Shandur Polo Festival

Polo the Game of Kings, and the king of all games are traditionally played in the Northern areas of Pakistan and Chitral for over the centuries, it has been played between the small kingdoms, villages and rival groups for the deciding of the disputes among them, and the losing team has to be lost of the land, territory, or pay the heavy fine and some times death punishment. the free style polo game have been practicing for the centuries between the traditional rival teams of Gilgit and Chitral each summer month of July on the Shandur pass (3734 meters) the highest polo field in the world. a three days polo tournament organized by the Gilgit and Chitral polo clubs and local administration. during the polo tournament you sleep on the comfortable two person tents with facilities of a mess and toilet tents. your cook will prepare the hearty and delicious meals for you every day.
We start this trip from Islamabad the modern capital of Pakistan, drive through the scenic swat and Dir valleys, enjoying the thrilling experience of four wheel drive through the winding zigzags of the scenic Lawari pass 3118 meters to the lush green valley of Chitral.
Drive to Kalash valleys to explore the centuries old traditions and unique life style. the Kalash tribes living in the three isolated valleys of Bomboret, Rambur and Birir in the heart of Hindukush are famed to be the descendents of army of the Alexander the Great, who passed this remote region in 326 BC. visiting the traditional Kalash houses to observe the tradition and their unique life style, evening enjoy the Kalash woman dance with the traditional music. Drive by jeeps to Shandur pass by four wheel jeeps through the scenic villages and valleys under the shadow of Trich mir peak and other high snow covered peak in the Hindukush.
ITINERARIES
Days Programs
Day 1 Islamabad:Morning arrive Islamabad, meet and transfer to hotel. afternoon city sightseeing of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. overnight hotel
Day 2 Peshawar:Morning after breakfast drive to Peshawar, afternoon visit the archeological museum and old city tour. overnight hotel.
Day 3 Dir:Drive by road to Dir, enroute visit the Takht Bhai monastery and Churchill picket at the Malakand Fort, meals and overnight at hotel.
Day 4 Chitral:Morning drive by four-wheel jeeps to Chitral through over the scenic Lawari passes and continues drive to Chitral. meals and overnight hotel.
Day 5 Kalash valley:Morning drive to Kalash valleys, afternoon excursion to Rambur and visit the local houses to observe the life style of Kalash tribe. Evening enjoy the Kalash dance and music. meals and overnight hotel.
Day 6 Mastuj :Morning after breakfast drive to Mastuj, passing through the scenic valleys and villages with commanding view of Trich mir, the highest peak in Hindukush range over night hotel.
Day 7 Shandur pass:After breakfast drive to Shandur pass, a very scenic drive through the scenic villages of laspur, meals and overnight in tents.
Day 8 – 9 Shandur (polo match):During the day enjoy the polo match and evening local music and dancing. meals and overnight in tents.
Day 10 Phander:Drive to Phander a very scenic and beautiful village with lush green meadow and crystal clear streams ideal for trout fishing. Overnight in tents.
Day 11 Gilgit :Morning drive to Gilgit, passing through the lush green valleys of  punial, sherqila and visit the 7th century Ad Buddha rock carving at Kargha near Gilgit. overnight hotel.
Day 12 Besham:Morning after break fast drive to Besham, through the Karakuram high way along the mighty Indus river and enjoy the magnificent views of Nanga Parbat, 8125 meters. Overnight hotel.
Day 13 Islamabad:After break fast drive to Islamabad, passing through the scenic abbot bad and Mansehra valleys. enroute visit the archeological museum at Taxila. over night hotel.
Day 14 Flight to destination                                                   More information visit http://www.gondogoro.com
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Skardu Biking

FACT SHEET
Duration: 12 days
Range: Karakoram / Himalayas
Best Season: July – Oct
Max. Elevation: 3800 meters

