Biafo Hisper La Snow Lake Trek

Biafo Glacier (60 km. long) and Hispar Glacier (61 km. long) meet at the 5151 m. Hispar Pass to form one of the longest glacial systems outside the polar regions. This highway of ice connects two ancient mountain kingdoms; Hunza in the west with Baltistan in the east.

In olden times warriors from Hunza would use this natural pathway to invade the peoples of Askolie in Baltistan. Later, the well known sport of "Polo," a Balti word meaning ball, served as a more positive outlet for aggression between these two kingdoms and matches were played on stretches of level ground in this locality.

Because the Biafo-Hispar region is very remote it serves as the last stronghold for many animals; including Himalayan bear, ibex, markhor and the snow leopard. H.W. Tilman, an English adventurer, claimed he saw footprints of the Yeti during his trek there in 1937.

At the base of Hispar Pass on its eastern flank rests Snow Lake, a basin of ice (16 km. wide) surrounded by granite pinnacles yet to be climbed. Glaciologists have conducted various experiments on the lake and have found the ice to be approximately 1.6 km. deep. Some go as far as to say that Snow Lake represents the last of the original ice cap in the earth's temperate zones.

The first segment of the journey from Islamabad to Askolie is identical to that of the K-2 Trek (see enclosed). We begin our walk from Askolie towards K-2 then shortly head west onto the Biafo Glacier. After trekking three to four days we arrive at Baintha Campsite located on an ablation valley below the granite peaks of the Ogre (7813 m.).

The walk takes us past glistening clear lakes, bright spots of green grass, glorious wild flowers and the ever present vertical snow covered peaks hanging above to complete this dazzling scene. The next two days take us over the white covered Biafo Glacier to Snow Lake. We then make the exhilarating walk up to Hispar Pass continuously overwhelmed by the incredible views.

Having reached the highest point of our journey atop Hispar Pass (5151 m.) we begin the descent into Hunza; a land where the language, culture and ethnic background is vastly different than that of Baltistan. We follow the Hispar Glacier past massive mountains such as Kanjut Sar (7760 m.) and Disteghil Sar (7885 m.) reaching the end of the glacier in four to five days.

The green oasis of Hispar Village awaits us signaling only another day is walk before a jeep transports us to Karimabad, Hunza. First sight of the lush valley of Hunza is breathtaking and in some ways makes up for the nostalgia one feels after completing a long walk. We spend one night in Karimabad then we are off to Gilgit by way of the KKH. Depending on weather conditions we then fly or drive back to Islamabad.

What's Included?

• Transport from Islamabad to Skardu and back as agreed.
• Airport/road transfer in four wheel sightseeing jeep.
• Best tourist class hotels accommodation in Islamabad, Chilas and Skardu.
• All meals during trek.
• Sleeping tents, mattresses, kitchen tents, mess tent, chair and table
• Kitchen equipment, crockery, fuel, cooking, camping, cleaning and related gear
• Services of English speaking guide, expert cook and low altitude porters.
• 13 kg of personal baggage during trek.
• Porterage at airport and hotels, toll taxes and parking fee etc.
• Trekking fee and permit process.
• Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, cook, porters/staff.
• Safety rope and basic necessary gear.
• All land transport involved in the itinerary.
• Ice axe, crampon, ropes.

Duration

20 days

Destination Covered

Gilgit, Hunza Valley and Skardu

Best Suited

Groups
Day 01 Islamabad
Day 02 Drive to Chilas
Day 03 Drive to Skardu
Day 04 Sightseeing in Skardu
Day 05 Jeep Drive to Askoli
Day 06 Trek to Namla
Day 07 Trek to Mango
Day 08 Trek to Baintha
Day 09 Trek to Napina
Day 10 Trek to Hisper Base Camp (4800 m)
Day 11 Crossing the pass to Khanibasa
Day 12 Trek to the Yutmaru Glacier
Day 13 Trek to Dachigan
Day 14 Trek to Hisper Village
Day 15 Jeep Drive to Karimabad
Day 16 Free for sightseeing in Karimabad
Day 17 Drive to Chilas
Day 18 Drive to Islamabad
Day 19 Free day in Islamabad
Day 20 Destination Flight
HOW TO PLAN YOUR JOURNEY WITH Hunza Adventure Tours?

We suggest that you read through the website to obtain a feel for Pakistan's unique travel possibilities. Once you have an idea of the type of trip you want to take, or want some general guidance, please E-mail us at info@hunzaadventuretours.com Our tour specialists will answer any questions you have and discuss your travel plans and ideas in detail, making suggestions where appropriate. We will then send you a detailed itinerary, accommodation information, color photographs, trip meal menu and a price. Once you have read through the itinerary we will answer any further questions and refine the tour until you are totally satisfied. The booking process starts when we receive your deposit and booking form, at which point we can start to confirm your travel arrangements. The same Hunza Adventure Tours specialist will be handling your trip from start to finish: please feel free to contact them at any time.



TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL

Our private tailor-made trips, safaris and mountaineering expeditions offer complete freedom of choice. The itineraries and programs shown are designed to give you a flavour of what is possible and can be tailored to suit your preferences. Prices vary according to selected accommodation and season, please E-mail us to discuss your individual requirements.



BOOKING CONFIRMATION

Bookings can be made by E-mailing or faxing booking form together with a deposit (Money grams, telex transfers, demand drafts, cash or money order) of $100 (US) per person. The balance of the tour price is due and payable 8 weeks prior to the tour departure date. Tour programs booked within the 8 week period are due and payable in full at the time of booking.

