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K2 Base Camp Gondogoro La Trek

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20 days, 20 nights

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Tour Type

Specific Tour

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Group Size

16 people

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Overview

Take on the adventure of a lifetime trekking to reach Concordia K2 base Camp and cross the Gondogoro La.

K2’s daunting summit soars so high that trekking to its base camp (5000m) is still an adventure of the highest

sort. K2 has traditionally been the ultimate goal for mountaineers. Today hard-core trekkers seek the challenge

of reaching the mountaineer’s Base Camp. Join Vertical Explorers on a 20-day K2 Base Camp Gondogoro La

Trek to Baltoro Concordia through some of the world’s most spectacular mountain scenery. With favorable

weather and trail, you will climb the 5485m Gondogoro La for an astounding view of 8000 m peak and many

other from a pass. Explore the mountains and valleys around the towering peak, rest in camps with the locals,

stay in villages set against soaring, jagged pinnacles, learn about the traditions and cultures of the famous Balti

culture and spend time in exotic villages. walk trails lined with stones, engraved with Tibetan prayers.You’ll

rest easy at night in camps knowing that our experienced, knowledgeable guides and porters are there to ensure

the safest, most enjoyable, most fascinating experience possible.

This is truly a trek for aficionados of tough, spectacular, high mountain trekking, led by expert guides and assisted

by support staff throughout, you’ll be greeted by locals who offer a fascinating glimpse of traditional rural life and

majestic views few ever experience.

Departure Dates 

2020 Departures

June :  20th,  25th

July :  1st,  5th,  10th,  15th,  20th,  25th

August : 1st,  5th,  10th,  15th,  20th,  25th

September : 1st,  10th, 15th, 20th, 25th

2021 Departures

June :  20th,  25th

July :  1st,  5th,  10th,  15th,  20th,  25th

August : 1st,  5th,  10th,  15th,  20th,  25th

September : 1st,  10th, 15th, 20th, 25th

Quick Facts:

Maximum Altitude: 5585 m

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Airport: Skardu, Pakistan

Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts and ends at Skardu.

ATM: Skardu Bazaar has the last ATM point.

Dates Price Status
Month Start Finish
June
Saturday, Thursday,
20th June, 2020 10th July, 2020 Ask Limited Availability
Thursday, Wednesday,
25th June, 2020 15th July, 2020 Ask Guaranteed
July Wednesday, Tuesday,
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5th  July, 2020 25th July, 2020 Ask Guaranteed
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10th July, 2020 30th July, 2020 Ask Guaranteed
Wednesday, Tuesday,
15th July, 2020 4th August, 2020 Ask Guaranteed
Monday, Sunday
20th July, 2020 9th August, 2020 Ask Guaranteed
Saturday, Friday,
25th July, 2020 14th August, 2020 Ask Guaranteed
August Saturday, Friday,
1st   August, 2020 21st August, 2020 Ask Guaranteed
Wednesday, Thursday,
5th  August, 2020 25th August, 2020 Ask Guaranteed
Monday, Sunday,
10th August, 2020 30th August, 2020 Ask Guaranteed
Saturday, Friday
15th August, 2020 4th September, 2020 Ask 1 more to guarantee
Thursday, Wednesday,
20th August, 2020 9th September, 2020 Ask Guaranteed
Tuesday, Monday,
25th August, 2020 14th September, 2020 Ask Available
September Tuesday, Monday,
1st September, 2020 21st September, 2020 Ask Guaranteed
Saturday, Friday,
5th September, 2020 25th September, 2020 Ask 1 more to guarantee
Thursday, Wednesday,
10th September, 2020 30th September, 2020 Ask Available
Tuesday, Monday,
15th September, 2020 5th October, 2020 Ask Available
Sunday, Saturday
20th September, 2020 10th October, 2020 Ask Available
Friday, Thursday
25th September, 2020 15th October, 2020 Ask Available

Best Time to travel to K2 Base Camp Gondogoro La Trek

Travelling to these giant base camps has its on-peak and off-peak seasons. For ordinary tourists, the golden season

to take a Mt. K2 tour would be in June to  October. At these times of the year, the skies are clearer, with very few

days where visibility is even slightly limited.

There is very little rain and snow, and daytime temperatures, while not the hottest in the year, are well above

freezing, and quite comfortable for trekking and touring the region. Although, you will still need some warm

clothes for the nights, which can still get quite cold.

However, tours to K2 can be arranged at any time of year, given an individuals’ unique preference. As long as

you are not a professional mountaineer with a particular time frame to summit the mountain, K2 Base Camp

welcomes you whenever you come.

Please consider which season you are travelling in and pack appropriately. All clothes should be lightweight, durable

and easily washable. Please do not bring any military or camouflage-style clothing as it can be dangerous to wear and

occasionally illegal. Nights can be cold, so it is a good idea to bring at least one pair of warm trousers or jeans plus

thinner sweaters / fleeces which you can layer.

In general, Trekking region is not as conservative as other regions, and you do not have to worry about keeping your

legs or shoulders covered on a day to day basis. However, when visiting religious sites, you will need to cover up.

We recommend having long trousers to cover up for this.

 

Basics Gear
Back pack & rain cover (50 – 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack + rain cover 20 – 30 ltr
Walking stick Advisable (At least one)
Head torch 1 No.
Water bottle/Hydration pack 2 bottles of one litre each
People who use hydration pack
1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter
Carry at least one thermos flask
Snacks Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
Personal Medical Kit Consult your doctor

 

Be comfy at the trek
T-shirts 2 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)
Fleece T-shirts 1 No.
Fleece jacket 1 No. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)
Down feather / Hollow fill jacket 1 No.
Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant) 1 Pair
Thermal inners (upper and lower) 1 Pair
Trek pants 2 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
Poncho 1 No.

 

Personal Utilities
Sunscreen cream SPF 30+ Hand sanitizer
Moisturizer Antibacterial powder
Toilet Paper & wipes Toothbrush and toothpaste
Lip balm Quick dry towel
Think about your head
Sun cap 1 No. (One that covers the neck as well)
Woolen cap 1 No.
Balaclava 1 No.
Neck-gaiters 1 No.
Sunglasses Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected.
      People who wear spectacles-
(A)- Use contact lenses.
(B)- Photo chromatic glasses.

 

Mind your step
Trekking shoes 1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)
Floaters/flip-flops 1 Pair (Optional)
Cotton socks 5 pairs
Woollen socks 3 pairs
Gaiters 1 Pair
Crampon 1 pair
Keep these handy
Waterproof gloves 1 Pair
Fleece/woolen gloves 1 Pair
WHAT TO EXPECT

This trek ( K2 Base Camp Gondogoro La Trek) has an activity level of maximum, and is designed for serious hikers

who are very fit and have experience hiking or trekking at high elevations. During our 14-day trek, we will hike 4 to

10 hours per day on moderate to steep grades, at elevations ranging from 9,318 feet to a maximum of 18,192 feet.

