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CLIMBING IN PAKISTAN

CLIMBING IN PAKISTAN

The best-known attraction for the Mountaineers is the North of Pakistan. Northern part is in knot of four great mountain ranges, Himalayas, Karakoram, Hindu-Kush and Pamir with densest concentration of high peaks on earth, including the second highest peak, K-2 (8611mM. Radiating out to the border if marked by the Ishkoman and Karumber River in Gilgit District, the eastern end of range known HINDU RAJ, means “Hindu Rule.” Following north from there the Pamir runs up into the former Soviet Union. Spreading from center to northeast along the border with China lies the KARAKORAM, the main block of the mountain in Pakistan, 250 Kilometer wide. In the south corner separated by the Indus River, where lies the western Himalayan Range and Nanga Parbat 8125m is the western end pillar of this range. The most famous among these are K-2 (8611M), second only to the Everest, Nanga Parbat (8125M), the most dangerous peak and have the reputation of “KILLER MOUNTAIN” the Hidden peak (8068M), the Broad peak (8047M) and the Gasherbrum-11 (8035M) and highest cliff wall of the world, the “TRANGO TOWER GROUP”. The mountain wealth makes the Pakistan an important mountain country and gives opportunities to the climbers, trekkers, nature seekers and related mountain adventure activities. The compelling charms of these high, challenging endless sea of rugged and ice pinnacles lure large number of mountaineers and nature lovers from across the continents to Northern Pakistan each year. Northern part of Pakistan, which is endowed with most unique geographical features in the world, here three greatest, lofty and spectacular mountain ranges, Karakorum, Himalayas and Hindu-Kush. In an area about 500Kms in width and 350Kms in depth, is found the densest collection of some of the highest and precipitous peaks in the world, boasting more than 160 peaks above 7000M.

ROYALTY FEE OF MOUNTIANS

The Government of Pakistan, Gilgit-Baltistan Council (GBC) has approved reduction in the mountain royalty for the year 2018 as per details given below,
• Zero royalty fee for peaks up to 6500-M
• 10% royalty fee on mountains situated in Chitral, Gilgit and Ghizer except on Spantik/Golden Peak.
• 05% royalty fee on all peaks during winter season (December-February)
• 40% discount on royalty fee on all peaks except as mentioned in (i) and (ii) above as per following beak-up:
-K 2 (8611M) 7200 US dollar for group of 07 members and 1200 US dollar per addition member
– (8100–8500M) 5400US dollar for the group of 07 members and 900US dollar per addition member
– (7501-7000M) 2400 US dollar for the group of 07 members and 300 US dollar per additional member
– (7001-7500 M) 1500 US dollar for the group of 07 members and 180 US dollar per additional member
– (6501-7000M) 900 US dollar for the group of 07 members and 120 US dollar per additional member

HIGHIEST PEAKS OF PAKISTAN:

There are five peaks out of fourteen above 8000m high on the earth, the second highest rock pyramid, the K-2 ( 8611m), the Nanga Parbat (8125m), also known as the “killer Mountain”, the Hidden peak (8068m), the Broad peak (8047m) and the Gasherbrum-11 (8035m).

Mount. K-2
Other names: Chogori and Mount Goldwin Austen Peak
Elevation: 8611 meters/ 28253 feet
Location: Karakoram- Baltoro Skardu
Latitude: 35°- 53′ N
Longitude: 76°-31′ E
Best period to climb: End of June to August
First climbing year: 31st July 1954
First climber: Achill compagoni, Lino Lacedill/Italian expedition
Nearest town: Skardu- Baltistan Northern Areas (Gilgit-Baltistan)

Nanga Parbat
Other names: Dimir Peak
Elevation: 8125 meters /26658 feet
Location: Western corner of Himalayas-Chilas Gilgit
Latitude: 35° -53′ N
Longitude: 76°-36′ E
Best period to climb: June to September
First climber: Herm Buhl
First climbing year: 1953 via Rahikot Face
Faces: Three Faces, Rahikot on the North, Diamir on the West and Rupal on the South
Nearest town: Chilas-Gilgit Northern Areas

Gasherbrum-1
Other names: Hidden Peak, K-5
Elevation: 8068 meters/ 26471 feet
Location: Karakoram- Baltoro Skardu
Latitude: 35°-43′ N
Longitude: 76°-42′ E
Best period to climb: June to August
First climbed year: 1958 via SW Ridge
First climber: Pete Habeler, Andy Kauffmann
Nearest town: Skardu- Baltistan Northern Areas

