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K2 base camp trek Pakistan 2019-20

K2 base camp trek is in the Karakoram mountain range of Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan. K2 is the second highest mountain in the world and walking to the base camp of this mighty mountain is considered to be one of the most exiting trekking journeys in the world.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • K2 base camp trek takes you to the heart of Karakoram mountain range
  • Spectacular mountains view flight to Skardu
  • Walking holiday to K2, Concordia and Baltoro
  • Experience the picturesque Skardu and Shigar Valley, Pakistan
  • Stunning wild and remote scenery of Himalaya & Karakoram mountains
  • Spectacular views of K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrums and Trango Towers

OVERVIEW:

K2 base camp trek is unbeatable in terms of close-up mountain views and proximity to many of the world s highest peaks. On this trek you literally walk past three of the world s giants and for two nights camp right below K2 (8,611 meter), the second highest of them all. However this is a tough but rewarding trek, with many days being spent on the rugged, tumbled glacier as you head up to and beyond Concordia where the Baltoro and the Godwin-Austen glaciers converge in a beauty and simplicity of ice and rock. Nowhere else on earth you can stand so close to many of the world’s highest peaks including K2 (8,611 m), Broad Peak (8,047 m) Gasherbrum (8,080 m) and many more. K2 base camp trek leads through colourful mountain valleys and spectacular mountain wilderness.

Since many years Trango adventure have been organising K2 bae camp trek to mountaineering enthusiasts from around the world. Trango adventures operates a 21-23 days long k2 base camp trek in Pakistan. The duration may be longer or shorter depending on the clients experience, ability and time.

The start point of K2 base camp trek is Islamabad. Islamabad is the purpose build capital city of Pakistan. Your guide will meet and greet you at the Islamabad international airport, then you will be transfer to the hotel for a rest to recover from the journey. We will meet again in the afternoon for a briefing about the trek. Next day you will take a spectacular mountains view flight to Skardu.  From the flight, you will have the first glimpse of Nanga Parbat, K2 and many other Himalayan & Karakoram peaks. After 45 minutes, you will arrive in Skardu. Skardu is the capital of Baltistan. You will check into your hotel and the rest of the afternoon is for rest and preparation for your trek. Following day you will start your day by driving along the mighty Indus, Shigar then Braldu river to Shigar valley towards Askoli. Askoli is the last village before you enter into the wilderness of Karakoram. You will spend your first night under the stars in your tents.  After spending your first night under the starry canvas, today will be your first day of walking. You will be walking towards Braldu, gorge and to the snout of the Baltoro glacier, which you then follow to Concordia. Concordia is the centre of the Karakoram mountain range, and centre of a complex to some of the world highest peaks and many of the largest glaciers. Concordia gives you a fantastic mountains views. On every side, within radius of 24 kms, rise up ten of the world’s thirty highest peaks, including, K2, Broad Peak, and Gasherbrum peaks. After spending a night at Concordia next day you will trek to broad peak base camp. With many years of experience we found it easier to spend the night here and next day trek to k2 base camp and return to Concordia. We will also have to option to spend the night at the base camp of k2 and return to Concordia next day. After visiting K2, you will follow the same itinerary back to Islamabad, via Askoli village, Shigar valley and Skardu. In Skardu you will sleep in a real bed and have a hot shower. Following day you will take a flight to Islamabad, in case of flight cancellation, you will drive on Karakoram highway. Next day you will be transfer to the airport to fly back home. We strongly believe that Our K2 base camp trek will create an amazing life long memory for you.

HISTORY & TECHNICALITY OF K2

Everyone doing “k2 base camp trek” 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 their time on this trek. Previous walking and trekking experience is recommended for this trip. Most days involve 5–7 hours walking plus plenty of rest stops. The trek is tough and demanding but the rewards are spectacular.

K2 was discovered in 1856 by Col. T.G. Montgomerie of the survey of that time India, and it was given the symbol K2 because it was the second peak measured in the Karakoram range. The name Mount Godwin Austen is for the peak’s first surveyor, Col. H.H. Godwin Austen, a 19th-century English geographer.

The first attempt to reach the summit of k2 was made by an Anglo-Swiss expedition in 1902 that ascended to 8,600 feet (5,670 metres) on the peak’s northeastern crest. There were many other unsuccessful attempts until 1954. Finally, in 1954, an Italian expedition consisting of five scientists (including the geologist Ardito Desio as leader), a doctor, a photographer, and 12 others, including a Pakistani, managed to conquer the Abruzzi Ridge despite the severe weather conditions.

