Hispar Glacier - Biafo Hispar Snow Lake - Karakoram Pakistan




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Biafo Glacier (60 km. long) & Hispar Glacier (61 km. long) meet at the 5151 m. Hispar Pass one of the longest glacial systems outside the polar regions. This highway of ice connects two ancient mountain kingdoms; Hunza in west with Baltistan in east


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Snow Lake area was described by the famous mountaineer explorer Eric Shipton as ’the last blank on the map’. As this region is so remote it serves as the last stronghold for many animal including Himalayan bear, ibex, markhor and the snow leopard.

Towering high above Biafo and Hispar glaciers are jagged peaks, these include Kanjut Sar (7,760m), Distaghil Sar (7885 m.) Makrong Chhish (6,607m), Latok group (Latok I: 7,145m, Latok II: 7,108 m, Latok III: 6,949m, Latok IV: 6,456m) and Baintha Brakk/The Ogre (7,285m). The Ogre was famously first climbed in 1977 by Britons Doug Scott and Chris Bonington when they had an epic descent with Scott breaking both of his legs and took a week to reach Base Camp.

he trek starts by following the K2 Base Camp trail and then turns west onto the Biafo Glacier. The trail for next few days follows loose rocky moraine ridges on the glacier although the campsites at Namla, Mango and Baintha are located in grassy areas behind lateral moraines. From Baintha camp we go back onto the glacier and follow the wide ice highway making the walking relatively easy compared to loose rock earlier on the trek.


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