Kashmir Tour

From my childhood I had been hearing about Kashmir Janat Nazeer (Kashmir a paradise like place), so I always had dreams of going there but haven’t got a chance to visit these areas since I started travelling in 2000. In year 2012 beginning when I started planning for my tour in June , I had in mind Kaghan and surrounding areas. I discussed about this with Shujaat and he immediately asked me to change this to Kashmir.

I started researching and studying about our plan to Kashmir. In this regard, I like to take help from  PakWheels Forums, which has been very helpful for me in planning my trips in Pakistan. I got to know about a Tour Group who were helping in touring. I finalized and booked a plan with them.

9th June – Saturday: Left Karachi with my friends via Daewoo Bus to Rawalpindi.

10th June – Sunday : We reached Rawalpindi at afternoon and met our friends who were joining us from Mardan. From there we left for Murree. Unfortunately when we reached there Rawalpindi there was some CNG strike due to which it took quite sometime for us to reach Murree. And then the Taxi we hired from Rawalpindi also cheated us and dropped us in mid-way instead of dropping us closer to Mall Road as we agreed upon. The reason as he used was an Urs due to which all roads were blocked in Murree hill. However, soon we had to hire another Taxi and were able to reach Mall Road. Here I learned an important lesson that don’t show sympathy to such people (which I always show :() who cheat you. It was first visit of my friends to Murree and they liked it very much, they really liked roaming on Mall Road. It was an experience worth remembering for them 🙂

11th June – Monday: We visited Kashmir Point in morning and it was very peaceful at that time. Usually in evening time that area gets very crowded. We left Murree at noon and again we faced the same traffic blockage and less traffic on Motorway due to that Urs (as such Urs usually remains for 2-3 days). It took time but finally we reached Muzafarabad around 6PM. There I contacted the Tour Group people and they helped us took a room in a Hotel in Muzafarabad.

12th June – Tuesday: We left Muzafarabad in morning for Kutton. I would say now its Kashmir. The journey we started for Kutton was an extra ordinary one. I watched River Neelum flowing, Indian border, breath taking sceneries and acknowledged that it was not wrong to say this Janat Nazeer. We reached Jagiran Resort House in evening, while stopping at Kondal Shahi and other areas for taking pictures, doli rides etc. It was a pleasant journey.

Staying in Jagiran Resort House was an experience in itself. This resort house has been built by Govt. of Azad Kashmir and is an extra ordinary place. The surrounding areas and views from resort house are simply majestic.

Jaigran Resort House

View From Resort House

Outside Resort House

13th June – Wednesday: Early in the morning we left resort house for Keran / Kel. We went till Sharda and couldn’t go to Kel as we had to come back for night stay at Jagiran rest house.

This whole journey from Kutton to Sharda was very good. The roads were clear and views were fantastic. I had been to some other Pakistan’s NA areas e.g. Swat, Dir, Chitral and liked Kumrat, Dir the most till then. But after visiting Kashmir, I just fell in love with it and we enjoyed every bit of our journey there.

After visiting some old ruins and other areas in Sharda, we started our journey back to Kutton. On our way back it started to rain and when reached Kondal Shahi it was completely dark and raining cats and dogs. We took some stuff from the Bazar and left Kondal Shahi.

Keran Sharda

14th June – Thursday: We had plan to go to Jagiran Power house by doing a trek. So except for one friend all 4 others left for it. We did a trek for an hour or two so and then had to get into a Jeep which was going there as it was very steep :). There at Power house we spent some time and got back (once again by walk and some Jeep ride).

Jagiran Power House On way to Jagiran House

Upon reaching the resort house, a bad news was waiting for us. The van which was given to us by the Tour Group was called back by them without giving us any reason / update. I inquired from the resort house people and confirmed no body from Tour Group had approached them to update us about it. They just called the driver and driver told our friend who was in resort house and left. It was totally unprofessional. We had already paid 70% of amount agreed upon to Tour Group and rest was supposed to be paid when reach back to Muzafarabad. This incident really disturbed us.

