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21-Day K2 Base Camp Trek
Skardu- Gilgit–Baltistan- Pakistan
21 Days
15 Persons
English
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Brief

K2, also known as Mount Godwin Austen, rising 8,611 m (28,251 ft), is the second tallest mountain in the world.This is an exciting, challenging trek, geared for hikers with previous high altitude mountain trekking experience.

Tour Detail

It is our intention to keep to the day by day itinerary detailed below, although there might be some flexibility due to local conditions or other factors beyond our control. If this is the case the trek leader will do everything possible to work out the changes to the itinerary in order to minimize your inconvenience.

Day 1. Arrive Islamabad. You will be met at the airport on your arrival to Islamabad and will be transferred to hotel. A full trek briefing will be given in the afternoon. Overnight at Ramada Hotel (B,L,D).

Day 2. Fly to Skardu (or drive Chilas). Today we will try to fly to Skardu in if the fight is cancelled then we will start driving on KKH. Overnight at K2 Motel in Skardu or Shangri-La hotel Chilas. (B,L,D).

Day 3. Sightseeing in Skardu (or drive KKH to Skardu). 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. Overnight at K2 Motel in Skardu (B,L,D). Beautiful gardens at K2 Motel overlooking Indus Italian K2 museum at K2 Motel.

Day 4. Skardu to Askole (3,050m) by jeep! 6 to 7 hours’ drive, 1 hour trekking. 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. The time taken to drive to Askole depends on the condition of the jeep track which varies year to year! Overnight camping (B,L,D).

Day 5. Trek to Korofong (3,100m)! 4 to 5 hours walk ing. 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 litres), wear a sun hat and apply plenty of sun cream. Overnight camping (B,L,D). 

Day 6. Trek to Bardumal/ Skambong Scok (3,305m)! 7 hours walking. From Korofong we follow the path up a side valley a nd 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). Overnight camping (B,L,D).

Day 7. Trek to Paiju (3,380m)! 3 to 4 hours walking. After an early start from Bardumal we will arrive at Paiju mid-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. Overnight camping (B,L,D).

Day 8. Trek to Khoburtse (3,760m)! 6 to 7 hours walking. 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. Overnight camping (B,L,D).

Day 9. Trek to Urdukas (4,130m)! 4 hours walking. 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. Overnight camping (B,L,D).Trango Spires viewed from Urdukas Grassy slopes behind Urdukas.

Day 10. Urdukas to Goro II (4,250m)! 6 to 7 hours walking. The trail on the Baltoro goes past the Yermanandu Glacier, 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. Overnight camping (B,L,D).

Day 11. Goro to Concordia (4,600m)! 5 to 6 hours. 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. Overnight camping (B,L,D).

Day 12. Concordia to K2 and Broad Peak Base Camps and return – 10 to 12 hours walking. This is a long day which typically takes 6 hours to K2 Base Camp and 5 hours for the return to Concordia. Some people might prefer to walk to Broad Peak Base Camp rather than walk all the way to K2 Base Camp. Overnight camping (B,L,D).

Day 13. Concordia rest day. You can go on further exploration walks today around Concordia or spend a day in camp enjoying the views. Overnight camping (B,L,D).

Day 14. Trek to Goro II  7 hours walking. Sadly we cannot stay at Concordia forever and today we start our retreat down the glacier stopping for the night at Goro. Overnight camping (B,L,D).

Day 15. Trek to Khoburtse (3,566m)! 7 hours walking. Today we continue the trek back down the Baltoro with overnight camp at Khoburtse Overnight camping (B,L,D).

Day 16. Trek to Paiju (3,383m)! 5 to 6 hours walking. Today we come off the Baltoro glacier and spend the night at the green oasis of Paiju.Overnight camping (B,L,D).

Day 17. Trek to Korofong (3,100m)! 7 hours walking. The trail from Paiju passes through Bardumal and Jhola camps onto to Korofong located at the snout of Biafo glacier. Overnight camping (B,L,D). 

Day 18. Trek to Askole (3,050m)! 3 to 4 hours walking. This walk to Askole can be done in about three hours and on completion we can celebrate our success with the porters and hand out their tips as a token of our appreciation for their hard work throughout the trek. We also often give any spare kit that we no longer wish by way of thanks. Overnight camping (B,L,D).

Day 19. Drive to Shigar. 5 hours driving. After a jeep drive, we arrive to Shigar where we will stay in the wonderful Shigar Fort Hotel operated by Serena Hotels. This will provide a very welcome hot shower and a warm comfortable bed! Overnight Shigar Fort (B,L,D).

Day 20. Fly to Islamabad. We will hopefully take the early morning flight to Islamabad. If unable to fly we will start the drive the KKH to Chilas (or Besham). Overnight at Ramada hotel in Islamabad (B) or Shangri La in Chilas (B,L,D).

Day 21. Islamabad. If driving down the KKH we will arrive to Islamabad late afternoon. If we managed to fly the day before then we will spend to day sightseeing in Islamabad. In the evening we will have a final group meal in a famous Pakistani Restaurant. Overnight at Ramada hotel in Islamabad (B,L,D)

Day 22. Fly back home. Transfer to Islamabad airport for the flight back home. End of trip.

