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Asumbar Punji Dadrili Passes Trek

Islamabad
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Duration

20 days, 20 nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

16 people

Languages

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Overview

Asumbar Punji Dadrili Passes Trek

Prepare yourself to hike Asumbar Punji Dadrili Passes Trek through incredible scenery and get an off the beaten track of the valleys and passes. You will have an opportunity to interrelate with the locals in a variety of villages and mountainous regions.

Exploring on foot allows you escape the crowds and see Pakistani  Remote villages, passes and  pastures in a different light. At the less explored site of Ghizer of Gilgit Baltistan and Kalam valley  of Swat, walk from Passes to Passes on shepherds footpaths known to few. In the village of Ishkoman , Yasin vallyes, hike to waterfalls and remote villages and enjoy the unique experience of remote areas.

Asumbar Punji Dadrili Passes Trek Departure Dates 

2022 Departures

June :  1st,  5th,  10th,  15th,  20th,  25th

July :  1st,  5th,  10th,  15th,  20th,  25th

August : 1st,  5th,  10th,  15th,  20th,  25th

September :  1st,  5th,  10th,  15th,  20th,  25th

October :  1st,  5th,  10th

 

2023 Departures

May :  15th,  20th,  25th

June :  1st,  5th,  10th,  15th,  20th,  25th

July :  1st,  5th,  10th,  15th,  20th,  25th

August : 1st,  5th,  10th,  15th,  20th,  25th

September :  1st,  5th,  10th,  15th,  20th,  25th

October :  1st,  5th,  10th

 

2024 Departures

June :  1st,  5th,  10th,  15th,  20th,  25th

July :  1st,  5th,  10th,  15th,  20th,  25th

August : 1st,  5th,  10th,  15th,  20th,  25th

September :  1st,  5th,  10th,  15th,  20th,  25th

October :  1st,  5th,  10th

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Observe the myriad of hues and colors and take photos of the landscape
  • Witness a beautiful sunrise and sunset from the summits of peaks
  • Go see the beautiful nature in National Parks
  • Discover the incredible culture and nature of Pakistan
  • Immerse yourself in pristine nature and see incredible landscape, lakes and pass
  • Discover wildlife in Khunjerab National Park
  • Visit the highest border crossing in the world, the “Khunjerab Pass”
  • Experience Ghizer and Yasin valley’s unique and changing vibes
  • Experience Himalayan, Karkoram and Hindukush flora, pine forests and a breathtaking landscape
  • Dream trip can be.......Itinerary can be customized...
  • Lowest Price and best value of money --Save 40-50 % vs. comparable tours of this same quality.

Bulk discount (by percent)

Bulk discount adult
#Discount groupFrom adultTo adultValue
1Group 2-4 Adult2410
2Group 5-8 Adult5815
3Group 9-12 Adult91220
4Group 13-16 Adult13-161625

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrival in Islamabad, Meet and Greet

One of our staff will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel. Today either you can relax or (depending upon your arrival time) you can enjoy an exploratory walk in he 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 Raja Bazar – before arriving at the gleaming federal capital, Islamabad. You pass shining new buildings and park areas.

Drive: 5-6 hrs

Activities: Cultural exploration, Sightseeing, Interaction with locals
Meals provided: None
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 02: Fly to Gilgit /Drive to Chilas

We rise early to be at the airport in time for our flight to Gilgit.

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 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 Gilgit. On arrival we are met by our local staff and after breakfast start to visit Gilgit. Visit Kargah Nala, Old Gilgit town home visit for cultural insight. Afterward drive to Hunza Karimabad. Visit Baltit Fort. Baltit Fort is an ancient fort in the Hunza valley in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. Founded in the 1st CE, it has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative list since 2004.In the past, the survival of the feudal regime of Hunza was ensured by the impressive fort, which overlooks Karimabad. The foundations of the fort date back to 700 years ago, with rebuilds and alterations over the centuries. In the 16th century the local prince married a princess from Baltistan who brought master Balti craftsmen to renovate the building as part of her dowry. Visit around the area, you would feel as if you’d stepped back in time in past period.