As that same day we were supposed to leave for Muzafarabad. After discussing with my friends, we decided to go ahead with the actual plan and don’t wait for the Tour Group people. This descision was quite risky as we were far away in an area where finding rides were not easy but we took the risk and were hoping to find something on our way till Kundal Shahi, from where we were expecting to get a Taxi to Muzafarabad. So we left resort house and fortunately walking for an hour or less we found a ride which dropped us at Kundal Shahi. From there we took a Taxi till Muzafarabad, where it dropped us around at 6 PM.

As per our original plan we were supposed to stay in Muzafarabad for night but one of our friend suggested that we should leave and see if we could reach on time to Rawalpindi and then Mardan. Fortunately we found seats in last Qadri Coach which was leaving for Rawalpindi. We took the Coach and started our journey back to Rawalpindi. While travelling in that Coach one of the person from Tour Group contacted us and excuse for whatever happened. But I strongly feel whatever they did was very unprofessional. And I would certainly not recommend them to anyone. This incident also taught me a lesson to trust only trustworthy people.

We reached Rawalpindi at 11 PM and were amazed to see life in full swing at that time which is now quite rare for Karachi people 🙁 due to certain reasons. We easily hired Hiroof and reached our friend’s house at around 2AM or so in Takhte Bhai. We tried to look for famous Chapal Kebab but they said they were finished so just had some tea.

15th June – Friday: I left Mardan for my village and from there flew to Karachi on Sunday 17th June.

Overall it was a memorable trip and I look forward to go again to Kashmir and visit the areas which I couldn’t in this trip. I regret not having more days to explore these areas but inshAllah very soon I will be able to compensate for that 🙂

I believe Kashmir is a place to visit again and again. I see there are two routes which one could take: One is via Muzafarabad and then areas coming on that route and the other is Bagh and then areas coming on that route. So I will try to explore areas on both routes.

I also found the roads in Kashmir well built (as compare to Swat and Dir), people are friendly (as compare to Murree and Kaghan but not better than Swat). So I would say it is accessible, affordable and beautiful. Both family and with friends one could enjoy this.

Nanga Parbat Rupal Face Trek

Duration: 6 Days
Distance: 37 Km
Standard: Easy
Season: June ~ October
Start / Finish: TARASHING
Zone & permit: Open
Public Transport: Yes

Summary: A Quick approach through lovely meadows leads to the base camp of NANGA PARBAT’s enormous RUPAL face.

NANGA PARBAT’s awesome south or RUPAL face rises 4572m from the floor of the RUPAL GAH, creating the greatest vertical rise from base camp to summit of any peak. The easy trails and two short no technical glacier crossings bring you directly beneath it for breathtaking close-up views, is less frequently visited than fairy meadows.

Guide & Porters
It’s prudent to hire a reputable, licensed guide who is accustomed to dealing with RUPAL porters and villagers. Porters come from TARASHING and CHORIT, which have decided that an equal number of porters for any party are to be from each village. This holds true even if you have just two porters. Porters, who transport loads on donkeys, ask for a flat rate of Rs.300 per stage, including payment for food rations and expect large parties to buy a goat at SHAIGIRI.

It’s a six stages total round trip from TARASHING:
3. SHAIGIRI & (4-6) there stages to return via the same route.

Nearest Village:

Hotels / Rest Houses:
NANGA PARBAT TOURIST COTTAGE: owned by Mohammed Ashraf, has a large garden. The Camping fee is Rs.100 and rooms cost Rs.250 ~ 400.

HOTEL NANGA PARBAT: has a Rs.100 camping fee and rooms cost Rs.200 ~ 300.

Unless you organize a Gilgit ~ TARASHING special hire (Rs 2500/4000 one way / return), it’s necessary to change transport in Astor. The narrow jeep road to Astor leaves the KKH at Jaglot, 60Km south of Gilgit and 30Km north of Raikot Bridge, crossing a bridge over the Indus river and heading 40Km south – east up the Astor Valley skirting NANGA Parbat’s north east flank. Gilgit ~ Astor jeeps (Rs 100, three to four hours) go all day from Gilgit’s Jaglot bus stand on Domyal Link Road. Gilgit ~ Ator special hires cost Rs 1200 ~ 1500 one way. Astor ~ TARASHING Jeeps cost Rs. 50 (two hours) and special hires cost Rs 1000.


