RUSH PEAK EXPEDITION
|Duration of the expedition||:||13 N 14 D|
|Altitude||:||Max: 5,100 m|
|Grade||:||Moderate to strenuous|
|Zone||:||Open/ No permit is required.|
|Best Time||:||July – September|
This is a splendid trek to behold as it provides a combination of the beautiful villages, friendly folks, plentiful livestock and rich natural sights.
A befitting trekking route for beginners and novices, as well as equally interesting and rewarding for experienced trekkers as one can climb the Rush Peak (5098 m/16,824 ft) above the lake.
Starting from Hopar, a marvelous village known for fruit orchards and the production of potato seeds, we stroll through the terraced fields, meeting local folks and experience walking on glaciers.
It is pure in the indulgent of nature and awe- inspiring mountain panorama especially from the Rush Peak at 5,098m. One can have a 360 ° view that almost includes the entire main peaks in the Hunza/Nagar region and distant eastward views of the K2 (8,611 m), Broad Peak (8,047 m), Gasherbrum IV (7925 m) and to the northeast in the Hispar Muztagh massif which includes peaks like Lupgar Sar (7,200 m), Mohmil Sar (7,343m) Trivor Sar (7,728 m) and Distaghil Sar (7,885m) which all add to magnificence of this breathtaking 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 then visiting a Rock Carving Buddha from 5th century AD.
We will drive to Chilas if there are no flights available from Islamabad. Flights to Gilgit are operated subject to weather conditions.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Gilgit.
DAY – 3: Gilgit – Hoppar Nagar valley
Drive to Hoppar village at Nagar valley, which is starting point of this trekking route and is a marvelous village known for fruit orchards and the production of potato seeds. This will take us 4-5 hours from Gilgit to hit the destination while making stops along the road at collision of the Indo-Pak and the Eurasian plate located at the Chalt on karkoram highway. The history of tectonic evolution has very close relationship with different period of organic movement caused by under thrusting of Indo-Pakistan (Indian) plate toward north below the Eurasian Plate. Also the traces of ancient Silk route, a pony track on which Caravans used to travel in the old days.
In the afternoon we will stroll through the terraced fields and enjoy the views while meeting with friendly and hardworking folks of this village.
Overnight stay in a hotel
DAY – 4: Hoppar – Hopar-Shiskin – BirchKor
Get ready to hit the trek. Firstly, we will cross Hoper Glacier to Shiskin. It is a hot walk so keep your water bottles full. After crossing the Glacier we continue track along the lateral moraine for about an hour and reach at Shiskin, then climb a stony and hot gully to reach another Glacier called Barpu glacier, within an hour we will cross the Barpu glacier and rest of the trek ahead is quite flat until we get closer to BirchoKor where we gain some elevation gradually to reach the Oasis, which will be our camping site for today. The trek takes approx. 5-6 hours from Hoppar to reach the campsite. Afternoon is free to rest and explore the camping site located next to another Glacier.
Overnight stay in a Camp
DAY – 5: BirchKor- Rush Lake
Here comes hardest part of the trek as we climb straight up from our camping site at 3300m to Rush Lake at 4700 m which take approx 6-7 hours. There is saying ‘the more you climb the better views you get’, every step toward Rush lake is rewarding as the mountains appear better and the views look greater. The moment you reach the Rush lake, you will find it simply a splendid sight to behold.
You don’t have to go anywhere to find the views, you are actually surrounding by views more than one can expect.
Overnight stay in Camp
DAY – 6: Rush Peak
We leave the tents and bags behind without packing up as we are going to climb the Rash Peak 5,098m, and return to Campsite in the afternoon. It is an easy walk for superb views of Hispar Gorge and a 360 degree panorama from Nagar to Hunza includes entire high mountains of the region. Furthermore, distant eastward views of the K2 (8,611 m), Broad Peak (8,047 m), Gasherbrum IV (7925 m) and the view to the northeast in the Hispar Muztagh massif which includes peaks like Lupgar Sar (7,200 m), Mohmil Sar (7,343m) Trivor Sar (7,728 m) and Distaghil Sar (7,885m) which all add to magnificence of this breathtaking trek.
Overnight stay in a Camp
DAY – 7: Rush Lake – Phai Phari
Today, the trek will be descending throughout and it is more than 1200 meters via a different route. The trek offers superb views of Miar glacier and Rakaposhi (7788m) range on this side of the valley.
We reach the campsite within 3-4 hours and pitch up the tent. Afternoon is free to rest or enjoy the campsite.
Overnight stay in the Camp
DAY – 8: Phai Phari – Hamdar
After breakfast at camp, we resume the trek to cross Miar glacier which is right ahead on our way. The glacier crossing is not as difficult as crossing Hoppar Glacier on first day, once again views are magnificent especially close up views of Miar Peak (6824m). In 3-4 hours we will reach the camp site with giant views of Golden Peak 7,027 m, you won’t stop admiring these sublime views consisting mountains and white glacier.
Overnight stay in a Camp.
DAY – 9: Hamdar – Hoppar – Karimabad
Today is final day of trekking and there is a gradual descend ahead for 4-5 to reach back down at Hoppar village, stretch your legs while lunch will be served.
We then Jump into the Jeep and drive to Karimabad, Hunza valley within an hour. The capital town of Hunza valley is fine place to end your trekking trip as there are some good hotels, restaurants with local cuisines and historical sites to visit.
Overnight stay at hotel In Hunza valley
DAY –10-11: Hunza valley / Khunjerab Top / 4750m
You will have two full days to explore the famous Hunza valley, where you will be able to visit the ancient Baltit Fort, newly formed Attabad Lake, Hussaini Hanging bridge and Passu Glacier. You will have the choice of a spare full day to drive all the way to Pakistan – China border; it is a beautiful drive on a metal part of the highway through the mountains to highest international border.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Hunza valley.
DAY –12: Hunza valley – Besham / Naran
Travel down the Karakoram highway and break the journey enroot at Besham or Naran, subject to condition of snow on Babusar top.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Besham / Naran.
DAY –13: Besham / Naran – Islamabad
Complete the road journey down to Islamabad and towards Monal restaurant in Islamabad to wrap up the trip in a perfect ambience: good food, night view of the capital and live music.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Islamabad.
DAY –14: Transfer to airport three hours prior to homebound flight.
Trip cost: Depends on number of participation
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