Thursday, January 31, 2013

SNOW LAKE (Pakistan)

Snow Lake is a high-altitude glacial basin in the Karakoram mountain range in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. It is also called Lukpe Lawo. It is located 16,000 feet (4,877 m) above sea level, and is approximately 10 miles (16 km) wide and 61 mile (100 km) long.

At the head of the Biafo Glacier and at the foot of the Hispar Pass is 'Snow Lake' This spectacular beauty of this natural wonder is enhanced by the presence of the Ogre or Biantha Brakk, which is the highest peak in the Region. Such is the stunning beauty of this Region combined with its wealth of magnificent snow clad peak, that it is hard to identify any one peak as being.

The Snow Lake Trek , also known as the Biafo-Hispar Trek is one of Pakistan's greatest treks. It has been rated as one of the top five treks in the world for its extreme beauty and adventurous nature.

Biafo Hisper trek starts from Skardu –Askoli.. The trek from Askole initially proceeds towards K2, then turns northwest up the Biafo Glacier to Snow Lake. The route is formed by the Biafo and Hispar Glaciers which form the longest continuous stretch (114km) of glacier in the Karakorums. This icy highway takes trekkers deep into the mountains towards Snow Lake, the large glacial basin formed by the Lukpe La and Sim Glaciers.

 Most groups start this trek from the village of Askole in Baltistan's Shigar Valley and end in the village of Hispar in the Nagar Valley. Over two-thirds of the trek is on glacier, which can be very demanding, but most campsites are off the glacier in beautiful meadows with impressive.

Trekking across Snow Lake requires traveling in roped teams due to the danger of hidden crevasses, but the walking is not difficult. Crampons are not needed, but because the route can be difficult to follow, an experienced guide is necessary. This is also one of the longest treks in Pakistan. From Gilgit to Gilgit it normally requires at least 16 days depending on fitness and weather. The descent differs from the ascent, going through the Hunza Valley and ending in Gilgit.

On the trek one can observe the rare species of animals in abundance like snow leopards, Himalayan Bears, Ibex, and Marco polo Sheep.

Snow Lake is surrounded by towering peaks and magnificent granite spires, creating what has been called some of the finest mountain scenery in the world.

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