5 Hours, 10 Km, 639m Ascent

From TARASHING (2911m) climbs the TARASHING Glacier’s lateral moraine, near the village’s north edge, and crosses the glacier on a trail, continues up to the gentle valley through RUPAL village.

Rising gradually through RUPAL’s lush fields, the trail follows the valley’s north side up a narrow green valley, through groves of willow, poplar and juniper then you pass a small lake and round a corner of the BAZHIN camp, a flat, green meadows between the lateral moraine of the BAZHIN Glacier and the mountain. Ahead towers the solid ice wall of the east face of NANGA PARBAT. This is a perfect campsite with clear spring water, a wood full of birds this spot is called HERRLIGKOFFER Base Camp (3550m), a beautiful, although much used meadows along the BAZHIN Glacier’s east margin. The camp site is named after Dr. Karl M HERRLIGKOFFER the leader of eight German expeditions to NANGA PARBAT, including the first successful expedition in 1953.

A side trip of several hours up this ablation valley leads to a point on the moraine directly above the BAZHIN Glacier and across from icefall coming from the summit.

4 Hours, 3 Km, 20m descent

Crosses the BAZHIN Glacier over a trail in 1½ hours along a donkey path, the local shepherds come and go frequently, so you can follow their path or them but be careful there will be a lot of hidden crevasses and you can listen to the voice of flowing of under ground water so you must walk slowly and don’t stop at the BAZHIN Glacier. From the top of the lateral moraine on the western side you look down on a huge grassy field known as LATBOH (3530m), the broad level meadows frequently by RUPAL herders. LATBOH is also known as TUPP Meadows because it’s like a TUPP which must once have been the bed of a lake. Herds of horses, sheep and goats graze in the centre. The summer villagers churn butter in goatskins and spin sheep wool while they sit and chat, offering bread and buttermilk (LASSI) to visitors.

4 Hours, 5.5Km, 125m ascent

A further two hour takes you around the end of a second moraine, with a lake on the top (Basically this Lake is less frequently visited & has no name and it exists at the foot of NANGA PARBAT so that is why I gave it a name “NANGA PARBAT Lake”) to another broad field, LATBOI (meaning stony place) also called second Base Camp, with a summer settlement on one side, from here the path climbs gently over some moraine then follows the north bank of the river through the woods to SHAIGIRI (meaning “white stone” in Shina) 30 minutes away. This is a good campsite at about 3660 meters, with fresh water, firewood and superb views of the south face of NANGA PARBAT.

2 days, 18.5Km, 744m descent
Retrace steps to TARASHING, Camping at base camp on day 4.

Murree Tour

Noor ul Ain - Kashmir Point
Noor ul Ain - Kashmir Point

In February 2011, I started planning a vacation plan in May 2011. I was planning this trip for Kaghan-Naran or Murree with my family and cousin. Later after some discussion with my cousin we finalized upon Murree.

We left for Rawalpindi from village Teri, Distt. Karak on 9th May early morning and arrived in Murree by Zuhar time. I had done my booking at Usmania Restaurant(aka Civic Hotel) on main mall road. We had planned to stay for night in the same hotel and visit the surrounding areas in the day.

9th May – The same day after taking some rest, we left for Kashmir point at afternoon. It was a really fun place to be. We enjoyed the pleasant weather and surroundings. I believe one could spend days there with his family 🙂

10th May – Next day we hired a hi-roof and went to Nathiagali and Ayubia. While driving there we stopped at many places and did some trekking, photography and other stuff. Children especially enjoyed the bandar point and monkeys jumping in the Ayubia National Park.

On way to Neelum Point
On way to Neelum Point

11th May – We went to Bhurban and Neelum River. We especially enjoyed Neelum River. The river Neelum was on its full swing and it was an amazing view. After spending sometime there, we left Neelum Point at afternoon. We went to Patriata and had a ride on chairleft. My cousin and his family were first time riding in chairleft so they were abit afraid but overall enjoyed it.

