Shimshal 2017

Trek to the remote Shimshal Valley and an optional climb of Minglar Sar Peak.

Shimshal 2017

Minglig Sar (6050m) is located in the Shimshal Valley in Hunza neighboring the Chinese southern most mountain range Kun Lun. Shimshal Lake sits at the base of the mountain near the Shimshal Pass (4735m).

This exciting trip takes you through the Shimshal gorge in the proximity of Wakhan Corridor and high pasturelands of the mysterious Pamirs on the dividing line between South Asia and central Asia. You will see large herds of yaks, sheep, goats and sometimes ibex grazing on these high grasslands. Snow leopard often visits these pastures for a goat or yak meal.

In our journey we will come across steep passes, glaciers, lakes and beautiful valleys. The famous historical Shimshal Pass was the route of Hunza raiders on trade caravans traveling over the Karakoram Pass between China and India in ancient times.   

The trek to Minglir Sar starts from Shimshal Valley (3000m) to Wuch Furzeen (3365m) which is 7-9 hours walk. From Wuch Furzeen to Shuijherav (4350m) is 6-8 hours walk. It takes 3 hours to reach Shimshal Pass from Shuijherav. Shimshal Pass is the most pleasant camp sites near the crystal icy lake. It is possible to climb Minglig Sar from here in one day but requires good physical fitness, acclimatization and obviously good luck with weather.

One of the great attractions and the highlight of this climb is that from the summit with some luck one can have a glimpse North Face of K2 far on the south eastern horizon.

Highlights

  • Remote wild expedition
  • Trek remote Shimshal and optional Climb of Minglar Sar Sonia 6040m
  • Explore the beautiful upper Shimshal valleys
  • Experience the hospitality of Northern Pakistan

Grading

  • Altitude range 3100-6040m
  • Day temperature range 5C to 15C
  • Night temperature range -10C to 5C

The Plan

Day 0 - Travel from Home country

Day 1 - Arrival to Islamabad, fly the same morning and drive to Hunza. In case of flight cancellation transfer to hotel and sightseeing of Islamabad. 

Day 2 - Fly to Gilgit. In case of flight cancellation drive to Gilgit 11-12hour over Babusar pass.

Day 3 - Drive to Hunza Karim Abad, through the Karakorum Mountains as well as Rakaposhi, 7788m, Diran peak 7265m and many more. Pass by the collision point of Hindukus and Karakorum at Chalt.

In the afternoon excursion to  Altit and Baltit forts. The great myth of Hunza’s tranquility, contentment and purity are perhaps the result of  James Hilton’s 1933 novel “Lost Horizon”
Where everyone lived happily in Shangri’la. The miracle of the Hunzakut’s longevity supposedly resulting from their largely vegetarian diet of cereals and fruit. National Geographic wrote in 1971.
“Every day is a gift when you are over 100”.The fertile Hunza valley offers apricots, apples, cherries, walnuts and many vegetables

Day 4 - Drive to Shimshal through the Shimshal gorge, 5-6hours, Drive along Hunza River, pass by small villages and glaciers. The construction of Shimshal Road begun in 1985, before this, the people of Shimshal had to do the trek from Passu to reach their homes.

Day 5 - Trek to Wuch Furzin 3600m, 6-7h, the trails goes along the Shimshal River after 1 ½ hr turns to left and cross a small foot bridge over the Shuizherav river. From her e the trail turn towards steep slope. During the trek you will have view of Dastagil Sar 7885m. Shimal White Horn 6500m, Yazgil Sar 5970m.

Day 6 - Trek to Arbapurian 5-6h, the trek begins  along the Narrow gorge,   but the landscape of this part is absolutely different as compare to the other treks.

Day 7 - Trek to Shuijerab 5-6h, Shuijerab is summer settlement, the people from shimshal take care for seeps and Yaks,

Day 8 - Trek to Shimshal Lake 3-4h 4600m, camp along the Lakes.

Day 9-14 - Explore the side valleys and ascend the Minglig Sar.

Day 15-17 - Trek back to Shimshal.

Day 18 - Drive back Hunza, lunch at Burit Lake. Camp

Day 19 -  Drive to Hunza.

Day 20 - Drive to Gilgit , fly to Islamabad in case of flight cancellation drive to Naran over Babusar Pass.

Day 21 - Drive to Islamabad preparation for International flight.

Date

  • 10 June - 1 July, 21 days
  • Start and end in Islamabad, airport code ISB

Cost

  • USD 3500 / GBP 3000
  • Min 4 bookings, max 10 bookings

Leader

Ade Summers
  • 14th time leading treks and climbs in Pakistan
  • Preparation

Other Points

  • Comprehensive gear list will be provided on booking

Our service includes

  • Experienced Western Leader
  • Centrally Located Hotel in Islamabad
  • All meals on trip
  • Bed and Breakfast in Islamabad
  • Group transportation by private vehicle
  • Expedition-style trek
  • All permits for the the trip
  • experienced guides and local staff

Our service excludes

  • International flights
  • Pakistan Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personnel equipment
  • Local Staff tips
  • Drinks

Shimshal Valley, Shimshal is a beautiful village located in Gojal hunza. It lies at an altitude of 3,000m above sea level, and is the highest settlement in Hunza Valley of Pakistan. The total area is 3,800 km and inhabitant of around two thousand population with two hundred and forty households. The valley is situated in one of the remotest part of North Pakistan Karakorum Range. Shimshal was isolated till 2002; north frontier works organization and private NGO’s built link road from Passu (KKH) to Shimshal valley. Shimshal Chapchigal Pass trek & climb Minglic SAR 6050m is similar mini expedition and strenuous trekking over Chafchingol pass to KKH Kuksil. There are several virgin peaks around the valley also trekking routes leads to different valleys e.g. KKH, Hisper valley, Pamir valleys and Biafo glacier over Kurdopine pass. The trip starts from Islamabad via the legendary Karakorum Highway to Passu (upper Hunza) and from KKH jeepable leads to Shimshal.