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 JASMINE TOURS NANGA PARBAT WINTER EXPEDITION


December 11, 2009-10 – Diamir Face

Fixed departure for 42 days from Islamabad to back Islamabad 2009

U.S. Dollars 3800/= per person.

Summery: From Islamabad we drive to Chilas for 10 to 12 hours.  The next day we will take a short ride to Bunar Farms where we will meet our porters and distribute our food and equipment for transfer to the Diamir Base Camp. After final preparation in Bunar Farms, we set off by jeep (3-4 hours) to Halaley Bridge from there one can reach to the base camp in two or maximum three days of walk.  We enter an incredible wilderness of ice, rock and sky.  Our entire stay is in absolute wilderness, we will take a colorful part of the Himalayan culture with us. Our scores of lively Kohistani, who are tough enough to sing and dance after the hard days work. The return trip is via the same route back to Islamabad.

NANGA PARBAT - THE KILLER MOUNTAIN

When the sun shines, it smokes up there. The demons blow their horns and fairies cook their bread. (Local Legend)

The "Naked Mountain" as interpreted in the local language, is the "Ninth" in highest in the world and second highest peak in Pakistan. Standing at the extreme western end of 24,000 Km Himalayan Range - just beyond the deep Indus Valley, culminates in an ice crest, 8125 M high. No other peak within 100 Km comes anywhere near to it's size. It's incomparable Rupal Face (southern side) is one of the greatest precipices in the world - a sheer drop of 5000 M.

A study by the Geo department of Peshawar University in calibration with European and US Universities reveal the fact that Nanga Parbat was became after the collusion of Asian and Indian plates some 400,000 year back. There is no major volcano beneath the Nanga Parbat whoever there are some selpher deposits.  Nanga Parbat is the fastest growing mountain on Earth. 

Also notorious known as the "Killer Mountain", it has so far taken the biggest toll of 16 human lives 7 climbers and 9 high porters in one time in the history of mountaineering.  

The first visual record of this mountain was a canvas painted by Rudolf Schlagintweit brothers - German travelers in 1852. In 1857 one of them was murdered in Kashgar. Thus the curse of Nanga Parbat had begun.

Nanga Parbat Mountaineering History began in 1895 when a British expedition led by A. F. Mummery attempted to find a way up the southern and western slopes. The party hit by an avalanche and the party disappeared. These were the first casualties on the Nanga Parbat. In June, 1953 Hermann Buhl a member of an Austro German expedition led by K. M. Herligkoffer successfully manages to climb the main peak of Nanga Parbat massive. It was Hermann Buhl, who took 40 hours of solo climb conquered this peak and making his name in the history of mountaineering.

Jean Christophe Lafalille and Ed Viesturs successfully submitted this mountain on its 50th anniversary. Thus celebrating the Hermann Buhl magnificent efforts by scaling again this mountain on its 50th birthday, 2003. Reinhold Messner the first person to climb all 8000 meters peaks in the world return to Pakistan in 2003 for Nanga Parbat, there he find his brothers Gunther Reinhold remains who lost their life in 1970 after coming down from Nanga Parbat successful bid and enrolling their names as 5th and 6th person to scale Nanga Parbat.

ITINERARY

Note :- Although we try to adhere to the schedule listed below, this itinerary is subject to change due to numerous reasons beyond our control such as bad weather, cancelled or delayed flights, road washouts, vehicle breakdowns, accidents, sickness, govt. restrictions, & all other unforeseen exigencies.

DAY 01 & 02 ARRIVAL RAWALPINDI / ISLAMABAD

Upon arrival met and transfer to your hotel in Rawalpindi. After a short rest drive to Islamabad, Ministry of Tourism to complete the necessary formalities and obtain climbing permit.

DAY 03 RAWALPINDI/CHILAS

Drive by road to Chilas, Upon arrival transfer to Chilas Inn for overnight stay.

DAY 04 – 05 – 06 CHILAS TO DIAMIR BASE CAMP

Early in the morning drive from Chilas to Bunar Farms where we will meet and hire our porters. Same day drive to Halalay Bridge (3-4 hours drive ascent 600m).

DAY 07 CLIMBING

DAY 36 CLIMBING

30 days of non guided climb will start from today. During the climbing period our staff will be at base camp to help and assist you.   

DAY 37 – 38 - 39

TREKKING BACK TO HILALAY BRIDGE AND DRIVE TO CHILAS

After an early breakfast leave the base camp for trek to Hilalay Bridge. From Hilalay Bridge drive by Jeeps to Bunar Farms, where you will meet your van for the return trip to Chilas and Islamabad.

DAY 40 RAWALPINDI

Upon arrival transfer to your hotel in Rawalpindi. Evening sightseeing.

If unable to fly on day 62. this day will be use to transfer from Gilgit to Islamabad by road.

