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Trip Name: Rush Lake & Peak Active Experience
     

Rush lake & Peak trek offers a chance to conquer the straightforward non-technical ascent of Rush Peak (5,095m), while Rush lake 4660 m viewpoint offers one of best mountain panoramas in the Karakoram. From the summit there is an incredible 360-degree mountain panorama with the view of all high peaks of Hunza, from Ultar (7,388m) standing above Karimabad to Diran (7,266m) and Rakaposhi (7,788m) towering above the Karakoram Highway. On the North, high peaks rising between the Hispar and Shimshal

Price: US$
 Days: 12
Destinations: Islamabad, Karakoram Highway, Hunza, Rakaposhi, Diran, Bar, Nagar, Rush lake, Rush peak, Gilgit, Chilas
 Activities: Trekking, Sightseeing, Climbing
 Difficulty: easy
 Departures: May,June, July, August, September, October

 

 

 

Day: 1
ARRIVAL ISLAMABAD
Arrival Islamabad today. A member of the Vertical Explorers 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 then continue on the main street linking the Twin cities - Murree Road - before arriving at the gleaming new capital, Islamabad. You pass shining new buildings and thousands of park areas - a full 50 percent of the 350 square mile site is set aside for parks. You can stop at 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. Activities: Sightseeing, Cultural Exploration
Activities: Sightseeing, Cultural Exploration
Meals provided: Welcome Dinner

Accommodation:

Marriott Hotel, Pearl Continental Hotel, Sunrise Hotel, Civic Hotel, Margalla Hotel, Envoy Continent

Day: 2
ISLAMABAD - CHILAS
We rise early to travel by road on Karakoram Highway (KKH) to Chilas. The drive is compensated by the beautiful scenery along the Karakoram highway and Indus gorges. The journey on the Karakoram Highway is most exciting and thrilling. It is a monument to the engineering feast and one of the most spectacular roads and the world’s highest metalled border crossing. It connects Pakistan and China stretching over a distance of 1300km between Islamabad and Kashgar, winding through three mountain ranges and following the ancient Silk route along the Indus Valley to the Chinese border at Khunjerab Pass. We pass through the historical town of Taxila, beautiful hill station of Abbottabad, quake affected lush green towns of Mansehra, Shinkiari and finally meet the great Indus on Thakot Bridge. From there onward the road snails along the bank of the Indus with contrasting landscape after every two kilometers. We pass through Besham, Dassu, Komila and Shatial to arrive at Chilas with many rocks carving and inscriptions along the way left by Chinese pilgrims and ancient travelers of 5th century A.D. Chilas was on the ancient caravan trail over the Babusar Pass into India. The drive through the Indus Gorge is guaranteed to knock your socks off! The view after crossing the Rai kot Bridge of Nanga Parbat is without any parallel. Standing at around 1,000 m. you see a mountain which rises to above 8,000 m! This is the largest land escarpment in the world. This is also where the three greatest mountain ranges meet; Himalaya, Hindukush and Karakoram.
Activities: Sightseeing
Meals provided: None

Accommodation:

Chilas In Hotel, Shangrilla Resort

Day: 3
CHILAS – HUNZA (Karimabad)
Leave for Hunza, driving on the Karakoram Highway which links China with Pakistan. The valleys of Hunza and Nagar are some of the most beautiful valleys in the northern parts of Pakistan. The people of this area are known for their legendary good health, longevity and hospitality. Rakaposhi accessible only by 4 to 5 hrs. Walk from the road, dominates the whole valley. This area is full of apricots, apples, grapes and peaches. After 6-8 hours drive through this beautiful valley, we will reach Karimabad, capital of Hunza, a lovely scenic center of Hunza.
Activities: Sightseeing
Meals provided: None

Accommodation:

Hunza View Hote, Hunza Baltit Inn, Eagle Nest Hotel, Darbar Hotel

Day: 4
KARIMABAD - Hoper Nagar
Today we will visit Baltit and Altit forts and then have short trek along the water channel of barbar, which is a source of watering to fields as well as household use. This trek gives marvelous views of Diran Peak and Golden peak and Rakaposhi just making them in front of you. Afternoon our next destination is Hoper Nagar, by an exciting 100 minutes jeep journey through the fields of the Hunza and Nagar valleys. We stay in a simple lodge there on the outskirts of the village.
Activities: Sightseeing
Meals provided: Dinner

Accommodation:

