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K2 Base Camp Trek Pakistan 2020

Do You Want the Greatest Trekking Experience of Your Life? Trek to K2 Base Camp: Karakoram, Pakistan.

K2 base camp trek is an amazing walking journey to the foothills of mighty K2, which will make you feel truly in awe when you are standing next to the mighty Karakoram Mountains; left gasping by their sheer size and enormity. And, for two nights you will live at the base of the most awesome: K2; the Savage Mountain; the Mountain of Mountains. K2 Base camp trek is a high altitude walk where no technical skills and climbing gears are required.

Welcome to Trango Adventure’s K2 Base Camp Trek

K2 is the world’s second highest mountain. Among many of the world’s climbing elite, it is considered to be the most challenging summit to reach. It is certainly the most deadly, with one life lost for every four that reach the top. K2, also known as the Savage Mountain or the Mountain of Mountains in climbing circles, is part of the Karakoram mountain range which is located in a remote area of Pakistan called Gilgit Baltistan.

Getting to the base camp of K2 on foot is ranked among the most exciting treks there is.

On the K2 base camp trek, you will have the opportunity to share sights and experiences witnessed only by a relative handful of people before you. You will experience:

  • The remotest parts of the world, the Karakoram mountains range in Pakistan
  • Spectacular flight with stunning Himalayan and Karakoram mountain views
  • Beautiful walk through the picturesque Skardu and Shigar valley
  • The culture and traditions of Ancient Himalayan kingdom of Baltistan
  • One of the world’s top 5 trekking Adventures.
  • Hike to K2 Base campBaltoro Glacier and Concordia
  • Night stay at the Base camp of K2, the Savage Mountain.
  • Amazing first-hand views of K2, Broad Peak, Trango Towers and Gasherbrums.

OVERVIEW

On no other trekking holiday will you have the opportunity to experience such close-up views of some of the world’s biggest mountains. You will walk past three of the world’s giants: Broad Peak at 8,047 meters; Gasherbrum slightly higher at 8,080 meters; and, of course, K2 almost half a kilometre higher again at 8,611 meters. Nowhere else on the planet can you stand so close to mountains of this scale.

The K2 base camp trek is one of the most rewarding experiences you will have in your life. But, it is tough, and you wouldn’t want it any other way. You are going to be walking over rugged glaciers as you travel beyond Concordia to the convergence of the Godwin-Austen and Baltoro glacier. If it was easy, everyone would be doing the K2 Base camp Trek. There is good reason why you will be among a small band of outsiders to have stepped upon this ice. It is a tough but the rewards are more than worth it.

A Little Bit About Us

Trango Adventure have been providing guided K2 base camp trek since 40 years. We have taken many groups of mountaineering enthusiasts and hikers from all over the world on our K2 base camp trek. Being the Local company and our experience of working in this remote part of the world ensures that you get the most out of K2 base camp trek. We have been there and done it – many times. We know the country inside out, we know the people, we know the routes; we can ensure that you get the best K2 trek experience possible.

Our K2 base camp trek has a planned duration of between 21-23 days. K2 base camp trek distance (days) can be completed in 19 days if you are short on time but physically fit. Bespoke packages can be tailored to clients’ specific needs depending on fitness, ability, experience and time available.

Your k2 Trek Schedule

Our K2 base camp trek starts from Islamabad. You will be met by your Mountain guide at Islamabad international airport. From there, you will be taken to your hotel where you can rest and freshen up. In the afternoon of your arrival day, there will be a briefing about the Trek.

Next day, you will take a Spectacular mountain view flight to Skardu. On the flight you will have first glimps of Himalayan & Karakoram peaks, including K2 and Nanga Parbat. After 45 minutes you will arrive in Skardu. Skardu is the capital of Baltistan. Once you’ve checked into your hotel in Skardu, you will have the rest of the day to do some sightseeing or prepare for the K2 Trek. The following morning, you will drive to Askoli, following the Indus, Shigar and Braldu rivers upstream. Askoli is the last village before we enter into the wilderness of Karakoram Mountains. After Askoli, there is nothing but the barren wilderness of the Karakoram. Here you camp overnight and have the opportunity to visit the village and its small museum. The village has been there for around 400 years, first settled by people fleeing from tyranny on the other side of the mountains.

