Incredible Five 8000m Base Camps Trek

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Group Size

16 people



About this tour

Rich Culture

Go on culture exploration adventures

Top of the world

Enjoy spectacular views as you summit peaks

Splash out

Explore remote lakes, waterfalls by foot

On foot

Head for the hills and visit mountain villages

Delicious Food

Enjoy the rich flavours and spices

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  • Sightseeing of Skardu and Satpara lake
  • Trek beneath and explore around K2, the Gasherbrums, Masherbrum, Broad Peak, Trango Tower, Cathedral Peaks, Mustagh Tower, Chogolisa amongst many others
  • Trek along the mighty Baltoro Glacier and reach Concordia
  • Cross the famous Gondogoro La (5,625m) pass
  • Relax and enjoy the lush green serene plateau of the Fairy Meadows
  • One of the world’s top 5 treks
  • Picturesque valleys of Shigar, Skardu, Khapulu and Hushe
  • Concordia and the Baltoro Glacier
  • Balti Porter Culture
  • Fully supported camping based trek including 3 hearty fresh meals per day prepared by our cook.
  • Visit K2 & Broad Peak Base Camps.
  • Ample acclimatization days built in

Nestled amidst the majestic Himalayas, the Nanga Parbat-K2 Base Camps and Gondogoro La Trek beckon intrepid souls to embark on an extraordinary odyssey through the world’s highest peaks. This remarkable journey transcends mere exploration; it is a profound immersion into the awe-inspiring beauty of nature and a test of mettle against formidable heights.

Embarking on the Nanga Parbat-K2 Base Camps and Gondogoro La Trek is an exhilarating venture that promises to weave unforgettable tapestries of splendor and excitement. Towering summits, expansive glaciers, and an unrivaled alpine vista await adventurers in search of the ultimate trekking escapade.

Commencing from Skardu, the gateway to these colossal peaks, the trek unfolds amidst the breathtaking grandeur of Nanga Parbat, standing proudly as the world’s ninth-highest mountain. As you traverse through this mesmerizing landscape, the trail leads to the iconic K2 Base Camps, where the sheer magnitude of the world’s second-highest peak leaves trekkers spellbound.

The pinnacle of this expedition is the Gondogoro La Pass, a high-altitude traverse that unveils panoramic vistas of four of the world’s fourteen 8,000-meter peaks. This demanding ascent rewards trekkers with an unparalleled vantage point, fostering a profound sense of triumph and connection with the Himalayan giants.

Beyond the physical challenges lie enriching cultural encounters, offering glimpses into the warm hospitality of local communities along the way. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the Balti people, delving into their rich traditions and finding solace in picturesque mountain villages—a harmonious blend of adventure and cultural immersion awaits those who dare to embrace this unparalleled trekking experience.

Embark on a thrilling journey through the fabled Karakoram region, where each step reveals awe-inspiring landscapes and unmatched panoramas. Our Karakoram Trek to Five 8000m Base Camps offers an unparalleled adventure that spans diverse terrains and tests your mettle against challenging altitudes.

Beginning with a familiar path, the terrain gradually shifts, presenting a blend of rugged and uneven surfaces. As you ascend from Broad Peak base camp toward K2 base camp, the scenery transforms into icy expanses. Surprisingly, crampons are often unnecessary thanks to the glacial silt providing ample traction on the ice.

While the trek doesn’t involve rock climbing or technical mountaineering, a significant highlight awaits with the ascent to Gondogoro La Pass. This segment presents a unique challenge, requiring robust boots capable of accommodating crampons. Participants can opt for walking poles equipped with snow baskets to enhance stability.

Before tackling the pass, thorough training in essential equipment like walking axes and crampons ensures readiness for the journey ahead. For added safety, fixed lines act as guiding rails, with the option to rope up with guides for extra reassurance.

Covering almost 175 kilometers, this expedition offers a shorter yet more demanding route compared to the standard K2 trek. Prepare for multiple days of strenuous trekking, often lasting 7 to 8 hours, with some segments requiring over 10 hours of crampon-assisted trekking at high altitudes.

With a strategic approach to acclimatization, the itinerary includes overnight stays at crucial base camps like Broad Peak, K2, and Gasherbrum I & II. Immerse yourself in off-the-beaten-path experiences before conquering the formidable Gondogoro La Pass.

Walking poles provide added comfort and support, especially for those with knee concerns or personal preferences. While the trail remains discernible, ensuring you have the right equipment and readiness for multi-day excursions is paramount.

Weather conditions fluctuate from scorching daytime temperatures reaching up to 20°C to chilly evenings averaging 5°C, with the chance of snow at higher elevations. Windy stretches, particularly over the pass, can lead to a wind chill as low as -10°C, underscoring the importance of layered clothing and windproof outerwear.

Join us as we traverse the legendary trails of the Karakoram, where each step embodies the essence of adventure and the majesty of nature’s grandeur.

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Trip Information

Trip Information

Embarking on this trek requires physical readiness, altitude acclimatization, and adherence to permit regulations. With proper preparation and guided support, trekkers can navigate the challenging terrain and enjoy the breathtaking vistas along the legendary trek route.

Difficulty Level Assessment

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Trek Difficulty

  1. Physical Endurance:
  • Trekking involves 6-7 hours of daily hiking over many days.
  • Prior physical conditioning for endurance is crucial.
  1. Altitude Challenge:
  • Oxygen levels decrease significantly, affecting exertion.
  • Adequate pre-trek training and gradual pace are essential.
  • Acute Mountain Sickness is a serious concern.

