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Karakoram Traverse

Karakoram Traverse

$4430 $3900 / per person
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The Great Karakorum Traverse is one of the longest and highest walking trails in the world. Winding beneath the world’s highest peaks and visiting some of the most remote communities on earth, it passes through lush green valleys, arid high plateaus and incredible landscapes.

 

Highlights

  • The crossing of Gondogoro La 5680m and Hisper La 5151m
  • Views of K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum-I & II from the Gondogoro La Pass
  • Walking in Concordia and the Baltoro Glacier and on Biafo Glacier
  • Trek up to Biafo Glacier (Longest and world’s largest outside the polar region)
  • Views of peaks between 5,000m to 7,000m Peaks from Biafo Hisper Glacier
  • View 8,000 m peaks including Broad Peak (8,047 m) and K2 (8,611 m) from Concordia
  • Views of other peaks between 5,000m to 7,000m including Gasherbrum 4, Masherbrum, Mustagh Tower, Bakhordas Peak, Mitre Peak, Crystal Peak
  • Views of Glaciers (e.g. Biafo, Hisper, Vigne, Liligo, Dunge, Muztagh, Biango, Yermanendu, Mandu and more), glacial lakes, waterfalls, and streams

 

The trail covers almost the full distance of the Karakorum Range in Pakistan from the Skardu to Khaplu valley and ultimately continues through Baltoro, Biafo and Hispar Glaciers to Hunza and Gilgit.

 

The Karakorum great traverse 32 days trek begins from the beautiful Hushe valley, the gateway to Mashburn 7821m, Charakusa peaks. The thrilling half-day jeep journey leads you to the heart of the peaceful Hushe valley from Skardu. From Hushe you begin the adventurous trek into the great Karakorum wilderness and will not see another village for another thirty days.

 

A Karakorum great traverse combination of days trek through Hushe valley leads you to Gondogoro La and after crossing it to the great Baltoro glacier with the most remarkable mountain vistas in the world. After a visit to the base camp of K-2 (the second highest in the world at 8611 meters), we return to Concordia and proceed to Biafo Glacier and Hisper La. This pass leads you into the beautiful Hopper valley Nagar and further to Hunza

  • Departure
    Islamabad - Islamabad

Tour Plan

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Day 01: Arrival at Islamabad

Arrival Islamabad today one of our staff will meet you at the airport and shift you to the hotel. Today either you can relax or you can enjoy an exploratory walk in the old part of Rawalpindi and Islamabad
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Day 02: Fly to Skardu / Drive to Chilas

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. If the flight is unable to operate because of bad weather, we will resort to travel by road to Chilas.
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Day 03: Free Day at Skardu / Drive Chilas 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 in Skardu.
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Day 04: Skardu to Hushe Valley

Today we rise early and view the beautiful sunrise against the backdrop of the Karakoram. An exciting jeep journey takes us through the fields of the Khaplu valley leading to the trailhead at Hushe valley
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Day 05: Hushe Valley to Saicho

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Day 06: Saicho to Dalchangpa

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Day 07: Dalchangpa to Khiospang

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Day 08: Rest Day - Khiospang

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Day 09: Khiospang to High Camp

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Day 10: Crossing Gondogoro-la to Ali Camp

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Day 11: Ali Camp to Concordia

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Day 12: Rest Day at Concordia

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Day 13: Concordia to Goro

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Day 14: Goro to Urdukas

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Day 15: Urdukas to Payo Camp

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Day 16: Payo to Korofong

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Day 17: Korofong to Namla

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Day 18: Namla to Baintha

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Day 19: Rest Day Baintha

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Day 20: Baintha to Marfogoro

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Day 21: Marfogoro to karfogoro

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Day 22: Kafogoro to Snow Lake

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Day 23: Snow Lake to Hisper-la

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Day 24: Hisper-la to Khani Basa

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Day 25: Khani Basa to Baktur Baig

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Day 26: Bakhtur Baig to Shigam Baris

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Day 27: Shigam Baris to Bitanmal

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Day 28: Bitanmal to Hisper Village

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Day 29: Hisper Village to Karimabad

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Day 30: Karimabad to Islamabad/Chilas

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Day 31: Chilas to Islamabad / Free Day - Islamabad

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Day 32: Departure

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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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