From Pisan, just 2km east of Ghulmet, there’s a turn-off to Minapin, 5km further east. Sleepy Minapin is a popular place for travellers to ditch their packs and contemplate the mountains. It is also the base for numerous day walks and the start of an excellent trek to another Rakaposhi base camp and longer treks towards Diran Peak.
The best accommodation is provided by Diran Hotel (
West of the hotel is an NAPWD resthouse (d Rs 300). Keep an eye out for a new camping ground in Minapin village, which was planned by Israr, the very popular former manager of the Diran Hotel (erstwhile Diran Guesthouse).