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Trip Name: Trango Tower Rock Climbing Expedition
     

Towering over Karakorams's northeast, Trango Tower 6,286 m (20,608 ft) commands attention. The Great Trango Tower features the world's greatest nearly vertical drop and an ideal peak for mountaineers. After seven days of trekking from valleys to barren, glacier, moraine landscape, you reap the ultimate reward of the trekking.
Baltoro and Bradlo valley is devoid of power lines, billboards, highways and coffee shops or cellular networks. The only sounds you hear are natural- wildlife, water

Price: US$
 Days: 42
Destinations: lslamabad,Skardu,Shigar, Braldo, Trango Tower
 Activities: Trekking, Rock & Ice Climbing
 Difficulty: Strenuous
 Departures: June, July, August, September

 

 

 

Day: 1
ARRIVAL ISLAMABAD
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
Meals provided: Welcome Dinner

Accommodation:

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

Day: 2
SKARDU OR 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, as we thread our way up the largest congregation of mountains of Karakoram, Hindukush, Himalaya and Indus River gorges, third longest in Asia and one of the deepest in the world. To our east is K2 (2nd highest in the world and Nanga Parbat (killer mountain) and countless peaks and glaciers. It is sometime possible to catch a glimpse of K2 in the distant before our dramatic landing at Skardu. On arrival we are met by our local staff with jeeps and make the short transfer to the hotel. SKARDU is the administrative capital of Baltistan and gateway to the high peaks of Northern Pakistan. We have some time to explore the town and enjoy the hustle and bustle in peak season of tourists here. Sightseeing in Skardu and surrounding areas during the day. For those seeking a good overview of Skardu, or a place from which to photograph the sunset, Kharfocho Fort is an ideal spot. If the flight is unable to operate because of bad weather, we will resort 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 rock carvings 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 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: Cultural exploration , Sightseeing, Hiking,Jeep Safari
Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Chilas Inn Hotel (Chilas), Mashabrum Hotel, PTDC (Skardu) Baltistan Continental (Skardu)

Day: 3
SKARDU / CHILAS – 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.
Activities: Cultural exploration , Sightseeing, Hiking,Jeep Safari
Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Mashabrum Hotel, PTDC, Shangrila

Day: 4
SKARDU - 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.
Activities: Jeep Safari, Cultural Exploration
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

Mobile Camp

Day: 5
ASKOLE – 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.
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

Mobile Camp

Day: 6
JULA -- 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.
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

Mobile Camp

Day: 7
PAIU – TRANGO TOWER BASE CAMP
Today we left 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.
Activities:
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

Mobile Camp

Day: 8
TRANGO TOWER BASE CAMP- Rest or Contingency Day
Today is reserved either rest or Contingency day.
Activities: Rest
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

Mobile Camp

Day: 9- 35
TRANGO TOWER - CLIMBING DAYS
Trango tower climbing days.
Activities: Climbing
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

Mobile Camp

Day: 36
TRANGO TOWER - PAIU
Trek back to Paiu retracing the same trail.
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

Mobile Camp

Day: 37
PAIU - JULA
Today we will trace back the same trail to Jula.
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

Mobile Camp

Day: 38
JULA - ASKOLI
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

Mobile Camp

Day: 39
ASKOLI - SKARDU
Today we will reach back to civilization in Skardu by 6 hour jeep drive.
Activities: Sightseeing
Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Mashabrum Hotel, PTDC, Shigar Fort

Day: 40
SKARDU - ISLAMABAD/RAWALPINDI OR 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 Gods, 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.
Activities: Jeep Safari or Air Safari
Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Chilas In Hotel in Chilas/ Regency Hotel or Green Palace Hotel, Marriott Hotel, Margalla Hotel

Day: 41
CHILAS - ISLAMABAD/RAWALPINDI
Upon arrival transfer to your hotel in Rawalpindi. Evening sightseeing. If unable to fly on day 18th, this day will be use to transfer from Chilas to Islamabad by road.
Activities: Jeep Safari, Sightseeing
Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Marriott Hotel, Margalla Hotel, Regency, Civic Hotel, Green Palace Hotel

Day: 42
ISLAMABAD/RAWALPINDI - ONWARDS
De-briefing at Ministry of Tourism Islamabad. Private transfer to Islamabad International Airport for your departure flight.
Activities: None
Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation:

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