DAY 41 RAWALPINDI

De-briefing at Ministry of Tourism Islamabad. Evening free

DAY 42 FLY BACK HOME

Transfer to airport for your onward flight to abroad.

End of our services 

ITEMS INCLUDED IN OUR LAND COST 

1. Hotels and Hotel Meals:

08 night’s standard hotels in Rawalpindi or Islamabad with meals lunch dinner and breakfast, Flashman’s Hotel or Regency Hotel – Islamabad, PTDC Besham, Shangri-la Chilas or Panorama Chilas.

2. Transport:

I.                    Airport pickup and drop

II.                 Transport from Rawalpindi/Islamabad to Chilas for all climbers and with their expedition equipment and cargo and at the time of return transport from Chilas to Islamabad for all climbers and their expedition cargo.

III.               Jeeps from Chilas to Hilala Bridge and from Hilala Bridge to Chilas for all climbers and their expedition cargo. 

3. Ground staff:

I.                    Most of our staff works with us, since Jasmine Tours establish in 1995 and are consider the best staff in mountain tourism. This includes Cooks; Cook helper, base camp manager, Sirdar and porters.

II.                 Their daily allowance

III.               Their Food

IV.              Their Kit and equipment

V.                 Their insurance

VI.              Their accommodation

4. Camping equipment and Food:

Complete kitchen equipment for expedition members, Liaison Officer, Ground staff, A two men base camp tent one for each member, kitchen tent, Mess Tent, cooking pots, table and chairs kitchen utensils and lamps, camping fee, tarpaulins for porters for shelter, drums to carry food, mattress and expedition members food at base camp and during the trekking. We provide fresh meat (YAK) to each expedition depending on expedition size we double fresh meat requirement and also we provide fresh vegetable at base camp.

5. Fees:

1.        Royalty fee /Climbing permit

2.        Environment fee non-refundable US Dollars 200/- per peak

3.        Issuance of environment bond on behalf of the expedition US dollars 1000.

4.        Helicopter rescue guarantee on deposit of US dollars 6000/- refundable, expedition members must provide insurance to cover helicopter rescue. 

6. Expedition Equipment / Cargo

Before your arrival in Pakistan and after your departure from Pakistan we can takes care of your expedition equipment and cargo on payment.

7. Miscellaneous Services included in our price:

Optional transfer of members by air to Skardu or back to Islamabad one way only.

Procurement of import and export permit for expedition cargo

Reconfirmation of international flight tickets

Arrangement of high altitude porters (if require) on extra payment

Arrangement of high altitude tents (VE 25 North Face Tents) on extra payment.

Arrangement of butane propane gas (Coleman 250 grams) on extra payment.

Arrangement of Oxygen Gas for high altitude climbing, Russian made PIOSK on extra payment.

A farewell dinner at the end of the expedition-to-expedition members and staff.

Solar Panel Kit on extra payment

Generator on extra payment.

Satellite phone on extra payment. 

ITEMS NOT INCLUDED

01.

02. International Air tickets

03. Climbing gear

04. High altitude food

05. High altitude tents

06. Camping Gas

07. Personal equipment

08. Transportation or porterage of excess baggage

09. Sleeping bags

10. Rucksacks

11. Emergency rescues. Any expedition member/s want to include Emergency Helicopter Rescue in their program must notify us in advance. A deposit of US Dollars 6000 (Six Thousand US Dollars) in CASH is require for this arrangement. The amount is REFUNDABLE in case no such facility has been used during the holiday. You are requested to please insure yourself for emergency air rescue if require.

12. Medications

13. Insurance (All expedition members must be protected by insurance that covers cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss or damage to baggage and personal effects).

14. Room services

15. Laundry charges and other items of personal nature.

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

01. Our quotes are net, non-commissionable.

02. Our inclusive quotes and conditions are strictly based on the enclosed itinerary and total number of hotel and camp nights mentioned therein.

03. The above rates are quoted per person based on sharing a double room and a two-person tent. A single room and tent can be provided on payment of a single supplement. We do not guarantee single supplement.

04. Our above quotes are valid till 31st Sept. 2010.

DELAYS

If the trip has to be delayed due to canceled or delayed flights, sickness, accidents, bad weather, road washouts, Govt. restrictions, or any other contingency for which for which Jasmine Tours cannot make provisions, the resulting extra cost for such delays will be charged separately.

RESERVATIONS AND ADVANCE PAYMENTS

01. All provisional reservation must reach us in writing at least 120 days before your arrival in Pakistan. No deposits are necessary for making any provisional reservations.

02. All provisional reservations are subject to confirmation on deposit of US Dollars 1500/=  advance payment atleast 90 days before arrival of group in Pakistan.

03. The naming list must reach us at least 90 days before arrival of group in Pakistan.  The balance amount must be paid on arrival.

