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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! 

 

DAY 01

Arrive in Islamabad 

DAY 02

Flight to Skardu or drive to Chilas

DAY 03

Free day in Skardu or drive to Skardu

DAY 04

Drive to Kande

DAY 05

Trek to Cho Brangsa

DAY 06

Trek to Amin Brakk Base Camp

DAY 07

Free Day Amin Brakk Base Camp 

DAY 08

Back to kande 

DAY 09

Kande to Skardu

DAY 10

Skardu to Karimanad

DAY 11

Sight seen in Karimabad-Altit and Baltit Fort visit

DAY 12

Karimabad to chilas 

DAY 13

Chilas to Naran 

DAY 14

Naran to Islamabad

DAY 15

Sight Seen Islamabad

DAY 16

Sight Seen Khuda(salt mine) 

DAY 17

Fly Back

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