K2 Base Camp Trek, 20 Days

K2 BASE CAMP, one of world’s BEST TREK
 

HIGHLIGHTS

•A must do trek for mountain connoisseurs and rightly listed as one of the world’s Top 5 Mountain walks.

•A spectacular trek up the Baltoro glacier, over the challenging Gondogoro La pass and down the beautiful Hushe valley.

•Views of K2 8611m(second Highest peak in the world) Broad Peak 8046m, Masherbrum, GI 8060m& II 8035m, Trango towers among many others.

THE FOLLOWING IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE TRIP:

  • Internal flights to/from from Islamabad to Skardu (if cancelled then we will drive on KKH via Babusar Pass).
  • All internal transport and transfers including airport collections.
  • Twin share room at private guesthouse in Islamabad and at K2 Motel in Skardu.
  • Breakfast only in Islamabad, all meals included in Skardu and on trek.
  • Twin share domed tents while on trek.
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, Pakistani guides, food, cook and porters.
  • After booking with us we will send you our comprehensive "Pakistan Trek Information" notes.

Hotels

1.      Panorama- Chilas

2.      Concordia hotel Skardu

3.      Shelton Rezidor Islamabad

 

Food

Fresh food will be cooked through the trek,

Omelete,Boiled egg,porridge,cornflex,(Breakfast)

lentals,vegitables,pasta.macroni..rice ,meat  (Dinner)

Price excludes:

  •  International flight to/from Islamabad
  • Travel & trekking insurance
  • Pakistan (visa)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Islamabad
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Tips to local trekking crew
  • Other items not listed in "What is included

THE FOLLOWING IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE TRIP

  • International flight to/from Islamabad.
  • Travel & trekking insurance
  • Pakistan visa, (obtain before departure).
  • Lunch and evening meals in Islamabad.
  • Personal clothing &equipment please see Appendix II for suggested kit list.
  • Tips to local trekking crew (these are discretionary however expected for good service in Pakistan, an appropriate amount to budget for would be approx £115 or USD$185).
  • Other items not listed in “What is included”.

K2 BASE CAMP PRICE

  • 2018- 2019 price for one person USD 2300/-
  • Price for two persons USD 2200/-
  • Price for four persons USD 2000/-
  • Price for group of 7+ person USD 1800/-

INTRODUCTION

This is considered to be one of the world’s great treks with breathtaking scenery unsurpassed anywhere else in the high mountains. This is a challenging trek to Concordia and K2 Base Camp followed by crossing the technical Gondogoro La pass. The trekking route is lined with rugged mountains all the way from Askole, the last village in the Braldu gorge, to Concordia. On our walk up the Baltoro glacier we will see the Trango Towers, Masherbrum, K2 and Broad Peak among many others. Concordia has been described as the “Throne Room of the Mountain Gods” for its unique 360 ̊ panorama of 7,000m mountains and impressive views of K2.

DETAILED ITINERARY

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. Please provide travel plans on booking and we will arrange the pick up and transfer. A full trek briefing will be given in the afternoon. Overnight at Shelton Rezidor Islamabad (B).

Day 2. Fly to Skardu or drive to chillas

Today we will try to fly to Skardu in Gilgit Baltistan, if the fight is cancelled then we will spend the night in Islamabad and drive Karakoram Highway (“KKH”) tomorrow. Overnight at K2 Motel in Skardu (B,L,D) or Chancery Guesthouse (B).

Day 3. Drive from Chilas Skardu

An 8 hour journey that passes Nanga Parbat, the drive provides stunning panoramic views of the Karakoram mountain range. You will look back in awe and reflect on what an amazing civil engineering achievement the Karakoram Highway must have been in its time, crossing the point where four great continental plates converge forming four of the world’s greatest mountain ranges (Himalaya, Karakoram, Hindukush the Pamir. An evening Barbeque is provided as the Baltistan culture starts to unravel.

Day 4. Skardu to Askole, (3,050m) by jeep 7 hours driving, 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. Overnight camping (B,L,D).

Day 5. Trek From Askoli to Bardumal, (3,305m) 7 hours walking.

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). Overnight camping (B,L,D).

Day 6. 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 7. 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 8. 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 9. Rest day at Urdukas, (4,130m)

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 acclimatisation 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 acclimatisation process. This is the last campsite on grassy slopes off the main glacier, it also has facilities for washing and cleaning.

Day 10. Urdukas to Goro II, (4,250m) 6 to 7 hours walking.

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 levelled 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 kilometres 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 BCs 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. Concordia to Goro II

Day 15. Goro II to Urdukus

Day 16. Urdukus to Paiju

Day 17. Paiju To Jhula

Day 18.  Jula to Skardu

Day 19 Fly/Drive to Islamabad

Day 20. Islamabad

If driving down the KKH 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. Overnight at Shelton Rezidor Islamabad (B).

-End of trip-

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

For advance payment:

13. Cancellations:
All cancellations must be notified in writing to Tour Company. Cancellation charges will be levied as follows:-

•     Whenever canceled, the bank charges for both sides from the advance will be paid by the clients.

•     If canceled any time after the commencement of the trip, or after deposit of Trekking fee due to any reason whatsoever, No refund will be given on any unutilized services other than hotels, meals and air tickets which are subject to cancellation charges accordingly.

•     If the expedition is cancelled, government rules will be applied for the refund of Trekking Fee in case trip booked for private groups.

14. Liabilities and Responsibilities Tour companies:

Tour companies, its agents, employees or any of the affiliates or subsidiary companies shall neither be responsible nor liable for any loss, damage, injury, sickness or death caused to any member or the property of the group directly or indirectly due to any irregularity, delay, accident, theft, acts of God, dangers, fire, vehicle breakdown, machinery failure, declared or undeclared hostilities, civil disturbances, strikes, riots, theft, pilferage, epidemics, quarantines, medical or customs regulations, delays, cancellations or changes in itinerary or schedules, Govt. restrictions or due to any causes beyond the control of Tour Operators.

15. Clients Insurance:
All Clients/travelers must be protected by insurance that covers cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss or damage to baggage and personal effects minimum up to 20,000 US Dollars. Tour comapnies will not be responsible for those groups/clients arriving without insurance in case of emergency.

16. Passport and Visa:

We advise you to book your trip minimum 5 months before your arrival in Pakistan to avoid any Problem in preparing papers to support your visa need for Pakistan. All

Participants must be in possession of a valid passport and obtain a Pakistani visa.

We help our clients with visa invitation letter, on providing personal information in advance

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Number of days: 20
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