Laila Peak Trekking Expedition
Undertake the enchanting Laila Peak Trekking Expedition in the Karakoram's heart, Pakistan. This majestic mountain, ranging from 6200 to 6614 meters, boasts a needle-shaped summit with a colossal west-face ramp and steep granite cliffs on its northern and eastern flanks. Located in the Masherbrum Mountains of Baltistan, the trek offers breathtaking views of K2, Broad Peak, and Gasherbrum. Jasmine Tours invites you to explore this enigmatic beauty, featuring a two to three-day climb from base camp, combining ice and rock challenges. Join the select few who have ventured to unravel the mysteries of Laila Peak.
Laila Peak Historical Summit:
Endeavor is a tale woven with determination and awe-inspiring attempts. Despite its magnetic allure, this majestic mountain in the heart of the Karakoram has remained shrouded in relative obscurity. The earliest recorded efforts to conquer Laila Peak date back to the mid-2000s when climbers Fredrik and Jorgen sought to ski down its slopes, encountering icy conditions that thwarted their summit aspirations. Standing between 6200 to 6614 meters, the mountain has witnessed subsequent ventures, each leaving an indelible mark on its elusive history. The enigmatic Laila Peak continues to beckon adventurers, inviting them to partake in the challenge of unraveling its mysteries and etching their stories into the narrative of this captivating peak in the Karakoram wilderness.
Laila Peak Challenges:
Conquering Laila Peak presents a formidable challenge, marked by its varying terrains and unpredictable conditions. Climbers face a demanding ascent with a mix of ice and rock challenges, navigating through soft snow-covered lower sections and encountering thin layers of ice in the upper reaches. The west face, featuring a colossal and uniformly graded ramp, demands precision and skill. The northern and eastern sides, adorned with steep granite cliffs, add a layer of difficulty to the climb. The elusive summit, standing between 6200 and 6614 meters, remains a testament to nature's artistry, inviting only the boldest adventurers to unravel its mysteries amidst the rugged landscapes of the Hushe Valley in Pakistan's Karakoram.
Ski Descent Laila Peak:
It is a daring venture into the heart of the Karakoram's winter wonderland. The challenge lies in navigating the mountain's awe-inspiring slopes, particularly its North West flank, with gradients reaching 45-50 degrees for over 1,500 vertical meters. The descent is a test of skill and courage, with skiers negotiating icy conditions and the ever-changing alpine landscape. The breathtaking scenery of the Masherbrum Mountains adds to the exhilaration as skiers carve through the pristine snow, leaving their mark on the untouched canvas of Laila Peak. This unique skiing experience offers an adrenaline-fueled communion with nature, making Laila Peak an unparalleled destination for those seeking the thrill of conquering its slopes.
Laila Peak Weather:
- Laila Peak experiences dynamic weather that is typical of the Karakoram range.
- The best time to visit is during the summer (June to August).
- Summer offers milder temperatures, ranging from 5 to 15 degrees Celsius.
- This period is favorable for trekking and climbing with reduced chances of snowfall.
- Clearer skies during summer reveal the breathtaking panorama of surrounding peaks.
- Winter visits are discouraged due to extreme cold, heavy snowfall, and unsafe conditions.
DAY 01: ARRIVAL RAWALPINDI
Meet at the Ministry of Tourism in Islamabad to obtain the necessary Trekking Permit. Please note that the Laila Peak area falls under a restricted zone, requiring a permit for trekking.
DAY 02: RAWALPINDI/SKARDU
Fly to Skardu. In case of flight unavailability, we will drive to Skardu on the same day and spend the night in Chilas. (Note: The cost of the flight to/from Skardu or the drive to/from Skardu is included in our price, inclusive of an overnight hotel stay).
DAY 03: SKARDU
An emergency day is designated in case the flight to Skardu does not operate on the second day. On this day, members will be transported by road from Chilas to Skardu. The total drive time from Islamabad to Skardu is approximately 22-24 hours, and you'll spend the night in a hotel.
