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