Preparing for the trip to Chapursan Valley:
Now that you know about the location and people, it is time to move on to what you will need to travel to Chapursan Valley.
What should you pack?
Warm Clothes: The weather in the valley can be quite chilly, particularly during the nights. If you are travelling anytime between November and March, you need to keep warm clothes with you to stay cosy.
Trekking Boots: The valley has some great trekking sites, but even the roads are rocky so you will need to keep your boots with you to get from one place to another.
Snacks and Water: There are very few shops in the valley and those that are there seldom sell mineral water and decent snacks. Either keep water bottles or a water purifier with you to make the most out of the resources.
How To Reach Chapursan Valley?
Once you are in Pakistan, preferably Islamabad, you can either choose to travel via public transport or private transport. But most tourists visit Charpursan as a side trip along the Karakoram Highway either before leaving for China or when just arriving from China.
The only public transport available for Chapursan Valley is through a small village called Sost. You can take a bus to the village from Islamabad. Once you are in the village, a public jeep will leave for the valley twice a day, which is quite economical (approximately 300 PKR in local currency). However, it is best to reach the village early since tickets are sold on a first-come and first-serve basis.
If you prefer going by private transportation (as I do), then you can find various jeep-for-hire services in Sost. You can find private jeeps in the Sost bazaar, or the guesthouse you are staying at can help you arrange the transport. Keep in mind that private transportation is more expensive and can cost between 3000 PKR to 5000 PKR per day.
Where To Stay In Chapursan Valley?
There are a bunch of guesthouses and homestays available throughout the valley that offer basic accommodation to travels. Finding guesthouses is simple enough since you will see several signs when you reach the valley with Pamir Serai Homestay being the most popular.
However, since this is a remote area, the utilities available are minimum. There is no electricity for most parts of the day, and mobile networks seldom work, unless you have a SCOM network. If you travel during the winters, then you might not find running water in pipes as well because it gets frozen.
As for the meals, the locals eat bread, rice, and potatoes and rarely, meat. This is why it is a good idea to carry your own snacks when visiting the valley.
When To Visit Charpursan Valley.
With the valley being located on an altitude of 3000m/9842.52feet is there no surprise that it can get very cold here, as I visited Charpursan in late November, which is already a few months after the “tourist season” here. In late November, its cold, very cold, with the temperature going as low as 15-/4F during the night.
Late May to late August is the best reason with the temperature being on the warm side and the scenery is green. During late June to late July are the flower bloom in the valley and their local polo and buzkashi games between the locals in the valley and nomads from neighbouring Afghanistan.
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