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Diran trek – Pakistan

Diran is placed between Rakaposhi and Haramosh Massif of Karakoram Range, one of the most beautiful mountains in Nagar valley above Minapin Village. In 1968 three members of Austrian Expedition first climbed Diran. They found Hidden crevasses and high snow Domes on the Northwest Ridge. Since then dozens of expeditions have attempted Diran with some success yet many returning without luck. Due to avalanche dangers Diran is pretty treacherous mountain thought giving a very soft look from afar. Diran is accessible both from south via Bagrot Valley and from north from Minapin Village through the pasture land along beautiful meadows with extraordinary views of the green land of Nagar valley. Most common route is up the north face that leads to the shoulder with easy gradients but quite treacherous faces after a new snow fall as the faces are avalanche prone. The stunning south face has also been attempted by many expeditions and few have been lucky to get up the mountain. From south BC we have views of stunning south faces of Rakaposhi, Diran, lovely twin summits of Bilchar Dobani, Phuparash, Malubiting and Haramosh Peak.

14 Days
18+ Age
  • Destination

  • Departure

    Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Departure Time

    Any time
  • Return Time

    Approximately 8:30 PM.
  • Dress Code

    Trekking ecuipment
  • Included

    All taxes and official expenses
    Basic guesthouse accommodation
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    City tour
    Departure Taxes
    Domestic flights
    Hotel
    Permits and TIMS permit
    Personal Guide
  • Not Included

    Alcohol and cold drinks
    Entry visa
    International flights
    Local staff and porters
    Mandatory travel insurance
    Personal trekking equipment
    Tips for trekking staff and driver
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Day 1: Arrival to Islamabad airport

Welcome in Pakistan at Islamabad and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon we will make a city sightseeing tour to Rawalpindi and Islamabad, which offers a great contrast of culture, archaeology and planning. Rawalpindi is an old city with narrow lanes and bustling bazaars while Islamabad is a modern and the only planned city of Pakistan serving as the capital of the state. Raja Bazaar, Murree Road, Lok Virsa Museum and Shah Faisal Mosque are the places of tourist interest included in the tour.
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Day 2: Drive to Chilas

We depart from Islamabad and arrive at Besham crossing the famous towns of Abbottabad and Mansehra. Later on ffollowing the upstream course of River Indus, we will make photo stops at Shatial rocks with ancient graffiti's on it. After a long day aboard, we arrive at Chilas and transfer to hotel for overnight.
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Day 3: Drive to Bulchi - Bagrot Valley

We will start driving on KKH and bye passing the town of Gilgit we arrive at Danyor and switch over to jeeps for Bulchi, a green village of Bagrot Valley. On arrival at Bulchi, we establish our camp for overnight stay.
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Day 4: Trek toTagafari

We start our walking through green fields and later on encounter with the lower portion of Hinarchi Glacier. Passing through green and fertile ablation valley of the glacier, we arrive at Tagafari and camp on the edge of the glacier.
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Day 5: Trek to Diran Base Camp

We start trekking with a steep descent into and the climbing on the glacier. Once on the glacier, we follow the middle route as it offers less number of crevasses as compared to side tracks. Traversing the glacier, we arrive at a green meadow with flowers, which serves as the base camp for Diran Peak.
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Day 6: Base Camp - Day Free

Today is a free day at base camp for photograph and to enjoy the beauty of surrounding mountains with superb views of Diran & Rakaposhi, particularly.
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Day 7: Base Camp - Bulchi - Gilgit

We return to Bulchi retracing our footprints and drive by jeeps to Gilgit for overnight stay.
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Day 8: Gilgit - Minapin - Hapakun

Crossing the villages of Nagar & Hunza on KKH, we take a diversion for Minapin Village. From Minapin we will start the trek for Hapakun.
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Day 9: Trek to Tagaferi

Tagaferi is a summer shepherd's settlement. We walk along the heavily crevassed Minapin Glacier and arrive at Hapakun for camp.
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Day 10: Trek to Kacheili

We cross the glacier to reach at flower filled meadows of Tagaferi, with superb views of Rakaposhi. Rest of the day is free at leisure to enjoy the beauty of surrounding peaks.
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Day 11: Trek to Hapakun

We spend a free morning to enjoy the landscape and later start walking back to Hapakun.
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Day 12: Hapakun - Minapin - Karimabad - Hunza Valley