Skardu, capital of Baltistan is perched 2438 meters above sea level in the backdrop of the great peaks of the Karakoram mountain range. Baltistan is known as the “Tibet -e- Khurd” or little Tibet since its life style reflects that of the roof of the world and land of Lamas.It borders on the Chinese province of Sinkiang and Indian occupied Kashmir. The tourist season is from April to October. The maximum temperature is 27oC and the minimum is 8oC. Apart from its incomparable cluster of mountain peaks and Glaciers Baltistan’s five valleys Shigar, Skardu, Khaplu, Rondu and Kharmang are noted for their Luscious peaches, apricots, apples and pears. Shigar valley, 32 kms by jeep from Skardu is the gateway to the mountain peaks of the Karakoram. Skardu has a historic fort known as Kharpocho Fort. It was constructed by Ali Sher Khan Anchan who ruled from Ladakh to Chitral till the end of the 16th century. The two lakes – Kachura lake 29 kms. and Sadpara lake 8 kms. from Skardu 

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ITINERARIES

Days
Program
01
Day 01 Arrival in Islamabad
02
Departure for Chilas by coach
03
Skardu
04
Short cycling to Sadpara lake on single road
05
Cycling to Shigar valley on single dirt road, over night at Ghulabpur in Camp
06
Cycling to Arandu valley and enjoy bathing in hot spring water, overnight in camp
07
Cycling to Shigar via K2 trek
08
Rest day in Skardu
09
To Deosai plains by jeep
10
Departure to Dassu by Coach
11
Islambad
12
Flight to destination

Ibex Trophy Hunting

ibex

The Northern Areas of Pakistan comprises of the most rugged mountain terrain in the world.
Situated at the meeting point of the three greatest mountain ranges in the world ( The Himalayas, the Hindu Kush and the Karakorams ) this region covers an area greater than the Austria and Switzerland together.
Nestled between Afghanistan, China, Ladakh and India this is the remotest and most inaccessible mountain region in the world.
With over 460 mountains higher than 6000m, and five of the world’s fourteen highest peaks this rugged region offers a sanctury to some of the rare and most prized species of wildlife.  The list of species found in this great wilderness is very long.
There are several species of ibex found all over this vast mountain region. With the strict control on hunting some of them reaching phenomenal sizes offering rewarding trophies to the daring hunters who venture in this great wilderness.
Any hunting trip in this inaccessible area needs careful planning. A number of permits from the local and federal authorities, special import and re-export licenses for the firearms as well as permits to carry and use these inside the country are required. These often take several weeks to process and must be obtained before the arrival of hunting party in the country.

Due to non availability of food and shelter as well as scarecity of fuel and strict control on logging everything needs to be acquired in advance and transported on difficult mountain trails by porters to the base camp.  This makes professional planning of the hunting expedition a necessity.
Special camping equipment, tents, mess tent, utencils, kitchen, food and fuel is carefully selected by professionals to withstand extreme climatic conditions and to last the duration of the hunting expedition.

Experienced mountain guides, hunting scouts, cooks and bearers accompany the expedition to ensure a smooth and efficient operation as well as maximum comfort of the hunters even in the most remote locations.
From the base camp hunting scouts and mountain guides assist the hunters in making hunting plans and to establish advance camps closer to the ibex habitat from where scouting and stalking of the trophy animals is done.
Ibex hunting is a very demanding venture and due to the ruggedness of the terrain and remoteness of this region huters must be in top form. However in the event of an accident or illness helicopters can be acquired for evacuation of casuality.
All this requires advance prepration. The hunt organizers must know that there altogather twenty hunting permits are issued each year for the entire Northern Pakistan. The organizers must contact us well in advance with details of their party so that the required number of permits could be acquired in advance.

REGIONS FOR IBEX HUNTING:
Ibex is found all over the Northern Areas of Pakistan in small scattered groups. The hunting of ibex is allowed only in the areas where community based trophy hunting projects have been based.

HUNTING SEASON AND CLIMATE: 
The hunting is permitted only during the period between 15th November till 31st March.

