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Leisurely Paced K2 Base Camp Trek

Skardu, Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan

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    $100,00 $95,00

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    Max 16 people

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    Broad Peak, Braldo Valley Shigar Gilgit Baltistan, Godwin-Austen Glacier Gilgit-Baltistan, K2 Mountain, Baltoro Glacier, Skardu, Babusar Pass, Chilas, Islamabad, Karakoram Highway KKH

OVERVIEW TOUR

This 28-day K2 Base Camp Trek itinerary is designed for beginner trekkers who are in good health with average

physical fitness or aged trekkers. The ample distance covered between daily itineraries, steady gain of altitude

and separate rest days ensures that we are properly acclimatized to fully enjoy our trek to the K2 base camp

. Another option for experienced trekkers with limited time would be K2 Base Camp or Express K2 Base camp

Trek – 16 Days. Baltoro Glacier Concordia and K2 Base Camp is more than a single mountain and the journey

to its base camp is more than just a trek.

leisurely paced K2 Base  Camp Trek- of 29 days we experience astounding mountain views, get glimpses of the

life of the world famous mountain climbers (Balti porters), enter Central Karakoram National Park. Nothing

beats the thrill and sense of accomplishment that grips hikers on seeing the power and grace of the mighty

mountain up close.

Home to over 160 peaks over 7,000 meters and 700 others over 6,000 meters it is truly a adventurists dream

come true and we can assure you the memories of this trek will last a lifetime. You will have the chance to

admire breath-taking views and trek until the famous “K2 and Broad Peak Base Camps”. Words cannot

describe the true feelings you will experience on this k2 base camp trek.

Along a route dubbed by some as “Throne room of the Mountain God” and “the steps to heaven,” and

every bend in the trail provides another photo opportunity — beautiful valleys, villages, glacial moraines,

and foothills. Our itinerary includes 12 days of trekking and has been designed with acclimatization in

mind. This makes the trip more enjoyable and gives everyone the best possible chance of reaching Base

Camp. Our route follows a stunning trail from Askole along the mighty Braldu River to the snout of the

Baltoro Glacier to K2 base camp. The spectacular rock walls of Trango Towers, Lobsang Spires and Uli Biaho stand like

monolithic stone sentinels, guarding our route As one progress up the moraines of the vast Baltoro

Glacier, the Muztagh Tower (7273m) and Masherbrum (7821m) slowly reveal themselves and in the

distance Gasherbrum IV stands tall, providing a taste of what is to come. At last we reach Concordia

(4650m) where we are surrounded by a plethora of peaks including four of the world’s 8000m peaks- K2,

Broad Peak, Gasherbrum II and Hidden Peak.

We also spend two nights in Skardu and enjoy time to explore the city. This unforgettable k2 base camp trek is

perfect for those looking for a challenging trek to the foot of the world’s 2nd highest mountain. For active adventurers

not afraid to break a sweat, our full trekking support staff will bring you close to local cultures before opening a

window to the top of the world. You will experience amazing, motivational and securing support from our local guides

– our crew are simply the best around incorporating traditional porters who are from the karakorum region. Their

generous and loving support will motivate you to push on to reach and achieve your goal.

Group Departure Dates of 2021

Travel whenever you like, for as long as you like:- in a group or private, the choice is yours.

Join a scheduled group departure below. If you don’t see a specific departure date that works for you, we’ll be happy to create a private tour departure for your family, friends or group

 

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

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

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

sweaters / fleeces which you can layer.

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

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

having long trousers to cover up for this.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Mind your step
Trekking shoes 1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)
Floaters/flip-flops 1 Pair (Optional)
Cotton socks 5 pairs
Woollen socks 3 pairs
Gaiters 1 Pair

 

Keep these handy
Waterproof gloves 1 Pair
Fleece/woolen gloves 1 Pair
The Closest Airport to Concordia & K2 Base Camp

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

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

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

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

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

and cancellations are common.

Fly to Islamabad

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Islamabad to Skardu

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

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

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

your flight.

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

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

 

From China.

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

Monday -Friday  except Holidays)

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

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

in Tashkurgan or Kashgar for Pakistan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

be late as all travellers 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

only). Pakistani and Chinese nationals dont 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 Passpost+ Visa are totally in order as they check

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

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

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

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

From India

Cross Wahga Border to Lahore and Islamabad by Bus:-

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

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

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

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

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

Peshawar / Taxila City Tour

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

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

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

Luxury Hotel Upgrades

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

booking alternative hotels.

Pre-Acclimatization

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

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

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

Kosre Gunge (6400m) Climbing

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

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

Private Treks

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

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

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

ITINERARY

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. We start the trek by following a trail next to the Braldu river. 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. and, once passed the snout of the Biafo glacier, we arrive at the green oasis of Korofong.

