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Snow Lake and Biafo Hisper

(A classical and adventurous traverse from Baltistan into Nager/Hunza across Hispar La)


The central Karakoram, first explored and mapped in 1937 and 1939, is perhaps the wildest of all. It is an area of vast glaciers, high mountains and remote passes.

Length of Biafo Glacier is 68 kilometers / 42 miles long with a total area of 625 sq. km, which starts from Korofong above Askole village. Hispar Glacier is 52 Kilometers long. It is only the Hispar pass, which separates the Hisper and Biafo Glaciers. However, most geographers consider the two glaciers as one; they call Biafo-Hispar Glacier. If that be so then the 120 kilometers / 75 miles long BIAFO- HISPAR Glacier probably becomes the second longest glacier in the world (outside the Polar Region). Approaching Snow Lake following a broad highway of Ice, a huge glaciated basin at 4500 meters, there could be a couple of crevasse areas where it will be necessary to rope up. Here we have the opportunity to view Biantha Brak, (7284 m), Snow Lake peak and Simkiang glacier. From here we ascend the Hispar La and camp on the summit, which gives us a panoramic sunset and sunrise views of the whole Biafo – Hispar.


Facts & Figures

Duration: 19 days
Maximum Altitude: 5151 m
Trek Status: Open
Trek Grade: Strenuous
Joining in: Islamabad/Rawalpindi
Location: Karakoram
Best time: Julu/August

Trip Details

5 Nights Hotels, 14 Nights Camping, 14 Days Strenuous Trekking.
Max. Altitude 5151m / 16900 Ft.
Group Size: 4-10
Duration: 19 Days From Islamabad to Islamabad

Dates Snow Lake and Biafo Hisper Trek 2018

Trip Code Trip dates for 2018
SL-I 03 July to 21 July 2018
SL-II 14 July to 01 August 2018

Snow Lake and Biafo Hisper From Askole to Hunza Valley.

Trip Itinerary

Day Activities
1. Arrive Islamabad transfer to Hotel
2. Fly to Skardu .( By Air if weather permits) By Road.
3. Drive to Askole (First night Camping)
4. Trek to King’s Polo Ground’ at the snout of the Biafo Glacier. Altitude c. 3000 metres.
5. Trek to Namla 3400 m.
6. Trek to Mango Camp in the ablation valley. 3626m
7. Trek to Baintha Camp. 3940m.
8. Rest and acclimatisation at Baintha
9. Trek to Napina. 4215m.
10. Trek to Sim Gang. c.4500m.
11. Trek to Hispar La. 5151m
12. Trek to Kani Basa Glacier. 4395m
13. Trek to Jutanmal 4200m.
14. Trek to Bitenmal. 3718m.
15. Trek to Falalingkish.
16. Trek to Hispar Village en route to our final camp
17. Drive to Karimabad (Hotel)
18. Kariamabad to Besham (Hotel)
19. Besham to Islamabad
20. Fly back to home
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