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K2 Base Camp & Concordia
K2 Base Camp & Concordia
K2 Base Camp & Concordia
K2 Base Camp & Concordia
K2 Base Camp & Concordia
K2 Base Camp & Concordia

Duration

23 Days

Accommodation

  • 7 Nights Hotel
  • 15 Nights Camping

Meals

  • 22 Breakfasts
  • 22 Lunches
  • 22 Dinners

Booking

Overview

Trip Highlights


  • See the Mountain of Mountains, the Mighty K2
  • Camp at Concordia, around which four eight thousander peaks are situated
  • Camp at Broad Peak Base Camp for the best view of K2 (most other companies only camp at Concordia for an unfeasible long walk from Concordia to K2 Base Camp and back to Concordia in one day)
  • Reach K2 Base Camp, the foot of the 2nd highest mountain in the world
  • Trek along the famous Baltoro Glacier
  • Experience the wonder of trekking beneath K2, the Gasherbrums, Masherbrum, Broad Peak, Trango Tower, Cathedral Peaks, Mustagh Tower, Chogolisa and many more
  • Experience a breathtaking mountain flight from Islamabad to Skardu and then from Skardu to Islamabad
  • Visit Deosai Plains, the 2nd highest plateau in the world
  • We also offer the option to do the K2 Base Camp, Concordia and Gondogora La trek rather than descending back down the Baltoro Glacier

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, K2 Base Camp and Broad Peak Base Camp.

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 (6,363m), Masherbrum (7,821m), Muztagh Tower (7,283m), Gasherbrum IV (7,925m), K2 (8,611m), Broad Peak (8,051m) and Chogolisa (7,668m) 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.

After some time exploring K2 and Broad peak Base Camps, we start trekking back along the Baltoro Glacier to Askoli. You can immerse yourself for a final few days in the marvelous scenery of the Karakoram before returning to civilization and celebrate an unforgettable achievement.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive at Islamabad

On arrival to Islamabad, you will be received by the group leader and/or guide, and transferred to the centrally located hotel. You will have a trip briefing and gear check with the group leader at the hotel.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Meals: L,D

K2 Trek 1

Day 2 – Fly to Skardu

We will take a spectacular flight to Skardu in the mountain region of Baltistan, the Home of Mighty Karakoram. This flight route is one of its kind, offering out-of-the-world scenery and views of some of the mightiest mountains in the world, i.e. K2 (8,611m), Nanga Parbat (8,124m), Rakaposhi (7,788m) and others Karakoram peaks. Skardu lies at the edge of a broad floodplain that is the confluence of the Indus, Shyok and Basha rivers. Overnight stay at hotel.

There is a possibility that turbulent weather conditions in Skardu or Islamabad may affect the flight plan. In that case, we will travel on private air-conditioned coach by the Karakoram Highway to Skardu. The Karakoram Highway follows the Indus river, cutting through the steep gorges and offering some spectacular scenery (including views of Nanga Parbat (8,124m) and Rakaposhi (7,788m)) all the way to Skardu. Karakoram Highway is rightly known as the 8th wonder of the world. The long journey to Skardu will be spread over 2 days, with a night stopover at Chilas. The drive time will be approximately 10-12 hours.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Meals: B,L,D

K2 Trek 2

Day 3 – In Skardu

If we arrive at Skardu by air, this day will be used for jeep safari to the Deosai Plains, the Land of Giants. With an average elevation of 4,114m (13,497 ft) above sea level, Deosai is the 2nd highest plateau in the world after Changtang Tibetan Plateau. Deosai, with its lush green grass, colorful wildflowers and rare butterflies, is rightly described as the “Summer’s Palace” by the locals. Given the elevation of Deosai Plains, this trip will help us acclimatize for the trek as well. We will have lunch at the gorgeous Sheosar lake, from where we can witness some spectacular views of Nanga Parbat (8,124m). By evening, we will be back at the hotel from an unforgettable day trip. Overnight stay at hotel.

