K2 Base Camp Trek

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  • 21 Days
  • Hard
  • 5700 m
  • Jun - Sep

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Conquering the Roof of the World: The Thrilling Odyssey of K2 Base Camp Trek

In the heart of the Karakoram Range, where giants of rock and ice pierce the heavens, lies a trek that beckons only the boldest adventurers. The K2 Base Camp Trek, a journey to the foot of the world’s second-highest peak, is an odyssey that weaves through treacherous terrain, pristine landscapes, and a profound sense of awe-inspiring grandeur.

At an elevation of 5,100 meters (16,732 feet), the K2 Base Camp stands as a testament to human perseverance and the irresistible allure of conquering the Roof of the World. The trek commences in the picturesque village of Skardu, a gateway to the mesmerizing Karakoram Range. Skardu, with its clear azure lakes and rugged landscapes, sets the stage for the adventure that lies ahead.

The trek to K2 Base Camp is not for the faint of heart. As trekkers navigate through narrow trails, rocky terrains, and challenging ascents, they are rewarded with ever-changing panoramas of towering peaks, expansive glaciers, and deep valleys. The journey is as much a test of physical endurance as it is a celebration of nature’s grandeur.

The jewel of the trek, K2, rises majestically to an awe-inspiring height of 8,611 meters (28,251 feet). Often referred to as the Savage Mountain, K2 is notorious for its perilous ascent, claiming the lives of many seasoned climbers. The Base Camp, nestled at the foot of this colossal giant, serves as a staging ground for mountaineers attempting the challenging ascent to its summit.

As trekkers approach K2 Base Camp, the air becomes thinner, and the landscape transforms into a surreal, otherworldly beauty. Towering granite cliffs surround the camp, and the iconic pyramid-shaped peak of K2 dominates the skyline. The silence is punctuated only by the distant crackling of glacier ice, creating an atmosphere that is both serene and ominous.

Camping at K2 Base Camp is an experience that transcends the ordinary. Surrounded by jagged peaks and pristine snowfields, trekkers find themselves in a sanctuary where the only soundtrack is the whisper of the wind and the crunch of snow beneath their boots. The night sky, untainted by city lights, unveils a celestial spectacle, with stars painting the heavens in a cosmic dance.

The K2 Base Camp Trek is not only a physical challenge but also a cultural immersion. Along the trail, trekkers encounter the warm hospitality of the local Balti people, whose resilient spirit mirrors the rugged landscapes they call home. The traditional villages and ancient monasteries offer a glimpse into a way of life that has endured for centuries in this remote corner of the world.

For those who harbor mountaineering ambitions, K2 Base Camp is a gateway to the realm of extreme alpinism. Climbers from around the globe converge here, their eyes set on the ultimate prize – the summit of K2. The route to the summit is a technical and perilous ascent, demanding a level of skill and determination that few possess. Even for those who only dream of standing atop this formidable peak, the Base Camp provides a vantage point from which to witness the triumphs and tribulations of those attempting the ascent.

In conclusion, the K2 Base Camp Trek is a pilgrimage for those seeking to test their limits against the majesty of the Karakorams. It’s a journey that combines the physical challenges of high-altitude trekking with the spiritual rewards of connecting with nature at its most formidable. The awe-inspiring landscapes, the towering peaks, and the indomitable spirit of adventure converge in a trek that leaves an indelible mark on the hearts of those who dare to tread upon the path to K2 Base Camp.

Services Included

  • Transportation: APV or Grand Cabin or Coaster
  • Accommodation: Hotels and Camps (3-4 Sharing)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner, and Refreshment
  • Jeep: Where Required
  • Entry Tickets: Where Applied
  • Professional Guide
  • Porters
  • Photography and Videography
  • Basic First Aid

Services Not Included

  • Twin Sharing - Extra Charges Applied
  • Extra Meals and Drinks
  • Personal Medication and Insurance
  • Extra Expense: Due to Unforeseen Circumstances
  • Anything Not Mentioned

What to Carry

  • CNIC / Passport
  • Raincoat
  • Sun Block
  • Cap / Hat
  • Sun Glasses
  • Hiking Stick
  • Backpack
  • Trekking Shoes
  • Warm Clothes: Upper, Jacket, Muffler etc.
  • Extras: Jeans, Shirts, Socks, Handkerchief etc.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Islamabad (Hotel)

  • Meet and Assist at Airport
  • Arrival at Rawalpindi/Islamabad Hotel
  • Briefing at Ministry of tourism Islamabad

Day 2 - Islamabad to Skardu (Hotel)

  • Flight from Rawalpindi to Skardu
  • If not possible to fly we will Travel by road same day (Travel Time 22—24 Hours)
  • Night Stay at Chilas Hotel
  • Next day Drive to Skardu

Day 3 - Skardu Stay (Hotel)

  • Skardu Hotel
  • Arrangement for Trek

Day 4 - Skardu to Askole (Camp)

  • Full day Jeep ride to Askole (The last inhabitance on the way)
  • Overnight in tents

Distance 96 Km, drive 07-08 Hours. Altitude 3050 M.