Some days will be rest days with optional hikes to properly acclimatize. Your trip leader will set a suitable pace to

minimize risk of altitude issues. Porters and pack animals will transport our gear.  This is a strenuous grade trek and

need well preparation.

Tips for K2 Base Camp Gondogoro La Trek

  • Bring enough money: There are no ATMs in valleys, so one is advised to carry enough money with them in case
  • of need for an emergency. And even for buy trekking equipments in Skardu. It is one of the best and cheapest place
  • to buy the same.
  • Mentally prepare yourself:As this is not an easy trek, you should prepare yourself mentally for the task that is
  • ahead of you. This means, be prepared for extreme weather conditions, All accommodation on the trek to K2 Base
  • Camp is in tents. There are limited options for showers lower down on the trail, if you decide to use them, however
  • , many people keep clean by using baby wipes and a bowl of warm water each day. The toilet situations can be difficult
  • at times, as in the camps they are generally not Western-style toilets, rather just a hole in the ground instead of a toilet
  • bowl.
  • What to Carry: Warm clothes, sun glasses, trekking boots, gloves, trekking stick, woolen caps among other trekking
  • equipments you want to carry. However, the most important thing to bring is a good pair of trekking shoes that you
  • have hiked in previously. Skardu is a great place to buy trekking clothes that are both cheap and of decent quality. If
  • you can bring your own sleeping bag otherwise you can rent one for about 3-4 $ a day.
  • Prepare for extreme weather: If it’s sunny you might be surprised at how warm it can get during the day. Most
  • trekkers wear t-shirts and shorts for the first few days while the elevation is still low. When the sun sets the temperatures
  • drop quick. Wear a warm hat while sleeping and take a Nalgene bottle filled with hot water and keep it in your sleeping
  • bag to stay warm.
  • Stay Hydrated:Make sure to drink plenty of water while on the trek. Do carry extra water bottles with you at all times.
  • Altitude Headaches:A headache can be one of the first signs of altitude problems.  Do carry suitable medications for
  • the same. Small headaches are common and should not stop you from trekking or worry you. However if it persists or
  • increases, it might be advisable to ascend or even trek down.
  • Avoid the Sun:Taking care of your skin and eyes are important. Sunburns happen much quicker at high elevation so
  • make sure to apply sunscreen a few times a day and wear a hat. Sunglasses are a must have and if you wear prescription
  • glasses it’s good to come to Pakistan with a pair of prescription sunglasses or at least clip-ons.
  • Dress in Layers: Layering allows you to easily regulate your body temperature and stay comfortable while trekking.
  • It’s even better if your layers have zippers so that you have even more control of your body temperature.
  • Bring a camera: This trek is one of the most beautiful Karakorum Treks. So much so, that one would want to stop at
  • every step and take pictures to make memories for life.
  • Bring Extra Batteries/Charging Packs:In the cold, your batteries will die much quicker than they do at home. This
  • holds true for basically every kind of electronic you’ll be using from phones to cameras to kindles. While some of the tea
  • houses allow you to charge things, they all charge you for it (some more than others). An easy way to avoid this is to bring
  • spare batteries and a portable charger.

The preparation before K2 Base Camp Gondogoro La Trek should be adequate. Beside some of the few obligatory items like

hiking boots, warm clothes, UV sun-block etc, there are a lot of things that you need to carry on your way ahead. A lot of stuff

that you might not have considered taking along are mentioned here; these things may seem unnecessary at first but would

enhance your trekking experience once you start your trip.

The Closest Airport to Concordia & K2 Base Camp

The closest airport to Concordia & K2 Base Camp is the airport in Skardu. This airport is a national airport, but,

there are no direct flights from anywhere except Islamabad to here, and even those are limited.

Almost all routes to Skardu require a layover in Islamabad, and often due to flight times, an overnight. Also,

flying in and out of this airport can be hair-raising, due to its geographical location high in the mountains.

Flights can only  depart  during the day when visibility is clear and the weather is favorable, so flight delays

and cancellations are common.

Fly to Islamabad

Flights to Islamabad International Airport in Islamabad operate regularly from many around the world

and it is easy to find direct flights. If you are coming from outside of Pakistan, you are definitely stopping in

Islamabad before heading to Skardu. You  will need to go through Immigration and Customs and will need to

retrieve your luggage even if your flight to Skardu is  immediately afterwards.

If your flight lands in Islamabad after 9 AM , you will need to spend the evening in Islamabad. We recommend

heading to the Islamabad city which takes about 35 minutes by taxi as there is no hotel close to airport.

From Islamabad to Skardu

From Islamabad, nonstop flights from Islamabad to Skardu cost anywhere from $100 to $200 and run every day

of the week. The flight is only 50 minutes long. We do recommend booking few weeks before departure as there is

a high demand  and low supply. They seem to cancel flights less often and have more options if you need to move

your flight.

Another way to get to Skardu from Islamabad is by the road. Hop on a bus from Rawalpindi Pirwadah

Bus station to Skardu, There are many buses leaving to Skardu each day on KKH.

 

From China.

Crossing Khunjerab Pass from Tashkurgan, China to Pakistan (From April to November –

Monday -Friday  except Holidays)

To do this crossing from China, you have to have your visa for Pakistan  in advance by online or through the

embassy consulate in your country. http://vepakistan.com/pakistan-visa-information/ you cannot get a Visa

in Tashkurgan or Kashgar for Pakistan.

Also, there is no stop to purchase food/snacks/drinks along the way (Tashkurgan to Sost); so ensure that you

take enough snacks /food/drink with you to last you this 4+hr drive You can to take a local bus to make this

crossing. You can take a private car, higher in prices to bus but smoother  and quicker. The bus that goes from

China to Pakistan is run by the Xinjiang Province Govt; whereas the bus from Pakistan to China is run by

NATCO, a Pakistani govt service. The bus tickets cannot be bought in advance. You can only purchase them on the

day of travel. The purchase of the  bus ticket and the start of the bus route for this border crossing bus is NOT at the

bus stop in Tashkurgan town. Instead, go to the  Customs/ Immigration building on the outskirts of Tashkurgan

(towards Pakistan, about 2km outside Tashkurgan downtown); and buy the tickets (RMB 225 each, cash) at the

small building at the far end of the parking lot of the Customs/Immigration  building.

The Bus is supposed to leave at 11:30AM Beijing time (9:30AM Uyghur time). However, the departure time can

be late as all travelers have to clear through Chinese Customs and Immigration.. you need to keep your luggage

with you, as the bus is not allowed to be loaded until it is cleared by Chinese Customs.

Note, There is a bathroom on the edge of the parking lot of the Customs building. Once you are

through Customs/Immigration formalities, you cannot go anywhere unescorted (since you have

officially left China). So bathroom visit here once you have cleared Customs/Immigration has to

be escorted to the bathroom at edge of the parking lot. No other restrooms are provided/

Once you board the bus and leave, there is one Chinese soldier will join the bus and escort it all the way to the

Khunjerab Pass Police border post. Along the way, there are multiple Chinese police posts where your passport

/visa will be checked. There are NO bathroom facilities on the way; jungle bathrooms are your only choice.