K2, also known as Mount Godwin Austen, mountain peak in the Karakoram Range of the western Himalayas, straddling the border between China and Pakistan where K2 lies. K2, rising 8,611 m (28,251 ft), is the second tallest mountain in the world. K2 is an almost regular cone of ice and limestone resting on a granite base. In 1856 T. G. Montgomery of the Survey of India measured the mountain and named it "K2" to denote it as one of 35 summits in the Karakoram Range. In 1861 the peak was unofficially renamed Mount Godwin Austen, after British soldier and topographer Henry Haversham Godwin Austen, the second European to visit the area. Several local names, including Chogori, Lambha Pahar, Dapsang, and Kechu (K2), are also used to identify the peak eight expeditions to K2 were made between 1892 and 1954. On July 31, 1954, Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli, two members of an Italian expedition led by Ardito Desio, made the first successful ascent to the mountain's summit. "The world’s greatest museum of shape and form" is how Italian mountaineer/author Fosco Maraini described Concordia in his book, Karakoram. In Concordia, six peaks over 7,925 meters rise to touch the heavens, including K2 (8,611 m) the 2nd highest mountain on earth. After visiting Islamabad, we fly to Skardu and then drive to the trail head and meet our colorful expedition porters, sturdy mountain men. As we trek up to this other-worldly place we enter a remarkable wilderness of ice, rock and sky. By the time we reach Paiju Camp at the foot of the Baltoro Glacier, we begin to feel the pulse of creation: the ice melts the rocks roll, and the glacier creaks and groans, rearranging its icy rivers. When we reach Concordia we are rewarded with the most incredible mountain views in the world, virtually surrounded by K2, Broad Peak (8,051 m), and Gasherbrum IV (7,925 m), and razor- edged Mitre Peak. Our return trek is by way of the Gondogoro La (5,600 m), a challenging hike skirting the Gondogoro Glacier, and down to the green irrigated fields of the Hushe Valley. 

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100% refund if cancel 7 days before tour starts.

80% refund if cancel within 6 days before tour starts.

50% refund if cancel within 5 days before tour starts.

NO refund if cancel within 3 days before tour starts.

You will be refunded for all costs EXCEPT Processing Fees.

Guests can get full refunds at any time of cancellation prior to the actual date of the tour if that cancellation is due to a Force Major reason. Force Major reasons include but are not limited to war, civil insurrection, strikes, volcanoes, extreme weather, earthquake, and natural disasters.

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21-Day K2 Base Camp Trek
Skardu, Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan
21 Days
15 Persons
English
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Brief

K2, also known as Mount Godwin Austen, rising 8,611 m (28,251 ft), is the second tallest mountain in the world.This is an exciting, challenging trek, geared for hikers with previous high altitude mountain trekking experience.

Tour Detail

It is our intention to keep to the day by day itinerary detailed below, although there might be some flexibility due to local conditions or other factors beyond our control. If this is the case the trek leader will do everything possible to work out the changes to the itinerary in order to minimize your inconvenience.

Day 1. Arrive Islamabad. You will be met at the airport on your arrival to Islamabad and will be transferred to hotel. A full trek briefing will be given in the afternoon. Overnight at Ramada Hotel (B,L,D).

Day 2. Fly to Skardu (or drive Chilas). Today we will try to fly to Skardu in if the fight is cancelled then we will start driving on KKH. Overnight at K2 Motel in Skardu or Shangri-La hotel Chilas. (B,L,D).

Day 3. Sightseeing in Skardu (or drive KKH to Skardu). 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. Overnight at K2 Motel in Skardu (B,L,D). Beautiful gardens at K2 Motel overlooking Indus Italian K2 museum at K2 Motel.

Day 4. Skardu to Askole (3,050m) by jeep! 6 to 7 hours’ drive, 1 hour trekking. 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. The time taken to drive to Askole depends on the condition of the jeep track which varies year to year! Overnight camping (B,L,D).

Day 5. Trek to Korofong (3,100m)! 4 to 5 hours walk ing. 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 litres), wear a sun hat and apply plenty of sun cream. Overnight camping (B,L,D). 

Day 6. Trek to Bardumal/ Skambong Scok (3,305m)! 7 hours walking. From Korofong we follow the path up a side valley a nd 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). Overnight camping (B,L,D).

Day 7. Trek to Paiju (3,380m)! 3 to 4 hours walking. After an early start from Bardumal we will arrive at Paiju mid-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. Overnight camping (B,L,D).

Day 8. Trek to Khoburtse (3,760m)! 6 to 7 hours walking. 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. Overnight camping (B,L,D).

Day 9. Trek to Urdukas (4,130m)! 4 hours walking. 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. Overnight camping (B,L,D).Trango Spires viewed from Urdukas Grassy slopes behind Urdukas.

Day 10. Urdukas to Goro II (4,250m)! 6 to 7 hours walking. The trail on the Baltoro goes past the Yermanandu Glacier, 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. Overnight camping (B,L,D).

