HINDU-KUSH
Shah Jinali & Thui An Trek

The broad rolling alpine meadows and sparkling streams offer open rolling through the pass called the king’s polo ground or Shahjinali An (4,259m). Facing northwards from the Shahjinali Pass, a delightful view is guaranteed by the Hindu-Raj Mountain Range, which forms the border to Afghanistan (Wakhan Corridor). The Qala-i-Ust peak, with its altitude of 6,317m, is an outstanding feature in the mountain range.  The second part of the trek is Yarkhun Chitral to Yasin of Gilgit-Baltistan. This is a scenic, moderate trek following one of the ancient trade routes and has dramatic views of the Thui peaks and other 6000m mountains. Thui Pass (4,520m) is just passable, but the trek requires stamina and good health. The views from the top of the pass back down Yasin side show a circle of pointed, rocky, 6000m peaks touched with snow, with a wide green meadow on the rounded hill in the foreground and Aghost. Bar Glacier snaking down to the Thui Valley. On the Chitral side, the view is blocked by a semi-circle of 5000m to 6000m peaks enclosing a glaciated bowl. 

 

Trip Highlights
Trip Code: ATP-TR-15
Route: Islamabad-Chitral-Kailash Valley-Rua-Shah Jinali-Yashkit-Thui An- Yasin Gilgit – Islamabad
Best time: June to September 
Maximum Altitude: 4520 meters
Trek Grade: Moderate
Trip Length (Islamabad-Islamabad): 17 nights/18 days (8 hotel nights & 9 camping nights

 

Day To Day Itineary 

Day Program Altitude Overnight
01 Arrival at Islamabad International Airport Islamabad. Transfer to hotel. Half day city tour of Islamabad  500M Hotel 
02 Drive to Bumburet Kailash (12 hours) 1100M Hotel 
03 Explore the unique culture of Kailash  1650M Hotel 
04 Drive to Chitral (1.5 hrs). Preparations for the trekking 1500M Hotel 
05 Drive to Rua by jeeps (8 hours) 2820M Tents
06 Trek from Rua to Dershal (6-7 hours)  3300M Tents
07 Trek from Dershal to Shah Ghari (3 hours) 3690M Tents
08 Trek from Shah Ghari to Ishperu Dok via Shah Jinali 4000 M Tents
09 Trek from Ishperu Dok to Yashkit  2850M Tents 
10 Drive to Nichagh in Gazin  (5 hours) 3050M Tents
11 Trek from Nichagh to Golpigol (5-6 hours) 3100M Tents
12 Trek to Gashushi via Thui An (4500M) 4067M Tents
13 Trek to Shotaling (5-6 hours) 3185M Tents
14 Trek to Nialti (2800M) and drive to Gupis Hotel 
15 Drive to Gilgit (5 hours).  Hotel
16 Flight to Islamabad or drive to Naran over Babusar Pass Hotel 
17 Visit Taxila. If no flight yesterday drive to Islamabad  from Naran via Taxila Hotel 
18 Home bound flight 

 

Note: Instead trekking from day 10-12, a jeep ride can be taken

Trip Name: Shah Jinali & Thui Aan Trek 

Trekking Zone: Open Zone 

Main Visa Category: Tourist  

Sub Visa Category:  Tourist 

Permit requirement: A trekking permit is not required as the trek falls in the open zones

PASSPORT AND VISA

Participants of all nationalities are required to have a valid passport with six months remaining validity and a visa for Pakistan. Visas must be applied online at https://visa.nadra.gov.pk/   

You will need a letter of invitation (LOI) which our office will provide along with the requisite documents including Adventure Tours Pakistan license copy and National Identity Card of the host. 

VALIDITY OF VISA 

Usually a tourist visa is issued for three months with 30 days validity. Do note that the 30 days’ validity starts on the date of arrival. For example your visa is issued on March 15 and valid for three month but you arrive Pakistan on June 20th, your visa will expire on July 19th. In case your stay is longer than 30 days, an extension is possible after arrival in Pakistan. 

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND A VALID VISA FOR PAKISTAN. 


TREKKING PERMIT

No trekking permit required as the trek falls in an open area 

PERSONAL INSURANCE

As the trip is of strenuous nature, it is a mandatory requirement to have an insurance policy for accidents, medical and helicopter evacuation covering at least $ 30,000. You can choose an insurance company of your choice but SafetyWing Travel Insurance has great benefits and coverage. They provide online services without hassles. 