At the border, the bus simply crosses over into Pakistan without stopping on the Chinese side, crosses over from

right hand drive to left hand drive, and stops on the Pakistani side for a jungle bathroom break, and to take pictures.

In Pakistan, the Pakistan Customs/Immigration is in Sost, which is another 60+kms away. Along the way, you

have  to cross a Khunjerab National Park; for which foreigners are required to pay US$6 each (cash only, US$’s

only). Pakistani and Chinese nationals don’t pay anything. So make sure you have the cash on hand.

In Sost you need get clear through Pakistani Customs and Immigration. Foreigners have a separate line, and takes

much longer than Pakistanis and Chinese nationals. Make sure your Passport+ Visa are totally in order as they check

everything very carefully. We can arranged your pick up from here for the rest of trip in Pakistan.

If you want to travel your own,  you can take a mini bus/van during the day time to Hunza Aliabad, (approximately

takes 2 hours travel time) and from there another bus onward to Gilgit ((approximately takes 3 hours travel time)).

From Gilgit you can catch a van to reach Skardu during day time only which takes 5+ hours.

From India

Cross Wahga Border to Lahore and Islamabad by Bus:-

Take a taxi, rickshaw from Amritsar to Wahga Border. The ride takes 45 minutes to 1 hour to reach Wahga Indian

side. Cross the border by foot. (open from 10 am to 5 pm daily) Walk across the Border, After immigration at

Pakistan side Take a bus or Rickshaw on to Lahore city which takes around 1 hour. From Lahore there are many

buses leave for Islamabad after every 30 minutes. There is also train service from Lahore to Islamabad. From

Islamabad you can fly to Skardu or take a bus to reach Skardu.

Peshawar / Taxila City Tour

Experience the sights of Peshawar with a qualified English speaking guide. See some ancient sites nestled within the city,

places that have remained the same for centuries. But don’t just see them; get a valuable insight from a knowledgeable

local guide. You will be amazed. Peshawar has more surprises than you can imagine.

Luxury Hotel Upgrades

Islamabad has a few accommodation options. if you feel you would like to upgrade to luxury style, we can assist with

booking alternative hotels.

Pre-Acclimatization

Just a few hours drive from Skardu is the beautiful Deosai National Park at a height of 4500. We offer two

pre-acclimatisation trips to either the Deosai National Park or Thaley La Shiar. An ideal opportunity to pre-acclimatise

prior to your K2 Trek. Click on the image below for trek trip notes or contact our office for more information.

Kosre Gunge (6400m) Climbing

Add a privately guided climb of Kusre Gunge to your trip. A superb entry into Karakoram climbing, Kosre Gunge is mostly

non-technical with some basic snow climbing skills required to achieve the ascent.

Private Treks

We are also able to offer Privately Guided Treks where you have the services of a professional experienced guide as well as

your own porter support team to work exclusively with you on the trek to ensure your needs are best met. VE have been

fortunate to work with many privately guided groups over the years with exceptional results.

Why choose Vertical Explorers for your K2 Base Camp Gondogoro La Trek?

Responsible Travel Ethics

We operate following the best in “responsible” or “eco” travel ethics including Leave No Trace camping and many

other best practices that are sometimes forgotten about in the world of travel.

 

Rich Itinerary

Our itinerary is designed to visit many different points of interest, taking advantage of rock art sites, pioneer homesteads,

and natural wonders in the region we visit. You may only visit through these natural wonders once in your life and we

want to make sure you see the best that it has to offer.

 

Full-Service Camping

We are one of very few outfitters who have a cargo vehicle crew, that travel ahead to set up camp, including your tent and

a complete kitchen with tables and chairs. This means when you get to camp you’re free to explore – hike, relax under a

tree, rather than worry about the cumbersome setting up tents each night.

 

Luxury Camping

Our luxury-style camping includes all camping gear such as tents, sleeping bags and thick, self-inflating mattresses.

 

Guides Like No Others

Your trip is enriched by knowledgeable guides who share the regions’s cultural and natural history.

 

Highly Personal Service

We staff our trips with one guide for every 6-7 guests providing you the ultimate in personal attention.

 

Carefully Orchestrated

Our guides are divided into a “guest crew” and a “kitchen crew.” While the kitchen crew prepares dinner, our guest crew

is available to spend time with you, lead a hike, show you how to cast a fishing line or simply sit in the shade and visit. This

is a fundamental distinction between us and others.

 

Sharing Our Passion

Guides join you at all meals, sharing conversation and laughter at meal times and around the campfire.

 

Choice of Activities

We offer you a choice of like biking, fishing, rafting etc.

 

Your Security First

We carry satellite telephones on all trips – for emergency use only.

 

Ideal Logistics

Trip logistics are designed to maximize time on the sites of interests culture, history and nature, depending on the

length of trip.

 

Touch of Class

At the end of the trip we close the circle of friendship and celebration with a festive, hosted farewell dinner.

 

Easy Transportation

Shuttle from the Islamabad, Skardu Airport to the meeting point of the trip is included.

 

Easy for You

Pre- and Post-trip hotel reservations are handled by our competent office staff (hotel costs are not included in your

basic trip cost).

Custom Trips

Trips can be chartered for special occasions – bachelor / bachelorette parties, family reunions, all women/men groups, etc.

Unique and Exclusive Combination Ideas

You can combine your trek with a pre 2- or 3-days accalimatization trek or jeep safari – or post cultural visit to valleys,

sites and historical heritage sites.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • A spectacular trek up the Baltoro glacier, K2 BC, Trango Tower BC, Gashabrum I & II BC and over the challenging Ghondogoro la pass and down the beautiful Hushe valley.
  • Views of K2, Broad Peak, Mashabrum, GI & II, Trango Towers and Laila peak among many others!
  • With the high passes and the white misty glaciers, K2 Base Camp trek will give you an experience of a lifetime.
  • On this trek, you will trek to the foothills of the K2, the world’s 2nd highest mountain.
  • Get a chance to explore the amazing beauty of the Baltistan and learn about the people and their culture.
  • Guided by highly experienced professionals with the help of the best supporting staff available in Baltistan, having undergone on the job training over many seasons with us. They are highly experienced at catering to the needs of our members, and do a tremendous amount to contribute to the overall success and satisfaction of our groups.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Islamabad, Meet and Greet
Day 1:  Arrival in Islamabad, Meet and Greet

Welcome to Islamabad! You will be greeted by an English-speaking assistant at the airport after immigration and custom. The assistant will escort you to your hotel. We will have ample time for sightseeing and shopping in colorful old bazaars of Rawalpindi and new markets of Islamabad. We may also drive to the modern Faisal Mosque in Islamabad.

