Tirich mir trek and Kalash tour

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Tirich Valley, a long, western branch of the Turikho Valley, leads towards the base of the highest Hindu Kush peaks; Noshaq, Istor-o- Nal and Tirich Mir. The popular trek to Tirich Mir Base Camp traverses the Lower Tirich Glacier, so experience with glacier travel is helpful. The base camp is known locally as Babu Camp, named after Babu Mohammad, a veteran guide who, when not on the trek, can be found at Chitral’s Mountain Inn. Reminiscent of the Baltoro Glacier trek, but much shorter and less demanding, this trek delights fans of big mountains and mighty glaciers.

Islamabad

Islamabad international airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Air fares
  • 3 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees & laundry charges
  • Tips
  • International airfare

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect

Terich valley is populated with several small villages separated by groves of apricot and apple trees. The valley is very fertile and the resulting verdant floor is in breathtaking contrasts to orange and yellow apricots and apples, especially in late summer. After driving up to Zani Pass 3840m trek descends down to the last human settlement of the region, village Shagrom at Terichmir Guest House and Camping Site for the night stay. At the crest of Zani Pass, there are excellent views of the Peaks of Hindukush and Hindu Raj ranges and the colour contrasts of the two are readily discernible. Trekking through the summer pastures of Athak and Bandok to Sheniak- Jungle of birch and willow trees at the foot of lower Terich Glacier. From here trek on to the lower and upper Terich Glacier up to (Babu Camp) Base Camp 4700m. On route, there are many attractive 7000m peaks like; Tirich Mir 7708m, Noshaq 7492m Istor-o-Nal 7403m besides others.

 

  • the beautiful Pakistani culture
  • human eldest civilizations (Gandhara and Indus civilizations)
  • World's most beautiful natural sceneries
  • world's most unique culture (Kalash valleys)
  • the most hostable people in the world.
  • Hindukush region
  • Hindukush region
Itinerary

Day 1Drive Chitral (1500 m).

235 km ex Mingora, roughly 6-7 hours on the way. Accommodation At Hotel

Day 2Drive Shagram (2850 m).

235 km ex Mingora, roughly 6-7 hours on the way. Accommodation At Hotel.

Day 3Drive Shagram (2850 m).

175 km ex Chitral, roughly 7 hours on the way. Camp.

Day 4Trek to Shahinik (Camping)

3½ – 5 hours, 12.5km, 780m ascent

Follow the Trail out of Shagrom (2760m) through willow groves. Beyond them lie several ponds, built by Shagrom villagers to attract migratory ducks, which visit in spring and fall, when Shagrom men sneak up behind the rock walls of the ponds, poke shotguns through small holes in the walls and fire away. Hunting is a great sport in Tirich.

 

Beyond these ponds cross a wooden Footbridge to the Tirich Gol’s true right bank, one hour from the village. After another 15 minutes on a level trail through dry, rocky terrain is the confluence (2880m) of the Tirich Gol and Udren Gol, which leads to the northeast sides of Istor-o- Nal and Noshaq (see Udren under other treks,). Gradually ascend the main valley for 30 minutes to some springs. Water also flows here from the cultivated moraine terrace above. Cross a gully, usually choked with snow until July, and after 30 minutes come to the fields and summer huts of Shahgol (3150m). Kono Zom is the prominent rocky peak ahead.

Follow the good trail for 15 minutes, ascending slightly to more huts at Bandok. Beyond Bandok, a narrow valley called Adren Atak heads south (left). Reportedly, a difficult pass at its head leads to Owir. Cross the Adren Atak stream to the highest huts of Romen Kulum in 15 minutes. When Tirich Gol is swollen by glacial melt, the trail climbs the scree slope 50m above the true right bank and contours high to reach Sherniak in one hour. Before July, follow the river, crossing and recrossing it over snow bridges to reach the birch and willow grove at Sherniak (3540m).

Day 5Trek to Shogur Besum,

Continue trek onto the lower Tirich glacier and then moraine to Shughur Baisun 4038m. 5-6 Hours Trek. (Camping)

5- 6 hours, 6. 5km, 498m ascent

A small trail goes through willow stands, under a rock perched over two large boulders, and climbs the Lower Tirich Glacier’s terminal Moraine one hour from Sherniak. From here, follow the true right bank of the main outwash stream. Head towards the glacier’s north side near its snout. Beyond the snout, ascend onto the moraine and move up the glacier, working towards its north margin. A large channel can be difficult to cross in midsummer. The ice slope on its up- glacier side is steep and slippery, and the use of a rope here may be warranted for safety. Ascend the ice slope and reach more level moraine. The route continues up the glacier’s north margin, past a prominent lateral moraine from a northern side stream. In the glacier’s centre, across from this side stream, are white seracs. Stay close to the north margin. Shoghor Biasun (4038m) is just beyond and west of the large mound of moraine. Leave the glacier and descend into camp. Shoghor Biasun (sandy base) has the best views of Tirich Mir and Lower Tirich Glacier. The peak is obscured by the time you reach Babu Camp. Spend Day 3 here for acclimatization.

