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Thalle La Trek Pakistan 2020

Thalle la trek is a walking holiday in The Karakoram mountains of Pakistan. This is a easy Trek which provides a Wonderfull trekking experience in The Karakoram Mountain with a spectacular mountain vistas. 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Thalle La Trek Pakistan provide Spectacular mountain vistas
  • See the largest mosque in Asia in Islamabad
  • Spectacular mountain view flight to Skardu
  • Stay in the fantastic Hotels in Islamabad, Serena Hotel Khaplu and Serena Hotel Shigar
  • Hike through the  mighty Karakorum Mountain Range
  • Camp under the stars on a trek through Thalle La
  • Visit the 14th century Chaqchan Monastery in Khaplu

OVERVIEW

Thalle La Trek Pakistan is through a mountain pass (4,572m) between Shigar and Khaplu valley in Pakistan. It is an easy Trek of 11-13 days leading over the Thalle la (4,572 M). This Trek is meaningful plan on 2-week time scale and for a diversity of reason it undertakes to be very exciting indeed. Crossing of Thalle La can be possible from Shigar and Khaplu valleys.

Home to some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world, thriving cities, colourful markets and warm hospitality, a trip to this part of the world is bound to excite even the most worldly travellers. Having run trips here for more than 4 decades, we have the expertise to make your trip safe, fun and enjoyable.  On this private custom-made tour, you will travel to the mountainous northeast of the country to a region known as Baltistan, where you will Trek for four days witnessing some of the Karakoram Mountain’s must spectacular scenery, top and tailing your hike with stays in two of the regions most fabulous hotels, Shigar Fort and Khaplu Palace.

Our Thalle La Trek Pakistan starts from the purpose-built green city Islamabad. Your Guide will meet and greet you at the Islamabad International Airport, then transfer you to the hotel. We will meet again in the afternoon to give you a briefing about Thalle La Trek. After spending the night in Islamabad, we will drive to the airport to take the spectacular mountain view flight to Skardu. From the fight you will see the Majestic Himalayan and Karakoram mountains. If the weather is clear then you should be able to see the mighty K2 and the naked mountain Nanga Parbat. We will spend our night in Skardu. Skardu is the capital of ancient Himalayan kingdom Baltistan. Sightseeing in Skardu will be, Sadpara lake, Kharpocho Fort and the local Bazar. Next day We will follow the Indus then Shyok rivers to Khaplu. Khaplu is the district capital of khaplu valley. We will stay in the historical Khaplu fort and visit the local Bazar and the Chaqchan Mosque. Today we will drive to Thalle Village to start our Trek. Our walking session of Thalle La Trek Pakistan will start from here onwards for few days until we reach Shigar. Shigar is the District Capital of Shigar valley. In Shigar we will stay in the Historical Shigar Fort. Shigar and Khaplu fort use to be the old residence of the local royal families, which now has turn into a fabulous 4 star Hotel. after spending the night in Shigar fort, we will drive to Skardu airport to take the spectacular flight to Islamabad. Will spend one night in Islamabad then next day transfer you to the airport for your flight back home.

We strongly believe that the Thalle La Trek Pakistan, Karakoram Mountains of Baltistan Valley and its amazingly friendly people will create a life long memory, which will stay with you for long time.

We are organising four fixed departure of “thalle la trek Pakistan” in June- July and August 2020. Thalle la trek is an easy walk which does not requires mountaineering skill.

Please contact us if you would like to know about these treks.

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BRIEF ITINERARY:

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ARRIVAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD,PAKISTAN:

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SPECTACULAR MOUNTAIN VIEW FLIGHT TO SKARDU:

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SIGHTSEEING IN SKARDU:

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DRIVE TO KHAPLU:

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TREK DAY:


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THALLE TREK:

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THALLE TREK:

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THALLE TREK-SHIGAR:

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FLIGHT TO ISLAMABAD:

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SIGHTSEEING IN ISLAMABAD:

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DEPARTURE DAY:

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Map of Thalle La Trek Pakistan

Trango Adventure has a long track record of organising Thalle la trekPakistan. We have had groups successfully crossed Thalle La on previous occasions. Our Thalle La Trek itinerary is based on over 40 Years of experience, which is the best in terms of acclimatisation, 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.