Drive: 40 minutes
Activities: Cultural exploration , Sightseeing
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2: Fly to Skardu /Drive to Chilas
Day 2:  Fly to Skardu /Drive to Chilas

We rise early to be at the airport in time for our flight to Skardu.

If the weather is good, we’ll be treated to one of the finest views available in the world of aviation, as we thread our way up the largest congregation of mountains of Karakoram, Hindukush, Himalaya and Indus River gorges, third longest in Asia and one of the deepest in the world.

To our east is K2 (2nd highest in the world and Nanga Parbat (killer mountain) and countless peaks and glaciers. It is sometime possible to catch a glimpse of K2 in the distant before our dramatic landing at Skardu. On arrival we are met by our local staff with jeeps and make the short transfer to the hotel.

SKARDU is the administrative capital of Baltistan and gateway to the high peaks of Northern Pakistan. We have some time to explore the town and enjoy the hustle and bustle in peak season of tourists here. Sightseeing in Skardu and surrounding areas during the day. For those seeking a good overview of Skardu, or a place from which to photograph the sunset, Kharfocho Fort is an ideal spot.

If the flight is unable to operate because of bad weather, we will resort to travel by road on Karakoram Highway (KKH) to Chilas. The drive is compensated by the beautiful scenery along the Karakoram highway and Indus gorges.

The journey on the Karakoram Highway is most exciting and thrilling. It is a monument to the engineering feast and one of the most spectacular roads and the world’s highest metalled border crossing. It connects Pakistan and China stretching over a distance of 1300km between Islamabad and Kashgar, winding through three mountain ranges and following the ancient Silk route along the Indus Valley to the Chinese border at Khunjerab Pass.

We pass through the historical town of Taxila, beautiful hill station of Abbottabad, quake affected lush green towns of Mansehra, Shinkiari and finally meet the great Indus on Thakot Bridge. From there onward the road snails along the bank of the Indus with contrasting landscape after every two kilometers.

We pass through Besham, Dassu, Komila and Shatial to arrive at Chilas with many rock carvings and inscriptions along the way left by Chinese pilgrims and ancient travelers of 5th century A.D. Chilas was on the ancient caravan trail over the Babusar Pass into India. The view after crossing the Rai kot Bridge of Nanga Parbat is without any parallel. Standing at around 1,000 m. you see a mountain which rises to above 8,000 m! This is the largest land escarpment in the world. This is also where the three greatest mountain ranges meet; Himalaya, Hindukush and Karakoram.


Flight: 45 Minutes

Drive: 10-12 hrs

Activities: Cultural exploration , Sightseeing, Hiking,Jeep Safari
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3: Skardu free day /Drive to Skardu
Day 3:  Skardu free day /Drive to Skardu

This day may be needed to complete the KKH road journey from Chilas to Skardu. Alternatively, leaving Skardu today will enable us to enjoy an extra day of trekking.

Drive:(Chilas to Skardu) 10-12 hrs.
Activities: Cultural exploration , Sightseeing, Hiking,Jeep Safari
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 4: Jeep to Askole
Day 4:  Jeep to Askole

Today we rise early and view the beautiful sunrise against the backdrop of the Karakoram. After breakfast drive to Shigar, a history-soaked medieval town. There is also a heritage Palace cum Fort (Fong khar ). Completely renovated by the AKCSP a few years back, the Palace and its suburbs reflects a medieval look. Here we will pay a brief visit to the Garden House, Royal room, museum handicraft shop and The Khanqah Moalla, famous for its uniquely carved wooden windows and meditation cells. Shigar retains a mystical, medieval aura that may leave you feeling like you have stepped through the looking glass.Then an exciting jeep journey takes us through the fields of the Shigar valley before the road narrows to a mountain track leading to the trail head at Askole, the last inhabitancy on our way to the great glaciers. Highest in the region, the stone & timber abodes contain dark & narrow stairwells raven by gloomy, unlit alleys cluster within the embrace of the fertile terraces.

Distance: 135 Km, Drive: 07-08 hrs. Altitude: 3050 M

Activities: Jeep Safari, Cultural Exploration
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 5: Trek to Jula
Day 5:  Trek to Jula

Today we leave the last inhabited village Askole. Porters are assembled to carry our luggage for the next section of the journey. 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. The Biafo Glacier is a huge river of ice 63 km long which descends from the central peaks of the Karakoram and flows east into the Braldu valley at a point about 10 km east of Askole. After two and a half hour trek a long and uphill walk over a steep ridge along the Dumordo river. descend at Jula, (wire rope bridge supported by a wooden basket) cross it and camp beside a torrent facing the Bakhordas peak.

Walk: Distance: 19 Km, Ascent: 300 m, Descent:290 m
Time: 06-07 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3120 M
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 6: Trek to Paiju
Day 6:  Trek to Paiju

Resume trek along the Braldu River to a green oasis under the shadows of Paiu Peak, the last grove of trees before the trail moves onto the glacier, 6611 M. Paiu – is a Balti dialect word that 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 Paiu 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.

Walk: Distance: 22 Km, Ascent: 580 m, Descent: 335 m
Time: 05-06 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3420 M
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 7: Trek to Kho Burse
Day 7:  Trek to Kho Burse

Today we resume trek with a gradual climb up Baltoro Glacier on the southern edge. After about two hours the path divides at the snout of Baltoro glacier where the left branch goes to the base camp of Trango Tower and the Serpo Lgo pass. Continue to the right climbing up on to the glacier that stretches up the valley, 62 km long and 2 km wide.
Further 2-3 hours steady climb on a long diagonal to the other side. Follow the southern edge to Liliwa and onward to Khuburse, a lovely walk for about 90 minutes to the campsite with clear water.


Walk: Distance: 15 Km, Ascent:750 m, Descent:290 m
Time: 06-07 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3800 M
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 8: Trek to Urdukas
Day 8:  Trek to Urdukas

Today morning we leave Kho-burse camp and walk mostly along the crest of lateral moraine towards Urdukas. This camp has superb views across the Baltoro Glacier to the Trango peaks, having view of Paiu Peak, Chorichi, Uli Biaho, Trango Tower and so on and is our last 'green grass' campsite.

Walk: Distance: 16 Km, Ascent:700 m, Descent:200 m
Time: 05-06 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 4130 M
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 9: Urdukas - Free Day
Day 9:  Urdukas - Free Day

This is the last campsite the main glacier, with very impressive views over the Baltoro and to the dramatic rock spires on the opposite on grassy slopes off side of the glacier. (Courtesy by Udom Peter) So based on our past experience rest day at Urdukus comes with the following advantages. Helps the acclimatization process and has proved to more effective than a rest day at Paiu. Can take a pleasant walk behind the campsite through grassy slopes full of alpine flowers. Climbing high & sleeping low is the best way to help the acclimatization process. Trek leader will lead a training session explaining in detail the techniques for crossing the Gondogoro La.

