The Shimshal Trekking

The Himalayas, the frozen peaks, the glaciers, and the wide grasslands are all little features of a small village of ‘Wakhi’ speaking people called Shimshal (3100M). Due to remoteness of the region, it is less frequently visited trek. Hence, its natural beauty is unspoiled and inspiring. Shimshal is a home of mountains, Lupghar Sar, Yazghail Sar, Kanjut Sar and others are well known among mountaineers. However, Minglik Sar (5931M) is more popular as it is relatively an easy trekking peak and can be climbed in a day. Some of the most popular treks including Pamir Pass, Chafchingol Pass, & Lukpe La etc. can be started in Shimshal. Chafchangol Pass (5150m) connects Mai Dur with Karakoram Highway. The high pass offers superb view of Gujerab mountain peaks & many other peaks in the central Karakoram. 


Trip Highlight
Trip Code:  ATP-TR-06
Trek Grade: Strenuous
Best time:  Early June to Mid-September 
Maximum Elevation: 5151 meters/Minglik Sar (5931 meters)
Trip Length (Islamabad to Islamabad): 22 nights/23 days (8 hotel nights & 14 camping nights)
Trip Route:  Islamabad-Gilgit-Hunza-Shimshal-Shimshal Pass-Chafchangol Pass-KKH-Hunza-Islamabad. 
Short Version 16 nights/17 days (8 hotel nights & 8 camping nights)


Day To Day Itinerary

Day Program Altitude Overnight 
01 Arrival Islamabad, after short rest visit Rawalpindi & Islamabad 500M Hotel
02 Drive to Chilas via Babusar Pass-4100M (10-12 hours) 1265M Hotel
03 Drive to Passu Hunza (7 hours) 2500M Hotel
04 Drive to Shimshal (3 hours)  3100M Hotel
05 Trek Shimshal to Past Furzin (6-7 hours) 3360M Tents
06 Trek via Purien-e Sar to Wolo-e Dasht (7-8 hours) 4180M Tents
07 Trek to Shimshal Pass (6-7 hours) 4730M Tents
08 Trek to Minglik Base Camp  4850M“ Tents
09-10 Free days for climbing Minglik Sar (5930M) Tents
11 Trek to Arbab Purien 3950M Tents
12 Trek to Maidur 4130M Tents
13 Trek to Shapodin 4250M Tents
14 Trek to Mandik Shalaq 4100M Tents
15 Trek to Werben 3600M Tents
16 Trek to Chafchingol Pass BC 4100M Tents
17 Trek to Kuksil over Chafchingol Pass (5100m) and Karimabad  2400M Hotel
18 Visit Baltit & Altit Forts. In the afternoon drive to Duiker for sunset 2400M Hotel
19 Flight to Islamabad from Gilgit or drive to Naran (9 hours) 2400M Hotel
20 Drive to Islamabad via Babusar Pass and Kaghan Valley 500M Hotel
21 Homebound flight  Hotel 





Day Program Altitude Overnight 
01 Arrival Islamabad, after short rest visit Rawalpindi & Islamabad 500M Hotel
02 Drive to Chilas via Babusar Pass-4100M (10-12 hours) 1265M Hotel
03 Drive to Passu Hunza (7 hours) 2500M Hotel
04 Drive to Shimshal (3 hours)  3100M Hotel
05 Trek Shimshal to Past Furzin (6-7 hours) 3360M Tents
06 Trek via Purien-e Sar to Wolo-e Dasht (7-8 hours) 4180M Tents
07 Trek to Shimshal Pass (6-7 hours) 4730M Tents
08 Trek to Minglik Base Camp  4850M“ Tents
09-10 Free days for climbing Minglik Sar (5930M) Tents
11 Way back to Purien-e Ben via Wolo-e Dasht Tents
12 Way back to Zardgarben (8-10 hours) 4080m Tents
13 Back to Shimshal village, 3-4 hours, drive to Karimabad (5 hours) 2400M Hotel 
14 Free day in Karimabad  Hotel
15 Early morning drive to Gilgit and flight to Islamabad or drive to Naran Hotel
16 Free day in Islamabad with optional visit to Taxila or drive from Naran to Islamabad.  Hotel
17 Homebound flight  Hotel 

Trip Name: The Shimshal Trek (Minglik Sar & Chafchingol Pass Trek)

Trekking Zone: Restricted Zone 

Main Visa Category: Mountaineering & Trekking 

Sub Visa Category:  Trekking

Permit requirement: A trekking permit is required as the trek falls in the restricted zone


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   

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. 


Usually a trekking 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. 



As the Shimshal Trek falls in the restricted areas, a trekking permit is required and the security clearance process usually takes 30-45 days. It is high recommended to apply at least 60 days in advance to avoid delays. Your application for visa is linked with the application for the trekking permit. 


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. 


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)


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.     


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. 


The Shimshal Trek (Shimshal Minglik Sar & Chafchingol Pass Trek) is rated as a strenuous hike on the rocky, glacial terrain and some exposed section makes a tough trek.  All participants 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.    If you are short time, you can do the first part of the trek upto Shimshal Pass and come back to Shimshal. 


A list of personal equipment is provided bellow you can make personal kit according to your needs. 

  • Gore Tex Trekking Shoes (1 pair)
  • Socks (2-3 pairs)
  • Gaiters (1 set)
  • Crampons (1 set)
  • Slippers (1 pair) 
  • T shirts (2-3)
  • Trousers (2-3 pairs)
  • Fleece Jacket  
  • Warm Clothing including inner dress / thermals
  • Gore Tex Jacket (1 piece)
  • Down Jacket (1 piece) 
  • Sun Cap (1 piece)
  • Warm Hat (1 piece) 
  • Neck Cover (1 piece)
  • Hand Gloves/Mittens (2 pairs)
  • Rucksack (backpack) 50-60L
  • Trekking poles
  • Sleeping Bag (-20C—30C) 
  • Umbrella 
  • Head lamp (with extra batteries) 
  • Ultraviolet Protection Sun Glasses 
  • Sun Cream
  • Chap Stick or Lip Balm 
  • Water bottle 
  • Personal medication (if advised by physician)
  • Note: Some equipment are available for rent or sale in Skardu 


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.

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


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 . The exchange rates in the open market differs from the bank rate.


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.  


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.


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. 


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


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

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.  


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.


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.


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.


  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. 


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. 


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 Skardu, expect the weather to be very hot as well. In Skardu, the temperature in Skardu to lower than Islamabad. However, day time is warm. Expect 25-38 degrees centigrade. During the trekking on sunny days, expect the weather to be warm without any shade. Especially during the trek between Askole/Jhula to Urdukas, 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. 


Shimshal Hike is a wilderness trek, with no access to towns/villages and limited inhabitants during the whole duration (two weeks) of the trek. You will hike as high as 5000 meters and the trekking route is strenuous with river crossings, uneven terrain, glaciers, and boulders on the way. The trek is recommended for individuals with physical fitness and in good health. And should also know the techniques of using trekking equipment. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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


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. 


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’