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K2 Trek

The most famous trekking route in the world is K2 base camp, a strenuous and demanding but rewarding as well. Starting from Skardu, the capital of Baltistan, we cross Shigar, a lush green fertile and fruit laden valley and drive as far as Askole, the road head and the last dwelling before entering into the Galen Rowell’s ‘throne room of the mountain gods‘.


Walking on the treacherous but panoramic Baltoro Glacier, we see several famous and beautiful mountains en route. Finally we arrive at Concordia, the junction of Baltoro and Godwin Austin Glaciers with several other tributaries and a place serving as the base for the four giants of Karakurums, i.e. Gasherbrum II ( 8035m ), Broad Peak ( 8047m ) and Hidden Peak or Gasherbrum I ( 8068m ) dominated by the king of the mountains, K-2 ( 8611m ).

The beauty of the place has no match in the world and the view of K2 is gorgeous. The return journey is possible via the same route or crossing the Ghondoghoro La, a technical pass at 5650 meters, offering a good challenge to epic enthusiasts. This route leads to Hushe, another picturesque valley of Baltistan and we drive to Skardu visiting Khaplu, the famous sub division of the area, noted for its old buildings of a castle and a mosque. nec.

23 Days
18+ Age
  • Destination

  • Departure

    Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Departure Time

    Any time
  • Return Time

    Approximately 8:30 PM.
  • Dress Code

    Trekking ecuipment
  • Included

    All taxes and official expenses
    Basic guesthouse accommodation
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    City tour
    Departure Taxes
    Domestic flights
    Hotel
    Local staff and porters
    Permits and TIMS permit
    Personal Guide
  • Not Included

    Alcohol and cold drinks
    Entry visa
    International flights
    Mandatory travel insurance
    Personal trekking equipment
    Tips for trekking staff and driver
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Day 1: Arrive in Islamabad

You will be met on arrival at Islamabad airport and driven back to the hotel. A full trek briefing will be given in the afternoon.
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Day 2: Fly to Skardu, if cancelled drive KKH to Chilas

Today we will attempt to fly to Skardu in Gilgit-Baltistan, if the fight is cancelled then we will start driving Karakoram Highway (“KKH”) and spend the night in Chilas.
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Day 3: Drive to Skardu on KKH (if we flew on Day 2 then we will have a sightseeing day in Skardu).

Drive from Chilas to Skardu on KKH. If we flew to Skardu on Day 2 then this is a day to explore Skardu, it is well worth going into town to see explore the bazaar and visiting the Skardu fort which has a good view of the Indus river. We might be lucky and get to watch a game of polo in the evening.
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Day 4: Trek to Askole 3,050 m.

An exciting drive on a winding jeep trail in the arid landscape past villages with fertile terraces and apricot trees, Askole is the last village we will see for a few weeks.
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Day 5: Trek to Korofong 3,100 m.

We follow a trail next to the Braldu river and, once passed the snout of the Biafo glacier, we arrive at the green oasis of Korofong. Given that we will be in camp by lunchtime we can spend the afternoon relaxing by the river, and also do a short acclimatization walk if we wish. If the sun is out then this can be a very hot day with temperatures often approaching 40 degrees. It is important to bring plenty of water (at least three liters), wear a sun hat and apply plenty of sun cream.
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Day 6: Trek to Bardumal 3,305 m.

From Korofong we follow the path up a side valley and cross the river by a good bridge (rather than the old trolley system or “jhola” as used in the past). We then walk for another half an hour or so to reach the Jhola Camp. The views are impressive with Bakhor Das (5,809m) and Paiju Peak’s needles in the distance. From Jhola as continue onto Bardumal campsite (also known as Skambong Scok ).
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Day 7: Trek to Paiju 3,380 m.

After an early start from Bardumal we will arrive at Paijumid – morning . The path is quite loose in places and again it is likely we will have to take boots off where the river has flooded the path in a few places. Paiju is a green oasis under the shadows of Paiju Peak (6,611m). From this camp we have the first views of the immense Baltoro Glacier.
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Day 8: Trek to Khoburtse 3,760 m.

After an hour we will walk up onto the Baltoro glacier for the first time. The path on the glacier is pretty good although care has to be taken as the moraine on the surface is uneven (trekking poles are useful from here on). We will probably stop for lunch at the old campsite at Lilligo. After this break we cross below the snout of the Lilligo Glacier and then get back on to the Baltoro and walk up and down several moraine ridges before arriving at the Khoburtse campsite.
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Day 9: Trek to Urdukas 4,130 m.

During the walk today there are great views of Trango & Cathedral spires and Uli Biaho and Bial mountains. It is a short day but quite hard work as we walk up the undulating moraine and gaining height all the way. The Campsite at Urdukas is very impressive with views over the Baltoro and to the dramatic rock spires on the opposite side of the glacier.
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Day 10: Acclimatizastion day at Urdukas 4,130 m.

We have found in the past that taking a rest day at Urdukas has worked well, the advantages of spending an extra night here are:
It helps the acclimatization process and has proved to more effective than a rest day at Paiju (the traditional place for a rest day after only three trekking days).
There is a pleasant walk behind the campsite through grassy slopes full of alpine flowers. Climbing high & sleeping low is the best way to help the acclimatization process. this is the last campsite on grassy slopes off the main glacier, it also has facilities for washing and cleaning.
Your leader will lead a training session in the afternoon explaining in detail the techniques for crossing the Gondogoro La.
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Day 11: Trek to Goro II 4,250 m.

The trail on the Baltoro goes past the Yermanandu Galcier, which flows from Masherbrum, and there are views of Muztagh (7,270m), Masherbrum (7,800m) and Gasherbrum IV at the head of the Baltoro and Concordia. The campsite at Goro II is on the glacier where ledges have been leveled out for the tents.
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Day 12: Trek to Concordia 4,600 m.