After Baltit Fort you go to Ganish village. Ganish is the oldest and first settlement on the ancient Silk Road in Hunza, and is the site of various ancient watch towers, traditional mosques, religious centers, and a reservoir.The Ali Gohar House in Ganish, is located next to one of the iconic shikaris (watchtowers) of the town. The 400-year-old house was awarded the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2009

Then we proceed to Altit Fort. Altit Fort is an ancient fort at Altit town in the Hunza valley,It was originally home to the hereditary rulers of the Hunza state who carried the title Mir.Altit Fort and in particular the Shikari tower is around 1100 years old, which makes it the oldest monument in the Gilgit–Baltistan.

Then go up to the highest observation place at Duikar to enjoy 360-degree panoramic view and sunset reflections on peaks of lady finger, Haramosh peak, Rakaposhi and many others. This is one of the best elevated way to fully enjoy a sunset. Spiritually and physically, we would like you to feel the air as well. It will be unforgettable experience.

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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.


Flight: 45 Minutes

Drive: 10-12 hrs

Activities: Cultural exploration , Sightseeing, Hiking,Jeep Safari
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 03: Ghizer Yasin ishkoman Assumbar Village

Drive to Khalti lake, Ishkoman valley, and further Asumber village. Ghizer joins with Wakhan strip on its north-west, and China on its northern borders. On its west, there is Chitral District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and on its east is situated Gilgit.

This district is also connected to Tajikistan through Yasin valley and Karumber Pass. The population mostly comprises of Gujjars. The word Ghizer is derived from local language’s “Gharz”, which translates to “immigrant”.

The rulers of Chitral were known as Mehtar. The people they didn’t ‘approve of’ were exiled to Gupis in Ghizer. These people soon occupied most of the Gupis. Gupis has been serving as a junction between yasin and phander valley. The beautiful landscape of Gupis valley is breathtaking. The turquoise water of river flowing along the road and surrounding fields and forests present a very charming scene to the visitors.

It is the central place from all valleys like phandar, yasin. poniyal etc. We will visit Khalti Lake and Phander lake.

Phander valley which is commonly called “Little Kashmir”. Phander Lake is one of the most famous tourist spots in the entire region. Phander valley was the bread basket for the whole Northern Areas. The name of Ghizer comes from the name of a village ‘Ghizer’ that is situated in the vicinity of Phander The deep blue lake in Phander offers a magnificent view and is basically the home of trout fish.

Located at a 20-30 minutes drive from Gupis, the Khalti lake is one of the very beautiful lakes found in Ghizer district of Gilgit Baltistan.

Khalti lake is famous for being habitat of trout fish. The lake is formed due to stretch of river near the village of Khalti. The dark blue water of lake on a clear day looks very charming. The lake usually freezes during winter and villagers of Khalti use to walk on this.

Drive: 6-7 hrs
Activities: Cultural exploration , Sightseeing, Interaction with locals
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 04: Trek to Lower Charing

Trek from Asumbar village to Lower Charin 5-6hrs, 8.4km, Altitude 3180m.

Time: 035-06 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3180 M
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 05: Trek to Upper Borth

After breakfast we proceed to upper Borth 4-5hrs,

Time: 05-06 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3990 M
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 06: Cross Asumber Pass to Mayur

Early in the morning start trek to Mayur after crossing Asumber Pass 4400m.

Time: 06-07 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 4400 M
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 07: Trek to Dal Sandhi

After breakfast, we will Trek to Dal Sandhi.

Time: 07-08 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 2680 M
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 08: visit Darkot village

Drive to Darkot village 2hrs, afternoon noon vist of Darkot village.

Time: 02-03 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 2600 M
Activities: sightseeing
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 09: Trek to Boimoshani

Trek from Darkot to Boimoshani.

Time: 05-06 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3960 M
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 10: Trek to New Bar

Trek to New Bar.

Time: 05-06 hrs, Grade: Moderate
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 11: Cross Punji and Trek to Holojut

Trek to Holojut after crossing Punji Pass 4680m.

Time: 05-06 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 4680 M
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 12: Trek to Handis

Trek to Handis.

Time: 06-07 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 2920 M
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 13: Trek to Gho Tulti

Trek to Ghotulti.

Time: 04-05 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 2484 M
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 14: Drive to Phander.