Altitude Overview

  • Starting altitude: Skardu (approx. 2200m)
  • Final altitude: K2 Base Camp (approx. 5,58500m)
  • Altitude-related illnesses pose risks; gradual ascent recommended.

Trek Requirements

Guide & Permit:

  • Trekking with a government of Pakistan accredited licensed guide with a Pakistan based company is mandatory.
  • All trekkers require permits from Government of Pakistan through an accredited Pakistan based trek operator. 


  1. Guide Support:
  • Guides manage logistics, directions, and campsite arrangements.
  • Essential for navigating challenging terrains and ensuring safety.
  1. Accommodation:
  • Hotels in Islamabad and Skardu provide comfortable stays.
  • Camping along the trail; camps at campsites and our supporting teams manages equipment.
  • Each night spent in scenic tent campsites, no lodges available.
  1. Food & Hydration:
  • Nutritious locally sourced fresh meals provided during trek; dietary restrictions accommodated.
  • Hydration crucial; ample water intake and electrolyte replenishment advised.
  1. Health & Safety:
  • Comprehensive medical kit carried by guides; basic first aid available.
  • Trekkers advised to carry personal medication and travel insurance.
  • Altitude sickness precautions, including ascent rate monitoring.
  1. Other Essentials:
  • Adequate clothing for varying temperatures; layering recommended.
  • High-quality trekking gear, including sturdy footwear and trekking poles.
  • Respect for local customs and environment; Leave No Trace principles.


On this trip you will be visiting a remote and isolated region and committing to a long trekking program. You will be walking on difficult terrain on a gradual high altitude and this will place a huge strain on your body. As well as the rigors of the walking, spending an extended period of time sleeping in a tent for 14 nights will add to your fatigue. You will be trekking to altitudes up to 5200m. To participate in this trip it is essential that you have past experience of altitude and mountainous trekking. You must be in good physical shape with high levels of determination and an understanding that this trek will be demanding.  In the three to six months before departure you should undergo a training program with special emphasis on endurance training. If you have any questions about your suitability for this trip please do not hesitate to contact us.


During your trek this trip is full board and our cook will provide you with three fresh meals per day and snacks for while you are trekking. The food in Baltistan is mainly Pakistani in style with curries, flat breads, rice and lentils featuring highly on any menu. The food is fragrant and rich in flavours but not necessarily spicy! Breakfasts and dinners are provided at camp and your cook will provide you with a picnic lunch at lunch stop. 

Vegetarians and vegans are very well catered for here and there is a good understanding of dietary requirements. 

During the trip your supporting team will boil water at each camping spot and keep it in a fresh container for you to drink once it has cooled. This will be accessible each evening and morning for you to fill up water bottles or hydration bladders. You may wish to carry a water purification system such as a filter or tablets to treat water from natural springs or villages whilst trekking. There are plenty of places to refill your water bottles both in towns and in remote mountain areas, your guide will advise you when and where to refill.


In Cities: On most K2 Base Camp Treks, you will be traveling from Islamabad to Skardu first. Here you will typically stay in 2-3-4 star hotels or guest houses depending upon the chosen package.  Power cuts and internet outages are common in Gilgit Baltistan and you should be prepared for the possibility of this.

During the trek you will have a 3 man tent to share with one other person in your group. You will be provided with a foam camping mattress to sleep on and should bring your own sleeping bag with a comfort rating of -20 degrees centigrade. We will also provide a large dining tent with a table and chairs that is used for taking meals but also as a communal space to relax in the evenings. Hot water in a bowl can be provided by your support team so you can have a wash in the evenings.  The camp is setup and taken down each day by our local support team and porters teams are used to transport all the equipment along the trekking route.

On Trail:

During your trek, you will stay in campsites along the trails. The porters will take care of all the camping equipment. Comfortable members tent, mattresses, mess tent, kitchen tent, store tent, shower tent, toilet tent, table, chairs & kitchen utensils are coming along on your way to the K2 Base Camp.

On this legendary trek, you will spend most of your nights in a tent. There is hardly any infrastructure on the route to K2 Base Camp and that makes this trek an adventure for the intrepid trekker.

Each night you will camp at an incredibly scenic campsite with views of 7000m and 8000m peaks visible. On the K2 Base Camp Trek you won’t find any teahouses, lodge other comfortable places to stay.

Camping arrangements

During the trek to K2 and back trekking groups stop off at a series of seasonal camps, set apart at intervals with reasonable elevation gains. All accommodation along the K2 Base Camp Trek is in tents, which the porters carry, set up, and break down daily.


Depending on the time of year, a group will have to share the campsite with two or three other groups. This means that including guests, guides, porters, cooks, and pack animals a campsite could host more than 150 people at any one time.

Camps environment

Camps take on a sort of festival atmosphere. People mingle about, sipping steaming cups of chai. Sometimes the porter teams join forces for a rowdy night of singing and dancing. If you don’t mind being around people in the middle of a remote mountain range, then you will love the camaraderie.

At the lower elevations, these fixed camps have individual toilet “cubicles”, and always have a source of running water. At the higher camps, the cooking teams forage for the clearest glacier water they can find.


The toilet situation is something a lot of our guests want to know about! On the trek itself, toilets at the campsites will be very basic with a hole in the ground covered by a small toilet tent for privacy and on route this will be a case of finding somewhere hidden, off the path and going wild. We can guarantee it will be the most scenic toilet break you’ve ever had!


