Lukpe la and Snow Lake Trek

That is Among the World’s Longest Continuous Glacier Systems.

Snow Lake, or Lukpe La, is a high-altitude glacial basin in the Karakoram mountain range in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. It is not a lake.

Snow Lake is located 16,000 feet (4,877 m) above sea level, and is approximately 10 miles (16 km) wide. The basin lies at the head of the Biafo and Hispar glaciers, which spread down from the Hispar Pass in opposite directions, forming a 61 mile (100 km) river of ice that is among the world’s longest continuous glacier systems outside of the polar regions.


  • DAY 1
    Arrive Islamabad. Transfer to guesthouse for overnight.
  • DAY 2
    Skardu Chilas
    a) Fly to Skardu PK-451 . (Flight is depend on weather).
    b) In case of cancellation of flight same day drive by coach to Chilas (480 km) on Karakoram Highway. Overnight at hotel.
  • DAY 3
    Chilas Skardu
    a) Free day at Skardu. Welcome Tourism Department of Gilgit – Baltistan for (briefing).
    b) If your are driving, complete road journey (09–10 hrs) to Skardu (275 km) En-route has good view of Nanga Parbat (8125m) at junction of Indus River and the rapids and fall of Indus River. Overnight at hotel.
  • DAY 4
    Askole (3000m)
    By jeeps drive to Askole (7-8 hrs). The last village of about 50 houses. The villagers grow their own cereals, vegetable and fruit and own large herds of sheep’s, goats, yaks and dzos. Overnight in tent.
  • DAY 5
    Jhola (3200m)
    Start walk from Askole to Korofong 2-3 hrs, after 1-½ hr walk a small suspension bridge on Biafo River and cross wasteland, traverse Biafo Glacier. After lunch break at Korofong continue to Jhola (2-3 hrs). Cross-Dumardo River Bridge and camp at rather dusty campsite surrounded by a few bushes with a side stream. Overnight in tent.
  • DAY 6
    Trek to Panmah via Shingrsa, 6-7hrs.
    From here we leave the main trekking and expedition route behind and enter a world rarely travelled and then only by expeditions to the Latok group. We follow the valley of the Panmah through varied terrain – gravel and sand beds, scree slopes, the occasional meadow and crossing a few side valleys, only later in the day do we get an inkling that we are entering the realm of high mountains. Walking conditions are hot and dry, care must be taken to prevent sunburn, and plenty of water should be carried (3-4 litres).
  • DAY 7
    Trek to Skinmang (Japanese BC)7-8hrs.
    Today we ll start our Trekking towards to Skingmang.Actually its not Sim gang Glacier it’s a Skinmang. Meaning of Skinmang is The Place where Alpine Ibex live with a big Groups.But in book many writers wrote Sim gang Glacier. Camp Overnight at Skinmang Glacier.
  • DAY 8
    Skinmang to Lukpi La High camp.
    Trek towards to Lukpi La High camp from Skingmang having 09 Hrs.Today we may See Braldu Glacier on Right Side and ve Beautiful pictures overnight at High camp of Lukpa La.
  • DAY 9
    Lukpi La High camp to Snow Lake (4700m).
    Today early Morning we cross Lukpi La (4700m) and Catch to Snow Lake 7-8hrs.
    Situated at the head of the Biafo and Hispar glacier, Snow Lake is a high altitude glacial basin that covers an area of approx 700 square kilometres. Surrounded by the distinctive granite towers of the Karakoram. Overnight at Snow lake.
  • DAY 10
    Snow Lake.
    Snow Lake (4,800 m 15,750 ft) Camp, rest day. We stay at Snow Lake one more day to acclimatize and explore this unique area of the Earth. Be careful of crevasses. Overnight at Snow Lake.
  • DAY 11
    Snow Lake to Hispar La (5,151 m 16,895 ft)
    Camp, trek. A 6 to 7 hour walk on slopes of about 30 degrees take us to the top of the pass. Once again, we are careful to avoid crevasses. Even though the climb is on gentle slopes, we find it difficult due to the rarefied air. When on top we see a panorama described by an early explorer “Beyond all comparison the finest view of mountains it has been my lot to behold.” On one side the Biafo lies and on the other side we look towards the Hispar Glacier and the peaks above Hunza valley. The view of sunrise from the pass is another sight to behold. Overnight at Hispar la camp.
