Spantik Expedition (7027m) Pakistan 2019-20
Spantik Expedition registration is now open for 2019-20. Spantik is a beautiful mountain in The Karakoram Mountain range of Pakistan, which is 7,027 meter above sea level.
- Spectacular Mountain Vistas during the Expedition.
- Spectacular Views of K2, Nanga Parbat and other peaks from Flight to Skardu.
- Explore The Ancient Himalayan Kingdom of Baltistan.
- One of the world’s top Climbing and Mountaineering Adventure.
- Experience the picturesque Shigar Valley in Pakistan.
- Stunning wild and remote scenery Trek to Spantik Base Camp.
Spantik Expedition is considered one of the top mountaineering expeditions in the world. Spantik Mountain is Lying to the south of the great Hispar glacier and standing above upper Chogolungma, it offers an attractive climb. The approach path to the beautiful campsites along the Chogolungma Glacier offers vistas of mountain scenery with innumerable high peaks. Spantik Expedition is perfect for every mountaineer’s to prepare themselves for higher altitude Himalayan Peaks.
Since 40 Years, we have been organising Expedition for Mountain climbers around the world. Trango Adventures operates 30-35 days long Expedition to Spantik. We offer both full board or base camp logistic services. The duration may be longer or shorter depending on the clients experience and ability.
Spantik Expedition Starts from Islamabad. Our Representative will meet and greet you at Islamabad international Airport then transfer you to the hotel, resting day in Islamabad to recover from the journey. We will meet again in the afternoon for a briefing about the Expedition. Next day, you will catch a spectacular mountains view flights to Skardu, Baltistan. On route you will have the first glimpse of the great Nanga Parbat, K2 and the other stunning Himalayan & Karakoram Mountain Peaks. After checking in to your Hotel, you will have a rest and preparation day in Skardu. Skardu is the Capital City of Baltistan and it is the getaway to the Mighty K2, Deosai Plato, Mashabrum, Gasherbruns and many other famous Karakoram Peaks. In Skardu, Trekkers and climber usually do their Finale purchasing and top ups for their journey. Following day you will drive along the Mighty Indus, Shigar and Braldu River to the lush green Shigar Valley towards Arandu. After spending your first night in the camp under the starry canvas, The Trekking will starts from Arandu and we enter into the heart of the Karakorum. You will be walking towards Tsas Chumic, Bolocho and to the Base Camp of Golden Peak, Spantik. We will camp at the Base Camp of Spantik For the Whole Climbing Duration.Your Spantik climbing season will start from here onwards. High Porter, Chef and other staff will stay with you for the entire time. Our chefs will make nutritious food through out the journey During the Expedition. We strongly believe that nutritious food plays a vital role in Expeditions. After the Climbing Period you will follow the same Itinerary Back to Islamabad. After spending one night in Islamabad, You will be Transfer to Islamabad International Airport for your flight back home.
We strongly believe that our four decades of expertise and experience staff can run your “Spantik Expedition” successfully.
HISTORY & TECHNICALITY OF SPANTIK MOUNTAIN.
Most recently, Spantik Mountain (7027m) has been a favourite Peak of climbers for training themselves for higher objectives. The climb along the Southeast ridge is easily achievable amongst 7,000m summits in the Karakoram. The ridge rises 2,700m over its 8-km length affording the several safe campsites. It is a straight ascent with a gradient of 30º to 45º with a mixture of some tough and easy patches. The Southwest route also goes along a snow ridge of moderate angularity. The summit on clear days presents grand views of neighbouring Rakaposhi, Diran, Malubiting, Ultars, Battura Group, Haramosh, the entire Shimshal Mountains, and K2 far beyond and many more. The view is absolutely breathtaking.
Although technically easy but Spantik Mountain is for those mountaineers who have the experience of climbing as independent roped parties on snow and glaciers and at least have been on some smaller peaks of AD level. High altitude experience and an excellent physical condition as well as regular practice are required to be on this expedition.
ARRIVAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD,PAKISTAN:
SPECTACULAR FLIGHT TO SKARDU (2,230m):
SIGHTSEEING & PREPARATION DAY,SKARDU:
DRIVE TO ARANDU(2950m) 7 HOURS DRIVE:
TREK TO BUKHUM 6 HOURS WALKING :
TREK TO KHURUMAL 6 HOURS WALKING:
TREK TO BOLOCHO (3,900m) 4-HOURS WALKING:
TREK TO SPANTIK BASE CAMP (3,760m) 4-HOURS WALKING:
CLIMBING & ACCLIMATISING PERIOD:
TREK TO BOLOCHO 4 - HOURS WALKING:
TREK TO KHURMAL, 6 HOURS WALKING:
TREK TO ARANDU 5 HOURS WALKING:
DRIVE TO SKARDU, 7 HOURS DRIVING :
FLY TO ISLAMABAD:
CONTINGENCY DAY IN CASE OF DELAYS -ISLAMABAD:
FLY BACK HOME-DEPARTURE DAY:
|Grade||Strenuous: Climbing, Mountaineering|
Map Of Spantik Expedition
Trango Adventure has a long track record of organising Spantik Expedition. We have had groups successfully climbed Spantik Mountain on previous occasions. We designed our itinerary based on over 40 Years of experience, which is the best in terms of acclimatization, safety and enjoyment. It is our intention to keep to the day by day itinerary detailed below, although there might be some flexibility due to local conditions or other factors beyond our control. If this is the case the trek leader will do everything possible to work out the changes to the itinerary in order to minimize your inconvenience.
Adventure travel requires an open and flexible attitude. You may experience extreme conditions, unpredictable weather and last minute changes to the itinerary beyond our control. The ability to work in team is an important aspect of all of our trips.
ARRIVAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD:
SPECTACULAR FLIGHT TO SKARDU (2,230m):
If the flight is cancelled, we will Drive on KKH to Chilas, Isb to Chilas, 461km. 8-9 Hours Drive.
Today we travel to Islamabad Airport to take a spectacular flight (weather permitting) across the mountains to Skardu, the Capital of Baltisan. It’s a 45 minute flight which offers Spectacular Mountains views of Himalaya & Karakoram mountain range, you can also enjoy the breathtaking views of world’s 9th highest peak, Nanga Parbat (8126m), if weather is clear then we might be able to see K2 and Gandogoro Pass as well. Check in to the Hotel, res of the day will be spent visiting the local Bazars, historical forts, scenic lakes or visiting ancient rock inscriptions, one of which is of 8th century Manthal Lord Buddha Rock that shows traces of Buddhist monks and pilgrims who had influence in the area before Islama.
SIGHTSEEING DAY IN SKARDU & PREPARATION DAY, SKARDU:
DRIVE TO ARANDU (2950M) 7 HOURS:
TREK TO BUKHUM 6 HOURS:
TREK TO KHURUMAL 6 HOURS:
After breakfast we will continue trekking from Bukhum to Khuruma. On the way we should be able to see the majestic pyramid of Spantik Mountain. We will pass through a summer settlement of Manchikera. We will camp at Khurmal, which is also a summer settlement for the locals.
TREK TO BOLOCHO (3,900m) 4-HOURS:
TREK TO SPANTIK BASE CAMP (3,760m) 4-HOURS:
CLIMBING & ACCLIMATISING PERIOD:
TREK TO BOLOCHO 4- HOURS:
TREK TO KHURMAL, 6 HOURS WALKING:
TREK TO ARANDU 5 HOURS WALKING:
DRIVE TO SKARDU, 7 HOURS DRIVING :
FLY OR DRIVE TO ISLAMABAD:
CONTINGENCY DAY IN CASE OF DELAYS-ISLAMABAD:
FLY BACK HOME-DEPARTURE DAY:
Spantik Expedition Date & Prices 2019-20
Private Groups – Chose your own Dates
Expedition Starts From Islamabad-Domestic Flight Inc.
|BEST SEASONS||PER PERSON||SPANTIK ROYALTY FEE||DEPOSIT|
|June-Jul||USD $7,000||USD $1,500 (up to 7 members)||USD $1,400|
|Aug-Sep||USD $7,000||USD $1,500 (up to 7 members)||USD $1,400|
Spantik Expedition prices is without the Royalty And High Altitude Porters Fees. High Altitude Porters and Liaison Officer Fees will be provide upon request. Above Price is for our services from Islamabad To SPANTIK and Return to Islamabad.