After breakfast trek down to road and drive to Phander village.

Time: 05-06 hrs, Grade: Moderate
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp/Hotel

Day 15: Drive to Hundrap village & Trek to Hundrap Lake

After breakfast drive to Hundrap villange and a 4-5 hours walk will take us to the Handrap lake.The route is mainly grassy with occasional stone paths. There are small villages around this trek with 'Gamal Daas' the biggest one. This lake is known for tasty trout which you can enjoy if you are lucky to catch one after paying some tax.

Time: 05-06 hrs, Grade: Moderate
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 16: Trek to Ambesh Peak Base Camp

Today we will trek from Handrap to a camp that is in base of the Ambesh peak. At this camp site two Nallahs meet and you can also camp a bit further on the Nallah going towards the Top. There is also a Dhaara like place built by local people. The route is mainly on bolders. It will take us around 6 hours and you will gain some height also.

Time: 05-06 hrs, Grade: Moderate
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 17: Trek to Dadrili Pass Base Camp

Today, we will trek to the base camp of the Dadrili pass. we 'll come across a lot of boulders and small lakes on the route. The site is after 3 big lakes on the route.It will take us 7-8 hours to reach the Campsite which is a small sandy patch along side the Nallah. Here you'll also find some shepherds but no villages are around here.

Time: 07-08 hrs, Grade: Moderate
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 18: Crossing Dirdili Pass to Base Camp

Today is the toughest day, so we will start early. On our way up first half is on slippery stones and rest is on snow. However descend is around 65 degrees and you have to be very careful.After reaching top in 5-6 hours, we will descend in similar time to other side's base camp. The descend is on slippery small size stones, so be careful. The base camp gives we can have view of Falak Ser Peak. After around 5 hours of desend we reach the grassy patch along with a Nallah where will spend night. This is the toughest day of the trek and there is no possibilities of camping before the two base camps at either side.

Time: 10-12 hrs, Grade: Moderate
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 19: Trek to Mahodand Lake

After breakfast start trek to Mahodand Lake. Today is a nice walk in green areas with lots of waterfalls and lakes and we can reach Maho Dand lake in 6-8 hours. On our way, you will also come across the meeting point of Dadrili river and Kachi kani rivers. After this piont, the path is straight forward and like a Jeep trek. The river looks like a lake at many places including the famous Maho Dand Lake.

Time: 07-08 hrs, Grade: Moderate
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 20: Drive to Islamabad and transfer to Islamabad Airport

Drive through scenic Bahrahin Swat vallyes and Chakdara Malakand Pass to Islamabad and transfer to airport for onward flight.

Activities: Jeep Safari, Sightseeing
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: None

Included/Excluded

  • Airport/road transfer in four-wheel sightseeing jeep/Car
  • All road transfers by chartered private vehicles.
  • Best tourist class hotels accommodation with ensuite bath (twin sharing basis)
  • Locally sourced fresh meals during trek including tea and coffee.
  • Morning bed tea on trek
  • Some supplementary snacks on trek
  • Evening fill of your water bottle with boiled drinking water.
  • Sleeping tents (twin sharing basis), mattresses, kitchen tents, mess tent with table and chairs.
  • Kitchen equipment, crockery, fuel, cooking, camping, cleaning and related gear.
  • Services of experienced professional English speaking guide, expert cook and low altitude porters.
  • Staff food, insurance and equipment
  • 13 kg of personal baggage during trek.
  • Porterage at airport and hotels, toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • Central Karakoram National Park Entrance fee
  • Camping sites fee, Bridges crossing fee
  • Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, cook, porters/staff.
  • Safety rope and basic necessary gear.
  • First Aid Kit with necessary medicines
  • International airfare.
  • All meals in hotels.
  • Excess weight.
  • Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotels like bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • Satellite phone with solar charger (can hire).
  • Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of members etc.
  • Hire of sleeping bags/gloves and down jackets.
  • Tips.
  • Airport and departure taxes.
  • Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • Charges incurred due to delays beyond control of VE
  • Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • Travel Insurance of member.
  • Visa.
  • Any other service not mentioned above.

