Trek in the remote mountains of the Hindu Kush and try the delicious mulberries and walnuts of the friendly and isolated Kalasha Valleys. Just a few miles from the north-western border of Pakistan is dominated by Tirich Mir (7700m), the highest mountain in the Hindu Kush range. Accessibility to the area is limited to weather-permitting flights via Peshawar to Chitral or by jeep from either Gilgit or Swat (closed in winter). Despite receiving relatively few visitors, the isolated tribes and peoples of these northern valleys (believed to be Indo-Aryan descendants from the 2nd millennium BC) are at once warm and hospitable.
This area offers superb trekking, undeveloped natural beauty and a fascinating glimpse of diverse ethnic, cultural and religious harmony in a region scarcely affected by the modern age.
The trek to the Upper Tirich Mir Glacier ascends to an altitude of 4700m and boasts incredible views of numerous glaciers and peaks in the Hindu Kush extending west to Afghanistan and north to the Pamirs of Tajikistan.
|DAY 01||RAWALPINDI (arrival)|
|DAY 02||RAWALPINDI – SAIDU SHAREEF (6 hrs drive)|
|DAY 03||SAIDU – CHITRAL (1571m/8 hrs drive)|
|DAY 04||CHITRAL – SHAGRAM (9 hrs drive)|
|DAY 05||SHAGRAM – SHEKNIAK (3551m/5 hrs trek)|
|DAY 06||SHEKNIAK – SHUGHUR BAISUM (4128m/5 hrs trek)|
|DAY 07||SHUGHUR BAISUM – ISTORNAL (4500m/4 hrs trek)|
|DAY 08||ASTORNAL – BABU CAMP (4850m/3-4 hrs trek)|
|DAY 09/10||BABU CAMP – SHAGRAM (trek back )|
|DAY 11||SHAGRAM – ZANI PASS (3886m/3 hrs trek)|
|END OF TREKKING/CAMPING|
|DAY 12||ZANI PASS – MUZHGOL – CHITRAL (3 hrs trek/jeep)|
|DAY 13||CHITRAL – PESHAWER – ISLAMABAD (by air/12 hrs drive)|
|DAY 14||Morning free. In the evening transfer to the Airport for onward flight to abroad|