Our airport transfers will be a well maintained local car. A member of our team will greet you at the airport and travel in the car with you.

All our group transfers between locations will be taken in a privatised vehicle.


For the full duration of your trip you will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking guide. During the trek, your guide will be assisted by our local support team which will include an assistant guide, driver, cook and porters.


You will need to arrive at Islamabad International Airport, Airport code (code ISB) on day 1 of your itinerary. If you would prefer to arrive a few days earlier, we would be happy to book additional hotel accommodation for you on request.

In order to reach Skardu, it is necessary to fly first to Islamabad and then take a domestic flight up to skardu or travel on KKH to Skardu.

 There are multiple routes for travelers from Europe, East Asia, Austraila and the USA to reach Pakistan, particularly for those embarking on the K2 trek. The primary gateway is Islamabad International Airport. Numerous airlines operate flights to Islamabad via the Middle East, with Qatar Airways, Gulf Air, Turkish Airline, Batik, Thai and Emirates being prominent options. These carriers offer daily flights with layovers at their respective hubs. However, it’s essential to scrutinize layover durations, as some can be considerably lengthy. Qatar Airways typically offers the shortest layovers, particularly at Doha. Those coming from China can fly to Kashgar and enter Pakistan by road via Khunjerab pass to Pakistan and from India via only Wagha border between Lahore and Amritsar.

In summary, travelers have several flight options to reach Islamabad from Europe and the USA, with layovers in the Middle East or via Bankok. Careful consideration of layover durations and airline reputations can contribute to a smoother travel experience, particularly for those embarking on the K2 trek in Pakistan.

Domestic flights from Islamabad to Skardu depart in the mornings and take roughly 1 hour. Remember that if you book your international and domestic flight separately, you will need to collect your luggage and check in again for your domestic flight. Be sure to allow enough time for this in between flights! There are only two domestic airlines providing flights to Skardu PiA and Air blue Most flights depart between 6am and 11am daily.

On arrival at the airport, once you have collected your luggage, please look out for a member of our local team in the arrivals area. They will then travel with you via a car to our hotel. 

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 domestic airport. During summer season there are few direct flights from Lahore, Karachi, Sialkot twice or thrice a week.

But there is a daily flight from Islamabad whole year but subject to weather.

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 Airport 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.

Cross Border (Khunjerab Pass) 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. 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$ 40 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.

Cross Border From India

Cross Wahga Border to Lahore and travel 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.


It is a requirement of joining any of our treks that you attend a pre-trek briefing the evening before the trek begins. This gives our guides the opportunity to speak to you about your adventure, and sort out any last-minute queries or concerns.


During the trek your luggage along with all the group equipment will be carried by porters. You should bring two bags with you, a large 80-100 litre duffel bag and a smaller 30-50 litre daypack. Your duffel bag will be carried by the porters each day and made available for you at camp each afternoon. Your daypack will stay with you at all times and should be used to carry spare clothing, water etc.  At all other times your luggage will be transported by vehicle.

Please do not bring a rigid suitcase which is not suitable for carrying by the porters. A flexible duffel bag or backpack is best. Your main luggage must not exceed 13kg.

Wifi – Internet Connection!

There is internet connection in Skardu and at few spots on the trail and sometime at  Concordia. The sim card and data costs about $10-20 and works intermittently, could be used for messaging and searching.

In order to pick up a signal though, you will need SCOM SIM card, (a local cellular company) which you can easily buy in Skardu – by purchasing from their office.


At few campsites there are generators, for light, charge cameras, phones, headlamps, power banks, and even drone batteries, but you will need to check if it is available. It is also advisable to take a small solar panel, to charge phone and power bank each day.


In Pakistan, the currency used is the Pakistani Rupee (PKR). It’s important to note that the Pakistani Rupee is a closed currency, so you won’t be able to obtain it before your arrival. Therefore, it’s advisable to travel with US Dollars,Euro, Yuan, Pound Sterlingare any other major currency as they are widely accepted. Ensure that any US bills you carry are new (less than 10 years old), crisp,(no stamped, no writing on it) and untorn, as damaged bills may not be accepted.

If you require local currency, ATMs and banks are available, or you can exchange money at hotels in Islamabad. However, for the trek itself, it’s recommended to carry local currency and you may get a more favorable exchange rate in Islamabad.

For emergency funds, inform your credit or debit card issuer about your travel plans to avoid any issues with card usage abroad.

Souvenirs in Islamabad are generally affordable.


We understand that tipping customs vary across different countries, but in the context of Pakistan, tipping is prevalent. If you’re embarking on a trek in Pakistan with us, we adhere to the standard practice of tipping as recommended by the Trekking Agencies Association.

The decision on how much to tip should reflect the level of service provided by our team throughout your trek. Tipping is discretionary, and if you feel dissatisfied with the service, you are not obligated to tip. Tipping can be done in either US dollars or Pakistani Rupees. Please note that US bills should be new (less than 10 years old), crisp, and untorn.

As a guideline, we suggest budgeting $125-$175 per trekker for your tip contribution to guides and porters. It’s essential to remember that any tips for our porters should be carried with you during the trek.

Please note that the figures provided below are approximate and are intended solely as a guideline.