After your first night under canvas, today is your first walking day of k2 base camp trek. You will set off on your approach walk to Paiju Camp. Here, you will be a mere 60 minutes by foot from the toe of the Baltoro glacier and you will have stunning views of Atwa, Liligo Peak, Paiju Peak, Trango Tower and many other world famous peaks. The following day you will have your introduction to the Baltoro glacier. Progress will be slow and steady; routes through these moving ice giants are changing continuously as the glacier slowly inches downhill. Following the Baltoro glacier will eventually lead you to Concordia; the centre of the Karakoram mountains. Concordia is home to some of the world’s most gigantic mountains and glaciers. From here, in all directions, you have the chance to view 10 of the world’s top 30 highest peaks including Broad Peak, Gasherbrum and, of course, K2.

You are now stood in the centre of the largest concentration of 8,000 metre mountains in the world. You will experience something stood here in their midst, something quite cathartic. And it is a feeling that will stay with you for the rest of your life. You have a night at Concordia, under canvas, and the next morning you will set off for Broad Peak base camp. In our many years of conducting the K2 base camp trek, we have discovered that the majority of groups choose to overnight here before striking out for K2 base camp the next day. This schedule is flexible, so an overnight stay at K2 base camp is optional – but it is the K2 base camp trek, so we recommend an overnight there.

The return leg is the exact opposite of the way out, but you will get a completely different perspective and views approaching from the opposite direction to the outbound Trek. In seemingly no time, you will be back in your hotel in Islamabad, just having had a hot shower and delicious meal. And, the one place you will want to be is back at the base of K2, under canvass, cooking your own rations.

You will have just had one of the most remarkable Trekking experiences of your life; you will have just seen things only a handful of people get to see; you have just walked where few dare to walk.

“K2 Base Camp Trek” is undoubtedly one of the Great treks of the world, With our 4 decades of expertise and the majestic Karakoram mountains will give you an amazing experience, which will stay with you for a long time.

Please have a look at our TWO videos about this trek on YourTube, Booth Videos are taken in July-August 2019. Second video is taken by a member of our k2 and Gondogoro La trek. The links are below.

2019: K2 Base Camp trek 2019, on Trango Adventure’s Channel on YouTube.

2019: K2 and Gondogoro La trek 2019, on YouTube.

We are organising five fixed departures of  k2 base camp trek in 2020.

Please contact us if you would like to know about these Treks.

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BRIEF ITINERARY:
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ARRIVAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN:

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SPECTACULAR FLIGHT TO SKARDU (2,230m):

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SIGHTSEEING & PREPARATION DAY:

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DRIVE TO ASKOLI (3,000m, 7 HOURS:

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TREK TO KORFONG (3,100m) 4 HOURS WALKING:

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TREK TO BARDUMAL (3,350m) 6 HOURS WALKING:

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TREK TO PAJU (3,380m) 6 HOURS WALKING:

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TREK TO KHOBURTSE (3,760m) 7 HOURS WALKING:

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TREK TO URDUKAS (4,130m) 4 HOURS WALKING:

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ACCLIMATISING DAY AT URDUKAS:

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TREK TO GORO (4,250m) 6 TO 7 HOURS WALKING:

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TREK TO CONCORDIA (4,600m), 5 HOURS WALKING:

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TREK TO BROAD PEAK BASE CAMP (5,000m) 4 HOURS:

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TREK TO K2 BASE CAMP & BACK TO CONCORDIA (5,150m) 6-7 HOURS WALKING:

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TREK TO GORO (4,170m) 7 HOURS WALKING:

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TREK TO KHOBURTSE (3,560m) 7 HOURS WALKING:

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TREK TO PAJU (3,380m) 5-6 HOURS WALKING:

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TREK TO JHOLA, (3,170m) 7 HOURS WALKING:

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TREK TO ASKOLI (3,050m) 3-4 HOURS WALKING:

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DRIVE TO SKARDU VIA SHIGAR VALLEY, 7 HOURS:

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FLY TO ISLAMABAD:

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CONTINGENCY DAY IN CASE OF DELAYS -ISLAMABAD:

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DEPARTURE DAY - FLY BACK HOME:

Map – k2 Base Camp Trek Distance

INTRODUCTION:

K2 Base Camp Trek distance (days) can be completed in 19-23 days. It will depend how much time you have available and how physically fit you are. Trango Adventure has a long track record of organising k2 base camp trek in Pakistan. We have had groups successfully completed k2 base camp trek on many previous occasions. We designed our itinerary based on over 40 years of experience, which is the best in terms of acclimatisation, safety and enjoyment.

It is our intention to keep to the day by day k2 trek itinerary detailed below, although there might be some flexibility due to local conditions, weather or other factors beyond our control. If this is the case then your Guide will do everything possible to work out the changes to the k2 trek itinerary in order to minimise your inconvenience.