DAY 04: SKARDU
A free day in Skardu allows for rest, shopping, or sightseeing. During this time, our staff will finalize preparations for the trek. You'll stay overnight at your chosen hotel, with meals included.
DAY 05: SKARDU TO HUSHE
Embark on jeeps for a full-day journey on a winding jeep trail to Hushe, the last habitation on your way to the Great Glaciers. Overnight accommodation is in tents, and all meals are provided by our camp staff. Please note that the road to Hushe is prone to rapid erosion and may occasionally be closed. If jeeps are unable to travel, the group will either disembark and walk to Hushe on the same day or camp overnight based on the distance. (Distance: 140 km, Drive: 7-8 hours, Altitude: Varies)
DAY 06: HUSHEY TO SHAICHO
Leave the last inhabited village, relying on porters for the remaining portion of the journey. You'll follow the east bank of the Hushey River on a flat, easy path through fields of barley and peas before turning east to follow the Charaksa River. Overnight in tents, with meals served by our camp staff. (Walk: 3-4 hours, Grade: Easy, Altitude: Varies)
DAY 07: SHAICHO TO GANDOGORO BROQ
The path follows the highest ridge of the lateral moraine, offering dusty and stony terrain but not excessively steep. The trek provides views across the glacier, sheer rock walls, and jagged crags. You'll reach the main summer settlement for overnight camping. (Stages 1 and 2 can be easily covered in a single day by fit individuals.) (Walk: 3-4 hours, Grade: Easy, Altitude: Varies)
DAY 08: GANDOGORO BROQ TO KHUSPANG/LAILA PEAK BASE CAMP 4500m
The trek continues north along the path, outside the lateral moraine, crossing several side streams. The path then descends the lateral moraine to the glacier's edge, beyond the last stream. The final hour involves a challenging scramble along the stony, sliding glacier edge, with potential hazards from boulders poised above. The day ends with a steep climb up a gully in the lateral moraine to the Laila Peak base camp on the glacier. The duration of the climb depends on the chosen route.
DAY 09 – 15: ASCENT & DESCENT
A week is allocated for the ascent of Laila Peak. If successful, you may use the remaining days to explore the surrounding area.
DAY 16: BASE CAMP TO SHAICHO
Resume your trek along the path. Keep to the left side of the lateral moraine, crossing several side streams. The next hour may involve an unpleasant scramble along the stony, sliding glacier edge. Continue your trek downhill to Shaicho. (Walk: 6-7 hours, Grade: Easy, Altitude: Varies)
DAY 17: SHAICHO TO HUSHEY
An easy day's walk brings you back to Hushey village. The evening is free. (Altitude: Varies)
DAY 18: HUSHEY TO SKARDU
Embark on jeeps for a full-day ride to Skardu. Upon arrival, transfer to your chosen hotel. All meals are included. (Altitude: Varies)
DAY 19: SKARDU TO RAWALPINDI
In the early morning, fly to Islamabad. In case of flight unavailability, you will drive to Gilgit for an overnight hotel stay.
DAY 20: RAWALPINDI
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Rawalpindi, where you can enjoy evening sightseeing.
DAY 21: RAWALPINDI
Conclude your adventure with a debriefing at the Ministry of Tourism in Islamabad. In the evening, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.This comprehensive itinerary outlines the journey of the Laila Peak expedition, offering an exciting and challenging experience that takes you through diverse landscapes and provides ample time for acclimatization and exploration.
After your arrival in Pakistan, we fly by to Skardu flight taking one hour, after completing paperwork and briefing session in Skardu with Tourism Office, we depart by jeeps to Hushe valley, or you may combine Liala Peak trekking expedition with trekking to K2 Base Camp Gondogoro La trek. We keep 5 to 7 days for climbing Liala Peak and returning to the Hushe Valley, Skardu, and Islamabad for your return flight.