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Snow Lake is a glacial basin located at an altitude of 4,800m above sea level, with a width of approximately 16km. The basin lies at the head of the Biafo and Hispar glaciers and spreading down the Hispar Pass in opposite directions, forms a 100km long continuous glacier system, among the world's longest glaciers outside polar region.

Martin Conway, the first foreign visitor and the one who named it Snow Lake, described it as: “Beyond all comparison the finest view of mountains it has ever been my lot to behold, nor do I believe the world can hold finer.” 

The Biafo Glacier is a 63 km long glacier in the Karakoram mountain range, Pakistan which meets the 51 km long Hispar(Nagar) Glacier at an altitude of 5,128 m (16,824 ft) at Hispar La (Pass) to create the world’s longest glacial system outside the polar regions. This highway of ice connects two ancient mountain kingdoms, Nagar and hunza in the west and Baltistan in the east. The traverse uses 51 of the Biafo Glacier’s 63 km and all of the Hispar Glacier to form a 100 km (62 mi) glacial route. The central Karakoram, first explored and mapped in 1937 and 1939, is perhaps the wildest of all. It is an area of vast glaciers, high mountains and remote passes.

Biafo Glacier starts from Korofong above Askole village which connects later with Hisper Glacier. It is only the Hisper pass, which separates the Hisper Glacier and Biafo Glacier. However, most geographers consider the two glaciers as one; they call Biafo-Hisper Glacier. If that be so then the 120 kilometers 75 miles long biafo Hispar Glacier probably becomes the second longest glacier in the world.

Approaching Snow Lake following a broad highway of Ice, a huge glaciated basin at 4500 meters, there are a couple of crevasse areas where it would be necessary to rope up with each other to protect the team. Here we have the opportunity to view Biantha Brak, (7284 m), Snow Lake peak and Simkiang glacier. From here we ascend the Hisper La and camp on the summit, which gives us a panoramic sunset and sunrise views of the whole Biafo – Hispar.

Day - 01

Arrival in Islamabad - transfer to hotel.

Day - 02

Flight to Skardu or Drive to Chilas, - Hotel.

Day - 03

Chilas to Skardu.or rest day - Hotel

Day – 04

Drive to Askole – Camp

Day – 05

Trek to Namla - Camp

Day – 06

Trek to Mangu – Camp

Day – 07

Trek to Biantha – Camp

Day – 08

Free day at Biantha – Camp

Day – 09

Trek to Napina – Camp

Day – 10

Trek to Simgang – Camp

Day – 11

Trek to  snow lake – Camp

Day – 12

Free day to explore Snow Lake - Camp

Day – 13

Trek to Khani Bransa after crossing hisper la – Camp

Day – 14

Trek to Yutmaru – Camp

Day – 15

Trek to Bitanmal – Camp

Day – 16

Trek to Dachigang – Camp

Day – 17

Trek to Hisper – Camp

Day – 18

Trek to Nagar and drive to Karimabad Hunza - Hotel

Day – 19

Free day at Karimabad - Hotel

Day – 20

Drive to Chilas - Hotel

Day – 21

Drive to Islamabad - Hotel

Day – 22

Departure from Pakistan

 

 

Services included:

  • Arrival & Departure:Airport – Hotel – Airport transfers (Pick Up and Drop off).
  • Accommodation In Islamabad:2 nights hotel at 4 star Hotel in Islamabad on Twin sharing basis.
  • Welcome Dinner:One Welcome Dinner in tourist standard restaurant in Islamabad to the team members with Expedition Staffs.
  • Cargo Clearance Assistance:Assistance to International Air cargo clearance of Member Personal Luggage, gears and equipment (if any).
  • Permit & Official Documentations:Application documentation with authorities for issuance of permit (in restricted zones).
  • Trekking Fee Submission: Paying Trekking fee to the government of Pakistan.
  • Site Seeing: Local site seeing in Islamabad or surroundings, if time permits.
  • Licensed Mountain Guide:1 Mountain Guide (Licensed from the government) with full equipment, salary, food and accommodation.
  • Garbage Management:Garbage fee Deposit to the relevant authorities.
  • Map:Trekking map.
  • Members Transportation:
  1. Domestic Flight: Flight for all members from Islamabad to Skardu & Skardu to Islamabad, as per Itinerary (dependent on weather).
  2. Air conditioned land transportation from Islamabad to skardu & Skardu to Islamabad (in case of flight cancelation).
  3. Land Transportation: 4x4 Jeep Skardu to Askole and on returning Askole to Skardu with all gears, logistics and staff.
  • Accommodation in Chillas: 2 nights stay at Chilas, in case of flight cancellation to Skardu or Islamabad, on twin sharing basis, with full board.
  • Accommodation in Skardu: 2 or 3 nights Hotel in Islamabad on Twin sharing basis Bed Room, with full board.
  • Food and Lodging: 3 times meals a day (Breakfast, Dinner and Lunch; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation at Hotel/Lodge/Camp during the trek and Basecamp.
  • Camping: All Necessary equipment for Camping during the trek.
  • Porter:Porters per member up to Base camp from Askole & Porters while returning from Basecamp to Askole.
  • Staff:Experienced and well-trained Cook & kitchen Helpers as required.
  • Staff wages and Allowance:All staffs & porters daily wages, salary, equipment, foods & clothing.
  • Staff Insurance: All local staff (Guide, Cook, Helper and porters) will be insured for any loss or damage.
  • Trekking Equipment: All the necessary items, including kitchen, mess, toilet and sleeping tents, mattress, pillow, Tables, chairs & all necessary cooking gears.
  • Medical Kit: Necessary Medical kit for group members and staffs.
  • Farewell Dinner: A farewell dinner will be given at Islamabad before departure to your homeland by us.
  • Fees and Local Taxes: All Camping fees, road taxes & bridge crossing fees.
  • International Flight Assistance: Full assistance for international ticket confirmation and reservations.

 

Service Exclusions:

 

  • Pakistan Entry Visa fee:Pakistani Visa fee.
  • International Flight: Members international flight tickets. 
  • Climbing Gear: Any kind of gear related to climbing activity.
  • Custom Charges: Any customs clearance charges on arrival of climbing gears.
  • Room Services: Room service, gratuities for personal services or items of a purely personal nature.
  • Extra night in Islamabad: Extra nights accommodation in Islamabad. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking / Expedition (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Insurance:Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, medical & emergency evacuation.
  • Cancellation: Trip cancellation Insurance and charges.
  • Rescue Evacuation:Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation cost if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Medication, Medical Tests and Hospitalization costs.)
  • Personal Expenses:Telephone, Internet, battery recharge, shower, Laundry, any Alcoholic beverages (during the trek and in Islamabad but we will serve all kinds of beverages for members in basecamp), and also Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking /Climbing Gears.
  • Any Unforeseen Expenses: Any unforeseen expenses (just like road blockage extra hotel stay or if members stay more days at Base Camp) then members will be pay according to the numbers of days basses. 
  • Late or Early Arrival: climbing member will arrive together. If any/some member split during the arrival time/period then there extra expenses will be charged according to normal price.
  • Filming:Special Filming, Camera and Drone permit and its fee (if required).
  • Tips: Calculate some tips for Basecamp staffs. (minimum 300USD)
  • Extra:Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any other item not listed in Cost Includes section.

Trek Summary
Trek Name
Snow Lake, Hisper Pass
Maximum Altitude
5,100m
Trek Status
Strenuous
Trek Zone
Restricted
Camping Nights
14 Nights
Hotel Nights
07 Nights
Location
Karakoram Pakistan
Best Season
June to September
Total Duration
22 Days
Group Size
7 +
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