Above Prices are for our Fixed departure Spantik Expedition only, Private groups, Please chose your own dates and contact us for a customise prices. GROUP DISCOUNTS are available so pleas contacts us before booking.
Spantik Expedition dates and prices are for the itinerary based on flight from Islamabad To Islamabad. International flights from most cities of the world arrives in Islamabad in the morning, Return flights will depart from Islamabad International airport on the last day of the itinerary. Our Experience Mountain Guide will Meet and Greet you at the Islamabad International Airport, will stay with you through out the Journey and see you off at Islamabad Airport. To avoid paying flight supplements, we recommend that you book as early as possible, especially during peak times. If we are unable to secure seats at the price shown, we will contact you with an alternative quote. Please note that you may be asked to pay for your flights in advance of your final holiday balance.
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Climbing A Mountain In Pakistan.
Pakistan occupies about 880,000 square kilometers of land, it is stretch from the Arabian sea to the high mountains of the Central Asia. Pakistan is a country of contrasts: expansive dusty plains to the high snowy peaks of the Karakoram and the Himalaya in Gilgit Baltistan. Here the world three Great mightiest mountain ranges meet: the Karakoram, the Handukush and the Himalayas. This region is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking mountains. The five of the fourteen highest peaks of the world are here, the mountains of the mountain K2 (8611), the Magnificent Nanga Parbat (8126), Hidden Peak(8080 ), Broad Peak (8047 ), and Gashebrum II ((8035m ). Gilgit Baltistan (northern areas) has also the largest Glaciers outside the polar glaciers.The scope for Climbing a Mountain in Pakistan is virtually unlimited. Climbing Holidays will depend on what type of climbing you would like to do, how much experience you have, Which season you would like to go, How many days you have available, etc. We have been organizing Expeditions in the Karakoram since 40 years so we have the expertise to help you organizing your next Climbing trip. Our expert Advisers will be happy to assist you. In Pakistan, we have to apply for climbing permits for many Peaks, so if you a know which mountain you want to climb then please let us know in good time so we can arrange this for you.
Climbing & Trekking Permit.
Once you have decided which mountain you want to climb we can start the preparations and apply for the necessary permits. A climbing permit is required to climb peaks which are above 6500 meters, a trekking permit is required for some areas, one of them is the Central Karakoram National Park area(CKNP). We have extensive details of all peaks, permit fees, rules and regulations regarding climbing in Pakistan. We will take care of everything so you can focus on your Climbing.
At the beginning of each year the Gilgit-Baltistan Council publishes the official royalty fees for the upcoming summer and winter climbing season. This notification is publicly available and makes a distinction in terms of mountain, trekking and waste disposal fees for various areas and the two seasons. We have to apply for the Permits that’s why we need a deposit from you. The royalty fees for the permits are paid to the Gilgit-Baltistan Government and they are not refundable. Please contact us for more details.
All particulars with regard to your expedition including the details of all members must be sent to us so that we can get the government clearance for the approval of your climbing permit. Additional members can still be added or changed at a later date if needed but it is best to send everything well in advance to prevent any delays at the start of your expedition. We currently advise to apply not later than 3 months in advance as unfortunately we have noticed that the time for clearance is taking longer each year.
Helicopter Rescue Bond.
Each expedition has to obtain a helicopter rescue bond of US$10,000/- from Askari Aviation www.askariaviation.com in order to be allowed to commence the expedition. If these rescue services are not used, the bond will be refunded after the end of the expedition minus the administration charges from Askari Aviation. We are able to assist with these arrangements if needed.
To all peaks between 6,500 meters to 8,611 meters, the Government of Pakistan sends Liaison officers with expeditions. All his expenses like food, accommodation and transportation are borne by the expeditions. In addition to the above mentioned standard kit, the Liaison Officer is paid a daily allowance in Rawalpindi / Islamabad as well as in the mountains for his food. A part of his cost, sharing the cook, insurance, provision of two porters for his personal stuff & food while trekking up & one porter while Trekking down is paid by us.