Today we reach Concordia where the Baltoro, Abruzzi and Godwin Austen glaciers converge, within a radius of 15 kilometers there are an incredible 41 peaks over 6,500m with 4 over 8,000m. The 360 degree panorama is simply incredible and has to been seen.
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Day 13: Trek to Broad Peak Base Camp 5,000 m.

From Concordia the route passes through some jumbled ice fins and moraine ridges before gaining the medial moraine of the Godwin Austen glacier. Broad Peak Base Camp is located on this moraine near the base of climbing route on Broad Peak. One of the best views of K2 is from Broad Peak Base Camp.
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Day 14: Trek to K2 Base Camp 5,150 m. and back to Concordia 4,600 m.

This morning you make an early start for the walk up to K2 Base Camp. On the return you pass through Broad Peak Base Camp and then continue down to Concordia.
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Day 15: Trek to Ali camp 5,000 m.

From Concordia there are several moraine ridges to scramble over to reach the Vigne Glacier which is flatter with fewer crevasses. If it is a clear day we will get some spectacular views of K2 and the other mountains around.
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Day 16: Ali Camp and over the Gondogoro La pass 5,600 m. to Khuspang

This is a tough day but the views from the top of the pass really make it worthwhile. All four 8000’ers are visible in one direction and the other way looks down the Hushe valley with the beautiful Leila peak. We will start early, probably about 12 o’clock , to minimize the risk of rock fall on the descent down the Hushe side of the pass. If the snow conditions are good and the trail has already been broken the pass can be ascended quite quickly (in about 5 hours). Depending on snow conditions it may be necessary to rope up for the crossing of the glacier before getting to the base of the pass. You will need crampons and ice axes on the Vigne side of the pass . There are several sections with fixed ropes in place which can be used as a handrail. It is also best practice to clip a karabiner and sling onto the rope for safety. The Hushe side of the pass can be a tricky descent although there are fixed ropes in place at the top. The slope starts at a sustained 50 degrees on snow and finishes on loose screen towards the bottom. On reaching the green oasis of Khuspang, you can put your feet up and relax remembering the excitement of the day.
Important note: the crossing of the Gondogoro La is dependent on good weather and conditions on the approach to the pass. If it is not possible to safely ascend the pass the group will walk back down the Baltoro glacier to Askole. We believe our itinerary maximizes our chances of crossing the pass because:
Everyone should be well acclimatized due to the gradual ascent on the trek and also from the careful monitoring of everyone’s acclimatization by using the pulse ox meter. We have two nights at Concordia and one night at Broad Peak Base Camp. The set up and organization of the trek also increases our chances:
We bring a climbing rope so that the group can rope up to cross the glacier to the base of the pass. Usually this is not required as the crevasses are open but a snowfall could easily cover them up.
Hushe Rescue Team will fix the Gondogoro La however we also bring some fixed rope, ice screws and snow stakes to fix extra sections of the pass if required.
We have two buffer days in case of delays or bad weather on Day 17 & 18 of the itinerary.
We obtain bespoke weather forecasts from everestweather.com by SMS text direct to the satellite phone.
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Day 17-18: Buffer / spare trek days in case of delays.

In case of bad weather on Day 16, these days will give us another chance to cross the pass. If we successfully got over the pass on Day 16, you May enjoy rest or exploration days or the other option is to continue down to Hushe to spend a night.
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Day 19: Trek to Shaisho

After a couple of minutes of easy walking we get onto the glacier where we pick our way across the moraine and ice, finally crossing the glacier up to the camping site to reach Dalsangpa which means 'field of flowers'. There is a spectacular view of Masherbrum and the glacier cascading down from Masherbrum Pass. It is a bea utiful walk to Shaisho as we pass yak pastures and see the first trees since Paiju. Shaisho is a small village and has a shop run by a friendly local who has worked as a High Altitude Porter on a K2 expedition.
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Day 20: Trek to Hushe, drive to Skardu

An easy day walking to the village of Hushe and then a beautiful drive through villages to Skardu.
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Day 21: Fly to Islamabad

We will hopefully take the early morning flight to Islamabad (inshallah!), if unable to fly we will drive to Chilas.
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Day 22: Islamabad City Tour

If driving down we will arrive in Islamabad late afternoon. If we managed to fly the day before then we will spend today sightseeing in Islamabad. In the evening we will have a final group meal.
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Day 23: Departure day

Transfer to Islamabad airport for the flight back home.

Tour Location

K2 Base Camp

The most famous trekking route in the world is K2 base camp, a strenuous and demanding but rewarding as well. Starting from Skardu, the capital of Baltistan, we cross Shigar, a lush green fertile and fruit laden valley and drive as far as Askole, the road head and the last dwelling before entering into the Galen Rowell’s ‘throne room of the mountain gods‘.
Walking on the treacherous but panoramic Baltoro Glacier, we see several famous and beautiful mountains en route. Finally we arrive at Concordia, the junction of Baltoro and Godwin Austin Glaciers with several other tributaries and a place serving as the base for the four giants of Karakurums, i.e. Gasherbrum II ( 8035m ), Broad Peak ( 8047m ) and Hidden Peak or Gasherbrum I ( 8068m ) dominated by the king of the mountains, K-2 ( 8611m ).
The beauty of the place has no match in the world and the view of K2 is gorgeous. The return journey is possible via the same route or crossing the Ghondoghoro La, a technical pass at 5650 meters, offering a good challenge to epic enthusiasts. This route leads to Hushe, another picturesque valley of Baltistan and we drive to Skardu visiting Khaplu, the famous sub division of the area, noted for its old buildings of a castle and a mosque.

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