Drive to Besham onWalking down to Minapin, we arrive and mount on our vehicles and drive to Karimabad, the capital town of Hunza valley. Karakoram Highway.
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Day 13: Karimabad - Sightseeing

Ultar, Hunza Dome, Bublimating, Spantik and Diran are famous peaks surrounds us at Karimabad, while Rakaposhi at 7788m dominates the whole panorama. At Karimabad, we visit Baltit Fort Museum and Altit Fort. Rest of the day is free for walking around villages and famous terraced fields of Hunza.
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Day 14: Karimabad - Excursion Khunjerab Pass

Today we will make an excursion to the Sino-Pak border at Khunjerab, crossing the villages of Gulmit, Passu and Sost en route. Khunjerab is the highest point on KKH at 4734 meters and considered as the highest trade route in the world. In the evening we will return to hotel.
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Day 15: Drive to Gilgit

We will drive back to Gilgit, where we enjoy a free time to explore bazaar and town. Gilgit River flowing through the town offers superb views and walk along its banks is rewarding.
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Day 16: Drive to Besham

Return journey on KKH to Chilas, the place at the foot of Nanga Parbat, where hundreds of rocks are found with inscriptions, writings and drawings of old times. We will make a photo stop at Chilas and Shatial Rocks and continue driving to Besham for overnight stay.
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Day 17: Drive to Islamabad

Making an early departure for Islamabad, we arrive at Taxila, the famous capital of Buddhists. At Taxila, we will visit Jaulian Monastery and Archaeological Museum and resume drive to Islamabad for overnight. At Islamabad, evening is free for packing and individual's activities.
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Day 18: Departure

Our staff will provide transfer and assistance at departure and say bon voyage for your onward journey.

Tour Location

Diran trek

Diran is placed between Rakaposhi and Haramosh Massif of Karakoram Range, one of the most beautiful mountains in Nagar valley above Minapin Village. In 1968 three members of Austrian Expedition first climbed Diran. They found Hidden crevasses and high snow Domes on the Northwest Ridge. Since then dozens of expeditions have attempted Diran with some success yet many returning without luck. Due to avalanche dangers Diran is pretty treacherous mountain thought giving a very soft look from afar. Diran is accessible both from south via Bagrot Valley and from north from Minapin Village through the pasture land along beautiful meadows with extraordinary views of the green land of Nagar valley. Most common route is up the north face that leads to the shoulder with easy gradients but quite treacherous faces after a new snow fall as the faces are avalanche prone. The stunning south face has also been attempted by many expeditions and few have been lucky to get up the mountain. From south BC we have views of stunning south faces of Rakaposhi, Diran, lovely twin summits of Bilchar Dobani, Phuparash, Malubiting and Haramosh Peak.
TREK TO RAKAPOSHI BASE CAMP/DIRAN PEAK BASE CAMP
This trek is located in Nagar Valley also known as Minapin Trek, has very easy access from the Karakoram Highway. This is one of the shortest and easiest treks leading to above 7000M Karakoram peak base camp with sweeping views from Rakaposhi to Diran. The Minapin Glacier sweep down from the 16km long fluted snowy ridge that connects the Rakaposhi and Diran. This treks starts from the village of Minapin in Nagar Valley that sits along the Minapin River bank above the confluence of the Hunza and Minipan rivers. The excellent short and easy trek from Minapin to Rakaposhi Base Camp trek, also known Taghaphari is ideal introduction of Karakoram trekking. This is the easiest trek in the Karakarom and very easy access. It is 2-3 hrs from Minapin Village to Hapakun, on easy trial then from Hapkun to Rakposhi Base Camp is also 3-4 hrs easy walk. There are also fixed camping sites where you can spend the nights. For the Diran Base Camp has to cross the Katchelly Glacier that takes 2-3 hrs on the moraine. You may do one day excursion to Base Camp of Diran Peak or can spend the night in the Diran Base Camp but there are not fixed camping sites. From Diran Base Camp you may have excursion to Katachelly Lake 2-3 hrs go and back, also from BC can make day hike to advance camp or ABC camp of Diran Peak by normal route. Around the Base Camp of Diran there are some peaks below 6500m, called trekking peaks that you may climb them, Mirshikar 5450M, Pheker Peak 5480M and Katchelly Peak 5800M and also to do ski from these peaks. You can have very nice view of centeral Hunza and Ultar peak from Rakapsohi Base Camp. For loading use the donkeys up to Rakaposhi Base Camp and for cross the glacier to Diran Peak Base Camp using porters.

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