Rakaposhi is the 25th highest mountain in the world, and one of the most gorgeous peaks in the Karakoram. Two main basecamps have been used in the past mainly by the Germans and British. I prefer the basecamp referred to as Taghaphari by the locals mainly because of the panoramic views of the confluence zone between the Minapin and Hinarche Glaciers. I could have posted a photo but I don’t want to ruin the best part of this trip for you. As breathtaking as the view towards Rakaposhi and Diran is the view in the opposite direction of the Batura Mustagh. Most visitors to the basecamp do not fully realize that from the ridge, right before descending into basecamp, one can see eight 7000 meter peaks: Ultar I and II, Shisper, Sangemarmar Sar, Batura, Hachinder Chish, and Passu Sar. Very few places in the world offer this opportunity – so if you do this trek, be sure to have a super wide angle lens and if the view towards the north is cloudy, it may be worth spending a day or two around basecamp until it clears up.

Rakaposhi Basecamp


Tour is offered between July-October 2017

Cost Per person is $750 (all inclusive)

Level of Difficulty is easy with minimal elevation gain

ITINERARY

Day 1. Flight from Islamabad to Gilgit, Jeep to Minapin Village

This is assuming your plane actually flies :) PIA is notorious for cancelling flights to and from Gilgit and if yours gets cancelled we will then book you on a land cruiser that takes you to Gilgit in about 12 hours or so over the Babusar Pass.

Day 2. Hike from Minapin to Hapakun

This is the roughest part of the hike. On an arid jeep-width track you slowly ascend several hair-pin bends. After you're done with these you arrive in a juniper forest with streams and wild rose bushes

Day 3. Hike from Hapakun to Taghaphari (basecamp)

The trekking is still up-hill but on much easier terrain through fir forests and meadows and finally a thin trail along a slope that drops about 1000 feet to the Minapin Glacier before reaching the base camp

Day 4. Exploring Base-Camp

A lot of "tour operators" and guidebooks recommend spending this day hiking towards Diran base-camp. Unless you and your party are trained in glacier travel and crevasse rescue

Day 5. Hike from basecamp back to Minapin

This is the roughest part of the hike. On an arid jeep-width track you slowly ascend several hair-pin bends. After you're done with these you arrive in a juniper forest with streams and wild rose bushes

Day 6. Minapin to Gilgit by road

This is the roughest part of the hike. On an arid jeep-width track you slowly ascend several hair-pin bends. After you're done with these you arrive in a juniper forest with streams and wild rose bushes