Thaley La / Masharbrum Base Camp 2019

Starting from Shigar over the Thaley La and Masharbrum ending in Hushe


This trek is a worthwhile proposition on 2-weeks time scale and for a variety of reasons it promises to be very interesting indeed.

We start from the town of Skardu and Shigar, to the tiny seasonal settlements of the upper valleys where the fascinating Balti culture is well displayed. In terms of natural landscape also the trip is particularly varied ranging from the sands of the Indus valley, by way of the ” Alpine ” lower valley, to the high snows of the spectacular peaks, which surround the Thaley La.

To each of the campsites we must climb up beside the snout of the Masharbrum glacier and follow a ridge of lateral moraine to a flat area at the mouth of a second large tributary valley. Skirting the valley’s edge on a narrow rock ledge, before rejoining the moraines passing a cluster of deserted stone huts and climbing up to the jumble of ice and rocks that lead us to Masharbrum.


Facts & Figures

Duration: 13 days
Maximum Altitude: 4572 m
Trek Status: Open
Trek Grade: Moderate
Joining in: Islamabad/Rawalpindi
Location: Karakoram
Best time: June to August

Trip Details

5 Nights Hotels, 8 Nights Camping, 8 Days Moderate Trekking.
Max. Altitude 4572 m
Group Size: 4-10
Duration: 13 Days From Islamabad to Islamabad

Dates Thalay La and Hushe Masharbrum Valley Trek (4572m)

Trip Code Trip dates for 2019
TL-I 08 June to 20 June 2019
TL-II 02 August to 14 August 2019

Thalay La and Hushe Masharbrum Valley Trek (4572m)

Trek Itinerary

Day Activities
1. Arrive Islamabad. Baltistan Tours provide Complimentary airport transfers to hotel
2. Fly to Skardu In case of flight cancellation drive to Skardu
3. Skardu to Shigar Brok. Drive by jeep.
4. Trek to Thaley La.
5. Trek to Olmong Chumik
6. Drive to Hushe
7. Trek to Brumbrama Camp
8. Trek to Masharbrum Camp
9. Masharbrum Valley.(Trekking Explorer Mashabrum Base camp)
10. Trek to Hushe (2,750 m 9022 ft.)
11. Drive to Khaplu
12. Drive to Skardu fly to Islamabad
13. Islamabad
14. Fly Back to home.

While thinking of planning and visiting the most auspicious Northern areas of Pakistan, The great and beautiful Gilgit-Baltistan region, one must not forget the specialty, the identity of lands, the easiest and the most beautiful Thalay La Trek.  The place captivates the hearts of trekkers, hikers, and mountaineers!  We believe the warmth of friendly Batistani people, with their amazing hospitality, will create a life-long memory, for you to be cherished for a lifetime! 

How can you get there?

There are a series of beautiful stations while traveling to Thalay La trek, as the loop of the tour goes like this:

Rawalpindi/Islamabad-to- Chillas-to-Skardu-to- Shigar-to-Khaplu Valley. 

There are short stays at the nearby station while Night stays at Skardu, Shigar, and Khaplu valley too for the comfort of tourists. The trek tip is rough of 12-14 days. 

  •  Tourists books direct flights to Islamabad International Airport and then by road according to the above-stated routes or;
  • May ask for a connecting flight from Islamabad to direct Skardu Airport for airbus traveling lovers!

Location

The thallay La lies exactly in the middle of Khaplu and Shigar Valley, the two most beautiful, developed, and marvelous landscapes of the Baltistani region. The place has a maximum altitude of 4572 m, whereas the trek is graded from easy to moderate. The trek does not require much mountaineering skills!

Best Time To Visit

The favorable time for trekking at Thallay La is from Mid-June to the end of September. 

Weather

Weather is ideally on-point especially when you visit Skardu in mid-June to the end of September as the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world, thriving cities, colorful markets of Shigar and Khaplu,  and the warm hospitality of people there is a must-trip to this part of the world. 

Things to pack 

  • Trekking Shoes having a good grip;
  • Backpack with Raincover;
  • Walking Pole;
  • Head Torch;
  • Water Bottle;
  • Snacks;
  • Personal Medical Kit;
  • Day Bag.

Toursim activites at Thallay La;

Thallay La is the most easiest and interesting Trekking track between Khaplu and Shigar. The trek also serves as foothills of the great Karakoram Range. Having its location in the middle of Shigar and Khaplu, the place just like these Valleys is known for its orchards, apples, and apricots. Thallay La pass is a round trip trek going through beautiful lush green meadows, enjoyable scenery, and meeting the cheerful Balti Shepherds. 

  • Tourists often take stays here under the open sky and often enjoy the night with stars and do photography
  • The livestock and women working in farms is a worthy sight spot here. 
  • Camping, 
  • Bonfire

Accommodation:

Tourists who visit this majestic trek often stay in Khaplu or Shigar or may travel back to Skardu, if they left early morning. 

Thalley Valley is located in Ghangche district, Gilgit-Baltistan on the bank of Shyok River. The valley is divided into two parts as Upper Thallay and Lower Thallay. The place has an astounding resort for tourists, named ‘Thallay Broq’ which has natural resources of pasture, water, Wildlife, and minerals, etc. Annually many national and International tourists visit Thallay Broq, Thallay La, and nearby Shinkang 5100 m pass.

Transportation:

Jeeps are easily available in the area, to be transferred back to their respective hotels. 

CAUTION:

The authorities of GB are always ensuring to serve the best to their visitors and do any extra mile possible to accommodate its visitors, therefore the only caution that we are expected to take is to keep the area clean and NOT LITTER. Instead, thus, the use of polybags is appreciated.