Walk: None
Activities: Rest /Training
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 10: Trek to Goro II
Day 10:  Trek to Goro II

A long walk on the icy Baltoro Glacier, Traveling on the glacier all the time now, it is an all day walk over the boulder-strewn glacier to the campsite at Goro. Traverse the Yermanandu Glacier which flows down from Masherbrum & joins the Baltoro. Masherbrum is visible on the right side of the glacier, and Mustagh Tower on the left. Gasherbrum IV and Broad Peak can be seen directly ahead, as they catch the evening sunlight.


Walk: Distance: 12 Km, Ascent: 335 m, Descent: 90 m
Time: 06-07 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 4300 M
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 11: Trek to Concordia
Day 11:  Trek to Concordia

Trekking to the campsite at Concordia, we pass through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world; 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 planet.


Walk: Distance: 12 Km, Ascent: 300 m, Descent: 90 m
Time: 05-06 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 4600 M
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 12: Trek to Broad peak /K2 Base camp & Return - Free Day
Day 12:  Trek to Broad peak /K2 Base camp & Return - Free Day

There is plenty of time to admire the scenery and find the best vantage points from which to take photographs of the surrounding peaks. Concordia, the confluence of five glaciers, offers unprecedented views of the Karakoram peaks. Within a radius of nine miles rise 41 peaks above 21,000 feet, almost half of them still unnamed and unclimbed. Some team members may wish to make the return journey to K2 Base Camp in a single day (10 hrs round trip). Some people might prefer to walk to Broad Peak Base Cam p rather than walk al the way to K2 Base Camp. Others may choose to explore base camps or just sit and watch K2 all day long and sip tea; or go to the other way towards the Gasherbrum peaks. The choice is yours! Overnight at Concordia in tents.

Walk: 10-12 hrs, Grade: Strenuous, Altitude: 4600 m
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile camp

Day 13: Trek to Ali Camp
Day 13:  Trek to Ali Camp

After an early breakfast leave the GashaBrum Base camp and we will cross several side glacier to reach our right path.It is also possible to walk on the Vigne glacier which is fairly easy then walking on the stony path on the right side of the glacier but it depends on the snow condition. Looking back gives an unusual view of the great Karakoram peaks: K2, Broad Peak and the Gasherbrums. The trail continues to 'Ali Camp' situated on a rocky site overlooking the long ridge running from Masherbrum to Chogolisa . We turn in early, as we have a midnight wake-up call for the departure over the Gondogoro La.

Walk: Distance: 14 Km, Ascent: 200 m, Descent:290 m
Time: 06-07 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 4900 M
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 14: Cross GHONDOGORO PASS- Khuspang
Day 14:  Cross GHONDOGORO PASS- Khuspang

Today our trek starts 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 soft and we will not get tired quickly as the sun is not strong, but as sun gets strong snow get soft, snow going to be melt and bring water and stones, also the chance of ice falls or avalanches. Today is one of the toughest and most challenging days of the trek, and although it is a long and tiring day, we are now well-acclimatized to the altitude. Our guides will fix ropes to safeguard this ascend and descend for both the porters and clients. Depending upon the snow and trail condition it may be necessary to rope up for the crossing of the glacier before getting to the base camp of pass. There are several sections with fixed ropes in place which can be used as a handrail. It is also best practice to clip a karabiner and sling onto the rope for safety.On the top to Gondogoro la you will find the most spectacular view on earth. From here you can see the K2, Broad Peak, G1, G2, Muztagh Tower and towards Hushe side you will find Laila peak, Ninchi peak and a lot more.


Important Note: Gondogoro La crossing is dependent on favorable weather and conditions on the trail to the pass. If it is not possible to safely ascend the pass the group will retrace steps back down the Baltoro glacier to Askole. If the prospects of safely crossing the pass are not good, Vertical Explorers guide will be obliged to make the decision to abort the crossing – and you must be prepared to accept it.

Based on our over a decade experience itinerary maximizes our chances of crossing the pass because: • everyone should be well acclimatized due to the gradual ascent on the trek and also from the careful monitoring of everyone’s acclimatization by using the pulse oximeter and a day training at Urdukus.


Walk: Distance: 10 Km, Ascent: 800 m, Descent: 900 m
Time: 09-12 hrs, Grade: Strenuous, Altitude: 4600 M
Activities: Trekking/Climbing
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 15: Khuspang - Free Day
Day 15:  Khuspang - Free Day

If bad weather hampers the crossing of pass on day13, this will give us another chance to cross the pass. Rest day or area excursion.


Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 16: Trek to Saicho
Day 16:  Trek to Saicho

After an easy walk we will come 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 meters, set between two lakes, with Masherbrum Mountain and the white glacier cascading down from Masherbrum Pass reflected in the still water. 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 down hill to the summer settlement called Saicho, a large shepherds settlement with its own mosque, now here you can find a hotel and a 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.

Walk: Distance: 18 Km, Ascent: 100 m, Descent: 1290 m
Time: 08-09 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3350 M
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 17: Trek to Hushe
Day 17:  Trek to Hushe

Early morning walk towards Hushe river on an easy path. Upon arrival camp near the fields in Hushe, with the huge peak of Masherbrum dominating the view to the north. At an altitude of over 3000 metres, Hushe is the highest village in the area and is the first habitation we will see when we reach the Hushe Valley.

Walk: Distance: 10 Km, Ascent: 10 m, Descent: 310 m
Time: 06-07 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3050 M
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 18: Drive to Skardu
Day 18:  Drive to Skardu

A jeep journey along narrow mountain roads passing small farming settlements leads first to Khapulo and then to Skardu (6-7hrs).


Drive: Distance: 130 Km, Ascent: 100 m, Descent: 600 m
Time: 06-07 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3120 M
07-08 hrs
Activities: Jeep Safari
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 19: Fly to Islamabad / Drive to Besham or Naran Kaghan valley
Day 19:  Fly to Islamabad / Drive to Besham or Naran Kaghan valley

After breakfast we will go for De-briefing at Ministry of Tourism in Skardu. Late morning fly to Islamabad. With clear skies we will be able to board a plane and be back at our hotel in Islamabad in 45 minutes. Today we will spend sightseeing around Islamabad and Rawalpindi. For those who want to escape the heat of the city a very pleasant excursion is up to the former British hill station at Murree. The faded remnants of the town’s colonial past can be seen in its gable-roofed buildings and small Anglican churchyard. This excursion is not included in the trip price but if any member of the group wish to make this journey a private vehicle and driver can be hired locally for a very modest sum.
If the weather is not so favorable and the flight doesn’t come, then we will have to drive the Karakoram Highway to Rawalpindi through the narrow gorge of the Rondu valley along Indus River to Karakoram Highway at Junction Point of three largest congregation of mountains(i.e Karakoram, Hindukush and Himalaya). After a brief stop here we leave on the Karakoram Highway on KKH to Chilas. From Chilas depending upon the road condition and preferrence, either continue on KKH to Besham in Indus Kohistan or to Naran Kaghan valley via Naran Chilas road via captivating and enthralling landscape of Babusar valley's zigzag road winding through terraced filed, fruit laden orchard and above Babusar pass at a height of 4145 m. The Valley extends for 155 km rising from an elevation of 2,134 meters to its highest point, the Babusar Pass, at 4,145 meters. Before Karakoram Highway was opened in 1978, the only road access to Gilgit was through Kaghan Valley. Kaghan valley is a very beautiful & attractive valley. That’s why it is called virtual paradise, unbelievably in pristine state and still unspoiled by the human. You’ll find the Himalayan peaks hidden with clouds or snow, somewhere you’ll find the beautiful fairy tale lakes, which will attract you toward them, and you might decide not to leave this at any cost.Take a rest at the pass enjoying the scenic beauty around before descending down to Lulusar lake.

