The Unfading Valley

Ski Hunza

  • Ski Hunza: The Unfading Valley
  • Ski Hunza: The Unfading Valley
  • Ski Hunza: The Unfading Valley
  • Ski Hunza: The Unfading Valley
  • Ski Hunza: The Unfading Valley
  • Ski Hunza: The Unfading Valley
  • Ski Hunza: The Unfading Valley
  • Ski Hunza: The Unfading Valley
  • Ski Hunza: The Unfading Valley

Ski Hunza: The Unfading Valley

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Join us on a pioneering skiing trip in the high Karakoram mountains of northern Pakistan. This is an opportunity to ski untouched powder in one of the world’s most spectacular mountain ranges, whilst also exploring a truly fascinating part of Pakistan.

We have one trip scheduled for February and March 2022. Join the 12 day trip with a group of six people led by a professional ski guide, or request a tailor-made trip.

We interview all those who apply to join the trip.  Once selected, participants will be required to pay a $650 deposit to secure their place on the trip.

For pricing details, to express your interest and for further information, please contact us at explore@ishkar.com, or book a consultation here.

What?

A rare opportunity to be part of a pioneering skiing trip in the Hunza Valley in northern Pakistan. Pakistan. This unique ISHKAR itinerary blends backcountry skiing, snow camping in the heart of the Himalayas, and the opportunity to explore the rich and fascinating history of northern Pakistan.

Where?

The province of Gilgit-Baltistan, where we will explore the remote, rarely visited and high altitude mountain valleys which climb away from the Hunza river in the extreme north of Pakistan.

When?

We will be running two 12-day trips in February and March 2022. 

Contact us for further information on precise dates and the trip information pack.

Who?

The trip is open to avid skiers and mountain enthusiasts.  Whilst this is a mix of sight seeing and back-country skiing, you will need to be fit enough to walk up the mountains and have strong experience of back-country skiing.  Our guide and the ski host will be on hand to give one-to-one tips and show you the routes through the mountains. 

You have the choice to join a group of up to 6 people, or organise smaller private groups tailored to your needs.  Throughout the trip, we will be accompanied by an IFMGA mountain guide, a local guide, who speaks fluent English, and the ISHKAR representative.

Due to high demand, we interview everyone who applies to join ISHKAR trips.  Your group travel experience is as important to us as the destination experience.

Cost & Booking Information

The total price for the trip is $6490*.   A non-refundable deposit of $650 is required to secure your place on the trip.

Please note that by paying the deposit, you agree to abide by our Terms & Conditions.

For further information, please contact us at: explore@ishkar.com

Please note that a single supplement will be added to the price should you wish to not share a room.

* Where international payments are due, we request that you ensure the full amount is received, after all bank charges have been levied as per the price and currency stated on the invoice stated.

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Terms & Conditions

Please visit our Terms & Conditions page for further information.

Detail

OUR DESTINATION

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 these high peaks, carrying goods, ideas and influences between south Asia, Afghanistan and nearby China.

Even with recent upgrades to the Karakoram highway, this region remains stunningly remote. This is reflected in Hunza being home to some of the world’s rarest languages, a few of which are only spoken by a few hundred people. By securing special permissions, we will be skiing in parts of the region few tourists ever get to see.

ISHKAR Travel - Explore Pakistan

SKIING & SNOW-CAMPING

Over four days, you can expect to ski between 4-6 hours per day. You will need a good level of backcountry skiing to take part to take part in the trip. An international IFMGA Mountain Guide will be with you during the entire duration of the trip to ensure security and identify the best skiing slopes.

In Pakistan, the snow conditions are variable each year, and we will camp on/above the snow-line to facilitate the access to the best slopes. The camping in Naltar (3000m) will be approximately 1-hour walk from the end of the 4x4 road, while the camp site in Kuksil (3400m) can be reached in 3-4hours. The ISHKAR representative, guides and porters will set up and manage the camps. 



GROUP TRAVEL

Our trips attract informed and adventurous people from all around the world. Some of you will be drawn by the prospect of skiing in the remote wilderness, others will be drawn by the chance to learn about a fascinating and poorly understood part of the world.