12th May – We left Murree back for our village. On way back, we had an excellent weather and had some rain on our way at Jhand. It was simply an unforgettable experience.

Overall this short trip was an amazing and great experience. Last time, I visited Swat back in 2007 with my family and now this time again with family and cousin. Murree and surrounding area is an ideal vacation spot for families. It is good, secure and everything is available at reasonable costs there.

As far as my hotel experience at Usmania Restaurant is concerned, it was good except for one issue which was a bit irrating for me 🙁 as I am an early morning person and I enjoy the sun rising in such places. For my breakfast, I had to wait till 8AM which was not good. It wasted quite some of time as doing breakfast and then leaving would take quite sometime. Due to my family and children it was also not possible to do the breakfast easily on our way. When I asked the staff, they couldn’t do anything about it. So if they could improve this, this hotel is highly recommended.

It was the first time for my cousin to go out on vacation and he really enjoyed it. In fact he asked me to arrange for such programs at least in two years 🙂 I do it once a year already.

June / July 2010 Expedition ?

Asslamoaliqum Brothers,

In these days i am feeling so tired because of a lot of work so lets have some fun to go far away from

  • Work
  • Traffic
  • News
  • House
  • Mobile
  • Computer
  • A bed for rest
  • Wife 😉

کُج اُنج وی راہواں اوکھیاں سن
کُج گل وچ غم دا طوق وی سی
کُج شہر دے لوک وی ظالم سن
کُج مینوں مرن دا شوق وی سی

کچھ یوں بھی راہیں مشکل تھیں
کچھ گلے میں غم کا طوق بھی تھا
کچھ شہر کے لوگ بھی ظالم تھے
کچھ مرنے کا مجھے شوق بھی تھا


So what do you people say, any expectation or idea to go for Traveling, Tracking etc in June or July 2010 to Northeren Areas?
I need your recommendations and who is going?

– Shujaat Ali

=========================MERAJ said===============================
Walaikumsalam wrbr,

I pray and hope you are doing fine.

I am quite amazed to see you you get tired from work only in a few days? You have been going to some day trips from the last few months (In Dec to Hub and in Jan to Haleji Lake). You still feeling tried?

If so then I think you need to look for a job at wild life 🙂

Prepare a plan for Kaghan and surrounding area treks this year.


=========================Sheraz Sohail Awan said======================
Dear All,

yes i think June or July will be fine with me. infact i will also visit Kaghan and Naran valley this year with my friends and our families.
we have a program set for May or June and for three days on our own transport.
so you now better decide which way to go. we also discussed about Naltar Pakora Trek once. or it could be some where else.
Shujaat you plz give us two or three options, then we will see which one is better for this year.


Rakaposhi Base Camp Trek

I have done the following trek last year so if any one needs more information, then please comment below.

Rakaposhi Peak
Rakaposhi Peak

  • Day 1 – Saturday 21st June 08: Start from Lahore at early in the morning from Daewoo Bus and reach at Pindi at 1:00 PM and go to Peer Vedai Bus Stand and get the seats of NATCO Ac and at 4:00 Pm bus will start for Gilgit
  • Day 2 – Sunday 22nd June 08: Reach Gilgit in the morning and immediately get seated for MINAPIN so that we will reach MINAPIN. It takes almost 3 to 4 hrs from Gilgit to MINAPIN. At MINAPIN we will try to stay at DIRAN Guest House or we will camp at the campsite of DIRAN Guest House. So that is the day we will have to search for a Guide, Porters + Donckey & a Cooker.
  • Day 3 – Monday 23rd June 08: Today is our 1st day to Trek by foot from MINAPIN to HAPAKUN 3 ~ 4 Hours, 5.8km, 792m ascent (See Detail + Map & camp at night at HAPAKUN
  • Day 4 – Tuesday 24th June 08: Today our destination is HAPAKUN to TAGAPHARI 2 ~ 3 Hours, 3km, 457m ascent
    View of Rakaposhi from Tagaphari
    View of Rakaposhi from Tagaphari

    (See Detail + Map) & Camp at TAGAPHARI.