All expeditions are required to submit an environmental undertaking which states that they will take their garbage with them after the end of the expedition. The Liaison Officer will have to certify that the team has left the mountain clean, if this has not been done satisfactory fines will be imposed. A separate environment waste management fee is charged to each expedition member for maintenance of the mountain environs which is non refundable.
Expedition Cargo & Climbing Gear.
We will take care of all the formalities to clear your Spantik Expedition cargo & safely store it before your arrival. Any charges which incur at clearance (during export or import) of your equipment will not be paid by us. All non-consumable equipment that you bring in will be duty-free if you take it back with you. You are not allowed to trade in it. The consumable goods are similarly duty-free as long as they are used for the purpose they have been brought in for. The unconsumed materials have to be re-exported. We have a selection of well-maintained climbing materials which we are renting out to expeditions and items for sale like different variations of climbing rope and gas canisters.
Base Camp Staff & High Altitude Porters.
There will be a complete kitchen team to take care of you and your expedition members at your base camp and of course on the trek to and from Base Camp. The number of staff depends on the number of climbers. However, for our normal expeditions ranging from 10-15 members, we provide one head-cook, one assistant-cook and one or two helpers who take care of base camp services. We are also able to arrange experienced high altitude porters to assist you during your climb, kindly inquire well in advance so that we can hire the best High Altitude Porters for you.
In case you have to cancel your expedition plans or want to postpone your trip, the royalty fee will be forfeited. It cannot be carried forward to a future trip or be re-funded. The royalty is refunded if the government cancels a permit for some reason. Cost related to our services will be (partially) refunded based on our Terms & Conditions.
What is Included.
- Liaison with Ministry of Tourism in Islamabad for climbing permit process, providing measurements of the appointed Liaison officer for his prescribed kit.
- Process of import/export permit from ministry of tourism.
- Clearance of cargo before arrival of the team and its storage.
- Assistance upon arrival/departure. Official Briefing/Debriefing.
- Hotel accommodation in Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Chilas and Skardu.
- All meals during trek and at B.C. as per itinerary. Porterage of 75 kg per person of expedition equipment and high altitude food etc. to the B.C. and 50 kg per person on return from BC.
- Road transfers between airport/hotel and within city as per itinerary.
- Sleeping tents, mattresses, mess, kitchen and toilet tent with tables/field stools and camping ground fees. Kitchen equipment, crockery, cutlery, fuel and related community gear.
- Wages and basic kit of guide, sirdar, cook and assistant(s).
- Insurance of our field staff and low altitude porters (except helicopter rescue).
- Porterage at airports, hotels, toll taxes and parking fee etc.
- Mail handling/forwarding to BC/overseas except postage charges.
- confirmation of air tickets.
- Hiring of HAPs, mail runner(s) and any other crew as per requirement.
- The team arranges the wages and kit.
What’s not included.
- International, airport tax, excess baggage charges.
- Surface transfers in case of flight cancellations to the kick off point.
- Liaison Officer, his kit and equipment, allowances, travel, hotels, meals and insurance and his personal expenses of any kind.
- High altitude porters/any crew above BC.
- Tents, sleeping bags, personal and climbing equipment of any kind beyond
- base camp including high altitude food and oxygen.
- Medications, ground evacuations and helicopter rescue charges of any kind.
- Room services, laundry, beverages, phone/communication bills and items of personal nature.
- Insurance liability of member (s) and other under force majeure conditions.
- Climbing Permit, Pollution and Environmental fee or any other fee requirement
- by Government of Pakistan.
- Clearing agent charges.
Fully inclusive of all meals throughout, from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 62.
During the Spantik Expedition, group will spend 2-3 nights in Islamabad at a good standard hotel. The group will also have a night in a tourist standard hotel in Skardu before and after the trekking. Accommodation at each of these hotels is twin-sharing with en-suite facilities. Whilst on trek there will be a share base camping in 2-person tents. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired with another single client of the same-sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost. Please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels. For the hotel nights, single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in Islamabad are also available. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please contact our Advisers. Hotels rooms are subject to availability and prices may vary.
