23 Days
14/16 nights camping during trek & 6/8 nights hotel in Town/cities
Strenuous Trekking, Max elevation 5,600m
Highlights: K2, Broad Peak, G IV, Ghodogoro La
Ghondogoro La

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K2 BC & Ghondogoro La Trek

Italian mountaineer Fosco Maraini described Concordia in his book; Karakoram as “The world’s greatest museum of shape and form”. In Concordia, six peaks over 7,925 meters rise to touch the heavens, including K2 (8,611 m) the 2nd highest mountain on earth. After visiting Islamabad, Drive Skardu & further drive to the trail head and meet our colorful expedition porters, strong mountain men.

As we trek up to this wraithlike place we enter a remarkable wilderness of ice, rock and sky. By the time we reach Paiju Camp at the foot of the Baltoro Glacier, we begin to feel the pulse of creation: the ice melts the rocks roll , and the glacier creaks and groans, rearranging its icy rivers. When we reach Concordia we are rewarded with the most incredible mountain views in the world, virtually surrounded by K2, Broad Peak (8,051 m), Gasherbrum IV (7,925 m), and razor- edged Mitre Peak. Our return trek is by way of the Gondogoro La (5,600 m), a challenging hike skirting the Gondogoro Glacier, and down to the green irrigated fields of the Hushe Valley. This is an exciting, challenging trek, geared for hikers with previous high altitude mountain trekking experience.

> Arrive ISB, transfer hotel, sightseeing & briefing
Hunza Embassy
> Fly Skardu, In case of Cancellation Drive Chilas
> Drive to Skardu
> Drive Askole
> Korofan / Jola
> Khrobrakk
> Paiju
>Free day at Paiju
> Khorbursay/Urdukas
> Bingo/Goro
> Concordia
> Concordia rest Day
> K 2 Bace Camp Exc
> Ali Camp
> Khuispan (Over Ghondogoro La 5600m)
>Rest/reserve day
> Dalsangpa
> Saicho
> Hushe
> Skardu
> Chilas/Besham
> Islamabad & Debriefing
Hunza Embassy
> Transfer to Air port & Homeward Departure Flight

>If flight to Skardu (mountain flight) gets operated and things go on smoothly then we can squeeze this tour 21 or 22 day by excluding rest/reserve days.

Day 1          Arrive Islamabad

Spend the day in Islamabad finalizing permit details with the Alpine Club Pakistan/Ministry of Tourism. Evening free or tour of twin cities of Islamabad & Rawalpindi, enter Faisal Mosque - the landmark of Islamabad, drive on Constitution Avenue for looking at President House, Parliament, Supreme Court & other state buildings. Stay overnight at hotel/guesthouse.

Day 2           Drive Chilas

After freshening up at a hotel and enjoying breakfast we set off on a spectacular 12-hour drive to Chilas along the legendary 500-kilometre Karakoram (KKH, sometimes refereed to as the eighth wonder of the world) highway which winds its way through the Himalayas. We start drive on Grand Trunk Road leading straight to Afghanistan, After an hour’s drive on G.T. Road we turn north on the Karakoram Highway. KKH is a joint effort of Pakistan Army and Chinese engineers. It took 850 lives and 20 years in its completion, reputed as eighth wonder of the world. Lunch at Besham. After lunch we drive through the deep Indus gorge. Meals and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 3           Drive Skardu

Keep driving with the course of River Indus we will make stop at Chilas rocks carvings & 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.

Day 4           Towards Trek Head Askoli

We leave Skardu on metal road heading east, drive over a small pass and enter Shigar, a valley of orchards. Arrive at Akole village, the last permanent settlement along the trek often mentioned by early explorers as the last human inhabitation of the Indian subcontinent and leave the jeeps for a short walk to camping site. Meals and overnight at camp. 6-7 hour jeep ride.