DETAILED ITINERERY

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ARRIVAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD,PAKISTAN:

Most of the international flights arrives at Islamabad International Airport in the mornings. Your Guide will meet and greet you at the airport, then you will be transfer to the hotel. Rest of the days is free to recover from your journey. Later in the day, when everyone has arrived, we will have a group briefing about the Thalle La Trek Pakistan. Depending on the time available to us, there may be an option to do some sightseeing in Islamabad, A purpose-built City in 1961 as the new capital of Pakistan.
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • HOTEL
  • MEALS
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SPECTACULAR MOUNTAIN VIEW FLIGHT TO SKARDU:

 If cancelled Drive KKH to Chilas, Isb to Chilas, 461km. 8-9 H-Drive. Today you will 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  (8,126m), if weather is clear then we might be able to see K2 and Gondogoro 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 Islam.
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • HOTEL
  • MEALS
  • BLD
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SIGHTSEEING IN SKARDU:

In the morning you will walk up to the remains of Kharpocho Fort (builded early 1700), which overlooks the town and has a great view of the Indus River. If you are into photography then this is a perfect location to take photos of  Skaradu Town at sunrise or sunset. (we can arrange this for you). We will then walk to a small village, called Organic village, which grows all its crops organically. The afternoon is free to explore. Perhaps you would like to take an optional jeep tour to Satpara Lake or explore the bazaar.
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  • HOTEL
  • MEALS
  • BLD
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DRIVE TO KHAPLU, 3 HOURS DRIVE:

Today you will drive to Khaplu, located 105 kilometres east of Skardu, taking approximately three hours. You will initially follow Indus River and then follow Shyok River all the way to Khaplu. It is a spectacular drive and the contrast of blossom and rugged mountain makes it even more dramatic. You will then check in to the hotel and, after some rest, visit the 14th century Chaqchan Monastery – one of the oldest Muslim Monasteries in Baltistan.
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  • HOTEL
  • MEALS
  • BLD
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TREK DAY, 4 HOURS WALKING:

After breakfast, you will drive in a 4×4 jeep for half an hour towards Skardu. Cross Shyok River by a wooden suspension bridge at Daghoni and follow the Thalle Lungma. You will thoroughly enjoy driving through the beautiful villages surrounded by barley corn and potato fields. You will eventually reach Olmo Village, the highest summer settlement on the Thalle side. Here you will be greeted by your camp staff who will provide you with a hot cup of tea. You will then be taken on an acclimatisation hike before returning to camp for dinner. As long as the weather remains kind, there should not be any snow during your trek and you will not need crampons for your boots at any stage. It is advised to bring your own sleeping bag and an inflatable sleeping mat for a comfortable nights sleep. During the day the temperatures are expected to be around 28 – 35 degrees Celsius, however at night they can drop from -3 to -5 degrees.
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • CAMPING
  • MEALS
  • BLD
  • ASCENT
  •  250m
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THALLE TREK,5-6 HOURS WALKING:

After spending your first night under the stars in then tent, today will be your first walking day of Thalle la trek. You will occasionally come across herds of Yaks and cows freely grazing on lush green slopes. Thalle Valley is surrounded by dozens of snow-capped mountains that add to serenity of the area. You will stop at shepherd huts to glimpse into the very simple lifestyle of friendly shepherds who generously offer you their milk products. After a midway hot lunch, continue hiking to Azalan, at the foot of Thalle La where we will camp tonight.
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  • CAMPING
  • MEALS
  • BLD
  • ASCENT
  • 400m
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THALLE TREK,8-9 HOURS WALKING:

Today you will start a bit early and climb the Thalle pass (4,572m). Beautiful alpine flowers will draw your attention frequently on your hike today. Once on the pass, you will get majestic views of the Haramosh group to the west and Siachen Mountains to the east. Now you will start a long downhill walk through more alpine scenery for another 3 hours. Descending through a section of thick juniper forest, you will pass through heavenly meadows of Raseppi, where you shall spend your night in tents.
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • CAMPING
  • MEALS
  • BLD
  • ASCENT
  • 900m
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THALLE TREK-SHIGAR:

Today will be your last walking day of Thalle la trek Pakistan, you will continue descending through green pastures. After one hour you will cross Bangma River and follow the less steep Shepard trail. You will stop for lunch near the river and then complete the Trek in Shigar, where you will walk straight into Shigar Fort Residence for a much-needed hot shower and rest. Located in the beautiful province of Baltistan in the Northern Areas of Pakistan, Shigar Fort Residence is the result of a unique heritage conservation project, which offers guests the opportunity to experience the restored original architecture of a 17th century Raja fort-palace.
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  • HOTEL
  • MEALS
  • BLD
  • DESCENT
  • 500m
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FLIGHT TO ISLAMABAD:

 If the weather is clear then you will take the flight to Islamabad. Skardu Airport is a 40 minute drive from the hotel along a good road lined with poplar trees. Boarding our plane we have an exciting flight out of the valley, once again passing by Nanga Parbat before turning south for Islamabad. Arriving in the Pakistani capital after a period in the mountains is always a strange experience and it takes a little time to get used to the hustle and bustle and especially the traffic. Our private bus will be waiting at the airport to transfer us to the group hotel and once we have settled in it will be time to take lunch (unless we have experienced unusual flight delays). After lunch the rest of the day is free for independent sightseeing or to relax at the hotel. Your Guide will advise you on the possibilities for sightseeing. Shopping for hand-made Iranian & Afghan rugs is a usually popular option. This evening we will come together again for a celebratory meal at the hotel or in a local restaurant.