  • Guide: Approximately $5 per person per day
  • Drivers, Chef and assistants: Around $3 per person per day
  • Porters/Mule drivers: Roughly $2 per person per day


Formalities & Health

Embarking on the remarkable journey to the K2 Base Camp in Pakistan requires meticulous attention to formalities and health considerations to ensure a safe and fulfilling adventure. From passport and visa requirements to essential health precautions, thorough preparation is imperative.

In this comprehensive guide, we explore the vital aspects of formalities and health that every trekker must address before venturing into the rugged terrain of the Hindukush, Karakoram and Himalayan Mountains o Pakistan. Covering essential topics such as obtaining trekking visa and permits, securing comprehensive insurance, and understanding altitude sickness, our guide aims to provide trekkers with the necessary knowledge for a successful expedition. Join us as we navigate the critical preparations needed for an unforgettable and safe trek to the legendary base Camps and regions.


Ensure that your passport remains valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned arrival date in Pakistan. We advise making a photocopy of your passport and storing it separately from the original; this precaution can be invaluable in case of loss during your travels. It’s imperative to carry your passport with you during the trek, as it is essential for internal flights and may be required for identification purposes.


you will need to apply for to obtain a Pakistani visa before you embark on your K2 Base Camp adventure. Now online e-visa system makes the application process easier.

Trekking and mountaineering Visa for K2 base Camp trek

The Pakistani Government has introduced a new visa scheme for trekking and mountaineering in the Karakoram. Under the new scheme – all parties planning on going to K2 BC or entering central Karakoram National Park can now apply for the mandatory Trekking and Mountaineering Visa instead of the regular tourist visa.  We can help you with all of the information you need to apply. This will make things easier when it comes to getting all of the final permitting done just before the trek since the visa is specifically for trekking and mountaineering activities.

If you’re JUST planning on coming to Pakistan to trek or summit a mountain, this is the best option. However, if you want to trek to K2 and also explore other parts of Pakistan independently, you can also get your permits arranged with us while traveling on  this visa. This trekking and mountaineering visa takes almost 4-5 weeks time, from the time you submit your documents to the time you have a visa approval notice. Whereas for normal tourist visa time is about 3 – 10 days. (Without this Trekking and Mountaineering Visa,  one an not get trekking permit to restricted zones like K2 base camp).

Letter of Invitation (LOI)

Foreigners will need to obtain a Letter of Invitation (LOI) before they can apply for a visa. You will be able to get the LOI from us (being a licensed tour operator), along with, company registration documents and any other documents you may need.


Permit for K2 Base Camp Trek

Permits: You need a trekking permit to trek there. Once you get a trekking /mountaineering visa, your permit application is submitted byus in Pakistan. It isn’t possible to hike independently and you must book with a registered tour operator and go with a registered guide.

Final NOC from Skardu

You also need a Final No Objection Certificate (NOC) to go ahead from Skardu, which we  sort out for you.

To get the NOC we need following

    • visa,
    • passport with immigration stamps,
    • passport size pictures

and this NOC is obtained in Skardu at the tourism office and will allow entry into the Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP). You need a permit to enter because the park lies in a restricted military area bordering China and India. To enter the National Park, you will need to fill out a visitor registration form and pay an entry fee of about $150 per person (you can check the fees here).


Below we have set out what is the general guidance for travel to Pakistan. We strongly advise you to consult with your own GP or travel clinic near you before traveling. They will have the most up to date and medically accurate information relevant to you, and should be relied upon over these recommendations.

Strongly Advised Vaccinations

– Hepatitis A: This can be spread via contaminated food and water.
– Tetanus: Tetanus is often present in the soil, and can contaminate open wounds easily. Tetanus vaccine should be used every ten years if traveling.
– Typhoid: Typhoid can also be spread via contaminated food and water, and poor hygiene.
– Diphtheria: This potentially fatal disease is spread mainly via spit, but occasionally through contact with cuts on the skin.
– Yellow Fever: This can be contracted by being bitten by a contaminated mosquito. This vaccination is not essential if you are arriving directly in Pakistan. You do need it though if you plan to arrive through any country that is subject to yellow fever. Simply stopping over at an airport in an affected country should not require vaccination, but leaving the airport even briefly would make it necessary.


In Pakistan, the risk of malaria is not prevalent in higher altitude regions like Skardu or most Himalaya Karkoram treks we organize. However, travelers should be aware of the risk of malaria in areas below 1,500m, particularly in regions like Islamabad, Naran, Chilas, Rawalpindi, it’s essential to take anti-malarial medication and follow preventive measures such as wearing long-sleeved clothing and using DEET-based mosquito repellent to avoid mosquito bites, especially during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are active.


Trekking at high altitude does have dangers. You should ensure that you have good insurance to cover these risks.

It is a condition of booking with VE  that you have medical and accident insurance. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fully and adequately insured for the duration of your trip in Pakistan. Please verify that all activities, excursions, and destinations outlined in your itinerary are covered by your travel insurance policy. Additionally, ensure your insurance includes provisions for cancellation, medical expenses, and appropriate altitude coverage.

For treks in regions such as the Karakoram and Himalayas, we recommend coverage up to altitudes of 5600m. If you plan to ascend peaks like Khosar Gang or Pastore Peak, ensure your insurance covers trekking up to 6500m.

Helicopter Evacuation Coverage

Your insurance must cover helicopter evacuation if it becomes necessary. It should also cover the costs of getting home should you miss your scheduled flight due to accident, injury, illness or simple bad luck.

