12. TREK TO CONCORDIA

Trekking to the campsite at Concordia, we pass through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world; a huge junction of Baltoro, Abruzzi & Godwin Austin Glaciers at 4000 meters. Within a short radius of 15 Kilometers, stand 41 peaks over 6500 meters including 04 peaks above 8000 M. The 360 view offers a panorama of peaks nowhere to be found on this planet. Walk 04-05 hrs, Grade: Strenuous, Altitude: 4600 m Activities Trekking
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13. CONCORDIA FREE DAY

There is plenty of time to admire the scenery and find the best vantage points from which to take photographs of the surrounding peaks. Concordia, the confluence of five glaciers, offers unprecedented views of the Karakoram peaks. Within a radius of nine miles rise 41 peaks above 21,000 feet, almost half of them still unnamed and unclimbed.
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14. TREK TO BROAD PEAK & K2 BASE CAMP

Hike over snow , rock and ice. As we start hiking from Concordia, we cross the crevasses of the Baltoro Glacier, then walk on the Medial moraine of the Godwin-Austin Glacier to Broad Peak base camp. When we look back towards Concordia, we can see the zebra -striped Glaciers sweeping around the corner and disappearing into the Baltoro Glacier. Walk: 05-06 hrs, Strenuous, Altitude: 5700 M Activities Trekking
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15. TREK TO CONCORDIA

Today you are fee to explore K2 base camp and having a little climbing towards Abruzzi ridge and return back to K-2 base camp.Start late noon trek and return back to Concordia. Overnight at Concordia. 05-06 hrs, Grade: Strenuous, Altitude: 5000 M Activities Trekking
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16. TREK TO SHAGHARING

From Concordia it is another two hour hike to our campsite on the glacier moraine.Today we walk on upper Baltoro glacier and to reach Shaghring. From here you can see Baltoro Kangri, Chogolisa and Snow dome peaks and lot of other peaks. 04-05 hrs, Grade: moderate, Altitude: 5000 M Activities Trekking
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17. TREK TO GASHERBRUM I & II BASE CAMP

Today we arrive at G-II base camp and establish our camp. We will have the opportunity to explore our beautiful and pristine alpine surroundings and relax with the climbing team as they prepare to move up the mountain. We then wish the climbers good luck and farewell and set out for our return trek back to civilization. 03-04 hrs, Grade: moderate, Altitude: 5100 Activities Trekking
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18. TREK TO ALI CAMP

After an early breakfast leave the GashaBrum Base camp and we will cross several side glacier to reach our right path.It is also possible to walk on the Vigne glacier which is fairly easy then walking on the stony path on the right side of the glacier but it depends on the snow condition. Looking back gives an unusual view of the great Karakoram peaks: K2, Broad Peak and the Gasherbrums. The trail continues to ‘Ali Camp’ situated on a rocky site overlooking the long ridge running from Masherbrum to Chogolisa . We turn in early, as we have a midnight wake-up call for the departure over the Gondogoro La. 06-07 hrs, Grade: moderate, Altitude: 4800 M Activities Trekking
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19. CROSS GONDOGORO PASS - KHUSPANG