DRESS

In the cities like Islamabad, there is no problem if you are in western dress but in remote regions including Skardu, you will need to have a full dress (covering your body)


LOCAL CREW

The local crew includes a licensed guide, cook, assistant cook, porter’s Sirdar, and porters. Our guides and cooks are well-experienced, strong, supportive and friendly. They performed their duties with full dedication to facilitate our valued clients.     

GROUP JOINING INSTRUCTIONS

The tour starts and ends in Islamabad. Adventure Tours Pakistan’s guide or representative will be at the airport to pick the clients with the welcome signboard of Adventure Tours Pakistan.  We can also make reservations for pre and post nights if anyone arriving early or departing late. 

HIKING AT ALTITUDE

Trekking in Hindukush is rated as a comfortable hike on the green, meadows, terrain and some exposed section makes a tough trek. All members must be physically fit and capable of walking for about 6-8 hours a day as the highest point of the trek is above 5000m. However, the itinerary is designed in such a way that provides acclimatization by gaining height gradually, which allows the body to adjust to reduce air pressure at higher altitudes. For more details you can click on the link below.       
https://www.backpacker.com/skills/backpacking-fitness/how-to-hike-strong-at-altitude/

LOCAL TIME

Pakistan falls in one time zone, which is Pakistan Standard Time (PKT). This is UTC+05:00 — that is, five hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time.

ELECTRICITY
The power plugs and sockets in Pakistan are of type C and D. Type C plug has two round pins & the type D plug has three round pins arranged in a triangular pattern. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. It is recommended to bring power plug adapter. 

Power plugs and sockets type C are used in Pakistan
Power plugs and sockets type D are used in Pakistan


CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE

Major currencies including US Dollars, Euro & GB Pounds can be exchanged in Islamabad and Skardu as well. However, the exchange rate in Skardu is not as good as compared to Islamabad. You can check the foreign currency exchange rate at https://www.nbp.com.pk/RateSheet/index.aspx . The exchange rates in the open market differs from the bank rate.

TIPS 

Tip for a guide, cook, assistant cook, Porter’s Sidar and porters are customary. However, it is absolutely at the discretion of clients to decide about the amount of tips.  


BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE

Airlines offering domestic flights including PIA offer 20 kg (1 piece) on a domestic flight in economy class to/from Skardu. For an extra baggage (1 piece up to 20 kg), they charge PKR 5800 currently which is subject to change.

EQUIPMENT (SHOPPING/RENTAL)

Personal clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kit, personal trekking gears can be purchased/rented in Skardu. Some of the items may not be available on rent and need to be purchased. Please confirm with us in advance. 

DEPARTURE TAXES

No departure taxes are applicable at Pakistan international airports. However, you can check with your concerned international carrier before travelling.   

MEALS 

3 meals a day will be provided during the hotel stay except for lunches and dinners in Islamabad. 

FOOD ON TREKKING
We do cater any special food requirements during trekking if any client has food allergies/intolerances or special dietary needs like vegetarian and vegan etc.  

BREAKFAST

Below is the list of major items we provide in the breakfasts with a combination of four or five items a day. 

  1. Porridge
  2. Corn Flacks
  3. Eggs (Omelets/Fried or according to demand)
  4. Paratha (local form of bread)
  5. Muesli
  6. Jam
  7. Honey
  8. Marmalade
  9. Black tea
  10. Coffee
  11. Milk etc.

LUNCH

Below is the list of major items we provide at the lunches with a combination of three to four items a day during trekking. 

  1. Peanut butter
  2. Tuna Fish
  3. Sardine Fish
  4. Paratha  (Continued on next page)
  5. Cookies Sweet
  6. Cookies Saltish
  7. Dry Fruit
  8. Tin Fruit
  9. Potatoes/peas
  10. Green tea/Mixed tea
  11. Tang etc.

DINNER

You will have a complete dinner with soup, two curries plus rice or Spaghetti or Macaroni & chapatti. There will be a dessert & green tea and coffee etc. as well. 

  1. Chapatti
  2. Spaghetti
  3. Macaroni
  4. Pasta
  5. Meat (Chicken, Mutton & Beef)
  6. Fresh vegetables
  7. Backed beans
  8. Green peas
  9. Noodles(Meggi)
  10. Salad
  11. Lentils
  12. Green tea etc.