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
Today after breakfast, we start trekking following the path up a side valley and cross the river by a good bridge. We then walk for another half an hour or so to reach the Jhola Camp. The views are impressive with Bakhor Das (5,809m) and Paiju Peak’s needles in the distance. 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
After breakfast start trek on a good path, passing a couple of old camping places at Chowblok and Bardomal to Liligo. Beyond Bardumal path runs for a while at the very edge of the river, before climbing to higher ground and allowing us excellent views of the impressive Paiju Peak. We have to negotiate a couple of streams today and depending on the melting of the glaciers above. ). At our high point today we have views ahead to the snout of the Baltoro Glacier and the granite peaks of the Trango and Cathedral groups. On a clear day it is even possible to see K2.

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
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 after an hour of trek sbrings us to the snout of the Baltoro Glacier. About an hour from camp takes you up to the glacier, though even once on it, it is predominantly covered in rock, and will remain so until well after Gore II. Here on the glacier you are finally amongst the famous peaks of the Karakoram. The path is reasonably obvious, and over the course of a couple of hours you slowly cross the glacier to the right hand side of the valley. The exact path here varies from year to year but will without doubt involve some undulating trail take us to Liligo.

Walk: Distance: 22 Km, Ascent: 580 m, Descent: 335 m
Time: 04-05 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3420 M
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp
After breakfast Follow the southern edge of Liligo onward to Khoburse, a lovely walk to the campsite with clear water. A steady uphill, which takes you up away from the lateral moraine of the glacier and to grassland full of alpine meadow flowers. You then cut across the snout of Lilligo Glacier, at right side, and walk over the undulating ups and downs of the Baltoro until you reach the small campsite of Khoburse. Here we have sensational views of the Cathedral Towers, the Trango Group and the striking rock tower of Uli Biaho, Cathedral Towers and a sunrise well worth is well recommended.

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: 03-04 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
After breakfast start walk across the glacier, passing dramatic Masherbrum Peak 7,821m/25,659ft, and weather pemitting, can have views of Muztagh Tower 7,273m/ 23,861ft. The path switches over to the left hand side of the glacier, and make your way slowly upwards, moving tantalizingly closer to Gasherbrum IV which, standing as it does at the head of the Baltoro, is like a beacon guiding you towards Concordia. Whilst the glacier is still predominantly covered in rock, the route passes a series of huge ice 'dunes' which add to the drama of the scenery to Goro I. The campsite at Goro I is on the glacier where ledges have been levelled out for the tents.
After breakfast traverse the Yermanandu Glacier which flows down from Masherbrum and 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. By the time you reach camp, Gasherbrum IV completely dominates the landscape.
Gore II camp site is just after the small army camp and covers quite an area spread over the rock covered glacier wherever there is room to pitch tents. Here, the cold wind blows down the glacier, and camp facilities are nothing like those at the fixed camps, but given a clear night the star-filled sky over the surrounding peaks is truly magical.


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. The peaks tower over you and all appear to be tantalizingly close. Gasherbrum II, 8,035m/26,361ft, III, 7,952m/26,089ft, & IV, 7,925m/26,000ft, Mitre Peak, Chogolisa, 7,665m/25,147ft, Broad Peak, 8,047m/26,401ft, and, visible for the first time, the second highest mountain in the world - K2, 8,611m/28,251ft.

Concordia is at an altitude of approximately 4,606m/15,108ft, and although our well established itinerary allows for gradual acclimatisation to take place, you are likely to feel some mild effects of being at this altitude.
The camp at Concordia spreads over a huge area where the Godwin-Austin glacier meets the Baltoro, and the sites furthest away as you approach give the best views of K2.



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.
After breakfast start the walk along the Godwin-Austin glacier to K2 Base Camp, while it looks entirely level, do not be deceived, as today you are gaining significant altitude. The hardest part of the route is getting out of Concordia through a maze of moraines, finally finding the central medial moraine of the Godwin-Austin glacier which you follow for 3-4 hours to Broad Peak Base Camp which is spread over the lateral moraines off to your right.
We feel that camping at Broad Peak Base Camp will give you the very best chance to get to K2 Base Camp.
Broad Peak is the 12th highest mountain on earth, and is part of the Gasherbrum massif. Broad Peak was originally named K3 right after the naming of K2 but on closer inspection by a later party, it was discovered that the summit was over 1½ kilometers (1 mile) long, thus "Broad Peak".


