Machulo La trek is the most affordable, easiest and short scheduled trek for viewing the K2, Gasherbrum range’s mountains and some other mountains of Karakorum’s range. In addition there are excited views of District Ghanche her Glaciers and the very natural beauty of Panoramic view of Karakoram mountains from Machulo la .
This trek is Best and short place with suitable conditions for national and international Trekkers, for university students’ trip etc. Having just a view of K-2 required three days of walking. Visit in Pakistan treks, tours and expeditions have developed an itinerary to have the glimpse of the mighty mountain just after two days walk from the town of Machulu.
Machulu/Machulo trek is shortest and easiest way to view most of the mightiest peaks of Karakoram and Himalayas in a single glance such as K2, (8,611m), Broad Peak (8,047m) Gasherbrum I (8,068m) Gasherbrum-II (8,035m) Gasherbrum III (7,952m) Gasherbrum IV (7,925m) K7 (6,942m) K6 (7,282) Nanga Parbat (8,125m) and many other nameless peaks
Starting the Trek from Machulu Village, a distant view point for Masherbrum peak (7821m), from there a gradual ascend of two days will bring us to the summer pastures. Upper portions of the valley are dotted with shepherd hunts, raising cows, goats and yaks. If you are fortunate enough you might have a sight of ibex and other wild life. Once on the top you will be able to see all the big four peaks, K-2, Gashebrums and Broad peaks.
Duration: 10 days
Camping Nights: 04 days
Hotel Nights: 05 days
Maximum Altitude: 4300 meters
Trek Status: Easy
Best Season: April to October
Trek zone: Open
Location: Karakoram Range
Day 1: Arrive Islamabad airport and transfer to hotel Pass By: Islamabad International Airport Arrive at Islamabad airport transfer to hotel. In the afternoon we enjoy a city tour of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 2: Fly to Skardu in case of flight cancellation drive to Chilas 12-14hrs Pass By: Kharpocho Fort Today we take the short but spectacular flight to Skardu one hour. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Free day to explore Skardu. Altitude 2,228m. Note: If our flight is canceled due to bad weather, we will start the drive to Skardu traveling for 11/12 hrs via Babusar Pass 4173m. Babusar Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4173 m.(13,691 ft) above the sea level. The pass is the highest point in the Kaghan Valley, Pakistan. The pass connects the Kaghan Valley via the Thak Nala with Chilas on the Karakoram Highway. It’s one of the famous hair pinned roads in the world. Karakorum high way is the 8th wonder of the world. The Karakorum Highway was constructed jointly by the Chinese and Pakistanis, begun in the 1960s and finally constructed in 1976,s as a link road between Pakistan and China. It is an engineering wonder, but at the cost of many lives. No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 3: Skardu City Pass By: Kharphocho Fort, Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan Free/preparation day in Skardu in case of flight cancellation on day 2 drive from Chilas to Skardu along with Indus River 8-9hrs 290km. The rising of Indus stretches down to Baltistan valley from Tibet to Gilgit and down to the Arabian Sea, which cuts the Indian sub-continent from Asia; Baltistan valley is called a little Tibet in the North of Pakistan. Baltistan is situated at the last end of Himalaya, beside Deosai Plain and Satpara Lake. Baltistan the tourist destination of Mountains paradise where the world 2nd highest peak is K-2 (8611-m) and the other 8000m are Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I & II Likely 8068 to 8047m and there are many peaks 7750- 7800m. Its snow capped peaks and long glaciers give you the spectacular view for climbers, trekkers and travelers. No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 4: Deosai National Park Pass By: Deosai National Park, Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan Drive to Deosai Plateau 40km, overnight in tents The Deosai National Park is a high-altitude alpine plain and national park in northern Pakistan. It is located largely within Skardu District in Gilgit Baltistan. Deosai Plains are situated at an average elevation of 4,114 meters (13,497 ft) above sea level. The Deosai National Park was established in 1993 to protect the survival of the Himalayan brown bear and its habitat. Having long been a prize kill for poachers and hunters, the bear now has a hope for survival in Deosai where its number has increased from only 19 in 1993 to 40 in 2005. During the last decade, a few but effective measures have been taken by the Government of Pakistan for the survival of brown bear in the region. In 1993, Himalayan Wildlife Project was founded with substantial financial support from international environmental concerns. But the brown bear is still under threat. The Deosai Plains are also home to the Himalayan ibex, red fox, golden marmot (locally called Phia), gray wolf, the Ladakh urial, the snow leopard, and over 124 resident and migratory birds. Birds in the park include the golden eagle, lammergeier, griffon vulture, laggar falcon, peregrine falcon, kestrel, sparrow hawk and snowcock. No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 5: Machulo Khaplu Pass By: Felix Guest House Drive to Machulo by jeeps 6-7 hrs, 153 km. Altitude 2700m. Overnight in Hotel. The Hushe Valley is a valley in Ghanche district Gilgit Baltistan Pakistan. Hushe valley is famous for its highest mountains. There are many sub-valleys which are Gondogoro, Charkusa, Nagma, Nanbroq, and Masherbrum. This valley surrounds several peaks above six thousand meters