  • Day 5 – Wednesday 25th June 08: At TAGAPHARI we will see our health + body condition & decide that will we go to KACHELI LAKE (See Detail + Map) OR Way back to MIAPIN via GUTUMERUNG & ASKORESHUNG (See Detail + Map).

If we decided to go to KACHELI LAKE then we will Trek on 5th Day to KACHELI LAKE via DIRAN BASE CAMP and stay night at KACHELI LAKE.

  • Day 6 – Thursday 26th June 08: Today we will try to come back to HAPAKUN via TAGAPHARI.
  • Day 7 – Friday 27th June 08: Today we will try to reach GILGIT via MINAPIN.


If we decided to go to GUTUMERUNG & ASKORESHUNG then on 5th day we can see both places in a day and at night camp atHAPAKUN.

Deran Peak with Rakaposhi massif
Deran Peak with Rakaposhi massif
  • Day 6 – Thursday 26th June 08: Today we will try to come back to MINAPIN & do rest a night at Diran Guest House.
  • Day 7 – Friday 27th June 08: Get a van early in the morning for GILGIT & do shopping at Gilgit whatever you like and try to get the seats for Pindi at NATCO.
  • Day 8 – Saturday 28th June 08: Reach INSHA ALLAH at Pindi and get the seats for Lahore and at night we will be at Lahore & Sunday will be for a rest day for you to start to go to office on Monday and live in the memories + dreams of this Trek for a year and next year INSHA ALLA for our program will be of K – 2 Base Camp.


Camping at Rakaposhi base camp
Camping at Rakaposhi base camp

So brother this is the plan, but it is an ideal plan. I haven’t counted for certain uncertainties like

  • Weather factor, landslide
  • Health problem
  • May be Trek is more tough than we think so then we shall have to add at least a day for trekking.

Following is the list of things that each person has to bring along:

View of Rakaposhi from Tagaphari
View of Rakaposhi from Tagaphari
  • Hiking bag (must be reliable and shoulder strips must be strong enough)
  • Sleeping bag (preferably light weight but more warm)
  • Shoes preferably like army shoes or something that have designed pattern in its sole so to facilitate walking on slopes and snow. Slipper must also be taken along because after a tough trekking in the day, u needs to relax your feet after reaching the camping place. You cannot wear long shoes all the time.
  • Sunglasses are also very necessary item. because there is immense sunshine around glaciers that can have adverse effect on eyes.
  • Personal things like shaving kit, towel, spare under garments, spare socks etc
  • Other optional things may include camera, Walkman, note book (for taking some notes), torch etc.

Now I am noting down the things which we need to take as a group (you don’t have to worry about these as we will share them)

  • Tent: I have a tent for 6 persons.
  • Eatable items; Although I hope that in that season we can have some help from summer settlements all along the trek, but we shall keep our ration in any case). I shall buy tinned food and some dry ration like biscuits etc from Karachi / Lahore so please tell me that what will you like to eat & can I buy all from Karachi or at Lahore with you people.
  • Milk powder, tea bags, coffee, sugar, egg powder, corn flake.
  • Noodles, Taftans
  • Certain other instantly cooks able things like Haleem in Tin, Fish in Tin, Beans in Tin, Biryani in Tin.
  • Packets of something like TANGS, Toffees, Pineapples Tins.
  • Utensils: we shall buy some (2 or 3) aluminum bowls for heating water which shall be used for tea, noodles as well as for warming tinned food. Anther things include plates, spoons, disposable or plastic cups etc.
  • Medicines, mosquito repellent, desprine, panadol.


Clear View of Diran Peak in the morning
Clear View of Diran Peak in the morning

The estimated cost of our trip is about rs.10000/head. It is from Lahore to Lahore and include:

  • Bus fare from Lahore to Pindi & Pindi to Gilgit and back.
  • All meals plus food items purchasing
  • Charges of guide and porters.
  • Expenditure of hotel (if any night spent)
  • I must mention that these are not the charges like travel agencies that you have to pay. You will see we shall have a transparent accounting of all the expenditure daily. Whatever will be the expenses shall be equally shared by all of us. Rs.10000/head are the roughly estimated charges, as we don’t know rates of many things. So safely we must carry some extra money with us. There may be chance that if we get porters / guide at lesser rates, the overall charges drop to 8000/- but nothing can be said at this stage.


