Trekking - Trails of the Ancient Wakhan Corridor

SEASON: JUNE TO OCTOBER
ALTITUDE: 3000 TO 5290 METERS.
GRADE: MODERATE.
DAYS: 22

This is truly one of the finest treks offered within Hindukush Range in Pakistan, exploring an area visited by very few tourists as it has recently been opened for foreigners. We trek through the beautiful and scenic mountain villages in Chitral valley under the shadow of Tirichmir peak rising to 7708 meters, the highest peak in the Hindukush range. Alexander the great passed through this mountain range in 326 B.C leaving behind Greek traditions and customs, which to this day are reflected in the indigenous tribes residing in isolated Kalash valleys. After driving through the fabulous Hindukush and Hindu Raj mountains we reach the Yarkhun valley from where the exciting trek begins.

From here you trek on one of the offshoots of the legendry Silk Road, traversed by camels and yak caravans of ancient times from the bazaars of Samarkand and Bukhara of central Asia to the Indian Sub Continent. It’s an enchanting land of extensive high grazing pastures with serene lakes set against the back drop of high towering snow caped peaks and evergreen meadows.

The locals call this the roof of the world as it serves the beautiful landscape, large herds of Yaks, goats and sheep can be seen grazing across the fertile and sweet grassy meadows of this high plateau. From here we trek down to the Ishkoman valley or ascend to the path leading to Chilinji Pass at 5290 meters and enter Chupurson valley in upper Hunza. The trek ends at Babagundi Ziarat, an ancient Sufi shrine with a large following. From here you drive by jeep to the Karakoram Highway and proceed to Hunza and Gilgit.





ITINERARY:
       
Day 01     Islamabad.
Morning arrive Islamabad international airport, meet and Transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit the shah Faisal Mosque and damn e Koh in Margalla hills to have a magnificent view of Islamabad, the modern capital of Pakistan, and the colorful bazzars of Rawalpindi.Meals and overnight in hotel.

Day 02     Dir.
Morning drive to Dir, a scenic town at the foot of Lawari pass, we drive through the beautiful lush green fields, enroute visit the archeological museum at Chakdara.meals and overnight at hotel.

Day 03     Lowari Pass- Chitral.
Today we drive through the scenic and adventurous Lowari pass 3118 meters, you will have the panoramic view of the snow caped mountains in Hindukush, scenic villages and valleys with thick pine forest, continue drive to chitral.meals and overnight at hotel.

Day 04     Kalash valley.
Full day excursion to Bomboret and Rambur to explore the area and visit the local houses to learn their customs and traditions of Kalash tribes. Afternoon drive back to Chitral. Overnight hotel.

Day 05     Yarkhun Lasht.
Drive by four-wheel jeep through the beautiful and scenic mountain villages under the shadow of the snow covered peaks, lush green meadows along the Chitral River, and a wonderful drive on four-wheel jeeps to this beautiful valley. Meals and over night in tents.

Day 06     Kishmanja.
To day we starts our first day of our trek, follws the pony trail on the green meadows along the Yarkhun River and we pass through the summer settlements of the local shepherd huts. Meals and overnight in tents.

Day 07     Ishkarwaz.
An Easy and gentle walk on the Green meadows and wild willow trees takes you through the high altitude birch forest and willow trees. Meals and overnight in tents.

Day 08     Chikar.
An easy and gentle walk takes you through the lush and green meadows and hanging snow covered peaks and glaciers to the chikar a beautiful and scenic mountain village at the mouth of Darkot pass. Overnight in tents.

Day 09     Broghil.
A very scenic and interesting walk on the high plateaus of wakhan corridor, the famous Broghil pass and is the home of Gujar Nomades who came from Central asia during the Summer with their flocks of Livestock here in high grazing pastures. Meals and overnight in tents.

Day 10     Karumber Lake.
To day we trek to Karumber Lake, a very beautiful and huge lake surrounded by the high snow covered peaks and green meadows with crystal clear streams flowing down to the lake. The different kind of flowers and migratory birds around this beautiful lake makes an unforgettable experience of life. Overnight in tents.

Day 11     Warghut.
A very beautiful and an easy trek that leads to the famous Chilinji pass in the Wakhan corridor, and Iskoman valley. We pass through the high altitude Juniper and Birch Forest and the summer settlements of Gujar Nomads coming from Ishkoman Valley. Meals and overnight in tents.

Day 12-13     Chilinji Base camp.
Today we trek to the green meadows of this high grazing pasture and we camp at the foot of Chilinji Pass.a very scenic meadow covered with high snow caped peaks. Meals and overnight in tents.

Day 14-15     Chilinji pass-Babaghundi Ziarat.
Today we start early in the morning and cross the Chilinji Pass 5290 meters, a very steep walk through the rocky trails up to the pass and a short stop at the pass to enjoy the impressive panoramic views of the high snow covered peaks and lush green meadows. After crossing the pass we enter to the beautiful mountain village Babaghundi ziarat in Chupurson valley. Meals and overnight in tents.

Day 16     Khunjrab pass- Gulmit.
Today we drive to Khunjrab pass 4733 meters, through the beautiful chupurson valley and we enter to KKH from where we continue drive to Khunjrab pass, after a brief stop at Pak-China border we drive back to Gulmit, a very scenic mountain village in upper Hunza, passing through the Snow covered peaks, passu village and the white passu glacier. Meals and overnight in Hotel.

Day 17     Karimabad.
Drive to Karimabad the capital of Hunza valley, enroute visit the ancient Rock carvings, old wooden mosques and watching towers in Ganesh village. Visit the Baltit and Altit Forts and afternoon free to explore the area, enjoy the magnificent views of Rakaposhi 7788 m, Diran Peak 7265m and Ultar group of peaks. Overnight at hotel.

Day 18     At Karimabad.
Free day to explore the area or drive to Duiker meadows to have the magnificent sunset view, evening free and enjoy the view of the mountains from the Eagles Nest Hotel.

Day 19     Gilgit.
Morning after break fast drive back to Gilgit, enroute stop at the Rakaposhi view point to have the magnificent view of Rakaposhi 7788 meters. After we drive to Gilgit where we visit the 7th century Ad Buddha Rock carving and afternoon free to explore the colorful bazaars of the Gilgit Town. Overnight Hotel.

Day 20     Besham.
Morning after the break fast drive to Besham, enroute enjoys the magnificent view of Nanga Parbat 8125 meters. Passing through the beautiful villages along the Mighty River Indus. visit the 4th century Ad Rock carvings at Chilas and shatial.meals and overnight at hotel.

Day 21     Islamabad.
Morning drive to Islamabad passing through the scenic villages and towns of Mansehra and Abbot bad. We visit enroute the Archeological Museum at Taxila, the archeological excavated cities of Sirkap, sirsukh and Julian monastery in Taxila.meals and overnight hotel.

Day 22     Departure.
Morning depart for onward destinations.
       
     
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