including Laila peak, K6, K7. Murtaza peak is 5100m just behind K6 Basecamp and is considered the epicenter of trackers and beginners. The Hushe Valley runs from Masherbrum Mountain (at 7,821 meters, 24th highest in the world) south to the Shyok River, opposite Khaplu. Hushe valley is one of the beautiful valleys of Ghangche districts. The staying place Machulo is a village of this this valley falls at 2nd after Saling while going from Skardu. Historic Mosque, Chnnel and street walk, river view side, Mashabrum View point are some places to enjoy the stay at very nearest distances. No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 6: Camp I (Khadi Broq) Pass By: Felix Inurrategi Foundation Baltistan Machulo Camp I (Khadi Broq) starts from Felix Guest House at morning after relaxed breakfast. The 3-4 hours walk by the main stream of teh town Machulo. Little bit steep but very easy to hike. Stay at 3200m above sea level and in camping. No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 7: Camp II (Qouli Brangsa) Pass By: Felix Inurrategi Foundation Baltistan Machulo The 2nd camp track is also very easy to hike but little bit more steep than first day. It carries you step by step towards higher altitute. The camping area is quiet near to the place where local people of Machulo stays with their cattles. They produce butter and cheez on daily basis. A unique Experience to meet with them and see cows, sheeps, and local cows (Zomo). 4150m altitude over there at Camp II No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 8: Machulo La K2 View Point Pass By: K2 Mountain, Gilgit-Baltistan You will have the stay over 5200m altitude at Camp III K2 view point. The hike is steep, easy and over the green pastures. In the way we will see some wild animals (if we are lucky), local animal (Yak, Zomo), sheeps, goats, cows and birds. Each and every step towards the view point gives you glimpses and exposing peaks of Karakorum. The view point is a fantastic place to camp over there. There you can see K2, G-I, G-II, G-Iv, Broad Peak, Mashabru, Nanagma Valley, Amin Braq, Khaney valley peaks, Siachen Glacier & Valley view, Chorbat Valley (Ladakh Region), Khaplu district. Hanjour Pasture, Barah Valley, Nanga Parbat, Kargil Region (Kharman Skardu Side), Machulo Town, River Indus and Shyiok, Saling Valley. Panoramic view at your four side 360 view. Photography, video making, camping, night view of Stars on clear sky and Spring waters are amazing to view and expereience over there. No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 9: Machulo transfer to Hotel Pass By: Felix Guest House Back to Machulo hotel from View point in 6 hours easy decend. There we can have a hot shower and relax the wifi to connect friends and family. No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 10: Machulo to Khaplu, Shigar, Skardu Pass By: Kharphocho Fort, Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan Drive back to Skardu from Machulo. In the way visit Khaplu Fort, Shigar Fort and there Upper Kachura Lake in Skardu. Stays in Skardu over night in Hotel. No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
11: Fly back to Islamabad Pass By: Islamabad International Airport Fly to Islamabad [flight is subject to weather] in case of flight cancellation drive to Chilas 8-9hrs 290km No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 12: Free day at Islamabad or Drive from Chilas to Islamabad Pass By: Islamabad International Airport Free day in Islamabad of a drive from Chilas to Islamabad 11-12hrs 461km No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 13: Return Back to Home Pass By: Islamabad International Airport Transfer to Islamabad airport for return flight No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
- SERVICES INCLUDED
- All Airport pick and drop
- One-way fare between––Skardu – Islamabad.
- Transportation briefing, debriefing, and sightseeing.
- Transportation between Islamabad – chilas – Skardu -Askoli–Hushe- Fairy meadow.
- Three nights’ Accommodation, the twin bedroom in Islamabad (bed & breakfast)
- One night in Chilas Hotel with full board.Two nights in Fairy meadow with the entire board.
- Two nights in fairy meadow hut with full board.
- Two nights in Tarnishing with full board.
- Three nights in Skardu with full board.
- Local staff Wages, insurance, food, and equipment.
- Low porters to carry trekking foods, member personal to all mentioned places.
- Way up 25kg each trekking members.
- Way down 25kg each trekking members.
- All trekking and base camp foods.
- Comfortable members tent, Mess tent, Kitchen tent, toilet tent, table, chairs & kitchen utensils.
- Assistance for Reconfirmation of international flight tickets.
- All Camping fees, road taxes & bridge crossing fees.
- Low Porters pieces of equipment.
- Documentation fee
- Trekking permit fee
- SERVICES NOT INCLUDED
- Member international flight tickets
- Helicopter emergency rescue fees (refundable after deduction of U$D 500/- if not use, it is now US$15000/-
- Members any climbing gears
- Member personal insurance
- Sleeping bag and all personal expenses such as telephone calls, fax, email charges, liquor or soft drinks,
- Room service, gratuities for personal services, items of a purely personal nature
- Custom clearing charges (import and export of types of equipment)
- Any unforeseen expenses (just like road block extra hotel stay or if members stay more days at Base Camp), then members will be payable according to the numbers of days basses.
- Trekking members will come together. If any/some member split during the period, then their extra expenses will be charged according to the average price