Lulu Sar Lake which is wreathed in blue and gold wild flowers, and is the main source of river Kunhar. Near Gittidas is the 11,000 feet high Lulusar Lake out of which river Kunhar issues anew with redoubled strength to flow down the valley first as placid blue stream and then a roaring torrent until it joins the Jhelum. Lulusar has very enchanting beauty and its view remains in the mind of tourist for a long time. The is surrounded by snow capped hills whose purple and white forms are reflected in the green-blue waters of the silent lake, making it one of the most beautiful spots in the valley. Take a rest at Lulusar lake and drive down to Naran Kaghan stopping at Gittidas, Batakundi for scenic photo ops. These are numerous scenic places, sheer, snow capped mountains ascending from deep valleys, lush alpine meadows are carpeted by colorful wildflowers and dazzling fruits. Terraced villages dot this monumental terrain, supported by traditional farming methods and lifestyles that have changed little over the centuries.

Time: 1 hr by flight / 10-12 hrs by Road

Activities: Sightseeing, Jeep Safari or Air Safari
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 20: Sightseeing in Islamabad/ Drive to Islamabad
Day 20: Sightseeing in Islamabad/ Drive to Islamabad

Sightseeing or rest day in Islamabad. If unable to fly on previous day, this day will be use to transfer from Besham or Naran to Islamabad by road. in Case of by road travel, drive in the morning through natural beauty of Naran valley to Balakot. After a brief stop at Balakot, drive onward to Mansehra stopping at scenic points for photo ops and also in Manserha to visit Ashoka Rock Eddicts.

Mansehra Rock Edicts are fourteen edicts of the Mauryan emperor Ashoka, inscribed on rocks in Mansehra. The edicts are cut into three boulders and date back to 3rd century BC and they are written in the ancient Indic script of Gandhara culture, Kharosthi. The edicts mention aspects of Ashoka’s dharma. This site is World Heritage Sites tentative list.

After Manserha rock edicts visit, we will pass through the alpine scenery towards Islamabad.

Evening back to Islamabad, proceed to airport for onward flight.

Drive: 7-8 hrs

Activities: Cultural exploration , Sightseeing, Interaction with local

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Included/Exclude

  • check-1 Airport/road transfer in four-wheel sightseeing jeep/Car
  • check-1 All road transfers by chartered private vehicles.
  • check-1 Best tourist class hotels accommodation with ensuite bath (twin sharing basis)
  • check-1 Locally sourced fresh meals during trek including tea and coffee.
  • check-1 Morning bed tea on trek
  • check-1 Some supplementary snacks on trek
  • check-1 Evening fill of your water bottle with boiled drinking water.
  • check-1 Sleeping tents (twin sharing basis), mattresses, kitchen tents, mess tent with table and chairs.
  • check-1 Kitchen equipment, crockery, fuel, cooking, camping, cleaning and related gear.
  • check-1 Services of experienced professional English speaking guide, expert cook and low altitude porters.
  • check-1 Staff food, insurance and equipment
  • check-1 13 kg of personal baggage during trek.
  • check-1 Porterage at airport and hotels, toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • check-1 Central Karakoram National Park Entrance fee
  • check-1 Camping sites fee, Bridges crossing fee
  • check-1 Insurance of crew; i.e. guide, cook, porters/staff.
  • check-1 Safety rope and basic necessary gear.
  • check-1 First Aid Kit with necessary medicines
  • remove International airfare.
  • remove All meals in hotels.
  • remove Excess weight.
  • remove Excess days beyond the itinerary
  • remove Sleeping bags and personal nature clothing/equipment.
  • remove Extras at hotels like bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls.
  • remove Satellite phone with solar charger (can hire).
  • remove Insurance liability and other under force majeure conditions, medical aid and helicopter rescue coverage of members etc.
  • remove Hire of sleeping bags/gloves and down jackets.
  • remove Tips.
  • remove Airport and departure taxes.
  • remove Hotels- early check-in and late check-out.
  • remove Charges incurred due to delays beyond control of VE
  • remove Cost incurred from early leaving the trip.
  • remove Travel Insurance of member.
  • remove Visa.
  • remove Any other service not mentioned above.

Tour's Location

Ico_maps Created with Sketch. Skardu, Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan

FAQs

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How is Gilgit Baltistan as a destination? Which places can we see in winter?
Gilgit Gilgit Baltistan is a beautiful destination. So much so, that one should definitely plan a visit to this cold desert as a bucket list check box. With beautiful lakes and treks to offer, Gilgit Gilgit Baltistan is a must-visit place to go to. In winter, the temperature in Gilgit Gilgit Baltistan drops down severely and becomes even more picturesque. One can visit the frozen lakes, if not the Baltoro trek, one can do the trek on the Shigar, Khaplu valleys, visit Gilgit Gilgit Baltistani festivals that help you interact with the locals as well.
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How difficult is it to walk on the frozen Baltoro glacier?
This activity is largely famous among the avid travellers. The beauty of this region attracts a lot of visitors, but its harsh and deserted environment is quite demanding. On a Baltoro trek, you would meet the locals and understand their way of living in one of the most uninhabitable regions in the world. The Baltoro trek is an experience for the brave-hearted and thrill-seekers. The weather and terrain might shake your confidence, but if you can surpass that then the journey to this land will be the most enriching experience of your life.
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Can K2 base camp Baltoro be my first Trek?
Once you have acclimatized, you should not have any high altitude related problems on this trek. Next, the trek is not very rigorous. You do not have to be super fit to do this trek. This trek is all about preparing to deal with cold temperatures. If one’s physical stamina is equipped to do long walks and you’re reasonably fit, then you will enjoy the mesmerizing scenery during this trek, if not it can be prove to be a challenge. Keeping all this in mind, yes, Baltoro can be your first trek.
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Can trek leader / operator change the itinerary?
We usually love to stick to the regular plan. But we always keep a B-Plan ready! Yes, depending on the prevailing situation we can change the itinerary. However the date of trek completion will always coincide with the original itinerary. We should keep in mind that this trek is happening into the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your trek leader will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.
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Do you think i should bring some medicines along with me while on the trek?
Yes, it is always advisable that in any trek carry your own personal medication and basic first aid kit with you. No need to worry!
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What about medical facilities and doctor while on trek?
Our trek leaders are expert in first-aid and are aware of high attitude problems. We carry complete first-aid kit, oxygen cylinders, improvised stretchers,necessary medicines (relating to AMS) and extra team members with us may it be any contingency.
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Is drinking water safe during the trek?
Glacier water is naturally clean but for safe side we use boiled water and chlorine tablets in our camps, it is requested by all the participants to consult our outdoor team before filling up there water bottles during the trek. Hot water is made available for drinking while on the trek. Travelers should also carry chlorine tablets with them.
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Is it possible for me to store extra clothing that i will not need?
Yes, if you have a small bag of extra clothing for when you return from the trek, you will be able to store it safely in Islamabad or Skardu for the duration of the trek.
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What type of food is served during the trek? can you accommodate a vegetarian diet?
All of the meals served on Our trips are a combination of the best local and regional fares along with some specialty items. Lentils and rice is a common local dish. There will be a variety of hot and cold options for breakfast (porridge, cereal, eggs and bread). Dinners are a mix of pastas and dumplings, chicken, a variety of vegetables, soups and rice dishes. Lunches are often picnic style and various items for and fruit as well as hot tea are provided. Our cook staff is very accommodating to various dietary needs. Let us know before your trip of any dietary restrictions and we will be happy to accommodate your needs.
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How many trekkers will be sleeping in one tent?
We have three men tents but two people will be accommodating in one tent. Also it maintains the temperature required to have a warm and comfortable sleep in the night
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I am the solo female in trek, is it safe?
Yes, our first priority is to create a safe environment for all the trekkers, and a girls’safety is the foremost important thing for us. At the time of Rooms/Tents allotment the boys and girls are segregated in different accommodations. We always create a friendly environment between trekker's and other supporting staffs are carefully chosen for your trips keeping all safety measures in mind. But we would also advise you to take care of your own personal belongings.
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Which type of shoes should i use?
Trekking shoes is one of the most important things needed in any trek, so you have to be very careful before buying it. Recommended only high-ankle and waterproof shoes which are branded and are specifically designed for trekking purposes.Quechua, Zamberlan, Lafuma, Conquest and The North Face are some high quality brands dealing in High Altitude trekking shoes
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Do we need a walking stick on baltoro trek?
The choice is yours if you want a walking stick or not. But it is always more comfortable with a trekking pole. Also a trekking pole will help you make firm steps and help you grip on slippery grounds.
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What do i need to bring?
What do i need to bring?
A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your trip will be sent to you in a dossier. Every year, after assessing feedback from our clients and guides, we review and update our lists so they are as complete and up-to-date as possible. Every list has a description of each item, however feel free to call us if you have questions or need help locating any of the items on the list. It is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.
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Will my trip have an equipment check?
Typically, we don’t have equipment checks for international trips until you are in-country, and you can’t always count on finding an outdoor supplier in Skardu during the days just before a trip begins that has what you need. Therefore, it’s extremely important you follow the equipment list guidelines and bring every item on the list. If you have any questions concerning any of the items mentioned in the equipment list, please contact us.
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Can i rent my gear through Vertical Explorers?
We may be able to procure some items in Skardu. Call us for specific information regarding your trip.
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How heavy will my pack be?
Your K2 Base Camp Trek will be a fully supported trek with porters and pack animals. You will be carrying a daypack on trekking days, which would contain snacks, camera, water and extra clothing.
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What is the average temperature during the trek to k2 base camp?
The trips get progressively warmer from March through May. Day time temperatures can be in the 25 to 30s (Celsius scale) when the weather is calm and clear. Night time temperatures at the higher elevations may be below freezing upto -20 Cs, especially if the weather is windy. You might expect a little bit of snow at the higher elevations and temperatures in the 20s. Temperatures during the fall season are a bit colder and you may see more snow near the trail.
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Can i request single accommodations?
All accommodations are based on double or triple occupancy. If you are traveling solo and wish to share accommodations, we will pair you with another traveler of same gender. Singles are available in Skardu. If you request single accommodations or a roommate cannot be assigned, you will be responsible for paying the single supplement fee.
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Can we customize trips?
We loves to customize personal trips -- for you, your friends, or organization. Our published land costs are typically based on number of individuals, so the number in your party may affect your land costs. Just give us a call/contact us and let us know what you're interested in, and we'll do our best to Make It Happen.
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What if i want to arrive earlier or depart later than the trip dates?
We are happy to help you arrange accommodations before and after your trip. Our area directors can recommend side excursions and restaurants for the extra time.

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Who will be picking me up and where?
Our guide or representative will pick you up at the airport on the scheduled arrival date. We can help you arrange accommodations if you arrive earlier, and we are happy to make suggestions for transportation, restaurants and sightseeing.
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Who will my guide be?
All of our guides are highly skilled experienced professionals who have been selected based on their careful judgment, local knowledge, understanding of our client's needs, patience and supportive guiding styles, and great personalities. In addition to their impressive personal achievements in the field, our guides bring a wealth of natural history, cultural anthropology and linguistic knowledge for their group's enlightenment. Our international guides and staff surpass the needs of our clientele and make the trip enjoyable beyond expectations.
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what if someone on my trip feels sick or wants to stop?
During a trek, if someone becomes ill or feels that they do not wish to go any farther, the guides decide whether the person requires an escort for descent (by a local staff or assistant guide) or if he or she can stay put until the group returns.
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Should I tip my guide?
Tipping is always a personal choice, but is greatly appreciated by your guides. Check your departure packet for details.
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Will i be able to interact with the locals on the trek?
Absolutely! Our recognizes our trips as physical, scenic, and cultural odysseys into these landlocked regions, and so we encourage you to interact with the locals. Our guides are experienced in the proper cultural courtesies and will be able to advise you along the way regarding these considerations.
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Reserving a trip: how quickly do the trips fill up?
There is no way to know how quickly our trips are going to fill up. Many of our trips fill up months in advance. So send in your application and a deposit as soon as you have decided which trip date you want.

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How do i sign up for a trip?
You can sign up for the trip directly on our website. To secure your place on this trip, please click on the BOOK NOW button at the side of the page, or the dates tab to the right. You will also need to have the below information to hand:
• Name as per Passport
• Home Address
• Email Address
• Telephone Number
• Date of Birth

Before you embark on your trip, it is essential that we receive your passport, travel insurance, next of kin, medical details and dietary requirements (if applicable). If you have any medical conditions to declare or are over the age of 65, you will be required to complete a medical declaration form, signed and stamped by your GP. If you don’t have all this information to hand, you can still register your place today, and then re-log into the form before you depart by using your email address and the password you create upon registration.
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What is the deposit amount to hold my space?
US$300 for scheduled trips. An application alone won’t reserve a space.
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What happens if VE has to cancel my trip?
If we cancels a trip due to any reason, you will receive a full refund.
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Do i need to purchase trip insurance or evacuation insurance?
We highly recommends the purchasing of trip cancellation, travel insurance and medical evacuation policies. Once we have received your application and have confirmed your spot on a trip, we will send you information about the various types of insurance and insurance companies we would recommend.
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How shall I get in shape for my K2 trek?
Being in good cardiovascular shape is the key. We encourage you to walk steps and stairs each day as the best conditioning before you depart. If you work out at a gym, focus on the StairMaster although walking actual stairways is probably more effective for your overall training.