Adventure travel & Trekking requires an open and flexible attitude. You may experience extreme conditions, unpredictable weather and last-minute changes to the itinerary beyond our control. The ability to work in team is an important aspect of all of our trips

DETAILED ITINERARY:

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ARRIVAL DAY IN ISLAMABAD:

 Most of the international flights arrives at Islamabad International Airport in the mornings. Your guide will meet and greet you at the airport, then you will be transfer to the hotel. Rest of the days is free to recover from your journey. Later in the day, when everyone has arrived, we will have a group briefing about k2 base camp trek. Depending on the time available to us, there may be an option to do some sightseeing in Islamabad, A purpose-built City in 1961 as the new capital of Pakistan.
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SPECTACULAR FLIGHT TO SKARDU (2,230m):

 In case of  Flight cancellation you will Drive on KKH to Chilas.  Isb to chilas, 461km. 8-9 H-Drive.

Today you will travel to Islamabad Airport to take a spectacular 45 minutes long mountains views flight to Skardu. You will a fantastic view of Himalaya & Karakoram mountain range, you can also enjoy the breathtaking views of world’s 9th highest peak, Nanga Parbat  (8126m), if weather is clear then you might be able to see K2 and gondogoro Pass as well. From Skardu airport to the hotel is 40 minutes drive. Check in to the Hotel, rest of the  day will be spent visiting the local Bazar, historical forts, scenic lakes or visiting ancient rock inscriptions, one of which is of 8th century Manthal Lord Buddha Rock that shows traces of Buddhist monks and pilgrims who had influence in the area before Islam.

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SIGHTSEEING & PREPARATION DAY SKARDU:

 In the morning you can walk up to the remains of Kharpocho Fort (builded early 1700), which overlooks the town and has a spectacular view of Indus River. If you are into photography then this is a perfect location to take photos of Skardu Town at sunrise or sunset. (we can arrange this for you). You will then walk to a small village, called Organic village, which grows all its crops organically. The afternoon is free to explore. perhaps you would like to take an optional jeep tour to Satpara Lake or explore the local bazaar.
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DRIVE TO ASKOLI (3,000 m), 7 HOURS:

 Next day you will drive along the mighty Indus, Shigar and Braldu river to Askoli. Askoli is the last civilisation before entering to the wilderness of Karakoram Mountains. You will spend your first night in your tent under the Stars in Askoli, which is high above the thundering Braldu River. Askole is a single street of wooden houses, backed by irrigated fields of corn, barley, potatoes and groves of apricot trees.
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TREK TO KORFONG (3,100m) 4 HOURS:

Today will be your first walking day of k2 base camp trek. After organising all the equipments and supplies your porters loads up for the journey towards Korfong. From your campsite you wend your way through the lanes and fields of Askole which will be the last village that you will encounter on your trek to Concordia. Watching the people of Askoli go about their daily work is a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of Balti people. The valley opens out to reveal the Biafo Glaciers, you have your first taste of moraine walking, you cross the snout of the Baltoro glacier and descend to the spot beside the river at Korofong. you will be in camp by lunchtime you can spend the afternoon relaxing by the river, and also do a short acclimatisation walk if you want. If the weather is clear then it can be a very hot day so keep your Sun cream and plenty of water with you.
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TREK TO BARDUMAL (3,350m) 6 HOURS WALKING:

 From Korofong you will continue your K2 base camp trek by following the path up a side valley to do a detour to cross the fast flowing river by a foot bridge. You then walk for another half an hour to reach the Jhola Camp. The views are impressive with Bakhor Das (5,809 m) and Paiju Peak’s needles in the distance. From Jhola you continue onto Bardumal campsite.
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TREK TO PAJU (3,380m) 6 HOURS WALKING:

 Today you will have an early start from Bardumla. The path runs for a while at the edge of the river, before climbing to higher ground and allowing us excellent views of Paiju Peak. Today you have to negotiate a couple of streams and depending on the melting of the glaciers above, you may have to fold these (sports sandals or old trainers useful). Paiju is a green oasis under the shadows of Paiju Peak (6,611 m). From this camp you have the first views of the immense Baltoro Glacier, granite peaks of the Trango and Cathedral groups, and if the weather is clear then you might have a glimpse of mighty K2.
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TREK TO KHOBURTSE (3,760 m) 7 HOURS WALKING:

 Another early start today. From Paiju, a walk of approximately 1 hour brings you to the snout of the Baltoro Glacier. After viewing the outpouring of melt water from the ice, you climb up onto the back of this great beast. At this point the ice of the glacier is completely covered by rubble and rocks and although you are following a trail used by many expeditions and trekkers, the going here can be quite tough. The trail undulated as we climb over the swells of the flowing glacier and it is amazing to think that the stones underfoot could have come from the summit of Broad Peak, Gasherbrum or K2. Gradually you work your way across the glacier to its south side where you can use a path along lateral moraine. Heading roughly east you continue, sometimes on the moraine and sometimes down beside the glacier until you reach a side valley. At this point it can be possible to continue more or less directly by climbing up onto the glacier. Or, if the glacier is not easily accessible, you will turn off into the valley for approximately half an hour to reach a point where you can cross the meltwater stream (sandals or old trainers required). Finally reaching the camping place at Khorburtse (3,760m) you have sensational views of the Cathedral Towers, the Trango Tower and the striking rock tower of Uli Biaho. A great day of trekking over mixed terrain.
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TREK TO URDUKAS (4,130m) 4 HOURS WALKING:

 Today is a short day of your k2 trek, but quite hard work as you walk up the undulating moraine and gaining height all the way. You continue east beside the Baltoro Glacier either along the lateral moraine or on the glacier itself, passing the ship-like prow of famous Trango and the isolated pillar of the ‘Nameless Tower’ to your next camp. It has truly spectacular views of the Trango Tower to the west and directly opposite and almost a mile away across the valley, the vast rock walls of Cathedral Peak and Lobsang rise like ramparts above the glacier. This is a beautiful place. You should reach here in time for a late lunch and the rest of the afternoon is free to set up camp, relax and soak up your fabulous situation.
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ACCLIMATISING DAY AT URDUKAS (4,130m):

 From many years of  k2 base camp trek experience, we have learnt that taking a rest day at Urdukas has worked very well, the advantages of spending an extra night here are Helpful. It helps the acclimatization process and has proven to be more effective than a rest day at Paiju.

This is the last campsite on grassy slopes off the main glacier, it has facilities for washing and cleaning. There is a nice walk behind the campsite through grassy slopes full of alpine flowers. Climbing high and sleeping low is the best way to help the acclimatisation process.

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TREK TO GORO (4,250m) 6 TO 7 HOURS WALKING:

 Leaving Urdukas behind, you will follow the moraine edge eastwards until it is possible to climb up onto the broad back of the glacier. The trail on the Baltoro goes past the Yermanandu glacier, which flows from Masherbrum, and there are views of Muztagh (7,270m), Masherbrum (7,800m) and Gasherbrum IV at the head of the Baltoro and Concordia. You are quite high up now and camping on one of the largest pieces of ice outside the polar regions, so you will make sure to wrap up warmly for the cooler nights ahead. The campsite is on the glacier where ledges have been levelled out for the tents.
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TREK TO CONCORDIA (4,600m), 5 HOURS WALKING:

 Today you will trek to Concordia, which provides arguably the most spectacular mountain scenery anywhere in the world! Your approach to Concordia continues along the heaving swells of the Baltoro Glacier as you pass Mustagh Tower (7,284m). Ahead of us Gasherbrum IV (7,925m) acts like a beacon drawing us on, whilst at some points on today’s trek you can also see Gasherbrum ll (8,035m) which peeks out to the right of Gasherbrum lV. As you make your way up the Baltoro Glacier, the aptly named Broad Peak (8,051 m) comes into view above the ridge connecting Marble Peak and Crystal Peak on your left. K2 keeps itself hidden until the very moment you reach Concordia when suddenly its full height is revealed in sweeping lines that climb almost 4,000 metres from the valley floor to the summit – a site that will never be forgotten. Concordia is a wide area where glaciers coming down from K2 meet those from the Gasherbrum and Chogolisa. Concordia is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular places on the earth and here you can stand within 24 kilometres of no fewer than four eight – thousanders and ten of the world’s thirty highest peaks! you make your camp at approximately 4,500 metres on a moraine ridge surrounded on all side by jagged peaks including Broad Peak, Gasherbrum IV, Mitre Peak, Chogolisa, Marble Peak, Crystal Peak, Baltoro Kangri and K2.
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TREK TO BROAD PEAK BASE CAMP (5,000m) 4 HOURS WALKING:

 Most of the trekkers Camp at Concordia which gives them a very long walk to k2 base camp. Our Experience has taught us that camping at the base camp of Broad peak will give you a better and an amazing view of K2. From Concordia the route passes through some jumbled ice fins and moraine ridges before gaining the medial moraine of the Godwin Austen glacier. Broad Peak Base Camp is located on this moraine near the base of climbing route on Broad Peak. One of the best views of K2 is from Broad Peak Base Camp. Enjoy the marvellous situation of Karakoram.
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TREK TO K2 BASE CAMP & BACK TO CONCORDIA (5,150m) 6-7 HOURS WALKING:

