Duration: 15 Days
Best Time: June - September
The village of Hushe is the last village where jeep road ends. It is 140km east of Skardu and the starting point for expeditions and trekking to various summer pastures and five glaciers.
Following the Charakusa River and passing through Shepherd's summer camp and the junction of the Gondogoro and Charakusa Rivers, we will cross a wooden bridge to reach Shaieshcho, which is a large shepherd's settlement with a Mosque. The next day we will trek to Dalzampa, which means "field of flowers". It is a beautiful campsite at about 4150m, which lies between two lakes with Masherbrum Mountain and the white glacier cascading down from Masherbrum Pass reflecting in the still water.
Day 01 Islamabad
Arrival Islamabad. Transfer to hotel. Official briefing.
Day 02 Skardu/Chilas
Fly to Skardu (1hrs) and transfer to hotel.
Skardu is now the administrative center of the District and also transportation and commercial hub of Baltistan region.
In case of flight cancellation, drive to Chilas (480km) which takes 12 - 14 hrs. Overnight hotel.
Day 03 Skardu (2290m)
Free day in Skardu.
Drive to Skardu in the morning, which takes (7 - 8 hrs). The journey brings to view Nanga Parbat (8125m) at the junction of Indus River.
Day 04 Hushe (3050m)
Start early for the drive to Hushe (3050m) passing by Kande and leaving behind the junction of the Hushe and Shyok Rivers.
Day 05 Shaieshcho (3330m)
Scenic walk of 4-5 hrs on the lateral moraine through rose and gooseberry bushes takes you to Shaieshcho (3330m) at the junction of the Charakusa Valley and Gondogoro. The route to the BC of K6 and K7 bifercates from here.
Day 06 Gondogoro Camp (3950m)
Walk 2-3 hrs through the ablation valley on the Gondogoro Glacier's east side. Continue gradually through the ablation valley leaving biehind the flat grassy expanse of water, willows and junipers to the Gondogoro Camp (3950m).
Day 07 Dalzampa (4300m)
Next day follow a good trail to Golong, a nice lunch spot marked by a large boulder and a stream coming from Golong Peak.At the end of the flat area, drop to the glacier's edge and continue over rubble for an hour. Watch for rock fall. Climb a hill side to a pasture. Continue 30 to 45 minutes to lovely Daltazampa, sheltered in an ablation valley.
Day 08 Khuspang (4680m)
Trek to Khuspang along the moraine and glacial trail to the next camp (4-5 hours).
Day 09 Base Camp
Trek to the higher base camp of Gondogoro Peak.
Day 10 Walk back to Dalzanpa camp. Overnight at camp.
Day 11 Shaieshcho
6-7 hours walk on the lateral moraine through wild roses, gooseberry cedar and Tamarisk bushes. The Charksa valley joins the Gondogoro at Shaieshcho from where the route leads to the Charakusa Glacier.
Day 12 Hushe/Skardu
2-3 hrs trek to Hushe and drive to Skardu (5-6 hrs) via Khaplu. The second largest kingdom in the old Baltistan guarding the trade route to Ladakh along Shyok River. Overnight hotel.
Day 13 Islamabad/Chilas
Fly to Islamabad. (Subject to weather). Upon arrival transfer to hotel.
In case of flight cancellation drive to Chilas. Overnight hotel.
Day 14 Islamabad
Leisure day at Islamabad.
In case of driving, complete road journey from Chilas to Islamabad. Overnight hotel.
Day 15 Islamabad
Farewell meeting (debriefing) and sightseeing of twin cities Islamabad/Rawalpindi.
In the evening transfer to airport for your return flight home.
Assistance upon arrival/departure.
Hotel accommodation in Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Chilas and Skardu.
All meals during trek and 21 days at Base Camp.
Porterage of 50 kg per person of expedition equipment and high altitude food etc. to the B.C. and 25 kg per person on return from BC.
Road transfers between airport/hotel and within city as per itinerary.
Sleeping tents, mattresses, mess, kitchen and toilet tent with tables/field stools and camping ground fees.
Kitchen equipment, crockery, cutlery, fuel and related community gear.
Wages and basic kit of guide, sirdar, cook and assistant(s).
Insurance of our field staff and low altitude porters (except helicopter rescue).
Porterage at airports, hotels, toll taxes and parking fee etc.
Reconfirmation of air tickets.
Hiring of HAPs, mail runner(s) and any other crew as per requirement. (Wages and kit to be arranged by the team).
Process of import/export permit from ministry of tourism, if required.
Clearance of cargo before arrival of the team and its storage.
International & domestic airfare, airport tax, excess baggage charges.
Surface transfers in case of flight cancellations to the kick off point.
High altitude porters/any crew above BC.
Tents, sleeping bags, personal and climbing equipment of any kind beyond base camp including high altitude food and oxygen.
Medications, ground evacuations and helicopter rescue charges of any kind.
Room services, laundry, beverages, phone/communication bills and items of personal nature.
Insurance liability of member (s) and other under force majeure conditions.
Clearing agent charges.
Tips for field staff and porters.
Any other service not mentioned in this condition sheet.