Nangma Valley Trek

Amin Brakk is one of the most complex and extensive walls on our planet. Tougher than Nameless Tower, it was first attempted in May 1996 by the very experienced Basque big-wall climber, Jon Lazkano. In 1997 Lazkano, together with Adolfo Madinabeitia and Jose Carlos Tamayo, returned to make a capsule-style attempt on the granite face. After fifteen days on the wall the trio was forced to give up 300 meters below the top, worn down by bad weather, cold temperatures and lack of food. Machulo Treks & Tours has great honor in discovery of Amin Brakk in 1995. Mr. Ibrahim Akhon escorted the discovery team. Success in discovery of the Amin Brakk in 1995 is proof of professionalism and dedication with their work. Mr. Jon Lazkano gave the name of Amin Brakk owing to strong relations with Ibrahim Akhon as Amin is Ibrahim’s elder son. Machulo Treks & Tours is grateful to Mr. Lazkano on his kindness and love. Spanish teams made several more attempts, but it wasn't until 1999 that Pep Masip, Miguel Puigdomenech and Silvia Vidal climbed this virgin tower. Their route, Sol Solet (VII 6C+, A5, 1650m), took thirty-four days; it is considered one of the most technically complex routes in the world. Earlier the same season, a Korean team climbed twenty-seven pitches on the west face only to turn back 100 meters from the summit in heavy snowfall and strong winds. Less than a month later, the Czech team of Filip Silhan, Marek Holecek and David Stastny completed their route to the summit, naming it Czech Express (5.12c A3 70 degrees). The west face, which has a system of ledges, is not exceptionally vertical. Our team spent twenty-two days (eleven days fixing and eleven on the mountain) making our ascent (A3 6A, 1250m). On July 19 we summited, having overcome ice-covered rocks, deep snow below the summit tower and incessant blizzards (of our thirty-three days in the area, only three were sunny). The only thing that we did not manage to do was climb an absolutely new route. Because of abnormally bad weather near the top, we finished the last 500 meters via Czech Express (it was easier and faster). On July 22 I made a successful base jump, free falling 1000 meters in thirty seconds in a wing suit. The sensations after landing were inexpressible. It seemed I had gone for a spin in a time machine. After so many days living on a vertical wall, to in one minute appear below on a horizontal, safe site-able to do what you want, to go where you want-was fantastic!

Schedule



Day 1
ARRIVE IN ISLAMABAD
Day 2
FLY TO SKARDU OR DRIVE TO CHILAS
Day 3
FREE DAY IN SKARDU OR DRIVE TO SKARDU
Day 4
DRIVE TO KANDAY
Day 5
TREK TO CHO BRANGSA
Day 6
TREK TO AMIN BRAQ BASE CAMP
Day 7
FREE DAY AT AMIN BRAQ BASE CAMP
Day 8
BACK TO KANDAY
Day 9
KANDAY TO SKARDU
Day 10
SKARDU TO KARIMABABD
Day 11
SITE SEEN IN KARIMABAD & ALTIT & BALTIT FORT VISIT
Day 12
KARIMABAD TO CHILAS
Day 13
CHILAS TO NARAN
Day 14
NARAN TO ISLAMABAD
Day 15
SITE SEEN IN ISLAMABAD
Day 16
ONWARD DESTINATION








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