  • Duration 3 ~ 4 Days
  • Distance 17.6 km
  • Standard Easy

It’s four stages total round trip from

  3. tow stages to return via the same route.

MINAPIN’s ground zero is DIRAN Guest House. The gracious hosts, well prepared food and peaceful grassy compound with orchard – shaded gardens distinguish this as one of the Northern Area’s most tranquil places to stay. The dorm cost Rs. 70, and single/doubles cost Rs.400/600, all with hot running water. The camping fee is Rs. 100. If you need a place to really rest and hang out for a few days between treks, this is it. It also rent tents, sleeping bags and kitchen equipment and sell limited food but it’s advisable to bring all trek food and supplies from GILGIT or KARIMABAD.
Public vans to PISAN and MINAPIN depart GILGIT’s Khazana (Bank) Rd new Golden Peak Inn, usually between 1and 2pm. they’re unmarked and can be hard to find. The three-hour ride cost Rs.50, plus Rs 10 per backpack or duffel bag. The 4km long road to MINAPIN leaves the KKH at PISAN, just east of GHULMET. From PISAN, it takes 45 minutes to walk to MINAPIN. The same public vans depart PISAN and MINAPIN daily for GILGIT at 6.15am.

When the MINAPIN vans are full, try PISAN and MIACHAR vans. The PISAN vans depart GILGIT before the MINAPIN vans, usually between noon and 1pm. The MIACHAR vans depart GILGIT about an hour after the MINAPIN vans. GILGIT – bound MIACHAR vans pass the DIRAN Guest House about 7am, but are usually already full.

No direct transport links MINAPIN with KARIMABAD, so just get to the KKH and jump on any passing vehicle. KARIMABAD – MINAPIN special hires cost Rs.1000.


  • 3 ~ 4 Hours, 5.8km, 792m ascent

From DIRAN Guest House (2012m), follow the road two minutes east. Then turn south (right) onto a dirt lane and follow it five minutes to the canal along the village’s south end. Turn west (right) and follow the path along the canal 15 minutes towards the MINAPIN River. Walnut trees shade the path and provide a home for nesting orioles (MAIUN). The trail turns south into the canyon and crosses a footbridge (2103m) over the rushing to the river’s true left bank after 10 minutes.

The trail rises 183m on switchbacks for 30 minutes then eases of and enters an open, aromatic juniper forest. Continues along the broad, shaded trail, rising gradually in one to 1 ½ hours to the huts at Bang – i – das, long a clear stream that tumble over a cascade at the head of this pleasant side valley. The trail follows the stream 30 minutes to the base of waterfall, where it forks. The right fork, which crosses the stream over a footbridge, leads to GUTUMERUNG (alternate route). Follow the smaller left fork and climb 90m in 15 minutes to the grassy, tiered meadows of HAPAKUN (2804m) bordered by stands of mature fir trees. The BURUSHASKI name HAPAKUN is given to a place (kun) within a day walk of a main village, which is defined as ‘close enough to carry child’ (HAPA).

Camping is free in the open meadows, with northern views of HACHINDAR and MAIUN Peaks above the HUNZA River. DIRAN and RAKAPOSHI remain hidden from view. Ibex inhabit the steep cliffs to the east high above MINAPIN Glacier. A small, sometimes silty stream flows near the herder’s huts HAPAKUN, but a clear spring lies behind and five minutes below the huts. It cost Rs.40 – 50 to camp on private land near the spring.

  • 2 ~ 3 Hours, 3km, 457m ascent

Crossing the canal between the two huts, the trail (the one perpendicular to the canal, not parallel to it) heads south, rising across rock-strewn open ground beyond HAPAKUN’s largest hut – for a minute or two – and then climbs immediately west up dusty switchbacks through fir forest for 14 minutes. The trail eases off and contours the rocky slopes foe 30 minutes to a verdant bowl where wildflowers and colorful songbirds thrive. Sweeping gently through the meadows, the trail enters scattered juniper stands and climb switchbacks to the windy ridge top, where DIRAN, RAKAPOSHI and their interconnecting ice wall finally come into full view.