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 (3000m, 7 HOURS:

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

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

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

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

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

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ACCLIMATISING DAY AT URDUKAS (4,130m):

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

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

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TREK TO BROAD PEAK BASE CAMP (5000m) 4 HOURS:

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TREK TO K2 BASE CAMP & BACK TO CONCORDIA (5150m) 6-7 HOURS:

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TREK TO GORO (4170m) 7 HOURS:

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

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

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

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TREK TO ASKOLI (3050m) 3-4 HOURS:

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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 of k2 base camp trek

INTRODUCTION:

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 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 the k2 base camp trek Guide will do everything possible to work out the changes to the itinerary in order to minimise your inconvenience.

Adventure travel & k2 base camp trek 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 flight (weather permitting) across the mountains to Skardu, the Capital of Baltistan. It’s a 45 minute flight which offers Spectacular Mountains views 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 we might be able to see K2 and Gandogoro Pass as well. 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 will walk up to the remains of Kharpocho Fort (builded early 1700), which overlooks the town and has a great view of the 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 bazaar.
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DRIVE TO ASKOLI (3,000 m), 7 HOURS :

 Following day you will drive along the mighty Indus, Shigar and Braldu river to the lush green Shigar Valley towards Askoli. Askoli is the last village before entering into the heart of Karakoram. You will spend your first night 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, potatoes and groves of apricot trees.
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TREK TO KORFONG (3,100m) 4 HOURS WALKING:

Today will be Your first trekking day of our k2 base camp trek. After organising all the equipment and supplies your porters load up for the journey ahead towards Korfong. From your campsite you wend your way through the lanes and fields of Askole which will be the last settlement that we will encounter on our trek to Concordia. Watching the local people go about their daily business is a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the hardy 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 green spot beside the river at Korofon. We will be in camp by lunchtime we can spend the afternoon relaxing by the river, and also do a short acclimatization walk if we wish. If the weather is clear then it can be a hot day so keep your Sun creams and lots of water with you.
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TREK TO BARDUMAL (3,350m) 6 HOURS WALKING:

 From Korofong you continue your day 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 or so 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 we 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 very edge of the river, before climbing to higher ground and allowing us excellent views of the impressive Paiju Peak. You have to negotiate a couple of streams today 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 we have the first views of the immense Baltoro Glacier, granite peaks of the Trango and Cathedral groups, and if the weather is clear then might see a glimpse of k2.
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TREK TO KHOBURTSE (3,760 m) 7 HOURS WALKING:

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

 Today is a short day of our k2 base camp 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 sometimes on the glacier itself, passing the ship-like prow of Great Trango and the isolated pillar of the ‘Nameless Tower’ to our next camp at Urdukas. It has truly sensational 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 truly awesome place. You should reach here in time for a late lunch and the rest of the afternoon is free to camp, relax and soak up our 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 well, the advantages of spending an extra night here are very Helpful. It helps the acclimatization process and has proved to be more effective than a rest day at Paiju.

This is the last campsite on grassy slopes off the main glacier, it also has facilities for washing and cleaning. There is 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.

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

 Leaving Urdukas behind, you 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. We are quite high and camping on one of the largest pieces of ice outside the polar regions, so we 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 CONCORODIA (4,600m), 5 HOURS Walking:

 Today you will  trek to Concordia, it will take us through what must arguably be the most spectacular mountain scenery anywhere in the world! Your approach to Concordia continues along the heaving swells of the Baltoro Glacier as we pass Mustagh Tower (7284m). Ahead of us Gasherbrum IV (7925m) acts like a beacon drawing us on, whilst at some points on today’s walk you can also see Gasherbrum ll (8035m) which peeks out to the right of Gasherbrum lV. As you make your way up the Baltoro, the aptly named Broad Peak (8,051 m) comes into view above the ridge connecting Marble Peak and Crystal Peak on our left. K2 keeps itself hidden until the very moment we reach Concordia when suddenly its full height is revealed in sweeping lines that climb almost 4000 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 Gasherbrums and Chogolisa. It is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular places on the planet 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 Gasherbrum IV, Mitre Peak, Chogolisa, Crystal Peak, Marble Peak, Baltoro Kangri, Broad Peak and K2.
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TREK TO BROAD PEAK BASE CAMP (5000m) 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 us 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 (5150m) 6-7 HOURS:

 Today you will make an early start for the amazing walk up to the Mighty 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 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 k2 base camp you pass through Broad Peak Base Camp and then continue down to Concordia. From Concordia you will descend Baltoro.
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TREK TO GORO (4170m) 7 HOURS WALKING:

Today you take a last look at the King of Karakoram K2 before packing up the gears. Sadly you cannot stay at Concordia forever so today you start your retreat down the Baltoro glacier stopping for the night at Goro 1. K2 is once again hidden but Gasherbrum IV resumes its prominence at the head of the Baltoro 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 lie the peaks of Uli Biaho and Paiju. Directly opposite to the south is the snow-capped red granite spire of Masherbrum. This is an atmospheric place and now that they 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 view. 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. It is also a little warmer and there is more oxygen in the air. Passing through the campsite of the Duke of Abruzzi at Urdukas we can marvel at the tenacity of those early pioneers who endured untold hardship simply to get to their base camps. After taking lunch on the Duke’s terrace, with sensational views across the glacier to Biale Peak which remains hidden except from this vantage point, you continue trekking down this huge valley, sometimes on the glacier and sometimes along the moraine or the valley sides until we reach Horbose, our first off-glacier camp for some days. Ahead now we can make out the end of the glacier and the start of the valley of the Braldu. We can even 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) 5-6 HOURS WALKING:

 Today you will continue your trek on the Baltoro Glacier with spectacular views of the Trango Towers towards Paiju. As on your approach you have to detour to the south in order to cross the Liligo Glacier. This glacier defies world trends in that it is steadily growing. Twenty years 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.

Having made the detour and returned to the main Baltoro Glacier, we now cross to its north side, climbing over the huge swells of the glacier towards the ramparts of Uli Biaho. On the other side we then work our way down to the valley where we 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. The last hour of the day is an easy walk on a good path although there is a final uphill pull to reach the campsite. On your first arrival here you relished the prospect of a cooler climate ahead. Now you will welcome its warmth! 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 the place known as Jhola.
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TREK TO ASKOLI (3050m) 3-4 HOURS WALKING:

Today will be our final walking day of k2 base camp trek. You will be returning to civilisation after two weeks in the wilderness. 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. Beyond 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 Askole. You follow the channel for a while and can appreciate the tremendous skill of the local people who have harnessed the distant snows to grow their crops in a high altitude desert. Eventually we reach green fields and stone walls which lead us into the village. Most of your porters are from Askole and will be pleased to be home. To reach your campsite at the road head, you must first walk through the outlying fields and then descend from the little plateau on which the village is located.

Today you can celebrate your success of k2 base camp trek with the porters and hand out their tips as a token of our appreciation for their hard work throughout the trek. Also, we often give them any spare kit that we no longer needed which is also a way of saying thank You. Most of our porters are from this village so later on at the campsite we will say goodbye to your crew who are now your friends and you will perhaps have a final party here.

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DRIVE TO SKARDU VIA SHIGAR VALLEY, 7 HOURS:

Your vehicles will already be waiting for us in Askole so we make an early start for the return drive to Skardu. Crossing the Braldu on a suspension bridge we follow the remarkable road built through the Braldu Gorge. It is not uncommon for this road to be blocked by landslide and you may have to change vehicles if the road is blocked. If this is the case you will retain some of our porters to transfer the bags while you walk across any landslide areas. Once you have climbed up out of the gorge at the other end the road improves as you travel down the fertile Shigar Valley to its confluence with the Indus. Now you have a faster, smoother journey on a paved road following the great Indus River into Skardu. Arriving in the town we will check in to our hotel and there will be time for a welcome shower and clean up before sitting down to dinner. Tonight you will enjoy the comfort of a real bed and a hot shower.
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FLY TO ISLAMABAD:

 If the weather is clear then will take the flight to Islamabad. Skardu airport is a 40 minute drive from the hotel along a good road lined with poplar trees. Boarding our plane we have an exciting flight out of the valley, once again passing by Nanga Parbat before turning south for Islamabad. Arriving in the Pakistani capital after a period in the mountains is always a strange experience and it takes a little time to get used to the hustle and bustle and especially the traffic. Your private bus will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to the group hotel and once we have settled in it will be time to take lunch (unless we have experienced unusual flight delays). After lunch the rest of the day is free for independent sightseeing or to relax at the hotel. Your Guide will advise you on the possibilities for sightseeing. Shopping for hand-made Iranian & Afghan rugs is a usually popular option. This evening we come together again for a celebratory meal at the hotel or in a local restaurant.

