Salut Mes Amis,
Best time to be on the trekking trails, in Hindukush, Himalaya and Karakoram, begins after the 15th of May till end of September.
You better come with proper gear when you intend to do some itinerary in the mountains.
A bien tot,
Warm welcome to Pakistan
9 hours drive from Natlar village(Hunza Valley) Along the Gilgit river with beautiful scenery of Ghizr valley will take you to Phander Lake. Besides it scenic beauty, Phander lake is well known for its trout fishing. This is one of the best fishing spots in Pakistan.Phander Lake whose other name is "Angler's Paradise" is a trout-laden serene lake allowing one to forget the bumpy and trying jeep journey.The lake is about 11,000 feet above sea level. There is a rest house with cheap accomodation & beautiful views. Different tour operators organize a trip in to Phander valley which is worth visiting because of its scenic beauty & cool weather.
Next to the Ultar Mountain lies the beautiful peak" Lady finger". One of the favourite site among trekkers & tourists. It takes few hours to reach high aboveMelishkar. Melishkar is about the highest village, far above Altit(Historical Village). From here you can have a glimpse of this wonderful peak. You can continue your trek upwards to Ultar glacier from here.
Biafo glacier which makes the longest glacial sheet on earth after north and south poles together withHispar glacier.They both meet at the point which is called snow lake.Together they make 120 km.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.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.
At an elevation of 1,454 meters lies the Gilgit Valley. The quaint little town of Gilgit has spectacular science beauty. The peak tourist season is from May to October though the tourist season is round the year. The maximum temperature in May is 33oC and minimum 16oC and in September. Maximum 28oC and minimum 11oC.10 kms. from Gilgit town is a beautiful rock engraving of Buddha of 7th century A.D. at the mouth of the Kargah Nullah. A victory monument of Taj Mughal, built 700 years ago, is 30 kms. jeep drive from Gilgit town.
The bridge over the fast flowing Gilgit river is the largest suspension bridge in Asia(182 meters long and 2 meters wide) permitting enough room for one jeep at a time to cross.
40 kms. from Gilgit - Trekking route links with Nathar valley. Trout fishing in Sher Qilla Nullah and a small lake.The favorite sport in Gilgit is polo which local folks claim originated here. Its more rugged, free-style version than the sedate variety known in the plains. The polo tournament held from 1st November to 7th November is a festive occasion and draws a large number of visitors.Trekking and hiking in the rugged mountains and verdant valleys of Gilgit are allowed only in the "open zone" which extends upto 16 kms. short of the control line with Indian held Kashmir and upto 50 kms. short of the Afghan border.Around Gilgit are towering mountain peaks, waiting to be scaled. Permits for mountaineering are issued by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad
The Ultar glacier looms over the beautiful central Hunza village of Karimabad.Glacier Ultar which has a height of 7.399 metres squeezes between two rock walls.Every few hours you awaken to what seems like loud thunder, but is actually the shifting and cracking of the glacier ice.he walk up Ultar's steep nala can be an unforgettable indeed, it portrays the most challenging of climbs which many have tried and failed. It can be reached from Hunza
July is the rainy season in most parts of Pakistan and even in Deosai which is one of the most highest pleatues in the world.The Pleatue has made a national park in 90,s and it also serve as the last natural place for Himalayan Brown Bears.
The month of July is the rainy season in most parts of Pakistan and even in Deosai which is one of the most highest pleatues in the world.The Pleatue has made a national park in 90,s and it also serve as the last natural place for Himalayan Brown Bears.
Concordia is the ampitheatre where two mighty glaciers, the Godwin Austin and the upper Baltoro join to form the main Baltoro glacier, (known as the longest glacier in the world)which then plunges down the wildest canyon in the world. Concordia is surrounded by high peaks on all sides – the monarch of them all is of course K2. Other peaks in the area that to have a close look at, are Masherbrum – unique with its yellow golden head; Gasherbrum I, Gasherbrum IV, Broad peak and the Trango Towers. From the throne room one can go towards the Lord of the throne room – the K2! Unlike Nanga Parbat that stands alone, K2 – the grand monarch- stands guarded by other lofty peaks. Pyramid-like, K2 stands at 28,741 ft. The only local name for K2 is Chogori, which means ‘Great Mountain’.
Located in the cradle of an ancient civilization, famed for its ibex population, snow clad mountains and eternal glaciers, the Bar Valley is a haven for eco-tourists. The Bar Valley, a collective name for the Dainter and Garamsai River Valleys, originates west of the Batura mountain (7,785 m) in the Karakoram Mountain Range, and slopes down to the Barkot Village, a few kilometers upstream the Bola Das River. Bar is one of the many narrow, steep mountain valleys in the heart of the Karakorams. On its South-East side, the majestic Rakaposhi towers at 7789 m and in the North, the Batura overlooks the valley from 7785m. Over a dozen other equally impressive peaks around the Bar area are over 7600 m. high.To reach the Bar Valley one has to fly or drive in to Gilgit from Islamabad. From Gilgit traveling North up the Karakoram Highway (KKH) for 49kms, you turn off onto a jeepable road from Chalt driving another 22kms to arrive at Barkot, the main village in the valley.Get a glimpse of ancient customs, as well as cultural and historical events, through traditional dances and songs. Watch a thrilling game of traditional Polo, played with extraordinary stamina and skill, given the high altitude of the playground. Scenic spots are reserved for camping, and tents are accessible on rent. Clean, basic accommodation is also made available by the villagers in their traditional homes. Varying high and medium altitude treks lead to adjoining valleys and glaciers. One is treated to spectacular views of the valley at every point.
Sheosar Lake, This place offers beautiful views of distant peaks and a panoramic view of Deosai Plains. It is among one of the best camping sites in Nothern Areas of Pakistan. If you have organised a tour aroung that area then this is the place where you will be camping. You can also wonder around to have a glimpse of aome rare wildlife animals..
Deosai Plateau, a treeless wilderness at 13,000 feet.The Deosai Plateau, known as the highest plateau in the world, is located at the boundary of the Karakoram and the western Himalayas. Deosai Plains are a backwoods country at about 30 kilometres from Skardu. It is a beautiful summer pasture with greenery and countless species of Fiona flora. The view of the Karakorum Range from the top of the 4785 meter pass is legendary. Apart from fairies, this plateau is the habitat of the greatly threatened Himalayan Brown Bear and many other wild animals. Although few people will see a bear, quite a few are said to make their homes in the heart of the plateau. At an average elevation of 3500 metres, Deosai officially is a National Park and protected area for wildlife.