Rakaposhi Base Camp Trek - 12 Days

Rakaposhi Base Camp Trek

Rakaposhi and Diran base camp is one of the bewitching, easier and motivated trek in the Karakoram range Nagar District of Gilgit region. The trek starts from Minapin village. The Minapin Glacier sweep down from the 16km long fluted snowy ridge that connects the Rakaposhi and Diran. The first day it takes 2 to 3 hours from minapin village to hapakun camp through the green and steep but an easy pasture.

Walk to Diran Base Camp

The second day it takes 3 tp 4 hous again easy walking but steady and we reach at Tagaphari, the Rakaposhi base camp. At this camp you can play any games if you want like football, volleyball or cricket etc. Next day, we cross the moraine and reach at Diran base camp, rest, lunch and then go to Katchile lake, overnight stay there. Next morning leave for Tagaphari 4-5 hours stay night in the camp. Today we come down to Minpin village and by jeep to Hunza or Gilgit. Finally we reach back to Islamabad and then your international flights. [asp_product id=”882″]


Duration: 12 Altitude: 3900-4200M
Range: Karakorum Camp nights:  4-6
Hotels nights: 5-7
Grade: Easy Trek Best Period: June to September


Day 1
Welcome and receiving in Pakistan

Welcome and receiving at Islamabad International airport and shifted to the Hotel. Here meet with the group and during the day visit to the famous bazaars, Mosque and other places in Islamabad depending on time

Day 2
Islamabad to Gilgit ( By flight or bus)

Given good weather we will fly to Skardu (perhaps the most spectacular commercial flight in the world, with magnificent views of Nanga Parbat the 9th highest mountain in the world. If the weather doesn’t allow the flight we take the Karakorum Highway on the old silk route. This is just spectacular. It’s a long drive but one of the great journey’s of the world between the deep gorges of the mighty Indus. Overnight hotel in Chilas, driving over Babsur Pass will minimize the distance and the night stay will be in Naran. (10-12 hour drive).

Day 3
Explore Hunza valley

We complete to Gilgit our journey in around 5 hours passing Nanga Parbat and the stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. You will look back in awe and reflect on what an amazing civil engineering achievement the Karakoram Highway was in its time.

Day 4
Drive to Minapin

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.

Day 5
Trek to Hapakun

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. From the camp, you can visit Diran glacier, an impressive, vast sea of ice, composed of ice blocks of nearly 20m. At this point, you can’t cross or walk over the glacier but you can get so close that you can even touch it. In summer, the racket from the breaking ice is constant.

Day 6
Trek to Rakaposhi base Camp (Tagaphari)

The base Rakaposhi Base camp (Tagaphari) 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.
Start walking early, as the sun’s rays are quite lethal from very early in the morning. In Pakistan, the sunrise is at 5am, at least in spring.
The Rakaposhi base camp is one of the most epic camping spots to glance. If you climb any of the surrounding hills, you will get an amazing 360º view which will keep you busy the entire day.

Day 7
Trek to diran Peak and Katchle lake

Diran 7,200 m high peak’s base camp is right across the glacier, which means that, you will have to walk over it, jumping over 30m deep crevasses (deep crack in a glacier). Quite an adventure.
By the way, unlike the part of the glacier next to Hakapun, here you can walk over it. Round trip to Diran base camp may take almost 5 to 8 hours.

Day 8
Rest day

Day 9
Trek back to Tagaphari

Day 10
Trek down to Minapin and drive to Hunza/Gilgit

Day 11
Drive to Besham

Day 12
Drive to Islamabad and fly to your home

The Trip cost Includes

  • • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • • All accommodation and meal described in the trip dossier
  • • Full trekking service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • • Pakistan’s Visa
  • • Tips for local guides and support staff
  • • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

Frequently asked Questions

How is the fitness required for this trip?

Its not a difficult trek but You should be fit physically to do this trek.

How long is this Trek?

5 days of trekking is required for this trip.

When is the best time for this Trek?

April to November

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Rakaposhi Base Camp Trek

Trip Facts

  • Pakistan
  • Islamabad
  • Breakfast, lunch and Dinner
  • Camping during the trek and Hotel accommodation in Islamabad, Chilas and Skardu