Make sure you get a plan that covers any medical emergencies, repatriation and emergency helicopter rescue

You should have a minimum coverage of $200,000 and ensure that the policy covers and high altitude trekking up to 5,600 meters because helicopter rescue operations do not happen in Pakistan very often and thus, they are very expensive. it costs around 20 thousand USD to be evacuated from Baltoro Karakorum.

You should make sure the tour operator you book with has arrangements of  the heli-deposit to Askari Aviation in Islamabad for the timely helicopter evacuation of trekkers. (Vertical Explorers do have)

How to Choose Travel Insurance for this Trek

We suggest to go with a plan that will cover you for damage to your personal effects and offers compensation for emergency helicopter rescues (just in case). Read the fine print and confirm that you are covered for adventure sports like trekking at altitude.

Some companies won’t cover you if an accident occurs over a certain altitude. Since the maximum altitude gained on the K2 trek is around 5,600 m, you’ll need to be covered up to that elevation.

We recommend the global supplier of travel insurance,  World Nomads who specialise in covering digital nomads and backpackers.

During the pre-trek briefing, please provide a copy of your insurance policy to your guide, who will collect your insurance details. We also advise keeping a copy of your policy summary, including the policy number and emergency contact information for your insurer, in your daypack at all times. This ensures accessibility should we need to contact your insurer on your behalf during your trek.


The Altitude

In the context of trekking to Baltoro and Bifo region of Karakoram in Pakistan, altitude poses a significant factor that requires careful management. Our trekking itinerary has been meticulously designed to allow for adequate acclimatization. Rest days have been strategically incorporated at appropriate elevations, providing ample time for our bodies to adjust to the thin air. Moreover, our team carries a comprehensive supply of medication to address most altitude-related issues.

While our experience has shown that maintaining hydration, observing rest days at significant elevations, and maintaining a good level of base fitness can mitigate potential problems, it’s important to acknowledge that everyone will experience the effects of high altitude to some degree. For those unfamiliar with altitude, pre-trip concerns may arise. However, rest assured that our guides are extensively trained to assist you through the acclimatization process.

Expect to encounter mild symptoms such as headaches, akin to the sensation of wearing tight sunglasses for an extended period. These ‘pressure’ headaches can typically be alleviated by over-the-counter medications like Panadol, Ibuprofen, or by simple remedies like drinking more water, resting, and practicing pressure breathing techniques. It’s crucial to prioritize relaxation, whether it’s through reading, taking short naps, or leisurely activities, to facilitate your body’s adjustment.

Upon reaching new altitudes, one may experience sensations akin to a mild hangover. It’s imperative to adopt a slow and steady pace, refraining from attempting to match the pace of locals.

As part of our acclimatization program, we incorporate ‘active’ rest days. These involve gentle walks to slightly higher elevations, following the principle of ‘climbing high, sleeping low,’ which significantly aids in acclimatization.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness, also called Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), hypobaropathy and soroche, is an illness caused by exposure to the low air pressure, especially low partial pressure of oxygen, which many trekkers experience at high altitudes.

AMS is caused by exerting yourself at high altitudes, especially if you have not been properly acclimatised. It is most common at altitudes above 2400 metres. Over 6000m above sea level, the air pressure (and the amount of oxygen it contains) is less than half that at sea level, and has been said to be comparable to working with only one lung.

AMS can be serious, especially as it can be debilitating, and it generally occurs far from places where medical treatment can be easily administered.

Not everyone suffers from AMS, of course, and it is very difficult to predict who is or is not vulnerable to it. Generally speaking, a fit person is less vulnerable than an unfit person, because their cardiovascular system can operate at low pressures longer without as much strain. Even so, anyone can be vulnerable at altitudes above 3500 metres, no matter their fitness level, if they have not spent some time getting used to the low atmospheric pressures first.

Avoiding Altitude Sickness

1. Walk high, sleep low. It is best to gradually climb higher each day, then descend lower to sleep. This lets you gradually become accustomed to lower pressures, and then recover somewhat overnight.

2. Slow and steady. You need to keep your respiration rate low enough to maintain a normal conversation. If you are panting or breathing hard, you must slow down. Overworking your heart and lungs substantially increases your chance of becoming ill.

3. Drink much more water than you think you need. Proper hydration helps acclimatisation dramatically. You need to drink at least three litres each day. As dehydration presents many of the same symptoms as altitude sickness, your chances of being allowed to continue are best if you stay hydrated.

  1. Diamox. The general consensus of the research is that Diamox is helpful in avoiding AMS. We recommend you google Diamox and its effects yourself. It is a prescription drug, and you should consult with your doctor before taking it.

it should be taken before trekking, not after symptoms develop.

Note: you can not find Diamox in Pakistan, so need to bring it.

Preventing dehydration

Even if you avoid diarrhoea, you can easily become dehydrated at high altitudes. The lower air pressure forces you to breathe more quickly and deeply, and you lose a lot of water through your lungs. You will also be exerting yourself, and sweating.

The upshot is, as you might expect, that you will have to drink more water. You need to drink at least 3 litres of fluids every day while trekking. Even when you don’t feel thirsty you have to drink this amount as a minimum – preferably more.

Stay on the look-out for signs of dehydration in yourself and your fellow trekkers. The most common symptoms include thirst, dry lips, nose or mouth, headache and feeling fatigued or lethargic. If you think you may be dehydrated, there are two ways to tell:

The color of your urine. Clear or light straw-colored urine means you are probably not dehydrated. Yellow or orange wee means you have not been drinking enough, and you need to up your fluid intake quickly.

