|Arrival Islamabad: Arrival in Islamabad, transfer to hotel for some rest. In the afternoon we will have sightseeing in the twin cities; Rawalpindi & Islamabad. Overnight in hotel.
|Fly to Skardu or Drive to Chilas (12-13 hours): Transfer to the airport for the next flight to Skardu, it is just an hour’s flight with spectacular views of mighty mountains including Nanga Parbat. Upon arrival at Skardu, assist and transfer to the Hotel… we will have a great rest at the same time we have to be well acclimatized before the start of our trek to might K2. If we could fly for any reason, we would be driving to reach Chilas over Babusar Pass. Overnight at Chilas.
|Drive to Skardu 2286m (11-12 hours): Full day at Deosai Plateau excursion, it is good to gain some good height before the trek. After a relatively early breakfast we will start our journey to Skardu. Driving on the Karakoram Highway is an adventure in itself which is an unforgettable experience. Another fantastic drama unfolds when Nanga Parbat starts to play “hide and seek” before we have a clear view of Thalaichi. At “Unique Place in the World” we have an opportunity to see three world’s highest ranges Karakoram, Himalaya, and Hindu Kush. Driving further north at Juglot we turn right to begin our trip to Skardu. On arrival in Skardu, we transfer to a hotel for an overnight stay.
|We will have a free day for preparations and briefing in Skardu or sightseeing in the city. Overnight at Skardu.
|Drive to Askoli by Jeeps. 6 hours We start our six to seven-hour-long adventurous jeep ride to Askoli with local crew and supplies along the Shigar and Braldo Valleys to the road ahead to Askoli. In the last dwelling of about 60 houses, the villagers are self-sufficient and grow their cereals, vegetables, and fruits. Smiling and welcoming villagers greet us as we pass through villages on the rugged dirt and stone road. We have our lunch and a short photo break en route, the view on the way is breathtaking.
|Trek to Jhola (Pulley Bridge) (6-7 hours): We follow a trail next to the Braldu River which is an easy gentle walk and once passed the snout of the Biafo Glacier, we arrive at the green oasis of Korofong. After lunch we continue our trek from Korofong we follow the path up a side valley and cross the Dumardo River coming out of Choktoi and Panmah Glaciers by a bridge. We then walk for another half an hour or so to reach the Jhola Camp. Overnight in tents.
|Trek to Paiju 3380m 5-6 hours: The trail alternates between the river bed and terraces above, crossing boulder fields and side streams until coming to the Paiju. Paiju is a green oasis under the shadows of Paiju Peak (6611m). From this camp, we have the first views of the immense Baltoro Glacier and snowy peaks. Paiju campsite is often crowded and noisy. Overnight in tents.
|Trek to Urdukas 4130m (7-8 hours): Today’s walk is a bit longer and exhausting. After a thirty to forty-five-minute walk, we approach Baltoro Glacier. As we trek, every single step gains height on the undulate trail until we reach Urdukus campsite. Heavily used Urdukus is much larger than Paiju. The meadows above Urdukus offer one of the Karakoram’s finest panoramas. All the Trango Towers are visible, including Nameless Tower, which has the world’s longest granite face. Overnight in tents.
|Trek to Goro II 4236m (5-6 hours): The trail descends and goes straight out to the glacier’s middle. The trail from here to Concordia, although still obvious, is less of a highway, and remains on the Glacier. Masherbrum’s sheer granite north face and snow-crowned summit (7821m) come into view as you walk east up the Baltoro Glacier. The spectacular views of Muztagh Tower 7270m, Musherbrum 7800m, and Gasherbrum IV at the head of the Baltoro and Concordia are stunning. The campsite is actually on a glacier where ledges have been leveled out for the tents, providing not much comfort yet a pleasing experience.