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 to Islamabad late afternoon. If you managed to fly the day before then we will spend today sightseeing in Islamabad. In the evening we will have a final group meal.

 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 but local weather conditions can bring cloud and rain from time to time. If you cannot fly then you will travel down to Islamabad by road along the spectacular Karakoram Highway. 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 leader 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”.

K2 base camp trek date and prices 2019/20

Private Groups – Chose your own Dates

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START DATES END DATES TRIP STATUS PRICE USD DEPOSIT
SUN 30 JUN SUN 21 JUL Full USD $3,000 USD $600
SAT 20 JULY SAT 10 AUG Departed USD $3,000 USD $600  
SAT 10 AUG SAT 31 AUG Departed USD $3,000 USD $600

k2 base camp trek date and prices are for the Fix Departure Holidays only. Private Groups chose your own dates and contact us for a Quotation. All Our Holidays are Fully inclusive which all the Domestic flights as well. K2 base camp Trek dates and prices are for the itinerary based on flight from Islamabad to Islamabad. International flights from most cities of the world arrives in Islamabad in the morning, Return flights will depart from Islamabad International airport on the last day of the itinerary. Our Experience and License Guide will Meet and Greet you at the Islamabad International Airport, will stay with you through out the Journey and see you off at Islamabad Airport.

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. To avoid paying extra flight supplements, 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. Please note that you may be asked to pay for your flights in advance of your final holiday balance.

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE – NO SURCHARGE GUARANTEE:

The price of our holidays 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 tour 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.

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

WHAT’S 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’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel insurance
  • Pakistan Visa
  • Tips for local guides and support staff
  • Guided Islamabad sightseeing
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • souvenirs etc
  • PLEASE NOTE: an airport departure tax of Rs1500 is sometimes payable

CATERING ARRANGEMENTS

Food on the 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, peanut butter etc. Lunch starts with juice and is followed by a hot meal and dessert. The evening meal always starts with soup (often with a healthy dose of garlic to aid acclimatisation) accompanied by poppadums, popcorn or prawn crackers. The main meal varies from local style (Curry, Dal Bhat), western or Chinese food. Desserts are equally appealing and can include apple pie, cake and custard. You will not be hungry!

ACCOMODATION 

Group will spend nights in good international tourists standard hotel. 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 refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

INTERNAL FLIGHTS

SKARDU FLIGHTS

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 we will travel by road.

HEALTH & VACCINATION

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you specific 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 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. A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required if travelling from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transmitted for more than 12 hrs through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. Travellers who intend to visit Pakistan for 4 weeks or more that proof of Polio vaccination will be required on exit of the country. 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 places visited. 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 your holiday.

It is strongly recommended that suitable cancellation insurance is purchased at the time of booking as all deposits (Royalty Fees) for Expedition are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Suggested insurance companies include:

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GROUP LEADER & SUPPORTING STAFF

The group will be led by an experienced Mountain guide. During the trek the group will be accompanied by a full support crew.

ALTITUDE

This holiday involves going to  high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be above 2000 metres for 1-2 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 we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatize successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should get some basic advice on Tours at high altitude.

CLIMATE

From mid June to August, we can expect to encounter temperatures as high as 40°C at Karachi, Multan and Lahore, 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.
  • Top Treks of the World. Steve Razzetti.
  • In the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods. Galen Rowell.
  • K2 Triumph and Tragedy. Jim Curran.

LANGUAGE AND TIME

Language: Urdu is the official language of Pakistan. The local language on the 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 airport, but it is easier to change your money or use an ATM or authorised money changer in the hotel or in Islamabad. 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 countries outside the EU. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. 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. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

PAKISTAN VISA

All nationalities require a visa. 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 a letter of introduction from an approved agency which will be provided by Trango Adventure.Visa applications can only be made in person at one of 5 application centres located in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bradford. Please download the detailed information document.

Note: if you are continuing your tour to china then you have to get the visa for china from you home country.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE/FITNESS

k2 base camp trek is tough and demanding 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 5 – 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. 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 do drop us an email at info@trangoadventure.com 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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