Shimshal Pass (4,735 m) rises above the village. It lies on the watershed between the Indus River and Tarim River basins, and leads to the valley of the Shimshal Braldu River, a tributary of the Shaksgam River on the border with China. The pass is not part of Khunjerab National Park, but the Shimshaal community has set an organization called SNT (Shimshal Nature Trust) which oversees the entire region and takes care of its own land. It is a community-based organization and is registered with the Government of Pakistan. Annually, in the last week of July or the first week of August, there is a festival at Shimshal Pass, where locals partake in a yak race, followed by singing and dancing. In Wakhi language it is called Woolyo. This yak race is the only one of its kind, and is a unique event organised at high mountain settlements of Pakistan.
It is the largest adventure area in Hunza and is a major attraction for tourists. Its mountains like Distaghil Sar (7,885 m), Shimshal White Horn (6,303 m) Minglik Sar (6,150 m), Lupghar Sar (7,200 m), Yazghail Sar (6,000 m), Kunjut Sar and others are well known among mountaineers. Gigantic glaciers include Malangudhi, Yazghail, Khurdopin (5,800 m), Braldu, Odver, Ver Zharav, and main passes are Chafchingoal, Khurdopin, Mai Dur, Braldu, Boi Sam and others. It is also called as “The Valley of Mountaineers”.
Services we provide
Arrival at the airport in Islamabad, our guide and drive will meet you here and take you to your hotel
Islamabad - Chilas
Drive to Chilas on Karakoram Highway or via Babusar pass if the pass is open, arrive and transfer to the hotel
Chilas - Gulmit/Passu
Drive to Gulmit/Passu village, short stops en-route for lunch and photography, arrive and transfer to the hotel in Gulmit or Passu
Gulmit/Passu - Shimshal Valley
Drive to Shimshal valley, arrive and transfer to the hotel, evening for preparation.
Shimshal – Pasthurzin
Today we will start the trek we will cross the Shimshal river to Bandsar (a small village parts of shimshal) at first. After 2 hours easy trek to reach in Pamirthung where we cross the Pamirthung river with suspension bridge to Garsar, which is almost precipitous climbing. During ascent each team member should stock enough water as from Garsar to Pasthfuzin it is not to be had. Take lunch at Garsar and view the Yazghal glacier, White Horn.Distgir Sar and other famous mountains from this location; Kurdapin glacier is also visible from this point. After rest trek traverse to Pasthfuzin which is located in a narrow valley, a very comfortable and beautiful place for camping.
Pasthfuzin – Arbabpurin
The second day of the trek is steep screw and decent to Woochfurzin which takes 1 hours to climb up and cross some difficult parts of the way to Pamirthung, we will cross the bridge called Chichan Bridge (this bridge was donated by a person to the community of Shimshal) and reach to Parin a place for lunch and again 2 hours climb to reach Parinsar. Parinsar offers the best view of Maidur Valley, Chashkin (6000m) peaks, Mangligh Sar(6050m) traverse walk to Arbabpurin.
Arbabprin – Shujarab
Easy trek to Shujarab which is the summer pasture owned by the people of Shimshal. Every year about 30 – 40 families from Shimshal come here for 4 months (June – September) with their cattle’s, here we will taste the local cheese and milk!
Shujarab – Shimshal Pass (4745m)
Shujarab to Shimshal pass is a steep trek and the part till Gulchinwashk is the toughest but after that the lush green land will reward you. A paradise for adventure lovers! Today we will see the two beautiful lakes lupwhooyee and Zaklayee and camping beside the lake .
Climb Mangaligh Sar
This great opportunities to climb Mangaligh Sar, Start at 3 o clock in the morning after 9 hours you will reach the summit, Magaligh does not demand more technical Mountaineering skills indeed you must have the physical power. From the top you can K2, Mustagh ranges. Shimshal Mountain group, Baralgu Valley, Verjarab Valley, Yukshin gardan (7400m) Pamiri and Kanjut sar.
Shimshal Pass – Arbabpurin
Trek back on the same way to Arbabpurin.
Arbabpurin – Pasthfurzin.
Trek back on the same way to Pasthfurzin.
Pasthfurzin – Shimshal Village
Today is the last day of our trek of 3 – 4 hours, arrive and transfer to the guesthouse.
Shimshal - Kariambad
Drive back to Karimabad, arrive and transfer to the hotel
Karimabad - Besham/Naran
Drive to Besham/Naran, arrive and transfer to the hotel
Besham/Naran - Islamabad - Fly to Destination
Drive to Islamabad, en-route visit Taxila, arrive in Islamabad and explore the city, later drive to the airport and fly to your destination.
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