Tour's Location

Islamabad

FAQs

Who will be picking me up and where?
Our guide or representative will pick you up at the airport on the scheduled arrival date. We can help you arrange accommodations if you arrive earlier, and we are happy to make suggestions for transportation, restaurants and sightseeing.
How do i sign up for a trip?
You can sign up for the trip directly on our website. To secure your place on this trip, please click on the BOOK NOW button at the side of the page, or the dates tab to the right. You will also need to have the below information to hand:
• Name as per Passport
• Home Address
• Email Address
• Telephone Number
• Date of Birth

Before you embark on your trip, it is essential that we receive your passport, travel insurance, next of kin, medical details and dietary requirements (if applicable). If you have any medical conditions to declare or are over the age of 65, you will be required to complete a medical declaration form, signed and stamped by your GP. If you don’t have all this information to hand, you can still register your place today, and then re-log into the form before you depart by using your email address and the password you create upon registration.
I am the solo female in trip, is it safe?
Yes, our first priority is to create a safe environment for all the travelers, and a girls’safety is the foremost important thing for us. At the time of Rooms/Tents allotment the boys and girls are segregated in different accommodations. We always create a friendly environment between trekker's and other supporting staffs are carefully chosen for your trips keeping all safety measures in mind. But we would also advise you to take care of your own personal belongings.
How is Gilgit Baltistan as a destination? Which places can we see in winter?
Gilgit Gilgit Baltistan is a beautiful destination. So much so, that one should definitely plan a visit to this cold desert as a bucket list check box. With beautiful lakes and treks to offer, Gilgit Gilgit Baltistan is a must-visit place to go to. In winter, the temperature in Gilgit Gilgit Baltistan drops down severely and becomes even more picturesque. One can visit the frozen lakes, if not the Baltoro trek, one can do the trek on the Shigar, Khaplu valleys, visit Gilgit Gilgit Baltistani festivals that help you interact with the locals as well.
Do you think i should bring some medicines along with me while on the trek?
Yes, it is always advisable that in any trek carry your own personal medication and basic first aid kit with you. No need to worry!
What about medical facilities and doctor while on trek?
Our trek leaders are expert in first-aid and are aware of high attitude problems. We carry complete first-aid kit, oxygen cylinders, improvised stretchers,necessary medicines (relating to AMS) and extra team members with us may it be any contingency.
Is drinking water safe during the trek?
Glacier water is naturally clean but for safe side we use boiled water and chlorine tablets in our camps, it is requested by all the participants to consult our outdoor team before filling up there water bottles during the trek. Hot water is made available for drinking while on the trek. Travelers should also carry chlorine tablets with them.
Is it possible for me to store extra clothing that i will not need?
Yes, if you have a small bag of extra clothing for when you return from the trek, you will be able to store it safely in Islamabad or Skardu for the duration of the trek.
What type of food is served during the trek? can you accommodate a vegetarian diet?
All of the meals served on Our trips are a combination of the best local and regional fares along with some specialty items. Lentils and rice is a common local dish. There will be a variety of hot and cold options for breakfast (porridge, cereal, eggs and bread). Dinners are a mix of pastas and dumplings, chicken, a variety of vegetables, soups and rice dishes. Lunches are often picnic style and various items for and fruit as well as hot tea are provided. Our cook staff is very accommodating to various dietary needs. Let us know before your trip of any dietary restrictions and we will be happy to accommodate your needs.
Which type of shoes should i use?
Trekking shoes is one of the most important things needed in any trek, so you have to be very careful before buying it. Recommended only high-ankle and waterproof shoes which are branded and are specifically designed for trekking purposes.Quechua, Zamberlan, Lafuma, Conquest and The North Face are some high quality brands dealing in High Altitude trekking shoes
What do i need to bring?
What do i need to bring?
A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your trip will be sent to you in a dossier. Every year, after assessing feedback from our clients and guides, we review and update our lists so they are as complete and up-to-date as possible. Every list has a description of each item, however feel free to call us if you have questions or need help locating any of the items on the list. It is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.
Will my trip have an equipment check?
Typically, we don’t have equipment checks for international trips until you are in-country, and you can’t always count on finding an outdoor supplier in Skardu during the days just before a trip begins that has what you need. Therefore, it’s extremely important you follow the equipment list guidelines and bring every item on the list. If you have any questions concerning any of the items mentioned in the equipment list, please contact us.
Can i rent my gear through Vertical Explorers?
We may be able to procure some items in Skardu. Call us for specific information regarding your trip.
How heavy will my pack be?
Your K2 Base Camp Trek will be a fully supported trek with porters and pack animals. You will be carrying a daypack on trekking days, which would contain snacks, camera, water and extra clothing.
Can i request single accommodations?
All accommodations are based on double or triple occupancy. If you are traveling solo and wish to share accommodations, we will pair you with another traveler of same gender. Singles are available in Skardu. If you request single accommodations or a roommate cannot be assigned, you will be responsible for paying the single supplement fee.
Can we customize trips?
We loves to customize personal trips -- for you, your friends, or organization. Our published land costs are typically based on number of individuals, so the number in your party may affect your land costs. Just give us a call/contact us and let us know what you're interested in, and we'll do our best to Make It Happen.
What if i want to arrive earlier or depart later than the trip dates?
We are happy to help you arrange accommodations before and after your trip. Our area directors can recommend side excursions and restaurants for the extra time.

