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1669

K2 Base Camp & Crossing Gondogoro La 5600m

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  • 19 Days 18 Nights
  • June - October
  • Islamabad

Departure & Return Location

Islamabad

Price Includes

  • Temperature controlled transport
  • Hotel Accommodation at Chilas. Skardu and Besham
  • Camps
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner as per itinerary
  • Fuel / Toll /Parking Fee
  • 4x4 Jeeps from Skardu to Askole
  • Wages, Food and Accommodation of Chauffeur
  • Services of Guide

Price Excludes

  • Porters (Carrying 12 KG weight per person)
  • Entrance Fee
  • Driver Service Fee
  • Anything not listed in above details
  • Laundry, Telephone Calls
  • Soft Drinks, Tea or Coffee, Taxi.
  • Any ticket/Entrance if not included in itinerar, Any personal expense.
  • Gratitude for Chauffeur Horse Ride and Portages if any Personal insurance of participants & their luggage Extra expenses due to landslides\road blocks\acts of nature\political reasons etc.
Itinerary

Day 1ISLAMABAD/CHILAS (HOTEL) Drive 10-12 Hrs

Early departure for a day long drive to Chilas on Karakoram Highway along the Indus. Overnight at hotel
(Lunch / Dinner)

Day 2CHILAS/SKARDU (HOTEL)

Continue drive to Skardu, through the narrow Indus gorge. Arrive and transfer to the hotel for overnight
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 3SKARDU (HOTEL)

Day free in Skardu to explore Bazar and purchase of personal use items, while staff will make final arrangement for the trek
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 4SKARDU -TO- ASKOLE (CAMP)Distance 96 Km, Drive 07-08 Hrs. Altitude 3050 M.

Embark jeeps for a full day ride on a winding jeep trail to Askole – The last inhabitance on our way to the Great Glaciers. Highest in the region, the stone & timber abodes contain dark & narrow stairwells riven by gloomy, unlit alleys cluster within the embrace of the fertile terraces. Overnight in tents.
All meals served by camp staff.

Note:-The road to Askole undergoes rapid erosion and gets closed quite often. If unable to travel by jeep, the group will disembark & walk to Askole on the same day or camp for overnight (subject to distance).

Day 5ASKOLE - KOROPHONE - JHULA (CAMP)Walk: 03-04 hrs, Grade: Strenuous, Altitude: 3150 M

Today we leave the last inhabited village. For the remaining portion of our journey we rely on our porters who carry our food and equipment and sustain our expedition. After scrambling over a ridge we come across what legend says an old polo field. Passing through a rock gap we cross the Biafo glacier and camp beside it’s snout at Korophone. The Biafo Glacier is a huge river of ice 63 Km long which descends from the central peaks of the Karakoram & flows east into the Braldu Valley at a point about 10 Kms east of Askole. After lunch at Korofong Trek to the Dumurdo river cross at Jhula, (Jhula means wire Rope Bridge sported by a wooden basket), now a wooden bridge is made cross it & camp beside a torrent facing the Bakhordas.

Day 6JHULA -TO- PAIJU (CAMP)Walk: 05-06 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3480 M.

Resume trek along the Bralduriver to a green Oasis under the shadows of Paiju Peak 6611 M. Paiju – is a Balti word which means “SALT”. Since there are some rock salt deposits at the base of this peak, the locals believe that the snow on the summit of Paiju Peak is not snow but a huge deposit of salt which drips down to the base. From this camp we have the first views of the impressive Baltoro Glacier. Overnight in tents.

Day 7PAIJU - Rest Day (CAMP)

Rest & acclimatization day at Piaju. Overnight in tents. All meals served by camp staff.

Day 08PAIJU -TO- URDUKAS (CAMP)Walk: 06-07 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 4130 M

Begin trek after an early breakfast. Traverse the junction of Paiju – Baltoro Glaciers through crevasses & lunch below Liligo, the traditional camp under the muddy cliffs with fine views of rock spires. Cross the Khuburse torrent early morning and ramble over two glacier moraines to reach the grassy slopes of Urdukas offering splendid views of the Trango, Uli Biaho&Bial Groups. Overnight in tents. All meals served by camp staff.