We get to know everyone who applies to our trips over the phone. In this way we can curate groups guaranteed to enjoy sharing this extraordinary experience together. 

What unites everyone is the same curious spirit and desire to get far away from the typical tourist trails. This trip also demands a high level of fitness and skiing ability, and everyone who participates in this group will share a fierce passion for skiing and adventure.

THE PRICE

Please get in touch with us for the pricing details. The price includes all ski hosting, three meals per day,  bottled water, camping,  accommodation, IFMGA guide, transport in country and all entrance fees in country. A deposit of $650 will secure your place. The final sum will be due 30 days prior to departure.

Email to apply now: explore@ishkar.com

Book a consultation with us: Click here. Call us on +32485341211 

* Please note that a single supplement will be added to the price should you wish to not share a room.

** Where international payments are due, we request that you ensure the  full amount is received, after all bank charges have been levied as per  the price and currency stated on the invoice stated.


TRAVEL SECURITY

We are uncompromising when it comes to the safety and security of our travellers and will not hesitate to alter plans or cancel trips due to changing security dynamics. In recent years, the security situation in Pakistan has imporved considerably.  We will be travelling to Hunza which is a safe region, out of the reach of any turbulence in other regions of Pakistan.

Please see our Travel Security page for more information.

ISHKAR Team Member

Your ISHKAR point of contact for the trip is Ernesto Rollando.

If you have any queries about the trip, Ernesto is always on hand to answer them.  

Email: explore@ishkar.com
Book a consultation: Click here.

Ernesto Rollando ~ Project Manager

Ernesto’s passion for the region was born when he led an avalanche prevention programme in Afghanistan on behalf of the NGO, Alpistan. In addition to being an experienced mountaineer, his diverse previous experiences range from working for UNDP in Samoa to learning traditional skills of Oceanic navigation in the Pacific Ocean.  

Highlights

01 / KHUNJERAB PASS

Journey up the Karakoram Highway towards China on the way to the world’s highest border crossing, the Khunjerab Pass at 4,693m.

02 / SHAH KHAN SKI SLOPE

54km west of Gilgit, Naltar Ski Resort is the highest and oldest ski resort in Pakistan. Now managed by the Pakistani Air Force, Naltar hosted the 2016 Karakoram Alpine Ski Cup. The valley remains poorly connected to the highway and the upper valley remains pristine, offering an ideal access to the snow line for backcountry skiing.

03 / SNOW CAMPING

Camp high  in the mountains (for up to four nights) in two distinct locations: in Naltar Valley at approximately 3100m and in Kuksil area at over 4000m.  At the end of the day, ski into your campsite where you will be greeted with hot drinks and a campfire to warm your feet.

04 / ALTIT AND BALTIT FORTS

The thousand-year-old Altit fort and 700-year-old Baltit fort are some of the region’s oldest standing monuments. Traditionally home to the Mir, or king, of Hunza, the rectangular stronghold sits at the foot of the Ulter Glacier and commands a truly stunning view of the Hunza Valley and the dramatic gorges below. 

Testimonial

ISHKAR Travel - Explore Pakistan

It was an absolute joy travelling with ISHKAR - immersive, authentic and fun.

Annabel Illingworth, Ski Afghanistan Traveller 2020

The trip wasn't just about my view of the place, but all the experiences that I went through together with the group. It was an eye-opening and enriching journey.

Andi Iskandar, Bamiyan Traveller 2019

Is it safe in Pakistan?

In recent years, the security situation in Pakistan has improved considerably. In 2018, there were an estimated 484,000 visits by British nationals to Pakistan. We will be travelling to Hunza which is a safe region, out of reach of any turbulence in other regions of Pakistan. We liaise directly with organisations within the regions of our travel in order to remain up to date with any ongoing changes. We will be informing local authorities of our travel plans, using reputable agencies, staying on established routes, and will remain as a group throughout.

HOW WILL COVID-19 AFFECT THE TRIP?