Day 11. Goro to Concordia (4,600m)! 5 to 6 hours. 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. Overnight camping (B,L,D).

Day 12. Concordia to K2 and Broad Peak Base Camps and return – 10 to 12 hours walking. This is a long day which typically takes 6 hours to K2 Base Camp and 5 hours for the return to Concordia. Some people might prefer to walk to Broad Peak Base Camp rather than walk all the way to K2 Base Camp. Overnight camping (B,L,D).

Day 13. Concordia rest day. You can go on further exploration walks today around Concordia or spend a day in camp enjoying the views. Overnight camping (B,L,D).

Day 14. Trek to Goro II  7 hours walking. Sadly we cannot stay at Concordia forever and today we start our retreat down the glacier stopping for the night at Goro. Overnight camping (B,L,D).

Day 15. Trek to Khoburtse (3,566m)! 7 hours walking. Today we continue the trek back down the Baltoro with overnight camp at Khoburtse Overnight camping (B,L,D).

Day 16. Trek to Paiju (3,383m)! 5 to 6 hours walking. Today we come off the Baltoro glacier and spend the night at the green oasis of Paiju.Overnight camping (B,L,D).

Day 17. Trek to Korofong (3,100m)! 7 hours walking. The trail from Paiju passes through Bardumal and Jhola camps onto to Korofong located at the snout of Biafo glacier. Overnight camping (B,L,D). 

Day 18. Trek to Askole (3,050m)! 3 to 4 hours walking. This walk to Askole can be done in about three hours and on completion we can celebrate our success with the porters and hand out their tips as a token of our appreciation for their hard work throughout the trek. We also often give any spare kit that we no longer wish by way of thanks. Overnight camping (B,L,D).

Day 19. Drive to Shigar. 5 hours driving. After a jeep drive, we arrive to Shigar where we will stay in the wonderful Shigar Fort Hotel operated by Serena Hotels. This will provide a very welcome hot shower and a warm comfortable bed! Overnight Shigar Fort (B,L,D).

Day 20. Fly to Islamabad. We will hopefully take the early morning flight to Islamabad. If unable to fly we will start the drive the KKH to Chilas (or Besham). Overnight at Ramada hotel in Islamabad (B) or Shangri La in Chilas (B,L,D).

Day 21. Islamabad. If driving down the KKH we will arrive to Islamabad late afternoon. If we managed to fly the day before then we will spend to day sightseeing in Islamabad. In the evening we will have a final group meal in a famous Pakistani Restaurant. Overnight at Ramada hotel in Islamabad (B,L,D)

Day 22. Fly back home. Transfer to Islamabad airport for the flight back home. End of trip.

K2, also known as Mount Godwin Austen, mountain peak in the Karakoram Range of the western Himalayas, straddling the border between China and Pakistan where K2 lies. K2, rising 8,611 m (28,251 ft), is the second tallest mountain in the world. K2 is an almost regular cone of ice and limestone resting on a granite base. In 1856 T. G. Montgomery of the Survey of India measured the mountain and named it "K2" to denote it as one of 35 summits in the Karakoram Range. In 1861 the peak was unofficially renamed Mount Godwin Austen, after British soldier and topographer Henry Haversham Godwin Austen, the second European to visit the area. Several local names, including Chogori, Lambha Pahar, Dapsang, and Kechu (K2), are also used to identify the peak eight expeditions to K2 were made between 1892 and 1954. On July 31, 1954, Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli, two members of an Italian expedition led by Ardito Desio, made the first successful ascent to the mountain's summit. "The world’s greatest museum of shape and form" is how Italian mountaineer/author Fosco Maraini described Concordia in his book, Karakoram. In Concordia, six peaks over 7,925 meters rise to touch the heavens, including K2 (8,611 m) the 2nd highest mountain on earth. After visiting Islamabad, we fly to Skardu and then drive to the trail head and meet our colorful expedition porters, sturdy mountain men. As we trek up to this other-worldly place we enter a remarkable wilderness of ice, rock and sky. By the time we reach Paiju Camp at the foot of the Baltoro Glacier, we begin to feel the pulse of creation: the ice melts the rocks roll, and the glacier creaks and groans, rearranging its icy rivers. When we reach Concordia we are rewarded with the most incredible mountain views in the world, virtually surrounded by K2, Broad Peak (8,051 m), and Gasherbrum IV (7,925 m), and razor- edged Mitre Peak. Our return trek is by way of the Gondogoro La (5,600 m), a challenging hike skirting the Gondogoro Glacier, and down to the green irrigated fields of the Hushe Valley. 

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Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancel 7 days before tour starts.

80% refund if cancel within 6 days before tour starts.

50% refund if cancel within 5 days before tour starts.

NO refund if cancel within 3 days before tour starts.

You will be refunded for all costs EXCEPT Processing Fees.

Guests can get full refunds at any time of cancellation prior to the actual date of the tour if that cancellation is due to a Force Major reason. Force Major reasons include but are not limited to war, civil insurrection, strikes, volcanoes, extreme weather, earthquake, and natural disasters.

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