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EXPLORE – Shimshal Minglik Sar and Chapchingol Pass Trek

  • Trek Reference:                 EKK/KK-10
  • Grade:                                      D(E)
  • Duration of Trek                22 Days
  • Camping Days:                   15
  • Mountain Range:                Karakuram
  • Season:                                    June to September
  • Maximum Elevation:      4745-M (Optional Minglik Climb – 6050m)


This is a trek something completely off the beaten track – remote, far from civilisation, and we hope because of this to capture some of the spirit of early exploration.  Shimshall Valley must rate as one of the most remote areas of the Karakuram Himalaya.  The villages appear like oases in the barren mountain landscape.  It was not far from here that Colonel Francis Younghusband had his celebrated encounter with his Russian counterpart, Captain Grombtchevski.  This was during the period of the ‘Great Game’ when the British Raj was completely paranoid about the Russian Empire sending their troops over the passes and down into India.  On the trekking we might see Marco Polo sheep wolf, blue sheep, Tibetan ass and the ever-elusive snow leopard .

The mountain scenery is no less impressive and awe-inspiring than elsewhere in the Karakuram and the largest mountain that you will see is Distaghil Sar, 7,885m.  We would certainly recommend this trek to anyone who likes the idea of a tough trek where the itinerary may change on a daily basis and which takes you through very wild country.


  • Day    01      Arrive Islamabad, Hotel.
  • Day    02      Islamabad/Gilgit Or Chilas
  • Day    03      Drive to Passu
  • Day    04      Jeep drive to Shimshal
  • Day    05      Rest day
  • Day    06      Trek Shimshal – Furzin
  • Day    07      Trek Furzin – Arbab Parian
  • Day    08      Arbab Parian – Shunjerab
  • Day    09      Shujarab to Shimshal Pass(4745m)
  • Day    10      Mangaligh Sar Ascent(6050m)
  • Day    11      Back to Base Camp & Rest
  • Day    12      Trek to Arbabparian
  • Day    13      Arbab Parian – Maidur
  • Day    14      Maidur – Shapodin
  • Day    15      Shapodin – Mandik Shlaq
  • Day    16      Mandik Shlaq – Werbin
  • Day    17      Werbin – Chafchingol Pass Base Camp
  • Day    18      Trek Over Chafchingol Pass To Kuksil Kkh, Camp.
  • Day    19      Karimabad, Hotel.
  • Day    20      Karimabad – Besham
  • Day    21      Drive Besham – Islamabad
  • Day    22      Fly back home.


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