Kutwal Lake Trek – Haramosh Valley

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  • 5 Days
  • Easy
  • 3260 m
  • Jul - Oct

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Kutwal Lake and Haramosh Valley: A Hidden Gem in the Heart of the Karakoram Range

Nestled within the formidable peaks of the Karakoram Range, Kutwal Lake and Haramosh Valley stand as a testament to the unparalleled beauty of northern Pakistan. These hidden gems are a haven for nature enthusiasts, trekkers, and adventure seekers who yearn for untouched landscapes and serene environments. Situated in the Skardu region, this remote area offers a unique blend of pristine lakes, towering mountains, and rich cultural heritage that beckons travelers to explore its secrets.

Kutwal Lake:

Kutwal Lake, also known as Katora Lake, is a shimmering turquoise jewel cradled by the rugged mountains of Haramosh Valley. The lake is situated at an altitude of approximately 11,500 feet, adding an element of adventure to the journey as visitors ascend to witness its breathtaking beauty. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks, the lake mirrors the changing hues of the sky, creating a mesmerizing spectacle that captivates the soul.

The trek to Kutwal Lake is an experience in itself, as visitors traverse through alpine meadows adorned with vibrant wildflowers, crystal-clear streams, and dense coniferous forests. The pristine ambiance of the area makes it an ideal spot for camping, allowing travelers to immerse themselves in the serenity of the natural surroundings.

Haramosh Valley:

Haramosh Valley, the gateway to Kutwal Lake, is a picturesque valley that extends its arms to embrace the adventurous souls seeking refuge in its untouched wilderness. Towering peaks, including the formidable Haramosh Peak, dominate the skyline, presenting a challenging yet rewarding playground for mountaineers. The valley’s terrain is dotted with small villages where the warmth of the locals and their traditional hospitality provide a stark contrast to the harsh mountain environment.

The rich cultural tapestry of Haramosh Valley is interwoven with the customs and traditions of the Balti people. Travelers can witness their unique way of life, characterized by colorful festivals, traditional music, and intricate handicrafts that reflect the resilience of these mountain communities in the face of challenging conditions.

Trekking and Adventure:

The journey to Kutwal Lake and through Haramosh Valley is not for the faint of heart. The trek offers a variety of routes catering to different skill levels, making it accessible to both novice trekkers and seasoned adventurers. As visitors traverse the rugged landscapes, they are rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, including the iconic Haramosh Peak, standing proudly at 24,270 feet.

For the more daring, the ascent to Haramosh Peak is a challenging endeavor that requires technical climbing skills. However, the breathtaking vistas from the summit and the sense of accomplishment make it a coveted achievement for mountaineers from around the world.

Conservation and Responsible Tourism:

As the allure of Kutwal Lake and Haramosh Valley grows, it is crucial to emphasize the importance of responsible tourism and conservation efforts. Local organizations and communities are working together to preserve the pristine environment and protect the fragile ecosystems of the region. Travelers are encouraged to follow Leave No Trace principles, respecting the local flora and fauna and minimizing their ecological footprint.

Kutwal Lake and Haramosh Valley, hidden in the heart of the Karakoram Range, stand as testaments to the raw beauty and untamed landscapes that northern Pakistan has to offer. The journey to these hidden gems is not just a physical expedition but a spiritual retreat, allowing visitors to connect with nature in its purest form. As travelers explore the trails and witness the grandeur of the surrounding peaks, they become part of a legacy that celebrates the harmony between humans and the awe-inspiring beauty of the mountains.

Services Included

  • Transportation: APV or Grand Cabin or Coaster
  • Accommodation: Hotels and Camps (3-4 Sharing)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner, and Refreshment
  • Jeep: Where Required
  • Entry Tickets: Where Applied
  • Professional Guide
  • Porters
  • Photography and Videography
  • Basic First Aid

Services Not Included

  • Twin Sharing - Extra Charges Applied
  • Extra Meals and Drinks
  • Personal Medication and Insurance
  • Extra Expense: Due to Unforeseen Circumstances
  • Anything Not Mentioned

What to Carry

  • CNIC / Passport
  • Raincoat
  • Sun Block
  • Cap / Hat
  • Sun Glasses
  • Hiking Stick
  • Backpack
  • Trekking Shoes
  • Warm Clothes: Upper, Jacket, Muffler etc.
  • Extras: Jeans, Shirts, Socks, Handkerchief etc.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Islamabad to Jaglot

Activities/Attractions:

  • Naran
  • Lulusar Lake
  • Babusar Pass
  • Chilas

 

Night Stay:

  • Jaglot

Day 2 - Jaglot to Haramosh Valley

  • Sassi to Dassu: Jeepable Track
  • Trekking: Dassu to Haramosh and Kutwal

 

Night Stay:

  • Haramosh Valley

Day 3 - Haramosh Valley to Kutwal Lake and Back (Trekking)

Night Stay:

  • Haramosh Valley

Day 4 - Haramosh Valley to Jaglot

Night Stay:

  • Jaglot

Day 5 - Jaglot to Islamabad

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Package Price Per Head

With Food

 – Group of 2 Persons: PKR 80000 Per Head

 – Group of 4 Persons: PKR 53500 Per Head

 – Group of 10 Persons: PKR 37500 Per Head

 – Group of 18 Persons: PKR 33000 Per Head

 

(NOTE: Mentioned prices are estimated and are subject to change according to the requirements.)

Payment Methods

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 – 90% amount will be refunded if cancelled 7 days prior to tour.
 – 75% amount will be refunded if Cancelled 4-6 days Prior to tour.
 – 50% amount will be refunded if Cancelled 2-3 days Prior to tour.
 – No amount will be refunded if Cancelled in last 24 hours.

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