Deosai Winter Tour

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Deosai is located in the Great Himalayan Range, Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan. The Deosai plateau is conveniently placed between the western massif of the Himalayas and the central Karakoram.
The park is not only about wildlife but also about stunning scenic views of the snow-clad mountains and streams. The natural beauty and impressive grandeur of the Deosai plains have made it world famous. Spread over an area of 3,000 square kilometers, at an altitude of 13,500 feet above sea level, the plains are home to unique species of plant and animal life, of which the Himalayan Brown Bears are the most famous. In the words of Leisters Crowley, "In front of us lay the Deosai, an absolutely treeless wilderness of comparatively level country framed by minor peaks. It gives a unique impression of desolation.

To the south of and visible from both the Burji and Sadpara approaching areas is a 700-foot hill, on top of which is a 500 foot-high-rock cairn. This unnamed hilltop in the northern deosai region produces a clear panorama of the Himalayan Kangari Range and sections of the Karakoram. As you ascend its gentle, grass covered slopes, Nanga Parbat will come into view far to the west of you. In 'Gypsy Davy's' words, "It was such an expanse of immensity as I have hardly imagined...It seems you cannot talk in a matter-of-fact way in a place like that...I thought the Sierras were large, but here, where we could see three or four score miles north, south, east and west, and see only mountains, and most of them above twenty thousand feet, the Sierras seem like sand dunes”. The park remains wrapped in the white sheet of snow from November to May and it is only in the summer months one gets an opportunity to visit the park. 
It is home to unique high altitude flora and fauna, including the Himalayan Brown Bears. Deosai is thought to have created a special habitat where this endemic species has evolved over time. Most of the plateau is a common grazing ground for the rural communities that live around it.
There are sixteen villages that are settled on the periphery of Deosai. It is accessible to them only for a few months every year during the brief spring and summer. During the cold season, it stands aloof and forlorn, a vast and magnificent wilderness, one of the few that have remained in Pakistan. The park can be reached from Astore Valley in the west and Skardu in the north. 
Deosai Plains make up one of the last frontiers of natural habitat for the Himalayan brown bear, a creature that once roamed the mountains freely. The park currently has in between 20-28 Brown bears. This park was established to protect these endangered bears.
Recently a research project has started by Himalayan Wildlife Foundation (HWF) and the Northern Areas Forests, Parks, and Wildlife Department to secure the survival of the brown bear in the Deosai Plains and to monitor their population.
The Deosai Plains are also home to the ibex, red fox, golden marmot, wolf, the Ladakh urial, the snow leopard, and a number of resident and migratory birds. Mammals in the park include--Brown bear, Snow leopard, Himalayan Musk deer Golden marmot, Pika, Migratory hamster and Ermine. Birds in the park are--Golden eagle, Lammergeier vulture, Griffon vulture, Laggar falcon, Peregrine falcon, Kestrel, Indian sparrow hawk and Snow cock.

ITINERARY

DAYS
ITINERARY
1Islamabad Arrival
2Islamabad Drive to Chilas
3Chilas to Skardu
4Skardu Free day
5Skardu to Deosai
6To 08 Deosai Ski and look around the Ibex etc
7Deosai drive back to Skardu
8Skardu to Islamabad by fly or Drive to Chilas
9Chilas to Islamabad
10Islamabad on way

SERVICES ARE INCLUDED:

       Transportation:

1.     Airports pick/drop and Sightseeing
2.    All transportations for each city, town, village and back to Islamabad (Check the itinerary)

Accommodation: 
Twin bed room with bed & breakfast only (Twin Sharing) in each hotel.

Check the itinerary for overnight places, We will provide hotel room according to the itinerary.

1.  Documentation and visa invitation letter
 2. Local tour Guide

•           SERVICES ARE NOT INCLUDED:

1.            Member international flight ticket 

2.            Member personal insurance 

3.            Any kind of personal equipments and expenses such as telephone calls, fax, email and soft drinks etc

4.            Room service and laundry etc

5.            Custom clearing charges (import and export of equipment

6.            Any unforeseen expenses (just like road block extra hotel stay or if member want to stay more days somewhere

Note: Members has to travel together in one group and no one can split the group. If anyone will split the group then all cost/expenses he/she has to pay directly, we (Mashabrum Expeditions) are not responsible and we will charge you each and everything.

BOOKING TERMS WITH MASHABRUM EXPEDITIONS TREKS & TOURS (METT)

We are delighted that you’ve decided to book your trip with Mashabrum Expeditions Treks & Tours. Before making your booking please ensure that you first read the relevant Terms & Condition. It is important that you choose a trip appropriate to your level of fitness and experience. If you’re not sure about anything please Contact us All our staff has first-hand experience of a range of treks and trips and will be happy to talk with you and help you decide which is the right one for you. You should also read our Booking Conditions. 

