You can find the longest glacier systems outside the polar regions in this part of Pakistan. Biafo Glacier and Hispar Glacier 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. 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 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
- Day 01 Islamabad
Arrival in Islamabadi and transfer to hotel. Sightseeing of Islamabad/Rawalpindi in the evening. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 Islamabad - Chilas
Drive to Chilas over night hotel.
Day 03 Chilas - Skardu
Drive to Skardu over night hotel.
Day 04 Skardu
Sight seen in Skardu over night in hotel.
Day 05 Skardu/Askoli
Drive to Askoli over night in camp (3438 m).
Day 06 Askoli - Namla
Trek to Namla over night in camp 5-7 hrs.
Day 07 Namla - Mango
Trek to Mango over night in camp (3690 m) 4-6 hrs.
Day 08 Mango - Baintha
Trek to Baintha over night in camp (4250 m) 5-7 hrs.
Day 09 Baintha
Rest day over night in camp.
Day 10 Baintha - Karfogoro
Trek to Karfogoro over night in camp.
Day 11 Karfogoro - Nakpugoro
Trek to Nakpugoro over night in camp.
Day 12 Nakpugoro - Snow Lake
Trek to Snow Lake over night in camp (4950 m) 5-7 hrs.
Day 13 Snow Lake - Hiser La
Trek to Hisper La top over night in camp (5151 m) 5-7 hrs.
Day 14 Hisper La - Kani Basa
Trek to Kani Basa overnight in camp 6-8 hrs.
Day 15 Kani Basa - Yut Muro Glacier
Trek to Yut Muro Glacier overnight in camp 5-7 hrs.
Day 16 Yut Muro Glacier - Bitnmal
Trek to Bitnmal over night in camp.
Day 17 Bitnmal Hisper
Trek to Hisper Village over night in camp 6-8 hrs.
Day 18 Hisper - Huro
Drive to Huro 4-5 hrs.
Day 19 Huro - Karimabad
Drive to Karimabad overnight in hotel.
Day 20 Karimabad - Khunjerab Pass
Drive to Khunjrab Pass and over night in Sust.
Day 21 Sost - Gilgit
Drive to Gilgit over night in hotel.
Day 22 Gilgit - Islambad
Drive to Islamabad/Rawalpindi over night in hotel.
Day 23 Islamabad - Destination
Transfer to airport for further flight to destination.