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RAKAPOSHI BASE CAMP TREK

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October 20, 2018

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RAKAPOSHI BASE CAMP TREK

This trek is located in the region of Minapin Village in the Nagar Valley of Northern Areas (Gilgit-Baltistan), has very easy access from Karakorum Highway (KKH) or Karimabad Hunza. It is one of the easiest treks in the Karakorum that suits to all level of physical fitness and age, gives all the taste of walking including crossing the glacier.

This is one of the shortest and easiest treks leading to above 7000M Karakoram peaks base camps with sweeping view from Rakaposhi to Diran. The Minapin Glacier sweeps down from the 16km long fluted snowy ridge that connects the Rakaposhi and Diran. The excellent short and easy trek from Minapin to Rakaposhi Base Camp, also known Tagaphari, is ideal introduction of Karakorum trekking, that is very soft adventure in the Karakorum Mountains.

It is 2-3 hrs from Minapin Village to Hapakun, is very nice and clean campsite, very easy walk on the easy trial. The camping site people are nice and co-operate, better to start in the morning in order to avoid the heat of sun. Then from Hapakun to Rakposhi Base Camp is also 3-4 hrs easy walk. There are also fixed camping sites where you can spend the nights, all are clean with water

ITINERARY:

Day-01: Arrival to Islamabad airport and transfer to hotel, in the rest time of sightseeing in Islamabad and Rawalpini, visit of largest mosque in Asia and old local Bazaar
Day-02: Drive to Chilas (10-12 hrs) via Naran and Babu Sar Pass or on the Karakuram Highway, overnight at hotel in Chilas,
Day-03: Continue from Chilas to Karimabad-Hunza via Gilgit, overnight at hotel
Day-04: Full day to trek to the Ultar Meadow and back to Karimabad, walk around and evening drive to Minapin village ( 2000 M), overnight in the tents or hotel
Day-05: Trek from: Minapin to Hapakun 2800M (3 hours, 5.8 km and 800 m ascent). It takes maximum 3 hours to reach Hapakun (2800 M), a grassy meadow, from Diran Guest house situated at Minapin Village.
Day-06: Trek Hapakun to Tagaphari 3300M (2-3 hours, 3km, 450m ascent), a steep trail continues from Hapakun to Tagaphari. The trail eases off and contours the rocky slope for 30 minutes to a verdant bowl. You can have the view of Diran Peak, Rakaposhi and their interconnecting ice wall and finally come into full view. After reaching Tagaphari can climb the ridge to have nice view of Hunza Valley and mountains. Overnight in the tent
Day-07: Day free to cross the glacier and back to tent for overnight
Day-08: Trek back to Minapin 3-4 hrs then drive to Gilgit or Chilas, overnight at hotel
Day-09: Continue to Islamabad, overnight at hotel
Day-10: Departure from Islamabad (drop to the airport)