Ishkoman to Darkot Trek over Attar Pass


Ishkoman to Darkot Trek over Attar Pass: Exploring the Hidden Gems of Hindu Kush

This 16-day trek invites you to embark on a journey through the enchanting landscapes of the Hindu Kush mountains in Pakistan. The trek from Ishkoman to Darkot, over Attar Pass, offers an opportunity to explore uncharted routes and experience the less-traveled beauty of the region.

Day 1: Arrival in Islamabad and Transfer to Besham

  • Altitude: 613 meters
  • Overnight: Hotel

Upon arrival in Islamabad, you’ll be transferred to Besham, beginning your journey surrounded by picturesque landscapes.

Day 2: Drive to Karimabad, Hunza

  • Altitude: 2450 meters
  • Overnight: Hotel

Enjoy a scenic drive to Karimabad, Hunza, where you’ll be greeted by the grandeur of the surrounding mountains.

Day 3: Free Day in Karimabad

  • Overnight: Hotel

Spend a leisurely day in Karimabad, soaking in the beauty of the Hunza Valley and its cultural treasures.

Day 4: Drive to Ghutolti via Gilgit

  • Altitude: 2480 meters
  • Overnight: Tents

Embark on a drive to Ghutolti via Gilgit, beginning the trekking portion of your adventure.

Day 5-7: Trek to Attar Lake

  • Altitude: 4000 meters
  • Overnight: Tents

Embark on a series of treks, passing through Mathan Tir and reaching Attar Lake, a pristine natural water reservoir surrounded by snow-capped peaks.

Day 8: Free Day at Attar Lake

  • Overnight: Tents

Take a day to explore the serene beauty of Attar Lake and its surroundings, a perfect opportunity for reflection and appreciation.

Day 9-11: Trek to Darkot and Beyond

  • Altitude: 4650 meters (Attar Pass)
  • Overnight: Tents

Embark on a trek to Jut Bar and further to Bohrek, crossing the challenging Attar Pass and experiencing the thrill of conquering higher altitudes.

Day 10: Trek to Darkot, Yasin Valley, and Drive to Khalti Lake

  • Altitude: 2217 meters
  • Overnight: Hotel

Trek to Darkot in Yasin Valley and then drive to Khalti Lake, allowing you to experience the variety of landscapes in the region.

Day 11-12: Drive to Mastuj and Chitral

  • Altitude: 3734 meters (Shandur Pass)
  • Overnight: Hotel

Drive to Mastuj via the famous Shandur Pass, a high-altitude adventure offering breathtaking views, and then continue to Chitral for an afternoon exploration of the town.

Day 13: Full Day Exploration of Kailash Valley

  • Altitude: 1650 meters
  • Overnight: Hotel

Delve into the unique culture of Kailash Valley, immersing yourself in its traditions, customs, and way of life.

Day 14-15: Drive to Mingora, Swat, and Islamabad

  • Altitude: 980 meters (Mingora), 500 meters (Islamabad)
  • Overnight: Hotel

Drive to Mingora in Swat and then conclude the journey with a drive back to Islamabad, reminiscing about the incredible landscapes and experiences you’ve had.

Day 16: Departure

  • Homebound flight

Bid farewell to Pakistan and board your homebound flight, cherishing the memories of your journey through the hidden gems of the Hindu Kush.

Highlights: This trek offers an opportunity to explore the lesser-known treasures of the Hindu Kush region. From the serene Attar Lake surrounded by wildflowers to the challenge of crossing Attar Pass, each day presents a new adventure. You’ll pass through quaint villages, experience the warmth of local hospitality, and immerse yourself in the culture of the Kailash Valley. This journey also offers a diverse range of landscapes, from high mountain passes to serene lakes and valleys. This is an ideal trip for those who seek an off-the-beaten-path experience while savoring the raw beauty of the Hindu Kush mountains.


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