The Rakaposhi Mountain, a 7,800-meter-high peak, is the highest mountain and, probably, the most iconic from the Karakoram range which can be visible from the Karakoram Highway. It’s located in the Nagar Valley, in the north of Pakistan, and in the local language it means ”shiny wall”. The Rakaposhi peak is the 27th highest mountain on Earth but considered one of the most beautiful ones. Nagar Valley is bigger than Hunza Valley, both in population and area. The Rakaposhi, Diran, Golden are located in Nagar Valley but nevertheless Hunza Valley is internationally more popular than Nagar.
This is one of the easiest treks leading to 7000m Karakoram peaks with fascinating views of Rakaposhi and Diran. The Minapin Glacier sweep down from the 16km long fluted ridge that connects Rakaposhi and Diran. The most scenic approach to Rakaposhi BC is from Minapin to Tagafari and Kacheli. This route goes through thick forests, pastures, and green valleys. In this expedition we will take the Jaglot Nullah route to the base camp for attempting the peak. The trek starts from the village of Minapin in Nagar Valley that sits along the Minapin River bank above the confluence of Hunza and Minapin Rivers. This excellent short and easy trek from Minapin to Rakaposhi Base Camp, also know Taghaphari is an ideal introduction for trekking in Nagar Valley.
70km from Gilgit, after a 2km detour from the Karakoram Highway, you find Minapin, a small, cozy village and the starting point for both Rakaposhi and Diran base camps. Hakapun is a small campsite located between Minapin and the Rakaposhi base camp, the perfect place to spend the first night and from where you can go to Diran glacier. Going to Hakapun takes around 4 or 5 hours and the trail is very easy to follow, except for the last few kilometers, as they are a bit confusing.
The base is camp is just 4 or 5 kilometers from Hakapun but the trail is so steep that it might take you around 3 or 4 hours to reach it. The Rakaposhi base camp is one of the most epic camping spots I have ever been to. If you climb any of the surrounding hills, you will get an amazing 360º view which will keep you busy the entire day. The Rakaposhi trek is relatively easy, even for inexperienced trekkers. You don’t need a guide. This trek can only be done from mid-May to September. Rakaposhi is famous for its avalanches, these being more frequent in summer. At the base camp, you will be safe but you can hear and see them constantly.
Following is the list of things that each person has to bring along.
- Hiking bag (must be reliable and shoulder strips must be strong enough)
- Sleeping bag (preferably light weight but more warm)
- Shoes preferably like army shoes or something that have designed pattern in its sole so to facilitate walking on slopes and snow. Slipper must also be taken along because after a tough trekking in the day, u needs to relax your feet after reaching the camping place. You cannot wear long shoes all the time.
- Sunglasses are also very necessary item. because there is immense sunshine around glaciers that can have adverse effect on eyes.
- Personal things like shaving kit, towel, spare under garments, spare socks etc
- Other optional things may include camera, Walkman, note book (for taking some notes), torch etc.