Day 09URDUKAS -TO- GOROII (CAMP)Walk: 06-07 hrs, Grade: Strenuous, Altitude: 4500 M.

A long walk on the icy Baltoro Glacier. Traverse the Yermanandu Glacier which flows down from Masherbrum & joins the Baltoro. Magnificent views of Muztagh, Mitre& Gasherbrum IV. Overnight in tents. All meals served by camp staff.

Day 10GORO TO CONCORDIA (CAMP)Walk: 05 - 06 hrs, Grade: strenuous, Altitude: 4720 M.

After an early breakfast, resume a long walk on the Baltoro Glacier to a point called Concordia – a huge junction of Baltoro, Abruzzi & Godwin Austin Glaciers at 4000 meters. Within a short radius of 15 Kilometers, stand 41 peaks over 6500 meters. Including 04 peaks above 8000 M. The 360 view offers a panorama of peaks nowhere to be found on this Earth. Overnight in tents.
All meals served by campstaff.

Day 11CONCORDIA REST DAY (CAMP)Walk: 07 hrs, Grade: strenuous, Altitude: 4650 M.

Members are free to explore K2 base (A day trip 4 hrs up 3 hrs down) after an early breakfast, resume your walk to K2 Base Camp. Overnight in tents at Concordia. All meals served by camp staff.

Day 12ALI CAMP FOR GONGORO LA TO HUSHEY (CAMP)

After an early breakfast leave the Concordia and we will cross several side glaciers to reach our right path. After 2 hours we will reach Vigne glacier, it is also possible to walk on the Vigne glacier which is fairly easy then walking on the stony bath on the right side of the glacier but it depend on the snow condition.Overnight in tents. All meals served by camp staff.

Day 13ALI CAMP -CROSS GONDOGORO PASS- KHUSPANG (CAMP) Walk: 10 - 11 hrs, Grade: Strenuous, Altitude: 5700 M

A very early start as early as 2 or 3 O’clock in the morning to cross the Gondogoro la to reach Khuspang.
The basic theme behind the early walk to reach the top of the Gondogoro Pass 5700 metres is that in the morning snow will be soft and you will not get tired quickly as the sun is not strong, but as sun get strong snow get soft, snow going to be melt and bring water and stones, also the chance of ice falls or avalanches.Overnight in tents. All meals served by camp staff.

Day 14KHUSPANG REST DAY (CAMP)

Rest day excursion at Khuspang.
Incase of bad weather this day will be use to make another attempt.

Day 15KHUSPANG -TO- DALSANGPA (CAMP)Walk: 05-06 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 4150 M

After a couple of minutes of easy walk we will comes onto the glacier. You pick your way across moving boulders and ice, finally crossing the glacier up to the camping site to reach Dalsangpa, meaning ‘field of flowers’, lives up to its name. It is a beautiful campsite at about 4,150 metres, set between two lakes, with Masherbrum Mountain and the white glacier cascading down from Masherbrum Pass reflected in the still water.

Day 16DALSANGPA -TO- SHAICHO (CAMP)Walk: 06 - 07 hrs, Grade: Easy,

Resume trek along the path, Keep yourself on the left side of the lateral moraine, crossing several side streams. The next hour is an unpleasant scramble along the stony, sliding glacier edge, with huge boulders poised above, ready to fall.

Continue your trek along the path goes downhill to the summer settlement called Shaicho, a large shepherd’s settlement with its own mosque, now here you can find a hotel and mountaineering equipment shop. This is the traditional camp among the forest of juniper, cedar and willow trees with giant bushes of wild roses and a good water supply. After a short break continue your walk along the Hushey river on a easy path. Upon arrival camp near the fields in Hushey village.
Overnight in tents all meals served by camp staff.

Day 17SHAICHO – HUSHE – SKARDU

An easy day trek will bring you to Hushey village. PM embark jeeps for a 6 hoursride on a winding jeep trail to Skardu. Upon arrival transfer to your chosen hotel. All meals included.

Day 18SKARDU – BESHAM (HOTEL)

Early departure for Besham for overnight at hotel

Day 19BESHAM – ISLAMABAD

Return drive to Islamabad.
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