 Today you will make an early start for the amazing Trek to K2 Base Camp. For many people a visit to the actual base camp used by climbers on K2 will certainly be a highlight of their k2 Trek. You can stop and admire the sensational view of K2 in one direction and in the other look back to Concordia framed by Mitre Peak and the bulk of Chogolisa, also known as ‘Broad Peak‘. On the return from the trek to k2 base camp you will pass through Broad Peak Base Camp and continue down to Concordia.
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TREK TO GORO (4,170m) 7 HOURS WALKING:

Today you take a last look at K2 before packing up your gears. Sadly you cannot stay at Concordia forever so today you will start descending down Baltoro glacier stopping for the night at Goro I. K2 is once again hidden but Gasherbrum IV resumes its prominence at the head of the Baltoro Glacier and also reveals a sliver of Gasherbrum I. Down valley, the serried ranks of granite towers and spires of the Lobsang, Cathedral and Trango tower move into the distance, beyond which lies Paiju Peak and Uli Biaho. The snow-capped red granite spire of Masherbrum is directly opposite to the south. This is an atmospheric place and now that we are headed for home it is quite possible that our crew will want to have a party. Almost anything can be a musical or percussion instrument and if you have the chance, listening to the voices of the Baltis in full song is quite an amazing experience.
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TREK TO KHOBURTSE (3,560m) 7 HOURS WALKING:

You continue your descent of the Baltoro Glacier. It is amazing how different everything looks in descent with constant field of vision now filled with an entirely different views. The drop in altitude starts to become more noticeable as the granite walls and spires lining the glacier, which yesterday looked almost lower than us, now tower to lofty heights above. There is more oxygen in the air and slightly warmer. Passing through the campsite of Urdukas and the Duke of Abruzzi, you can marvel at the tenacity of those early pioneers who endured untold hardship simply to get to their base camps in these mountains. You will have lunch on Duke’s terrace with spectacular views across the glacier to Biale Peak which remains hidden except from this point. After lunch you continue trekking down the Valley, sometimes on the glacier and sometimes along the moraine or the valley sides until you reach Khorburtse camp, your first off-glacier camp for some days. Start of Braldu valley and almost the end of the glacier is ahead now. You can see the patches of green on the lower slopes of Paiju Peak which mark the location of the spring water camp.
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TREK TO PAJU (3,380m) 5 HOURS WALKING:

 Today you will continue your trek on the Baltoro Glacier with spectacular views of the Trango Tower towards Paiju. You have to a detour to the south in order to cross the Liligo Glacier. This glacier defies world trends in that it is steadily growing. Two decades ago its snout was half a mile up the valley and now it has collided with the main Baltoro Glacier, with the result that the churning forces have made it impossible to cross without the detour. After the detour and returned to the main Baltoro Glacier, you now cross its north side, climbing over the huge swells of the glacier towards the ramparts of Uli Biaho. On the other side you then work your way down to the valley where you pick up the main trail and pass by the snout where the underground river which flows through the length of the glacier erupts out in a cascade to become the Braldu River. Last part of the day is an easy walk on a good path although there will be a final uphill pull to arrive at the campsite. You will spend your night at the green oasis of Paiju.
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TREK TO JHOLA, (3,170m) 7 HOURS WALKING:

 Now you are off the glacier and at a lower elevation it is considerably warmer and you may make an early start to use the cool of the morning. Leaving Paiju you walk on a good trail down the valley. Once again it is surprising how different the experience is compared to your ascent. The trail rises and falls as you cross several alluvial fans. You have to cross some side streams today, mostly using makeshift bridges or stepping-stones but it may be necessary also to wade across, especially later in the day. The source of all these streams is meltwater and so they grow bigger as the day gets warmer. At one point the trail passes close to the river beside walls of conglomerate and it is possible to feel its tremendous power. You follow the main Braldu river downstream to its confluence with the Panma river where you turn north-east to reach a camping place beside the toll bridge at Jhola.
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TREK TO ASKOLI (3,050m) 3-4 HOURS WALKING:

Today will be your final walking day of k2 base camp trek. You will be returning to civilisation after two weeks in the wilderness of Karakoram Mountains. Soon you will follow a pleasant trail which leads down to the little ablation area beside the Biafo Glacier known as Korofon, surrounded by sparse grasses and tamarisk bushes. After Korofon you first follow the glacial moraine of the Biafo and then walk beside the river that issues from its snout until you reach a bridge which allows you to cross to its north side. The trail passes through a wide flat area known locally as the ‘King’s Polo Ground’ before climbing to pass through a convenient cleft in a ridge of rock which threatens to bar further progress down the valley. Descending steeply down the other side of this ‘window’, you have a pleasant stroll through a boulder-strewn landscape before climbing once again up onto a shallow plateau. You cross several small side valleys and begin to see various signs of habitation before reaching an irrigation channel bring meltwater to the field of Askoli. You follow the channel for a while and can appreciate the tremendous skills of the local Balti people who have harnessed the distant snows to grow their crops in a high altitude desert. Eventually you reach green fields and stone walls which lead you into Askole village. Some of yourTrek porters are from Askoli and they will be happy to be home.

Today you will celebrate your success of k2 base camp trek with the porters and hand out their tips as a token of your appreciation for their hard work throughout the k2 trek. Also, you can give them any spare kit that you no longer needed which is also a way of saying thank You. You will say goodbye to many member of the crew who are now your friend.

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DRIVE TO SKARDU, 7 HOURS:

After spending the last evening in the camping tent, today you will drive to SkarduYou will follow the Braldu River to reach Shigar. Some times the road from Askoli to Shigar can get blocked due to land sliding and you might have to change the vehicle. From Shigar to Skardu is a much smoother and taster road. Arriving in Skardu, you will check in to your hotel, have a hot shower and clean up before sitting down for dinner. Tonight you will enjoy the comfort of a real bed.
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FLY TO ISLAMABAD:

After breakfast you will head to Skardu airport to take the spectacular flight back to Islamaabd. Skardu airport is a 30 minute drive from the hotel along a good road lined with poplar trees. Boarding your plane you will have an exciting flight out of the valley, once again passing by Nanga Parbat before turning south for Islamabad. Arriving in Islamabad after a period in the Karakoram mountains is always a strange experience and it takes a little time to get used to the hustle and bustle of city life. Your bus will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to the hotel. You have the option to relax and have a lunch in the hotel or head out for sightseeing. We can guide you the possibilities for sightseeing. Shopping for hand-made Iranian & Afghan rugs is a usually popular option.

In Case of Flight cancellation You will drive down the Karakoram Highway. We will arrive in Chillas late afternoon.

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CONTINGENCY DAY IN CASE OF DELAYS -ISLAMABAD:

If driving down the Karakoram Highway you will arrive in Islamabad late afternoon. If you managed to fly the day before then we will spend the day sightseeing in Islamabad.

 Skardu is a ‘weather dependent’ airport which means the planes will only fly here if the visibility allows line of sight to the runway by the pilot on the approach. Fortunately the weather is mostly clear in the Karakoram . If you cannot fly ( due to the bad weather) then you will drive on Karakoram Highway to reach Islamabad. Driving on Karakoram Highway also offers a spectacular mountains views. If you flew up to Skardu this will be an added bonus as it is a fantastic travel experience in its own right. The drive down the Indus River to Islamabad takes two days so this is an important contingency day to allow for this. If you have flown to Islamabad this will be a further day for sightseeing in the capital and your guide will advise the group on the options available for today.

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DEPARTURE DAY - FLY BACK HOME:

After Breakfast you will be transfer to Islamabad International Airport for the flight back home. End of “k2 base camp trek”.

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Private Groups – Chose your own Dates

Join k2 base camp trek solo group In Islamabad – Domestic Flight Inc

START DATES END DATES TRIP STATUS PRICE USD DEPOSIT
Sat 30 May Mon 22 Jun Available USD $3,000 USD $600
Sat 20 Jun  Mon 13 Jul Available USD $3,000 USD $600  
Wed 01 Jul Thu 23 Jul Available USD $3,000 USD $600
Sat 18 Jul Mon 10 Aug Available USD $3,000 USD $600
Sat 08 Aug mon 01 Sep Available USD $3,000 USD $600

k2 base camp trek Cost and Dates are for the k2 base camp trek solo/Fix Departure Holidays only. Private Groups chose your own dates and contact us for a Quotation. Group discounts are available so please contact us before booking. All Our Holidays are Fully inclusive which includes the Domestic flights as well. K2 base camp trek cost and dates are for the itinerary starting and finishing in Islamabad.

Please be aware that there are often only a limited number of seats available at the advertised price for the “k2 base camp trek”, particularly for the fix departures. We recommend that you book as early as possible, especially during peak times. If we are unable to secure seats at the price shown, we will contact you with an alternative quote.