Walk: 10-12 hrs, Grade: Strenuous, Altitude: 4600 m
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile camp
After breakfast start trek to K2 Base Camp. Beyond Broad Peak Basecamp the going gets a little tougher as we negotiate the swells of the glacier and more glacial streams. We are still mostly walking over the rubble and boulders of ablation material covering the surface but occasionally we may set foot on the ice itself. Crampons are not needed as the embedded grit in the ice gives it a sandpaper like quality. After a further 3 hours we reach the moraine 'island' known as 'the strip', the traditional basecamp area for attempts on the Abruzzi Ridge, the 'normal' route on K2. Climbers use camp sites both to the east and west of the glacier; there will undoubtedly be expeditions around that you can chat to and they'll be equally keen to hear news from the outside world. Base camp is almost too close to appreciate the sheer size of K2, but to see it rising up endlessly right beside you, and to talk to climbers who are trying to conquer it, make this an awe-inspiring place to be. This must be one of the most magnificent mountain locations in the world. We can also visit the Gilkey Memorial where the names of those who have died climbing K2 are inscribed on a collection of plaques and plates. We will return to Broad Peak Base Camp for our overnight stay.
Today after breakfast we will return to Concordia and onward to Concordia More.
After an early breakfast this morning leave Concordia today, we start our retreat down the glacier stopping for the night at Goro 1.

Walk: Distance: 17 Km, Ascent: 380 m, Descent:610 m
Time: 08-09 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 4140 M
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp
Today our trek starts to continue the trek back down the Baltoro with overnight camp at Khoburtse.


Walk: Distance: 10 Km, Ascent: 740 m, Descent: 1100 m
Time: 08-09 hrs, Grade: Strenuous, Altitude: 3560 M
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp
After breakfast today we come off the Baltoro glacier and spend the night at the green campsite of Paiju.


Walk: Distance: 12 Km, Ascent: 370 m, Descent: 820 m
Time: 05-06 hrs, Grade: Strenuous, Altitude: 3380 M
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp
After breakfast start walk on the trail which takes us through Bardumal to Jula camp.

Walk: Distance: 20 Km, Ascent: 450 m, Descent: 750 m
Time: 08-09 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3160 M
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp
The final day of our descent, we’ll have a long and leisurely trek back to Askole. Early morning walk towards Hushe takes approximately six to seven hours and it is a relief to be off the glacier and walking on the pleasant trails down the valley. On completion we can celebrate our success with the porters and hand out their tips as a token of our appreciation for their hard work throughout the trek.


Walk: Distance: 18 Km, Ascent: 360 m, Descent: 470 m
Time: 07-08 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 3390 M
Activities: Trekking
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mobile Camp
A jeep journey along Braldo River drive back to Skardu (6-7hrs). This afternoon, Skardu is yours to explore. The following day, depart Skardu back to next destination.


Drive: Distance: 130 Km, Ascent: 100 m, Descent: 1200 m
Time: 06-07 hrs, Grade: Moderate, Altitude: 2220 M
07-08 hrs
Activities: Jeep Safari
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel
After breakfast we will go for De-briefing at Ministry of Tourism in Skardu. Late morning fly to Islamabad. With clear skies we will be able to board a plane and be back at our hotel in Islamabad in 45 minutes. Today we will spend sightseeing around Islamabad and Rawalpindi. For those who want to escape the heat of the city a very pleasant excursion is up to the former British hill station at Murree. The faded remnants of the town’s colonial past can be seen in its gable-roofed buildings and small Anglican churchyard. This excursion is not included in the trip price but if any member of the group wish to make this journey a private vehicle and driver can be hired locally for a very modest sum.
If the weather is not so favorable and the flight doesn’t come, then we will have to drive the Karakoram Highway to Rawalpindi through the narrow gorge of the Rondu valley along Indus River to Karakoram Highway at Junction Point of three largest congregation of mountains(i.e Karakoram, Hindukush and Himalaya). After a brief stop here we leave on the Karakoram Highway on KKH to Chilas. From Chilas depending upon the road condition and preferrence, either continue on KKH to Besham in Indus Kohistan or to Naran Kaghan valley via Naran Chilas road via captivating and enthralling landscape of Babusar valley's zigzag road winding through terraced filed, fruit laden orchard and above Babusar pass at a height of 4145 m. The Valley extends for 155 km rising from an elevation of 2,134 meters to its highest point, the Babusar Pass, at 4,145 meters. Before Karakoram Highway was opened in 1978, the only road access to Gilgit was through Kaghan Valley. Kaghan valley is a very beautiful & attractive valley. That’s why it is called virtual paradise, unbelievably in pristine state and still unspoiled by the human. You’ll find the Himalayan peaks hidden with clouds or snow, somewhere you’ll find the beautiful fairy tale lakes, which will attract you toward them, and you might decide not to leave this at any cost.Take a rest at the pass enjoying the scenic beauty around before descending down to Lulusar lake.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drive: 7-8 hrs

Activities: Cultural exploration , Sightseeing, Interaction with local
Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel

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