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Rakaposhi Expedition

Rakaposhi Expedition

$7250 $6500 / per person
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The mountain is extremely broad measuring almost 20km from East to West. It is the only peak on Earth that drops directly, uninterrupted, for almost 6000m from the summit to the base. Besides the highest peak of the Rakaposhi massif is Rakaposhi East (7010m). The peak also holds significant value to Geologists as it is the prow of the Eurasian landmass with Nanga Parbat representing the prow of the Indian landmass.

 

We have gained a reputation for success on 8000m peaks; much is to do with the strength of support we put in place. On Gasherbrum, we add considerable strength to our team by our team of Pakistani high altitude porters who have already climbed the magnificent peak much time.

 

Eric Shipton called the Hunza valley “the ultimate manifestation of mountain grandeur”. Rakaposhi is the valley’s most famous peak. The huge massif dominates the skyline for a vast stretch of the Karakoram highway, first seen North of Aliabad yet still visible as far south as Gilgit. The peak is located in the Rakaposhi-Haramosh range which forms the south-western corner of the Karakoram and is part of the Lesser Karakoram.

 

After six failed expeditions the peak was first climbed by a “British-Pakistani forces Himalayan Expedition” in 1958 via the SW Spur. In reality, this was a British expedition aided by the help of all available high-altitude porters in the Hunza region. Six camps were required to get within range of the summit and climbing was impeded by incessant snowfalls, avalanches, and blizzards. On summit day a violent blizzard was blowing, half-flattening Captain Michael Banks and Lieutenant Tom Patey’s tiny two-man tent and driving drifting snow high into the air. Despite the severe conditions Banks and Patey, two of the seven climbers in the expedition made a bid for the summit, thirty-six days after setting up base camp. In poor conditions, both reached the summit five hours later without oxygen. The cold weather had taken its effect though. Banks had frost-bitten feet whilst Patey had frost-bitten hands but fortunately, it was not severe. Not surprisingly they did not linger and descended quickly back to their tent and returned to base camp three days later. It was not until 1979 that the mountain was again climbed. To date, there have been eight ascents via three routes with all climbing done in a siege style bar one (Canadian team, North Ridge, 1984).

 

 

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Islamabad - Islamabad

Tour Plan

1

ARRIVAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD PAKISTAN

Most of the international flights arrives at Islamabad International Airport in the mornings. Your Guide will meet and greet you at the airport, then you will be transfer to the hotel. Rest of the days is free to recover from your journey. Later in the day, when everyone has arrived, we will have a group briefing about the Rakaposhi Expedition.
2

DRIVE TO CHILLAS (461km) 8 HOURS DRIVE:

Today you will start your Epic Journey towards Karakoram Highway. You will pass through some culturally rich and historical Towns, Taxila, Hassan Abdal, Hari Pur, Abbot Abbad then Besham. You will do few stops along the ways for tea breaks. KKH takes off from Hasan Abdal. The road follows every twist and turn of the Indus River. About 190 km after Beshamn, the road meets Chillas which appears to be an ‘oasis in a desert’. Chillas has a unique charm. Here You will have a magnificent view of the three World highest Mountain ranges: Karakoram in the north, Himalayas in east and Hindu Kush in west. Chillas is the getaway to Nanga Parbat (8126m). Nanga Parbat is the ninth world highest mountain, which is one of the hardest mountain to climb. It has a nick name of Killer Mountain. In Chillas there are no Tourist attractions.
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DRIVE TO MINAPIN (220km) 7 HOURS DRIVE:

After breakfast you will continue your Journey along the Indus and Hunza River to Minapin. The scenery and view of Nanga Parbat on the way from KKH is stunning. On the way the road gradually climbs approximately every 10-km difference of 100m.You will enjoy a spectacular view of mount Rakaposhi (7788m) having many habitants and villages around its foothills, with its snow crown changing colour with light. The route is abounded with terraced fields, particularly apricot, apple and walnut trees at most spectacular either in blossom or during autumn. Minapin is a small, cozy village and the starting point for both Rakaposhi and Diran base camps.
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TREK TO TAGAFARI (3700m) 6 HOURS WALKING:

Trek starts from the village along with a canal under shaded trees 15 minutes towards the Minapin River. The trail turns south into the canyon and crosses a footbridge over the river’s true left bank after 10 minutes. The trail continues through the juniper trees to a grassy-tiered meadow of Hapakun. From the meadow of Hapakun you can have a view of Hachindar and Maiun peaks above the Hunza river. A steep trail continues from Hapakun to Tagaphari.The trail eases off and contours the rocky slope for 30 minutes to a verdant bowl where wildflowers and colorful songbirds thrive. Sweeping gently through the meadow, the trail enters scattered juniper stands and climbs switchbacks to the windy ridge top, where Diran, Rakaposhi and their interconnecting ice wall finally come into full view.
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TREK TO BASE CAMP,(3900M) 4 HOURS WALKING:

From Tagaphari to Rakaposhi Base camp is a spectacular walk, you will walk 3 hours on land and almost 3 hours to cross Minapin glacier and reach at the foot of Diran (7270m). From Diran Base Camp, trekking south-east up the ablation valley towards the rocky bend (4040m) in the Glacier brings you to the point where the route to Camp I moves into the Glacier, close beneath Diran .You can enjoy the view of several peaks around you.
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ACCLIMATISATION AND CLIMBING PERIOD:

Non guided climb will start from today onwards. During the climbing period our staff will be at base camp to help and assist you. Our professional Chef will make delicious and most nutritious food which we believe that, it plays a great role in climbing mountains.
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TREK TO TAGAFARI 4 HOURS WALKING:

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TREK TO MINAPIN 7-HOURS WALKING:

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DRIVE TO CHILLAS (220Km) 7 HOURS DRIVE:

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DRIVE TO ISLAMABAD (480km) 10 HOURS DRIVE:

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DEPARTURE DAY-FLY BACK 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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