Khosar Gang Expedition

Overview

At 6,400m Khosar Gang is clearly visible from Shigar valley. Technically it is a rather easy climb with crossing the ice with little rocks presents  some difficulties, a brilliant introduction to high-altitude mountaineering.

Khosar Gang is one of the easy 6,000m peaks in Pakistan. This 15-day expedition itinerary ensures you acclimatise gradually whilst trekking up the Kashmal village, before climbing Khosar Gang. For the climb you have the advantage of using a high camp placed, which makes it a shorter summit day compared to climbing all the way from base camp. The ascent begins with a scramble up a rocky ridge where you put on crampons and rope up for the glacier crossing heading towards the north ridge. The route across the glacier is easy-angled,100m of snow and ice, as steep as 45° is climbed to arrive on the airy summit ridge. This is followed to the top, where you can enjoy fabulous views of K2, Broad Peak, Masherbrum and many other peaks etc.

The trip begins with a flight from Islamabad to Skardu, before a jeep to Kashmal village the following day. You spend two nights in each of these places, to assist with your acclimatisation and lessen the chance of illness. It takes a further two days to reach Khosar Gang base camp, where you’ll have a further day to acclimatise and prepare for the summit push. After the ascent of Khosar Gang you retrace your steps back down to Kshmal village in Shigar valley and fly back to Islamabad, spending a night there before heading home. Alternatively, you can extend your trip by a further few days.

Highlights

  • Trek to the trail of one of the top five trails of our planet.
  • Locally sourced food
  • Explore nature in purest form and haggle at local markets for precious and semi precious stones

Itinerary

Days

  • Arrival in Islamabad

    Welcome to Islamabad! You will be greeted by an English-speaking assistant at the airport after immigration and custom. The assistant will escort you to bus for your hotel. We will have ample time for sightseeing and shopping in colorful old bazaars of Rawalpindi and new markets of Islamabad. We may also drive to the modern Faisal Mosque in Islamabad. 

  • fly to Skardu /drive to Chilas

    We rise early to be at the airport in time for our flight to Skardu. If the weather is good, we’ll be treated to one of the finest views available in the world of aviation, as we thread our way up the largest congregation of mountains of Karakoram, Hindukush, Himalaya and Indus River gorges, third longest in Asia  and one of the deepest in the world. To our east is K2 (2nd highest in the world and Nanga Parbat (killer mountain) and countless peaks and glaciers. It is sometime possible to catch a glimpse of K2 in the distant before our dramatic landing at Skardu. On arrival we are met by our local staff with jeeps and make the short transfer to the hotel. SKARDU is the administrative capital of Baltistan and gateway to the high peaks of Northern Pakistan. We have some time to explore the town and enjoy the hustle and bustle in peak season of tourists here. Sightseeing in Skardu and surrounding areas during the day. For those seeking a good overview of Skardu, or a place from which to photograph the sunset, Kharfocho Fort is an ideal spot. If the flight is unable to operate because of bad weather, we will resort to travel by road on Karakoram Highway (KKH) to Chilas. The drive is compensated by the beautiful scenery along the Karakoram highway and Indus gorges. The journey on the Karakoram Highway is most exciting and thrilling. It is a monument to the engineering feast and one of the most spectacular roads and the world’s highest metalled border crossing. It connects Pakistan and China stretching over a distance of 1300km between Islamabad and Kashgar, winding through three mountain ranges and following the ancient Silk route along the Indus Valley to the Chinese border at Khunjerab Pass. We pass through the historical town of Taxila, beautiful hill station of Abbottabad, quake affected lush green towns of Mansehra, Shinkiari and finally meet the great Indus on Thakot Bridge. From there onward the road snails along the bank of the Indus with contrasting landscape after every two kilometers. We pass through Besham, Dassu, Komila and Shatial to arrive at Chilas with many rocks carving and inscriptions along the way left by Chinese pilgrims and ancient travelers of 5th century A.D. CHILAS was on the ancient caravan trail over the Babusar Pass into India. The drive through the Indus Gorge is guaranteed to knock your socks off! The view after crossing the Rai kot Bridge of Nanga Parbat is without any parallel. Standing at around 1,000 m. you see a mountain which rises to above 8,000 m! This is the largest land escarpment in the world. This is also where the three greatest mountain ranges meet; Himalaya, Hindukush and Karakoram.

    Flight: 45 Minutes Drive: 10-12 hrs

  • Skardu

    This day may be needed to complete the KKH road journey from Chilas to Skardu. Alternatively, leaving Skardu today will enable us to enjoy an extra day of trekking. 

  • Jeep to kashmal and trek to Base Camp

    Today we leave to Shigar valley and after an hour of journey we will reach to Kashmal village.From Kashmal will start to towards our base camp for three hours. Here we will establish our base camp. Porters are assemble here to carry our luggage for the next section of the journey. For the remaining portion of our journey we rely on our porters who carry our food and equipment and sustain our expedition.

    Drive : 1 hr  Walk: 03  hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3000 M

  • climbing

    acclimatization /climbing day

  • Climbing

    climbing day

  • Climbing

    climbing day

  • climbing

    climbing day

  • climbing

    climbing day

  • climbing

    climbing day

  • climbing

    climbing day

  • Jeep to skardu

    Trek down to Kashmal village and jeep drive to Skardu.

  • Fly to Islamabad/Drive to Chilas

    Fly to Islamabad (or drive KKH to Chilas)                         

  • Sightseeing/ Drive to Islamabad

    Sightseeing in Islamabad in case of previous day flight or drive KKH to Islamabad from Chilas. Evening drive to airiport for onward flight.                         

Departures Dates

Months Pack Dates Code Price Status
July
August
September

Pricing Packs

Basic

bed & Breakfast
$ 000
  • 2-3 Stars Hotels
  • 24/7 Customer Support

Standard

Double bed, Meals, Transfer
$ 000
  • 3-4 Stars Hotels, where available
  • Directed Flight
  • 24/7 Customer Support

Premium

All Inclusive
$ 000
  • 5 Stars Hotels, where is available
  • 24/7 Customer Support

Guides

M Ebran
Travel Guide

From early childhood a place somewhere beyond the horizon was where I wanted to be and in the passing years since, I have made it my goal to satisfy that yearning! growing up in Baltistan gave me a great love for that part of the world, from K2 to Nanga Parbat to makin the first venture on Gondogoro la and much in between.

S Ihsan
Travel Guide

Now, with over 10 years experience, I have the privilege of helping people all over Pakistan. Before working in the travel industry, I was able to visit from the ancient ruins, food, culture and festivals, to understanding where my personal history comes from.

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Extend your holiday

There are many ways you can extend your holiday with us: book extra hotel nights, take a warm-up/accalamatization trek,relax at a beautiful resort,  arrange a personal sightseeing tour or enjoy specialist activities such as paragliding or a history and culture tour.

We’re happy to suggest ideas, provide quotes and make all the arrangements. We can also assist with flight and hotel upgrades. Just call us on +92 (0) 342 9767 963 or email info@visitpakistanonline.com and we will be glad to help.

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