|Trek to Concordia 4572m (4-5 hours): A four to five-hour walk on the glacier takes us to the “The Throne Room of Mountain Gods”, the most impressive campsite anywhere in the world. As we walk on the glacier to reach Concordia, a magic spell embraces us. If the weather is clear luckily, we will have the most magnificent views of the mountain giants of Karakoram including the crown K2, which majestically stands just in front of you. The peaks tower over you and all appear to be tantalizingly close, Gasherbrum IV, Mitre Peak, Chogolisa 25,147ft/7,665m, and Broad Peak 26,401ft/8,047m are some of the high Karakoram giants to be seen.
|Full-day rest at Concordia while enjoying one of the best places on earth….
|Trek to K-2 Base Camp 5000m (10 hours): Trek to K-2 Base Camp to see K2 from its bottom…. One of the most enchanting and memorable days you will witness. It is a 6-7 hours gentle walk to reach the K2 base camp. Overnight at k2 base camp.
|Trek back to Concordia: After a great morning and leisurely breakfast, we shall retrace our steps to Concordia. Overnight at Concordia.
|Trek Ali Camp 5000m (5-6 hours): Today’s walk is rather tricky as we make our way on the glacier and moraine with some crevasses on Vigne Glacier. If the weather is good and members and porters agree we will take the next step which is to reach Munir Camp which is higher at an altitude of 5938m. This will save us a couple of hours for the next day’s real adventure where will have a big day of crossing the world’s famed Gondogoro Pass 5650m.
|Trek over Gondogoro Pass -5600m to Kuispang -4590m (13-14 hours): Trek over Gondogoro Pass is an adventure of a lifetime, strenuous yet rewarding. The sense of achievement will outweigh the hard work, effort, and tiredness that are taken during the long day to cross the famous pass. We start early to reach the top to descend safely into Khuispang, the trek down to Gondogoro Pass base camp is very tricky and prone to stone falling so we have to navigate downhill quickly yet carefully. A local rescue team from Hushe fixes rope to get both the porters and the members to cross safely. The view from the top of the Gondogoro Pass is breathtaking and you will go with memories of a lifetime.
|Trek to Saicho 3400m (5-6 hours): We reach the glacier and moraine after a couple of minutes of easy walking. The trek today is rewarding too as we can have awe-inspiring views of Musherbrum Peak and willow trees. We will have a short lunch break at Dalchampa, a nice green campsite with lots of wild alpine colorful flowers and yak pasture for Siacho and Hushe villagers. Overnight in tents.
|Trek to Hushe 2750m (3 hours): After three hours of walking, we will reach Hushe Valley. The spectacular Hushe Valley and its inhabitants are welcoming people. The Valley itself is a picturesque mountain hideout which gives ample opportunities for the photographers. Estimated Walking Time (3 hrs including rest)
|Reserve day in case of bad weather
|Drive to Skardu (6-7 hours): We will board jeeps and drive through villages seeing people waving and welcoming with cheerful smiles, we will reach Skardu in the afternoon. Overnight in hotel.
|Early morning breakfast then flying back to Islamabad. Farwell dinner. Overnight in Islamabad.
|Catching flights home.
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Gondogoro La 5450m is the most popular and frequently used high pass in the Karakoram. This route was established in 1986 and connects Concordia and the upper Baltoro Glacier to the beautiful Hushe Valley over the Gondogoro La. Though quite a challenging technical pass but provides an alternate route to return from Concordia hence making it equally famous among trekkers and climbers. If weather favors this high pass offers the most overwhelming and extraordinary views of four 8000m peaks –K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrums I and II, and countless other peaks including Masherbrum, Chogolisa, Gasherbrums III and IV.
This technical trek requires good stamina and physical fitness, and conditions underfoot can change greatly throughout the season depending on the weather and snowfall and this significantly alters the degree of difficulty. It is recommended that the members be equipped with strong footwear, crampons, and ice axes. The pass can also be closed for up to weeks as a result of bad weather and avalanche risk hence all team members have to retrace footsteps the same route in case of inclement weather.
K-2 CIRCULAR TREK (BALTORO K-2 BASE CAMP & GONDOGORO LA)
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