Rush Lake Trek is a light adventure for first-timers in the Karakoram Range. Rush Lake is one of the world’s highest alpine lakes. During the trek, you will experience the gigantic views of the peaks of Nagar and Hunza Valley. Rush Lake Trek is a breathtaking turquoise lake from where you having an ample opportunity to glimpse Panoramic views in all the most spectacular peaks in the region including K2, Broad Peak, Baintha Brak, and Gasherbrum IV, which is located at an altitude of 4,694 meters. Rush Phary is a combination of two words in the local Brushashki language, Rush means Sparkling, and Phary means lake so that is the reason this trek is called Rush Phary trek.
Rush Trek’s difficulty is Medium to Hard depending on a person’s fitness level and experience of trekking. Since the trek requires crossing multiple glaciers it is not safe to do it without a guide. Experienced trekker can complete the whole trek in 4 days but is very challenging. Apart from offering the view of Pakistan’s highest alpine lake, the trek offers the view of Hispar Muztagh and several other mountains visible around the lake. Many people summit the Rush Pari Peak or Rush Peak (5098m) to get a peek at K2 and other mountains of the Karakoram Range and Hispar La. The sight from the mountain top is amazing and is worth the climb!
Itinerary for Rush Lake Trek
Day 1: Trek to Bericho Kor
The first day of the trek is over the two glaciers- Hoper (Bualtar glacier) and Barpu glacier. The ascend, descend, and uncovering the route takes a lot of energy and time. It will take an experienced trekker 5 hours to reach the first campsite at Bericho Kor (3,300 m). The campsite is located by the Barpo glacier and Miar Glacier.
After crossing the first (Hoper) glacier, the top plane is called the Shishkin Camping site (not a preferred stop), fresh water is available and due to its height, you will be able to get SCOM signals. From this point, many peaks are visible which include Lady Finger & Ultar Peak, Kapel Peak, Malubiting Peak, Spantik. You move forward to cross Barpo Glacier which is very technical and difficult to cross. The rest of the trek is through meadows and very straight till you reach Bericho Kol. Freshwater is available at this scamping site.
Day 2: Trek to Chidin Harai
The Second Day of the trek is almost 6 hours. All of this trek is a very steep climb and difficult. The campsite is at Chidin Harai (4,440m) which is located in a beautiful meadow with amazing views of the magnificent Karakoram mountains. Visible on a clear day from Childin Hara are Distaghil Sar, Kunyang Chhish 7,823 meters (25,666 ft), Trivor peak 7,728 meters, Bualtar Peak.
Many people stop and camp here especially if the steep climb takes all day. Experienced trekkers might be able to continue forward to reach Rush Lake and camp there.
Day 3: Trek to Rush Lake
The third day is the final ascend from Chidin Harai to Rush Lake. The hike is slow elevation and 3 hours trek. Once you reach the top, Rush Lake is visible surrounded by epic mountain ranges and some of the highest peaks of the world. Camp and enjoy the amazing lake and the beautiful mountains that surround you.
Day 4: Summit Rush Peak or Rest Day at Rush Lake
On the fourth day, you can take the whole day to enjoy the amazing lake and rest or you can continue your trek to summit Rush Pari Peak. You can also descend back to the campsite at Phahi Phari. If you choose to Summit Rush Pari Peak, you will be rewarded with some of the most amazing views. Visible from the apex of Rush Pari Peak are Distaghil Sar, Kunyang Chhish 7,823 meters (25,666 ft), Trivor peak 7,728 meters, Bualtar Peak, K2 861m, Broad Peak 8052, Gasherbrum II 8034, Snow Lake, Biafo Glacier, Hisper La, Laila Peak.
Return from the Trek
You return back from Rush lake can be the same route as you came from or take a new route that takes you through a different and adventurous route which required crossing the Mair Glacier and toward the Hamdar Meadows. The treks will be descending slopes so make sure to carry your trekking pole.
Day 5: Trek to Phahi Phari (3,450 m)
The trek from Rush lake to Phahi Pari is downhill and steep over rocky boulders. The trek is a 4-hour trek till you reach the Phahi Pari Camp located along the Mair Glacier.
Day 6: Trek to Hamdar (3,300 m)
The next part of the trek is over the Miar glacier. The first part is on glacier moraine that goes further to the white glacier. Huge crevasses and streams make this part of the trek very technical and we will complete it as a group along with porters and guides to help you cross the streams and crevasses.
Once you cross the glacier, you climb on a small trail along with mountains. It is a footpath that is few feet above with the glacier crevasses visible below. The trail goes to Hamdar Meadows. It is one of the beautiful camping sites with an amazing view of the glaciers and mountains all around.
Day 7: Trek to Hapakun Camping Site
From Hamdar Camping Site a very scenic and easy hike goes towards Hapakun Valley and Huru Harai. It is the last camping day. Use the day to celebrate and relax and enjoy the breathtaking view.
Day 8: Trek to Hoper Valley
The last day of the trek is going to reach Shishkun and then crossing the Hoper glacier and hiking back to reach the Hoper valley.
Trekking Equipment needed while Trekking
- SCO (SCOM) Sim, if 4G connectivity is needed in Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir
- PCap (To avoid direct Sun rays to face and neck back)
- Barsati (To avoid the rain)
- Cloth Saafa (Very important to save from Sun Burning)
- Small backpack
- 3 pairs of socks
- Extra pair of trek shoes
- Walking sticks
- Waterproof pants
- Travel Towel
- Water bottle
- Snacks (snickers etc)
- Windproof jacket