04. For provisional booking please inform your name, nationality, passport number, date and place of issue of passport, expiry date, your complete address, person to contact in case of emergency, your previous mountaineering experience (if any). 

MODE OF PAYMENT:

All payments must be sent by money grams, telex transfers, or demand drafts to Asghar Ali Porik account number 02-125-2223-2, Askari Commercial Bank Limited, AWT Plaza, The Mall, Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Personal and travelers cheques are not acceptable. 

CANCELLATIONS:

All cancellations must be notified in writing to Jasmine Tours.  Cancellation charges will be levied as follows:- 

01. Whenever canceled, the 15% from the advance are non-refundable.

02. 25% cancellation charges will be levied if a confirmed reservation is canceled 15 days before arrival.

03. If canceled any time after the commencement of the trip, due to any reason whatsoever, No refund will be given on any unutilized services other than hotels, meals and air tickets which are subject to cancellation charges accordingly.

04. If the expedition is cancelled, government rules will be apply for the refund of Peak Royalty Fee.  

LIABILITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF JASMINE TOURS:

Jasmine Tours, its agents, employees or any of the affiliates or subsidiary companies shall neither be responsible nor liable for any loss, damage, injury, sickness or death caused to any member or the property of the group directly or indirectly due to any irregularity, delay, accident, theft, acts of God, dangers, fire, vehicle breakdown, machinery failure, declared or undeclared hostilities, civil disturbances, strikes, riots, theft, pilferage, epidemics, quarantines, medical or customs regulations, delays, cancellations or changes in itinerary or schedules, Govt. restrictions or due to any causes beyond the control of Jasmine Tours. 

TRANSPORTATION

Transport we use are Toyota Coaster/Hi-ace Van  fully air-conditioned and equipment with all necessary modern facilities. Drivers we choose having 15-20 years experience driving for tourists,  they are careful and safe drivers.  

Willy Jeep; Please note that the jeeps used in Pakistan are open jeeps (with soft canvas roof which can be removed and roll-up/down sides) and DO NOT have seat belts, roll bars or restraining sides. They are old American Willy jeeps, which have been re-conditioned. They are the most reliable for the road conditions in Pakistan and are easily repaired along the route you will be taking. They are the most commonly used vehicles for tourism in Pakistan. The drivers we use are experienced working with foreign tourists and are careful and safe drivers. 4WD like Toyota Hilux, Pajero also can be arrange on request but they are about 3 times the cost. Please do not expect European standards. Transport does make a large portion of any program for travel in Pakistan. 

INSURANCE

All travelers must be protected by insurance that covers cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss or damage to baggage and personal effects up to 20,000 US Dollars.

HEALTH

Good health and physical fitness are required on all adventure trips; a physical examination is recommended for all participants on long treks/mountaineering expeditions.

PASSPORTS AND VISA

All participants must be in possession of a valid passport and obtain a Pakistani visa. If you need visa invitation letter, please contact us in advance.

FOOD

Most of the cook's we used having 5-10 years of experience working as a cook for trekking and mountaineering expeditions. They are trained in western and hygiene. Belong to the valleys where the trek's falls. We offer large variety of diet generally mix local and western food. For both treks and expedition we provide breakfast cereals, tins of meat, cans of orange juice, coffee, chocolate, snacks and as well as local food like Chapati, green tea, lentils and local fresh vegetables etc.

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel accommodation is provided on a double occupancy bases. Single rooms are available on most trips although a supplement is payable. Hotels we use for main centers are as follows: 

CITY/TOWN  PRICE BASED HOTEL                  

Rawalpindi                   - Shalimar hotel / Paradise Hotel                                  

Chilas                           - Panorama Hotel / Chilas Inn

Skardu                         - Masherbrum hotel / Indus Motel          

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

For your convenience single supplement price is quoted against each program.

PERSONAL EXPENCE

All our treks, Expedition and Tours covers' most of the price from Islamabad until you finish your holiday back in Islamabad. There will be little opportunity for you to spend your money except  to buy soft drinks,  snacks. In addition we advice you to keep cash money for airport taxes, porters, guide, cook and staff tips, souvenirs and other personal expenses.

OPTIONAL (on extra payment)

High altitude Sherpa (porter) 25 $ per day / Kit and Equipment 1000 $ equipment money.

North Face VE 25 Tent 150 per expedition member, please checks the availability.

Butaine Prophane Gas (Coleman 250 grams) 10/- per bottle.

Solar Panal Kit US dollars 50/- per expedition on rent.

Electric Generator US dollars 150 for 50 days.

PIOSK 3 to 4 kg US dollars 500 per bottle without mask and regulator, please check the availability.

Asghar Ali Porik
Owner
M/s Jasmine Tours
Transit Camp: House #15, Street #15, Garden Town, Near Khanna Bridge, Islamabad.
Site: www.jasminetours.com

 
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