Biafo glacier sixty kilometer. long and Hispar glacier sixty one kilometer long meet at the 5151 m. Hispar Pass to create one among the longest glacial systems outside the polar regions. This route of ice connects 2 ancient mountain kingdoms; Hunza in the west with Baltistan in the east.
In past times warriors from Hunza would use this natural pathway to invade the peoples of Askolie in Baltistan. Later, the standard sport of “Polo,” a Balti word meaning ball, served as a additional positive outlet for aggression between these 2 kingdoms and matches were played on stretches of level ground during this locality. because the Biafo-Hispar region is incredibly remote it is the last defensive structure for several animals; as well as himalayan bear, ibex, markhoor and therefore the snow leopard.
H.W. Tilman, an English adventurer, claimed he saw footprints of the abominable snowman throughout his trek there in 1937. At the base of Hispar pass on its eastern flank rests Snow Lake, a basin of ice (16 kilometer. wide) encircled by granite pinnacles however to be climbed. Glaciologists have conducted varied experiments on the lake and have found the ice to be approximately 1.6 km. deep. Some go as way on say that Snow Lake represents the last of the initial ice cap within the earth’s temperate zones.
The first phase of the journey from islamabad to Askolie is identical to that of the K-2 Trek (see enclosed). we start our walk from Askolie towards K-2 then shortly head west onto the Biafo glacier. once trekking 3 to four days we have a tendency to make Baintha campsite settled on an ablation valley below the granite peaks of the Ogre (7813 m.).
The walk takes us past glistening clear lakes, bright spots of inexperienced grass, superb wild flowers and therefore the ever gift vertical snow covered peaks hanging higher than to complete this dazzling scene. ensuing 2 days take us over the white covered Biafo glacier to Snow Lake. we have a tendency to then create the exhilarating walk up to Hispar Pass endlessly inundated by the unimaginable views having reached the highest point of our journey atop Hispar Pass (5151 m.) we start the descent into Hunza; a land wherever the language, culture and ethnic background is immensely totally different than that of Baltistan. we have a tendency to follow the Hispar glacier past huge mountains appreciate Kanjut Sar (7760 m.) and Disteghil Sar (7885 m.) reaching the end of the glacier in four to 5 days.
The green oasis of Hispar Village awaits us sign solely another dayÍs walk before a jeep transports us to Karimabad, Hunza. first sight of the lush valley of Hunza is exciting and in some ways that makes up for the longing one feels once completing a long walk. we have a tendency to pay one night in Karimabad then we have a tendency to ar off to Gilgit by way of the KKH. looking on climate we have a tendency to then fly or repel to Islamabad.
Biafo And Hispar Glaciers Map
Located at – Karakorum Mountain Ranges, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan