18-Days K2 Base Camp Trek

Baltoro region has world greatest cluster of highest peaks, with 4 eight thousand meters high peaks around Concordia, the famous junction of some of the worlds largest glaciers. Gasherbrum 2, Broad Peak and Gasherbrum 1 are listed among the 14, eight thousanders crowned by the mount of the mountain, K2 at 8611meters.

Trekking on Baltoro Glacier, reaching Concordia and K2 base camp is one of the worlds famous trekking routes, while crossing Ghondoghoro La at 5650m needs good technical experience and equipment. K2 base camp track is one of the mot rewarding and challenging routes in the world.

Day 01: Islamabad – Besham – Chilas
We depart from Islamabad and arrive at Besham crossing the famous towns of Abbottabad and Mansehra. Later on following the upstream course of River Indus, we will make photo stops at Shatial rocks with ancient graffiti’s on it. After a long day aboard, we arrive at Chilas and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Chilas – Kachura Lake – Skardu
We keep on following the course of River Indus, and make a brief stop at Chilas rocks carvings. Our next stop is at Nanga Parbat viewpoint which offers breathtaking views of the huge massif of Nanga Parbat. Before entering into the narrow gorge of River Indus, we make another stop at the unique point where three mountain ranges, Karakoram, Himalayas and Hindu Kush meet near the confluence of Indus and Gilgit Rivers. Our onwards journey is through the narrow and barren gorge of Indus and the scenery changes at Kachura, a picturesque lake of Baltistan, where we make a brief stop and later drive on to Skardu town and transfer to hotel on arrival.

Day 03: Skardu – Sightseeing/Arrangements
This is a free day at Skardu to make an optional trip to Satpara, another vast and picturesque lake of Baltistan. Our staff will make arrangements for porters and make last minute shopping for the expedition.

Day 04: Skardu – Askole by jeep
We depart by jeeps from Skardu and enter into Shigar Valley across River Indus. From Shigar, we continue our drive along Shigar and Braldu Rivers to the legendary village, Askole, a kick point for expeditions and trekking parties for most of the famous mountains in Baltistan.

Day 05: Askole – Bardumal
We start our trekking from Askole and making a stop at Korofon, a green campsite and crossing Domurdo River we arrive at campsite of Bardumal. A full day’s walk mostly on flat ground helps us to acclimatize.

Day 06: Bardumal – Paiyu
Another full day walk with tough portion of crossing river by Jhola, the flying fox. Later on we arrive at Paiyu and establish our campsite.

Day 7: Paiyu – Khaburse
We start our trekking on the glacier and make a traverse on Baltoro Glacier, the source of Braldu River to arrive at Liligo campsite. Walking onwards along the glacier, we arrive at campsite of Khaburse for night stay.

Day 08: Khaburse – Goro I
Our onwards walk, stay and everything is on the glacier for next few days. We cross Urdukas, the last place to grow grass and alpine flowers, en route and view of Paiyu Peak and Uli Biaho tower behind. Walking in the heart of glacier, Gasherbrum IV – 7929m is visible in her full glory. We pass by the Masherbrum Peak (K-1) – 7821m and view Cathedrals across the glacier. Today our camp will be on the debris of Baltoro Glacier so be prepared for a chilly cold night.

Day 09: Goro I – Concordia
We are walking in a gorge of high mountains i.e. Gasherbrum, Masherbrum, Cathedrals and Mustagh etc. Mustagh Tower is an eye catching peak on the route. We finally arrive at Concordia and camp under Mitre Peak.

Day 10: Concordia – Excursion K-2 Base Camp
Today, we will make a trip to the base camp of K-2, crossing Broad Peak base camp en route. The walk is through heavily crevassed glacier but trekking is safe. After photography and having cold picnic lunch at base camp, we start walking back towards Concordia.

Day 11: Concordia – Gasherbrum Base Camp
We depart from Concordia campsite and crossing Shama Camp, arrive at the base camp of two more eight thousanders i.e. G-I & G-II. The all-time great climbing legend Reinhold Messner has made a traverse of both mountains in one go, another record of his time. Our choice is same as of Messner’s with the only difference as we will stay at base camp only.

Day 12: Gasherbrum Base Camp – Ali Camp
Today, we will make a trip to the base camp of K-2, crossing Broad Peak base camp en route. The walk is through heavily crevassed glacier but trekking is safe. After photography and having cold picnic lunch at base camp, we start walking back towards Concordia.

Day 13: Ali Camp – Kheuspang
A very early start to cross Ghondoghoro La at 5650m, our main challenge of the trek where we fix ropes to cross the crevassed slopes on both sides of the Pass. Once on the top of the pass, a clear Day reveals superb panorama of the peaks all around. The Gasherbrums, Broad Peak and K-2 are visible superbly. We start descending down to our campsite and enjoy a relief as the hardest portion of the trek is finished and onwards is an easy walk down to Hushe.

Day 14: Kheuspang – Dalsangpa
It is an easy and short walk to Dalsangpa, meaning a field of flowers. Superb views of towering Masherbrum and other peaks from the campsite. We enjoy almost a free Day as the walking is quite easy in comparison to the previous Day’s adventure.

Day 15: Dalsangpa – Hushe
Finally we are out from savage glaciers and start walking on dry ground. We descend down to Saistcho, a campsite along riverside with trees and greenery. Our walk finishes at green and fertile village Hushe, the first permanent village after leaving Askole.

Day 16: Hushe – Khaplu – Skardu
We will drive by jeeps to Khaplu, a major division of Baltistan and known for its delicious fruits. Its other attractions include a Raja’s Palace and an old mosque. From there we will drive to Skardu and transfer to hotel on arrival.

Day 17: Skardu – Chilas – Besham
After breakfast we check out and start our return journey following the Indus River. We reach the KKH and drive to Chilas for a rest and lunch break. After lunch we continue our journey towards Besham for night stay.

Day 18: Besham – Islamabad
From Besham we resume our journey towards Islamabad passing through Manshera, Abbottabad and Havelian we will reach Islamabad at our designated drop off place.

-End of the Tour-

Price Includes:

  • Private air conditioned transport
  • Jeep as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation in standard hotels
  • All meals in camp
  • Daily breakfast in hotels
  • Guide for complete tour
  • Basic First Aid kit

Price Excludes:

  • Late checkout, if different from standard checkout time
  • Porter for personal luggage
  • Personal insurance of clients/luggage
  • Meals other than breakfast in hotels
  • Laundry, beverages, mineral water & phone calls or other expenses of personal nature
  • Extra expenses due to the acts of nature and political reasons etc.
  • Medical aid, evacuation or extra expenses in emergencies
  • Any item not mentioned above