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K2 Expedition 8611 meters

High Light: EXPEDITION K2 (8616 M)

K2 Base camp is a short 4 - 5 hour walk from Concordia, nature's version of a highway interchange where several glaciers merge into the Baltoro.

K2 has the reputation of being one of the hardest 8000-meter peaks. All its route are technically challenging, it is not a mountain to be taken lightly since the route crosses prominent avalanche terrain.  It took more lives while people coming down after the summit. Therefore K2 is also called "The Savage Mountain". Base Camp is at 4500 meters.   From the summit, you will see the entire Karakoram, including the Gasherbrums (IVII), Masherbrum, Mustagh Tower and Chogolisa.

Depending on the weather, K2 Peak can be completed in as little as eight weeks or as long as twelve weeks or more

Best Time: May to August

Day01: Arrival in Pakistan. Welcome in Pakistan at Islamabad and transfer to hotel.

Day02: Islamabad – Briefing

In the morning, we will visit Alpine club of Pakistan for a briefing session and for permit formalities. Afternoon free.

Day03: Islamabad - Chilas

We depart from Islamabad and arrive at Besham crossing the famous towns of Abbottabad and Mansehra. Later on ffollowing the upstream course of River Indus, we will make photo stops at Shatial rocks with ancient graffiti's on it. After a long day aboard, we arrive at Chilas and transfer to hotel for overnight.

Day04: Chilas - Skardu

We keep on following the course of River Indus, and make a brief stop at Chilas rocks carvings. Our next stop is at Nanga Parbat viewpoint which offers breathtaking views of the huge massif of Nanga Parbat. Before entering into the narrow gorge of River Indus, we make another stop at the unique point where three mountain ranges, Karakoram, Himalayas and Hindu Kush meet near the confluence of Indus and Gilgit Rivers.

Our onwards journey is through the narrow and barren gorge of Indus and the scenery changes at Kachura, a picturesque lake of Baltistan, where we make a brief stop and later drive on to Skardu town to stay for overnight hotel.

Day05: Day free at Skardu

This is a free day at Skardu to make an optional trip to Satpara, another vast and picturesque lake of Baltistan. Our staff will make arrangements for porters and make last minute shopping for the expedition.

Day06: Skardu – Askole ( 3000m )

We depart by jeeps from Skardu and enter into Shigar Valley across River Indus. From Shigar, we continue our drive along Shigar and Braldu Rivers to the legendary village, Askole, a kick point for expeditions and trekking parties for most of the famous mountains in Baltistan.

Day07: Askole – Jhola ( 3200m )

We start our trekking from Askole and making a stop at Korofon, a green campsite and crossing Domurdo River we arrive at campsite. A full day's walk mostly on flat ground helps us to acclimatize

Day08: Jhola – Paiyu ( 3600m )

Another full day's walk with tough portion of crossing river by Jhola, the flying fox. Later on we arrive at Paiyu for overnight

Paiyu - Day Free

Paiyu is a traditional rest spot before climbing on Baltoro Glacier and the last place to find trees of the region. Our campsite is under the Paiyu Peak which is not visible from campsite. In local language Paiyu stands for salt.

Porters enjoy a feast here as we provide them with meat. They prepare their food for next few days and enjoy a bonfire with dancing and beating drums. A memorable night in the far flung place, deep in the mountains.

Day10: Paiyu - Khaburse ( 4000m )

We start our trekking on the glacier and make a traverse on Baltoro Glacier, the source of Braldu River to arrive at Liligo campsite. Walking onwards along the glacier, we arrive at campsite of Khaburse for overnight.

Day11: Khaburse - Goro I ( 4300m )

Our onwards walk, stay and everything is on the glacier for next few days. We cross Urdukas, the last place to grow grass and alpine flowers, en route and view of Paiyu Peak and Uli Biaho tower behind. Walking in the heart of glacier, Gasherbrum IV - 7929m is visible in her full glory. We pass by the Masherbrum Peak ( K-1 ) - 7821m and view Cathedrals across the glacier. Today our camp will be on the debris of Baltoro Glacier so be prepared for a chilly cold night.

Day12: Goro I - Concordia ( 4700m )

We are walking in a gorge of high mountains i.e. Gasherbrum, Masherbrum, Cathedrals and Mustagh etc. Mustagh Tower is an eye catching peak on the route. We finally arrive at Concordia and camp under Mitre Peak. Enjoy the superb panorama of surrounding peaks at Concordia as one can see K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum-IV, Baltoro Kangri, Mitre, Crystal, Marble and Angel Peaks. Reaching at Concordia is rewarding as the first phase of the trek is com

Day13: K2 base camp ( 5100m )

We walk to K2 base camp crossing Broad Peak Base Camp en route. The walk is through heavily crevassed glacier but trekking is safe. At base camp we will stay for next days for acclimatization and climbing.

Day 14to46: K2 base camp

Days are reserved to acclimatize, establish high camps and climbing.

Day47: K2 base camp to Muneer Camp ( 4900m )

Walk down to Concordia and onwards to Munerr camp walking on Vigne glacier

Day48: Ali Camp – Ghondoghoro La – Kheuspang ( 4680m )

A very early start to cross Ghondoghoro La at 5650m, our main challenge of the trek where we fix ropes to cross the crevassed slopes on both sides of the Pass. Once on the top of the pass, a clear day reveals superb panorama of the peaks all around. The Gasherbrums, Broad Peak and K-2 are visible superbly.

We start descending down to our campsite and enjoy a relief as the hardest portion of the trek is finished and onwards is an easy walk down to Hushe.

Day49: Kheuspang - Dalsangpa - Saistcho

It is an easy and short walk to Dalsangpa, meaning a field of flowers. Superb views of towering Masherbrum and other peaks from the campsite. We enjoy almost a free day as the walking is quite easy in comparison to the previous day's adventure. Finally we are out from savage glaciers and start walking on dry ground. We descend down to Saistcho, a campsite along riverside with trees and greenery.

Day50: Saistcho - Hushe - Skardu

Our walk finishes at green and fertile village Hushe, the first permanent village after leaving Askole. We will drive by jeeps to Khaplu, a major division of Baltistan and known for its delicious fruits. Its other attractions include a Raja's Palace and an old mosque. We drive further to Skardu and stay in hotel after a long time.

Day51: Skardu – Chilas

We drive back to Chilas.

Day52: Chilas - Islamabad

Making an early departure for Islamabad, we spend a long day on board and transfer to hotel on arrival

Day53: Debrifing  at Alpine club of Pakistan

Day54: Transfer to Islamabad airport flight back to home

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