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Spantik Climbing Expedition

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Duration

30 days, 30 nights

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Group Size

16 people

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Overview

Spantik (7027m) is the most attainable 7,000 meter peak in the Karakoram. Spantik is so majestic and beautiful that the local people call it Queen Mountain. Conway named it as Golden Parri, which means Golden Fairy and some call it Pyramid Mountain too. The northwestern face on the Nagar side with its bright red color of golden pillar is called “Ghenish Chhish”, which in Brushaski (local language) means Golden Mountain. Ghinesh in Broshaski also means Queen. The dramatic approach along the Chogolungma Glacier passes through a variety of beautiful mountain surroundings, far from the regular trekking routes. Straightforward climbing leads to the summit of the mountain where clear weather conditions result in tremendous views in all directions. Most recently Spantik 7027 has been a favorite for climbers to training themselves for higher elevation. Lying to the south of the great Hispar glacier and standing above upper Chogolungma, Spantik offers an charming climb. The approach path to the beautiful campsites along the Chogolungma Glacier offers vistas of mountain scenery with innumerable high peaks. In the past few years this unknown peak became so popular that it now attracts 5 to 10 expeditions each year. Spantik lies in the Karakorum Range and its base camp can be reached in four days including one day for the jeep drive from Skardu. For about three days we will trek on and beside the Chogolungma glacier before we reach Spantik peak base camp at 4,100 meters. Spantik lies in between Nagar Valley, near Hunza and Arandu Valley in Baltistan. The normal South East route to Spantik is from Chogolungma Glacier in the Arandu Valley of Baltistan also known as Little Tibet. Among the 7000 meters high peaks, Spantik is the most beautiful and fascinating peak. Every year this mountain attracts dozens of adventure lovers from all over the World, from which 80% of them successfully climb this beautiful mountain. As with many high mountains, weather and snow conditions, and climbers’ personal fitness and acclimatization will determine whether the summit is reached. Although not technically difficult, Spantik Peak is a serious undertaking and requires extensive previous alpine or expedition experience.

There are two prominent ridges; South East and North West. South East is a long and demanding snow ridge with few sections of technical difficulty and little objective danger. This route was first climbed on July 5, 1955 by a party led by K. Kramer. The North West (Golden Pillar) is a massive combination of ice and rock.   The first successful summiteers on this route were the British climbers, Mick Fowler and Victor Saunders. Spantik is a truly Himalayan scale objective, but an ideal next step for those who have previously climbed a 6,000 meter trekking peaks, or for those preparing for an 8,000 meter expedition. Although technically easy but Spantik is for mountaineers who have the experience of climbing as independent roped parties on snow and glaciers and at least have been on some smaller peaks

Nickname(s): Golden Peak

Altitude: 7,027 meters (23,054 feet)

Basecamp Altitude: 4,600 meters

First Ascent: 1955

Departure Dates 

2019 Departures

May :  20th,

June :  20th

July :   20th,

August :  20th

2020 Departures

May :  20th,

June :  20th

July :   20th,

August :  20th

2021 Departures

May :  20th,

June :  20th

July :   20th,

August :  20th

Quick Facts:

Maximum Altitude: 7027 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.

 

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Excellent acclimatization walks in Basha valley
  • Ideal first Expedition 7000 peak with a non-technical ascent
  • Highly experienced local climbing guide supported by local experienced crew
  • Expedition includes acclimatization and cultural trek into the scenic Basha Valley
  • Have your luggage transferred each day so all you need to carry on trek is a small day sack.
  • Experience the warmest of welcomes and the generous hospitality of the local shepherds and farmers
  • Walk across some of Pakistan’s impressive suspension bridges
  • Relax in restorative natural hot springs
  • Dream trip can be.......Itinerary can be customized...
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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 Arindo

Today we rise early and view the beautiful sunrise against the backdrop of the Karakorm. 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 via Niali, Gulabpur before the road narrows to a mountain track junction of Basha and Braldu valley, from here we will move left where we will go side by side of Basha river to Arindo. Enroute visit Choutron hot spring and brief break at Gulabpur.



Distance: 96 Km Drive: 07-08 hrs. Altitude: 2770 M


Activities: Jeep Safari, Cultural Exploration
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 5: Trek to Chougho Bransga
Day 5:  Trek to Chougho Bransga

Today we leave the last inhabited village Arindo. 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 trek.

