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SHIMSHAL PAMIR TREK

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March 3, 2024

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SHIMSHAL PASS PAMIR TREK WITH KUCH Festival HUNZA VALLEY

Located at an altitude of 3100 meters, SHIMSHAL Pamir is the farthest point in Hunza Valley, bordering Gojal and China. To reach there, one can take a jeep from Karakoram Highway in Passu village. The Wahi community inhabits SHIMSHAL Pamir and has a unique culture and tradition, speaking the Wahi language. As it is remote and challenging to access, many of their traditions and cultures have been preserved. In the past, their simple way of life was determined by the seasons and nature.

From May to October, the people of SHIMSHAL Pamir depend on their cows to graze in the high pastures of the Pamirs. Their primary source of income is derived from the sale of expensive collars, in addition to selling goats in central Hunza and offering butter, dried cheese, and wool. They also create local carpets from the collar hair. The highlands provide ample grazing space for thousands of sheep and goats, making life simple yet challenging.

Everyone went to the pastures to gather with the family and live with the animals for five months. In October they come to gather, in this case, they go out to the pastures in May and in October they do the festival “KUCH”, which means travel. In May, around the 10th-15th, he organizes a festival going up to the pastures and in October, from 10th-15th October, he comes down and makes a festival “KUCH“.

ITINERARY:

First Day: Arrival at Islamabad Airport, sightseeing/hotel
2nd: Fly to Gilgit or drive to Chilas via Karakoram 12-14 hours/hotel
3rd: Drive to Karimabad Hunza with an overnight stay at the hotel

4th: Free day in Karimabad for local sightseeing/accommodation
5th: Drive to Ultara or sightseeing/hotel
06: Proceed to Shimshal / local accommodation
 07: Free day in Shimshal depending on the start of the day
 08: Wuch Furzeene (3365 meters) 7-8 hours and 15.1 km distance with 685 ascents, 320 descents/camping, and one night in a tent.
 09: Shuizherawa (4350m) 6-7 hours driving until 18
10: 3-4 hours to Shimshal Pass 8 km (4735 meters), 385 percent,
 11: Free day for local exploration
 12: free day
13: Return to Puri – e-Ben 6-7 hours, camp and overnight
14: 7-8 hours to Shimshal village / local accommodation
 15: Continue to Karimabad / hotel
 16: Drive 2 hours to Gilgit then fly to Islamabad or Besham or Naran / drive to the l
Day 17: Free day in Islamabad or proceed from Besham or Nar to Islamabad / Hotel
Day 18: Depart Islamabad (Drop at Airport)