Who will my guide be?
All of our guides are highly skilled experienced professionals who have been selected based on their careful judgment, local knowledge, understanding of our client's needs, patience and supportive guiding styles, and great personalities. In addition to their impressive personal achievements in the field, our guides bring a wealth of natural history, cultural anthropology and linguistic knowledge for their group's enlightenment. Our international guides and staff surpass the needs of our clientele and make the trip enjoyable beyond expectations.
what if someone on my trip feels sick or wants to stop?
During a trek, if someone becomes ill or feels that they do not wish to go any farther, the guides decide whether the person requires an escort for descent (by a local staff or assistant guide) or if he or she can stay put until the group returns.
Should I tip my guide?
Tipping is always a personal choice, but is greatly appreciated by your guides. Check your departure packet for details.
Will i be able to interact with the locals on the trek?
Absolutely! Our recognizes our trips as physical, scenic, and cultural odysseys into these landlocked regions, and so we encourage you to interact with the locals. Our guides are experienced in the proper cultural courtesies and will be able to advise you along the way regarding these considerations.
Reserving a trip: how quickly do the trips fill up?
There is no way to know how quickly our trips are going to fill up. Many of our trips fill up months in advance. So send in your application and a deposit as soon as you have decided which trip date you want.

What is the deposit amount to hold my space?
US$300 for scheduled trips. An application alone won’t reserve a space.
What happens if VE has to cancel my trip?
If we cancels a trip due to any reason, you will receive a full refund.
Do i need to purchase trip insurance or evacuation insurance?
We highly recommends the purchasing of trip cancellation, travel insurance and medical evacuation policies. Once we have received your application and have confirmed your spot on a trip, we will send you information about the various types of insurance and insurance companies we would recommend.
What is a typical day like?
A normal day starts with your guide knocking at your door at around 6:00 am in the morning. The breakfast served in the dining tent is usually at 7:00 am allowing you enough time to wash up and pack up. The trek normally begins at 8:00 am. You will be accompanied by your guide and a porter. In average, 3-4 hours of walking is covered before lunch. Lunch will be at a tent en-route. After lunch, normally 3 more hours are covered before reaching the destination of the day. Dinner in the dinning tent is around 7:00 pm before retiring for the night.Acclimatization days are built in along the way where we stay at the same place for an extra night. During this day, you are welcome to explore side hikes.
Who will I be traveling with?
We have taken trekkers ranging in age from 18 to 78 as high as Gondogoro La (5585m). Our trekking groups are limited to a maximum of 12 members to guarantee quality and personalized service. Small group travel fosters intimacy with the local cultures and the land and ensures quality for each trip member. Our guests come from a remarkable cross-section, ranging from full-time students to physicians, business executives, computer programmers, stay-at-home moms (and dads), writers, etc. In addition, your trekking entourage includes a staff which will number approximately 1:6 . Along the way, your trekking staff will introduce you to their family and friends putting you on a first name basis with tea shop owners, traders, porters, farmers, schoolteachers, and curious children.
Is it safe to travel in the Karakorum region?
The incidence of personal violent crime is certainly almost none despite sensational headlines and occasional saber rattling. The Karakorum region is known for centuries of peaceful coexistence.