Pinch or press firmly on an area of exposed skin. If it does not spring back instantly, or stays pale and bloodless for more than a second or two, you are probably dehydrated.

Avoiding diarrhea

Make sure that your hygiene is as good as possible to avoid picking up a stomach upset. Needless to say, a bout of diarrhea can make a two week-long strenuous trek unpleasant or even impossible.

On the trek itself, we make sure that your food is pure and uncontaminated. You will need to carry a water purification filter or tablets to ensure all water that you drink is safe.

Make sure you follow these simple rules at all times:

If you are not absolutely certain water is pure, do not drink it.

Wash your hands thoroughly after using the toilet, and before eating or handling food of any kind.

Do not eat raw vegetables or salads. Cooked, preferably boiled veggies only.

Avoid any cold drinks, and ice of any kind.

Water from sealed bottles is generally fine, as are fizzy drinks, wine and beer. Hot tea and coffee are good, as they have just been boiled.

If you do get diarrhea, the most important thing you can do is to stay hydrated. The best thing to drink is a rehydration solution like Dioralyte.

Read more about dehydration below.

Over the counter medicines like Immodium (or anything containing loperamide) are only for short term, mild diarrhoea. Some doctors recommend taking a single, 500mg dose of Ciprofxin, or any ciprofloxacin antibiotic in an emergency situation. This is a prescription medicine, and you should discuss it with your doctor before your trip.


In Pakistan, the risk of malaria is not prevalent in higher altitude regions like Skardu or most Karkoram treks we organize. However, travelers should be aware of the risk of malaria in areas below 1,500m, particularly in regions like Islamabad, Naran, Chilas, Rawalpindi, it’s essential to take anti-malarial medication and follow preventive measures such as wearing long-sleeved clothing and using DEET-based mosquito repellent to avoid mosquito bites, especially during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are active.

Sunburn and UV Protection

While a high altitude trek is hardly a day at the seaside, you will be vulnerable to sunburn if not properly protected. The thin atmosphere at high altitudes blocks much less UV radiation, even on cloudy days.

The three most important things you can do to avoid sunburn are:

  • Apply SPF 30 or higher sunscreen to your face, nose and ears at least 30 minutes before going out into the sun, and reapply regularly. High SPF lip balm is also a must.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat that shades your face, nose and ears.
  • Wear UV-protective sunglasses, category 2-4.

At higher altitudes the sun’s rays are intensified and even on a cloudy day they can penetrate through and still burn you. And do not forget that the sun is at its strongest between 10:00-14:00 hours each day.

Eating well

Many trekkers experience loss of appetite at high altitudes. This is a real problem, as you will be burning an extra 2000 or more calories a day, and not replacing them can cause real problems.

Just like staying hydrated, you have to eat heartily even if you are not hungry. Meals heavy in carbohydrates are best, because they are easier to digest at high altitudes and provide long-term energy.

It is important to keep plenty of small snacks with you, as you will have to keep your energy levels high. Take a favourite treat to make it easier to eat when you do not feel hungry, but avoid anything with honey or syrup, or anything chewy as they are likely to freeze tooth-crackingly solid above 5000 metres. Chocolate, nuts and seeds, biscuits, savoury snacks and boiled sweets are generally better choices.

Body temperature

Every mountain environment has its own climate, and Karakoram has several different weather zones at different heights. Conditions change quickly, and you will be moving between zones as well. A hot and dry day can be followed immediately by snow or rain. Wearing a layered outfit is generally the wisest way to make sure you stay healthy and reasonably comfortable in all conditions.

Above all, make sure to wear warm, wind-and water-proof, breathable clothing on your trek. Get high quality gear too, as this is definitely the real thing. Storms, high winds and freezing temperatures must be expected, and poor quality equipment will fail.


In anticipation of your trekking adventure in Pakistan, it is essential to undertake adequate preparation to ensure a fulfilling and enjoyable experience. While the trekking routes in Pakistan offer scenic beauty and relatively accessible paths, it is imperative to engage in physical training beforehand.

The trekking trails in Pakistan, including those leading to iconic destinations such as K2 Base Camp, demand endurance and stamina. Expect to hike for approximately 6-7 hours daily over hilly terrain, with occasional ascents of up to 600 meters in elevation. The total trekking distance spans around 144 kilometers, with an elevation gain exceeding 3000 meters.

To adequately prepare for the trek, incorporate a structured training regimen into your routine. This should involve regular hill walking sessions, complemented by activities such as swimming, light jogging or cycling, and strength training exercises at the gym. Strengthening your physical fitness will enhance your ability to tackle the challenges encountered along the trekking route.

For comprehensive assistance with fitness training customized for trekking adventures, we suggest exploring our trek fitness program and visiting our Fitness Training Plans page. By dedicating resources to thorough preparation, you can enhance your enjoyment and increase your chances of success during your trekking expedition in Pakistan.

Equipment & Clothing

Preparing for your trek in Pakistan requires careful consideration of the equipment and clothing you’ll need to ensure a comfortable and safe journey. While we recommend using personal gear for its familiarity and reliability, we understand that rental options are available for those who need them. Planning ahead and packing wisely are crucial steps to maximizing your trekking experience.

