Among all, the Minapin to base camp trek is the most popular. The reason behind this popularity among the trekkers is the broad and clear view of this beautiful Karakoram peak.
The Minapin village is at a walking distance of 4 KM and about an hour from the KKH. The Minapin Rest House is a decent option for a stay before the negotiations with the adventure trail to Hapakun. Have complete camping and kitchen accessories as after Minapin all the food and shelter is your own. A narrow path besides the rest house leads towards the Minapin River. Fields of wheat on both sides, this is an easy walk and 20 to 30 minutes to reach the blaring river bank.
After crossing the wooden bridge, it takes about one hour steep climbing to reach the Bungidas. The views of Minapin Glacier and Diran Peak are awesome. Bungidas is a summer settlement with fresh water and bushes with pink flowers. There are few Gujar’s huts as well from where milk, ‘lassi’ and the best quality ‘desi ghee’ may also be available. A beautiful cold waterfall falling down from the rocks makes it an excellent refreshing rest spot.
Another hour’s further high walk takes you to Hapakun. This is a marvelous green land with thick grass flooring and thick forest on the slopes. Hapakun is a great camping spot with availability of fresh cold water melting down from the heights of Rakaposhi.
From Hapakun it is a two hours easy trek to reach the Tagafri. It is an easy and green inclined trek till Tagafri. Before reaching the Tagafri, there is high ridge with amazing view of Minapin Glacier below. The glacier from here looks like a bundle of ice cones with needle like edges. On the right side, the Rakaposhi Peak appears (if not in the mist), extremely close to you.
From the ridge, a very steep and dangerous path drops down towards the Tagafri. A careful descend is required as the sharp ice needles are below one slip away. Tagafri is a wide grassy ground like bowl, starting from a direct slope of the Rakaposhi. An ideal campsite and the easiest climbing start to up the Rakaposhi. You can start ascending over the 7788 meters Rakaposhi as high as you can!
From Tagafri onwards, you need to walk on the glacier for about 3 to 4 hours. The best time to start is as early in the morning as possible before the snow gets soft by the sun. A local guide (usually a Gujjar guy around) is recommended to help crossing the glacier from the safest passage. The Kacheli is another grassy and flower strewn meadow. This is a place for the best ever views of Rakaposhi from a breath taking distance.