Highlights

  • See K2 and Broad peak from their base camps
  • Trek beneath and explore around K2, the Gasherbrums, Masherbrum, Broad Peak, Trango Tower, Cathedral Peaks, Mustagh Tower, Chogolisa amongst many others
  • Trek along the mighty Baltoro Glacier and reach Concordia
  • Cross the famous Gondogoro La (5,585m) pass
  • Experience the stunning mountain flight from Islamabad to Skardu

Overview

The K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro La Trek are among the world’s most renowned and challenging treks, located in the Karakoram Range of Pakistan. K2 Base Camp is situated at the foot of K2, the second-highest mountain in the world. Approximately 5,150 meters (16,896 feet) above sea level. Stunning views of K2 and surrounding peaks, including Broad Peak and Gasherbrum range. Gondogoro La Pass is a high mountain pass in the Karakoram Range. It reaches approximately 5,585 meters (18,324 feet) above sea level. The pass is challenging due to its altitude, steepness, and unpredictable weather conditions.

Remote and awe-inspiring, the Karakoram’s icy summits and vast glaciers offer outstanding opportunities for adventurous trekking. The Baltoro Glacier, stretching 62 kilometers, is Pakistan’s foremost trekking destination. Seven of the world’s twenty-five highest peaks loom over this glacier, while its lower expanses are encircled by some of the world’s tallest granite walls and spires.

Our itinerary allows for three days to explore the upper reaches of the Baltoro Glacier and immerse ourselves in the grandeur of this exceptional location. The pinnacle of this trek is the summit of Gondogoro La, reaching 5,650 meters. This challenging and technical route connects the high glacial basin of the upper Baltoro with the lush green Hushe Valley to the south. From the summit, one is rewarded with an awe-inspiring vista featuring four of the Karakoram’s towering 8,000-meter peaks nearby.

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Islamabad

    You will be met by a representative of Snowland at Islamabad airport and will be transferred to hotel for relaxation.

  • Day 2 - Fly to Skardu / Drive to Chilas

    a) Weather permitting, we take a spectacular flight to the high mountain region of Baltistan in the north east. On a clear day we should be able to see Nanga Parbat (8124m) and K2 (8611m) towering above all other mountains. (It is quite possible adverse weather in Islamabad or Skardu may affect our flight plans and make it necessary to drive by the Karakoram Highway to Skardu, a journey of approx two days).
    b) In case of cancellation of flight drive 10-12hrs by air conditioned coach/car to Chilas (480km) on the Karakoram highway.

  • Day 3 - Drive to Skardu from Chilas / Rest Day

    a) Preparations for our trek and depending on our time of arrival into Skardu, there may be time to visit the town and possibly an excursion to Kachura Lake situated at the edge of the valley. Skardu is the regional capital of Baltistan, lying at the edge of a broad floodplain that is the confluence of the Shyok, Indus and Basha Rivers.
    b) If we are driving the road journey today will be 7-8 hrs to Skardu (275km). On route are spectacular views of Nanga Parbat (8125m)

  • Day 4 - Drive to Askoli from Skardu

    Jeep drive. It takes about six hours to drive from Skardu to Askolie or near Askolie. The drive through the Braldu Gorge is guaranteed to knock your socks off

  • Day 5 - Trek to Jola from Askoli

    On the day of our first trek we will pass through the confluence of the Braldu and Dumordo Rivers where the infamous flying fox or 'jola' is located. It is still there, however a bridge has now been built making the passage much easier by jeep. In past years it was necessary to make a high traverse across a rocky face and descend steeply to the riverside of the Dumordo to gain the flying fox. There is now a safe and pleasant pathway above the river. It is this valley, fed by the Panmah Glacier that was once a passage between Baltistan and Yarkhand across the West Mustagh Pass (5370m) into China. Once across, we descend beside the river to the Braldu and then follow along its banks to our camp.