You can book by email or telephone. You will need to complete a booking form and send this to us with the appropriate deposit. for the booking form click on BOOK A TRIP on our website, fill out and send us.

EASY STEPS TO BOOK:

Contact Us to check availability.

Complete and send booking form and NON REFUNDABLE deposit. 

Receive booking confirmation by emailed.M

Make final payment and receive final travel instructions.

STEP 1: CALL OR EMAIL US TO CHECK AVAILABILITY.

We will provisionally hold a place on an available trip for 7 days to allow time for your booking form and deposit payment to reach us and for you to check personal arrangements such as time off work before making your final decision.

STEP 2: COMPLETE AND SEND YOUR BOOKING FORM AND NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT.

Please complete all sections clearly and carefully. It is very important that your details on your booking form (name, date of birth etc) exactly match the details on your passport. This includes where the first name on your passport is not the name you prefer to use.

If you sending a group booking. Then please mention all names with their passport details in the Email. Completed booking forms should be sent by Email to Mashabrum Expeditions Treks & Tours. Please note we cannot confirm your booking until we receive your 50 % advance deposit.

Delays in transferring the advance amount you may put at risk your place on a selected trip.

STEP 3: RECEIVE CONFIRMATION OF YOUR BOOKING

After receiving your deposit (or for late bookings, full payment), we will make the necessary arrangements including (if requested) flight reservations and any additional services or activities requested. We will send confirmation of your booking, receipt of payment and (if applicable) flight tickets by email.

Please note unless specifically requested no paper documents will be sent. In order to minimize the impact on the environment we send all travel documents by email as pdf or word documents as much as possible in order to minimize unnecessary printing and use of paper and so that you can choose if you wish to print your documents or not.

If you specifically ask for a printed copy of your travel documents or brochure we'll be happy to send that but otherwise we ask you to help us do our bit for the environment and using the online versions where possible.

Thank you and we will include a detailed day to day itinerary, advice on visas, permits (if applicable), health, suggested clothing and equipment list, responsible travel guidelines, information on discounts available to The Mashabrum Expeditions clients and a final invoice.                                                                                                                                                                 

INSURANCE:

Before confirming your booking we require evidence of adequate travel insurance. All our clients are required to have appropriate insurance and to provide us with a copy of the policy as a condition of booking. It is extremely important that your insurance provider is aware of the type of trip and activities you will undertake.

Final documents and booking can only be issued once we receive these details. It is recommended that you strongly consider taking out insurance at the time of booking so that not only are you covered whilst on holiday but you will also be able to make a claim for any money paid to us should you have to cancel your trip.

BEFORE DEPARTURE:                                                                                                                                                                   

Final payment for your booking is due 20 days prior to departure. No reminder will be sent. On receipt of the final balance we will email your final confirmation including instructions on how you will be met on arrival at your start point in Islamabad or elsewhere. Also included will be a statement of any additional services, flights or activities you have requested.

STEP 4: MAKING YOUR DEPOSIT AND FINAL PAYMENT

Your Booking Form must be accompanied by your non refundable 150 $ deposit per person for trekers and for climbing expeditions and rail travel a higher refundable 500 $ deposit is The easiest way to do this is to pay by bank account transfer and we don’t accept any debit cards.

Please ensure before you confirm your booking that you have read and accept our Booking Conditions and that you are clear on the details and activities of the trip that you have selected and that it is appropriate for you.

If you are not sure or have any queries contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions and provide more details to help with your decision. Please be aware that deposits are non refundable as is standard practice in the travel industry and therefore it is important you are clear about and happy with the nature of your trip before you confirm your booking with us.

HAPPY TRAVELLING!

Once your final payment has been received we will issue a receipt and letter confirming your joining instructions, any other final information and wishing you a wonderful holiday adventure in the Pakistan with us.

CHANGES TO YOUR BOOKING

Should any of the information provided to us on your booking form change. Your contact details, passport number, name, you must advise us immediately. Failure to do this may result in your being liable for charges applied by airlines or government authorities related to the change in details. If you wish to change your booking after it has been confirmed within 20 days prior to departure, the cost of these charges will be passed on to you.

If you wish to transfer from one trip or trek to another, a fixed that you can freely. We are happy to accept transfers only providing this does not cause us to cancel the trip or trek you are already booked on to and provided we do not suffer costs incurred from suppliers and airlines relating to your decision. Once we have issued the final invoice for your holiday we are unable to transfer your booking to an alternative. Please read carefully our Booking Conditions for further information relating to your booking including standard cancellation.

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