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Explore the soaring peaks and fascinating history of the Hunza valley in northern Pakistan, with National Geographic photographer Matthieu Paley. 

An 11 day trip in October 2020, you will join a group of 8 to discover the region through the eyes of an expert photographer.  
  
Register your interest by emailing explore@ishkar.com or calling +447534605508.
 

What?


Trek and explore the valley of the Hunza river, capturing your memories with Matthieu Paley and our local expert guide. 

Where?

The mountainous valley of the Hunza river in the extreme northern region of Pakistan.  Bordering with the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan and the Xinjiang region of China, the valley is predominantly over 2400 metres in altitude.  

When?


11 day trip in October 2020, the trip will coincided with the festival of transhumance in the high valleys.

Who?

You do not need to be an experienced mountaineer or an expert photographer, however we seek those that have a curious and adventurous spirit. 

A base level of fitness is also required. 

Due to high demand we interview everyone who applies to join ISHKAR trips to ensure they are a good fit.

Terms & Conditions

A non-refundable deposit of £500 will secure your place.
 
The second instalment of the balance needs to be cleared 60 days before departure. This will allow us time to ensure that all arrangements are confirmed in the country ahead of time.  

Discover Hunza

Gilgit-Baltistan is home to some of the world’s most jaw-dropping landscapes, with more than fifty mountains over 7,000 metres, and 5 over 8,000. For millennia ancient trade routes have snaked their way through the verdant valleys which lie between these high peaks, carrying goods, ideas and influences between south Asia, Afghanistan and nearby China.  


Above the village of Pasu, a teenager checks his Facebook. Many residents here are Ismaili, followers of a moderate branch of Islam. Photograph by Matthieu Paley, National Geographic
Above the village of Pasu, a teenager checks his Facebook. Many residents here are Ismaili, followers of a moderate branch of Islam. 
Photograph by Matthieu Paley, National Geographic

Travel with Matthieu Paley

We will be exploring northern Pakistan with National Geographic photographer Matthieu Paley. Matthieu knows Hunza intimately, speaking Urdu and having lived in Gilgit-Baltistan for a number of years. Matthieu will open our eyes to this unique region and help us capture what we see on camera.


Girls play a game of cricket during school break. In the distance, a high-altitude trail leads into Afghanistan’s Pamir Mountains.  Photograph by Matthieu Paley, National Geographic
Girls play a game of cricket during school break. In the distance, a high-altitude trail leads into Afghanistan’s Pamir Mountains.  
Photograph by Matthieu Paley, National Geographic
Over the last 15 years, Matthieu has been on assignment across the world with National Geographic and Time magazine, from the base camp of the highest unclimbed mountain in the world (Bhutan) to the smallest republic in the middle of the Pacific ocean (Nauru). Matthieu has published numerous photographic books, including ‘Pamir, Forgotten on the Roof of the World’.

Watch the National Geographic video which led to Matthieu's local fame in Hunza:

FURTHER INFORMATION

This will be an all inclusive trip travelling with local and international people who know the region inside out, providing access to areas rarely seen by tourists.
  
These trips are expected to fill up fast, so contact us now at explore@ishkar.com to register your interest.  We will release more information in February 2020.