Day 5           Start Trek

As the staff distribute 25kg each among the porters, we start our trek in the soft morning light. Walking four across barren wasteland brings us to Biafo glacier, a tortured sea of ice and rocks two kilometers wide at this point. Cross the glacier on an established trail, walking most of the time on moraine and occasionally on ice we will have lunch across the glacier at Korofan (10,200`). Camp here or trek ahead to Jola.

Day 6           Wooden Bridge

Today we will walk along a cliff face to arrive at the cable bridge to cross the Dumordo River. We may have to wait here for some time for our turn to cross the river over the newly built wooden bridge which replaced a swinging pulley. The last two hours are a comparatively easy walk beside the river. This section of the trek can be unexpectedly hot and dry, so protect yourself well from the sun. Our campsite Khrobrak (4242m) is a small stretch of land just by the Braldu River, which will provide natural music all the time.

Day 7           G 4 Greets You Near Paiju

The trek starts in easy fashion with an occasional scramble over rock . Three hours’ walk brings us to the point where waters from the Paiju peak divide themselves into four rushing streams, that can be crossed by jumping over the stones and then walking through the meltwater. In the east dominating, the horizon are the towering summits of Gashabrum 4, Cathedral Towers and Broad Peak. After negotiating scree and sand, we walk along the river, arrive at Paiju (3560m), a refreshing campsite situated in a grove of willows and poplars through which flows a stream of fresh water.

Day 8           Free Day at Paiju

Paiju is a traditional rest point before start trekking on Baltoro Glacier and the last place to take pleasure in trees of the region. Porters enjoy a feast here with the meat provided by our team. They prepare their food for next few days and enjoy a bonfire with dancing and beating drums.

Day 9           On Baltoro

We begin our day’s trek with a walk for about an hour across gradually ascending barren territory to arrive at the snout of the Baltoro Glacier, a vast, turbulent sea of rocks and ice more than two miles wide and nearly forty miles long. The first stretch of the walk on the undulating glacier can be a little challenging as we dodge small crevasses. The view is magnificent with the Cathedral and Trango Towers, rising to 6000metre -plus on our left. We begin to feel the pulse of creation: the melting ice, the shifting rocks, and the groans of the glacier as it rearranges its icy rivers. As we walk across boulder-strewn ice, we gradually gain height over three hours to the south side of the glacier. We arrive at a flat, sandy area of lateral moraine, our campsite Khobursay at 4000m.

Day 10           Biango

We walk on the lateral moraine of the glacier for the first two hours. After arriving at the green pastures of Urdukas, we cross crevasses and then walk on the medial moraine of the glacier. The middle part of the glacier has its own surprises for us, small streams of water rushing over clear blue ice, and huge mushroom-like ice towers erupting from the glacier. As we proceed Gashabrum 2 (8035m), the 14th highest peak in the world) peeps from the right shoulder of G-4 in the east. Biango, at 4030m, is our campsite, dominated by a stunning view of Mashabrum (7900m) due south. As we are camping on a thin layer of moraine over glacial ice the night can be cold.

Day 11           To Concordia? Yes Concordia!

Start your trek walking on the medial moraine of the glacier to the incredible sanctuary of Concordia. As we make our approach , Gashabrum - 4 stands guard in the east. On our left we have magnificent views of Muztagh Tower (7200m) on the border between Pakistan and China. Excitement mounts and paces quicken as we arrive at Concordia, lured by the classic views of K2 (8612m), The second highest mountain of the world. Concordia - the meeting place of five glaciers, is named after “Place de la Concorde” in Paris. Within a radius of 15km are 41 peaks above 6500 meters, almost half of them still virgin and unnamed. Also visible from Concordia, clockwise from K-2 are: Broad Peak (8068m), Gashabrum 4 (7900m), Baltoro Kangri (7245m), Kondus (7000m), Mitre (6000m), Paiju (6610m), Crystal (6300m), Marble (6200m) and Angel Peak (6800m). 4-5 hour trek.

Day 12           Rest Day

Rest day or 12hours G-IV base camp excursion.