If we are travelling by road, the journey from Chilas to Skardu will be approximately 7-8 hours. On the way, we will be able to see some spectacular views of Nanga Parbat (8,124m) and Rakaposhi (7,788m). We will also see the confluence of 3 mightiest mountain ranges of the world, i.e. Karakoram, Himalayas and Hindu Kush.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Meals: B,L,D

K2 Trek 3

Day 4 – In Skardu

We will be briefed by the tourism department regarding your trek to the Central Karakoram National Park. Later, we will have some free time for final equipment and gear check with the guide and group leader. Depending on time, we will visit Katchura Lake and perhaps Skardu fort. The view from the fort is breathtaking, with Skardu city and Indus River framed by the formidable Karakoram Range.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Meals: B,L,D

K2 Trek 4

Day 5 – Drive to Askoli (3,000m) – Approximately 6-8 hours

We will travel by jeep to Askoli. The road to Askoli passes through the majestic Shigar and Braldu valleys, each having its own mystique and uniqueness. Shigar valley comprises of several villages and farms with fields of wheat, barley, apricot trees and cherry trees. The taste of apricots and cherries of Shigar valley is second to none. Locals will greet us with a big smile as we pass through the road, and will show us their hospitality by inviting us to their farms to eat fresh apricots and cherries!

The landscape will become desert-like, with barren mountains and steep gorges, as we approach the Braldu valley. We will be crossing several suspension bridges over the Braldu River, which is an experience in itself. Due to steep mountain slopes and land sliding areas, the road can be blocked on some points. This can prolong the journey time. With patience, we will arrive at the first campsite of the trek, i.e. Askoli village. People of Askoli are self-sufficient, growing their own wheat, vegetables and fruits. They also own large herds of goats and sheep. At Askoli, we will meet several trekking and mountaineering expeditions. It will be a great opportunity to mingle with like-minded people. After dinner, the tour leader and guide will brief us about the next day’s schedule.

Overnight in fully serviced wilderness campsite.

Meals: B,L,D

K2 Trek 5

Day 6 – Trek to Joula (3,218m) – Approximately 6-8 hours

This will be our first day of trekking, and the trekking expedition will begin in earnest. 30 minutes after commencing trekking towards Joula, we will be taken to the Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP) office by the guide, where group entry will be registered. We don’t have to worry about the entry fees at this point, as it is included in the tour cost and will be taken care of. Moving ahead, the Braldu valley will open out to reveal the Mighty Biafo glacier, which flows from Hispar Pass and Snow Lake to Braldu valley. Biafo Glacier is a gigantic 67 km long glacier, and is world’s 3rd longest glacier outside polar-regions. The first day of trekking will bring a little taste of moraine walking as we will cross the snout of Biafo glacier and reach Korophong, our lunch spot beside the river.

The first day of trekking will also bring severe stark environment, which forms the base of the giant mountains of Baltoro region. Following the valley, we will reach the confluence of the Braldu River and Dumordo River (flowing from Panmah Glacier). Here, the famous ‘Joula’ or flying fox is located which was used to cross the fast flowing Dumordo River. However, a footbridge has now been built, making the crossing of river much safer and convenient. The Dumordo River valley leads to the Panmah, Chaktoi, Nobande-Sobande and Chiring glaciers, Sim (5,833m), Skam (5,407m) and West Muztagh (5,735m) Passes and famous Karakoram peaks such Latok 1 (7,151m), Latok 2 (7,108m), Biantha Brakk (7,285m), etc. This valley once used to be a passage between Baltistan and Yarkhand through West Muztagh Pass (5,735m) into China. After crossing the river, we will walk along the river bank to the Joula campsite.

Joula campsite has Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP) managed toilet and bath facilities. Overnight in fully serviced wilderness campsite.

Meals: B,L,D

K2 Trek 6

Day 7 – Trek to Paiju (3,407m) – Approximately 7-8 hours

We start the day early and walk along the Braldu River to Paiju campsite. The trek will mostly be along severe stark landscape, with often ascends and descends depending on the level of erosion and water level of the river. The lunch will be served at Bardumal, and old campsite. Moving ahead, we may be able to see the glimpse of the Masherbrum Group to our right via the Xiangang Valley. Masherbrum range is a vast array of peaks, which cover almost the full length of the south side of Baltoro Glacier.

The weather often gets very hot and dry, creating difficult walking conditions. Therefore, care must be taken to stay hydrated and prevent sunburns. As Paiju campsite approaches, several small streams fed by glaciers descend from the north. Moreover, we will be able to see the glimpse of Trango Towers and Uli Biaho. We will also be able to see the vast snout of Baltoro glacier, the massive 63km long glacier, which is the 5th longest glacier outside polar-regions. However, it will be hard to gather a sense of the scale of Baltoro glacier from such a distance. The coming days will reveal the beauty, wilderness and immense scale of the mighty Baltoro glacier.

Paiju campsite has Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP) managed toilet and bath facilities. Overnight in fully serviced wilderness campsite.

Meals: B,L,D

K2 Trek 7

Day 8 – Rest Day at Paiju for Acclimatization (3,407m)

This day will be used to relax and let our bodies acclimatize to the altitude. This rest day will be very helpful in the coming days on Baltoro glacier. Paiju is the traditional stopping point for all trekking and expedition groups heading towards Concordia due to presence of spring water. Depending on the energy level, we can use some time of the rest day to hike up the hill above campsite for extensive views of the Trango Towers and Cathedral peak, and potentially a glimpse of the mighty K2, still many miles away. We will also be able to meet several like-minded people with other expeditions, and make global contacts. Our porters will also get the opportunity to prepare their bread for the days ahead on the glacier.

Paiju campsite has Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP) managed toilet and bath facilities. Overnight in fully serviced wilderness campsite.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 9 – Trek to Khoburtse (3,816m) – Approximately 7-8 hours

After an hour trek, we will approach the Baltoro glacier. Witnessing the massive ice stretching across the Braldu River and seeing numerous porters forming an ant-like trail across the glacier will make us appreciate its size. The glacial ice rises approximately 70-80 meters above the river at the snout of the glacier. Due to its ever-changing nature, the glacial moraine can be difficult to navigate at this point. So we should be prepared for a hard day of walking and must keep ourselves hydrated. Once on the other side of the glacial valley, the trail will follow the side and will often require a glacier or stream crossing of the glacier or the river. From here onwards, you will be able to witness uninterrupted views of Paiju Peak (6,610m), Uli Biaho Tower (6,109m), Trango Towers (6,363m) and Cathedral Peak (6,024m). These are the majestic, spired collection of mountains that the Baltoro region is so well known for. Behind us will be the steep grassy slopes, which are the grazing pastures of ibex. These rocks are also home to mouse hares (Pikas) and colourful hoopoe birds. After crossing Liligo glacier, which flows from south to the Baltoro glacier, we will reach Khoburtse campsite. Khoburtse campsite is on the south side of Baltoro glacier, just opposite Trango Towers.

Khoburtse campsite has Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP) managed toilet and bath facilities. Overnight in fully serviced wilderness campsite.

Meals: B,L,D

K2 Trek 9

Day 10 – Trek to Urdukas (4,168m) – Approximately 4 hours

Keeping in mind to gradually increase our sleeping altitude, this day will be a considerably short trek. We will continue along the south side of Baltoro glacier, either on the side moraine or, sometimes on the glacier. We will also cross two glaciers flowing from Urdukas Peak (6,320m). This day we will also cross the Trango Towers and Cathedral Peak, both of which are on the north side of Baltoro glacier. We will arrive at Urdukas by lunchtime. Urdukas campsite is perched a hundred meters above the glacier on terraces originally hacked out of the hillside by the Duke of Abruzzi’s K2 expedition of 1909, and offers out of the world views of Trango Towers (6,363m) to the west, and the vast rock walls of Cathedral Peak (6,024m) and Lobsang (5,707m) rising like walls across the glacier. It is really an amazing campsite! Given the clear weather conditions, we will be able to see Broad Peak (8,051m) and Gasherbrum IV (7,925m) rising from the head of the valley.

Urdukas campsite has Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP) managed toilet and bath facilities. Overnight in fully serviced wilderness campsite.

Meals: B,L,D

K2 Trek 10

Day 11 – Trek to Goro II (4,319m) – Approximately 6-7 hours

After leaving Urdukas campsite, initially we will follow the moraine edge of the glacier before crossing to the center of the glacier, where it will be easier to trek due to the smoother flow of the glacier. Soon we will be able to see the spectacular Masherbrum (7,821m) towards our right hand side, along with the vast Yermamendu glacier flowing from the south. We will be constantly ascending and descending the mountains of rubble which are scattered over the ice. We will have proper views of the peaks ahead of us, which surround Concordia. These include the stunning Broad Peak (8,051m) and Gasherbrum IV (7925m). Looking back towards Paiju, the impressive mountain groups which dominated our views over the last few days will now be dwarfed as we trek higher and further away. At this point, we will be at a high altitude and camping on one of the largest pieces of ice outside the polar-regions, so we will make sure to wrap up warmly for the cooler nights ahead.

Goro II campsite has Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP) managed toilet and bath facilities. Overnight in fully serviced wilderness campsite.

Meals: B,L,D

K2 Trek 11

Day 12 – Trek to Concordia (4,575m) – Approximately 5-6 hours

The final approach day to Concordia takes us through what is arguably the most spectacular mountain scenery anywhere in the world! Concordia is considered one of the world’s most spectacular campsites as it is surrounded by numerous giant peaks of Karakoram, and offers the highest concentration of +7,000 meters peaks anywhere in the world.  After leaving Goro II campsite, the Biange glacier to the north will provide us with a spectacular view of Muztagh Tower (7,283m), which is considered one of the most technical mountains to climb in the Karakoram. The trail will be fairly easy to trek on, with gentle slopes of moraine. Here we will also see the famous “Ice Cubes” of Baltoro glacier, which are ice towers or seracs rising 40-60 meters out of the glacier.

Approaching Concordia, Mitre Peak (6,070m) will be to our right, with Baltoro Kangri (7,300m) beside it, while the Gasherbrum Group will be directly before us. The expanse of Broad Peak (8,052m) will be to the left and finally the Mountain of Mountains, the Mighty K2 (8,611m) will be looming above the ridge towering over the Godwin Austen Glacier 12 km away. K2 keeps itself hidden until the very moment we reach Concordia when suddenly its full height is revealed in sweeping lines that climb almost 4,000 meters from the valley floor to the summit – a sight that will never be forgotten! Concordia is a wide area where glaciers coming down from K2 meet those from the Gasherbrums and Chogolisa, and makes a perfect base from which to explore and enjoy some of the highest mountains in the world. Here you can stand within 24 km of no fewer than 4 eight-thousanders and ten of the world’s thirty highest peaks! Very few people are fortunate enough to witness this sight.

Concordia campsite has Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP) managed toilet and bath facilities. Overnight in fully serviced wilderness campsite.

Meals: B,L,D

K2 Trek 12

Day 13 – Trek to Broad Peak Base Camp (4,850m) – Approximately 4-5 hours

Our schedule can be flexible over the next couple of days, depending on the group preference and prevailing weather conditions. One of our main objectives is to visit the K2 Base Camp (4,980m), Braod Peak Base Camp (4,850m) and Gilkey Memorial. On the other hand, we have the option of relatively easy trekking to the Upper Baltoro Glacier and Abruzzi Glacier to Gasherbrum I Base Camp (5,156m). Here we will be able to see several majestic peaks like Gasherbrum I (8,080m), Gasherbrum II (8,035m), Chogolisa (7,668m), Baltoro Kangri (7,300m) and Snow Dome (7,150m). Another option can be to relax at Concordia and enjoy the might of several mountain that are already before us: K2 (8,611m), Broad Peak (8,052m), Gasherbrum IV (7,952m), Baltoro Kangri (7,300m), Marble Peak (6,256m), Mitre Peak (6,070m) and many more. However it is recommended that we stick to the Ultimate K2 Trek itinerary and visit the K2 Base Camp.

It is recommended to wake up early this morning to witness the mesmerizing sunrise over the Gasherbrum IV (7,925m). Moreover, we will witness the awe-inspiring views of the Mighty K2 (8,611m) and Broad Peak (8,052m). We will start the day early and make our way towards Broad Peak Base Camp (4,850m), and will arrive around lunch time. After negotiating the difficult ground where Baltoro and Godwin Austen glaciers meet, we will eventually reach easy terrain and follow the medial moraine of the Godwin Austen Glacier to our destination, reaching around mid-day. From here, we will admire the sensational view of K2 in one direction and in the other look back to Concordia framed by Mitre Peak and the bulk of Chogolisa. A number of expeditions will be at the campsite, so it will be a great opportunity to mingle with the professional climbers and expand our networks.

Broad Peak Base Camp has Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP) managed toilet and bath facilities. Overnight in fully serviced wilderness campsite.

Meals: B,L,D

K2 Trek 13

Day 14 – Trek to K2 Base Camp (4,980m) & back to Concordia (4,575m) – Approximately 7-8 hours

We will start the day early in order to visit K2 Base Camp and then trek back to Concordia. The route to K2 Base Camp will be a little tougher as we negotiate the swells of the glacier and several glacial streams. The increase in altitude also makes it a little tougher. However, given the Ultimate K2 Trek itinerary, we will be well acclimatized to the altitude (However, the health of all group members will be assessed and full precaution will be taken in following our safety standards!). After around 3 hours, we will reach K2 Base Camp (4,980m). From here, we will see Savoia Saddle to the west, Windy Gap and Advance Base Camp on the Abruzzi Ridge to the east and Concordia framed by Mitre Peak, the bulk of Chogolisa to the south, and of course, the massif of the Mighty K2 to the north. This will be an unforgettable experience! We will also visit the Gilkey Memorial where the names of those who have died climbing K2 are inscribed on a collection of plaques and plates.

After lunch at the K2 Base Camp, we will head back to Concordia, following the Godwin Austen Glacier. On the way we will cross Pastore Peak (6,379m) and Marble Peak (6,56m), both of which will be on our right hand side. We will have outclass views of Mitre Peak (6,070m) and Chogolisa (7,668m) all the way to Concordia. The return trek will be approximately 5 hours, and we will reach Concordia campsite by evening.

Concordia campsite has Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP) managed toilet and bath facilities. Overnight in fully serviced wilderness campsite.

Meals: B,L,D

K2 Trek 14

Day 15 – Trek to Goro I (4,241m) – Approximately 6-7 hours

We will take a last look at the Mighty K2 and other peaks before heading back towards Baltoro Glacier. Heading in a different direction on the same glacier, the views are always different and the weather is always changing in the mountains, so one could not consider this route as repetitious by anyone’s standards. While descending, we can make longer stages, so we will go past Goro II to a campsite known as Goro I.  Along the way we will be able to take in the fantastic scenery once more. The Muztagh Tower (7,283m) will be on our right hand side, the beautiful Masherbrum (7,821m) will be on our left hand side, all the spires of the Baltoro – Lobsang (6,225m), Cathedral (6,024m), Trango Towers (6,363m), Uli Biaho (6,41m)  and Paiju (6,610m), will be ahead of us down the glacier, and the majestic Gasherbrum IV (7,925m) will be towering behind us. Goro I campsite is right in from of Masherbrum (7,821m), where we will be able to enjoy outclass views of one of the most technical peaks to climb anywhere in the world.

Goro I has Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP) managed toilet and bath facilities. Overnight in fully serviced wilderness campsite.

Meals: B,L,D

K2 Trek

Day 16 – Trek to Khoburtse (3,816m) – Approximately 7-8 hours

We will continue with our descent down the Baltoro Glacier. It will be amazing to see how different everything looks in descent with our constant field of vision now filled with an entirely different view. All the spires of the Baltoro – Lobsang (6,225m), Cathedral (6,024m), Trango Towers (6,363m), Uli Biaho (6,41m) and Paiju (6,610m), will become more prominent as we make our way down the glacier. The trek will sometimes be on the glacier and sometimes along the moraine or the valley sides until we reach Khoburtse campsite, our first off-glacier campsite after some days. Khoburtse campsite is on the south side of Baltoro glacier, just opposite Trango Towers.

Khoburtse campsite has Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP) managed toilet and bath facilities. Overnight in fully serviced wilderness campsite.

Meals: B,L,D

K2 Trek

Day 17 – Trek to Paiju (3,407m) – Approximately 6-7 hours

A short while after leaving Khoburtse, we will cross Liligo Glacier, flowing from the south of Baltoro Glacier. This glacier defies world trends in that it is steadily growing. 20 years ago, its snout was half a mile up the valley, but now it has collided with the main Baltoro Glacier. After some time of trekking, we will have a marvelous view of Trango Nameless Tower (6,239m). After lunch, near the snout of the glacier, we will start crossing the glacier towards its north side. Once off the glacier, we will follow the trail back to Paiju campsite. Paiju is a very busy campsite, where almost every trekking and mountaineering expedition stops for a rest day on the way towards Baltoro Glacier. So, we will be able to meet several like-minded with other expeditions, and make global contacts. Tonight there is the chance for local songs and dances as the porters will be relaxed and happy with a successful successful return from the Baltoro Glacier.

Paiju campsite has Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP) managed toilet and bath facilities. Overnight in fully serviced wilderness campsite.

Meals: B,L,D

K2 Trek

Day 18 – Trek to Joula (3,218m) – Approximately 6-7 hours

Now that we are at a lower altitude and off the glacier, the weather will often get very hot and dry, making difficult walking conditions. We must take proper care to stay hydrated and prevent sunburns. Therefore, we will make an early start to the day to use the cool of the morning. Leaving Paiju, we will follow a good trail down the Braldu valley along Braldu River to its confluence with Domordo River. The lunch will be served at Bardumal, and old campsite. Today, we will again notice how difficult the experience is compared to the ascent. After approximately 6 hours of trek, we will reach Joula campsite, where the famous ‘Joula’ or flying fox is located which was used to cross the fast flowing Dumordo River. However, a footbridge has now been built, making the crossing of river much safer and convenient. There are some spectacular views of Bakhor Das Peak (5,810m) fom Joula campsite.

Joula campsite has Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP) managed toilet and bath facilities. Overnight in fully serviced wilderness campsite.

Meals: B,L,D

K2 Trek

Day 19 – Trek to Askoli (3,000m) – Approximately 6-7 hours

This will our final day of trekking and our return to civilization after 2 weeks of adventure in wilderness. A relatively easier 6-7 hours of trek will bring us to Askoli village. Upon leaving Joula campsite, we will cross the bridge to the other side of Domordo River and follow the same trail we used for out outbound journey. This section of the trek in carved into a rocky mountain. This will lead to a pleasant trail towards Korophong, our lunch spot beside the river. Later, we will experience our last glacier crossing, as we cross the glacial moraine at the snout of Biafo Glacier, a gigantic 67km long glacier (3rd longest glacier outside polar-regions). After a couple of hours of relatively easy trek, we will reach Askoli. Most of our porters will be from Askole and will be pleased to be home. After freshening up, we will say goodbye to our porters, who by now will be our friends and we will perhaps have a final party here.

Overnight in fully serviced wilderness campsite.

Meals: B,L,D

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Day 20 – Drive to Skardu – Approximately 6-8 hours

At Askoli, we will say goodbye to our other crew who, by now, will be our friends, and make our way towards Skardu. Skardu is approximately 6-8 hours jeep ride from Askoli village. The road from Askoli to Skardu passes through the majestic Braldu and Shigar valleys, each having its own mystique and uniqueness. The locals will be really glad to see us, and will show us their hospitality by inviting us to eat fresh cherries and apricots from their farms! We will reach the hotel in Skardu by afternoon. In the evening, we will be debriefed by the tourism department regarding the trek.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Meals: B,L,D

K2 Trek

Day 21 – Fly from Skardu to Islamabad

We will hopefully take the spectacular flight from Skardu to Islamabad, offering out-of-the-world scenery and views of some of the mightiest mountains in the world, i.e. K2 (8,611m), Nanga Parbat (8,124m), Rakaposhi (7,788m) and others Karakoram peaks. In the evening, we will have time for shopping and sightseeing in Islamabad, the Capital of Pakistan and enjoy dinner at Monal Restaurant, which is situated in Margalla Hills and offers spectacular views of the city.

However if the flight gets cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, we will travel on private air-conditioned coach via Karakoram Highway (KKH) to Islamabad. Due to the long travelling time, we will have an overnight stay at Chilas. On our way, we will travel right beside the Indus River from Skardu and view the incredible force of the river by the deep gorges it has carved out. We then join the Karakoram Highway (KKH), which is also known as the 8th wonder of the world. We will enjoy the views of Nanga Parbat (8,124m) and Rakaposhi (7,788m) along the way to Chilas. The drive time to Chilas will be approximately 8 hours.

Overnight stay at centrally located hotel.

Meals: B,L,D

K2 Trek 19

Day 22 – In Islamabad

If we arrive at Islamabad by air, this day will be used for relaxing, sightseeing and shopping. However, if we are travelling by road, we will complete our 10 hours journey from Chilas to Islamabad.

Overnight stay at centrally located hotel.

Meals: B,L,D

K2 Trek 20

Day 23 – Trip Concludes

After breakfast, the group will be transferred to the airport by guide and/or group leader for their flight back home.

Meals: B

We can customize the itinerary according to your needs, giving you the option to choose where you want to go, what you want to see and when you want to do it, just let us know. We will be more than happy to provide you with a tailor-made itinerary.

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Inclusions

What's included

  • 22 breakfasts, 22 lunches and 22 dinners (full board service)
  • Good hotel in Islamabad (on twin sharing basis)
  • Good hotel in Skardu (on twin sharing basis)
  • Fully serviced campsites on the trek (tents on twin sharing basis)
  • Extremely skill and knowledgeable guide
  • High altitude porters
  • 15kgs porterage of personal gear on trek
  • Airport transfers on first and last day of trip
  • Flights from Islamabad to Skardu and then from Skardu to Islamabad (approximately US$300)
  • Domestic transport by air or private air-conditioned coaches (as described in itinerary)
  • Safety equipment including Thuraya satellite phone (members can use it for personal use at a little charge) and expedition medical kits
  • All group camping equipment and expedition services including guides, porters, high altitude porters, cooks, two person tents, insulated mats, cooking and eating utensils, mess tent with table and stools
  • Porter’s insurance
  • Emergency medical kit
  • All trekking and permit fees valued at US$100
  • Visa support letter

What's not included

  • Sleeping bag
  • Clothing and equipment of personal use
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Tips
  • Visa
  • International flights
  • Airport and departure taxes, excess baggage
  • Travel Insurance

Packing

Probably the most asked question by travellers is ‘what to pack?’ We believe giving you this extra bit of information can be really handy. This simple what-to-pack guide should help you pack and feel more at ease on the trek.

 

Clothing

Trousers – One can never go wrong with trekking pants/trousers for everyday walking, they are most suitable. Jeans are a big no because they are difficult to walk in over longer distances and become unmanageable when wet.

Light weight Jacket – Down jackets are the lightest and most convenient way of keeping warm when the temperature drops. Temperature can be expected to fall below freezing after sunset.