Camping

Day: 3
CHILAS – HUNZA (Karimabad)
Leave for Hunza, driving on the Karakoram Highway which links China with Pakistan. The valleys of Hunza and Nagar are some of the most beautiful valleys in the northern parts of Pakistan. The people of this area are known for their legendary good health, longevity and hospitality. Rakaposhi accessible only by 4 to 5 hrs. Walk from the road, dominates the whole valley. This area is full of apricots, apples, grapes and peaches. After 6-8 hours drive through this beautiful valley, we will reach Karimabad, capital of Hunza, a lovely scenic center of Hunza.
Activities: Sightseeing
Meals provided: None

Accommodation:

Hunza View Hote, Hunza Baltit Inn, Eagle Nest Hotel, Darbar Hotel

Day: 4
KARIMABAD - Hoper Nagar
Today we will visit Baltit and Altit forts and then have short trek along the water channel of barbar, which is a source of watering to fields as well as household use. This trek gives marvelous views of Diran Peak and Golden peak and Rakaposhi just making them in front of you. Afternoon our next destination is Hoper Nagar, by an exciting 100 minutes jeep journey through the fields of the Hunza and Nagar valleys. We stay in a simple lodge there on the outskirts of the village.
Activities: Sightseeing
Meals provided: Dinner

Accommodation:

Camping

Day: 5
Hopar – Barpo Giram
Leaving Hopar we cross the Bualter Glacier and trek on the grassy hillside high above the Barpu Glacier. After 4 hours we reach the small shepherd's settlement of Hapukun and one hour later reach Hamdar. After crossing the Bualter Glacier, which can take anywhere between 4 to 5 hours depending upon the route, we arrive at our campsite right in between the Bualter and the Barpu Glaciers . 3000 m
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

Mobile Camp

Day: 6
Barpo Giram -- Brikchour
Crossing the Barpu Glacier is easier than the Bualter and the walking is basically done in an ablation valley of the Barpu. The shepherd's settlement at Chukutans is a great place for a lunch stop and marks the start of a much improved path that runs all the way to Brikchour. In about 5 hours we will reach Brichkoor camp site, during this part of the walk we have beautiful views of Ultar, Diran and Spantik peaks.
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

Mobile Camp

Day: 7
Brikchour – Rush Lake
This is a steep relentless tough climb The trail rises in a series of zigzags directly behind camp gaining 700m up a dry and dusty path with few places to stop and rest. The trail leads directly to the crest of the ridge that separates the valley of the Barpu Glacier from the Hispar to the North. The trail turns Southwards and follows the broad crest of this ridge over less steep group for a further 350m to reach the campsite at Chiden Haral. It takes about 6 hours to get to the camp site. The views of the peaks above the Hispar Glacier are outstanding.
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

Mobile Camp

Day: 8
Rush Lake 4,660m – Rush Peak Ascent (5095m)
Today after an early breakfast peak ascent start is required to get a good chance of clear skies and the best views of the more distant peaks. With favorable conditions we should reach the top about 3-4 hours as the trail is easy for most of the way, ascending grass covered slopes and passing along the shores of Rush lake (4,660m). The tough section is only the final 150m climb of the summit cone which need to be climbed with care (5-7hrs round trip).
Activities: Peak Climbing
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

Mobile Camp

Day: 9
Rush Lake - Gutons
Free morning for for excursions and photogrpahy, nature watching and hiking. Afternoon descent follows the same path that was ascended. The ground is steep and dusty as the path is very 'direct' dropping 900m in a very short distance and it will take 3-4 hours.
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

Mobile Camp

Day: 10
Gutons – Hopar- Gilgit
Today we walk on the east side of the Barpu Glacier as compared to when we were going up to Rush Lake passing several large flat areas of grassland surrounded by trees.. The route follows the ablation valley on the East side of the Barpu glacier. In about 4 hours we return to Hoper village after crossing the difficult Bualter Glacier and a final steep climb up a moraine. After lunch we will depart in waiting jeeps for the short drive to join the KKH and will continure onward journey to Gilgit for overnight stay there (4 hours driving).
Activities: Trekking, Sightseeing
Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Riveria Hotel, Serena Gilgit, Mir's Lodge

Day: 11
Gilgit – Besham / Islamabad
Today leave for Islamabad by a scenic flight and in case of bad weather alternative option will be travel on the Karakoram Highway through captivating and enthralling landscape. In places, sheer, snowcapped 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: Sightseeing
Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Midway Hotel Besham,

Day: 12
Besham - Islamabad
In case of bad weather, today we will compete the drive drive from Besham to Islamabad.
Activities: Sightseeing
Meals provided: None

Accommodation:

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