Darkot Pass Trekking

$1200 / Per person

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Trip Duration: 12 N / 13 D
Altitude: Max: 4650m
Grade: Moderate to strenuous
Range: Hindukush
Zone: Restricted and permit is required
Best Time: July – September
Camping Nights: 07
Hotel Nights: 05
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.
Cost: Depends on number of participants.
Included:
  • 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
Excluded:
  • 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

Trip Plan

Tour Itinerary

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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.

02

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.

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Day 3

Gilgit – Passu valley

Join the fabled Karakoram highway and drive to valley, which is starting point of this trekking route and is located between Batura and Passu Glacier. It will take us 5-6 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 valley, meet and greet with friendly locals, and also visit one of the Hanging bridges well known among tourists. Overnight stay in a hotel

Overnight at hotel

04

Day 4

Passu valley – China Camp- Uzhokpirt (2.485m) 5-6 hours / 645m ascent

We begin the trek by following the canal upstream to its head, along the right bank of the Batura Glacier’s outwash stream. The trail ascends along the lateral moraine, passing a cairn that marks the junction with the trail from Janabad. We will then continue through a dusty ablation valley for half an hour then pass through a wooden doorway past scattered rose bushes to reach Yunzben.
The shortest and most frequently used route across the Batura Glacier, which is the preferred route by Passu People, begins a few minutes beyond Yunzben. Bits of dung and small cairns faintly mark the convoluted 2km route across the glacier (much of it across talus), which takes a few hours.

Alternative Start : Janabad to Uzhokpirt

There is another route which can shorten this day’s trek by simply walking out the back of the hotel, up the hill and short walk across the upper Janabad plateau to join the alternative trail at the base of the scree slope. We will then be on the same track as stated above.

Overnight stay in a Camp

05

Day 5

Uzhokpirt – Yashpirt 2-3 hours / 227m ascent

The easy trail between Uzhokpirt and Yashpirt meanders through pretty ablation valleys, amid substantial willows, wild roses, tamarisks and junipers. The first impressive views of the upper Batura Glacier and Batura, huts and pastures, surrounded by a juniper forest, have spectacular views of the Batura First Ice Floe.
Passu women tend herds of yaks, sheep and goats here until July when they typically move to Guchesham. Water flows from a small stream trickling through the pasture; its source is a few minutes’ walk through the forest above the pasture.
Passu people typically walk between Passu and Yashpirt in one day. Fit and acclimatized trekkers can reach Yashpirt in seven hours, but it’s too far for most trekkers to tackle in a day.

Overnight stay in a Camp

06

Day 6

Yashpirt – Guchesham 5-6 hours / 328m ascent

Today we follow the east trail north-west, through a lovely series of small ablation valleys, amid abundant junipers, willows and birches. An hour from Yashpirt, pass an old distinctive millstone, which was used until the late 1970s when barley was cultivated at Yashpirt and the primary summer pasture was Fatima’ il Sheet. We continue up the ablation valley, passing through a wooden doorway, and reach the Kukil.
From Kukhil, along the south bank to another large alluvial fan called Shilmin named after an abundant purple flower. It’s possible to camp in a level and slightly rocky area below (south of) the trail and above seasonal pools adequate for bathing.

Overnight stay in a Camp

07

Day 7

Side Trip : Lupdur 6 hours / 240m ascent

Beautiful day trek to Lupdur (big meadow) offers great views of the Batura Second Ice Floe, the upper Batura Glacier and Kampir Dior (7168m). From Guchesham, stay along the Bostong stream’s south bank towards the obvious trail up the grassy slope. The trail eases after the first steep around 100m, will follow the trail for one hour to Lupdur (3870m).
Ibex and Himalayan snow cocks frequent seen on these slopes. The views from here are worth the whole trek. Lupdur is bisected by a large ravine with a small pool at its bottom. Cross this ravine, continue through more pastures for better views of the Batura Second Ice Floe, and a view up the Glacier.

Overnight stay in a Camp

08

Day 8

Guchesham to China Camp 32.3km / 1200m descent

Retrace steps to China Camp, camping at Yashpirt or Uzhokpirt.

Alternative Route : Rather than returning on the same trail along the glacier’s north margin, it’s possible to cross the Batura Glacier higher up and return along its south margin.

Overnight stay in a Camp

09

Day 9

Return to Passu

Today we proceed descending down to KKH and to Passu valley within few hours, afternoon free to rest at hotel.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Islamabad.

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Day 10

Khunjerab Top / 4750m

Today we have excursion 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.
Afternoon, return to karimabad while passing the beautiful long lake Attabad en-route.

Overnight stay at hotel in Hunza valley.

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Day 11

Around Karimabad

We have another full day to explore the well-known Karimabad town dominate by iconic Baltiti Fort – which was once the residence of King of Hunza valley. In the afternoon we will drive to Duikar village to catch sweeping views of the sunset.

Overnight stay at hotel in Hunza valley.

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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.

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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.

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Day 14

Transfer to airport three hours prior to homebound flight.