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Pakistan 2019 - the Snow Lake trek

The Snow Lake trek in Karakoram is surely one of the most amazing mountain journeys in the world. Following two glaciers, Biafo and Hispar, with Hispar La (pass; 5150 m) between them, this links the Baltistan and Hunza regions of northern Pakistan. The "Snow Lake" is a large glacial basin at the confluence of a number of glaciers, at the foot of the Hispar La, on the Biafo side.

The trek (usually) starts from Askole, as does the classic Baltoro/K2 base camp. Already one the first trekking day the two routes diverge, the Snow Lake trek turning sharply left to north-west, entering the Biafo glacier. Despite the proximity of the popular Baltoro trek, the Snow Lake trek is much wilder, feels very remote and exploratory - finding the best way through the glacier is quite a challenge.

The trek was expertly organized by the UK's The Mountain Company. See their report.