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Trip Name: Thale La Trek
     

This fascinating Karakoram adventure travel takes you to spectacular natural wonders and exquisite cultural landmarks. This trek provides best acclimatization preparation for higher altitude treks. We begin with a Rawalpindi tour, where we visit energetic bazaars, stunning British Raj and centuries old architecture. From here, we venture to Skardu. Visit Khapulu and explore the Raja Palace in shigar valley at the end of the trek. This trek is a tapestry of ancient, mystical landscapes and the p

Price: US$
 Days: 10
Destinations: Islamabad,Skardu,Shigar,Khapulo,Karakoram Highway,Baltistan
 Activities: Trekking, Sightseeing, Cultural Exploration
 Difficulty: Easy
 Departures: June 5, June 15, June 25
July 5, July 15, July 25
August 5, August 15, August 25
September 5, September 15, September 25

 

 

 

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 will 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 will then stop at the 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.
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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 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.
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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.
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Day: 4
SKARDU - THALE
Today after breakfast drive alongside the Indus River to the beautiful valley of Khaplu, which lies at the banks of Shyok river. After a small break at Daghoni we continue our four hour journey through several small villages towards Thale, highest village in the area at an altitude of 3000 meters.
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Day: 5
THALE - BLANGSA
Trekking through the small shepherd's settlements, we arrive in Brangsa for overnight in camp.
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Day: 6
BLANGSA - SHAQYEL
We cross the Thale Pass at 4572m and descent into Shigar Valley and camp at Shaqiall.
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Day: 7
SHAQYEL - BANGMA HARL
We start trekking with steep descent to Bangma Harel, shepherded cattles place.
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Day: 8
BANGMA HARL - SHIGAR - SKARDU
Today we resume trek with a gradual descend up to Shigar, beautiful and the widest valley in Northern area, famous for its variety of fruits and farms.
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Day: 9
SKARDU - 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.
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Day: 10
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.
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