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Snow Lake Hisper La

Snow Lake Hisper La

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Brief Description

Snow Lake is so remote. It serves as the last stronghold for many animal. Including Himalayan bear, ibex, Markhor (National animal of Pakistan) and the snow leopard. This 16 Km wide high altitude glacial basin wide located at the head of the both Biafo and Hispar glacier. Both Biafo and Hispar glacier meet at Hispar la making this system the greatest concentration of glacial ice outside Antarctica. Most interestingly, This vast river of ice connects two ancient mountain kingdoms one Hunza  with another Baltistan. Furthermore, Snow Lake trek is the meeting point of six different high altitude mountain passes which are namely; Hisper la, Shimshal Pass, Khordupin pass, Sim la, Skam la and Jamal pass.

The person who gave the name Snow Lake for this place was Martin Conway in 1892 and described the area as “beyond all comparison the finest view of mountains it has ever been my lot to behold, nor do I believe the world can hold a finer”. Similarly, remarkable words of famous mountain explorer Eric Shipton about this glacial basin are “The last blank on the map”.

Departure Dates

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05 July 2020

05 July 2020

15 July 2020

03 August 2020

25 July 2020

13 August 2020

Towering high above both Biafo and Hispar glaciers are jagged peaks including, Kanjut-Sar (7,760m), Distaghil Sar (7885 m.) Makrong Chhish (6,607m), Latok group (Latok I: 7,145m, Latok II: 7,108 m, Latok III: 6,949m, Latok IV: 6,456m) and Baintha Brakk or The Ogre (7,285m). The Ogre was firstly climbed in 1977 by Britons Doug Scott and Chris Bonington. Even though they had an epic descent with Scott, breaking both of his legs. It took a week to reach Base Camp.

Snow Lake Trek Overview:

Firstly, Snow Lake trek starts by following the K2 Base Camp trek before baifo bridge turns west onto the Biafo Glacier. Trail for first few days follows  along the edge of loose rocky moraine on the Biafo glacier. Meanwhile campsites at Namla, Mango and Baintha are located in grassy areas behind lateral moraines. From Baintha camp we follow the wide ice highway making the walking relatively easy than earlier on the trek. After reaching the highest point of our trek on Hispar La at 5151m finally, we descent into Hunza. Both Hunza and Baltistan not only has different language but also the culture is very different from each other.

 So, The Karakoram Ventures has 2 guaranteed fix departures every year for Snow Lake Treks or Hispar la Trek. Besides above all mentioned details, if you are interested in latest information and updates, Stay tune with Us on Facebook and Instagram.

  • Departure

Tour Plan


Day 1: Arrival at Islamabad

Arrival Islamabad today. One of our staff will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel. Today either you can relax or you can enjoy an exploratory walk in the old part of Rawalpindi; wander past the vegetable and spice markets, beautifully carved old houses and trucks, cows pestering the vegetable vendors, catch traditional craftsmen at work in silver and gold bazaars. You can explore Shakar Parian to catch a bird's eye view of Islamabad. Our next stop will be Shah Faisal Mosque which is the landmark of Islamabad. This evening you will enjoy a welcome dinner with other trekkers. Meal provided: Breakfast, Accommodation: Hotel


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


  • Total Duration:                         10 Hours
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.
  • Activities:              Drive, Sightseeing
  • Meal provided:       Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:   Hotel


  • Total Duration:                          07-08 Hours
  • Skardu to Dasu (Lunch point):      03 & half hours
  • Dasu to Askole (Campsite):                   04 hours
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. 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.
  • Activities:              Trekking
  • Meal provided:       Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:   Camping


  • Total Duration:                          07-08 Hours
  • Askole to Siananma (Lunch point):         03 & half hours
  • Siananma to Namla (Campsite):            03& half hours
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 Dumurdo River. Descend at Jula, (Wire Rope Bridge supported by a wooden basket) cross it and camp beside a torrent facing the Bakhordas peak
  • Activities:              Trekking
  • Meal provided:       Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:   Camping

DAY 06        NAMLA – MANGO

  • Total Duration:                05-06 Hours
  • Namla to Donga (Lunch point):     03 hours
  • Donga to Mango   (Campsite):     02 & half hours
Today our trek follows a series of moraine ridges which run along the center of the glacier. We trek along 3 or 4 hours until we reach a point where the glacier becomes contorted, at which point the route finding becomes quite tricky as we work our way off the glacier and up to another pleasant meadow in a green ablation valley named Mango, giving us a fantastic views down the valley and where yak herders from Askole live in summer.
  • Activities:              Trekking
  • Meal provided:       Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:   Camping


  • Total Duration:                06 – 07 Hours
  • Mango to Shangfong (Lunch point):                  03 & half hours
  • Shangfong to Baintha (Campsite):                    03 hours
We continue along the glacier on a somehow more difficult trail by working our way through a maze of jumbled boulders to reach the central moraines which provide an easier route along the center of the glacier. Hispar pass can be viewed while walking on trial. We will establish our campsite in a grassy area dotted with bushes, very near the junction of Biafo and Baintha glaciers. May be lucky enough to spot mountain ibex at nearby crags.
  • Activities:              Trekking
  • Meal provided:       Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:   Camping


Rest day for acclimatization and contingency preparations.
  • Activities:              Bath, Rest Day
  • Meal provided:       Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:   Camping


  • Total Duration:                05 – 07 Hour
  • Baintha to Marfogoro (Lunch point):                 03 & half hours
  • Marfogoro to Napina   (Campsite):                   02 hours
Today walk through a crevassed iced field, by roping up to safe-guard against hidden crevasses towards the junction of Biafo and Simgang glaciers to Napina, a grassy campsite in an ablation valley with fresh water and wild flowers.
  • Activities:              Trekking
  • Meal provided:       Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:   Camping