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE – NO SURCHARGE GUARANTEE:

K2 Base camp trek cost can change depending on a variety of factors but unlike some other tour operators, Trango adventure have undertaken to guarantee the price of your holiday will not change after you have Booked. The price when you book is the price you will pay, whether you are booking for this year or the next. Book early to avoid any Trek price increases, get the best flight prices and take advantage of our ‘No Surcharge Guarantee’. Trango Adventure is a Government licensed and bonded tour operator to follow the strict Regulation set by the Tourism Department of Pakistan.

Book your place with a small deposit and pay the remaining amount on the first day of of the tour.

We accept cash on arrival, Bank Transfers, PayPal and all major Credit & debit Cards.

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WHATS INCLUDED

  • Professional Mountain Guide. (Government requirement)
  • Airport transfers for Domestic & international flights.
  • Internal flights and associated airport transfers
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as described
  • All meals
  • All permit fees
  • Sleeping tents, mattresses, mess, kitchen and toilet tent with tables/field stools and camping ground fees. Kitchen equipment, crockery, cutlery, fuel and related community gear.
  • Wages and basic kit of guide, sirdar, Porters cook and assistant(s).
  • Insurance of our field staff and low altitude porters (except helicopter rescue).
  • Porterage at airports, hotels, toll taxes and parking fee etc.
  • confirmation of air tickets.
  • The team arranges the wages and kit

WHATS NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel insurance
  • Pakistan Visa
  • Tips for local guides and support staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • souvenirs etc
  • PLEASE NOTE: an airport departure tax of Rs1500 is sometimes payable
  • Additional hotel cost, food, room service etc.

CATERING ARRANGEMENTS

Food during k2 base camp trek is excellent and designed to stimulate your appetite and keep you going despite frequent altitude induced loss of appetite. Breakfast includes porridge and cereal followed by eggs and either bread or chapattis with jam, honey etc. The evening meals can start with soups (often with a healthy dose of garlic to aid acclimatisation) accompanied by poppadoms, popcorn or prawn crackers. The main meal varies from local style Pakistani cuisine (Rice, Curry, lentils etc), western or Chinese foods. Desserts are equally appealing and can include cakes, apple pie and custard etc.

ACCOMODATION

during the k2 base camp trek, Group will spend nights in good international tourists standard hotel in Islamabad and Skardu. Accommodation at each of these hotels is twin-sharing with en-suite facilities. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired with another single client of the same-sex. It is possible to hire a single room for an additional cost. Additional hotel nights in Islamabad are also available. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please contact us. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

SKARDU FLIGHT

Skardu is a weather-dependent airport. Since the valley is completely surrounded by high mountains, planes can only land here in good visibility and this means flights to and from Skardu are never guaranteed. The planes do fly more often than not, but cancellations can and do occur and in these circumstances you will travel by road on Karakoram Highway.

HEALT & VACCINATION

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you specifically require any vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella), along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is discretionary for this trip. Malaria do exists in the area around Islamabad. However, incidences of urban transmission of malaria are extremely low. In Skardu and in the mountains there is no malaria risk. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro. Dengue fever is a known risk in Islamabad Area. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take precautions to avoid mosquito bites

INSURANCE

We highly recommend that you have adequate travel insurance for your k2 base camp trek with Trango Adventure Pakistan. We recognise the complexity and variety of choice in the insurance market and know that many of you either have your own preferred insurer or have annual multi trip cover in place already. If this is the case, please ensure that your insurer is aware of your Adventure itinerary and can agree to cover the activities being undertaken.

Trango Adventure do not provide any advice on travel insurance, although it is Highly recommended that you have travel insurance which covers the activities which you are likely to be undertaking on k2 trek.

It is strongly recommended that suitable cancellation insurance is purchased at the time of booking as some deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Suggested insurance companies:

EXPEDITIONS OR TREKS

TREKS ONLY

GROUP LEADER & SUPPORTING STAFF

K2 base camp trek group will be led by an experienced and licence Mountain guide. During the K2 trek, group will be accompanied by a full support crew.

ALTITUDE

K2 Trek involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be above 2,000 metres for 2-4 days. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that you follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should get some basic advice on Tours and treks at high altitude.

CLIMATE

From mid June to August, you can expect to encounter temperatures as high as 40°C at Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and 25°C in The Gilgit Baltistan Region. Weather is generally good throughout the summer season,with clear skies and little rain or snow. However, weather in mountainous areas is difficult to predict, and short-lived storms can occur at any time.

BOOKS

  • Trekking in Pakistan. Isobel Shaw.
  • Karakoram Highway. King.
  • K2 Triumph and Tragedy. Jim Curran.

LANGUAGE AND TIME

Languages: Pakistan’s official language is Urdu. The local language on the k2 trek is Balti. Guides and cooks will speak English.

Time: GMT+5 No daylight saving time at present.

