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Shimshal Pass and Mingling Sar Summit

Shimshal Pass and Mingling Sar Summit

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • AREA: KARAKORAM RANGE, PAKISTAN
  • DURATION: 16 Days, 15 Nights
  • DIFFICULTY: Moderate Strenuous
  • Max Altitude: 4699 meters
  • Total Trekking: 80 kms approx
  • Terrain: Rock, glacial sections, gravel and sand
  • Group size: 8-15 Trekkers

DESCRIPTION

Embarking on a trek around the renowned Shimshal Pass is akin to stepping into a mesmerizing realm brimming with unparalleled experiences.

Situated at an impressive altitude of 4735 meters in Upper Hunza, the Shimshal Pass occupies a pivotal position between the Indus River and Tarim River basins. This pass acts as a gateway to the Shimshal Braldu River valley, nestled near the relatively lesser-traveled Pakistan-China border.

For avid trekkers, this expedition stands as the ultimate challenge, where nature takes center stage as you traverse the Minglik Sar and Shipodeen Pass. The rugged trail, snow-draped peaks, verdant valleys, and meadows form a captivating backdrop that keeps the journey invigorating and captivating. With every passing moment, the ever-changing natural ambiance elevates your senses, leaving you in awe.

The allure of this trek extends beyond the landscapes, encompassing the warmth of local hospitality, the charm of grassy expanses, and the breathtaking mountain vistas. Encounter fascinating wildlife such as Marco Polo Sheep, Himalayan Ibex, and elusive blue sheep, while immersing yourself in an organic way of life that truly enriches this extraordinary trekking experience.

Equipment List

Equipment List We are providing you with two lists for the Trek. These lists contain items and equipment that you must bring. Mountaineering equipment can be available on request with extra charges.

List 1 – Must Bring Items:

  • Personal First Aid Pack (Diamox (Altitude), Dioralite (re-hydration salts), antiseptic cream, blister treatment, throat lozenges, plasters, Imodium (diarrhea treatment), painkillers)
  • Hiking Backpack (Day Pack) 32-42 Litres
  • Fleece jacket with hood or a warm jumper
  • Mittens or gloves (thermal)
  • Head lamp with spare batteries
  • Hiking boots
  • Sleeping bag (-16°C comfort rated)
  • Sandals (sports) or old shoes (to cross rivers)
  • Sun protection cream (including total block for nose, lips etc.)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Thermarest or any similar mat/pad for sleeping
  • Warm hat (beanie)
  • Warm jacket (down)
  • Water bottles 1 liter (x2)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof over-trousers
  • Antibacterial hand wash
  • Shirts/T-shirts
  • Small towel
  • Socks
  • Spare laces
  • Underwear (normal and thermal)
  • Trekking poles (highly recommended)
  • Wash-bag and toiletries
  • Walking socks (2/3 pairs)
  • Baselayer – leggings (Thermal)
  • Trekking Trousers
  • Baselayer thermal shirts (2 long sleeves, 2 short sleeves)

List 2 – Mountaineering Equipments:

  • Crampons
  • Mountaineering boots that must be compatible with your crampons. Minimum Grade B2.
  • Ice axe
  • Climbing harness
  • Karabiner/Carabiner (screwgate type x 2)
  • Climbing helmet
  • Prusik loops X two (2) – (4 meters of 6 mm cord makes up 2)
  • Sling (120 cm)
  • This equipment can be available on request with extra charges

Included

  • All transportation whilst on tour 
  • All accommodation whilst on tour 
  • Twin sharing rooms and tents
  • ·All meals whilst on tour 
  • Cook: Professional cook throughout the trek to cook hygienic & fresh food.
  • ADA and local guides
  • Porters for group gear
  • Porterage: The allowance for your main bag is 15 kg
  • Entry fee: All Camping fees, government taxes.
  • One on one pre-tour support
  • Safety: Safety rope. (if required)

Not Included

  • Any pre-tour or post tour accommodation
  • Personal trekking equipment/clothing.
  • Extras at hotels or during traveling.
  • Personal insurances of clients.
  • Mule/Horse support rental and/or evacuation and rescue charges during tour 
  • Any personal medication
  • Any expense due to forced measures, natural calamities, acts of God, forced majeure: beyond the control of ADA, their staff and suppliers.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Sleeping bag and sleeping mat (available on request)
  • Anything else not mentioned
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Itinerary and Map

Day 01: Arrive Islamabad, transfer to hotel.