 HUNTING PERMISSIONS: 
The permission for trophy hunting involves several fees and contribution towards the local community looking after the game reserve. The current costs for permission to hunt for ibex in the northern Pakistan include:

Permit Cost:
The current cost of obtaining hunting permits from the government is currently US$4000  for each ibex. This permit allowsone hunter to shoot one ibex during the winter hunting season starting from 15th November each year. This amount is deposited much before arrival of the hunter in the country so that all the paperwork could be completed in advance.
This fee is neither refundable in case of no kill nor is it transferable.

Local Community Fee:  
The local community in-charge of the area where hunt is conducted is authorized to charge a fee from US$4000 to US$6000 per hunter to allow access to their hunting grounds.

Local Hunting Scouts:

The local communities provide scouts who will guide the hunting party to the various animals in the region. They possess intimate knowledge of the area and the best hunting location at that time. These scouts are carefully selected by Adventure Travel considering their past performance. The hunter is expected to provide a full out door kit to each scout and guide or pay them an appropriate amount in lieu of the kit.

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Autumn Tours

                            FACT SHEET
Best Time First October to 25  October
 Altitude                2, 220 m
Days                15 Days
Range Himalaya-Karakoram

This unique photo safari will take you to the beautiful valley of Baltistan at the time of the year when it looks its best. Autumn is a time, when the landscape of Baltistan looks like a painting, the trees throughout the valley seem to be on fire as their leaves turn gold, red orange and bronze, contrasting sharply with the barren mountains, their tops covered with snow and emerald green waters of the river snaking through the valley, it is a photographic dream come true. Beginning the journey from Skardu on four-wheel drive jeeps, you will pass through the beautiful valleys of Shiger, Khaplu and Hushe. During the day, trek and visit local villages to study and observe the lifestyle of the Balti people.

ITINERARIES

Days Programs Nights
01 Arrival in Islamabad Hotel
02 Fly to Skardu or Drive to Chilas Hotel
03 Free day in Skardu Hotel
04 Drive to Khaplu and visit Khaplu Hotel
05 Drive to Hushe Hotel
06 Drive to Skardu Hotel
07 Drive to Shigar Hotel
08 Drive to Gilgit Hotel
09 Drive to Hunza Hotel
10 Drive to Gulmit Hotel
11 Drive Khunjerab Pass Hotel
12 Drive to Chilas Hotel
13 Drive to Islamabad Hotel
14 Free Day in  Islamabad Hotel
15 Flight to destination
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Skardu Cherry Blossom

                            FACT SHEET
Best Time     25  Marsh to 15 April
 Altitude            2, 220 m
Days            15 Days
Range           Karakoram

Skardu is the best place for tourism and trekking, it is in the hub of Northern areas. It is also known as mountainous terrain that has 4 mountains which are 8,000 meters above. Because of this it’s attract the attention of most tourists, trekkers and mountaineers all around the world. If you want to explore the culture of Skardu the best months for this tourism is from April to October, because there is snow and freezing in the winter weather.

To know more about culture tour to Skardu, kindly contact us and we will help you with all your questions.

 

ITINERARIES

Days Programs Nights
Day 1 Arrival in Islamabad Hotel
Day 2 Islamabad to Chilas Hotel
Day 3 Chilas to Skardu Hotel
Day 6 Day excursion in Skardu Hotel
Day 8 Explore village, Rundu Camp
Day 9 Explore Kachora Village Hotel
Day 10 Kachora to Skardu Hotel
Day 11 Explore Hargiza Nala, Mantoka Village, Nanagzuq Hotel
Day 12 Explore Kharpochu Fort Hotel
Day 13 Skardu to Chilas Hotel
Day 14 Chilas to Islamabad Hotel
Day 15 Flight to destination

Baltistan Jeep Tour

FACT SHEET
No. of days:
17days
Best Season:
May – Oct
Maximum Elevation
Mountain Range:
Karakuram

Baltistan, ‘the land of apricots’ beautifully paints by the colors of spring blossoms in contrast of snowy mountains after a long critical winter.

