Charkin Valley – Rakaposhi Base Camp – Diran Base Camp – Kacheli Lake Trek

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3 Days
Availability : June-October
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 10
Tour Details
Rakaposhi (7788m) and Diran (7266m) peaks are the peaks of the same mountain range belongs to Karakorum and by territory its in District Nagar.

Our trek to the base camps of the peaks is easy, extremely scenic hike, recommended for beginners. During we will see summer settlements of local people from Minapin with few fields of barley and potatoes, doge-rose bushes, juniper, willow, thorn, where will stat for the cup of tea cooked at shelters by local pastors.

Charkin Valley – is hidden valley. Probably you will find there only wild nature, amazing view of Rakaposhi, some cattle, yaks, springs, birch tries, flowers, grass fields and wind. Tourists don’t go there, only local people know about this paradise!

Base camp of Rakaposi (Tagafari) is on 3400m above see level. It looks like a big long, narrow, banana-shaped field (that was once a lake: ‘taga fari’ means muddy lake) between lateral moraine. A long shepherd’s hut with two rooms and a leaky roof is occupied by about five men from Minapin, who tend about 500 goats and 100 head of cattle. You can watch them milk and make butter, ghee, lassi and cheese. Now there are 2 toilets by 5 meters high (because almost all year the base is full of high snow!!!) ad ‘decent building’ – kitchen.

Minapin Glacier. Keep like a none: crossing the glacier that takes you to Diran base camp is really dangerous as the glacier is composed of crevasses 30m deep. Falling and remaining forgotten in one of those holes is lethal. For this reason, it’s not recommended to go alone, unless you have plenty of experience in crossing glaciers.

Kacheli, also known as Diran Base Camp, is another grassy meadow with flowers, its about 3650 m. There its possible to watch pictures sunsets.

Kacheli lake is around 4000 m, a steep 2 hours climb. ‘Kacheli’ is a name of flowers that’s spread everywhere here.

Departure & Return Location

Minapin village, Nagar District

Price Includes

  • License Guide
  • Camp Tents, Mass Tent
  • Sleeping Bags & Mats
  • Local Food
  • Porter
  • 10KG/Person

Price Excludes

  • Any Other Services Not Mentioned Above
  • Medical/Health Insurance
  • Any Private Expenses

Day 1Trek to Charkin Valley

☼ Picking up from your guest house in Minapin village.
☼ Trek to Banidas, takes 2-3 hours (altitude 2500m), rest, refiling the water.
☼ Trek to Charkin Valley, takes 2-3 hours (altitude near 3400m).
☼ Setting camp tents, rest, night.

Day 2Rakaposhi Base Camp-Diran Base Camp

☼ Breakfast.
☼ Trek down to Tagafari – Rakaposhi Base Camp, takes 1-2 hours (altitude 3400m).
☼ Crossing Minapin Glacier (near 1-2 hours).
☼ Trek to Kacheli – Diran Base Camp (altitude near 3650m), takes 2-3 hours.
☼ Setting camp tents, rest, night.

Day 3Kacheli Lake-Minapin village

☼ Breakfast.
☼ Hike to Kacheli lake (altitude near 4000m), takes near 2 hours.
☼ Trek back to Minapin village, takes near 6 hours.
☼ Drop to your guest house in Minapin village.

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