Upon your arrival in Islamabad, you will be greeted with a warm welcome and assistance at the airport. You'll then be transferred to your designated hotel. Enjoy an overnight stay in the comfort of the hotel in Islamabad, preparing for the upcoming adventures.

Day 02: Fly to Gilgit (weather permitting), or drive to Chilas, hotel.

Begin your day with an early morning flight to Gilgit, although flight schedules are subject to weather conditions. From Gilgit, continue your journey towards the enchanting region of Hunza. In case weather conditions hinder air travel, an alternative plan is in place: commence on a road journey with an overnight stay in Chilas. Flexibility ensures that your exploration of Hunza remains uninterrupted, regardless of the mode of travel.

Day 03: Arrival in Karimabad Hunza.

A spare day has been allotted for potential weather-related delays. Amidst this, embrace the allure of Hunza by visiting the captivating Baltit Fort. Later, set out on a half-day drive to explore the scenic Nagar Valley. Retire for the night in Karimabad Hunza, reflecting on the day's enriching experiences.

Day 04: Drive by jeeps to Shimshal.

In the morning, we will depart for Shimshal village, and on arrival we will transfer to a local guest house. Rest up, trek starts tomorrow

Day 05: Shimshal / Gharesar

Breakfast & today we start our trek towards Shimshal Pass. Lunch at Korband.
Arrive at Gharsar Rest dinner & night stay.

Walk: 3-4 hours, Climb: 500m (Tent)

Day 06: Gharsar to Peryan Sar

Today we will enjoy the real test of Shimshal Pass trek. Will stop for lunch at Vuch Furzin. After lunch the final trek of 3 hrs to Peryan Sar. Arrive at Peryan Sar for dinner & night stay with some breathtaking views

Day 07: Peryan sar to Shimshal Pass 4700m

Breakfast & trek to Shimshal Pass. Arrive at Shimshal Pass after 3 hrs trek. Free time lunch & visit the lakes of Shimshal Pass. Dinner & night stay.

Day 08: Rest & Walk around the lakes.

Today we will rest at Shimshal Pass. We will walk around the lake & Pasture. Dinner & night stay

Day 09: Trek to High Camp

Wakeup at 2:00am breakfast & start climbing. Summit & trek back to base camp. Lunch & trek back to Shujerab. Arrive at Shujerab for dinner & night stay.

Day 10: Summit & trek back to Shujerab

Lunch & trek to Mingliksar peak. Arrive at High camp. Dinner & night stay.

Day 11: Shujerab to Past Furzin

Breakfast & trek back to Past Furzin. Lunch en route. Arrive at Past Furzin for dinner & night stay

Day 12: Past Furzin to Shimshal Valley

Breakfast & trek back to Shimshal Valley. Lunch en route. Arrive at Shimshal Valley for dinner & night stay.

Day 13: Drive to Karimabad, Hotel

Hunza has a lot to offer, one of the most vibrant bazaars in GB has to be the Karimabad Bazaar. From old ancient jewels, to hand made handicrafts, silk carpets and clothes. Karimabad is also home to the famous Walnut cake at Cafe de Hunza. A lot of history too so you'll be visiting some 1000 year old forts too. My favorite is the all women furniture factory, Hunza has a 95% literacy rate, one of the highest in the country.

Day 14: Drive to Gilgit, Fly to Islamabad

If flight does not fly due to weather, we shall drive to Naran

Day 15: Naran to Islamabad - Farewell dinner!

Over night stay at hotel in Islamabad

Day 16: Everyone flies home!

Write to us when you reach home. Safe travels!