The incidence of personal violent crime is certainly almost none than in anywhere in the world despite sensational headlines and occasional saber rattling. The Karakorum region is known for centuries of peaceful coexistence.

we have continued to operate trips in the region each year and we are confident that these regions remains one of the most beautiful, compelling and welcoming places on earth.
The major concentrations of troubles are in the western parts of Pakistan and 100s of miles to the Islamabad. Their major concentrations are in areas which have had little or no tourism (investment, hard currency, etc) which is one of the reasons that their message has played well in these very poor districts. By comparison, the K2 Region is a very well and worldly part of Pakistan.
That said, whenever you travel in Pakistan (or anywhere in the world for that matter), you should definitely use personal caution. We avoid any known dangerous situations. We monitor political situations posted by the government Office and ground reports from our staff and network of contacts. As when traveling in any region, make sure to keep an eye on your possessions and take certain common-sense measures to prevent theft or dangerous situations.
The first rule of trekking K2 Base Camp is to step to the wall side when you meet a mule, since otherwise you can be knocked off the edge.
The main danger for most people doing the straight-in, straight-out route is altitude sickness(AKA Acute Mountain Sickness or AMS). For most people, this can be avoided by sleeping no more than 300 metres higher than you did the night before and taking an acclimatisation day every 1000 metres. Serious AMS is more common in folk doing group tours than in independent trekkers.
Other common injuries are twisted ankles and sprains. Rock falls, moraine and glacier crossings add significant risk to longer treks involving crossing high passes such as the Gondogoro-La. As always, it’s unwise to trek solo in case you fall and can’t extricate yourself: Do note, that it is illegal to trek solo.
What happens if I get Mountain Sickness?
Most people report that they have some mild symptoms of Mountain Sickness ranging from headache to sleep apnea to loss of appetite above 12-14,000 feet. While these symptoms are not of great concern, they are monitored closely by the Expedition Manager and staff. If symptoms become more serious, there are two options:

Descend to a lower elevation – possibly resuming the trek once symptoms subside.
or airlift.
Food — What snacks you’d recommend bringing?
For snacks, we recommend chocolate, chocolate bars, dried fruit bars and dried fruit which are readily available in Skardu, but Cliff bars, Power bars and the like are not usually available.
Do you recommend bringing my own sleeping bag and trekking poles?
Sleeping bags can be hired at US$ 3.50 per day basis. However, in terms of hygiene, we recommend the guests to bring their own sleeping bags. Trekking poles can be hired in Skardu, but the cost will be the same as that of buying a new one.
What do you recommend for med evacuation?
Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents. This includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs. In worst cases, we can evacuate / rescue you via helicopter, but this can be very expensive without travel insurance.
What is the recommended age and denomination of USD bills?
There is no specific age of USD bills, however, we recommend the guests to carry new crisp bills when traveling. All denominations are acceptable, however, it is easier if you have smaller denominations of 5’s, 10’s and 20’s.
Can i drink the tap water ?
Pakistani tap water is not safe to drink. Bring water purifying tablets or a water purifying stickto save money and the environment. Note that at higher elevations during the coldest times of year the water will freeze, so you’ll need to use boiled water.Buy a decent thermos flask or plastic water container, so that you can top up with hot, boiled water at the beginning of the day – starting with hot water will stop it freezing.
can I extend my trip ?
Yes – why not stay on and explore more of what Pakistan has to offer! We can request with to change your return date with the airline. Places are limited and all arrangements are subject to availability.
How is VE able to offer such competitive prices?
Our unique style of off the beaten track, face-to-face travel is the only way to really experience a destination, but it also serves to keep the costs down. We spend your money providing an authentic experience, instead of on lavish hotels and expensive western-style meals. We pass these savings on to you with our low prices. Another thing you'll notice are the inclusions. While we don't include everything, we do throw in the major highlights of a destination, the things that everyone goes to see. On every trip page we show you the 'Included Highlights' of your trip, things that many other companies charge locally for. We leave many other activities as options, to provide you the freedom and flexibility to choose what you want to do on a daily basis.

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