Day 13           K 2 Base Camp Excursion

Full day excursion to the base camp of K2. A strenuous 10-hour round-trip trek over snow, rock and ice. As we start our trek, we cross crevasses of the Baltoro Glacier, then walk on the lateral moraine of the Godwin Austin glacier to the base camp of Broad Peak. Chogolisa (7586m) now appears on the scene, standing guard in the south and hinting at the new crossing from Concordia to the Hushe valley. As we proceed towards base camp, we walk on the moraine of Godwin Austin glacier. Walking here is much easier than the first two hours’ stretch on rocks. When we arrive at K2 base camp at 5000m, which is normally occupied by five mountaineering expeditions during the climbing season each year, we are overwhelmed by the sheer size of K2. Return to Concordia for overnight.

Day 14           To Ali Camp

The first two hours of the trek are difficult as we leave Concordia and traverse the Baltoro Glacier and its crevasses. Once on the Vigne Glacier it is a comparatively easy and gradual walk over snow and ice. Mighty Chogolisa (7600m) stands guard in the south. Camp overnight at Ali Camp (5030m), a combination of small rocky platforms between the cliff face and crevasse. We turn in early, as we have a midnight wake-up call for the departure over the Gondogoro La. 5-6hrs hiking.

Day 15           Over Gondogoro La

We leave camp at about 1am to climb the Gondogoro La (5566m). For the first two hours we walk on the lateral moraine to avoid crevasses. As we get closer to the pass, we walk on snow to the base of the pass. The final ascent involves a steep walk on the snow and the use of fixed ropes as well as crampons and ice axes. The view from the top of the pass are unparalleled, with K2, Broad Peak, Gashabrum 1 to 4, Mashabrum, and many mountains other appearing at our level. The descent on the Hushe side is steeper, requiring good balancing on the rocks. Camp at Khuispan (4629m), a level green spot that has wildflowers in July and August. 9-10hrs treks.

Day 16           Khuispan

A rest day after the ascent of the pass. We can take time to explore the area or just relax and admire view of Laila Peak (6063m), Drangra (6230m, and Tasa Peak (6514m).

Day 17           Dalsangpa

As we leave Khuispan, we make a long traverse of the Gondogoro Glacier, first encountering small crevasses, then hiking over the soft ice of the glacier. The last half hour is a pleasant stroll through wild flowers, with commanding views of the Gondogoro Glacier, Yermandu Kangri (7555m), Mashabrum South (7688m), and the Mashabrum La. Camp at 4198m by a small Lake. Three to four hours hiking.

Day 18           Saicho

As we continue, we gradually leave the icy landscapes and descend to the meadows and pasture land at Saicho (3727m). Although we’ve left the icy wilds, we still have tremendous views, including Namika Peak (6230m), and Defokhar (6445m). Four to five hours hiking

Day 19           Hushe

Descend to the Gondogoro River, enjoying spectacular views of K-6 (7171m, K-7 (6839m), and Link Sar (6935m). We continue descending, passing through small summer settlements en route to the green irrigated fields at Hushe (3153m). Four to five hours hiking.

Day 20           Back to Civilization, Skardu

Enjoy your last breakfast at the camp for this trek, and say Khuda Hafiz to your camping staff who had been pitching tents for you and preparing meals for you during the trek. Board soft top 4x4 jeeps for a bumpy ride through Karakoram. This part of Baltistan appears greener and more prosperous than on our drive to Thongol. Arrive at Skardu. Transfer to motel - and enjoy the hot shower. Meals and overnight at resort/motel. 5/6 hours jeep ride.

Day 21           Drive Skardu - Besham

Drive back to Besham on KKH.

Day 22           Drive Besham - Islamabad

Continue drive on the greener part of KKH to Islamabad. If time permitting we may stop at Taxila, the archaeological site of Gandhara Buddhist civilization dating from 500 BC to 500 AD. Arrive Rawalpindi / Islamabad the twin cities transfer to hotel for overnight.

Day 23           Fly Home

Transfer to airport for international departure flight.

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