The trail thins and traverses a rocky cliff above the spectacularly broken MINAPIN Glacier 15 minutes to TAGAPHARI (3261m). Once a muddy (TAGA) lake (PHARI), as its BURUSHASKI name indicates, it’s now a level pastures where cows and oxen graze. A herder’s hut is next to the rocky hillside, with plenty of good grassy campsites along the meandering stream. A small seasonal spring lies at the base of rocky slope towards the head of this small valley. The lateral moraine above the valley is a fun place to watch avalanches crashing down from the ridge between RAKAPOSHI and DIRAN, and to catch the sunset on DIRAN. RAKAPOSHI itself is mostly hidden from view behind the obvious snow down of RAKAPOSHI Eat (7010m).

  • Side Trip: ASKORESHUNG
  • 3 Hour, 5.8km, 1319m ascents, 1319m descents

ASKORESHUNG (ASKOR means a ‘flower’; SHUNG, a ‘narrow path’) is a view point (3780m) atop the second ridge west of TAGAPHARI from where the BATURA, SHISHPER and ULTER peaks above HUNZA are visible. From TAGAPHARI, ascend steeply west to the first ridge (3650m), descend and cross the intervening GUTUMERUNG stream, reaching the second ridge on two hours. Return to TAGAPHARI in one hour.

  • Side Trip: DIRAN Base Camp
  • 7~8 hours, 12km, 389m ascent, descent

DIRAN base camp is locally known as KACHELI, a BURUSHASKI word meaning ‘the best grazing grass”. MINAPIN and MIACHAR villagers share these birches – dotted pastures. The area, along the MINAPIN Glacier’s north – east margin, is similar to TAGAPHARI with good campsite and a small spring nearby. Visiting KACHELI Lake as a day hike from TAGAPHARI is a more strenuous, but less expansive option than camping at KACHELI and paying porters for two additional stages (one there, one back).

From TAGAPHARI, follow the crest of the lateral moraine south 20 to 30 minutes to the small cairn (3510m) marking the route onto the glacier. It takes three hours to cross the broad MINAPIN Glacier and reach DIRAN Base Camp (3650m). The unmarked route north – east across the glacier’s alternating bands of rock and ice near many Seracs is difficult to follow and changeable, so take a local guide or porter who knows the way. Carry a rope for safety. Watch marginal crevasses when existing the glacier.

From DIRAN Base Camp, trekking south – east up the ablation valley towards the rocky bend (4040m) in the glacier brings you to the point where the route to camp 1 moves onto the glacier, close beneath DIRAN. Enjoy the view, but don’t continue onto the heavily crevassed glacier. Experienced climbers can attempt PHEKER (5465m) from base camp.

  • Side Trip: KACHELI Lake
  • 3 hours, 8km, 300m ascents, 300m descents

It takes two hour to climb steeply to the small KACHELI Lake above DIRAN Base Camp, and half that to return.

  • 3 ~ 3 ½ hours, 8.8km, 1249m descent

Retrace your steps down valley to MINAPIN via HAPAKUN.

  • Alternative Day 3: TAGAPHARI to MINAPIN
  • 4 ~ 4 ½ hours, 8.4 km, 389 ascent, 1639m descent

Ascend the ridge (3650m) immediately west of TAGAPHARI for sweeping views and descend steeply to GUTUMERUNG, a pasture (rung) in this deep (GUTUM) valley where sheep and goats graze. Follow the trail steeply downstream (north) until it passes the waterfall at the head of the Bang – i – Das Valley and joins the rail between HAPAKUN and MINAPIN.

I am sending you the Rakaposhi_Base_Camp_Map so 1st read the Maps at Attachment then 2nd read Plan & then read the above detail information.


  • June is rainy season, so if we come to know about closing of KKH before starting the trip we may have to re-think of our trip.

Rakaposhi Base Camp Map