DESSERT

  1. Pudding
  2. Kheer Mix
  3. Custard
  4. Jelly
  5. Fruit watermelon, Mangoes (in first weeks)

Any intolerance or allergies to the food items must be communicated in advance. If you have any personal choices that we can meet will also be provided. 

DRINKING WATER

It is highly recommended to use mineral water in the cities and boiled/ filtered or purified water during the trekking. Do not drink running water from the rivers and streams. 

WEATHER

The weather in Islamabad is extremely hot during the summer season. You can expect a temperature between 30-40 degrees centigrade. If you travel by road to Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral expect the weather to be very hot as well. In GB and Chitral, the weather is similar to Islamabad, except 25-38 degrees centigrade. During the trekking on sunny days, expect the weather to be warm without any shade. Especially during the trek, the weather will be extremely hot on those days. It is advised to have proper sun protection in the form of an umbrella, a wide-brim hat, and plenty of sunscreens. However, the weather in the nighttime is cooler above 4000 meters, you can even expect the temperature to get down to below zero and experience snowfall. 

WHO SHOULD DO THE TREK?

Trekking in Hindukush is easy and comfortable even for beginners. However, some parts of difficult.  Most of the camping sites in Hindukush are grassy with clear spring water to drink and wash. People who like to experience the local communities along the trek these are the best option for them. There are no high mountains like Karakorum and Himalaya. The highest mountain of Hindu Kush region is Tirich Mir 7,879 m (the highest peak in Hindukush). However, there are numerous tiny and beautiful peaks and breath-taking landscape to enjoy the nature. This is the trek rarely people do it unlike any other trek in Pakistan. There is a lot explore in the Hindukush Range of Pakistan. We can plan a day hike to a month long trek with in the region. The most interesting highlights in Hindukush are blue sky lakes, waterfalls, rivers, lush green meadows and summer pastures where the local communities go with herds of animals during the summer. It provides a great opportunity to experience the local cultures and traditions while traveling in Hindukush.

BOOKING & DEPOSITS

The trip can be reserved upon as an initial deposit of 30% at the time of booking. The initial deposit shall not be refunded but can be transferred for a future trip. 

FINAL PAYMENT

We accept full trip cost at 30 days prior to the commencement of the tour. The payments are only accepted in cash/bank transfers in bank account. We don’t accept payments through credit cards. Please do not accept any invoice which is not generated by Adventure Tours Pakistan and sent through official email ID. 

1) Cancellations must be notified in writing to Adventure Tours Pakistan or the agent through which the trip is booked. Cancellation charges shall be levied as follows:

  1. Cancellation before 30 days or more-After a deduction of the 30%, the remaining amount will be refunded. If the deposit is retained with the consent of our client no cancellation charges will be applied. The full amount will be adjusted with a future trip. 
  2. Cancellation within 2 weeks before departure –50 %  of the package offer
  3. Cancellation within one week of departure or no show –Loss of full payment 

2) There shall be no refunds if you leave the trip for any reason whatsoever, either voluntarily or involuntarily, after the trip has begun. No refunds shall be made for any meals, accommodation or services not utilized. In such situations, the client will pay extra accommodation and transportation cost. 

WHY BOOK WITH ADVENTURE TOURS PAKISTAN?

Adventure Tours Pakistan is one of the leading Destination Management and adventure Tour Company with over 35 year years’ experience. ATP has a chequered history handling more clients on this trek than any other adventure outfitter in Pakistan. We always strive to focus on the safety, and comfort of our valued clients without any discrimination. 

OUR VALUES 

We have a designed set of values for our company which guides us to deliver the best travel experience to our clients, these values include: 

  • Integrity
  • Communication
  • Client Safety and Security
  • Customer Oriented Services
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Customer Satisfaction

RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS COMMUNITY 

We are aware of our responsibility towards the local communities, their customs, and the environment. Therefore, a part of our income is specifically allocated towards humanitarian activities including student support, skill development programs & micro credit loans to women without interest etc. Details can be provided on request. 

OUR CLIENT

We have worked with both local & foreign clients, and are proud to say that Adventure Tours Pakistan has competitive advantage over other service providers. We maintain a balance between cost and quality. Our business philosophy, and the secret to our success, is “LESS PROFIT EQUALS MORE CLIENTS AND MORE CLIENTS EQUALS MORE PROFIT’

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