Note: The road to Askole comes undergoing rapid erosion and gets closed quite often. If unable to travel, we will walk to Askole on the same day or camp for overnight (subject to distance).

Day 5 - Askole to Korophone to Jhula (Camp)

  • Leave the last inhabited village
  • Rely on our Porters wo carry our food and equipments
  • Rock gap
  • Biafo glacier
  • Korofong Trek to the Dumurdo river
  • Jhula Bridge

Trekking Time: 03-04 Hours, Grade: Strenuous, Altitude: 3150 M

Day 6 - Jhula to Paiju (Camp)

  • Braldu River 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.

Trekking Time: 05-06 Hours, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3480 M

Day 7 - Paiju - Rest Day (Camp)

Rest & acclimatization day at Piaju.

Day 8 - Paiju to Urdukas (Camp)

  • Traverse the junction of Paiju
  • Baltoro Glaciers through crevasses & lunch below Liligo
  • 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.

Trekking Time: 06-07 Hours, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 4130 M

Day 9 - Urdukas to Goro-II (Camp)

  • 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.

Trekking Time: 06-07 Hours, Grade: Strenuous, Altitude: 4500 M

Day 10 - Goro-II to Concordia (Camp)

  • 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 20 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.

Trekking Time: 05 – 06 Hours, Grade: strenuous, Altitude: 4720 M

Day 11 - Concordia - Rest Day (Camp)

  • Members are free to explore K2 base (A day trip 6 Hours up 4 Hours down)
  • After an early breakfast, resume your walk to K2 Base Camp.

Trekking Time: 07 Hours, Grade: strenuous, Altitude: 4650 M

Day 12 - Concordia to Ali Camp (Camp)

  • Cross several side glaciers
  • 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 depends on the snow condition.

Trekking Time: 05-06 Hours, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 5000 M

Day 13 - Ali Camp to Gondogoro La to Khuspang (Camp)

  • 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 meters is that in the morning snow will be not be so soft and you will not get tired quickly as the sun is not strong, but when the sun get strong snow will get soft, snow going to be melt and bring water and stones, also the chance of ice falls or avalanches.

Trekking Time: 10 – 11 Hours, Grade: Strenuous, Altitude: 5700 M

Day 14 - Khuspang - Rest Day (Camp)

  • Rest day excursion at Khuspang.
  • In case of bad weather this day will be used to make another attempt.

Day 15 - Khuspang to Dalsangpa (Camp)

  • 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.
  • A beautiful campsite at about 4,150 meters, set between two lakes, with Masherbrum Mountain and the white glacier cascading down from Masherbrum Pass reflected in the still water.

Trekking Time: 05-06 Hours, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 4150 M

Day 16 - Dalsangpa to Shaicho (Camp)

  • Crossing Lateral moraine
  • Several sides stream
  • Stony, sliding glacier edge, with huge boulders poised above, ready to fall.
  • 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.
  • Trek along the Hushey river

Trekking Time: 06 – 07 Hours, Grade: Easy, Altitude: 3330M

Day 17 - Shaicho to Hushey (Hotel)

  • An easy day will bring you to Hushey village. Evening free. Overnight in tents.

Trekking Time: 02 – 04 Hours, Grade: Easy, Altitude: 3050M

Day 18 - Hushey to Skardu (Hotel)

Travel by Jeep to Skardu

Day 19 - Skardu to Islamabad (Hotel)

Early in the morning fly to Islamabad, if unable to fly same day drive to Gilgit. Overnight hotel.

Day 20 - Gilgit/Chilas to Islamabad (Hotel) - Optional

Arrival transfer to your hotel in Rawalpindi/Islamabad.

Day 21 - Islamabad to Airport

Fly to your own country with good memories from the land of colorful and beautiful Pakistan.

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 – 90% amount will be refunded if cancelled 7 days prior to tour.
 – 75% amount will be refunded if Cancelled 4-6 days Prior to tour.
 – 50% amount will be refunded if Cancelled 2-3 days Prior to tour.
 – No amount will be refunded if Cancelled in last 24 hours.

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