Baltistan, the hub of mighty peaks including the second highest mount K-2, is alluring number of tourists from all over the globe. Besides, its majestic mountains, the valleys are also filled with the carefully terraced fields, fruit laden orchards, crystal clear streams, hot and cool springs, gleaming lakes, and a hospitable culture are few charms to mention.

This 16 days jeep safari is tailored to give a full-fledge display of Baltistan. Starting from Skardu and visiting through the enchanting valleys of Shigar and Khaplu, dominating by 7821m Masherbrum peak, we will end up at Islamabad after having a spectacular mountain flight from Skardu.

ITINERARY

Days

Programe Nights
Day 01 Arrival Islamabad Hotel
Day 02 Flight to Skardu Hotel
Day 03 Skardu – Hotel Hotel
Day 04 Drive to Satpara Lake & back to skardu Hotel
Day 05 Drive to Shigar Askole Village Hotel
Day 06 Drive to Arandu hot springs Hotel
Day 07 Drive to Khaplu Hotel
Day 08 Khaplu Hotel
Day 09 Drive to Hushe Hotel
Day 10 Dayexcursion in Hushe Hotel
Day 11 Drive to Saling Hotel
Day 12 Drive to Thalley Hotel
Day 13 Day hiking in Thalley Hotel
Day 14 Drive to Skardu  Hotel
Day 15 Flight to Islamabad Hotel
Day 16 Free day Hotel
Day 17

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Flight to destination

Trango Towers

                            FACT SHEET
Best Time June – August
 Altitude               6251m
Days               45 Days
Range

Karakoram

Great Trango Tower is one of the most spectacular granite towers in the world; Nameless and Trango Tower are among the largest vertical faces of the world. Nameless Tower was ascended for the first time by a strong British team on their second attempt in 1975. Great Trango Tower’s was first climbed in 1977 by Galen Rowell, There are no possibilities of free climbing; This is a fascinating and mesmerizing place with huge granite rock towers reaching thousands of feet high, dropping down to the churning moraine of the Dunge and Trango glaciers. The route is mixture of snow and ice and the accent is of moderate grade, with some lower angle rock sections, this is an amazing way to reach the summit of Great Trango and Nameless.

ITINERARY

Days

Program Nights

01

Arrival in Islamabad Hotel

02

Drive to Chilas Hotel

03

Drive to Skardu Hotel

04

Briefing at Ministry of Tourism Hotel

05

Free day in Skardu Hotel

06

Drive to Askoli by jeep Camp

07

Trek to Jhola Camp

08

Trek to Paiyu Camp

09

Free at Paiyu Camp

10

Trek to Trango Base Camp Camp

11-37

Days for climbing activities Camp

38-41

Return to Skardu by Jeep Camp

42

Debriefing at Ministry of Tourism Hotel

43

Drive to Chilas Hotel

44

Drive to Islamabad Hotel

45

Flight to destination.

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Hushe Valley Trek

                                                              FACT SHEET
Duration: 20 days
Camping Nights: 14 days
Hotel Nights: 06 days
Maximum Altitude: 4280 meters
Trek Status: Easy
Best Season: June to September
Trek zone:  Restricted
Location:  Karakoram Range

Hushe Valley offers various exciting trekking routes in the central Karakoram where we have carefully included the 7821m Masherbrum base camp, 5650m Gondogoro La and Saraksa valleys to give maximum exposure in minimum time.

The first phase of this trek will lead straight to the base camp of Masherbrum, the 24th highest in the world.