Today our trek starts as early as 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning to cross the Gondogoro la to reach Khuspang. The basic theme behind the early walk to reach the top of the Gondogoro Pass 5685 meters is that in the morning snow will be hard and we will not get tired quickly as the sun is not strong, but as sun gets strong snow get soft, snow going to be melt and bring water and stones, also the chance of ice falls or avalanches. Today is one of the toughest and most challenging days of the trek, and although it is a long and tiring day, you are now well- acclimatized to the altitude. Our guides will fix ropes to safeguard this ascend and descend for both the porters and clients. Depending upon the snow and trail condition it may be necessary to rope up for the crossing of the glacier before getting to the base camp of pass. There are several sections with fixed ropes in place which can be used as a handrail. It is also best practice to clip a karabiner and sling onto the rope for safety. At the top to Gondogoro la you will find the most spectacular view on earth. From here you can see the K2, Broad Peak, G1, G2, Muztagh Tower on one side and towards Hushe side you will find Laila peak, Ninchi peak and a lot more. The Hushe side of the pass can be a tricky descent although there are fixed ropes in place at the top. The slope starts at a sustained 50 degrees on snow and finishes on loose scree towards the bottom. Important Note: Gondogoro La crossing is dependent on favorable weather and conditions on the trail to the pass. If it is not possible to safely ascend the pass the group will retrace steps back down the Baltoro glacier to Askole. If the prospects of safely crossing the pass are not good, Vertical Explorers guide will be obliged to make the decision to abort the crossing – and you must be prepared to accept it. Based on our over a decade experience itinerary maximizes our chances of crossing the pass because: • everyone should be well acclimatized due to the gradual ascent on the trek and also from the careful monitoring of everyone’s acclimatization by using the pulse oximeter and a day training at Urdukus. Walk 07-08 hrs, Grade: Strenuous, Altitude: 5600 m Activities Trekking
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20. KHUSPANG REST DAY

If bad weather hampers the crossing of pass on day13, this will give us another chance to cross the pass. Rest day or area excursion. Altitude 4600 m Activities Trekking
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21. TREK TO SAICHO

After an easy walk we will come onto the glacier. You pick your way across moving boulders and ice, finally crossing the glacier up to the camping site to reach Dalsangpa, meaning ‘field of flowers’, lives up to its name. It is a beautiful campsite at about 4,150 meters, set between two lakes, with Masherbrum Mountain and the white glacier cascading down from Masherbrum Pass reflected in the still water. Resume trek along the path, Keep yourself on the left side of the lateral moraine, crossing several side streams. The next hour is an unpleasant scramble along the stony, sliding glacier edge, with huge boulders poised above, ready to fall. Continue your trek along the path goes down hill to the summer settlement called Saicho, a large shepherds settlement with its own mosque, now here you can find a hotel and a shop. This is the traditional camp among the forest of juniper, cedar and willow trees with giant bushes of wild roses and a good water supply. Walk 07-08 hrs, Grade: Strenuous, Altitude: 3350 m Activities Trekking
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22. TREK TO HUSHE

Early morning walk towards Hushe river on an easy path. Upon arrival camp near the fields in Hushe, with the huge peak of Masherbrum dominating the view to the north. At an altitude of over 3000 metres, Hushe is the highest village in the area and is the first habitation you will see when reach the Hushe Valley. Walk 04 -05 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3100m Activities Trekking
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23. JEEP TO SKARDU

A jeep journey along narrow mountain roads passing small farming settlements leads first to Khapulo and then to Skardu (6-7hrs). Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Drive 07-08 hrs.
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24. FLY TO ISLAMABAD /DRIVE TO CHILAS

Early in the morning fly to Islamabad,. With clear skies we will be able to board a plane and be back at our hotel in Islamabad in 45 minutes. If the weather is not so favorable and the flight doesn’t come, then we will have to drive the Karakoram Highway to Rawalpindi through the narrow gorge of the Indus River . The outcome is in the lap of the God, so we will be praying that they’re on our side! If we are able to fly down, for those who want to escape the heat of the city a very pleasant excursion is up to the former British hill station at Murree. The faded remnants of the town’s colonial past can be seen in its gable- roofed buildings and small Anglican churchyard. This excursion is not included in the trip price but if any member of the group wish to make this journey, a private vehicle and driver can be hired locally for a very modest sum. Back in Rawalpindi we enjoy a final evening meal usually taken at one of traditional food streets either in Islamabad or in Rawalpindi. Flight: I hr, Drive: 10 hrs
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25. DRIVE TO ISLAMABAD/ISLAMABAD SIGHTSEEING

Upon arrival transfer to your hotel in Rawalpindi. Evening sightseeing. If unable to fly on day 18 th , this day will be used to travel from Chilas to Islamabad by road. Evening transfer to airport for onward flight. Drive: 12 hrs

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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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