In Case of Flight cancellation we will drive down the Karakoram Highway. We will arrive in Chillas late afternoon.

  • ACCOMMODATION
  • HOTEL
  • MEALS
  • BLD
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SIGHTSEEING IN ISLAMABAD:

 Contingency day in case of delays – Islamabad: If driving down the Karakoram Highway you will arrive in Islamabad late afternoon. If you managed to fly the day before then you will spend today sightseeing in Islamabad. In the evening we will have a final group meal.

 Skardu is a ‘weather dependent’ airport which means the planes will only fly here if the visibility allows line of sight to the runway by the pilot on the approach. Fortunately the weather is mostly clear in the Karakoram but local weather conditions can bring cloud and rain from time to time. If we cannot fly we will travel down to Islamabad by road along the spectacular Karakoram Highway. If we flew up to Skardu this will be an added bonus as it is a fantastic travel experience in its own right. The drive down the Indus River to Islamabad takes two days so this is an important contingency day to allow for this. If we have flown to Islamabad this will be a further day for sightseeing in the capital and your leader will advise the group on the options available for today.

  • ACCOMMODATION
  • HOTEL
  • MEALS
  • BLD
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DEPARTURE DAY-FLIGHT BACK HOME:

After Breakfast you will be Transfer to Islamabad International Airport for the flight back home. End of “Thalle la trek Pakistan”

Thalle la Trekk Date And Prices 2020

Private Groups – Chose your own Dates

Tour Starts From Islamabad-Domestic Flight Inc

START DATES END DATE PRICE   DEPOSIT  
Sun 28 Jun 08 July US$1,700 US $ 340
Sun 12 July 22 July US$1,700 US $ 340
Sun 02 Aug 12 Aug US$1,700 US $ 340
Sun 16 Aug 26 Aug US$1,700 US $ 340

Thalle La Trek Pakistan prices are including Domestic flights and Full Board Basis. Trek 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. Please be aware that there are often only a limited number of seats available at the advertised price. 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.

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE – NO SURCHARGE GUARANTEE:

The price of our holidays can change depending on a variety of factors but unlike some other tour operators, Trango adventure have undertaken to guarantee the price of your holiday will not change after you have booked. The price when you book is the price you will pay, whether you are booking for this year or the next. Book early to avoid any tour price increases, get the best flight prices and take advantage of our ‘No Surcharge Guarantee’. Trango Adventure is a Government licensed and bonded tour operator to follow the strict Regulation set by the Tourism Department of Pakistan.

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Thalle La Trek Pakistan 2020

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Professional Culture Guide. (Government requirement)
  • Airport transfers for Domestic & international flights.
  • Internal flights and associated airport transfers
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as described
  • All meals
  • All permit fees.
  • *Please note prices are per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room

WHATS’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel insurance
  • Pakistan Visa
  • Tips for local guides and support staff
  • Guided Islamabad sightseeing
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • souvenirs etc
  • PLEASE NOTE: an airport departure tax of Rs1500 is sometimes payable

MEAL PLAN

Fully-inclusive of all meals throughout, from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 13.

ACCOMODATION 

During this trip the group will spend all nights in good standard hotel. Accommodation at each of these hotels is twin-sharing with en-suite facilities. 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 room for an additional cost. Additional hotel nights in Islamabad are also available. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

INTERNAL FLIGHTS

SKARDU FLIGHTS

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.

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 dicretionary 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

INSURANCE

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.

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GROUP LEADER & SUPPORTING STAFF

The group will be led by an experienced Mountain/Culture Guide. During the trek the group will be accompanied by a full support crew.

ALTITUDE

Thalle la trek involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be above 2,000 metres for 1-2 days. 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 acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should get some basic advice on Tours at high altitude.

CLIMATE

From mid June to August, we can expect to encounter temperatures as high as 40°C at Karachi, Multan and Lahore, and 25°C in The Gilgit-Baltistan Region. 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.

BOOKS

  • Trekking in Pakistan. Isobel Shaw.
  • Karakoram Highway. King.
  • Top Treks of the World. Steve Razzetti.
  • In the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods. Galen Rowell.
  • K2 Triumph and Tragedy. Jim Curran.

PASSPORT & VISSAS

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.

PAKISTAN VISA

All nationalities require a visa for Pakistan. The visa fee is approximately GBP $150 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. Visa applications can be made ONLINE or in person at the Pakistan Consulate/Embassy in you own home country. Please visit our Blog and News section for more information.

Note: if you are continuing your tour to china then you have to get the visa for china from you home country.

EQUIPMENT  LIST

The following checklist should help you with your packing. 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 15.5 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. 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 15.5 kgs weight limit.

We will send you a list of detail items closer to your Holiday departure.

Please do drop us an email at [email protected] if you need more information regarding “Thalle La Trek Pakistan”.

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