  • Total Duration:                06 – 07 Hours
  • Napina to (Lunch point):    03 & half hours
  • Simgang to (Campsite):               03 hours
This is a steady walk on snow covered ice to the Sim Gang Basecamp, closer to Hispar La. Today we get incredible views on our way, most impressive is the Sosbun Brak and Snow Lake, marking out the intersection of Biafo and Hispar glacier. The name snow lake was given in 1892 by W Martin Conway the first foreign visitors. This huge basin of snow and ice (about 9.5 Km) circled with snow-capped granite peaks, offers a breathtaking panorama.
  • Activities:              Trekking
  • Meal provided:       Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:   Camping


  • Total Duration:                06 – 07 Hours
  • Simgang to (Lunch point):            03 & half hours
  • Hispar-la to (Campsite):                         03 hours
Today we have an early start, climbing steadily towards the vast pass plateau. Today we will use our crampons and ice axe and need to travel roped together to negotiate the central section of the Hispar Glacier, where several giant crevasses exists. Then a fairly gentle climb to the crest of the pass rewards us with one of the most incredible views at campsites with stunning views straight down the Hispar Glacier to the mountains of the Nagar region. Great expanse of the Sim Gang basin and the mighty peak of the Ogre are the mesmerizing views on Shigar side.
  • Activities:              Trekking
  • Meal provided:       Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:   Camping


  • Total Duration:                05-06 Hours
  • Hispar-la to Hangkho (Lunch point):                 03 hours
  • Hangkho to Khani-Basa (Campsite):                 02& half hours
Today Descending to Khani-Basa again requires to be roped up from the crest of the pass. After about one hour or two the glacier flattens out and soon we leave the snow and can un-rope. The trail carries on through scree and moraines, flanked with iced-falls to reach our campsite Khani-Basa, situated in an ablation valley by the Khani-Basa glacier.
  • Activities:              Trekking
  • Meal provided:       Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:   Camping


  • Total Duration:                05-06 Hours
  • Khani-Basa to Star Camp (Lunch point): 02 & half hours
  • Star Camp to Jutnmal (Campsite):                    03 hours
Today we cross the Khani-Basa glacier and get superb views of smooth white dome Kanjut-Sar at 7760 m. There are some awkward moraines to cross, and several small streams which are best crossed as early in the morning as possible before the glacial waters begin to flow. Our campsite is at Jutmal, on a flat sheltered field in the ablation valley with running water, with bushes and wild flowers in surrounding.
  • Activities:              Trekking
  • Meal provided:       Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:   Camping


  • Total Duration:                06 – 07 Hours
  • Jutnmal to Yutmaro (Lunch point):                    03 hours
  • Yutmaro to Pumari (Campsite):                        03 hours
We cross some ice walls and crevasses along the way to Yutmaro glacier, a tributary of Hispar glacier having views of Kanjut-Sar, Pumari Chish and Kunjang Chish after some walk from Yutmaro glacier. Beyond Yutmaro path follows a series of pleasant meadows with streams flowing through them. Water is needed to be filled in bottles as there is no water along the trail.
  • Activities:              Trekking
  • Meal provided:       Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:   Camping


  • Total Duration:                06 – 07 Hours
Today after breakfast trek begins by crossing an awkward moraine, before we reach the confluence of the Hispar and Pumari Chish Glaciers. We cross the glacier on moraines and follow a steep path on the west side of the glacier, finally reaching our campsite at Dachigan.
  • Activities:              Trekking
  • Meal provided:       Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:   Camping


  • Total Duration:                         03 Hours
This is an easy day of walking through pastures crossing a number of streams, whose water swell considerably once the afternoon snow melt has flowed into them. We cross the Kiang Glacier and have a steep climb to join the path which leads through the pastures of Daltanas and Falolingkish. Crossing several deserted dwellings we reach at Hispar Village, highest village of Nagar valley with blossoming orchards and terraced fields.
  • Activities:              Trekking
  • Meal provided:       Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:   Camping


  • Total Duration:                05 Hours
Resume trek after breakfast and cross some small dwellings to reach Huru. After breakfast descend in jeep along a bumpy road for about 2 hours until we reach the Karakoram Highway (KKH). We then turn north and drive along this great road for a while until we come to the town of Karimabad on Karakoram Highway. Towering over the green and fertile oasis of the Hunza valley are the ice ridges and peaks of one of the giants of Karakoram, Rakaposhi (7788m). In the evening we will watch sun set panorama at Duikar.
  • Activities:              Jeep travelling
  • Meal provided:       Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:   Hoteling


  • Total Duration:                06 – 07 Hours
After breakfast descends drive to Raikot on Karakoram Highway as it carves a swathe through the meeting points of world three largest congregation of mountains at Shigarpa before Juglot, is an adventure in itself. Then further drive by jeep to Chilas.
  • Activities:              Drive on KKH, sightseeing
  • Meal provided:       Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:   Hoteling


  • Total Duration:                11-12    Hours
Today travel on the Karakoram Highway to Islamabad through captivating and enthralling landscape. In places, sheer, snow capped mountains ascending from deep valleys while elsewhere, lush alpine meadows are carpeted by colorful wildflowers and dazzling apple blossoms. Terraced villages dot this monumental terrain, supported by traditional farming methods and lifestyles that have changed little over the centuries.
  • Activities:              Drive, sightseeing
  • Meal provided:       Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Accommodation:   Hosteling


On Arrival at Islamabad, you are free today enjoy some shopping, markets and foods.


Private transfer to Islamabad International Airport for your departure flight.
  • Activities:              Drop to Airport
  • Meal provided:       Breakfast
  • Accommodation:   Hotel

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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.
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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