In this section, we provide detailed guidance on both the equipment supplied by Vertical Explorers and the clothing essentials you’ll need to bring along. Additionally, we offer recommendations on other accessories and gear you may require for your trek. Whether you opt for personal gear or choose to rent, our goal is to support you in making the most of your adventure while prioritizing your comfort and enjoyment.

Ensuring the right gear for your trek is essential for a comfortable and safe journey. While personal gear is recommended for familiarity, rental options are available for those in need. Plan ahead and pack wisely to make the most of your trekking experience in Pakistan. We encourage using your own gear for optimal comfort and enjoyment during the trek.

While we understand the cost constraints, having personal gear ensures familiarity and reliability

Equipment supplied by  Vertical Explorers

  • 3 man tent per two people
  • Foam sleeping mattress
  • Communal dining tent 
  • Table, chairs and cutlery


  • Warm beanie style hat – knitted or fleece
  • Neck gaiter or scarf. It can get dusty in Baltistan and the air very cold. A scarf or balaclava comes in useful for keeping dust out and can double as a warm layer for your neck / face!
  • Sun hat – preferably wide-brimmed for protection
  • Sunglasses – high UV protection
  • Headlamp (plus extra batteries)
  • Thermal or fleece base layer (x2)
  • Long sleeve shirt/tshirt – light or medium weight, moisture wicking (x3)
  • Short sleeved shirt/tshirt – lightweight, moisture wicking (x2)
  • Fleece or soft shell jacket (x2)
  • Insulated jacket – down or primaloft
  • Lightweight water/windproof hard shell outer jacket
  • Gloves – lightweight, fleece or quick drying fabric
  • Leggings – thermal or fleece base layer (x1)
  • Trekking trousers – light or medium weight (x2) – convertible trousers work well
  • Waterproof hard shell trousers – ski pants work fine (x1)
  • Gaiters
  • Trekking boots – mid weight with good ankle support
  • Training shoe or similar – to wear around the campsites
  • Mid-weight trekking socks (x5 pairs)
  • Breathable, high-wicking liner socks (x3 pairs)
  • Thermal trekking socks for upper reaches of your trek (x2 pair)


  •           Sunscreen and lip balm – high SPF

·        Toiletries, including toilet paper, wet wipes and hand sanitiser

·        Camera and spare batteries

·        Plug adapter, for charging devices in hotels

·        Personal medication and first aid kit

·        Personal snacks and energy bars – dried fruit and nuts are a good option

·        Isotonic drink powder / energy drink powder to mix in with your water

·        Microfibre towel for wiping hands and face each day

·        Pee bottle, useful for late night toilet needs



·        Small Rucksack or Daypack (30-40 litres) to carry water and personal items

·        Waterproof duffle bag (approx 80-100 litres)

·        Sleeping bag (4 season or -20 Deg C) and compression sack

·        Trekking poles

·        Water bottle or hydration bag – must be able to carry 1.5-2L of water


We recommend that wherever possible you use your own gear for your trek as this is the best way to ensure your comfort and enjoyment. The quality of rental gear is variable and it is your responsibility to check carefully the condition of any item you rent. We accept no responsibility for the quality of equipment hired. An indication of the likely rental costs is below.

  • Hiking Boots = 3 -4$ per day per pair
  • Crampons = 2-3 $ per day per set
  • Four Season Sleeping Bag: $2-5 per day
  • Down Jacket: $2-3 per day
  • Trekking Poles: $1 per day


Package  Options

You have the flexibility to embark on this trek from either Islamabad or Skardu, allowing you to choose the starting point that best suits your preferences and travel arrangements. Whether you prefer the convenience of Islamabad or the adventure of beginning directly from Skardu, the choice is yours. Join us for an unforgettable trekking experience, starting from the location that aligns perfectly with your journey.

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Five 8000m Base Camps Trek, from Islamabad

Islamabad to Islamabad basis

27 Days, 26 Nights

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You are a stone’s throw away from ascending the roof of the world. Tick of the Most Adventurous K2 Base Camp Trek from your Bucket List.

Price Includes
  1. Stay

    Accommodation during the trekking period in Portable mobile camps (14 nights).

    Accommodation in Islamabad hotel (02 nights)

    Accommodation in between  Islamabad and skardu hotels (02 nights)

  2. Activities

    Trekking to the base camp of the world’s 2nd highest mountain

  3. Guide

    Professional Certified Trek leader & porters will assist and guide during the trek

    Porter to carry up to 13 kgs of weight per trekker

  4. Permits

    Trekking permits,  Central Karakoram National Park Permit.

    All government and local taxes.

  5. Transfers

    Airport pickup and drop in Islamabad

    Domestic transfer from /to Islamabad airport

    Domestic flights (Islamabad – Skardu – Islamabad)

    By road transfer in case of flight cancellation

Five 8000m Base Camps Trek, from Skardu

Skardu to Skardu basis

23 Days, 22 Nights

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You are a stone’s throw away from ascending the roof of the world. Tick of the Most Adventurous K2 Base Camp Trek from your Bucket List.

Price Includes
  1. Stay

    Accommodation during the trekking period in Portable mobile camps (14 nights).

    Accommodation in Skardu hotel (02 nights)

  2. Activities

    Trekking to the base camp of the world’s 2nd highest mountain

  3. Guide

    Professional Certified Trek leader & porters will assist and guide during the trek

    Porter to carry up to 13 kgs of weight per trekker

  4. Permits

    Trekking permits,  Central Karakoram National Park Permit.

