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TREK TO GEMSTONE MINES

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July 23, 2018

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TREK TO GEMSTONE MINES

Northern Pakistan has large reserves of precious and semi-precious stones. We will take you to the mines in the various regions of Northern Areas of Pakistan (Gilgit-Baltistan), where you may have taste of trekking, camping and also close to be the natural gemstones and see the life of local miner and way of mining (how the miners take gemstones from mountain). You may meet with miners, local dealers, visit local shops, and you will be very close to the nature, enjoy of adventure and culture of mountain people. Some mines are much closed to Karakorum Highway like in Hunza Valley and in Shigar Valley of Skardu just 1-2 hrs hikes from the jeep road. Some are 1-3 days trek to the mines. So access to gemstone mines are different in various areas depending over the locations.

Gem bearing pegmatite is abundant in the northern part of Pakistan. The entire northern area of Pakistan comprising the high Hindu-Kush, Karakorum, which bears large extensive batholiths, contains pegmatite fields along the granitic margins. This region is located in one of the most geologically dynamic environments in the world that is at the suture zone along which the Indo-Pakistan and Asian crustal plates have collided. It is comprised of three major crustal elements or domains. From north to south, these are the components of the Asian Plate which are thrust over the andesitic Kohistan Island arc their boundary being marked by the Main Karakoram Thrust or MKT, the Kohistan Island Arc which has been ob-ducted onto, the elements of Asian Plate. The boundary between the latter two components is marked by the Main Mantle Thrust which is location of a past sub-duction zone and is the western continuation of the Indus-Tsangpo suture zone. The MKT and MMT are characterized by outcrops of ophiolitic and meta-volcanic rocks which record the suturing of the Kohistan arc to the Asian continent to the north and to the Indian subcontinent to the south. Through hundreds of thousands of pegmatite occur in various pegmatites fields of northern Pakistan.

TOUR TO CHUMAR-BAKUR MINE IN SUMYAR-NAGAR
Day-01: Arrival to Islamabad/hotel
Day-02: Drive to Chilas/hotel
Day-03: Continue to Karimabad Hunza/hotel
Day-04: Visit to ruby mines at Donaydas-Ganish/hotel,
Day-05: Drive to Summyar-end of the road and trek to Madurkoshi/tent
Day-06: Trek to mine/tent
Day-07: Day free at mine/tent
Day-08: Trek down and drive to Karimabad/hotel
Day-09: Full day local visits and meeting with local dealers
Day-10: Drive to Passu/hotel
Day-11: Back to Karimabad
Day-12: Continue to Chilas/hotel
Day-13: Drive to Islamabad/hotel
Day-14: Departure (drop to the airport)

TRIP TO MINES IN THE NORTHERN AREAS OF PAKISTAN
Day-01: Arrival to Islamabad/hotel
Day-02: Drive to Chilas/hotel
Day-03: Dassu Haramosh/tent
Day-04: Proceed towards Guray, visit of mines/tent
Day-05: Kutwal Lake/tent
Day-06: Visits of mines/tent
Day-07: Trek back to Dassu- drive Gilgit/hotel
Day-08: Drive to Hunza Karimabad/hotel
Day-09: Visit to ruby mines at Doyndas-Ganish/hotel
Day-10: visit to Sumyar in Nagar Valley, called valley of aquamarine /hotel
Day-11: Full day visit to Gulmit, Passu/hotel
Day-12: Drive to Gilgit/hotel
Day-13: Continue to Islamabad/hotel
Day-14: Departure (drop to airport)