  • Day 6 - Trek to Paiyu

    The route is mainly at riverside throughout the day, switching up and down somewhat according to the level of erosion and water levels of the Braldu. The Masherbrum Group may be glimpsed to our right via the Xiangang Valley. The range is a vast array of peaks that extend almost the full length of the southern side of Baltoro. Walking conditions are hot and dry and care must be taken to prevent sunburn, especially when most members will have come from a southern winter! As we approach camp several small glacially fed rivulets flow down from the north and the first peaks of the Trango and Uli Biaho group appear on the distant ridgeline. The vast snout of the Baltoro glacier, the fourth longest in Pakistan, is also visible but it's hard to gather a sense of scale from here.

  • Day 7 - Rest Day

    Rest day. Wash up, relax, read, climb on a steep ridge behind the camp, sing and dance with the porters! Depending upon the size of the party, goats or a goat will be sacrificed and meat will be distributed to the porters as a form of thanksgiving and to bring us good luck on our next day’s walk on the Baltoro.

  • Day 8 - Trek to Khoburche from Paiyu

    Trek on Baltoro Glacier. Six to eight hours of walking. A tough day as we climb on the rocky moraines of the Baltoro, but the sight of Baltoro pinnacles and Paiyu Peak is astounding! An earlier alternative campsite is Liligo, but there is no water there. We will cross some gushing streams on the way.

  • Day 9 - Hike from Khoburche to Urdukus

    A short 4 hour plus walk on the rocky moraines and ablation valley of the Baltoro. We will cross couple of icy side glaciers on the way and may have our first sight of Broad Peak and the Gasherbrums. The historical campsite is located on a grassy slope high above the Baltoro and commands one of the most intense mountain views in this world. The campsite was prepared by the Duke of Abruzzi in the beginning of this century.

  • Day 10 - Trek from Urdukus to GORO II

    This is a tough day’s walk on the undulating Baltoro. However, the footing becomes easy as the rocks become smaller and smaller as we move up the Baltoro. It takes about 7 hours to get to Goro II. We walk right smack up the center moraine of the Baltoro. As Masherbrum emerges on the right, it takes our breath away and so does Gasherbrum IV right in front of us. Goro is a cold campsite! It has a great view of the Muztagh Tower.

  • Day 11 - Trek to Concordia

    A special day today as we trek into Concordia and enjoy our first views of K2 (weather permitting!). This location must be considered one of the world's most spectacular camps as it is totally surrounded by stunning peaks. As we leave Goro II, the Biange Glacier to the north provides a superb view up to Mustagh Tower (7284m), one of the most difficult mountains in the Karakoram to climb. The trail continues along fairly easy rolling slopes of moraine marked by cairns and then passes among ice towers or seracs as we approach the colliding glaciers at Concordia. Mitre Peak (6030m) rises to our right, with Golden Throne (Baltoro Kangri) (7312m) beside it, while the Gasherbrum Group is directly before us. The expanse of Broad Peak (8050m) is to the left and finally K2 (8611m) looms above the ridge towering over the Godwin Austen Glacier twelve kilometres away.

  • Day 12 - Trek to K2 Base Camp

    Our schedule is somewhat flexible according to the prevailing weather conditions and group preference. One of our objectives is to visit K2 Base Camp (approx 5150m) , a spectacular full day trip from camp. The most exciting day of this trek as you walk past Broad peak and get nearer to K-2 and arrive at the strip which is the most popular camping area for nearly all the expeditions to K-2. Here some of the top climbers of the world can be seen busy in preparations for the challenges ahead.

  • Day 13 - Hike to Vigne Glacier

    Today we trek for 5-6 hours on the Vigne Glacier with superb views of Chogolisa and Mitre Peak. Overnight will be spent at Ali camp just below the pass.

  • Day 14 - Ali Camp, Contingency Day

    Adverse weather conditions may prevent us from our ascent of the La, and it may be necessary to delay our crossing. Your guide will assess the weather, ice and snow conditions.

