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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.

Shimshal Pamir Yak Safari 

Trip Duration:  17 days

Season:  June – September

Grade:  Entry level trek and Yak Safari – optional climbing

Activities:  Trekking & exploring the traditional valleys

Accommodation:  17 days trip, 8 days trek and Yak Safari, 08 or 09 nights hotel, 8 nights camping


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

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 Karakorum 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 Shimshal. 


About this Trek and Tour – Optional Climbing

Yak Safari is unique to Shimshal village, so do not miss the opportunity to experience an adventure with a difference. An experience on the back of a yak is enjoyable as well as exciting.  Yak Safari is something that is new and an interesting ride for one and all, be it a child or a grown-up. You will enjoy the beauty of its expansive landscape; striking isolated mass of reddish-brown stone which rise like a watch-tower over the watershed; snow capped and easy trekking peaks; and the mesmerizing crystal clear blue water lakes which give exceptional beauty, peace and tranquility to the area, while you travel through the high passes on the back of a Yak to Shimshal Pass.

In May each year the Kutch festival is held in Shimshal Pass. It is one of the most exciting events, when the local people of Shimshal, with their flocks of sheep and goats, and herds of Yaks laden with their bedding and utensils, all move to the upland grazing grounds of Shimshal Pass (Shuwerth and Shuijerav) where many Shimshali women spend 5 months with the livestock on the summer pastures and they make Cheese (Qurut), Butter and other live stock products. This is an area rich in tradition and culture.


Short itinerary

Day 01    Arrival in Islamabad (600m) – Hotel

Day 02    Fly to Gilgit or drive to Chilas – Hotel

Day 03    Drive to Hunza, Karimabad (2,400m) – Hotel

Day 04    Drive to Shimshal village (3,100m) – Hotel

Day 05    Yak ride to Zartgarban (4,100m – Camp

Day 06    Yak Ride to Targeen crossing over Veyeen sar pass 4800m and Chech merk Pass 4160m – Camp

Day 07    Yak Ride to Arbob Parien – Camp

Day 08    Yak ride to Shuijerav – Camp

Day 09    Yak ride to Shimshal Pass 4,735m (Shuwerth) – Camp

Day 10    Explore, Shimshal Pass – Camp

Day 11-12 Yak ride back to Peryen Sar & trek to Past Furzeen -Camp

Day 13    Trek to Shimshal Village – Hotel

Day 14    Drive to Gilgit – Hotel

Day 15    Fly to Islamabad or drive to Bisham – Hotel

Day 16    Drive to Islamabad – Hotel

Day 17    Departure from Islamabad to home


Our Services Include

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.

Trekking permits and Khunjerab National Park and Central Karakorum Park Fees.

Safety equipment included and medical kit.

Porters, Guides, Cook and other staffs insurance.

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

Yak hiring charges


Our Services do 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


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 ad Qudrat Ali (directors of Shams Alpine Mountaineering and Trekking Pvt Ltd)  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.