Chillinji / Chalenji Pass:
Chillinji pass (elev. 17,503 feet, also marked as 17,360 ft) is a high mountain pass that connects Karambar river valley (upper Gilgitvalley) in Ishkoman tehsil of Ghizer district with Chapursan river valley (upper Hunza valley) in Gojal tehsil of Gilgit district in the Northern Areas in Pakistan. It is also spelled as Chilinji.
The pass is 6 miles to the north of Koz Sar peak. To the west of the pass is river Karambar that is known as Ishkoman river south of Imit, and joins Ghizar river at Gahkuch to become Gilgit river. To the east of the pass is Chapursan river that flows southeast and joins Hunza river at Khudabad at Karakorum Highway. As such, Chillinji pass is the closest natural path between upper Gilgit and Hunza valleys.
Pickup from Islamabad International Airport-
Transfer to designated guest house/hotel in Islamabad. Overnight stay at Islamabad.
Islamabad to Narran Valley-
After breakfast departure towards Narran Valley, Reach Narran after 7-8 hours’ drive, Sightseeing’s along the way. Overnight stay at Narran Valley.
Narran to Hunza Valley (Karimabad)-
Reach then next day to Karimabad-Hunza Valley, done the possible arrangements by our Tour Guide. Be ready to have jeep ride to Chupuran Valley. Overnight stay at Karimabad-Hunza Valley.
Karimabad-Hunza Valley to (Baba Ghundi Ziarat) Chupuran Valley-
As of the plan we will depart towards Chupuran along with all possible trekking equipment’s. Jeep ride to Chupuran. Short stays and lunch in the way. Visit Atabad Lake, passu cones, and several villages. Overnight stay at Chupuran Valley.
Trek from Baba Ghundi Ziarat to Biyatar-
Will start our trek slowly towards Biyatar which is going to be our first campsite. The first day’s trek will be very dry and also very close to the Wakhan corridor of Afghanistan. There is an area which reminds of redish mountains of Arizona, USA
Trek from Biyatar to Chalenji Base Camp-
After breakfast we will start our trek, uphill hike. Soon we will gain too much altitude and there comes a narrow point where we can barely keep one step at a time. We will take a break after that section and resumes the trek towards Chalenji base camp. (Tea Break). After tea break will resume the trek, by evening we reaches Chalenji pass base camp. There is a campsite.
Trek from Chalenji Base Camp to Chalenji High Camp-
This day our target is to camp just before the Chillinji pass at high campsite. The trek is too steep and difficult. Reach high camp site and camping overnight.
Trek from Chalenji High Camp to Virgoth Forest-
On this day of trek of we will have to cross Chalenji pass so we have to wake up early in the morning in order to cross the pass while the snow is hard. By doing this we have to avoid soft snow which makes it difficult to cross crevasses. We will wake up at around 4:30am, do quick breakfast and will start the trek at 5:15am.
By 6:45am-6:45am we will at the pass and take some time to take celebratory photos. Start descending towards Ishkoman Valley. Overnight stay in the start of Virgoth Forest to witness the beauty.
Trek from Virgoth Forest to Chitti Boi Glacier-
After the breakfast we will start our trek through the forest along a stream. This is a beautiful part of trek because there is plenty of shade of trees and then there is clean water stream. After couple of hours of walk we reach an open space alongside Karomber River, called Chalenji Medan.
We will have tea break at Sokhtarabad which is one of the few remote villages in the Ishkoman valley along Karomber river valley.
We will have camp just out of the glacier (Chitti Boi) to avoid extreme cold. Overnight stay at Chitti Boi.
Trek from Chitti Boi Glacier to Shwinj-
After quick breakfast we will star our journey towards our next destination i.e. Shwinj. But first we have to cross notorious Chitti Boi glacier. This glacier gives tough time to the trekker. It will give us hard time as well and waste couple of hours going back and forth to find a way out of the glacier.
Once we will be out of the glacier then it is almost straight path with very minor altitude gain.
At around 6pm we will reach our destination of the day. There is an empty hut with kitchen so opted to spend night in that room.
Trek from Shwinj to Karomber Lake-
We will start our journey after breakfast.
We will reach the lake from opposite site and we will spend 2 nights, 1 night on each end, at Karomber Lake. Overnight stay at Karomber Lake.
Rest day at Karomber Lake-
Today is our rest day Karomber lake but we have to move our camps to the opposite for night camping. After breakfast and photo sessions we will slowly start to walk to the opposite side of the lake.
Overnight at other side of Karomber Lake.
Trek from Karomber Lake to Lashkargaz, Broghil Valley-
We have to go to Lashkargaz so we will be easy and not that much hurry. We will do our breakfast and start the trek at around 8:15am.
Soon we will be at a spot from where you see a huge flat meadows area, just like you see in Deosai, and find special donkey there. We will reach our destination by 4pm. Overnight stay at Lashkargaz, Broghil Valley.
Trek from Lashkargaz to Chikar-
From Lashkargaz a trail goes to Wakhan corridor of Afghanistan. The pass at the border is known as Darwaza pass. There are around 6-7 lakes around Darwaza pass in Pakistan’s territory. We will explore those hidden gems of Broghil valley. So after breakfast we will start our trek and soon we took diversion towards Darwaza pass trail.
It takes around 1 and half hours to reach first lake of the Darwaza pass. We will spend a little time there and then move towards Darwaza pass. We reach the pass and have a good look at the other side of the border. We can see Sarhad-e-Broghil village in far distant across the border.
Now it is time to stop exploring lakes and instead reach our today’s destination of Chikaar. Overnight stay at Chikar.
Trek from Chikar to Khambakh Valley-
After couple of hours of trekking we will be at the base camp of Darkot pass where we will have a quick tea break. We will start trek towards the pass and reach the top by 4:30pm. Take quick celebratory photos and start descend towards our next campsite of Khambakh. Overnight stay at Khambakh Valley.
Trek from Khambakh to Darkot Village-
After breakfast we will come down from Khambakh campsite. Take rest and overnight stay at Darkot Village.
Road journey from Darkot to Gilgit City-
There will our van ready to take departure to Gilgit. After breakfast will leave towards Gilgit City. Overnight stay at PTDC Gilgit.
Fly from Gilgit to Islamabad-
Overnight stay at Islamabad in Le Royal Guest House/ De Pallazo Hotel.
In Case of Flight Cancellation-
We will take van/mini bus to Islamabad, Half way stay at Besham in Besham Continental Hotel.
Explore the Capital City of Pakistan-
Visit Faisal Mosque, Margallah Hills.
In case form flight cancellation- We will leave after breakfast from Besham and reach Islamabad at evening. Overnight stay at Islamabad in Le Royal Guest House/ De Pallazo Hotel.
Drop off at Airport to catch the flight.
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