  • Day 15 - Gondogoro La Crossing

    8-10 hours, 930m ascent, 1260m descent. We must start very early in the morning (1am) for our crossing of the pass. After 4-5 hours of steep and strenuous ascent we gain the top to be rewarded with stunning views of K2, Broad Peak and the Gasherbrums. The lovely snow and granite knife edged peak of Laila (6200m), first climbed unofficially in 1987 by a British expedition and unofficially in 1996 by an Italian expedition, rises over the Gondogoro Glacier as we turn to descend. We descend 3-4 hrs to Xhuspang camp (4680m). Xhuspang is named for the turquoise (xhu) flowers which blanket this grassy place in summer.

  • Day 16 - Hike from Zhuspang to Shaiescho

    Continuing along the lateral moraine we descend to Shaiescho, a picturesque campsite nestled amongst tamarisks, wild roses and junipers set beside the river. There are views up to the Charakusa Valley towards K7 (6934m). Tonight there is the chance for song and dance as the porters are relaxed and happy with a successful crossing of the Gondogoro La trek behind them.

  • Day 17 - Hike to Hushe from Shaiescho

    Today is our final day of trekking in Pakistan. 3-4 hours of easy descent bring us to the village of Hushe. Nestled in the Hushe Valley it is the gateway for many expeditions travelling to Masherbrum, the Charakusa and Nangma valleys. Time permitting, we may have the option of a short climb to the top of a hillside on the edge of the village to gain unparalleled views of the mountain tops of the entire Baltoro.

  • Day 18 - Drive to Skardu from Hushe

    Drive back to Skardu, rest, and celebrate the successful trek

  • Day 19 - Fly to Islamabad or Drive to Chilas

    a) Weather permitting we will fly to Islamabad today, on arrival transfer to the Hotel for overnight.
    b) In case of flight cancellation it is necessary to drive to Chilas and overnight at the Chilas.

  • Day 20 - Rest Day / Cushion Day

    Extra 'cushion' day! *Note: Day 20 will be used as a 'cushion' day in case of delays in travel due to weather, route change, health, acclimatization issues during the trek, etc.

  • Day 21 - Fly Back to Home

    After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight

  • Visa invitation letter and supporting documents
  • Transportation: All road and airport transfers
  • Accommodation: Tourist Class hotel accommodation in Pakistan on twin sharing basis
  • Camp accommodation: Dome tents on twin sharing basis
  • Equipment: All necessary trekking and camping equipment such as Mess/Kitchen tents, mattresses, and cooking gear
  • Group Gear: Shared equipment for the group, such as ropes and communal gear.
  • Meals: Full-board meals during the trek, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Snacks including dry fruits and tea/coffee during the trek
  • Trekking permit and Waste Management Fee
  • Experienced Government Licensed trekking guide
  • Trek Support Staff: Cook, Assistants and Porters
  • Travel insurance of Trek Crew: Guide, Cook, Assistants and porters
  • 14 Kg baggage allowance during trekking
  • All Camping and bridge crossing Fees
  • Gondogoro Pass Crossing Fee
  • Satellite phone for emergencies
  • Storage service for baggage in Islamabad / Skardu
  • Free refills of boiled drinking water on the trek
  • Medical Kit: Basic medical supplies and a first aid kit.
  • Personal travel insurance, covering medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and other unforeseen events.
  • Pakistan Visa Fee (All Supporting documents will be provided)
  • Personal equipment (e.g. trekking shoes, down jacket, walking sticks etc)
  • Extra nights in Islamabad (hotel check in/out is 12pm) - additional USD 50 per night
  • Additional trek weight/baggage: USD 10 per kg
  • Early Windup/Return Costs (e.g. early return from trek due to any reason)
  • Costs due to Force Majure (e.g. earthquake, landslide, floods, etc)
  • Personal mountain equipment (crampon, mountaineering boot, ice axe, harness, two carabiners, helmet etc)
  • Tips/gratuities for guides, porters, staff etc
  • Miscellaneous (minibar, bottled water, phone calls, laundry, souvenir etc)
  • Lunch and Dinners at Hotels in Islamabad, Chilas and Skardu

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