DARKOT PASS TREKKING

Trip Duration : 12 N / 13 D
Altitude : Max: 4650m
Grade : Moderate to strenuous
Range : Hindukush
Camping nights :  07
Hotel nights :  05
Zone : Restricted and permit is required
Best Time : July – September

 

Trip Highlights!

Offering a diversity of unspoiled landscape and an interesting mix of cultures, this is exploratory
travel at its best, where the people we meet are as curious about us as we are about them.
Lying close to Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan and forming a natural divide between the
Hindu Kush and Hindu Raj ranges, the Yarkhun Valley has been accessible to outside visitors
only since the early 1990’s.
This is a high mountain Pass trek between Yasin valley of Gilgit-Baltistan and Broghil valley of
Chitral in KPK. The crossing of pass is easy yet requires fitness and some trekking experience.
The trek can be organized either from Chitral side or Darkot in Yasin valley, we can plan it as
separate route as well as connect with Punji Pass trek.

DAY – 1: Arrival-Islamabad Sightseeing

Arrival at Islamabad, transfer to hotel for a rest. If arrival is during the day, you will be taken for a short sightseeing trip around Islamabad. The new Capital City of Pakistan is lush green at the footsteps of Potohar hills. We will visit Faisal Mosque, Pakistan monument and Lok versa, institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Islamabad.

DAY – 2: Islamabad – Gilgit
Take an early morning flight to Gilgit – the capital town of Gilgit Baltistan. There will be ample time to explore bazaars of Gilgit and a visit to a Rock Carving Buddha from 5th century AD.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Gilgit

DAY – 3:  Gilgit – Nialthi / Yasin valley (5 hours)

Today is going to be an interesting drive from Gilgit to Yasin Valley. The starting point of this spectacular trek will be at Nialthi village at altitude of 2600 meters. We will make photography stops along the Ghizer River en-route to Nialthi village.

Overnight stay at a Camp

DAY – 4: Nialthi to Lasht (3 – 4 hours)

The trek starts on an uneven road jeep road for up to one hour and then gradually leads to a clear path along the Thui River with pleasing scenery along the way. After a few hours walk we will reach a summer village called Lasht with a clear spring water and soft grassy campsite. The porters celebrate their evening with camp fire and singing songs.
Overnight stay in a Camp.

DAY – 5:  Lasht to Sholtalling  (3 – 4 hours)

This day offers immense joy when walking along the river called Mushibar, which flows down from Keronbar to the east and Qalandargum and Gashuchi glacier. The path is smooth along the juniper, birch trees and with pleasing views of snow-capped peaks ahead of the valley.
We will reach the campsite; Sholtalling, a place with stone shelter and grassy campsite with superb views of the valley.

Overnight stay in a Camp

DAY – 6:  Sholtalling to Gashuchi  (4-5 hours)

Today is last day in Thui valley. The path is as the previous day; easy and smooth for the first two hours, and then we will walk on the Gashuchi Glacier for few more hours. Some parts of the Glacier is white ice and then some parts is rocky moraines. The guide will lead while crossing some of the wide crevasses on the glacier, soon after crossing the glacier you will be in a beautiful campsite called Gashuchi, which means mountain onion in the local language of the people living in Yasin valley. The campsite is at the altitude of 4100 meters and you may feel a bit cold after the sun set and before the sun rise in the morning.

Overnight stay in a Camp

DAY – 7:  Gashuchi to Golpigal  (6-7 hours)

This will be the most interesting day of the trek where you will cross the Thui Pass at 4999 meters and descend down to Yarkhun Valley of Chitral in the KPK province.

This day will be little harder until you reach the pass while climbing about 500 meters from the campsite on a steep way along a grassy path. The first two hours are rewarding with superb views of the white peaks on both sides of the pass leading on to a rocky path which will close the view. If we are lucky with weather, the views from the pass will be breathtaking.

From the pass you will descend to the campsite called Golpigal, a fine campsite with clear spring water to drink and to wash yourself after a long day of trek.

Overnight stay in a Camp

DAY – 8:  Golpigal to Gazine- Mastuj (7-8 hour)

This is the last day of your wonderful trek as an easy and smooth walk for approx 3 hours brings you down to Gazine village.

No more trekking onward as we have a Jeep to ride down to Mastuj;  a town and Tehsil of Chitral District in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan located at an altitude of 2359 meters. There are ruins of old fort built originally in 18th century and re constructed later couple of times.
Overnight stay at a hotel

DAY – 9:  Mastuj –Chitral  (4-5 hour)

Continue drive further down to historical city of Chitral, which is beautiful town nestled in the mountains of Hindukush and dominating by Tirich Mir (7,708 m); the highest peak of Hindukush mountain range.

Chitral was an isolated valley and in winter used to be cut-off from the rest of the country until the creation of a tunnel in 2009. This isolation has created a diverse set of cultures, most interesting of which is the non-muslim Kalash people spread across three valleys.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Chitral

DAY – 10-11:  Chitral -Kalasha Valleys (2 hours)

From Chitral a few hours’ drive takes you into deep valleys of Kalasha people, who are said to be the descendants of ancient Macedonians. You have two days to explore the valleys of Rumbour and Bumboret, staying with locally owned guesthouses; eating locally grown food and get a chance to immerse yourself in the unique culture.

Overnight stay at Kalashi guesthouse.

DAY – 12:  Kalasha Valleys – Peshawar
Early morning drive down to Chitral – Islamabad road and head down to Peshawar through the Lowari Tunnel, this is going to be a long drive of approx 10-12 hours to reach the destination.

Overnight stay at hotel in Peshawar

DAY – 13:  Peshawar
Peshawar is among one of the most ancient living cities on earth and was the gateway between the subcontinent and Central Asia. It has all kinds of professionals and manufacturers, from goldsmiths to silversmiths, traditional carpets, pottery, clothing and artwork on wood and stones.

In Peshawar, you will be able to stroll around the old side of the city’s narrow streets. Pashtuns, Hazara, Tajik, Chitrali and Uzbek faces all mingle and business is conducted over endless cups of Qawa (cardamon flavoured green tea).

You will have the chance to visit famous food street of Peshawar to taste the local recipes of the city.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Peshawar
DAY – 14:  Peshawar– Takht e Bhai –Islamabad

We head out to Islamabad today while visiting another UNESCO world heritage site en route. Takht e Bhai, an archaeological wonder, considered to be significant because of its unique design and well-structured Buddhist monasteries from the Ghandaran period when this region was a Greco-Buddhist kingdom.
Resume drive back to Islamabad and transfer to airport 3 hours prior to your homebound flight’s departure.

Trip cost: Depends on number of participation

The trip includes:

  • The trip includes:
  • Airport pick up/road transfer in private Car / Jeep
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) on the way and during the trek
  • All accommodations ( hotel / camping as
  • specified in the itinerary)
  • 10 kg of personal baggage during trek
  • Sleeping tents, mattresses, kitchen tents, mess tent.
  • Kitchen equipment, crockery, fuel, cooking, camping, cleaning and related gear
  • Cook and Assisting staff
  • Visa supporting documents (If needed)
  • Camping Fees

Trip does not include:

  • Visa to Pakistan
  • Personal sleeping bags and personal nature
  • clothing/equipment.
  • Extras at hotel, like drinks, laundry, phone calls, act.
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond our control.
  • Extra days beyond the specified itinerary.
  • Insurance liability and other under force conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue
  • Any other service or product that is not agreed or mentioned herein or agreed prior to the commencement of the journey.
  • Any tipping to staff

$999.00

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