The Gondogoro Valley will be our next destination to have excellent views of central Karakoram peaks including K-2, Broad Peak, dagger up 6400m Laila Peak and Concordia from the dramatic Gondogoro Pass at 5650m height. Finally, we will visit feet of 6934m K-7 , and 7281m K-6 before return to Hushe Village. DSC 0314 WinCE

Unspoiled environment, close-up mountain panorama and picturesque summer pastures are the few major attractions of this tour

ITINERARIES

Days

Program Nights
Day 01 Arrival in Islamabad Hotel
Day 02 Fly to Skardu or drive to Chilas Hotel
Day 03 Day free at Skardu or drive Chilas to Skardu Hotel
Day 04 Jeep drive to Hushe Valley Camp
Day 05 Hushe to Brumbramah Camp
Day 06 Brumbramah to Masherbrum Base camp Camp
Day 07  Free day at Base camp Camp
Day 08 Base camp to Domsum Camp
Day 09 Domsum to  Shaishcho Camp
Day 10 Shaishcho to Dalzampa Camp
Day 11 Shaishcho to Gondokoro peak Base camp Camp
Day 12 Free day  Climb Gondokoro peak Camp
 Day 13 Return to Shishcho Camp
Day 14 Shishcho to K-7 Base camp Camp
Day 15 Free Day at K-7 Base camp Camp
Day 16  K-7 Base camp to Shishcho Camp
Day 17 Shishcho to Hushe Camp
Day 18  Hushe  to Skardu Hotel
Day 19 Fly to Islamabad or drive to Chilas Hotel
Day 20 FREE  day in Islamabad

Day 20     Flight to destination

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K2 (8,611m) EXPEDITION

FACT SHEET
Height 86011 m
Days 60 Days
Range Karakoram

 

K2 (Chogori) 8611m the second highest mountain on earth. Chogori means the king of mountains in Balti language. This name is little known in the outside world. K2 is a rocky mountain up to 6,000m, beyond which it becomes an ocean of snow. K2 is situated on the Pak-China border in the mighty Karakorams. The traditional route to K2’s base camp goes from Skardu, which is linked with Islamabad by a good road. From Skardu the route goes via Shigar-Dassu-Askole up to Concordia over the Baltoro glacier. It was in 1887 the 1st British surveyor came to this region from Kashmir via Brogil Pass, Goodwin Austen discovered peaks and glaciers in this area. It was 1st Expedtion. It was 1st expedition in 1902 led by Oscar-J-L Eckevstien, who attempt K-2 but because of harsh weather they couldn’t get on the summit, they collected information for next expedition. In 1909 an Italian expedition led by Duke of Abruzi the grand son of King victor emomuel 2nd of Italy attempted K-2, they couldn’t succeed, the climbing route Abruzi ridge from South east face are on his name and after him many expeditions from different countries tried without success. Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni reached the summit and became the first K-2 climbers in the world, after his success; there are many climbers who K2 (Chogori) 8611m the second highest mountain on earth. Chogori means the king of mountains in Balti language. This name is little known in the outside world. K2 is a rocky mountain up to 6,000m, beyond which it becomes an ocean of snow. K2 is situated on the Pak-China border in the mighty Karakorams. The traditional route to K2’s base camp goes from Skardu, which is linked with Islamabad by a good road. From Skardu the route goes via Shigar-Dassu-Askole up to Concordia over the Baltoro glacier. It was in 1887 the 1st British surveyor came to this region from Kashmir via Brogil Pass, Goodwin Austen discovered peaks and glaciers in this area. It was 1st Expedtion. It was 1st expedition in 1902 led by Oscar-J-L Eckevstien, who attempt K-2 but because of harsh weather they couldn’t get on the summit, they collected information for next expedition. In 1909 an Italian expedition led by Duke of Abruzi the grand son of King victor emomuel 2nd of Italy attempted K-2, they couldn’t succeed, the climbing route Abruzi ridge from South east face are on his name and after him many expeditions from different countries tried without success. Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni reached the summit and became the first K-2 climbers in the world, after his success; there are many climbers who climbed K-2 one by one on different faces. K2 lies in the northwestern Karakoram Range. The Tarim sedimentary basin borders the range on the north and the Lesser Himalayas on the south. Melt waters from vast glaciers, such as those south and east of K2, feed agriculture in the valleys and contribute significantly to the regional fresh-water supply. The Karakoram Range lies along the southern edge of the Eurasian tectonic plate and is made up of ancient sedimentary rocks (more than 390 million years old). Those strata were folded and thrust-faulted, and granite masses were intruded, when the Indian plate collided with Eurasia, beginning more than 100 million years ago. K2 is only ranked 22nd by topographic prominence, a measure of a mountain’s independent stature, because it is part of the same extended area of uplift (including the Karakoram, the Tibetan Plateau, and the Himalaya) as Mount Everest, in that it is possible to follow a path from K2 to Everest that goes no lower than 4,594 metres (15,072 ft), at Mustang Lo. Many other peaks which are far lower than K2 are more independent in this sense. K2 is notable for its local relief as well as its total height. It stands over 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) above much of the glacial valley bottoms at its base. It is a consistently steep pyramid, dropping quickly in almost all directions. The north side is the steepest: there it rises over 3,200 metres (10,500 ft) above the K2 (Qogir) Glacier in only 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) of horizontal distance. In most directions, it achieves over 2,800 metres (9,200 ft) of vertical relief in less than 4,000 metres (13,000 ft).climbed K-2 one by one on different faces.