In order to protect both our travellers and those that our travellers come into contact with, we mandate a strict set of COVID-19 procedures which include social distancing, usage of hand sanitiser and the wearing of face coverings.   Our COVID-19 procedures are based on up to date advice from the World Health Organisation in addition to following local requirements.  Along with our security information, we ensure to send out our COVID-19 procedures document to every traveller.

Prior to travel with ISHKAR, it is mandatory to provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure from your home location (cost covered by the traveller, not ISHKAR).

Should ISHKAR decide to cancel a trip as a result of COVID-19 or should a traveller be unable to take part in the trip as a result of COVID-19, you will be offered options including a full refund as per our COVID-19 Travel Policy.  Any further questions, please take a look at our COVID-19 Travel FAQs or contact a member of the team: explore@ishkar.com


Do I have to be an experienced backcountry skier to take part in this trip?

Yes, the trip is open to avid skiers and mountain enthusiasts.  Whilst this is a mix of sight seeing and back-country skiing, you will need to be fit enough to walk up the mountains and have strong experience of back-country skiing.

What is included in the cost?

The cost includes domestic flights, all accommodation, guiding, transport/transfers in Pakistan, breakfast, lunch and dinner, entrance fees. It does not include international flights into and out of Islamabad, visa fees, insurance, excess luggage charges, cameras, skiing and avalanche rescue equipment, additional food and drinks, medical expenses, tipping.

When do I need to book?

As early as possible, this trip is likely to book up fast. Due to high demand and to ensure the best group fit, we interview all those that apply to join the trip. Once selected, participants must pay the £500 non-refundable deposit to secure their place. The final balance needs to be paid 30 days prior to departure - you can pay this online, or via bank transfer directly to us. To express your interest, please email us at explore@ishkar.com

Where can I see the exact itinerary?

We are not publishing our itinerary online for security reasons. We will give further information about the itinerary to those of you travelling and a select few others. Please note that the exact itinerary is subject to change.

Will we have a guide?

Throughout the trip, you will be accompanied by an IFMGA mountain guide, a guide from the region who speaks fluent English and knows well the mountains. In addition, there will be an ISHKAR representative.

Do I need special travel insurance?

You will be expected to have full travel insurance that covers the region. If you are unsure if the policy covers you we can suggest the specialist insurance providers.

Will I be able to travel on my own?

We will stay as a group for the duration of the trip. You may choose to travel on your own before the start or after the finish of the trip, but whilst travelling with ISHKAR you are requested to remain with the group.

Do I need any vaccinations?

Please speak with your doctor to ensure you have the correct vaccinations for remote travel in Pakistan.

What do I need to bring?

We will send you a more detailed handbook before leaving, including recommended reading and clothing.

Where will we be staying?

We will be staying in a mixture of guesthouses in addition to camping whilst hiking in the more remote corners of the Hunza valley. You have the option to share a room, or to pay the single supplement (details on the application form) if you wish to have your own room. 

Can I come on my own?

Yes of course. Individuals and small groups are equally welcome. Personally, we also think this could be the perfect trip to experience with a friend, parent, child, or partner!

What is the food like?

All meals are included. Pakistani dishes are known for having aromatic and sometimes spicey flavours. There are vegetarian options in most places but please consult us if you have very specific dietary requirements.

When do I need to book my flights?

If you are thinking of applying, please email us at explore@ishkar.com and we will send you the flights you will need to book, in order to ensure that all travellers arrivals in to Islamabad are coordinated.

Can I book even if I don’t live in the UK?

Yes of course. You will just need to arrive at Islamabad airport in time to catch the domestic flight.

Do I need to have my own skis for the trip?

Yes, the rental options in Pakistan are extremely limited and poor quality. Therefore, we recommend everyone to have its own ski and material, or to ask us to provide rented material from Europe.  

How easy is it to get a visa?

Very simple - we will provide you with additional documentation to help with your application, along with advice for your country of residence. 

Why travel with us?

We are proposing a different new travel experience. With years of experience and a network of fantastic contacts, we want to show people the Pakistan we know. This trip will be about meeting inspiring people, visiting extraordinary places and experiencing a true adventure in one of the world’s most beautiful and yet least visited regions.

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