Rakaposhi Base Camp Trek (Diran Base camp included)

We organize Rakaposhi base camp trek starting and ending in Islamabad for foreign tourists. This trek route is located in the region of Minapin Village in the Nagar Valley of Northern Areas Gilgit-Baltistan. This trek has very easy access from Karakorum Highway (KKH). It is one of the easiest treks in the Karakorum that suits to all level of physical fitness and age. It gives all the taste of walking, including crossing the glacier.

This is one of the shortest and easiest treks leading to above 7000M Karakoram peaks base camps with sweeping view from Rakaposhi to Diran. The Minapin Glacier sweeps down from the 16 km long fluted snowy ridge that connects the Rakaposhi and Diran. The excellent short and easy trek from Minapin to Rakaposhi Base Camp, also known Tagaphari is ideal introduction of Karakorum trekking that is very soft adventure in the Karakorum Mountains.

It takes two to three hours from Minapin Village to Hapakun, a very pleasant and clean camp-site. The local community of porters are tourist friendly and very hardworking. It is considered better to start trekking in the morning to avoid the heat of sun. From Hapakun to Rakaposhi Base Camp it takes between 3-4 hrs of slow walking. There are also fixed camping sites for spending the nights and have access to clean water.

For Diran Base Camp one has to cross the Katchelly Glacier that takes 2-3 hrs on the moraine to go. It is optional to go and returnback in one day taking 6-7 hrs. One can go and can spend the night there and return to Tagaphari in the morning. Another option is to stay in Tagaphari and explore around Rakaposhi Base Camp.

Tour Plan

Day 01:  Islamabad

Arrival to Islamabad airport and transfer to hotel. Sightseeing in Islamabad and Rawalpindi in the evening. Visit of largest mosque in Asia and old local Bazaar. Short briefing about Rakaposhi Base Camp Trek

Day 02: Chilas

Drive to Chilas (10-12 hrs) via Naran and Babusar Pass or on the Karakuram Highway. Overnight at hotel in Chilas

Day 03:  Hunza

Continue from Chilas to Karimabad-Hunza via Gilgit. Overnight at hotel

Day 04: Minapin Village

Full day to trek to the Ultar Meadow and back to Karimabad, walk around and evening drive to Minapin village ( 2000 M). Overnight in the tents or hotel

Day 05: Hapakun

Trek from Minapin to Hapakun 2800M (3 hours, 5.8 km and 800m ascent) It takes maximum 3 hours to reach the grassy meadows of Hapakun (2800 M) from Diran Guest house situated at Minapin Village.

Day 06: Rakaposhi Base Camp Trek

Hapakun to Tagaphari 3300M (2-3 hours, 3km, 450m ascent) – a steep trail continues from Hapakun to Rakaposhi Base Camp, also known as Tagaphari. The trail eases off and contours the rocky slope for 30 minutes to a verdant bowl. You can have the view of Diran Peak, Rakaposhi and their interconnecting ice wall and finally come into full view. After reaching Tagaphari can climb the ridge to have nice view of Hunza Valley and mountains. Rakaposhi base camp trek is one of the best adventures in Pakistan. Overnight in the tent.

Day 07: Diran Base Camp Trek

Trek to cross the glacier to Diran Base Camp 3700 M and takes around 3-4 hrs to walk on moraine and Glacier. Overnight in the tent

Day 08: Return to Taghaphari

In the morning trek to Katchelly Lake 4000 M and back to camp then cross the Glacier to Tagaphari. Overnight in the tent

Day 09: Minapin

Trek back to Minapin 3-4 hrs then drive to Karimabad. Overnight at hotel

Day 10: Karimabad, Hunza Valley

Day free for the local visits, Altit Fort, Baltit Fort. Overnight at hotel

Day 11: Chilas

Drive to Chilas on Karakorum Highway. Overnight at hotel

Day 12: Return to Islamabad

Continue to Islamabad. Overnight at hotel

Day 13: Fly out

Departure from Islamabad (drop to the airport)


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