lupghar valley trek, shimshal valley, Pakistan

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A single supplement is not always possible on this trip. In many instances campsite size is limited and it will be necessary to share with another team member. This also applies to mountaineering expeditions. Single supplement in hotels is available. Please contact Shams Alpine Mountaineering & Trekking Pvt Ltd for specific detail, relevant to your trip.


Entry points  

Shimshal can be reached from Islamabad by plane to Gilgit city or else by road along the Karakoram Highway to Hunza. Another way is by road from Tashkurgan, China on the Karakoram Highway through Khunjerab National Park and the Old Silk Route to Passu valley.



 Discover the spectacular hidden Karakoram with English speaking,

world renowned Shimshali mountain guides

Adventure travel

By its very nature adventure travel involves an element of the unexpected. In remote and developing countries do not expect standards you are used to at home. Remote areas are sometimes unpredictable and itineraries may be altered. To get the most out of your adventure it is important that you are flexible, positive and eager to take on all the challenges that arise. If you are uncertain about your suitability for this trip we recommend that you contact us with any concerns. We are happy to answer any questions.

Responsible travel

The environments we travel through are fragile. It is our responsibility as visitors to minimize the impact of our presence.

Luphgar valley Trek 2024

Trip Duration: 12 days

Season: June – August

Grade: Entry level trek  

Activities: Trekking & exploring the traditional valleys

Accommodation: 12 days trip, 05 days trek, 08 nights hotel, 04 nights camping


Tour from Gilgit Airport to get to the Trek start at Dut.

On your drive/tour from Gilgit to Karimabad, Hunza and onto Passu (along the KKH and a section of the ancient Silk Road) and then to Shimshal you will enjoy some of the most outstanding scenery in Northern Pakistan. The Gilgit River and terraces of farmland will be beside you as you drive north. You will stop and enjoy the views of the junction of the Western edge of the Himalayas with the Karakoram and the Hindu Kush mountain ranges. You will stop at the base of Rakaposhi (7,788m) and gaze up the Ghulmet Glacier at the highest unbroken slope on earth 5,838m above you. You will explore beautiful Karimabad with its delicious apricots (in the right season) and the famous Baltit Fort. The ancient roadside sacred rocks at Haldeikish and the drive north through picturesque villages and farmland and along the Khunjerab river; then to Passu  with the amazing granite cathedral mountain tops surrounding you before you turn off the KKH up the narrow breath taking gorge road to Dut. 


About this Trek and Tour

Lupghar is an alpine pasture of Shimshal community; it lies in Hispar Mountain range on the North West side of Shimshal Valley, between Momhil glacier and Lupghar Sar glacier. This valley comprises two small summer grazing pastures, Buspur ghil (the low summer pasture) and Surhil (the high summer pasture).

Sur Hail  (the cold pasture) is a vast  lush green  plateau that gives you mesmerizing views of the mighty Karakoram peaks –  Hispar Muztagh,  Batura Muztagh, Gujerav Muztagh , the famous peaks are Batura 7,755m, Chisper peak 7,611m, Trivor peak 7,728m Passu Peak 7,284m, Momhil Sar 7,343m, Qoroon Sar 7,164m and the most prominent are Lupgar Sar peak 7,200m. 

It is the habitat of flora and fauna, which includes Ibex, Snow Leopard, Tibetan Red Fox, Vulture, Pika, Golden Eagle, Snow Cock, Mountain Hare and Partridge. Moreover, it’s the great diversity of insects, variety of butterflies, beautiful mountain meadows of spring wild flowers, wild rhubarb and some ancient Juniper trees. 

This wonderful valley is rarely visited by trekkers, but occasionally mountaineers come to climb Lupghar Sar 7,200m. This is the quickest trek into the world of alpine pastures, and offers big mountain views just two days from Karakoram Highway – KKH. A short drive from Hunza and Passu to stay a night in the lovely Shimshal Valley and then your trek starts.


Short itinerary

Day 01    Arrival in Islamabad – Hotel

Day 02    Fly to Gilgit or drive to Chilas – Hotel

Day 03    Drive to Hunza valley – Hotel

Day 04    Drive to Shimshal village – Hotel

Day 05    Drive to Dut and Trek to Yaz-e- Mis (4 to 5 hrs) – Camp

Day 06    Trek to Buspurghil (4 to 5 hrs) – Camp

Day 07    Trek to Surhail (2 to 3hrs) – Camp

Day 08    Trek to Gardan, view point of All 7,000m peak & back to Yaz-e -Mis – Camp

Day 09    Trek to Dut & Drive to Hunza – Hotel

Day 10    Drive to Gilgit – Hotel

Day 11    Fly to Islamabad or drive to Bisham – Hotel

Day 12    Drive to Islamabad – Hotel


Our Service Includes

An experienced English speaking high altitude Guide.

Full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner), cooking and eating utensils and mess tent.

Wages for guides, cook and porters.

Good quality accommodation in cities and towns in twin bed shared rooms. Single room supplement is available.

Internal Jeep transport by private vehicle.

Tented camps on shared basis while trekking.

Porters will carry your large pack – one waterproof kit bag per client, – weight not to exceed 15kgs.

 Excess baggage will incur extra porter wage.

Safety equipment included and medical kit.

Porters, Guides, Cook and other staffs insurance.

Invitation letter for travel to Pakistan to assist your visa application.


Our Service does not include

Bottled water, aerated drinks, alcohol, laundry and other items of personal nature

Meals except where indicated in the itinerary

Personal snacks, energy bars, energy gels, sweets

Personal gear, sleeping bags, ice axe, crampons, and harness

Personal phone calls and laundry


Medications, ground evacuations and helicopter rescue charges of any kind.

Any other service not mentioned in this condition sheet. 

International airfares, Travel Insurance, Airport and departure taxes.

Single supplement


Guides and porters

Our local guides and porters are all experienced, handpicked and trained by Shaheen Baig and Qudrat Ali (directors of Shams Alpine) to ensure that our clients have the best opportunity for success with comfort. A porter will carry your kit bag and you will be expected to carry your own day pack which should be large enough to carry all you will need throughout the day e.g. sunscreen, raincoat, water bottle, camera, spare long sleeved clothing, snow protection glasses, sun protection gloves, hat and scarves, snack food, etc.