Rush Lake Trek – Rush Phari means sparkling Lake. It is one of the most recommended treks for those who want to have a first time trekking experience with lifelong excitement. We walk on glaciers, through villages to a look at the real life of those living at footsteps of mighty glaciers, along the irrigated terraced fields with the impressive view of the mighty Karakorum Mountains from the summit of Rush Peak 5098m. It is the junction of two famous glaciers of Barpu and Bualter. It is interesting that local legends talk about the gender of these glaciers of being male and female and also about their meeting and the birth of the new glaciers. Our trek starts at Hoper, a marvelous valley with green fields and fruit orchards which is also famous for its potato seeds which are exported to other parts of Pakistan especially in Northern Areas. If you have enough skill you can climb Push Peak.
Welcome at Islamabad airport, and transfer to hotel. After refreshment proceed for city tour of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, which includes famous Faisal Mosque, Shakar Parian, Pakistan monument, Damen Koh, Lok Versa, Museum, Rawalpindi old bazaar, Raja Bazaar.
Drive to Naran 6-7 hours, 239 km, after lunch continue drive to Chilas 3-4 hours 113.3 km via Babusar Pass 4,173m. Babusar Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4,173 m (13,691 ft) above the sea level. The pass is the highest point in the Kaghan Valley, Pakistan. The pass connects the Kaghan Valley via the ThakNala with Chilas on the Karakoram Highway. It’s one of the famous hair pinned roads in the world.
Drive to Karimabad 6-7 hours. En-route stop at junction point of three great mountain ranges meet, the Karakorum, Himalaya and Hindukush, at Thalichi for photography from Nanga Parbat 8,126m and at Rakaposhi view point for photography and refreshment. Accommodation: Hotel Meals: BLD
Drive by Jeeps to Hopper valley 1 hour, Meet porters and trek to Barichokore 4-5 hours.
Hopper valley has three mighty glacier ranges i.e. Burpu glacier, Bowalter Glacier and Miar glacier. Apart from these glaciers the Golden Peak and Rush Lake are also very attractive scenery landscapes for European Tourists. The Rush Lake is an alpine wetland. Have a panoramic view of surrounding mountains of Spantik, Phuparash groups, Trevor group Rakaposhi 7788m, Ultar peak and ladyfinger with an altitude of 6000m to 7788m.
Altitude: 3,300m Accommodation: Tents Meals: BLD
Trek to Chidin Harai 5-6 hours, 4.1KM.
This is a steep relentless tough climb. The views of the peaks above the Hispar Glacier are outstanding e.g. Bualtar peak, Phupurash groups, Ultar peak, and hopper valley.
Altitude: 4,440m Accommodation: Tents Meals: BLD
Trek to Rash Lake 2-3 hours, 2.1km.
One of the most beautiful Rash Lake, has awesome views of the mighty Karakorum, from here we could see the mighty K-2 and surrounding peaks. Have a spectacular view of Golden peak 7027m, Phupurash groups, Malubiting, Leila peak, Ultar Peak, Shishper peak, Bualtar and many more.
Altitude: 4,690m Accommodation: Tents Meals: BLD
Free day or climb the Rash Peak 5098m.
Rash Lake: Nowhere else in the Karakorum can you get such magnificent mountain views on such a short trek, sweeping from nearby 7500m peaks of the Hisper Muztagh to the 8000m giants of the Baltoro Muztagh, than from Rash Peak. From Rash Phari’s shore, walk up the flower-covered slope for one hour to a hilltop 4938m with a cairn and several tent platforms, the best views, are from the summit of Rash Peak 5098m. From the cairn, follow the northern ridge, and then ascend easy class2 talus to the rocky summit, also marked by a cairn. From here K2 is dramatically larger, Broad Peak and Gasherbrum are visible, and Baintha Brak looms above the Hisper La.
Trek down to Phahi Phari and Hamadar.
The descent to Phahi Phari is relentlessly steep. From the stone shelters and cairns along the lake, an obvious gully descends towards the Barpu Glacier. The route stays right of the gully, traversing talus then descending juniper and grassy slopes and more steeply over Artemisia steppes. Views of the Sumayar BGar and Mair glaciers, and the Malubiting and Phuparash peaks are awesome. Hamdar is summer settlement of shepherd and earlier times shepherds were growing seasonal crops but still, they are growing some vegetables. Have a nice back view of Rash peak 5095m, Golden peak 7027m, and Malubiting 7458m.
Altitude: 3,450m Accommodation: Tents Meals: BLD
Trek down to Hopper village, trek on the left side of Barpu Glacier, it is an easy walk to Shishkin and again we cross Bualtar glacier and steep climb up to Hopper valley, meet jeeps and transfer to Karimabad.
Accommodation: Hotel Meals: BLD
Morning visit Baltit Fort 700 Years old and Baltit village, afternoon visit Altit Fort 900 Years old, Altit village and visit the women carpenters of Hunza. Evening enjoy water channel walk from Karimabad to towards Hyderabad village.
Full day excursion to Khunjerab Pass 4733m, (Pak- China Border) evening drive back to Karimabad. en-route visit Attabad Lake, Borith Lake, Gulmit village, Passu white Glacier, Passu village, Hussani village and Hussani suspension bridge.
Drive to Naran 355km via Babusar Pass 4173m. En-route stop at various viewpoints for photography and refreshment. Babusar Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.173 m (13,691 ft) above the sea level. The pass is the highest point in the Kaghan Valley, Pakistan. The pass connects the Kaghan Valley via the Thak Nala with Chilas on the Karakoram Highway. It’s one of the famous hair pinned roads in the world. Karakoram highway is the 8th wonder of the world.
Drive to Islamabad 6-7 hours 239 km, en-route visit Taxila museum and historical sites. Taxila: Most of the archaeological sites of Taxila (600 BC to 500 AD) are located around Taxila museum. For over one thousand-year Taxila remained famous as a centre of learning Gandhara art of sculpture, architecture, education, and Buddhism in the days of Buddhist glory. There are over 50 archaeological sites scattered in a radius of 30 km around Taxila. In Taxila visit archaeological sites of Jaulian, Mohra Moradu, and Sirkap. Later visit. Taxila museum: A museum comprising various sections with rich archaeological finds of Taxila. It is one of the best and well-maintained site museums of Pakistan.
Transfer to Islamabad airport for international flight
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