REFUND AND CANCELLATION POLICY

All cancellations must be confirmed in writing by fax or e-mail directly to Hunza Adventure Tours. Cancellations made prior to receipt of final payment are subject to a $100 ( US) processing fee. Cancellations made after final payment but prior to 30 days before departure date will be subject to a refund equal to 50% of the total tour program cost. Cancellations made less than 30 days prior to departure will be subject to a 100% deduction of prior deposits/ payments. We would be pleased to transfer all amount received, less than $100 (US) processing fee, however, we appreciate that if you wish to book a different tour program or departure date, subject to space availability. No refund(s) will be given for any unused portion of the trip with respect to air and ground transportation, meals, accommodation and tour services.



TOUR COSTS

Our inclusive quotes and conditions are strictly based on the enclosed itinerary and total number of hotel and camp nights mentioned therein. The rates are quoted per person based on sharing a double room and a two-person tent. A single room and tent can be provided on payment of a single supplement.



OPTIONAL TOURS & EXTENSIONS

If you desire to take an extension of tour, please feel free to contact us for a customized itinerary.



GROUP TRAVEL

If you wish to travel with a group of friends -maybe with a special interest in common - we can make all the arrangements. For larger groups we may be able to offer a free place to the organizer. Please E-mail us to discuss your plans.



INSURANCE

For your own protection, we recommend that you purchase adequate trip cancellation, medical, baggage, accident and other personal effects insurance.

CHANGES IN THE ITINERARY

We have made all attempts to make these programs as accurate as possible. However, in circumstances beyond our control, changes may occur. We therefore reserve the right to change itinerary, carriers and substitute hotels where necessary. We guarantee that where possible, establishments of similar category and standards will be used.

DELAYS

If the trip has to be delayed due to canceled or delayed flights, sickness, accidents, bad weather, road washouts, Govt. restrictions, or any other contingency for which for which Hunza Adventure Tours cannot make provisions, the resulting extra cost for such delays will be charged separately.

FLIGHTS SUBJECT TO WEATHER

All Northern Area flights in Pakistan are subject to weather & back load conditions and thus operate on an ad hoc basis. Should the reserved flight not operate on the day scheduled as per the itinerary, alternative surface transportation will be arranged. If any additional costs are involved due to this change, these will have to be paid for locally.

CANCELLATION BY THE OPERATOR

If the tour is cancelled by the tour operator, only deposit received from the passenger(s) will be refunded as full and final settlement.

PRICE CURRENCY

All prices are stated in United States Dollars and are based on conversion rates prevailing as at booking time. Significant changes in the value of the Dollar in relation to various currencies or drastic increase in cost of land/ air services may necessitate increase in the tour cost. However, once the tour is paid in full, you are guaranteed against future price increases, provided no change is made by the passenger (s) to the original booking.

TRANSPORTATION

For all trips we provide (where required) Toyota Coaster/Hi-ace Van fully air-conditioned and equipped with all necessary modern facilities. In order to ensure safety of travelers we choose only those drivers who have 15-20 years experience driving for tourists in their respective areas.

Willy Jeep; Please note that the jeeps used in Pakistan are open jeeps (with soft canvas roof which can be removed and roll-up/down sides) and do not have seat belts, roll bars or restraining sides. They are old American Willy jeeps, which have been re-conditioned. They are the most reliable for the road conditions in Pakistan and are easily repaired along the route you will be taking. They are the most commonly used vehicles for tourism in Pakistan. Other vehicles like Toyota Hilux, Pajero also can be arranged on request but they are about 3 times the cost. Please do not expect European standards. Transport does make a large portion of any program cost for travel in Pakistan.

FOOD

We choose our cooks through rigorous screening process to ensure premium service quality for each trip. Most of the cooks working with us have at least 5-10 years of experience working as a cook for trekking and mountaineering expeditions. They are also trained in western and hygiene. Belong to the valleys where the treks fall. We offer large variety of diet generally mix local and western food. For both treks and expeditions we provide breakfast cereals, tins of meat, cans of orange juice, coffee, chocolate, snacks and as well as local food like Chapati, green tea, lentils and local fresh vegetables etc.

ACCOMMODATION

There is a huge diversity of accommodation throughout Pakistan and the Northern Areas, from Simple camps to five star hotels. We use all types and you might stay in anything from tented camps to first class hotels. However, most of our itineraries cost is based on double occupancy rooms in hotels. Single rooms are available on most trips although a supplement is payable. For your convenience single supplement price will be quoted against each program.

PERSONAL EXPENSES

All our treks, Expedition and Tours cover most of the price from Islamabad until you finish your holiday back in Islamabad. There will be little opportunity for you to spend your money except to buy soft drinks, snacks. In addition we advice you to keep cash money for airport taxes, porters, guide, cook and staff tips, souvenirs and other personal expenses.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The tour operator, and its agents act only as agents for the owners and/or contractors providing the services and means of transportation, specified in the itineraries and all tickets and vouchers are issued subject to the terms and conditions under which such services and means of transportation are offered and provided. The operator and/or its agents shall assume no responsibility in any way in connection to or with any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay through the acts of default of any company or person engaged in carrying out the arrangements of the tours. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expenses due to delay, omissions, rerouting, changes in schedule or other events resulting from improper health certificates or travel documents or as an act of government or authority or any local conditions such as weather, seasonal variation, labour strikes, civil disturbances, political unrest and acts of the God.

COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE

If you have a complaint about your holiday, you are required to confirm details of any such complaint or problem in writing supported by appropriate evidence relating to that complaint within 15 days of returning from the holiday in question of doubt or lack of avoidance of doubt we will not accept any liability or deal any complaint are received by us later than 15 days of your return from the holiday.
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