Karambar Lake Broghil Valley Chitral Pakistan

Here is details for Karomber Lake – Broghil Valley Trek Complete Introduction:
Karambar Lake is one of the highest alpine and biologically active lakes in Pakistan and is definitely the biggest lake up in North. It has a max length of 3.2 km by displacement and a max width of 1.5km. It is a round trip of nearly 8km if you plan to circle around the lake.:
Surface elevation is 14,077 feet ASL.

Karomber Lake Location:

Karambar Lake is situated in extreme North of Pakistan and mountains on Northern side of the lake are actually border with Afghanistan. The valley that approaches from main Chitral Valley to this area is called Yarkhun Valley. It starts from Mastuj till area near Kishmanja. Ahead of this is Broghil Valley which continues till Karomber Pass. Both these sub-valleys are part of Chitral Valley and run parallel to Wakhan Corridor in Afghanistan which separates Pakistan from Central Asian states. After Karomber Pass, there is a chain of lakes and eventually comes Karomber Lake which exits its waters towards Ishkomen side so technically it is situated in Ishkomen Valley. The boundary line between KPK and Ghizer is on Karomber Pass.

PERMISSION:

If you are planning for Karomber lake do not forget to get NOC from DC Chitral & Chitral Scouts Head Quarter in Mastuj.
Procedure:
1: DC Chitral NOC,
You need to hire a local licensed tour operator to get NOC from DC Chitral Office, as its more easy than to get NOC by self, as they prefer locals first. We Hire Mr. Ishfaq Ahmed From Hindukash Tops Adventure Pakistan, Ph: 0344 9701123. He got NOC in 2 days, We also received verifications calls from DC Office Chitral. After that permission was in our hands. Not a difficult task.
2: Chitral Scouts Head Qurter NOC,
You have to go personally in HQ, ask them for permission for Broghil valley, If you have DC Office Chitral NOC, then they will provide you their NOC. Some question they will ask about you journey.
You cant get Army NOC without DC Chitral NOC and same for Both. Not a difficult task.
Note: Both NOC will be only for Karomber Lake, You are not allowed to go for any pass, even you cannot enter into GB and otherwise GB check post will send you back.

Karambar Lake Trek:

Karomber Lake can be accessed from following routes:
1- Chitral Mastuj Route
2- Gilgit Mastuj Route
Both these approaches end up at Mastuj which is base for all treks up along the border area. A rough jeep ride takes one from Mastuj to Lashkargaz which is second main town in Broghil. From Lashkargaz to Karomber Lake is nearly 25km away so a trek 2 or 3 days will take you to Karomber Lake.
3- Gilgit Ishkoman Chitti Boi Route
This is relatively lesser but known route with couple of tough crossings like Shutargardan and Chitti Boi glacier. Trek is almost 45km and takes 3 days to reach Karomber Lake.
4- Gilgit Ishkomen Chiantar Route
This is very less explored area and is a sub-valley in Ishkomen which leads to a 16,200ft ASL Chiantar Pass and descends to Broghil on Chiantar Glacier. There are 2 known crossings and not much information available on this pass.
5- Gilgit Yaseen Route
This is reverse trek of most common route and one has to ascend 7,000ft ASL from Darkot in Yaseen Valley side to cross Darkot Pass and then descend to Broghil and continue on same route as coming from Mastuj.
6- Gilgit Hunza Sost Chilinji Route
This route was recently re-opened after closure by Pak Army due to security issues. One has to start the trek in Chaprusan Valley which is a sub-valley of Upper Hunza and ends near Sost on KKH. The trek passes through Chilinju Pass at 17,200 feet ASL and descends on Ishkomen-Karomber route.

Best Time to Visit Karambar Lake:

June – September are the months to visit this area. We visited Karomber Lake (Broghil Valley ) on 01-02-03-04 July-2018 and got best of the colors and weather in 4 days:) We saw greenery, rain, light and shades play through clouds all at same place in this short time span.