    All government and local taxes.

  5. Transfers

    Airport pickup and drop in Skardu

Departure Dates and Pricing

Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. VE also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private tour, guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves !

Or dream up a brand-new one with a Customized Tour—we’ll work with you to make it happen.

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2024 Pricing



$ (10-12 members)
$ (6-9 members)

$  (3-5 members)


Additional Fees:

Single supplement: $
Internal airfare: $100-$130 (subject to change)




$ (10-12 members)
$ (6-9 members)

$  (3-5 members)


Additional Fees:


Single supplement: $
Internal airfare: $100-$130 (subject to change)



$ (10-12 members)
$ (6-9 members)

$  (3-5 members)


Additional Fees:


Single supplement: $
Internal airfare: $100-$130 (subject to change)

Payment Policies


Payment & Cancel Schedule

US $350-450 due at time of reservation
Before Tour Finalization Date: Balance

Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

Up to tour Finalization Date: No Charge!
30 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
20-15 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
10 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Add Ons


Just a short drive away from Skardu lies the stunning Himalayan region surrounding Deosai National Park. As part of our pre-acclimatization offerings, we present two captivating journeys: the Deosai Plain Burji La Trek and the Thalay La Trek. These excursions provide the perfect chance to acclimate yourself before embarking on your Karakoram adventure. Delve into the details of each trek by clicking on the respective images below or reach out to our office for further information.

chance to acclimate yourself before embarking on your Karakoram adventure. Delve into the details of each trek by clicking on the respective images below or reach out to our office for further information.

Burji La Trek
Burji La Trek
Thalay La Trek
Thalay La Trek
Deosai Khunjerab

Extend your adventure in Pakistan and immerse yourself in the captivating beauty and wildlife of Deosai and Khunjerab National Parks. For more information, explore our Deosai and Khunjerab pages and discover the wonders awaiting you in these pristine wilderness areas.

Deosai National Park
Deosai National Park

Deosai National Park is among the prime attractions in Pakistan, offering a unique wilderness experience beyond the towering peaks of the Himalayas. Deosai National Park, known as the "Land of Giants," spans over 3,000 square kilometers and is renowned for its diverse wildlife. Visitors have the chance to spot the majestic Brown Bear, elusive Snow Leopard, and a variety of other fauna in their natural habitat.

khunjerab park
Khunjerab National Park

Khunjerab National Park, located in the breathtaking Karakoram Range, is Pakistan's highest national park and boasts a rich biodiversity. Here, you can encounter iconic species such as the Marco Polo sheep, Himalayan ibex, and the elusive Snow Leopard..

Private Treks

We also extend the option of Privately Guided Treks, providing you with the expertise of our guide and your dedicated local porters support team. This exclusive arrangement ensures personalized attention throughout the trek, tailored to meet your specific requirements. Over the years, VE has had the privilege of collaborating with numerous privately guided groups, delivering exceptional outcomes.


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  • 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 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.
  • Dream trip can be.......Itinerary can be customized...
  • Lowest Price and best value of money --Save 40-50 % vs. comparable tours of this same quality.


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hike over snow , rock and ice. As we start hiking from Concordia, we cross the crevasses of the Baltoro Glacier, then walk on the Medial moraine of the Godwin-Austin Glacier to Broad Peak base camp. When we look back towards Concordia, we can see the zebra -striped Glaciers sweeping around the corner and disappearing into the Baltoro Glacier. Walk: Distance: 12 Km, Ascent: 600 m, Descent: 580 m Time: 6-7 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 5100 M Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you are fee to explore K2 base camp and having a little climbing towards Abruzzi ridge and return back to K-2 base camp.Start late noon trek and return back to Broad Peak Base Camp. Overnight at Broad Peak Base Camp. Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Mobile Camp

From Broad Peak Base Camp it is another two hour hike to our campsite on the glacier moraine.Today we walk on upper Baltoro glacier and to reach Shaghring. From here you can see Baltoro Kangri, Chogolisa and Snow dome peaks and lot of other peaks. Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Today we arrive at G-II base camp and establish our camp. We will have the opportunity to explore our beautiful and pristine alpine surroundings and relax with the climbing team as they prepare to move up the mountain. We then wish the climbers good luck and farewell and set out for our return trek back to civilization. Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation:Mobile 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

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

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

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

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

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 23: Drive to Tato and Hike to Fairy Meadows

Early in the morning drive through the narrow gorge of the Indus River and KKH to Raikot Bridge. From here jeep on narrow Road to Tato. Hike for 3-4 hours to Fairy Meadows. 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 Activities Jeep Safari & Hiking Meals provided Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Camp

Hike up to Nanga Parbat base camp and back to Fairy Meadows. Walk: Distance: 10 Km, Ascent: 500 m, Descent: 500 m Time: 06-07 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3050 M Activities: Trekking Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Mobile Camp

Hike down to Tato, Jeep to Raikot Bridge and drive to Behsam or Naran. Karakoram Highway 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

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

Transfer to Airport for onward flight Activities: 

Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation: None

Frequently asked questions

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

We may be able to procure some items in Skardu. Call us for specific information regarding your trip.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tipping is always a personal choice, but is greatly appreciated by your guides. Check your departure packet for details.

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.

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.

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.

US$300 for scheduled trips. An application alone won’t reserve a space.

If we cancels a trip due to any reason, you will receive a full refund.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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