BROWN TROUT (Salmo trutta)
The species was introduced in Gilgit from Europe by political officers in 1916. It has large scales, thickly spotted dark and red spots on the sides. The body is short but stout, suitable altitude for its culture is about 1 000 m above sea level. The fish becomes adult after two years and breeds in natural waters. In hatcheries it can be made to spawn by stripping which is quite successful. Its fecundity is about 1 500 eggs. Due to low temperature, its incubation period extends from 40 to 70 days. In Saif-ul-Maluk Lake (Kaghan Valley) the fish has reached 7 kg. Trout is a tasty fish, sometimes considered a delicacy. It is also a game fish caught with zeal by anglers. It usually reaches a total length of about 45 cm. Being carnivorous, the fish feeds upon a variety of aquatic animals including small fish.There are brown trout hatcheries at Hosho, Kargah and Chilas in Gilgit and Skardu areas.
RAINBOW TROUT (Oncorhynchus mykiss) Rearing of this fish is easier than that of brown trout. It can tolerate a higher water temperature, is less carnivorous and grows faster. Its hatching time is 33 days (Hussain, 1994). It sometimes escapes from culture and enters open waters (Hussain, 1997). Rainbow trout was first introduced in KPK during 1928 (ADB, 1984).
Arrival to Islamabad airport and transfer to the hotel, evening sightseeing of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Overnight at hotel.
Fly to Skardu, Spend rest of the day visiting various places in skardu,including forts.Overnight at hotel.
Satpara Lake, eight kilometer south of Skardu, is 20 minutes driver or 2-hrs steep walk. Fishing is done here whole day. Overnight at the camps.
Drive to Deosai Plateau about 25-km up from Satpara Lake. Overnight in the camps at the bank of Deosai Lake.
Drive back to Skardu overnight at hotel
Full-day excursion to Shigar Valley and back to Skardu for overnight at hotel.
Departure for Hunza Valley 8-9hrs drives, overnight at hotel in Karimabad.
Sightseeing in karimabad, visit to Baltit and Altit Forts, at the evening drive or walk to Duikar ,Overnight at hotel.
Drive to Punial 5-6hrs/camp
Continue to Phander 6-7hrs/camp
Full-day fishing at Phunder Lake
Proceed to Chitral 7-8hrs via Shandur Pass 3800m.Overnight at hotel.
Fishing at Lotkuh River.
Drive to Kalash valley, overnight at hotel or camp.
Drive back to Chitral/hotel.
Continue to Swat via Loweri Pass 3200m, which offers the excellent views of Dorsh Valley on a side and Dir on other side. Overnight at hotel.
Proceed to Peshawar via Taket-Bahi, overnight at hotel.
Continue to Islamabad 3-4hrs drive, en-route visit to Taxila. Overnight at hotel.
Flight back to destination.