CURRENCY

The currency in Pakistan is the Rupee (PKR). ATMs and change bureaux are available in the arrivals hall at the airports, but it is easier to change your money or use an ATM or authorised money changer in the hotel or in Islamabad. You will get better exchange rate in the money changer markets compare to the change bureaux. Credit cards are accepted for purchases in Islamabad and Skardu.

PASSPORT & VISSAS

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to PakistanPlease check your nearest Pakistan embassy or consulate for more information. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. Pakistan has recently started on arrival and E-Visa for over 150 Countries. Pleas check Pakistan official visa office website if you can apply for E-Visa or visa on arrival. It is recommended to have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

PAKISTAN VISA

All nationalities require a visa to enter into Pakistan. The visa fee is approximately GBP £134 and you must apply for it prior to departure. To obtain a visa for Pakistan you will require an invitation letter from an approved Tour Operator which will be provided by Trango Adventure.Visa applications can be made ONLINE or in person at you nearest Pakistan Consulate. for more information about the tourist visa please visit our news and blog section.

Note: if you are continuing your journey to China, Afghanistan, Iran or India then you have to get the visa for those countries from your own home country.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE/FITNESS

k2 base camp trek is a tough and demanding Trek but the rewards are spectacular. You must be used to multi day hill walking, be able to cope with sustained walking on rough and loose terrain and have a high level of fitness to fully enjoy your time on this trek. Although much of the time is spent walking on the Baltoro glacier, crampons and ice axes are not required. There may be one or two occasions where you a rope is in place to help you ascend or descend steep slopes on the glacier. Most days involve 6 – 7 hours walking plus plenty of rest stops.

EQUIPMENT LIST

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your Trek bag whilst trekking including your sleeping bag and mattress should be no more than 15.5 kgs. This limit which is set by the porters is strictly enforced and bags will be weighed prior to setting off on Trek. Anything not required on the trek can be left at the group hotel in Islamabad or in our Office in Skardu. Please note that your mountaineering equipment will be packed into additional, communal kitbags at the start of the trekking and this equipment will not be part of your personal 15.5 kgs weight limit.

We will send you a list of detail items closer to your Holiday departure.

Please contact us at [email protected] if you need more information regarding Our “K2 base camp trek.

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 4 reviews
20th January 2019

K2 Base Camp Trek August 2018 Well organised with a experience local crew, and Our Guide (Suleman) was excellent. Stunning scenery, arduous glacier trekking. We had the perfect weather for amazing views of the mountains and there are so many of them. I’ve trekked in a number of mountainous regions before but this one was certainly the best for the peaks. As always on these treks you are left humbled by the porters, kitchen staff and guides who work so hard to make your trip not just possible but a memorable experience. Fabulous adventure looking forward to the next!

10th August 2019

k2 base camp trek provides an excellent mountain vistas. our staff are our real assets, we are glad to hear that you had good time on k2 trek.

8th August 2019

We just came back from k2 Base camp trek. Our guide Khadim met us at Islamabad airport and took us to the hotel. One night in Islamabad then took a fantastic flight to Skardu. The trek begins in the oasis of Askole, where we set off on the traditional route steeped in mountaineering legend, traversing the imposing Baltoro Glacier to enter a hauntingly beautiful landscape of glacial scars and towering granite peaks. Upon reaching the k2 base camp, we had the chance to chat to climbers hoping to make the summit, before heading back through the breathtaking scenery of the Karakoram, into civilisation. All in All, It was a greet Experience and Thank you Trango Adventure for making this journey once in a life time Experience.

10th August 2019

thank you for taking time to write the review, we are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the k2 base camp trek.

8th August 2019

Three friends and myself went to K2 Base camp with Trango Adventure. Trango and their friendly team supported us From the beginning to the end of the trip. We had a really friendly and Professional Guide, without him we would not have been complete the trek. K2 base trek is no doubt one of the best treks. Thank you trango Adventure for making our dream come true.

10th August 2019

Its Wonderfull to do k2 base camp trek with friends and likely minded people. glad to heard you had good time. look forward to see you and your friend on another trek.

17th August 2019

Being a trekkers k2 base camp trek has been in our mind for many years. Finally, last year we decide to do the k2 base camp trek in July 2019. We prepared ourself for this trek by doing some swimming, hiking and cycling. 
After Many weeks of research we decided to Travel with a local company Trango Adventure because they had good reviews and many years of Experience. Pakistan is a beautiful and safe country, and no doubt Pakistani people are the most Friendly and do not hesitate to show their hospitality. We would also like to thank you Trango Adventure for all their support right from the beginning till the end.

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