After an easy and scenic walk crossing Arindo rivers takes us snout of the Chogo-Lungma and we proceed to traverse the glacier trek continuously up the village. Excellent views of the Rong Kush Kun Peak to the south and numerous peaks and towers of the lower Chogo Lungma range.Our hike will take us along the glacier onto the lateral moraine. Within 5-6 hours, we should reach our first camp on the northern side of the Chogo Lungma Glacier, near the mountain pasture of Chogo Brangsa.

Walk: 05-06 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3324 M
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 6: Trek to Bolocho Camp

Resume trek, Today is the most pleasant day of trekking of a moderate trail and panoramic views through out the day. At Khuromal we have excellent towering views of Kapaltang Kun and the snowy pyramid Peaks. One will also be able to see Lila Peak and countless other peaks along the side of the Chogo Lungma Glacier and then cross a side glacier to Bolocho camp site.

Walk: 06-07 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3800 M
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 7: Trek to Spantik Base Camp
Day 7:  Trek to Spantik Base Camp

Resume trek, we’ll step foot onto the giant glacier already in the morning and move across crevasses and piles of rubble. We’ll spend the next hours on the glacier, from where we can enjoy the beautiful view of Spantik and many other photographic scenes. After 5-6 hours and some final exertions on the last steep slope, we can finally set up our base camp on a green shoulder below our ascent route.

Walk: 05-06 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 4350 M
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 8-9: Acclimatization/ Preparation

First Day in base camp or Organize equipment, short hikes & climbs for acclimatization. Depending well acclimatized my begin our first ‘rotation’ without using all two of these rest days.



Activities Acclimatization / Climbing
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 10-23: Climbing Days


We will set up three camps and secure short sections of the route with fixed ropes with the help of our porters. We will have plenty of time to climb.
Camp I: 5050m
Camp II: 5450m
Camp III: 6300m

Ascent Route: Our route starts technically easy with a steep ascent through a rocky area near our base camp. We’ll reach the crest of the first plateau, where we will set up camp I (5050m). We’ll follow the ridge up to a short, steep descent to another plateau where we will set up camp II (5450m). We’ll then climb another 200 meters along the ridge, before reaching the steep flanks of Spantik II, which will lead us up to camp III (6300m). Depending on the conditions, we will set up fixed ropes to provide maximum security. After Camp III, the route leads over wide snow fields. We will form roped parties up to the south ridge of the main summit. Along the ridge, we will we can climb to the summit (7027) in technically easy terrain.

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

Day 24: Departure Preparation

Organize Gear for departure

Activities: Departure preparation
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Day 25: Trek back to Chougo Brangsa

Rretrace back steps to Chogho Brangsa,j 3224m.

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

Day 26: Trek to Arindo

After an early breakfast,we will start early. We’ll take the same way back to Arando, which we should reach in 4-5 hours.

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

Day 27: Drive to Skardu
Day 27:  Drive to Skardu

A jeep journey along Basha River drive back to Skardu (6-7hrs). This afternoon, Skardu is yours to explore. The following day, depart Skardu back to next destination.


Drive: Distance: 130 Km, Ascent: 100 m, Descent: 1200 m
Time: 06-07 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 2220 M
07-08 hrs
Activities: Jeep Safari
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 28 Drive to Besham/Naran

Drive to Behsam or Naran. on Karakoram Highway which connects to Rawalpindi through the narrow gorge of the Indus River. The outcome is in the lap of the Gods, so we will be praying that they’re on our side! If we are able to fly down, 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. Back in Rawalpindi we enjoy a final evening meal usually taken at one of traditional food streets either in Islamabad or in Rawalpindi.


Walk: Distance: 5 km Ascent: 10 m, Descent: 510 m
Time: 08-09 hrs, Altitude: 2150 M

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

Day 29: Drive to Islamabad
Day 29:  Drive to Islamabad

Upon arrival transfer to your hotel in Rawalpindi. Evening sightseeing. If unable to fly on day 18th, this day will be use to transfer from Chilas to Islamabad by road.

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

Day 30: Transfer to Islamabad International Airport -Onward Flight
Day 30:  Transfer to Islamabad International Airport -Onward Flight

Transfer to Airport for onward flight

Activities: None
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: None

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

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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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