K2 and Gandogoro La Trek 2020
K2 BC and Gondogoro La Trek offers the only opportunity to witness four (4) out of the world’s fourteen (14) -thousand meter peaks from one location. The first 12 days of our Gondogoro La Trek and our K2 Base Camp Trek itinerary are the same. The extension of K2 Base Camp Trek towards Hushey (also spelled as Hushe) valley from Concordia over Gondogoro Pass/La makes up Gondogoro La Trek a circular trail.
There is no glacier like Baltoro, it is a sacred place of Nature, a sanctuary of mountains, the most beautiful mountains in the world, mountains with magical names that evoke dreams and adventures. 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 Karakurum is wild, hard, inhospitable and inhuman,while fairy meadow is beautiful lush and green, but it’s in all of this where its beauty, enormous fascination and power is found.
Destination: K2 Base camp and Gandogoro La Pass
Arrival: Islamabad Pakistan
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping during Trekking and Hotel accommodation in Islamabad, Chilas and Skardu
Start point: Main Entrance, Islamabad (ISB) International Airport Pakistan.
Day 1: Welcome and receiving in Pakistan
Welcome and receiving at Islamabad International airport and shifted to the Hotel. Here meet with the group and during the day visit to the famous bazaars, Mosque and other places in Islamabad/Rawalpindi depending on available time
Day 2: Islamabad to Skardu ( By flight or bus)
Given good weather we will fly to Skardu (perhaps the most spectacular commercial flight in the world, with magnificent views of Nanga Parbat the 9th highest mountain in the world. If the weather doesn’t allow the flight we take the Karakorum Highway on the old silk route. This is just spectacular. It’s a long drive but one of the great journey’s of the world between the deep gorges of the mighty Indus. Overnight hotel in Chilas, driving over Babsur Pass will minimize the distance and the night stay will be in Naran. (10-12 hour drive).
Day:3 Explore Skardu if you are lucky to catch flight
We complete to Skardu our journey in around 8 hours passing Nanga Parbat and the stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. You will look back in awe and reflect on what an amazing civil engineering achievement the Karakoram Highway was in its time. You will have crossed the point where four great continental plates come together forming four of the world’s greatest mountain ranges (Himalaya, Karakoram, Hindukush the Pamir
Day 4: Jeep ride to Askoli
Today we take a Jeep ride to Askole 3,300m/ 10,827ft. The last village between us and K2 from where we begin our trek towards K2 the following morning.
Day5: Trek to Jula camp
We set off early to avoid the heat of the day. The route is gentle and enjoyable. We cross the Biafo Glacier on the way and get our first sight of the Paiyu pinnacles. We will be trekking for around 5 -6 (20km) hours to the Jula camp today
Day 6:Trek to Paju
Trek to Paiju (3,380m) 6 to 8 hours (23km) walking. 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
Day 7: Rest day
Today is a rest day at paju to aid acclimatization and an important resting point for porters, they prepare food for the trek ahead. Normally there is much singing, drumming (or barrel bashing) and dancing amongst the porters with a real feel good atmosphere!
Day 8:Trek to Khoborsay
Another early walk of approximately one hour brings us to the snout of the Baltoro. After viewing the outpouring of melt water from the ice we climb up on to the back of this great beast. At this point the ice of the glacier is completely covered by rubble and rocks and the going here can be quite tough.Finally reaching at Khoborsay camping place (3800m).we would be able to see the cathedral Towers, the Trango and the striking rock tower of Uli Biafo.A great day of 5-7 hours (13km) trekking over difficult and mixed terrain.
Day 9:Trek to Rdukas
Today is a short day. we continue Baltoro glacier on the lateral moraines or sometime glacier itself, passing great Trango and the isolated pillar of the Nameless Tower to our next camp Rdukas (3900m).This is truly awesome place hundred meters above the glacier we should reach here in time for a late lunch and the rest of the afternoon is free to tend to camp chores or just to soak up our fabulous situation.
Day 10: Trek to Goro 2
This day we follow the moraine edge and climb up on to the glacier. Soon we come have the enchanting view of Mashabrum (7821m) on out right side. Ascending and decending on the mountains of rubbles over the ice we have the glimpse ahead to the peaks which surround Concordia. Goro is the camp name with (4290m) and camping one of the largest glacier outside the polar region with the attracting view of Gashabrum IV (7925m).
Day 11:Trek to Concordia
Today, We move up to Concordia passing the Golden Throne and Mitre Peak as we enter the arena of the 8,000m/ 26,247ft. Peaks, first Broad Peak 8047m/ 26,400ft. followed by the Gasherbrums and finally K2 8,611m/ 28,251ft. The sheer size and scale of the 8,000m peaks defies description, this is a very special place and for many the view is a lifetime goal. Unlike many other treks to this area, ours continues up to K2 base camp where you will stay for a few days to enjoy the sheer majesty of K2 and its supremacy over this whole region. We will be trekking for 8-10 hours today.
Day 12: Optional day
Go to broad peak basecamp (4800m) or K-2 base camp (5100m) 0r Rest at Concordia. If you start early in the morning you can return to Concordia in the evening.
Day 13: Trek to Ali camp
This trek will take around 5 to 7 hours of walking on icy Vigne valley on slightly different route. All Trekkers should walk on rugged ice rather than slippery ice. In case of snow, all participants will use ropes wearing crampons for safety to avoid crevasses.
Day 14: Trek to Khouspung
This day we have to start walking around 2 am late night towards the gandogoro La. Early morning we will be on the top of La to capture the bewitching view of the world high mountains including K2, Broad Peak, Gashabrum I to Gashabrum IV and many more beautiful mountains of Karakorum. Then descend to green Khobursay camp of Hushey valley in another territory of Baltistan.
Day 15: Rest day at Saischo
Wash cloths, get yourself clean. Enjoy dance party with our porters, listen to musicchill and and relax.
Day 16: Trek to Saischo
Today, we walk a long Gondogoro Glacier, initially encountering small crevasses, then hiking on soft Glacier ice. Continuously walking we cross the icy landscapes and step to the meadow and pastureland at Saiescho. On our way we can glimpse many peaks of the surrounding.
Day 17: Trek to Hushey valley
Today, we descend towards Hushe village leaving the stunning view of K6, K7 and link sar. Drive for Skardu having lunch at Khaplu valley, the sub division and one of the most beautiful city in the heart of Karakoram.
Day 18: Explore Khaplu valley & drive to Skardu
Drive for Skardu having lunch at Khaplu valley, the sub division and one of the most beautiful city in the heart of Karakoram.
Day 19: Flight to Islamabad or in case of no flight, By road to Chilas and the next day to Islamabad.
Day 20: Reserve/Contingency Day
We keep one contingency day for unexpected circumstances in case of need and for possible delays.
Day 21: International flight
Fly back to your home country and Good Bye Pakistan.
Price 1990 £/ 2390 $ for 1 person
1850 £/ 2190 $ for 2 person
1700 £/ 1900 $ for 3 person
1500 £/ 1700 $ for 4 person
1400 £/ 1600 $ for 6 person
Groups size: 2- 12
For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.
Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.