ITINERARIES
Days Programs

Night

Day 01: Arrival in Islamabad  Hotel
Day 02: Islamabad to Skardu or Chilas if no flight Hotel
Day 03: Chilas  to Skardu Hotel
Day 04: Skardu (free day) Hotel
Day 05: Skardu to Askoli (by jeep) Camp
Day 06: Trek to Jhola Camp
Day 07: Trek to Paiyu Camp
Day 08:  Trek to Urdukas Camp
Day 09: Trek to Goro Camp
Day 10: Trek to k2 Base camp Camp
Day 11:51 Reserved for climbing activities Camp
Day 52-55 Return to Askoli Camp
Day 56 Askoli to Skardu Camp
Day 57  Skardu to Chilas Hotel
Day 58 Chilas to Islamabad Hotel
Day 59 De-briefing at ministry of tourism Hotel
Day 60 Flight to destination Hotel

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Gondogoro Trek & Tours

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The idea of forming the company Gondogoro Trek & Tours” was initially conceived by a group of persons in October 2003 having best experience and capabilities in the field of  tourism and culture, but the basic objective of forming the company is to explore the rich cult rural heritage of Pakistan and to promote tourism in Pakistan Gondogoro Trek & Tours is a leading adventure company registered with the tousism department bearing license number (837). AT Gondogoro Trek & Tours, highly experienced people are looking forward to serve their valuable clients through highest sense of hospitality and comfort. We offer wide range of progrmmes (tailor-made and standard) encompassing abilities at all level of fitness and experience and to meet the needs of all tastes and pockets in trekking, trekking peaks, mountaineering expeditions, mountain biking, culture tours and jeep safaris. If you feel like experiencing the wildernes of the great and majestic mountain ranges of Karakoram, Himalaya and Hindukush’ and the ancient cultural heritage of Taxila, Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa, we are fully prepared to look after you by all available means .The company is specialized in the field of adventure tourism under the blue heaven and in the huge sea of mountains. Pakistan, the land of ancient civilizations and the hub of majestic mountains, has God-gifted and men-made wonders. Trekking is the supreme activity in Pakistan that is demanding but highly rewarded. Keeping in view, the cross section of taste and age, we have carefully selected some routes giving a romantic spirit to the trekkers. Mountaineering Pakistan boasts the three greatest mountain systems on earth and home of the biggest expanse of glaciers outside the Polar Regions. Pakistan offers great opportunity of rock climbing in addition to high level of mountaineering expeditions. Apart from the high level adventure activities, we also arrange cultural and light adventure tours to explore the isolated but fascinating mountain valleys by jeep, buses, and bikes .(men-made wonders). Trekking is the supreme activity in Pakistan that is demanding but highly rewarded. Keeping in view, the cross section of taste and age, we have carefully selected some routes giving a romantic spirit to the trekkers. Mountaineering Pakistan boasts the three greatest mountain systems on earth and home of the biggest expanse of glaciers outside the Polar Regions.