Waterproofs – in order to stop yourself from overheating, we advise breathable waterproofs; not only it does that but also protects against rain and wind.

Gloves or mittens – Thermal type glove are most suitable especially useful in the morning and in the evening at higher altitudes.

Socks – It is preferable to wear a pair of reasonably thick socks. This helps to protect your feet against blisters. Stay away from nylon socks, they don’t breathe well, are abrasive, and can cause blisters.

Fleece Jacket – A thick fleece jacket is necessary as nights can be very cold at altitude. Make sure that your waterproof jacket is loose enough to wear over your fleece jacket.

Track Suit – A comfortable and much more practical (and warmer) to sleep in than pyjamas. Alternatively, thermal underwear is good.

Thin Shirt/T-Shirt

Base-layer Shirts

Thick Shirt or Thermal Vest

Warm Hat

 

Footwear

You must bring walking boots with ankle support – leather or fabric, both are fine. Make sure that your boots are worn-in and comfortable before the start of the trip. Trainers and tennis shoes are not recommended because they do not give the ankle support given by a decent pair of walking boots. Ideally, visit a specialist outdoor pursuits shop that will offer shoes for specific purpose and advice accordingly. A useful tip: On international flights carry your walking boots in your hand luggage or wear them – in case you luggage is lost or delayed, your boots are the one thing that will be irreplaceable.

 

Luggage

Main Baggage – This is the bag used to carry all your belongings in the hold of the plane and used to store all of the items you don’t need on trek. It can be left behind at the hotel used prior to the trek.

Trek Kitbag – This is the bag which will be carried by porters. Approximately 80 litres in size is ideal for all items you need to take on trek. The weight limit for this is 15kg, but you will probably find that you do not need this much.

Rucksack – 30 – 40 litres recommended. Your rucksack should therefore be large enough to carry waterproofs, fleece jacket, trousers, warm hat and gloves, sun hat, sun cream, water bottle (1 litre) and your camera. Other optional items in a rucksack might be a diary or a book to read.  It is advisable that you take a waterproof rucksack cover, if you do not have that, don’t worry because you can achieve similar results by lining the sack with a large plastic bag to keep the items dry.

 

Equipment

Sleeping Bag – As you do not carry it yourself this may be down or synthetic, but it should be 4-season (temperature -10°C to -5°C). As most treks pass through a variety of climatic conditions, a long side zip is a good idea. A cotton liner helps to keep your bag clean.

Sleeping Mat

Water Bottle – can’t really do without water, can you!

Plastic Bags – If you pack items in plastic bags inside your bag they will stay dry in case it rains and also easier to sort through in camp. Remember, the less you unpack in the evening, the less you repack each morning! A bin liner to pack inside your daysac is also a good idea.

Torch/Batteries A small torch is essential for finding things in your room, going to the loo at night, etc.

Toiletries Try to keep it to a minimum. Essentials are toothbrush/paste, biodegradable soap, dry shower sprays, small towel, small nailbrush and toilet rolls! `Wet Wipes’ are great for a quick clean up, so bring a pack of those (non-perfumed to avoid rashes!).

Sunglasses/Snow Goggles Good sunglasses are essential for protection against UV rays and glare at high altitudes.

Sun Hat, High Factor Sunblock & Lip Balm. Choose a high SPF sun cream. SPF 100+ is preferred to protect your skin against the sun at high altitudes. A combination of sunblock and lip salve is ideal for facial protection.

Personal First Aid Kit Each trek carries an extensive first aid kit. We Provide plasters, aspirin, diarrhea tablets. You could however bring your own comprehensive blister kit plus any other medications you or your doctor feel advisable. Trekking poles with rubber points are recommended.

Whistle to attract attention in an emergency

Boot Cleaning Kit

Spare Laces

Trainers/Slippers for camp use

Anti bacterial Hand Sanitizer 

Almost every item can be purchased from Islamabad and/or Skardu but it is highly recommended that you bring your own items with you when coming to Pakistan.

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