Broad Peak
Other names: K-3, Falchen Kangri
Elevation: 8047 meters/ 26400 feet
Location: Karakoram- Baltoro Skardu
Latitude: 35°-48′ N
Longitude: 76°-33′ E
Best period to climb: June to August
First climbed year: 1957 via West Spur
First climber: Hermann Buhl, Kurt Diemberge, Markus Schock
Nearest town: Skardu- Baltistan Northern Areas

Gasherbrum-11
Other names: K-4
Elevation: 8035meters/ 26360 feet
Location: Karakoram- Baltoro Skardu
Latitude: 35°-45′ N
Longitude: 76°-39′ E
Best period to climb: June to August
First climbed year: 1956 via SW Ridge
First climber: Pete Habeler and Kauffmann
Nearest town: Skardu- Baltistan Northern Areas

TREKKING PEAKS

The peaks which are below 6500M high called trekking peaks in Pakistan and open to climb, for which royalty, climbing permit, liaison officer and other government formalities are NOT required. As the Government of Pakistan made open (free) to climb the peaks up to 6500M without climbing permit (without royalty of peak) in order to promote the trekking and mountaineering in Pakistan. There are several spectacular peaks below 6500m among ranges of Himalayas, Karakorum, Hindu-Kush and the Pamir in the trekking routes. If the peak is situated in the restricted area then you need the trekking permit from the Tourism Department (Gilgit-Baltistan Council) through a Government licensed agency with paying fee, which is 100 US dollar per person. It is also requires to hire licensed guide, buy a personal accident insurance policy also for porters and cook, will attend the mandatory briefing and de-briefing at the Tourism Department in Skardu or Alpine Club in Islamabad.There are a lot of such peaks, which are still unclimbed and nameless, some are technically difficult too. “North Pakistan Adventure” is pleased to propose you the climbing expeditions on below 6500M peaks in various regions of the trekking routes. In Shimshal Valley, Pir Peak 6363m, Chkorin Sar 6500M, Mingilk Sar 6050m, Sonia Peak 6300M, Adver Sar 6400M etc. In Hunza Valley, Hunza Peak 6270M, Bomulimoting 6000M, Koksil Peak 6483M, Sakar Sar 6272M, and many more. In Skardu Trango Group (highest rock wall on earth, Nameless Tower 6239M, Great Trango,), Uli Baifo 5597M and Lobsang Peak 6295M, Mitre 610M, Urdukas Peaks 6320M, 6280M, 6130M, Namika Peak 6295M, Vigne Peak 6230M, Cristal Peak 62562M, Marble Peak 6256M, Lupke Brakk 6030M, Brandu Brakk 6000M, Uzun Brakk 6422M, Khani Basa Sar 6500M, Markrong Chhis 6340M, Biange 6431M, etc. and more in the Hindu Raj, mostly Virgin Peaks there and this area is not much discovered..

OUR SERVICES TO CLIMBING EXPEDITIONS

“North Pakistan Adventure” may propose you all the services to the Base Camp including everything on an all-inclusive basis and can assist you at each step of your expedition to make it success. We may also provide partial services such as transportation, service of guide and cook, hotel reservations, arrangement of porters (low and high altitude), providing kitchen equipment etc.

Our full package covers the following services,
• Transportation from Islamabad airport to back Islamabad airport (bus, coaster, hiace van and 4-Wheel Jeeps where would be needed /domestic airfares.
• Hotel accommodation with meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
• Camping food during the trek and at the base camp as well as you will be in the Base Camp
• Wages of the porters for the base camp and their insurances, including their food and kit
• Follow up and in contact with Ministry of Tourism to expedite the processing of the climbing permit.
• Arrangement of briefing and de-briefing at the Ministry of Tourism
• Sleeping tents, Mess and kitchen tents, sleeping mattresses, toilet tent, bath tent, tables and chairs, plastic sheets for the base camp
• The arrangement of high altitude porters and any other crew pertaining to the requirement
• Kitchen appliance, crockery, stove, fuel etc. for the base camp
• Service of cook, assistant and their insurances and kits
• Services of guide, assistant for the base camp and their insurances and kits
• Porters for personal baggage (personal climbing equipment and high altitude food etc)
• Providing EPI gas cylinders
• Insurance of liaison officer
• Liaison officer’s food for the base camp
• Assistance in the clearance of cargo (climbing equipment and high altitude food etc)
• Arrangement of import/export permits from Tourism Department (GBC) for the cargo
• Assistance upon arrival and departure
• Toll taxes, parking fee and camping
• Payment of pollution fee, which is 200 US dollar per peak/ 68 US dollar per member
• Payment of royalty fee of the peak