Skardu is a weather-dependent airport. Since the valley is completely surrounded by high mountains, planes can only land here in good visibility and this means flights to and from Skardu are never guaranteed. The planes do fly more often than not, but cancellations can and do occur and in these circumstances we will travel by road. If we did not do this groups would risk being stranded in Islamabad and you should beware of companies that say they will only fly to Skardu as this may mean you have no possibility of trekking. See our ‘Important Note’ about travel on the Karakoram Highway for more details.
Health & Vaccinations
You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you specific require any vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella), along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is discretionary for this trip. Malaria exists in the area around Islamabad. However, incidences of urban transmission of malaria are extremely low. In Skardu and in the mountains there is no malaria risk. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.
We highly recommend that you have adequate travel insurance for your trip with Trango Adventure Pakistan. We recognise the complexity and variety of choice in the insurance market and know that many of you either have your own preferred insurer or have annual multi trip cover in place already. If this is the case, please ensure that your insurer is aware of your Trango Adventure itinerary and can agree to cover the activities being undertaken.
Trango Adventure do not provide any advice on travel insurance, although it is Highly recommended that you have travel insurance which covers the activities which you are likely to be undertaking on your holiday.
It is strongly recommended that suitable cancellation insurance is purchased at the time of booking as all deposits (Royalty Fees) for Expedition are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Suggested insurance companies include:
Expeditions or Treks
- HCC Medical Insurance Services LLC Tel: +1-800 605 2282
- Travelex Insurance Services Tel: +1-800 228 9792
- True Traveller Insurance Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
- Austrian Alpine Club (UK) Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
- Snowcard Tel: +44 (0)1295 660836
- The B.M.C. Tel: +44 (0)161 445 6111 (please note the BMC cannot cover Mt Damavand)
- Dogtag Tel: 0800 036 4824 (UK residents only)
- World Nomads (up to 6000m)
- Insure for Less (Australians only)
- Campbell Irvine Tel: +44 (0)207 938 1737
- Rothwell & Towler Tel: +44 (0)845 908 0161
- J S Insurance Tel: +44 (0)844 848 1500
Group Leader & Support Staff
The group will be led by an experienced Mountain Guide. During the trek the group will be accompanied by a full support crew, assistant Guide a cook and kitchen crew, as well as porters to carry all equipment and personal trek bags.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5,000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatize successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. Unless you have previous experience of trekking above 4000 metres you should consult one of our trekking experts before embarking on this holiday.
From mid June to August, we can expect to encounter temperatures as high as 30°C at Skardu and 25°C at Shigar. In June and early July there will be a good covering of snow on the slopes leading to and from the Gondoro la and we may also encounter snow on the upper part of the Baltoro. Above 4000 metres snow can fall at any time of the year. At any time of the season the night-time temperature above 4,000 metres are likely to drop to freezing or below and at our highest camps may reach minus 10 or 15°C. The weather is generally good throughout the summer season, with clear skies and little rain or snow. However, weather in mountainous areas is difficult to predict, and short-lived storms can occur at any time of the year.
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Passport & Visas
A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to countries outside the EU. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.
All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is approximately $100 and you must apply for it prior to departure. To obtain a visa for Pakistan you will require a letter of introduction from an approved agency which will be provided by Trango Adventure. For some treks you will also be required to submit a copy of the group ‘Restricted Area’ permit which will be provided by Trango. Visa applications can only be made in person at the Pakistan consulate/Embassy in your home country.
We will send you a detailed list of items close to your Holiday departure. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking including your sleeping bag and mattress should be no more than 12.5 kgs. This limit which is set by the porters is strictly enforced and bags will be weighed prior to setting off on trek. Anything not required on the trek can be left at the group hotel in Islamabad or Skardu. Please note that your mountaineering equipment will be packed into additional, communal kitbags at the start of the trekking and this equipment will not be part of your personal 12.5 kgs weight limit.
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