Day 6 Trek to Babu Camp,

Trek beside the upper Tirich glacier to Tirich Mir, Noshaq and Istor o Nal Base Camp (4700m). 6-7 hours trek. Best view of Terich Concordia and surrounding peaks. (Camping)

 5-7 hours, 10km, 686m ascent

The route to Babu Camp stays in an ablation valley and doesn’t go out on the Upper Tirich Glacier. Follow the crest of an old lateral moraine to Istor-o- Nal Base Camp (4267m), a good lunch spot. Continue another two to three hours to Babu Camp (4724m). You may want to spend an extra day or two to explore the area.

Day 7 Free day Babu Camp

Rest Days for Photography of surrounding mountains and Exploration of the area. (Camping)

Day 8Trek back to Sheniak

 Jungle of birch and willow trees. 4-5 hours trek. (Camping)

Day 9rek back to Shogram

Trek back to Shogram, Drive to Chitral, 4-5 hours drive. (Hotel)

Day 10Drive to Birir valley from Chitral

Start trek over Ghumbai pass to Bamburet. 6-7 Hours o/n Hotel. We will have breakfast at hotel, a Packed lunch on the way (paid by clients) and a hot meal in the Bumberat hotel.

Gaz koro to over the Birir pass to Bumburate 6 to 7 hrs, in the beginning, it is little difficult on the rough trail to near the pass. Then after steeping up to the pass it is better to go up zigzag to get the pass easier 3400m.

Day 11Sightseeing Bumberat

Sightseeing Includes Museum, Local Community, Graveyard and religious stops. Hotel Meals will be taken at a local hotel paid for by clients.

Sight seen the Kalash culture and old civilization or other activities at Bumburate valley.

Day 12Trek to Acholgah over the Pass of Bumboret (3210m)

5 hours (Camping) This Day will have to hire a cook for lunch & dinner, porter to carry kitchen and personal tent and guide since we have a night between Bumboret and Rambur. Breakfast at Hotel, lunch and dinner cooked on the way.

Bumburate to over the Bumburate pass to Acholga 6to 7 hrs treks, this is a very long valley with thick forest of pine and holly yoke trees. There is no permanent house but only summer pasture and some shepherd huts. There is some fields are surrounding by barley, corn and potatoes that stay overnight there.

Day 13Trek to Rumbur- Balang Kuru (2520m)

3 hours (Hotel) This Day will have to hire a cook for breakfast & Lunch, porter to carry kitchen tent and personal tent and guide

Day 14Free day for Kalash

experience and exploration and photography. Sightseeing Includes Museum, Local Community, Graveyard and religious stops. o/n Hotel. Lunch and Dinner at the hotel are paid for by clients.

Day15Drive back to Timargara

170 km, roughly 6-8 hours on the way. (Hotel) 

Day 16Drive back to Islamabad

250 km, roughly 4 hours on the way. o/n ISB, 

Day 17FD ISB sightseeing. o/n ISB,

Discover the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Rawalpindi is an old British -era settlement and Islamabad is the capital city and administrative centre built sometime after the partition of India in elevation in 1947. The cities are located at about 1,500 feet in elevation in the hot and steamy plains of Pakistan’s upper Punjab. You may wish to explore Rawalpindi by wandering among its many and varied bazaars or visit the imposing Shah Faisal Mosque superbly situated at the foot of the Margalla Hills.

Faisal Mosque It is located on the foothills of Margalla Hills in Islamabad, the mosque features a contemporary design consisting of eight sides of concrete shell and is inspired by a Bedouin tent.The mosque is a major tourist attraction, and is referred as a contemporary and influential feature of Islamic architecture.Construction of the mosque began in 1976 after a $120 million grant from Saudi King Faisal, whose name the mosque bears. The unconventional design by Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay was selected after an international competition. Without a typical dome, the mosque is shaped like a Bedouin tent, surrounded by four 260 feet (79 m) tall minarets. The design features eight-sided shell shaped sloping roofs forming a triangular worship hall which can hold 10,000 worshippers.

The Pakistan Monument is a national monument and heritage museum located on the western Shakarparian Hills in Islamabad, Pakistan. The monument was constructed to symbolize the unity of the Pakistani people. It is dedicated to the people of Pakistan who sacrificed their “today” for a better “tomorrow”. Its elevation makes the monument visible from across the Islamabad-Rawalpindi metropolitan area and is a popular tourist destination.

Heritage Museum also known as Lok Virsa Museum is a museum administered and managed by Lok Virsa – National Institute of Folk & Traditional Heritage. It is a museum of history and culture in Islamabad, Pakistan, located on the Shakarparian Hills showcasing the living cultures of Pakistan. The museum opened in 1974 and became an autonomous institute in 2002 following the Lok Virsa Legal Status Ordinance, 2002. The museum consists of several buildings as well as an outdoor museum which can accommodate up to 3000 visitors.

The museum covers an area of 60,000 sq. ft. featuring several exhibit halls, making it the largest museum in Pakistan. Lok Virsa is commonly called the “Museum for the people of Pakistan”, who the museum calls “the real bearers of our cultural traditions”.

Overnight at Hotel

Day 18 Departure

Drop you to the Airport for your departure flight.

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