Join us on this exciting expedition to climb Mingli Sar (6050m) in the Karakorum Mountains, Pakistan.
The Karakorum have long been a place of mountaineering legend. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the spectacular Hunza valley and surrounding regions. This Remote Corner Adventures expedition takes you deep into the mountains of Northern Pakistan, down a dramatic (and hair-raising!) road to the village of Shimshal, known nationally for producing the countries best high-altitude climbers. From here we trek deep into the mountains to the locally famous Shimshal Pass, 3-4 days hike from the village where the locals graze their Yaks during the summer months. From Shimshal Pass we will attempt the mountain of Mingli Sar (translated as ‘the place above where the Yaks graze’ – not the ‘ring’ we would usually go for) culminating at a height of 6050m.
This is a very demanding trek and is not for the fainthearted, but as a non-technical peak, this is a unique opportunity to attempt a 6000er without prior climbing experience. The last 300m ascent, however, does require glacier travel and use of crampons and an ice axe, which our guides will instruct you on beforehand.
Our programme spans over 16 days and includes all accommodation, transfers, guides and trekking meals.
We will also be taking in some of the delights of the Hunza Valley during the trip, including the Hussain Suspension Bridge – a lesson in mind control in its own right.
Join us from the 19th of August to the 3rd of September 2018 for a real adventure holiday you will never forget!
Price: £2,199 per person
Should you wish to book or have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on (+44)01822 370007, send us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org, or simply click below and we will be pleased to assist.
19th August: Arrival in Gilgit, Pakistan. Collection from the airport and transfer to the town of Karimabad (circa 2 hours). Free time to rest and enjoy the spectacular views, which include several 7000m peaks. Stay in the Hunza Embassy Hotel.
20th August: Get your head in gear. Today we start with a visit to the Hussain Suspension Bridge before taking jeeps down a hair-raising road (if you can call it a road) to the village of Shimshal (4-5 hours). Stay in a local guesthouse. Breakfast and dinner provided.
21st – 23rd August: Take a big breakfast at the guesthouse and begin the 3 day trek to Shimshal Pass (~4800m). Keep your head in the game as we traverse on a narrow path on the side of a high canyon.
24th August: Rest day for acclimatisation. Free time to explore the pastures or visit the local Yak shepherds.
25th August: Ascend to Camp 1 (5300m)
26th August: Summit day! Ascend to the summit of Mingli Sar (6050m) and return to Shimshal Pass.
27th August: Spare summit day in case of bad weather.
28th – 30th August: Trek back to Shimshal. Enjoy a good dinner in Shimshal and relax.
31st August: Breakfast provided then transfer to Karimabad (4-5 hours). Free time to relax. Stay in Hunza Embassy Hotel
1st September: Free day in Karimabad. Chose to relax or, if you’re still feeling strong, there are some spectacular day hikes we can recommend.
2nd September: Drive to Gilgit. Farewell dinner on us.
3rd September: Early morning transfer to Gilgit airport
The above itinerary is based around Pakistan International Airline flights from London Heathrow to Gilgit (changing in Islamabad). It is the participant’s responsibility to book appropriate flights to meet the requirements of the itinerary.
Due to the remote nature of this expedition, a qualified expedition medic will join for the duration of the trip. The medic also plays a key role in pre-expedition planning, including incident and emergency response plans and evacuation protocols, to ensure a safe expedition from the outset.
They will also carry out medical screening and will speak individually to each of the participants during the booking process.
All accommodation is provided throughout the course of the trip. You will stay in the Hunza Embassy Hotel in Karimabad and the Gilgit Embassy Hotel, or equal alternatives.
In Shimshal you will stay in a local hotel / guest house.
Tents are provided for the duration of the trek.
All accommodation is provided on the basis of two people sharing a room / tent. Single accommodation can be arranged for the duration of the trip for an additional cost of £150.
Guides & Porters
We use experienced local mountain guides for this expedition. Each guide has significant experience guiding on high-altitude technical peaks in the Karakoram / Himalaya.
Our maximum Guide:Client ratio is 1:4
We provide porters for the transport of your personal equipment up to 15kg per person. You will be expected to carry a day pack and personal items throughout the trip, including summit day where there will be limited or no porter provision.
Maximum group size: 8
Remote Corner Adventures will provide the following equipment / services for your climb:
- Expedition medic
- Group climbing equipment including ropes, ice screws
- Mess tent and associated furniture
- Trekking food (breakfast lunch and dinner)
- Breakfasts throughout the trip. Excluding the final day where an early transfer to the airport is required.
- Cooking equipment
- Expedition medical kit
- Satellite phone for emergency use only
- All trekking permits, tolls and taxes required for the trek.
- Invitation letter to facilitate visa applications
- All group transport to and from Gilgit Airport to Shimshal etc.
£2,199 per person.
The following equipment is not provided and will need to be brought by you:
- Mountaineering boots
- Ice Axe
- 1x locking screwgate carabiner
- All clothing including hard shell layers, gloves, hats, insulation layer.
- Sleeping bag
- Ground mat
- Sun cream and sun hat
- Spare boots / trainers are recommended
- Any other personal trekking / climbing items not listed above.
Comprehensive mountain rescue and medical insurance is required to join this trip and it is your responsibility to procure this. Mountain rescue cover must include helicopter evacuation as a minimum.
- Airfare to/from Gilgit, Pakistan
- Personal expenses, equipment and clothing
- Personal insurance
- Meals whilst in Karimabad / Gilgit and travelling to and from Shimshal that are not specifically mentioned.
- Personal mountaineering / trekking equipment
- Single room accommodation
- Any costs related to obtaining visas not specifically mentioned above.
- Any food or drink outside of the meals provided (including alcoholic drinks)
Be warned that Pakistan is a dry country, meaning the sale of alcohol is illegal in all but a few luxury hotels. Don’t let this put you off – the Karakorum more than make up for this and it makes the beer taste much better at the other end!
A valid visa is required for entry into Pakistan and these must be obtained in advance of travel. At the time of writing, British residents must apply in person through Gerry’s Visa Application Services. Remote Corner Adventures will provide a visa invitation letter through our local partner to assist with the process.
The participant is responsible for ensuring they obtain their visa, which can take up to 6 weeks to process, prior to travel.
When you hear the name ‘Pakistan’ the immediate association is often with terrorism but it is important to remember that the risk of terrorism is largely dependent on regional situations within the country.
Unlike the majority of Pakistan, the Hunza valley is primarily an Ismaili Muslim population, who are a profoundly peaceful people. In fact if you speak with anyone who has visited the area, they will undoubtedly tell you how warm and genuine these people are. We were certainly taken aback by the kindness of the people of Hunza and, particularly, of Shimshal when we visited.
That said, the Karakorum Highway between Islamabad and Gilgit is considered a high risk area and, for that reason, we are commencing this expedition from Gilgit to which there are suitable flights available.
You should familiarise yourself with the warnings issued by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and other appropriate sources before making your booking. If you have any queries or concerns, please get in touch.
We take the security of our participants and staff very seriously and employ an independent security analysist to review our travel arrangements in ‘high risk’ regions. We continuously monitor the security situation in Pakistan and will update participants should any changes to the itinerary be required. Remote Corner Adventures cannot accept liability for any additional costs incurred as a result of security threats.
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