For those of you who are already in great shape – trail runners, marathoners and triathletes – you should know that while you’re in great shape physically, you won’t have much advantage to those in your group who aren’t when it comes to acclimatization. You won’t be able to ascend any faster than the group. Whatever your level of fitness, you should adopt the mantra: Trekking is about the journey not the destination… and remember that we take it slowly to properly acclimatize. Read more about How to get fit for a trek?
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What is a typical day like?
A normal day starts with your guide knocking at your door at around 6:00 am in the morning. The breakfast served in the dining tent is usually at 7:00 am allowing you enough time to wash up and pack up. The trek normally begins at 8:00 am. You will be accompanied by your guide and a porter. In average, 3-4 hours of walking is covered before lunch. Lunch will be at a tent en-route. After lunch, normally 3 more hours are covered before reaching the destination of the day. Dinner in the dinning tent is around 7:00 pm before retiring for the night.Acclimatization days are built in along the way where we stay at the same place for an extra night. During this day, you are welcome to explore side hikes.
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Who will I be traveling with?
We have taken trekkers ranging in age from 18 to 78 as high as Gondogoro La (5585m). Our trekking groups are limited to a maximum of 12 members to guarantee quality and personalized service. Small group travel fosters intimacy with the local cultures and the land and ensures quality for each trip member. Our guests come from a remarkable cross-section, ranging from full-time students to physicians, business executives, computer programmers, stay-at-home moms (and dads), writers, etc. In addition, your trekking entourage includes a staff which will number approximately 1:6 . Along the way, your trekking staff will introduce you to their family and friends putting you on a first name basis with tea shop owners, traders, porters, farmers, schoolteachers, and curious children.
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Is it safe to travel in the Karakorum region?
The incidence of personal violent crime is certainly almost none despite sensational headlines and occasional saber rattling. The Karakorum region is known for centuries of peaceful coexistence.

The incidence of personal violent crime is certainly almost none than in anywhere in the world despite sensational headlines and occasional saber rattling. The Karakorum region is known for centuries of peaceful coexistence.

we have continued to operate trips in the region each year and we are confident that these regions remains one of the most beautiful, compelling and welcoming places on earth.
The major concentrations of troubles are in the western parts of Pakistan and 100s of miles to the Islamabad. Their major concentrations are in areas which have had little or no tourism (investment, hard currency, etc) which is one of the reasons that their message has played well in these very poor districts. By comparison, the K2 Region is a very well and worldly part of Pakistan.
That said, whenever you travel in Pakistan (or anywhere in the world for that matter), you should definitely use personal caution. We avoid any known dangerous situations. We monitor political situations posted by the government Office and ground reports from our staff and network of contacts. As when traveling in any region, make sure to keep an eye on your possessions and take certain common-sense measures to prevent theft or dangerous situations.
The first rule of trekking K2 Base Camp is to step to the wall side when you meet a mule, since otherwise you can be knocked off the edge.
The main danger for most people doing the straight-in, straight-out route is altitude sickness(AKA Acute Mountain Sickness or AMS). For most people, this can be avoided by sleeping no more than 300 metres higher than you did the night before and taking an acclimatisation day every 1000 metres. Serious AMS is more common in folk doing group tours than in independent trekkers.
Other common injuries are twisted ankles and sprains. Rock falls, moraine and glacier crossings add significant risk to longer treks involving crossing high passes such as the Gondogoro-La. As always, it’s unwise to trek solo in case you fall and can’t extricate yourself: Do note, that it is illegal to trek solo.
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What happens if I get Mountain Sickness?
Most people report that they have some mild symptoms of Mountain Sickness ranging from headache to sleep apnea to loss of appetite above 12-14,000 feet. While these symptoms are not of great concern, they are monitored closely by the Expedition Manager and staff. If symptoms become more serious, there are two options:

Descend to a lower elevation – possibly resuming the trek once symptoms subside.
or airlift.
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Food — What snacks you’d recommend bringing?
For snacks, we recommend chocolate, chocolate bars, dried fruit bars and dried fruit which are readily available in Skardu, but Cliff bars, Power bars and the like are not usually available.
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Do you recommend bringing my own sleeping bag and trekking poles?
Sleeping bags can be hired at US$ 3.50 per day basis. However, in terms of hygiene, we recommend the guests to bring their own sleeping bags. Trekking poles can be hired in Skardu, but the cost will be the same as that of buying a new one.
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What do you recommend for med evacuation?
Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents. This includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs. In worst cases, we can evacuate / rescue you via helicopter, but this can be very expensive without travel insurance.
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What is the recommended age and denomination of USD bills?
There is no specific age of USD bills, however, we recommend the guests to carry new crisp bills when traveling. All denominations are acceptable, however, it is easier if you have smaller denominations of 5’s, 10’s and 20’s.
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Can i drink the tap water ?
Pakistani tap water is not safe to drink. Bring water purifying tablets or a water purifying stickto save money and the environment. Note that at higher elevations during the coldest times of year the water will freeze, so you’ll need to use boiled water.Buy a decent thermos flask or plastic water container, so that you can top up with hot, boiled water at the beginning of the day – starting with hot water will stop it freezing.
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Will My Travel Insurance Cover Me for the K2 Base Camp Trek?
Check the terms and conditions of your travel insurance very carefully before embarking on the K2 Base Camp trek – the elevations involved are above 5000m, and many companies simply will not cover you at that level. World Nomads offers cover for trekking up to 6000m on recognised routes like K2 Base Camp and the gondogoro and hispar Passes.
You should also ensure you are covered for helicopter evacuation from the mountains in emergencies, while mountaineers should arrange cover with their specialist mountaineering association at home before they travel.
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can I extend my trip ?
Yes – why not stay on and explore more of what Pakistan has to offer! We can request with to change your return date with the airline. Places are limited and all arrangements are subject to availability.
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How is VE able to offer such competitive prices?
Our unique style of off the beaten track, face-to-face travel is the only way to really experience a destination, but it also serves to keep the costs down. We spend your money providing an authentic experience, instead of on lavish hotels and expensive western-style meals. We pass these savings on to you with our low prices. Another thing you'll notice are the inclusions. While we don't include everything, we do throw in the major highlights of a destination, the things that everyone goes to see. On every trip page we show you the 'Included Highlights' of your trip, things that many other companies charge locally for. We leave many other activities as options, to provide you the freedom and flexibility to choose what you want to do on a daily basis.

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