  • DAY 12
    Hispar La to Kani Basa (4,500 m 14,760 ft)
    Camp, trek. This is a long day’s walk and can take more than 8 hours. We want to make sure that we leave the pass early before the snow becomes soft. On the way down, once again, we are careful to avoid crevasses. We will have to cross the Kani Basa Glacier before we can camp on a green campsite, which is a welcome sight and site after being on snow for the last few days. On the way we can see the famous Kanjut Sar (7,760 m.) towering high above the Kani Basa Glacier. Overnight at Kani basa.
  • DAY 13
    Kani Basa (4,500 m 14,760 ft).
    Camp, rest. A well needed day to relax after a tough walk through Hispar La and snow. Overnight at Kani basa.
  • DAY 14
    Kani Basa to Jutmal (4,200 m 13,780 ft)
    Camp, trek. This will take about 7 hours and on the way we will cross the Jutmal Glacier. It is tricky here as the route through the glacier is like a maze with high ice walls. After crossing it, another hurdle that we face is the climb up on a loose cliff face. Once up the face, we now enter a beautiful campsite with lovely views across the Hispar Glacier. Some streams have to be crossed on the way. Overnight at Jutmal.
  • DAY 15
    Jutmal to Bitanmal (3,600 m 11,800 ft)
    Camp, trek. This section takes about 8 hours. On the way Pumory Glacier is crossed and also a stream. The crossing of Pumory is not that difficult as the Jutmal. However, once again, we have to descend on to the ablation valley and once again we have to climb the cliffs on our right to get to the campsite. This is an exhaustive process. Overnight at Bitanmal.
  • DAY 16
    Falaling Chhish (3,600 m 11,800 ft)
    Camp, trek. One more glacier to cross! This is Kunyang Glacier. The walking does get a little easier. However, crossing the Kunyang is tedious and the climb on rocks on the other side can be difficult. This is a short day consisting of about 4 hours. Our camp is in a shepherd’s meadow where villagers from Hispar bring their yaks for the summer. The view of Makrong Chhiish (6,607 m.), on the other side of Hispar Glacier, is outstanding.
  • DAY 17
    Hispar Village (3,400 m 11,150 ft)
    Camp, trek. Another short day of about 4 hours. Some streams have to be crossed on the way, but the walking is relatively gentle. A bridge over the Hispar stream has to be crossed and then a climb on a good path brings us into the village proper. It is strange to see habitation as the villagers gather around us! Overnight at Hispar village.
  • DAY 18
    Hispar Village to Huru (3,000 m 9,840 ft.)
    Camp, trek. This takes about 5 hours of walking on a jeep road. The road is marked with a few broken bridges and land slides that have resulted in jeeps not coming all the way to the Hispar Village. Our campsite is high above the noisy Hispar River in a tree-shaded spot. There is also a cool pool nearby. Here our epic trek ends. Overnight at huru.
  • DAY 19
    Huru to Karimabad (2,440 m 8,000 ft)
    Hotel, jeep. Our jeeps will transport us back to Karimabad, Hunza. The first sight of this lush green valley surrounded with huge white peaks will remain an imprint on our minds for a long time. Overnight at Karimabad.
  • DAY 20
    Karimabad to Gilgit(1,500 m 4,900 ft)
    Hotel, drive. We drive to Gilgit in about three hours and have ample opportunity to visit the Central Asian bazaars and do some sightseeing. Overnight at Gilgit.
  • DAY 21
    Gilgit to Chillas
    Drive to Chillas from Gilgit Via KKH having view of Killer Mountain Nanga Parbat(8125m) on bank of River side Overnight at Chillas.
  • DAY 22
    Conformed Islamabad
    Drive to Islamabad via Babusar top,naran,Kaghan,Lalazar .Overnight at Islamabad.
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