Duration:

Different approaches have different time requirements but overall, one needs minimum 8 days Islamabad to Islamabad provided all things go as planned without any hiccups. A plan with 8 days should be suitable and more cautious to cover all uncertainties.

DIFFICULTY:

Option 1+2

Easiest and can be done by anyone without any technical precautions. Horses, mules, donkeys, yaks are also available on the route for luggage and riding.

Option 3

This one is for regulars and starters or beginners should avoid this route. Two difficult crossings but do not require any technical equipment:
– Shutargardan – a path on side slope of a rock face with enough space carved out into rock face to put one foot only with a steep fall into the gushing river water below.
– Chitti Boi glacier: a tricky crossing on this glacier of couple of hours with crevasses. It requires caution and continuous supervision of guides in order to cross safely. Please do not try to attempt it on your own and make sure your guide is available to help all team members on this crossing.

Option 4:

Only for technically trained trekkers who have all mountaineering equipment. This route has steep technical ascend on Ishkomen side and crevasse filled glacier crossing on Broghil side. Only highly experienced trekkers with previous encounters with crevassed glacier crossings should attempt this.

Option 5:

Reverse of option 1 and 2 but this start requires high physical fitness and ability to acclimatize quickly otherwise ascending 7,000ft in 2 days may create lots of problems. Beginners or starters should avoid this though can be managed.

Option 6:

Same precautions as Ishkomen side attempt. Only for regular trekkers with previous experience of high altitude pass crossings. This route is NOT for beginners or starters. The route is not technical but rope and safety equipment is necessary and must be used on final part of Chilinji ascend from Chaprusan and very steep descend on Ishkomen side.

Possible Itinerary:

I will write for my attempt with Option 1. But please keep in mind that we got jeep track open all the way to Lashkargaz which normally is open only till an area near Kashmanja when river water overflows. This adds 3 days of trek so please keep these extra days in mind.
Day 0: Night bus ride from Faisalabad to Peshawar by Daewoo Bus.
Day 1: Arrival in Chitral through By Air and jeep ride to Mastuj by day end. Night Stay in Mastuj.
Days 2: Jeep ride from Mastuj to Ishkarwaz, Its Takes around 12-13 Hours, Night Stay in Army Post.
Day 3: Jeep Ride, Ishkarwaz to Lashkargaz, 2-3 Hours Jeep Ride, Then same day Trek from Lashkargaz to Laili Rubat, Its Approx. 14 KM Trek takes 7-8 Hours, Night In Camps
Day 4: Laili Rubat to Karomber Lake 11 KM Approx.. 4-5 Hours Trek, Night in Camps at Lake
Day 5: Trek back to Karomber Lake to Lashkargaz , 25 KM Trek, Takes 6-7 Hours. Night in Camp or Amin Jan (Political Guys) Guest House .
Day 6: Jeep Ride back to Ishkarwaz and then ascend to Chikar by Jeep. Night Stay in Chikar.
Day 7: Jeep Ride Back to Mastuj,12-13 Hours Ride, Night Stay in Mastuj Hotel
Day 8: Jeep Ride Back to Chitral, Arrival in Islamabad/Peshawar.

Facilities:

The route is filled with villages after every few kilometers. So, the trek is active. Last village before lake is Laili Rubat 10km before lake.
Closest security option is Chitral Scout check post in Ishkarwaz which is normally trek starting point. They also have basic medical facility.
Closest health center is in Lasht which is in Yarkhun Valley.

Cost for Karambar Lake:

After following, our per head cost was Rs.80K
– Daewoo from Faisalabad to Peshawar
– Daewoo From Islamabad to Faisalabad
– Peshawar to Chitral By Air Ticket
– Chitral to Islamabad By Air Ticket
– Jeeps from Chitral to Lashkarghaz then Back to Chitral, Including Stay There.
– Eagle Nest Resort in Chitral
– Food
– Porters/horses hired for trek
– Camping fees at campsites
– Day Pack

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